Custom Application Development:

Application design


February 16, 2009  11:56 AM

Application Design and Expectations



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Development, Expectations, Human Interface Design, User Experience, User Interface

I believe I've stated before in this blog that at one time while working with some ERP software I became known as the man who "...wouldn't have designed it that way!"  Well, yesterday I saw that same user frustration and amazement (I'm being nice) with regard to an application that my friend was...

January 30, 2009  10:55 PM

Factors Against a Custom Application



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business process automation

My previous post pointed out a few of the reasons why one might choose to create a custom application.  For this post I'd like to further the discussion to review some of the reasons (valid and otherwise) for NOT creating a custom application.  I would include in this...


January 30, 2009  7:56 PM

Identifying Potentially Valuable Custom Applications



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business process automation, custom application development

Without fail, in my experience as a developer any potentially valuable custom application project has been the result of identifying some area of operation which:

  • Has become unwieldy, requiring too many steps or multiple data entry
  • Has become more and more demanding as a...


January 30, 2009  7:46 PM

Why Create a Custom Application?



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Application development tools, Business process automation

First -- In the interest of public discloser I must confess that perhaps I am biased on the subject of custom applications.  While writing my previous post I found myself once again becoming excited about application development, and more especially the value that such an application can...


January 29, 2009  2:07 PM

Application Value



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business Application Value, Validation

Earlier this week I was speaking with a client for whom I had developed a custom solution for tracking and maintaining records of truck use mileages.  The company has multiple locations scattered within a 200 mile radius or so, and crossing state lines.  The project started out specifically as...


January 28, 2009  1:44 AM

Software Specifications



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Software Quality

It's been a while since I've had to work with a detailed application specification, for which I am greatly thankful!  Generally speaking, my "attitude" towards such specifications has not been one of grateful acceptance as I've seen too often how they become so rigid as to "get in the way" of...


January 27, 2009  6:58 PM

Reporting, Reporting, Reporting



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Custom Application Reporting, Database reporting, IT Management, Report Design

My subject for this post - Reporting! (Perhaps you guessed! :-) ) A few days ago I posted about "Green IT" and reporting methods and considerations to utilize less "paper".  My post today regarding reporting is simply this -- I posit that it is reporting which provides the greatest value of any...


January 22, 2009  5:00 PM

Application Design for Green Reporting



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Database reporting, Green IT, Report Design

Perhaps the phrase "Green IT" and various variations of same is over-used, however I suspect that its prevalence does cause us to think "green", even if we're sick of doing so.  When I chose "Application Design for Green Reporting" perhaps you wondered why I might have chosen such a title.  Good...


December 29, 2008  3:00 PM

Accelerated ERP Implementation Risks



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business process automation, ERP, Implementation Planning, IT administration, IT Management

To this day (...and possibly forever) I remember August 1, 1999 not with fond memories, but rather with a complex set of emotions which begin a churning upset in my stomach.  The day was, without a doubt, one of the most memorable days of my life for its stress level.  It was the perfect example...


December 26, 2008  9:17 PM

User Flexibility vs Simplicity



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Human Interface Design, IT administration, Software Quality, User Interface

Once again I have found myself really struggling with what seems to be conflicting requirements for an application currently being developed.  I have blogged on more than one occasion here that to create an application which "hides" the complexity of its workings from its users is no trivial task,...


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