Custom Application Development:

Business Application Value


February 27, 2009  5:00 PM

Projects and Priorities



Posted by: SJC
Application Value, Business Application Value, Software testing

In keeping up with these times of limited resources and high desires (if not expectations - which may also be running high!) it is critical that project priority be properly set.  Many of us have been involved with projects which have many facets to them, and depending upon the environment those...

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...


October 16, 2008  12:18 AM

Coming Back to a Project



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, Software application development, Software maintenance, Software Quality

Regardless of the reason for a development project being delayed, coming back to a project which has been "on the back burner" for a while seems always to raise questions about the project.  For me the questions may start out with "Where was I on this before I had to leave it?", to "Why on earth...


October 15, 2008  2:33 PM

Managing Application Expectations



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, IT Management, Software Quality

I remember the statement made by the president of a software company vendor of mine in a meeting some years ago as if it were yesterday.  The comment, made to a salesperson of his also in the meeting, was this -- "See, it's all about managing expectations.  We have to do a better job of managing...


September 25, 2008  1:00 AM

New Applications – Taking the First Step



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business Application Value, Business process automation, IT Management, Small Business, Social Networking, Software application development

Social networking in business has been receiving quite a bit of press lately with many differing views on just what should or should not be allowed, or how to use various social networking tools now available.  I ran into an interesting read in an article "


July 28, 2008  1:24 PM

Sometimes the Obvious is Missing



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business Application Value, Business process automation, Small Business Computing, Software application development

We developers need input from our users! This became very clear to me once again last week when I received an unexpected request from a user to add a simple lookup function to a field in their order entry program which has been in use (...and regularly enhanced) for over 5 years.  When I first...


July 11, 2008  9:23 PM

The Business Process — How Does It Get Complicated?



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, Business process automation, Small Business Computing, Software application development

I wonder how many of the business processes which a company develops over time from its early days as a very small company to a larger organization become overly complex.  Of those processes, I also wonder just how many of them are the result of new demands on the process simply as the result of...


July 7, 2008  7:16 PM

Beta Testing – Not for Everybody



Posted by: SJC
Beta Testing, Business Application Value, IT Management, Software Quality, Software testing

It's like the stock market - it can be risky - it can be frustrating and downright annoying - and it can be rewarding.  I've always liked participating in beta testing of products which I find of value, or as has happend to me before, in a product that I had to use - but (let's just say to be...


June 27, 2008  1:55 AM

A Business Process NOT to be Duplicated



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, Business process automation, Small Business Computing, Software application development

When an independent application software developer first meets with a prospective new client it becomes very much a meeting where each party is evaluating the other.  For the developer it becomes questions of "Is this an organization I can work with?  Can I provide what they are looking for? ...


June 13, 2008  12:26 AM

Beta Testing – A True Story



Posted by: SJC
Beta Testing, Business Application Value, Business process automation, Software Quality

On a visit to my chiropractor today I heard a story that I found simply amazing to believe, yet I have to believe it as I was witness to some of the "events" a few years ago - and I remember them well! It seems that some 6-8 years back my chiropractor (always on the lookout for a "good" deal)...


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