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February 9, 2009  11:36 AM

The IT Worker Telecommuting



Posted by: SJC
Consulting, IT careers, IT Management, self employment, Telecommuting, work-life balance

Somehow or another in spite of my best efforts to escape computer-speak when I'm not actively at work :-) it seems that even my personal "life" is laced with computer and IT geeks.  Of course, as I've blogged about previously, I don't really try to separate my "life" into a "work-life" and...

November 24, 2008  5:08 PM

Holiday Madness



Posted by: SJC
CIO, Independent software developer, IT administration, IT Management, Small Business Computing, work-life balance

As we in the U.S. approach our annual Thanksgiving Day celebrations I am reminded once again of the importance of setting priorities for work-life balance.  This came to my attention as I found myself "filling-up" on "things"  (business related) that I could do during the time that my clients...


October 9, 2008  3:59 PM

Business Changes, Personnel Changes and the Custom Application



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

There's nothing that I can think of to "shake up" business processes and the custom applications used to support those processes more than a personnel change.  This is most clearly apparent in the small company applications used by a handful of key users in the company.  If for whatever reason...


September 30, 2008  1:57 PM

The Economy and Custom Programs



Posted by: SJC
Independent software developer, Small Business Computing, Software Quality

Well, the DOW reached a record loss for one day of trade -- we're in a credit crunch (...so say the "experts") -- home values continue to drop in most areas -- and in short, the economy is a mess! One of my favorite on-line writers (Bob Lewis) has posted a couple of great reads once again in his...


September 24, 2008  11:19 AM

What keeps an out-of-date application in place



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business process automation, character based applications, Small Business Computing, Software maintenance

I had the opportunity recently to make some minor changes to reports originally created in the late 80's. The application is a character-based app running on an "old" version of SCO Unix, and hardware that has been kept alive by some clever mix and match combination of "old" components taken from...


August 25, 2008  12:31 PM

Information Overload



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business process automation, Information overload, IT Management, Small Business Computing, Software application development

Information overload is a topic which has seen enough blog and article time to provide a generous amount of information overload on its own!  As an example, I searched Google for the term "information overload" and it returned the first 10 of approximately 2,160,000 "hits" (...but who's counting?...


August 21, 2008  11:00 AM

User Reluctance to Application Changes



Posted by: SJC
Application training, Small Business, Small Business Computing, User Interface

Some things just never seem to change, and user reluctance to application changes is one of those situations which it seems, is always present - regardless of the form of change.  Sometimes I've found that even changes which had been requested by users, and that they kept looking forward to, once...


August 6, 2008  12:30 PM

Independent Development Business



Posted by: SJC
Independent programming, Independent software developer, Single person business, Small Business, Small Business Computing, very small business

My work day started today with the usual quick scan through the multitude of emails that I receive daily.  I have always found this activity a gentle way to start my day (which generally begins somewhere between 5:30 and 6:30 AM).  I've also found that at times my attention is directed to...


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 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. ...


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