Jonathan Sapir

Founder & CEO at SilverTree Systems, Inc

Jonathan Sapir has over 25 years experience helping clients leverage information technology to build their business. After starting out as a system engineer for IBM, Jonathan built a successful mid-size consulting firm in Chicago in the 1990's, then grew a software product development company which was acquired in 2007. Jonathan started a new company, SilverTree Systems, Inc., to help companies migrate to the Cloud. SilverTree also provides services to global companies like Polycom and Adobe.

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Article: Building Information Systems at the Edge of Chaos
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Times of increasing change and uncertanty create unprecedented disruption and dislocation but also provide the potential for new power and fortune. The question is: How do we prepare our organizations to not only survive, but to also take advantage of the opportunities that rapid change inevitably brings? The advent of cloud computing presents an opportunity for organizations to revolutionize the way they build information systems and, in so doing, transform their business.


Presentation: Building Information Systems at the Edge of Chaos
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Building Information Systems at the Edge of Chaos


Article: Cloud Computing for SMBs PDF
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Cloud Computing for SMBs


Article: The Transformational Power of the Cloud for Knowledge Workers PDF
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Until now, the IT department has been the focal point of automation in the organization because it has the sole means of production (programmers, etc.) and the sole means of delivery (the data center). The advent of the cloud and the platforms built on top of it are quickly changing this.


Books


Unleash the Power of force.com
How to Thrive in the New Digital Economy


By Jonathan Sapir , Steve Wood , Andy Mulholland , Peter Coffee & Francois Koutchouk
February 28 2012

A new Gartner report says that by 2014, citizen developers will build at least 25% of new business applications. A citizen developer is defined as an end user who creates business applications for consumption by others using corporate-IT-sanctioned development and runtime environments. Today, citizen developers are still developing applications using tools like MS Access and Lotus Notes that are now 20 years old. They were not built to meet the needs of today’s digital world – in the cloud, mobile and social. For citizen developers to succeed, they will need a new set of tools, as well as a new approach to application development and delivery. There will also be a critical new role to be played by IT in supporting citizen developers and bringing them out of the shadows. Unleash the Power of force.com addresses this new wave of IT – what it is, what it means, and how your organization can take advantage of it. This book describes: • the burgeoning digital economy and how it is driving the need for citizen developers; • the foundation and building blocks for a consistent enabling platform to support citizen developers; • an implementation plan for a smooth transition to citizen application development; • a comprehensive description of force.com as a ready-to-go, complete citizen developer enabling platform; and • a migration strategy to get existing applications to the cloud quickly and efficiently. This book will give you a comprehensive understanding of how you can leverage the power of force.com to meet the demands of the new digital economy.


Power in the Cloud
Building Information Systems at the Edge of Chaos


By Jonathan Sapir
June 22 2009

This book is a guide to building information systems at the edge of chaos - that sweet pot of productive change, where front line workers have the capability to pursue their own solutions with minimal central control. The advent of cloud computing presents an unprecedented opportunity for organizations to revolutionize the way in which they build information systems, and in so doing, transform their business. How do we prepare our organizations to not only survive, but to take advantage of the opportunities that rapid change inevitably brings? This book focuses on the role of information systems in this endeavor. Information systems will become increasingly more critical to the success of every enterprise. How they are built and how they are used should therefore be foremost on the mind of anyone responsible for the well-being of an organization.


Igniting the Phoenix
A New Vision for IT


By Jonathan Sapir
May 22 2004

This book applies ideas from other fields to information technology. The author believes that if we are to dramatically reduce the amount of time and effort it takes to build business software, we need to completely re-think how we go about it. Improving methodologies, changing programming languages, using offshore resources - these answers will lead to incremental improvements, at best. What is needed is dramatic change. To do this requires an equally dramatic change in thinking. Applying insights from the world of science, sociology and psychology, the author offers a vision for a new IT.
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