Frequently Anticipated Questions
How large is your company?
So far, it's just myself. However, I will be hiring Apprentices very soon. I'm aiming for Q4 2019.
How long have you been in business?
I've been an independent consultant for years. (March 2011)
How would you describe your average customer?
My clients are typically mid-size businesses, with 50 to 500 employees. They're usually in the Manufacturing, Retail, or Service industries. Some are lean on software programmers and database architects. So I may help fill that role for them.
Where do you live/work?
The beautiful city of Spokane! It's on the eastern border of Washington State, USA.
Isn't open source risky? Someone could add malicious code for spying (or worse)
Actually, quite the opposite. Let's consider proprietary, closed-source software. Your email provider. Your phone. How do you know that software isn't tracking, spying, or doing bad things? Most likely, you don't know for certain. You must simply trust the software provider. But you cannot easily verify.
With open source, the code is right in front of you. Is it writing data to your laptop? Examine and find out. Is it transmitting personal data to a third party? You can search the code and prove it. Finally, open source projects have dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of contributors and users. Something malicious must first make it past the project maintainers. And then go unnoticed by countless other eyes.
How was this website built?
This website is self-hosted on a private cloud VPS (SSDNodes), running Linux and an Nginx web server. I used Supercharge to scaffold it, and handle routing. The design is a combination of Bulma objects, and a lot of hand-written CSS and some JS. I thought about using a pre-built theme. But decided it was best to construct my website from scratch.
All text is rendered with self-hosted, open source web fonts. No third-party connections to Google, or whatever.
Do you perform front-end web development and design?
TL;DR: Yes, but not professionally.
Becoming a better consultant & developer meant spending a lot of time with those technologies. Besides ERPNext, they have a zillion uses.
Creating web applications, static sites, REST API servers, user interfaces, etc.
It's one of the huge benefits of embracing Open Source. Everything you learn today, you can recycle and reuse tomorrow.
So. While I don't intend to make web-development a full-time career...I've certainly obtained many of those skills along the way.
Do you still consult on Microsoft Dynamics AX?
No, the only ERP platform I'm currently supporting is ERPNext. Dynamics was great while it lasted (12 years). But I felt it was time to provide my customers with something smaller, more flexible, and more cost effective.
However, if you need a great Dynamics AX partner? I strongly recommend Avantiico. They are brilliant consultants, and wonderful people. Tell them Brian says hello!