I am finally -- happily -- retired after a decent run of almost 20 years in the IT business.

During those 20 years I worked as a developer, programmer, data analyst, trainer, college professor and IT consultant.

I came to IT late. The time immediately before was spent in sales and marketing.

I have many fond memories of my co-workers, my students and my customers. I even have fond memories of some of my bosses. I experienced many frustrations as well. Hopefully the stories in this blog will be instructive but also let readers know they are not alone.

I mulled over various names for my consulting business and settled on Business Data Solutions. I pictured myself creating databases and developing software that would help businesses solve their data problems. I learned that the problems were often with the people working at the business; that databases and software were just part of the solution.

Rick O'Brien