Michael R Royce
77 Auburn Street
Concord, NH 03301-3047
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" Best Ideas That Work "
(Proven Track Record of Completed Projects)
I am most interested in converting the many hundreds of thousands
of mainframe / MS-DOS Cobol applications to Windows.
More details here
Also, I would like challenging and interesting positions
where I am allowed to use my extensive magical skills &
experience to solve computer application problems.
- Offers over 25 years experience
- Development of productive applications such as:
- Installation of hardware and softwareAccounting
- Database Design
A Brief Summary of Why You Need Me
I am most interested in converting the many hundreds of thousands of mainframe & PC-DOS Cobol applications to Windows.
I offer a distinctive blend of vision, creative computer skills and commitment with a collaborative style of leadership that gets quick results that everyone can use.
Try to envision how a few of my project solutions would help your organization:
A quote from a Micro Focus Cobol newsletter:
"With project failure rates considered the "worst in decades",
the challenges of distributed teams, numerous automation tools,
and multiple methodologies, mean today's software development
teams are inherently burdened with a tremendous amount of
complexity. Yet despite increasing failure rates, teams continue
to ignore the true reason for these failures - requirements definition."
I read this stuff all of the time.
My projects do not fail because I take all steps necessary to achieve expected results.
The position I liked best & most responsible:
With only 3 years of computer development experience
(and NO Unisys experience
- this would be unheard of in the consulting business of today -
too bad because clients lose a lot of good people)
, the best position I have had with my career was
10 years as IT Director / Systems Analyst / Programmer
for the Concord School District.
I liked that position best because I created the Unisys mainframe
computer system 6-months after CSD purchased their computer.
I added applications (payroll, budgets, account receivable / payable,
personnel, student records / scheduling, health records,
food services, attendance, report cards, guidance analysis, utility usage
(electricity, fuel oil & gas), etc.) purchased from Unisys
and extensively altered or custom built to meet the ever
changing user needs.
I designed & installed equipment to network the computer
system that tied all 12 schools together with the business office.
This was my most productive work environment because I was free
to do everything that was necessary to solve computer-related problems.
It seems I did this so well that Unisys technical staff, from
throughout New England, visited the school district's data
center to understand what I was doing that was so much better.
(One team manager told me that nobody was utilizing computer
resources and producing results like I was.
At the time, I didn't think much about this comment
but over the years I have learned he was correct
- not very many computer systems work well -
most IT departments & software vendors are not responsive to user needs).
Most challenging project completed:
I rewrote the Unisys financial package that did not work at all.
This is a very long story but the net result is that
the school district had a full functional financial system
and Unisys paid the school district $10,000 for my batch
program changes that they could not fix themselves.
Unisys did not want my new on-line program
(workhorse of the system - their's didn't work at all)
because they thought it was too complicated.
My on-line program was 50% smaller and accomplished more.
Over time, I rebuilt the payroll & financial systems,
taking the best features of each totally unrelated
application and making them work seamlessly together.
Very good working with clients:
At the Bank of Boston (now Bank of America), the payroll systems
manager told me I was the only consultant that gave him what he wanted.
(Again, I provide service, I get things done correctly)
Creative computer processing:
On a Y2K project, one phase was to merge on-going development
from other departments with source code that was Y2Ked.
With my process, I could merge 125 programs per day.
Other contractors would merge 5 programs per day.
I offered to share my process with other Y2K contractors
but they were not interested (nor did the company care).
Flexible creative computer projects:
The past few years, I have donated consulting days to our Public TV Auction, Channel 11, Durham, NH
(1 day per auction day - 87 consulting days in 9 years)
These consulting days are very diverse
- that is, I needed to be very creative instantly.
With my extensive experience, I have many supporting stories.
Just ask, chances are I have already solved your typical kinds of problems elsewhere.
I have many success stories.
A small investment in my service will save your company many times over.
Just E-mail me a general description of your problems to start me thinking.
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