Custom Application Development:

Business process automation


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. ...

April 4, 2008  4:44 PM

Of spreadsheets and databases



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

I had a rare opportunity last evening to have a conversation with my brother-in-law and our conversation got me to thinking once again about the use of spreadsheets as databases.  It seems that my brother-in-law is quite the guru at using the Excel spreadsheet.  As our conversation progressed, I...


March 28, 2008  8:00 AM

“Getting Real” is Un”Real”!



Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, Small Business Computing, Software application development, Web applications

After my last post where I strongly conveyed my misgivings regarding on-line web apps I found myself looking at a few web apps to see if I were going to have to eat crow after my post.  While crow is not on my immediate menu, I have found that by looking into some of the referenced services...


March 27, 2008  6:30 AM

Web Applications, Small Business and Trust



Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, Small Business Computing, Web applications

"Work Smarter" is the name of the article I read in the April 2008 Entrepreneur Magazine which has prompted another blog post about web applications and their role with small business.  The whole idea of having...


March 17, 2008  2:26 PM

Virtualization Revisited



Posted by: SJC
Business process automation, Networking, Software application development, Software testing, Virtualization

With much anticipation I find myself preparing my laptop once again to be used as a tool to demonstrate capabilities of software which I developed.  This is no ordinary preparation.  I will soon start an extended road trip during which I will be doing both development and demonstrations.  Last...


March 12, 2008  6:49 PM

Measuring Application Value – Step 2



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

In my previous post on measuring application value, I stated that the first place to look in establishing application value, is to complete application requirements definition.  Once you have clearly defined what the application is to consist of, and what value you expect the application to...


March 5, 2008  1:25 AM

Careful Application Implementation Adds Application Value



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

Some time back I wrote in this blog about how I just hadn't made the time to implement the voice-recognition software which I purchased a number of months ago. (Dragon Naturally Speaking). With the meltdown of my primary workstation a couple of weeks ago, it was necessary for me to replace my...


March 4, 2008  8:17 PM

Quick Thoughts on Application Value



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, Business process automation, Database, Database reporting, Development, Small Business Computing, Software application development, Software maintenance, Software Quality, Software testing

Experience a major meltdown of your workstation and I suspect the value of various applications will come to mind VERY quickly! There is nothing like going without your favorite applications, or your workhorse applications for a few days to develop a significant appreciation for application value....


February 13, 2008  4:11 PM

How to Measure Application Value – Step 1



Posted by: SJC
Business Application Value, Business process automation, Database application, Database application front-end programming, Development, Small Business Computing, Software application development, Software Quality

Since my living is earned through providing organizations with software application value this topic is one of great interest to me.  I've also stated regularly in this blog that I normally am dealing with small business.  In many cases when it comes to establishing the value of an application my...


February 12, 2008  9:34 PM

How to Measure Application Value – Part 1



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

When it comes to applications and the buy, build or ignore decision, one of the first considerations must be to find an answer to the question of what value the application is expected to bring forth.  That sounds simple enough, but how exactly does one measure the multiple values which any...


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