• Introduction to Biml

    What is Biml? Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml, not BiML or BIML) is a domain-specific XML used for describing the design of SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages. When these files are compiled by a program like BIDS Helper, they produce real, usable SSIS packages.
  • Caching Data in a Distributed System

    Cached data is data that is proactively stored in working memory. This is usually done to speed up processing of individual system requests. An example of this data may be a list of states in the USA, a list of web pages in the application, or a list of valid account status code.
  • 5 Ways to Identify a True Subject Matter Expert

    Subject matter experts (SMEs) should have special, in-depth knowledge from both a business and IT perspective that when shared with others, significantly enhances performance within the organization. They should bring real-world examples, best practices, and tricks of the trade that will...
  • 25 Questions That Should be Included in Your Loan Servicing RFP

    When launching a new loan servicing software selection project, most banks and finance companies tend to follow a standard protocol, including specifying requirements, identifying potential vendors, and scheduling demos. One of the most critical steps for your company and potential partners is...
  • Outsourcing vs. Insourcing: A Critical Decision for Your Company

    Outsourcing versus insourcing is a decision faced by financial institutions, both small and large. Some companies rely heavily on consultants to staff IT projects, while others prefer full-time employees (FTEs). In today’s economy, strategic staffing direction is designed to keep payroll and...
  • In-House vs. Third-Party Collections: The Decision is Yours

    All lenders are faced with the decision of how to collect on delinquent borrowers: collect in-house or pay a third party to collect on your behalf. The fact that there is a decision to make implies that the answer isn’t the same for everyone. There are benefits and risks on both sides.
  • 4 Critical Questions for Your Project Management Integrator

    Choosing a project management integrator is a critical decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Corporate stakeholders usually expect integrators to oversee project details, provide in-depth industry expertise, execute targeted business strategies, and transform project expectations into...
  • 7 Steps to Delivering Projects On-Time and On-Budget

    For approved projects, managers must work within strict budget limitations with marginal room for error. The dirty little secret is that projects are rarely delivered on budget. Poor planning, resource distractions, and scope creep almost always see to that. What’s the best methodology for...
  • Event-Driven Architecture: Events in the Driver’s Seat

    Event-Driven Architecture offers high agility and expandability to integrate with future applications while providing real-time analysis and monitoring as events occur, ensuring that today’s solutions will also meet tomorrow’s needs.
  • Managing Your Conversion Project: Building a Solid Foundation in 6 Steps

    Delivering a successful project is rarely easy. Politics, changing company directives, resource constraints, and technical issues, together or independently, can make it difficult to achieve the planned result. However, building a solid project foundation, by following these recommendations,...