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Abandoning Our Legacy Systems — Knowing when we need to change

Sponsored by: Data Conversion Laboratory
Presenter: JoAnn Hackos, Comtech Services, Inc.
Date Recorded: January 17, 2013
This is a free webinar.


We often hang on to old technologies far too long. Think about what Henry Ford told us long ago, "If you need a machine and don’t buy it, then you will ultimately find that you have paid for it and don’t have it." We are afraid of "wasting" a resource, a technology, or a way of working even when it costs us to maintain it.

Dr. JoAnn Hackos explains how we can evaluate legacy practices using the Information Process Maturity Model and evaluate legacy technologies using a Technologies Evaluation Process. Each model allows us to compare what we are doing today with what we might be doing tomorrow--if we have the nerve to change.


Dr. JoAnn Hackos is President of Comtech Services, a content-management and information-design firm based in Denver, Colorado, which she founded in 1978. She is Director of the Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM), a membership organization focused on content-management and information-development best practices. Dr. Hackos and colleagues are called upon by corporate executives worldwide to consult on strategies for content management, development and organizational management, product interface design, customer studies, Web and traditional information architecture, and tools and technology selection.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Hackos has addressed audiences internationally on subjects ranging from content management, project management, effective interfaces and information, minimal information products, usability testing, and online and Web-based information, to managing the information design and development process. Her workshops are dedicated to enhancing the practices and products that will best promote customer satisfaction.


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