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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 full undertaking. The order is static but the effort (percentage) attributed to each is always under our control: [ 326 more words ]

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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, an…
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And it won't be because, in business, you need to have a plan. All the tough stuff has to fit somewhere. If you haven't foreseen expansion or upgrades, then my offer is the only one you can afford. Let's go with the 80-20 rule so that 20% of revenue/expenses accounts for administration i.e. You, and all I.T. We won't talk about retail since automation for sales and taxes comes first. [ 256 more words ]

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And it won’t be because, in business, you need to have a plan. All the tough stuff has to fit somewhere. If you haven’t foreseen expansion or upgrades, then my offer is the only one you…
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Silly me. I forgot to share another important reason for using a Relational Database or other application in The Cloud. That's Upgrades or Updates. When you have licensed a software application for your desktop computer, you need to be aware of when an update is available. In most cases you will be informed or you may receive a nasty message to the effect that Product XYZ is no longer supported or is seriously out of date. [ 312 more words ]

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Silly me. I forgot to share another important reason for using a Relational Database or other application in The Cloud. That’s Upgrades or Updates. When you have licensed a software applicati…
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A simple example of the jargon put upon the lay person in this computer era. It amuses me to no end how an entire culture has evolved in a relatively short period of time. I figure the general public can be categorized four ways when dealing with computers: The Techno-weenies and Gamers. They not only use, but may program, the computer in their day to day work, and probably do all of their own maintenance, software installations, have multiple utility programs to keep everything running smoothly, eat at their desk, and perhaps shower once the fridge goes empty. [ 200 more words ]

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A simple example of the jargon put upon the lay person in this computer era. It amuses me to no end how an entire culture has evolved in a relatively short period of time. I figure the general publ…
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"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 model and current operations knowledge to upgrade to a safe, simple Relational Database tool that they can use and understand. [ 220 more words ]

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“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 …
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What is Relational? Are you your father's son or you mother's daughter?

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Strictly speaking it refers to a connection between people or things. For our purposes let’s use a simple example that will undoubtedly exist in real life. Say you have recorded a list of clients i…
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Making a backup copy of the document that you diligently created on you computer only makes sense. If some calamity occurs, you would have to spend a significant amount of time to recreate it. In b…
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Don’t Fear The Cloud. Every business owner has the responsibility to protect company data.

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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!&#…
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How to secure your 45s and LPs. You'll have to read my post to learn how.

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It’s called Record Locking, and one of the main benefits of using a Relational DataBase as opposed to spreadsheets. With spreadsheets sharing among users is tenuous at best. In order to ensur…
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How about a Bit of math? Should you gamble your company's future on your current knowledge?

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Bit was to stand out for a purpose. It means Binary digIT. You`ve likely heard the term Binary, but what is it? It simple means two states, like on versus off or more importantly like some voltage …
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Logically Speaking… A business is full of puzzles, not all of them are what you might think.

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Logic came from the Greek work Logos meaning ‘word’ and ‘reason’. In the process taken by the Data Modeler to arrive at the best Schema for a Relational Database,  Logic pla…
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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 Informatio…
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The Details: If your small business operates in or around Niagara Falls, Ontario and you are having trouble organizing and storing your firm's non-financial data, we should chat by phone or in person to review your information needs and see what can be done to find a better way.
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Strictly speaking it refers to a connection between people or things. For our purposes let’s use a simple example that will undoubtedly exist in real life.
Say you have recorded a list of clients in a spreadsheet and for each one you have, perhaps over time, collected many work orders. Now, such things are not easily found in accounting packages, they are usually relegated to the back room or to ...