Don’t Give Up On the Main Street Lending Program Just Yet

By all accounts, the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program for small and medium-size businesses (SMB) has not been the type of rescue program many anticipated. Launched in April, the program did not make its first loan until July.  The Main Street program has suffered from comparison with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), even though […]

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For Banks, Supporting Small Businesses in the Pandemic Goes Well Beyond Lending

The impact of the pandemic on small businesses has spurred changes in banks’ lending practices – but the upheaval hasn’t stopped there. While the shifts underway in functions such as trade finance and mortgages are typically more nuanced, they speak to how important small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) are to banks – and how critical […]

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What the World Needs Now – and Even More During the Pandemic: Chunkers

Over the past two years, when I’ve asked business, digital and IT executives what critical skill or talent they most sorely lack, I’ve gotten an unexpected response: It’s what several called “chunkers.” Not only has the pandemic increased the need for chunkers; it also requires a different set of perspectives and skills from these individuals, […]

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National Brands Are Driving Healthcare into New Settings for Care Delivery

Search “healthcare changed forever by COVID-19” online. Millions of results pop up, from a “forever changed” supply chain to a “forever changed” industry landscape due to mergers and acquisitions to “forever changed” care delivery via telehealth. Instead of giving COVID-19 premature credit for all these changes, though, we’d rather call it a catalyst that could […]

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As COVID Spurs More Cloud Migration, Here’s How to Ensure Success

Amid COVID-19, many businesses have accelerated their use of the cloud. No longer are cost, flexibility and scale the sole drivers for cloud migration; equally important are systems availability and remote access for work-from-home employees. However, we still see organizations concerned about moving applications to the cloud, especially enterprise applications such as SAP, Pega and […]

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Customer Identity and Access Management in the Age of COVID-19

For more than 20 years, I’ve helped clients implement identity and access management (IAM) systems that ensure only the right users have the right access to the right applications and data. Over that time, I’ve also seen organizations struggle to create online user experiences that make it easy for consumers to get information, solve problems […]

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Don’t Let IT Backlogs Stymie Digital Change Amid a Crisis

A global crisis reorders priorities everywhere. Take the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is increasing demand for valuable resources across the board, including IT. The need for digital capabilities, already constrained pre-COVID, is (with minimal notice) causing a rapid expansion in IT backlogs, which threatens business continuity. For example,  take the growing backlog of legacy application […]

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Five Considerations for Creating a Contactless Workplace

With the advent of COVID-19, organizations are adopting new measures to support their expanding remote workforce. Work from home, which hasn’t traditionally been embraced by most employers, has boosted employee productivity as high as 47% in one study. This introduces a new challenge to the workplace: providing seamless IT support to remote employees with zero […]

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