Think it’s time for a change?

I have mentioned it before and I really need to do it again...  using spreadsheets to house your data, even in the cloud, is no way to run a business. I have documented many ways in which your data-integrity suffers as much as your users do. I have explained, in simple terms, the ins and outs of... 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 →

Would you like to try a sample?

A common  question at a Costco or grocery store, but in this case I am referring to data collection so a business can take a statistical sample. To do that you need lots of data. OK you are cashing out at a dollar store. The clerk requests your postal code. Why? There could be a... 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 →

It really is lonely at the top

Let's say you have a dozen employees, you're  making and selling 300 widgets per week, but you want to sell 500 and open a second location. Are you ready? Aside from the logistics issues associated with expanding, you have to duplicate a few things. First, yourself. You can't be in two places at once. You... Continue Reading →

Programming your DVR is not the same

Aside from a language strictly used for semi-layperson access to most relational databases, which is called Structured Query Language (SQL), custom database systems and any systems involving a user interface, use Programming. Programming Languages come in many forms and have steep learning curves, but their common purpose is to calculate, direct computer resources, manipulate the... 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 →

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