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Driving the Billboard: Appearances Matter in Leadership

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. There isn’t much I miss from my time in EMS. I did a lot, saw a lot, and my addiction to adrenaline has […]

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Failure as a Teacher

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world.   I remember the first time I performed CPR like it was yesterday, though it was more than 25 years ago – July […]

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Establishing Authoritative Sources in Data Governance

Establishing an authoritative sources capability confirms the enterprise approved source for data ownership, including both origination and distribution. Before a financial institution can agree on authorized sources of data, there must first be a common understanding of the type of data being sourced. Data will need to be classified in an agreed-upon enterprise data model. […]

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Birth and Death: The Life Cycle of Employment

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. Watching EMS on TV and movies, especially when it’s fictional, is always entertaining. Everything goes smoothly, there’s very little blood (or anything else), […]

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Responsibility of Data Architecture in Data Governance

The data architecture capability will supply the components and standards necessary to implement other capabilities coherently and enable them to work together. A primary responsibility of data architecture is to define and have an accepted enterprise-wide set of models, standards, glossaries and hierarchies which allow a standard description of data across business lines, products and […]

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Customizing Oracle EPM Workspace Logon Page for 11.1.2.4 Part I

It is very important for users to identify to which environments are they logging in. For this reason, I am sharing the following insights into how to customize the Oracle EPM workspace logo, which will help users determine if they are logging into a Production, Development, or QA environment. Out of the box Workspace log […]

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Is the Scene Safe?

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world.   EMS can be a dangerous profession; more EMS workers are killed per year than firefighters.[1] One study showed that 2/3 reported some […]

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Defining Organizational Roles in a Data Governance Road Map

The data governance road map should define a data governance operating model and organization structure. As part of the structure, an executive steering committee should be established with representation from all key areas of the financial institution. The steering committee is responsible for providing overall direction and vision for the company’s data strategy and governance […]

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Write it Up – Lessons from My Days as a Paramedic

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. Paperwork is perhaps universally a dirty word among those who have to do it. I have many a fond memory of sitting scrunched […]

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Synergizing Agile Projects

The Synergizing Idea This hypothesis started when I was part of the potluck-hosting team in my office. Our lead had set targets on taste, quantity, quality, and timelines. Then he said, “We are presenting this food to our clients; let us make it a unique memorable experience for them. Let us ensure that it does […]

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Perficient’s Guide to Denver Startup Week 2018

Denver Startup Week is a continuous celebration of everything entrepreneurial and innovative in Denver. This 5-day experience is one of the largest free events of its kind in the world. While here, people come together at numerous sessions and events to celebrate Denver’s thriving pioneering environment. This alone enforces the city’s culture of innovation. The […]

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Tackling Supply Chain Trends

Current innovations in the supply chain industry can play a major role in improving any company’s existing supply chain capabilities. While some companies may be ready for cutting-edge technologies such as blockchain or data capabilities presented by advanced analytics, others may need to make sure the supply chain components they’ve already worked hard to put […]

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Supply Chain: Common Reasons for Missing Foundational Components

Our experience has shown that many companies want to look to the future, but are missing the key foundational components necessary to be successful. Common reasons for missing these foundational components include: Lack of a transformational roadmap for the supply chain organization that is aligned with business objectives and vetted with business cases to ensure […]

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Everyone Gets a Pillow and a Blanket

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world.   An encounter with EMS is generally a life-changing one. The actions of the various teammates across agencies can make a profound impression. […]

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6 Best Practices for Your CECL Response Program

Understanding the new current expected credit loss (CECL) regulation, how it impacts an organization, and how to go about implementing and managing a response program will be critical for firms carrying financial assets covered by the accounting standard update. Companies will need to understand the history and lifecycle of their data and processes, and engage […]

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Simplify – One of the Lessons I Learned as a Paramedic

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. “Paramedics save lives. EMTs save paramedics.” This was a saying that was often repeated in my tenure in EMS, and it was true. […]

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Data Quality Improvement is Key to Successful Data Governance

The goal of any data quality program is to improve quality of data at the source. Once a financial institution’s data lineage capabilities are in place, a key starting point for data quality initiatives is the confirmation of critical data attributes for each major business line and functional area. The data quality program should define […]

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Implementing a CECL Response Program

Organizations will need to modify or redesign their loss reserve processes and systems based on the new CECL standard in light of the substantive changes in methodology. As CECL requires a forecast of loan losses over the life of the instrument, both at the time of origination as well as the revaluation on an ongoing […]

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Why We’re Looking Forward to Denver Startup Week

According to the event organizer, “Denver Startup Week is about innovation for founders, developers, product managers, designers, marketers, sales teams, and makers.” This week-long extravaganza promotes the lively spirit of Denver, while endorsing the entrepreneurial presence that Denver has to offer. Denver Startup Week is a continuous celebration of everything entrepreneurial and innovative in Denver. This […]

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Never, Ever Run On-Scene

Being a paramedic during the formative years of my working life, I’ve been surprised at how many of the lessons that I learned on the job have translated to the business world. Medical dramas and scenes with medical personnel are commonplace in movies and TV. I’ve been known to watch my share, and I do […]

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