David’s experience began with spreadsheets in the late 1980s, moving into Borland Quattro Pro (he still looks back with rose tinted glasses to this programme) before coming to Microsoft Excel in the mid 1990s.
His first foray into computerised accounting came with Sage in 1992 when he learnt the DOS programme and the the first involvement with databases came in 1998 when he realised it was easier to learn MS Access and build a recruitment program than it was to take an off the shelf package and try and modify for his recruitment business at the time.
Since those first steps David has operated a number of different programmes and was quoted “ Once you have learnt a programme in one format, it is usually pretty straight forward to apply those principles in a similar environment. With the increasing cost of Microsoft Office and Sage Accounts it is incumbent on any business to look at what low cost alternatives are out there. The features of Excel are good, but for the average user, most of these tools are available within Open or Libre Office.”
As well as the numerate areas David is also a competent desktop and web Publisher as well as an avid proponent of the use of mind mapping. “In a world of massive information from numerous sources, Mind mapping helps me to cut through to the important stuff and give me an easily read and followed plan of the way forward.”