Brian Pond

Business Software Consulting

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Then we can talk over the phone, chat on Telegram, meet on Zoom, or whatever works best for us.

What else would you like to know?

  • Below is the current Software Stack I've been using. A lot of that technology was used to build this website.
  • I've thought about questions people might ask. You can find those in my FAQ section below.
  • Want more information about my career? Check out this section near the bottom of the page.

My Current Software Stack

Here is the software I've been using lately.

Business App

ERPNext, powered by Frappé web framework!

Operating System

Ubuntu 18.10

Software Dev

Python 3.7 + PyPI + IPython
JavaScript, Node.js, ESLint
Docker Community Edition
Jupyter Lab (pandas!)

Web Frameworks

Hapi.js --- Supercharge --- Vue.js

Database Engines

MariaDB SQL --- MongoDB

Other Applications

Brackets (HTML/CSS editor)
DokuWiki (knowledge base)
Evolution (email/calendar)
Flow (JavaScript typing)
Geany (software IDE)
Glances + Bottle (VPS monitor)
Hugo (blog)
LibreOffice (office productivity)
Okular (e-reader)
Remmina (remote desktop)
Zoom (web meetings)

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.

The ERPNext framework was built with modern web tech. HTML5, CSS, Python, JavaScript, Vue.js, Jinja templating. 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!

Brian started programming as a teen in 1990. Long before The Big Bang Theory made nerds cool.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.

(and 2 cats who he fusses over constantly)

Developer of software and databases around the globe...

Working at Honeywell’s Aerospace division in the early 2000s, Brian discovered a passion for databases. He generated navigational databases for a variety of aircraft Flight Management Systems, including the first NavDB for the Airbus A380.

Exposed to the world of ERP, his relationship with databases strengthened. Brian’s first ERP implementation was in 2006; he developed a data migration from JD Edwards OneWorld to Dynamics AX. At the same time, Brian begin working on Business Intelligence. His experiences with Microsoft SQL Server, Data Warehousing, and Dynamics would define his career for a decade.

Brian led one of the earliest client-performed upgrades of Dynamics AX. For 10 years, he taught courses at annual AXUG Summits, on topics such as data migration, security, reporting, BI, and inventory costing. He was a recipient of the AXUG’s first MVP award in 2014.

Self-employed and independent since 2011, Brian has participated in dozens of ERP upgrades and implementations, software development projects, and client support operations. His projects have included:

  • E-Commerce integrations with Amazon, PayPal, eBay, Magento, and Netstorez.
  • B2B connectivity with Best Buy, integrating ERP modules for material bidding, inventory replenishment, and VMI.
  • Custom bar-coding and warehouse operations screens and code.
  • Data Warehousing and BI solutions for brick and mortar retailers.
  • Inventory Costing training, audit resolution, and support for clients and partners.
  • Many, many data migrations and software development projects.