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10 most popular articles of 2018

EducationSummary: With 2019 approaching, let’s take a look back at the most popular articles published on this blog over the last year. Learn about dashboard tips, IT/business alignment stumbling blocks, low-code development, and much more.

As we say goodbye to 2018, let’s take a look back at the last year. Over the last 12 months, we’ve explored topics surrounding a few common themes: Emerging technologies, application development, trends, business data, and IT challenges. We’ve looked at:

  • How to create effective dashboards
  • The rise of low-code development
  • Digital Transformation mistakes
  • Secrets of effective IT departments
  • and much more.

In case you missed any of them, let’s take a look back at some of the most popular articles. As determined by readers of this blog, here are 10 of the most popular posts published on this blog over the last year. I hope you find them interesting:

6 must-have skills of modern web application developers
Web application development is quickly becoming more complex. It requires an ever-increasing, and ever-evolving skill-set. What skills must modern web application developers now possess? We explore the top 6 in this article.

Business Process Automation 101: Understanding the Basics
Business process automation (BPA) is the technology-enabled automation of business processes. It is performed to improve efficiency through the automation of manual processes. In this article, we explore the basics of BPA, and explain why it’s so important to your business.

7 secrets of effective IT departments
As technology continues to evolve and play a larger role in business, more pressure gets placed on IT. They have an amazing opportunity to drive business and play a larger role than ever before. However, while some IT departments have embraced this role, others are still stuck in maintenance mode. They’re so caught up in putting out fires and keeping the lights on, they don’t have time for innovation. How can these IT departments become more effective? We explore a few methods in this article.

Is your business falling behind? 5 technologies you should already be using in 2018
Technology is evolving faster than ever, and plays an increasingly important role in the business world. Is your company keeping up? In this article, we explore technologies and/or processes that are absolutely essential in 2018. If your business doesn’t have these technologies in place already, you could be falling behind. Read the whole article to learn more.

5 major IT/Business alignment stumbling blocks
For over a decade now, the “IT/business alignment” concept has been a top priority for business leaders…and with good reason. Technology impacts your business more today than ever in the past. You absolutely need your IT department aligned with business objectives. Unfortunately, many businesses still struggle in this area. Why? In this article, we explore a few common problems and ways to get around them.

Low-Code Development 101: Understanding the Basics
Application development has long been a problem facing both the IT department and the business units. The IT department gets overwhelmed with new application requests. They can’t possibly complete every project when the business wants it done. Meanwhile, the business users get tired of waiting, and start bypassing the IT department altogether. Today, we explore the concept of “low-code development”, and explain how it helps address this problem.

7 critical elements of effective dashboards
Businesses have access to more data than ever before, but many aren’t capitalizing on this opportunity. In this article, we focus on one such way to take advantage of business data: dashboards. Learn which elements to include (and which to avoid) to create effective business dashboards.

Why web application development projects fail (and what IT can do about it)
Depending on the survey you read, anywhere from 25% – 68% of development projects fail. These failures often cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, waste months (or years) of time, and usually lead to people losing their jobs. Why do these projects fail, and what can you do about it? We answer those questions (and more) in this article.

5 common digital transformation mistakes to avoid
Digital transformation–the reinvention of an organization through the use of digital technology to improve performance–is a priority for many businesses these days. However, it’s a complex task. Many businesses dive in without truly understanding the process and make key mistakes along the way. In this article, we explore 5 common digital transformation mistakes to avoid.

5 lessons that CIOs learned in 2017
As we start a new year, it helps to reflect on (and learn from) the past year. In this article, we take a look at the past year from an IT leader perspective. What are the most important lessons that IT leaders and CIOs learned (or should have learned) in 2017? What important takeaways from the last 12 months will help you succeed in the coming year? We answer those questions (and more) in this article.


So there you have it. These are the 10 of the most popular articles from this blog over the past year, as determined by readers. Thank you once again for taking the time to read this blog over the past year. I hope you’ve found the articles helpful. As always, feel free to reach out and let me know if there are any topics you would like to see me cover on this blog.

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