‘Information Management Blog’

In the mid to late 2000’s, anti money laundering (AML) efforts were focused on illicit drugs and identifying those responsible for distributing those drugs. The investigations involved chasing the money and seizing the assets which would presumably halt the distribution network. Fast forward to 2010:  drugs were certainly significant in the movement and laundering of […]

Most organizations collect an enormous amount of data but struggle to derive much value from it.  This is particularly true of customer data, where companies are obligated to protect privacy AND demonstrate reasonable efforts to screen customers. Over the years, Alpine has helped numerous organizations address challenges related to customer data.   The first step in […]

One of our clients was asked to create a simple report comparing “net-new” sales (sales to first-time customers) to existing customer sales.  At the time, our client felt that the report would be easy; estimating that it would take an afternoon to develop and a couple of hours to test. Two weeks into the effort […]

Alpine has had the opportunity to migrate moderate sized transactional Oracle databases to DB2 v10.5. One client was moving to a new hosting site and was using WebSphere Commerce (WCS) with an Oracle database. Since DB2 is bundled with WCS, it made sense for them to migrate to DB2 to get rid of the Oracle licensing fees. We used […]

Have you seen the TV program “Hoarders”?  It’s a fascinating look into the lives of people who, well, hoard stuff.  A lot of stuff – filling their homes and yards beyond capacity with precarious layers of things that they’ll never use. Episodes of Hoarders all start at the same point:  The hoarding behavior has completely […]