What they don’t teach you at College
I was reading through a checklist on a Government Website for budding Domestic Builders when I found their checklist entitled, “Am I Ready to Apply for Registration?”
The 60 something areas of knowledge and experience they listed ranged from Business Management to Building Knowledge but there was no reference to BUILDING SOFTWARE. The closest they came was “Basic Accounting Principles”.
Now you could say I have a vested interest since that’s what my company develops – but actually I started out in life as a Builder. On big projects. Then when I started my own small company I found a desperate need to control the processes and paperwork that was starting to swamp me. So I looked around found nothing suitable and eventually had someone write me a program. The rest is history – in short I stopped building and focussed on developing Building Software.
Now I’ve met a lot of Builders in the 30 years since and none talk to me about Accounting Principles. What they do talk about is how they need some software to help them run their Building Businesses.
When they started out they bought a simple accounting package. It was cheap, popular, easy to use and pretty intuitive. There were plenty of people using it so there was no problem employing staff to operate it....