Saturday, February 24, 2007

protocol 80 to Develop an Asset Management System

One of our nicest clients, Belser Hale Excavating has an immediate need for a system to track and manage all of their large equipment and machines. The system we're developing will keep track of the maintenance history for each machine, and provide a to-do list of upcoming services based on service hours or mileage. The system will also track parts used during services and repairs, allowing the staff to quickly find needed parts when a new maintenance is being done.

As with any system, ease of use is a very high priority! We intend to develop this application using ASP.Net 2.0 (C#) and SQL Server 2005 Express. The reporting mechanism will be all written in .net and allow for various levels of data retrieval.

The system will have user management as well to secure the app and provide a level of accountability.

We are very excited about this application, and will provide an update when the system is in use!

protocol 80 Teaches Dreamweaver to Local Business Owners

On February 9th and 16th, protocol 80 gave a course through the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Adobe/Macromedia Dreamweaver 8. The courses was an introduction to Dreamweaver, covering the very basics of creating a simple web site in Dreamweaver, and using the Dreamweaver environment to create and manage web sites.

The course was offered through the Business Resource Center at UPB as a non-credit course, targeted at small business owners and medium to large business employees responsible for updating corporate web sites.

The course covered basic text formatting through common HTML elements such as Headings, and displayed CSS as a mechanism for reusing text formatting and alignment. Basic forms were covered as was a very basic introduction to Flash.

This is just one of the many courses protocol 80 has given at UPB. Some of the other courses we've done include:

Your Business Online
  • a managerial perspective to planning an Internet business
  • Deciding to develop in-house or hire a vendor
  • Warning signs that a project is going bad, etc..

Web Authoring Certificate Courses - End to end web design and graphic design for the web. Individual courses included:

  • Introduction to HTML
  • Advanced HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Adobe/Macromedia Flash
  • Adobe/Macromedia Dreamweaver