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June 28, 2009  4:00 PM

Custom Application RFP Process Approaches



Posted by: SJC
Agile, Application RFP, custom application development, estimating application cost, RFP Process, Waterfall

My posts last month generally consisted of comments, suggestions and difficulties with preparing cost estimating of legacy applications.  Recently I had the...

April 4, 2009  10:30 PM

Legacy Applications – What Keeps Them Running?



Posted by: SJC
character based applications, custom application development, Legacy Applications, UI, User Interface

It can be a huge leap from the highly customized legacy application (which for many have been in use double digit years), to the newer graphical point and click or web based AJAX type application.  So my question today is "What keeps them running?",  or perhaps a better question is what is it...


March 6, 2009  4:16 PM

Applications – Why User Documentation?



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Application training, Application Value, custom application development, User Interface

I've stated before that my goal with applications I create is to provide an application so intuitive that if one knows the job for which the application was designed that the interface be so intuitive that no training would be required.  This is a lofty goal for sure -- and not one easily...


March 2, 2009  2:48 PM

Data Rot



Posted by: SJC
Application design, custom application development, Data Formats, Data Integrity, Data Rot

Here in the Northeastern U.S. it is snowing outside and I found myself starting my day browsing through the myriad of industry emails I watch regularly.  Now, I've blogged previously regarding my thoughts on the "paperless office" (


February 24, 2009  5:00 PM

Rambling Thoughts on These Times



Posted by: SJC
custom application development, marketing development services, self employment

Yesterday I had the opportunity to exercise my Massachusetts civic responsibility by reporting to a county courthouse for possible selection as a trial juror.  Having been before I knew something of what to expect, i.e. long idle periods of wait time, a quick video explaining the...


February 24, 2009  12:51 PM

Changes, Users and Resistance



Posted by: SJC
Application design, application modernizing, custom application development, Dataflex, User Interface, user productivity, VDF

Let's face it, software development and design is complex - even when it's simple :-) There are some areas where it seems that no matter what is done there will be unhappy users - at least for a while.  I found myself in that category last week when it was announced by Data Access Corp that...


February 4, 2009  10:24 PM

Beware of the “By the Way”,s



Posted by: SJC
custom application development, help, tech support

They often start with the statement "By the Way...", or another flavor is the "While you're here...", or maybe the "I was thinking..." flavor -- they are in a class of communication sometimes laced with peril, sometimes opportunity, and sometimes just a lot of work -- but ALWAYS revealing!  In my...


January 31, 2009  10:12 PM

Data Normalization – Know Your Data



Posted by: SJC
BI, Business Intelligence, custom application development, Database Design, database normalization, Database reporting

A post here in these ITKnowledgeExchange blogs that recently caught my eye was this one written by Stephen Harris entitled "Data Challenges Can be Solved With Business...

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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...


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