Custom Application Development

Dec 3 2007   12:11PM GMT

Software Implementations – An Investment of Time

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How many times do we hear “I don’t have time for that!” during a software implementation?   I’ve written some about the current implementations which I have going at this time, and some of the challenges, and as I’ve been writing I found myself being guilty of that very statement as it relates to an implementation of my own for which I have not found my “roundtuit”. 

What I refer to here is a piece of software which will help me in countless ways (…once I set it up and begin to use it!).  It will help me in creating this blog — yet it sits loaded on my laptop waiting for me to find the magic “time” to learn enough about it to make it useful to me.  That software waiting for me is Dragon Naturally Speaking, a voice recognition software that I saw demonstrated as part of an application some 8 months ago (…or maybe longer).  I was totally impressed and got myself a copy.

That said, I installed it, played with it a bit, saw how very useful it would be — and then the laptop failed and it was replaced — that was about 6 months ago.  Since reloading the program I have found myself muttering under my breath how I “should” get it setup and functional again, but I just haven’t made it enough of a priority to take the “time” to do it.

It struck me just today that my “resistence” to spending the time to implement this undoubtedly useful piece of software very much parallels the “resistence” that I referred to at my clients site.  My clients facility is a 24/7 operation  – it just never stops!  During the time of implementation for their new application, the key users must continue with present manual methods to provide their service, and at the same time find ways to squeeze in the time to add data to the “new” system, at the same time learning the new system.  This does take an investment in time!

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  • BrentSheets
    Joe, I'm afraid I'm also guilty of not getting "roundtuit" when it comes to the Dragon Naturally Speaking software you mentioned. I had bookmarked a video demo by David Pogue (URL below) because it blew me away to the potential of this software -- but then promptly put it aside and never followed up. Pogue has been using the software a long time, so the software has really adjusted to his voice well. Watch the video if you get a minute.
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