Custom Application Development:

Small Business Computing


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 6, 2008  4:00 PM

Application Expectations



Posted by: SJC
Small Business Computing, TCP/IP

I had an opportunity to witness once again the user frustration when software doesn't perform according to expectation - in this case - the expectation unfulfilled was intuitiveness. The scenario involved plugging in a Windows XP laptop into a network with no DHCP. (Networks I work with are all...


June 6, 2008  11:21 AM

Small Business Reporting, Business Intelligence and Dashboards



Posted by: SJC
Dashboard, Reporting, Small Business Computing

As I write this I am really wondering whether business intelligence and dashboards really go along with small business reporting. Now, I am not particularly analytical - nor am I a fan of statistics in general. However, when it comes to looking at business data I find myself constantly looking to...


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 26, 2008  1:24 AM

Holiday Weekend Work and the Independent Developer



Posted by: SJC
Development, IT administration, Small Business Computing, Software testing

It seems I've often found myself in the position where a project I was working on required a concentrated effort on my part during a holiday weekend, and this Memorial Day weekend is no exception for me.  A long weekend is actually a time when I really do prefer to work with...


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...


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. ...


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