Are you developing a system? or just programming?

It is easy to do programming today; there are so many powerful development tools that are developer-friendly, e.g. Excel / Access VBA, Visual Studio, MATLAB, R…etc.  A lot of business users who are analytical, logical smart, choose to develop their own business application.  These systems can be agile, cost effective and deliver what they want!

However, many business users have handed over these hidden business applications back to IT department in a few years.  These lovely applications have grown into monsters that they can’t control; it takes too long to process, whenever they want to add a small enhancement, something unexpected fail or certain disasters happen, e.g. the business user who created the application left the company.

What are their problems?  Why did these business applications have such short life expectancy?  How can we manage our applications?


About Andrew Chan
Andrew Chan is an Business Consultant who gives you accurate, consistent and timely information so that you can make better and faster decisions. He is an Associate of Society of Actuaries with over 20 years of IT experience. Apart from strong analytical skills and proven technical background, he was also a former system director at Manulife who had extensive project management experience. If you are looking for someone to gather, consolidate, validate, visualize and analyze data, look no further! Andrew can provide the most cost effective business analytics solution so that you can explore, optimize, predict and visualize your business. Don’t guess on any decision, no matter it is finance, operation, marketing or sales! Always ask for evidence!

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