If not Reactive, be Proactive

So let's say you are in denial about needing to replace your spreadsheets for your business. You want to take a pass on my free one hour assessment. That's cool, no worries. Or are there? Do some investigation for yourself. First, identify all of the spreadsheets you use in the course of a week and... Continue Reading →

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Simple is better

It's one thing to go nose to the grindstone building a data repository, but it's another to make something that no one can understand or even maintain. One of the first steps a professional developer takes is to simplify what once appeared complex. We have an advantage here because we come from the outside. Your... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Don’t Fear The Cloud

I have spoken to many clients, especially pre-2000, who were deathly afraid of having their computers or networks attached to the Internet. "Oh no. My competitors will steal my information!" Yesterday's Internet was pretty solid and very useful. Today's Internet is something no one can do without. We use it even when we don't think... Continue Reading →

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