I'm Fred Morris, I have been in business as an information
technology consultant in Seattle (and soon in Tacoma) for over 20 years. A
lot has changed in that time, but then again many underlying principles
have remained the same: serve your customers, strive for reliability,
view controlling costs as a strategic imperative, be flexible,
and focus on your core business.
Whether you're a large business or a small one I'm here to
help you solve problems, meet new challenges, or just make old
headaches go away. One of the biggest changes in recent years
has been the explosion in alternatives to Microsoft..
in terms not only of their Windows branded operating
systems, but also their philosophy of how software should work
and how it should be licensed.
Linux is something
of a cause celebre or bete noir for
many people (or at least gets the press), but it's only
part of a technology puzzle which also includes the tools for storing
data (alternatives to Microsoft's SQLServer) and tools for
developing and delivering business support services, in particular
web-enabled applications. Technology in turn is part of a larger
puzzle which also includes business processes and data
I'm willing to make a bet that you went looking with Google
or some other search engine for an answer to some question and
found this page. If you're in the Puget Sound area and you want
quality in-depth advice or assistance, then keep reading. The
rest of this page is basically a questionnaire; check the boxes
or provide information where pertinent as you read. At the bottom,
provide some contact information and click the "Contact Me"
button.. or pick up the phone and call me at 253.538.5091.
costs can be out of control because of business growth, unnecessary,
or seldom-used applications; for that matter some software simply
costs more than it's worth.
in compliance with software licenses is not only a headache, it
takes time.. if you get audited or slapped with a lawsuit for
noncompliance it will cost you both time and money!
processes or poor software "solutions" waste employee
time and lose data. Employees aren't doing their jobs.
"upgrades" have hidden costs if they require hardware
upgrades as well.
branch offices, field personnel.
information with customers, vendors and suppliers, business intelligence.
billing, resource management, time planning, project management.
business processes, technology management.
document authoring. Version control. Checkin and checkout.
templating and document layout.
on the web or the internet.
mail-merge and other database-driven publishing projects.
e-commerce: rich customer interaction, on-line catalogs/inventory.
internal project/workflow processes to include customers.
management. Records management. Version and revision control.
Who has seen a document? Who has changed a document?
access to documents?
permanent are various types of documents and document storage?
tools, groupware, workflow, scheduling, alternatives to Microsoft
Outlook and e-mail.
What is Linux?
What else is there? Can I read Microsoft Office documents?
What other web browsers are available?
Can I continue
to use Microsoft Windows? How do I manage a gradual
Virtual Private Networks (VPN).
Web servers. Databases.
tools and scripting languages.
Fred Morris Consulting
6739 3rd NW, Seattle
a licensed local business since 1984