The problem with spreadsheets...

The problem with spreadsheets is that they can store large amounts of data, have a great selection of functions to draw upon, and can automatically generate graphs that give us a tremendous insight into that data. Why is this a problem? Read More…

Accounting software drives me mad!

A few years ago, when setting up the business, I decided to buy a well-known accounting software package because I wanted to be able to easily share my accounting records with my accountant, who also used the same program. I mistakenly thought that accounts programs were pretty much similar in function. I mean we are only talking about tracking basic financial transactions aren’t we? Read More…

Is Apple really sabotaging an open standard?

I read the recent ZDNet article How Apple is sabotaging an open standard for digital books with some interest. Can a company actually sabotage an open standard? Read More…

CEN ‘Core’ Cross Industry Invoice European Message Implementation Guideline

The European Committee for Standardization, CEN, today announced the opening of the Public Review for the ‘Core’ Cross Industry Invoice European Message Implementation Guideline. The guideline is due to be published as a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) in the autumn. Read More…

Partnering, BIM and all that stuff

In his blog, Partnering, is it working?, Derek Mynott suggests that in a commercial world it will always be the lowest price that wins and that partnering and collaboration isn’t working in construction. He goes on to say everyone is looking after their own business interests and some big barriers are going to have to be broken down to make true partnering a reality. His conclusion is that there will be that cultural change once Building Information Models (BIM) comes into its own.

It is not that BIM is the catalyst to this cultural change. There is more going on. Read More…