Custom Application Development:

Business Application Value


May 31, 2008  6:00 AM

Small Business Application Development and Use Cases



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

While there is no shortage of writing available on the internet or in software development textbooks regarding the various software development methodologies available, I find that the great majority of it is really geared toward managing large projects for large companies.  Since I develop for...

May 30, 2008  2:42 AM

Developer Responsibility, Ethics and Attitude



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, IT administration, IT Management

I have heard too many stories in my years as a developer, of clients being taken advantage of by either inept developers or downright unethical schemes used to enrich the pockets of the developer.  I remember being shocked when a developer I met with talked about his clients only in the sense of...


May 29, 2008  2:04 AM

The Half-Life of New Technology



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, Business process automation, Database application, IT Management, Software application development, Software Quality

The concept of half-life has always intrigued me, particularly so when I was introduced to the idea of the half-life of material possessions.  Wikipedia states "The half-life of a quantity whose value decreases with time is the interval required for the quantity to decay to half of its original...


May 24, 2008  1:55 PM

IT, Application Development and Life



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

WOW!  What a ride it's been!  For most people in the USA this weekend is a holiday weekend -- but then there are those others of us for whom it is another holiday weekend where we get to work while others have their family cookouts and first weekends at the summer home or otherwise celebrate. ...


May 7, 2008  12:03 PM

Technology Sales Styles



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, IT Management, Small Business Computing, Software application development

A recent article that I saw in a Computerworld email caught my eye and my interest.  The article "The six most infuriating tech sales styles" had me salivating at the...


May 4, 2008  8:40 PM

Defining “Just Enough” Application Requirements



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

A little over a week ago an excellent tip was published regarding software requirements - "Approaches to defining requirements within Agile...

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April 26, 2008  1:18 PM

Application Code Maintenance vs Re-Creation



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

Which would you rather do -- maintain an existing application's code or create (maybe re-create) an application from scratch?  Obviously, it would depend upon the complexity and size of the application, and perhaps the tools used to create the app -- but I believe that at some point after an app...


April 25, 2008  5:42 PM

The Buy, Build or Ignore Decision



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

A recent visit to a doctor's office this week channeled my thinking once again toward the simple applications that can save time in any environment.  As I was checking in at the registration desk, it was noted that they did not have the latest copy of my insurance card.  I gave the receptionist...


April 18, 2008  4:48 PM

Custom Software Application Quality Takes Time



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, Development, Small Business Computing, Software application development, Software Quality, Software testing

After returning from a 16 day road trip, I found myself immersed very quickly in "issues" at a client's site, much to my dismay.  Fortunately, the issues that greeted me upon my arrival were not those of the custom programs being run by this client, but rather network and server issues. ...


April 9, 2008  2:35 AM

Application Requirements, Desires, Business Value and Costs



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

The title of this post indicates one of the most critical areas, I believe, that needs to be addressed when considering custom applications software.  Most non-IT persons seem to have difficulty separating what is truly an application requirement and what is a desire for an application. ...


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