Custom Application Development:

Business process automation


July 19, 2008  7:28 PM

Choosing the Best Application Design Approach



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

Sometimes it isn't clear when designing a new application just which of a multitude of possible approaches to the design represents the "best" approach.  Sometimes it may not just be the application design itself, but also choosing the "right" tool to accomplish the task(s) to be executed. ...

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...


June 27, 2008  11:30 AM

Developer, Business Consultant or Detective?



Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, IT careers, Small Business Computing

I wrote a couple of days ago about how I thought that we independent developers had to be partially detective, and indeed not just developers, but pretty much in any IT position that we may hold.  My last post really was somewhat of an example where the developer was acting more like a business...


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 16, 2008  9:07 PM

Specifications and Assumptions



Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, Database application front-end programming, Small Business Computing, Software application development, Software maintenance

We all know what it means to assume -- but sometimes our assumptions are so completely hidden from us that we don't even know when we are assuming. I had an iinteresting conversation with another developer last week that illustrates this point (...and a few others that I've blogged about...


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)...


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 10, 2008  5:47 PM

Are Users Really “Trainable”? Should they Need Training?



Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, Development, Software application development, Software Quality, User Interface

I have developed a reputation around the way I work with users that I am "training" and who display various levels of skill (or non-skill) with their computer system.  From executive levels to the warehouse user my reputation for telling a new user something like "...see - I told you you...


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...


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