Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
As part of the registration process on TopTal (Top Talent), one is asked "What is the most amazing application that you have built?" and one is requested to refer to someone with similar experience to what one has. This someone is Taras Mykhailovych, and you can find out about him here.
Pondering the question about the most amazing application, I immediately thought back to an incredible textile system that I developed from scratch in the 1990s and an accounting system that I developed and integrated for a client in the 2000s. I been involved with so many other amazing developments over the past 30 years of my software development career.
But the project that stands out for me is the project I'm currently working on. It is called PiMan, and it is a planning and monitoring system for the Western Cape Government (WCG). PIMAN stands for Performance and Monitoring and Management.
I am involved in a cross-functional team that straddles IT, Planning, Health Management, Corporate Services and other departments of the WCG.
As part of the team, I have been allowed to design the ERD's and data structures, and after three months development there are already 39 tables, 25 APEX Pages, and the beginnings of a Power BI Dashboard. I have not only been enhancing my 30+ years of Oracle and Relational Database knowledge but also been doing Udemy courses to improve my APEX, and PowerBI and learn Python. All this learning time is in my own time, as I am a contractor, and my clients expect me to know these things and not to have to learn on the job. Sometimes clients ask me specifically to learn a new technology on the job, as they realise that I contribute massively to all the projects on which I work. I am always interested in the entire project, and not only the piece I am doing.
Lockdown has meant that over 2,500 WCG staff and contractors are working from home. Statistics show that 63% of staff are (were) office-based, and 80% of these staff, working from home in 2020, feel that they are more productive working from home, which is positive news for health, for traffic reduction, for getting out of buildings and a huge positive for our environment.
Note that PiMan is enormous and it is an 18-month project, which I'm hoping to complete in 9 months. We are 3 full-time months in, although we started six months ago. This because of my other workload for WCG. I also still have other clients, one on a retainer and others ad-hoc. So if you need me, contact me, and I can help you with urgent needs, just as a doctor or healer quickly identifies and diagnoses a problem, and sets you on a course to heal it. My multipotentiality nature and comprehensive learning and intuition help me to intuitively and rapidly identify patterns and processes and paths through the information maze in which we find ourselves and where the modern problems are mysteries rather than puzzles. With a puzzle, you know which piece is missing. With a mystery, you have all the pieces (data and information), but you don't know where to look, or maybe you don't even know where to start.
Note also that I have registered on TopTal as I learn so much when I register on these AI-driven web sites. Being acknowledged as a Top Talent Developer will be a feather in my cap and an acknowledgement of my capabilities and knowledge, and it will help potential clients learn about me so that I have work once PiMan is completed.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Load Shedding in South Africa coincides with Lock Down Level 2!
Friday, August 7, 2020
Saturday, August 1, 2020
You wake up in the morning and discover this letter in your box:
"Hi David. Just to let you know that a new 5G aerial is being installed on your property at 3am tomorrow morning. Two days later, because this council owned pole is on your property, it will have 4G, 3G and any other aerial that your government feels is beneficial installed on the pole. The fact that you have a government owned electricity pole and perhaps a Telkom pole carrying a Telkom cable on your property means that your government has the right to not only install cables on your property, but also to install ANY type of Wifi device on your property. And if you normally switch off your house wifi at night to minimise electrical interference, don't worry, because the pole outside your house will be transmitting and receiving 24 hours a day. Thanks for your loyal vote. We appreciate it. Regards, Your Government."
I put this in quotes, because how would you feel if you woke up tomorrow morning and found this letter in your post box?