When is a Reorg Really Online?

We bandy about the term “online” reorg. But you’d be surprised how often there are issues with that. IBM officially calls it an “INPLACE” reorg. Read on to understand exactly when it is fully online and when it is not.

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New Builds – Do You Have a Checklist?

In case anyone is wondering why I’m currently just barely managing one post a week, the first and most obvious reason is preparation for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. Retail clients really stress their databases on these days, and a bit of proactive work can go a long way. The other reason is because somehow someone thought it would be a good idea to schedule a go-live for a rather large client for early/mid November. If I figure out who, I may have to complain. But it got me thinking about a checklist in my own head that I roll through before go-live, so I thought this week’s two-hour or less post would be on that.

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Data Pruning – Do You Have a Strategy in Place?

One of my items to check before go-live is to see that data pruning is in place. Yes, before a website my company supports even goes live, I have at least made the attempt to start pruning the data that hasn’t been collected yet.  I saw this video today: http://smarterquestions.org/2012/02/video-marc-hebert-of-estuate-on-cleaning-data-cholesterol-from-the-enterprise/, and thought I’d write a short post inspired by it. Go check it out and see what you think.

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Holiday Preparation

What do you do to prepare for the holidays? We’re starting to think about Black Friday for our retail clients in September or maybe even August. Each business has its Black Friday equivalent – the few days each year that account for 5%(or more) of your online revenue for the year – even if they aren’t anywhere near November. Here are some of the things I think about.

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