Close Business Ties since 1986 with
Steve's Business Background
Eric, father, was an NCR cash register and accounting machines sales account manager, systems analyst, employer & educator 1956-1981.
1968: Grade 12 at Brisbane State High. Studied languages and economics.
1969: Back Office Clerk / trainee accountant at Wallace Bishop Jewellers.
1970: Money Market Clerk / trainee accountant at Pioneer Sugar Mills Ltd (overseeing, boy, "millions" of dollars with wining/dining etc).
|1971:||Mainframe computers: with 2015 closing off 44 years as a professional programmer. |
COBOL click here for those unfamiliar with its inventor, is the early "natural English" language on mainframes that gained widespread acceptance and allegedly still supports over 70% of business transaction processing worldwide. Click here for an article in the Australian. It has 90% dominance in global financial transactions and is also widespread in insurance, airline administration, and government infrastructure. It is a third generation (3GL) language, one of the six languages whose standards are set by ISO/IEC — the other five (more formulaic) languages being C, C++, Fortran, Ada and Prolog. They have 18 participating member countries and 27 observer member countries click here. These contrast with other later 3GL (and 4GL) languages, with their corresponding run-time systems or "virtual machines" built via
Click here for a brief summary of 1, 2, 3 and 4GLs.
As a bynote, click here for some stats in answer to the question "Is there still a market for COBOL skills/developers?" The $2 trillion said to have been invested in these English-like, business-oriented COBOL systems over 57 years does play its part. And well written code is both straightforward and robust, explaining why banks depend on it so much.
So, working at Pioneer Sugar's Brisbane office and under tutelage from
In 1976 took a four year sabbatical from the computer world see further details in Christian Retailer section below.
|Employed on NCR mini-computers and writing in COBOL in an interactive multiprogramming environment, adapted Property Rates, Cash Receipting and Debtors applications for various Local Government Councils. Trained Council staff throughout Qld & NSW.|
|dBASE II: Transition. In April 1984, contracted to develop a database for Human Resource Management on a $10,000, single-user, IBM PC (hard disk) XT. At Christmas, contracted at Myers Indooroopilly to develop a multi-user customer database using Digital Research's Concurrent DOS on PCs. Also, wrote a Stock and Invoicing system for Southern Carpets in Logan. In 1985, now back on mainframes, upgraded Qld State Govt COBOL applications and trained staff on the ICL computer at Dept of Main Roads. In April 1986, back on PCs, wrote a General Ledger and Debtors program for churches and aid organizations (Australia-wide), again in |
PCs: Data Analysis & Database Management on 16-bit DOS and 32-bit Windows, designing & building numerous systems using |
Working with Datacare (now IT Integrity) who supported each installation, Steve wrote feature-rich, integrated systems for hundreds of sites, involving thousands of employees. Full office systems were thus installed at: Qld Theatre Company & Northern Securities on Novell networks, then, working with Blue Nursing staff at Moorlands House (originally owned by the Mayne family - see Mayne Hall below) wrote Domiciliary software for 62 of 63 Blue Nursing (BlueCare) Centres in Queensland (Brisbane excepted). During the 90s, implemented clients' care data on Apple Newton handhelds for RN nurses in the field, and installed office systems at Anglican, AOG, Baptist, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran and Uniting Church Aged Care Homes, Bible Colleges and Christian wholesalers - see below.
With Windows XP Professional edition, stable multi-tasking finally arrived coupled with advanced networking features.
In 2001, web enabled Jack Bradford's Brisbane Junior Theatre.
This completed Steve's decentralized distribution database package:
Christian Retailer Background|
1975-1976 Following a time of encouragement and prayer with a number of close brothers and sisters, started distributing Christian books and records to individuals and church prayer/youth groups through Ayr, Home Hill and Townsville.
1977-1978 Inspired by their Bookshop in Brisbane, became Townsville secretary for the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship Int'l and opened the Bookshop in the main street of Townsville. Ran a number of concerts with overseas artists, one of the first being an outdoor Larry Norman concert at the newly opened Dean Park Sound Shell, with Larry performing rock and ballads on high action classical guitar and grand piano, great acoustics and heart-felt message. Jamie Owens followed next in Bowen, then concerts with Barry McGuire, Honeytree, Chuck Girard, Randy Stonehill in Townsville, then - later in 1984 - a Phil Keaggy concert at UQ's Mayne Hall in Brisbane. Every concert included Australian artists in support.
Christian Wholesaler Background|
|1979.||Warehouse manager for Rhema Records and Keystone Magazine. Travelled twice to U.S.A.|
|1982-1986||Business manager in Australia for DTS Records & David Smallbone Promotions Pennant Hills Sydney.|
|1987-1996||Royalty Systems / Stock & Debtors software at Alpha & Omega Records now Crossroad Distributors - Keith & Joyce Bray.|
||Stock & Debtors software at Harvest Christian Products (Christian Art Gifts) & until 2002 GPH in New Zealand.|
|1991-2001||Stock & Debtors software at Lighthouse Christian Distributors.|
|1993-2008||Stock & Debtors software at W A Buchanan & Co|
|2003-2014||Stock & Debtors, Payroll, General Ledger & Creditors software at Care and Share Products.|
|2007-2009||Stock Database manager for Christian Bookselling Association Australia.|
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