Unit 1, 103 Kempsie Road
(click here for a Google screenshot)
Upper Mount Gravatt Brisbane Queensland Australia 4122
Web Page www.swcs.com.au
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).
Computer Applications Programming from 1971, with 2015 closing off 44 years as a professional programmer.
First 15 years included 7 versatile years of writing code for mainframes in COBOL, interspersed with some BASIC programming and dBASE II.
COBOL click here for those unfamiliar with its invention, is the early "natural English" language that gained widespread acceptance in the US and UK governments and allegedly still supports over 70% of business transaction processing worldwide. Regarding Australian support click here for a recent article in the Australian.
Click here for our Aussie banks IT systems, and some of the dramas at switching over to Java at NAB and Suncorp.
Click here for a brief summary of what is meant by 1, 2, 3 and 4GLs.
And 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 over 58 years in myriads of flowcharts and systems does play its part. Many acknowledge that, while verbose, it is the most readable, understandable and self-documenting programming language in use today. Well written code is both straightforward and robust — in a business English-like way — explaining why financial institutions have depended on it so much. But yes the increasing dearth of experienced programmers will cause ongoing issues.
So, working at Pioneer Sugar's Brisbane office and under tutelage from
|1974-1975||Transfer to the North Qld offices and, liaising with Townsville software contractors, computerised the canepay and payroll office systems using |
For keyboard input at the cane-receiving stations and the central pay office, the company purchased easy to use DECwriter II terminals, providing great real-time audit trails.
|Took a four year sabbatical from the computer world in 1976 see further details in Christian Retailer section below.|
|1980-1982||Employed on NCR mini-computers and writing in COBOL, now in an interactive multiprogramming environment, adapted Property Rates, Cash Receipting and Debtors applications for various Local Government Councils. Trained Council staff throughout Qld & NSW.|
|1984-1986||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 |
|End of the COBOL years. Now, PCs with Data Analysis & Database Management.|
|1986-2008||Using 16-bit DOS and 32-bit Windows, designed & built numerous systems, initially with |
Working with Datacare (today 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 the remarkable, but short-lived 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.
From 2001-2016 set up the web page for Jack Bradford's Brisbane Junior Theatre, and a family page for Dominic Power's family.
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.
In Townsville, struck up a deep friendship with Tony McLennan and lived with his family for several months. Working through Tony's church Calvary Temple, opened up an outreach building for daily ministry on Flinders Street (in the heart of the city) called "The Ark".
1977-1978 Inspired by their Bookshop in Brisbane, became Townsville secretary for the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship Int'l and opened the Bookshop in this main street of Townsville. Ran a number of concerts with overseas artists, an early one 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 |
|2007-2009||Stock Database manager for Christian Bookselling Association Australia.|
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