DMS Facets

Relating several topics, including IT, Microsoft Access, sports administration, and micro-ISV business.

Real World Access (9)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche. Duane Hookom’s nutritional products Our factory makes products like infant formula and other nutritional products. It is very important to track which ingredients are used in which products. Each “recipe” is stored in its own Excel file and […]

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Real World Access (8)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche. Karl Donaubauer’s sleep research I’ve created several Access applicationss for the sleep research team at the department of neurology of the University of Vienna. They use a device called Actigraph (you wear it like a wrist watch) to […]

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Real World Access (7)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche. Jeff Conrad’s restaurant network I created a small Access application for each of our remote restaurant locations to enter their daily numbers. Each evening the restaurants had to fax their daily numbers to the main office where someone […]

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Real World Access (6)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche. Tony Toews’s welding shop Hows about my big kahuna, the ERP app for welding shops with several hundred welders?   Handles drawing status, material receving, inventory scheduling, fabrication, very complex quality control (15 different types of tests), shipping and […]

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Real World Access (5)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche. Joan Wild’s tree breeding It started as a database to track the breeding activities (tree breeding, that is) of a tree improvement cooperative.  Selection of parent trees, collection / extraction / storage / testing of pollen, breeding plans/activities, […]

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Real World Access (4)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche. Peter Doering’s shoes I wrote a sales force automation tool for the apparel/footwear industry, i.e. with style/color/size handling. Currently it is running in about 30 countries and 5 languages on all continents. It’s used by sales reps for […]

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Real World Access (3)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche. Allen Browne’s roofing manufacturing Currently working on a good sized project to automate a factory that produces metal trusses, purlins, studs, etc. for roofing. They want to key the client’s order into the Access database, have it send […]

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Real World Access (2)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche. Albert Kallal’s fishing lodge system During the off season a well established holding company that owns many restaurants and all kind of properties also owns a successfull fishing lodge. The office has a 1-800 number, and also several […]

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Real World Access (1)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche. Graham Mandeno’s joinery A medium sized business – a timber joinery – which builds very high class custom door and window assemblies for well-heeled clients.  They understand Excel and used to set up spreadsheets to calculate quantities of […]

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Access is too good

Ok, I am a fan of Microsoft Access.  Like a lot of fans, I find it hard to understand why the world is not teeming with fans for the same things I am a fan of. But in the case of Access, I have noticed some contradictions that I frankly can’t understand.  Some of these […]

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Blessing in Disguise

How often do we put things off, because it seems easier, only to find that getting it done would have been a lot easier? I have recently experienced an extreme example of this phenomenon.  It is embarrassing for me to confess to certain things here, but what the heck, we’re all learning. You’ve probably heard […]

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Use your head

From time to time, as a software developer, I encounter a client who wants the electronic brain to do something that the human brain can do so much more easily. Nothing outstanding here, I suppose.  It’s obvious that people can do a lot of stuff that computers can’t.  But what I am referring to is […]

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Software in between – Part 2

Well, there are many different angles from which you can classify software.  In Part 1, I considered “generality”.  In this article, I want to focus briefly on the aspect of “connectivity”.  This will help understand the relationship between the user of the software, and the developer.  This is a complex subject, and the following is […]

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Niche business

I’ve been to a very interesting meeting tonight.  When you’re really busy, and especially focussed (as tends to happen with micro-ISVs), it’s easy to get absorbed in one’s own little corner of business life.  So sometimes it’s great to see what others are doing – stuff you wouldn’t normally have contact with. For me, I […]

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Software in between – Part 1

The “generality” scale Well, there are many different angles from which you can classify software.  In this article, I want to focus briefly on the aspect of “generality”.  I think this will help understand the relationship between the user of the software and the developer. Commercial At one end of the spectrum is software that is designed […]

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A nice tool

Hey, I’ve just stumbled upon a great blog editor, and already I like it so much I have to say something about it.  Qumana.  Promises to make maintaining my blog a lot easier and quicker and more enjoyable.  Apparently interfaces with quite a few blog services.  And at $0.00 you can’t beat the price!  Lovely. […]

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Phone or Email

Getting the Best Value from your IT Professional The information below is personal and idiosyncratic. Not all would share my views on this topic. The focus is on the communication between IT professionals who work independently, maybe as micro-ISVs, self-employed or as part of a small business, and their customers. When to use the Telephone […]

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Getting started and keeping going

Well, here I am launching into the world of blogging. Sort of makes you want to say something “significant”! But I can’t do better than use the words of others. Bob Walsh, from whom I have been learning a lot lately, wrote yesterday about perseverence (among other things). Reminded me of the well-known quote from […]

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