With only a few hours remaining in 2013, I figured I’d take a quick look back at what has been achieved over the course of the year (or at least since I started this blog in May).
May the 4th be with you:
Well actually the first post was on May the 7th, but I’m sure I was thinking about it on the 4th. 🙂 Needless to say with much enthusiasm and motivation I decided that a blog would be a great starting point to provide a back story for when my software would eventually be released. It would also provide a great medium for documenting some of the issues relating to growing a business.
Blogging started off with a hiss and roar in May as I managed to publish 7 posts, granted this was helped from being on holiday and being unable to perform my usual work, but never the less I started out with a quick history of previous ID Systems, before having a rant about global roaming. 🙂
Unfortunately I only managed 2 posts in June, however this was the flip side of being on a holiday, I actually went into holiday mode and enjoyed my time off. 🙂
Back from holiday I hit the ground running, and managed to get Terian ID Creator into live testing towards the end of the month. Sadly at which point a major issue was highlighted in testing, which required a substantial change to the fundamental architecture of the system in regards to how it saved images.
After the initial major change to the fundamental architecture, most of August was spent working on minor updates and bug fixes that were uncovered from live testing. For the most part testing progressed relatively smoothly.
September was quite busy working on additional functionality and updates, unfortunately no blog posts were made as I was wary of the end of the year quickly approaching and quite a few other work projects were on the to-do list.
October was a great month, early in the month we signed off on the live testing, and migrated the first client completely over to the new system. Also at the end of the month I attended the IITPnz 2013 Conference in Tauranga. In addition to the conference I also attended a fantastic workshop by Nicolás Erdödy related to getting investment for software companies.
No blog posts in November, as the conference, and especially the workshop provided great focus for the steps I would need to take in order to move towards releasing the software and becoming a successful business, so it was a case of head down and full steam ahead.
Much of the behind the scenes work from November came to fruition in December, as I had my first employee start, released phase 1 of the new website, released Terian Image Capture Pro (ICP) and Terian Image Capture Standard (ICS) to production and last but not least completed the reporting functionality of Terian ID Creator.
23 posts (including this one) for the best part of 7 months is possibly not quite as many as I had hoped for, however I guess that is still acceptable when you think it roughly works out to 3 a month. There is a huge amount of work to do in 2014, hopefully I can increase the frequency of the posts while still keeping them relevant. No doubt by increasing the frequency of the posts it will also allow me write them quicker, as currently these posts still take a not inconsiderable amount of time to prepare.
Now with this done, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the last couple hours of 2013.
Thanks Ants. Have enjoyed reading them – keep it up!