Michael R Royce
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Do you have an interest of improving your company's computer and business flow?

With over 25 years experience, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly!!!!!

What makes me different than most other professionals, simply, I provide the service that others only talk about. I not only identify the real source of problems, I also solve these problems without trying a lot of things that will not work.

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:

Example (1):
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).

Example (2):
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 - theirs didn't work at all) because they thought it was too complicated. My on-line program was 50% smaller and accomp- lished more. Over time, I rebuilt the payroll & financial systems, taking the best features of each totally unrelated application and making them work seamlessly together.

Example (3):
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)

Example (4):
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 per day. I offered to share my process with other Y2K contractors but they were not interested (nor did the company care).

Example (5):
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 - 57 consulting days so far). These consulting days are very diverse - that is, I need 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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