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Having “Fun” With Job Order Numbers

I recently received a call from a company that had “run out” of internal job order numbers.

As an error message, this one is fairly descriptive. However, 9 times out 10 the person who receives it won’t have permissions to modify the numbering system anyway. Some research on M2MExpert […]

SQL DBA Quiz – I’ll Play Your Game, You Rogue.

Today I was tagged by SQL Ninja Brent Ozar after he was tagged by Chris Shaw for this brief SQL DBA Quiz. His quiz requests that I name two mistakes I’ve made in my career. As someone who celebrates his mistakes, of course I will have to oblige. The title of my post, is […]

Some are born geeks, some achieve geekiness, and some have geekiness thrust upon them….

I like to think of myself as an alpha geek. Geekiness is something to be respected, enjoyed, and promoted. Let me share some of my “geek cred” with you.

For example I….

Learned BASIC on a Radio Shack TRS80 Model 3 and I still have 5.25″ floppies which contain my early programming efforts.
Have […]

Dark Helmet’s Approach to Project Management.

Spaceballs, the classic film co-written, directed by, and starring Mel Brooks, is one of my favorite of all time. It has a star-studded cast, makes fun of a film genre that is near and dear to my heart, and has so many memorable moments and soundbites. Anyway, I watched it again the […]

Resorting M2M List Boxes

Recently I came across the following problem: A company I assist had over 100 different shipping options in Made2Manage. You might question why a company would have that many shipping options, but when you consider there are many different options for a single carrier, they add up. For example here are a […]

Code is never finished, only abandoned.

I enjoy reading a little bit right before bed, and I’m a big fan of Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers. Where else can you read short articles about Star Wars trivia, how the invention of currency came about, and the famous hoaxes of the last century all in one sitting?

Anyway, I found […]

ECM Auditing. Its Limitations and a Solution.

What is ECM (Engineering Change Management)?

The basics as to what it is and how to use it can be found on M2M Expert.

Here is an excerpt from the site. I’ve emphasized the text relating to today’s post.

This feature of Made2Manage manages the process of engineering changes in parts and associated documents […]

Hold On To Your Butts… (You Need a Test Server)

In a previous post, I emphasized the importance of testing customizations.

The Made2Manage implementation consultants that I’ve known have all recommended having a practice company. The directions for creating one are posted on M2M Expert, and of course this is a necessity. However, I take it a step further and keep a […]

SA! Why’d it have to be SA?

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“Snakes! Why’d it have to be snakes?”- Indiana Jones

The Made2Manage ERP system accesses its database with one login. I suspect the reason they do so is because it makes programming easier. So, while […]