Learn to Walk before you can Run

There may be a concern regarding any new undertaking, especially one that is not in your primary area of expertise. Let me assure you that I understand this, having been a business owner myself, and that there are ways to structure efforts according to your appetite. Here are the steps we would tackle for any... Continue Reading →

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Were two birds in the bush worth it?

"My business buddy, Bob, had a team of programmers in to build the database for their company. Between them, a new server and software licenses, they spent a fortune!" That is not what I am proposing. I am speaking to businesses that are in the spreadsheet love-affair phase, so I can use an existing data... Continue Reading →

Make a mountain out of a molehill

That could be your business, and should be. Your company started from a seed, an idea. If it is worthy, it should grow larger. The soil supporting that growth is your information, your business data. However, and sorry for more analogies, think of all your hard work as the watering can. Without the soil to... Continue Reading →

And now for a triple threat, the RFQ.

This should be easy for a business person to remember, however, in this case it doesn’t mean Request For Quotation. Let’s say you are using a spreadsheet, and you don’t want to see all of the client list, but only those who live in Albany, NY. You invoke the Filter option. In addition, you can... Continue Reading →

You should be on a Cloud, not under one.

I searched a long time for a product that could help transition the 'wandering' small-business owner from spreadsheets to Relational Databases, in The Cloud. Having worked in Information Management for decades, it was several business owners who had hit a brick wall and reached out to me. Automating their firms was vital and paid them... Continue Reading →

Large institutions are not always better

Around 2003 I was introduced to a government agency where the staff routinely used spreadsheets to store a myriad of information. Unfortunately the data was often way to wordy, used colours prolifically and would have far to many columns to be useful. Only a few people could update the files since sharing was not an... Continue Reading →

What is a Database?

Essentially a database is a collection of information organized for storage, updates and easy retrieval. The information may appear to be in rows and columns but this is not to be confused with spreadsheet rows and columns. A database has many other powerful features. There are often several tables in a database. It is not... Continue Reading →

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