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  • Business Tech: Same Difference

    It is easy to see businesses as unique snowflakes but it's equally easy to see them as all the same. As professionals, whether employees or consultants, we need both perspectives in the course of our work life. While we can make the case the Amazon isn't eBay, we can also make the case that your accountant and your dog groomer are in the same business.

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  • Case Study: Clarke Transport Migrates to jBASE

    At the heart of Clarke Transport's UK business is a powerful transportation management system written in Pick BASIC. After hiring a series of new developers, Clarke Transport decided to embrace jBASE for its native Windows capabilities, which makes it easier for programmers without MultiValue knowledge to master the environment.

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  • Business Tech: UI/UX Part IV: Kansei Engineering

    When we think of programming as engineering, we can get lost in a sea of methods like Waterfall and Agile. This isn't that article. Kansei engineering is a guiding principal for mechanical engineering which adapts surprisingly well to programming. Let's take our view of UX up a notch and examine a philosophy that promotes user experience to the top of our priority list.

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  • From the Inside November/December 2017

    There is a constant battle between business and technology, and it looks like businesses might finally realize that winning is losing. Over the last decade (and more) companies have been in a battle between the need for technology and the requirements of business' rules and practices.

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  • From the Inside September/October 2017

    As I plan for the 2018 Conference in April, I'm always looking for interesting and fun things for at-tendees to do. As part of the planning for the MultiValue Bootcamp track I was looking for how oth-er conferences have run that sort of training in their own industries. In doing so, I ran across the concept of a Coding Retreat. A Coding Retreat is very similar to the Code Katas that I've talked about in past FTIs, but it sounds like a lot more fun.

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  • Case Study: Plumbing Company Modernizes Services with Revelation Software

    Often, when explaining what we do as programmers and analysts, we compare it to the building trades. We talk about wiring up code or framing out the processes that make a business work. This time we'll be talking about the software plumbing that makes one plumbing company flush with success.

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