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Business owner and technologist

There's a balance to be had between being a business owner and keeping up with technology. I love both. Those are the two main hats I wear, even though not all of our customers realize I have a technology background. I was using Oracle back when it still came on hard floppy disks. I started [...]

2019-08-22T10:31:41-05:00September 17th, 2019|Categories: software|0 Comments

Plan for the future, buy for the present

It's important to plan for the future. And you should be ready to invest more as you grow. But do you really need to make that investment now? Or can you wait until you really need it? Software companies are in business to make money. And the more licenses they sell you, the more money [...]

2019-08-22T10:12:14-05:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: software|0 Comments

Not everything needs to be on the cloud

It seems like I can't go online without seeing an anti-Oracle rant against their cloud solutions. Apparently Wall Street is disappointed that Oracle hasn't migrated a big portion of their customer base to the cloud. Not everything belongs on the cloud! We seem to be living on cloud nine as far as moving to the [...]

2019-07-16T16:17:49-05:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: software|0 Comments

Owning the risk is essential to success

When it comes to custom software development projects—or really any business initiative—there is a certain amount of risk involved. So when a vendor or new team member is brought on board to manage or assist with the project, who owns that risk? We've found that we work best with organizations where there is a culture [...]

2019-07-16T16:13:33-05:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: software|0 Comments

Proper priorities in custom software

From time to time in the past we've had clients get caught up on using specific technologies or not using specific technologies, regardless of how it affects their budget and other priorities. That way of thinking will get in the way of your new system going live. It doesn't matter if they bought a pre-built [...]

2019-08-22T10:33:36-05:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: General|0 Comments