Commentary

It is clear that businesses today want to evolve their technology expenditures from mere business expenses into having a defined return on investment in a reasonable period of time. As legacy systems reach the end of their life cycles, CIOs and technology...

The truth is that Wisconsin’s real economic decline – not only employment and per capita income growth rates, but critical broader economic trends compared to its neighboring states – began more than 20 years ago....

Wisconsin’s economy prospered greatly during the agricultural and industrial revolutions. And today we stand on the precipice of another turning point for Wisconsin’s economy; the innovation revolution. If we harness our resources correctly, Wisconsin will also be a leader in the...

Healthcare must transition itself to the information age similar to what the business world did six to eight years ago to increase the productivity of our staff, reduce costs, and improve our quality of service. This transformation process is a considerable...

MADISON – Some people are skeptical when they hear about alleged “breakthroughs” in biotechnology or medical technology. That’s understandable. Some of these innovations have come with higher upfront costs, raised expectations or ethical doubts. Others have been reduced to 30-second television ads with 10 seconds...

My good friend, Scott Beth, vice president of procurement at Intuit, has a wonderful metaphor that describes well the experience of the economic recession. It is as if the swamp was drained, and companies finally saw the old tires, rotting tree stumps, and rusting barrels...

Today we began the 2003 Wisconsin Economic Summit. It will be interesting to see if this year’s conference is able to pull any more technologists than the previous three Summits. My hunch is that it will not and we will...

One of the more difficult challenges in business is turning around a sick company before all of the assets are under water and the company is forced into bankruptcy. Realizing the painful reality of how bad things really are is sometimes difficult or impossible for...