(Wayne Smallman, Octane Interactive)
I often wish I was an accountant (I nearly was) or a lawyer, or a plumber, or anything that makes it easy to tell people what I do.
As things turned out, I spent many years doing lots of different things with a common theme – sorting stuff out and solving problems. Sometimes I had caused those problems myself, but that’s a good way to learn!
I was in generally operational roles, so dealing with things like the retail supply chain, inventory management and demand, warehousing, fulfilment and customer services. Those roles meant that I needed a lot of information, and I quickly found that it wasn’t as easy to find as you might think.
Our computers provided plenty of data, but most of it was just a big list of sales figures on that green and white striped continuous stationery!
So I decided to learn how to dig about in that data to find what I needed, and therefore became proficient with spreadsheets and databases and reporting systems of one sort and another. Many of those skills I picked up over 25 years ago still come in useful today, even though the technology has changed beyond recognition.
Because I am a business person first and foremost, I understand what information to look for, and my technical skills means that I know where to find it. It’s a self-sufficient mix that I have found to be invaluable, and that is how I help most of my clients today.
I also provide development work to provide solutions if appropriate, and I work very hands-on. I’m just as likely to be found data-cleansing someone’s address database, or building a simple quote generator, as sitting in the Board Room having a strategic conversation about their business.
I like it that way, because it keeps the days varied. It also means I don’t need to wear a suit all the time!
If you want to see what people have said about me, then it’s here on my Testimonials page.
To find out more, or to have a chat without any obligation or hard-sell, please contact me here, or call 01438 832724.
Out of the office …
I was a primary school governor at our village school for six years. Then I was a Parish Councillor for eight years, and the Chair for seven, which I have just stepped down from, so I am looking for the next challenge!
I have a large vinyl record collection, and have been known to play some of it on various radio stations.
I live in a Hertfordshire village, with my wife, two ‘young adults’, and some moribund tropical fish.
I do a lot of Microsoft Access, and other database, work – find out more here.
Microsoft Excel is another specialism – find out more here.
For collating data, and easy reporting and beautiful dashboards, you need Microsoft PowerBI – find out more here.