Stephen Lahanas

Stephen Lahanas is Vice President and co-founder of Semantech Incorporated. He has served as a CIO, a Chief Engineer for the US Air Force and also served as an IT Architect for nearly a dozen other commercial and Federal projects. Mr. Lahanas has been an IT thought leader and innovator for nearly 20 years in the fields of E-learning, Semantic Technology, Cyber Security and Enterprise Architecture. Stephen also writes the "Technovation Talks" blog

How Sequestration Will Threaten Your Job

Posted In Looking in Tech
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What happens to tech jobs if Congress and the President fail to agree on a deficit-reduction plan and drive off the so-called “Fiscal Cliff?” Unless you’ve been hiding out somewhere, you know that would lead to sequestration kicking in as soon as January. The one thing everyone agrees on is that won’t be good. Sequestration means that across-the-board spending cuts will be triggered. The exact amount of those cuts isn’t entirely clear, but some estimates place them at about $1.2… continue…

10 Skills All IT Architects Should Have

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IT architects are people who have the ability to engineer and design solutions across the architecture stack and across diverse technologies. While many architecture roles are more specific and require expert knowledge of one or several particular aspects of a larger enterprise environment, architects who intend to work across a broader range of projects need to possess a common set of foundational skills. The top 10 foundational skill sets for IT architects are as follows: Data modeling: Data modeling and… continue…

5 Reasons ERP Projects Fail

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Enterprise Resource Planning projects tend to be rather large, risky affairs. For many organizations an ERP roll-out or migration will represent the single largest IT investment they’re likely to make. ERP projects, however, have a well-deserved reputation for high rates of failure. Just this month, the U.S. Air Force finally canceled the remnants of the Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) program after about eight years and $1 billion dollars invested. The challenges and risks associated with deploying an ERP are… continue…

What Makes E-Learning 2.0 Better

In 1999 and early 2000 I was part of the Cisco e-learning architecture team. At the time, it seemed as though e-learning—which basically encompasses various forms of electronically supported teaching and learning—was poised to become the Internet’s first true killer app. E-learning in the late 1990s and early 2000s was largely defined by a combination of vendors, academic and standards groups, and various technology evangelists. Their combined vision is what we’ll refer to as e-learning 1.0. Many of us on… continue…

Why Techs Are Cooler Than Other People Think

Posted In Living in Tech
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Are those of us who work in technology really creatives? While we’re still stereotyped as “math nerds,” the truth is our industry is filled with artists and possibly offers more creative outlets than most other fields. For the doubting Thomases out there, here are a few ways we all tap into our inner Picasso. We Open the Doors First Unlike people in most industries, we continuously reinvent, creating a domino effect across multiple platforms. In order to accomplish our fast-forward… continue…

Developing Effective Enterprise Roadmaps

One of the most important and challenging tasks that IT architects participate in, or even lead, is the development of enterprise roadmaps. These differ from schedules or integrated master schedules in that they’re meant to represent the realization of capability goals instead of simply tracking project tasks, milestones or intended delivery dates. However, these roadmaps often provide the starting point or reference framework for all schedules related to the goals it covers. The Basics Enterprise roadmaps follow no standard format… continue…