Unit 1, 103 Kempsie Road
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Upper Mount Gravatt Brisbane Queensland Australia 4122
Web Page www.swcs.com.au
Close Business Ties 1986 - 2008
Early morning thoughts just after 01:02:03 on 04/05/06 — Australian time
a word to Israel
2 Timothy 2:11-13 "A faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
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.
First an introduction
COBOL, click here for those unfamiliar with its inventor, was a "business English" programming language which the US Department of Defence insisted that all computer manufacturers, if they wanted US Government contracts, had to be able to support. Launched in 1960, strongly supported by IBM after 1962, and the ICT/ICL 1900 series of business computers in England after 1964, by the year 1970 COBOL had become the most widely used programming language in the world.
Cobol is said to have 90% dominance in global financial transactions and is widespread through banks, supermarkets, governments, insurance and airlines. It's called a "third generation" (3GL) language. Standards are set by
Click here and here for the level of demand for COBOL programmers worldwide in 2022. The estimated 800 billion lines of code in daily use, and $2 trillion said to have been invested over its 60 years via myriads of flowcharts and systems analysis, continues to play its part. While verbose, it is the most readable, understandable and self-documenting programming language available. Well written code is straightforward and robust — in a professional English-like way — explaining why financial institutions continue to depend on it. But 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 input at the cane-receiving stations and the central pay office, the company purchased easy to use DECwriter II Keyboard Terminals, see the two photos at the bottom of that web page. They provided 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).
Also installed office systems at Anglican, Baptist, Beth-Eden (at the time AOG, now Brethren), Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran and Uniting Church Aged Care Homes, Bible Colleges and Christian wholesalers - see below.
In 2007 wrote a Stock Database program for CBAA.
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
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 |
|1991-2001||Stock & Debtors software at Lighthouse Christian Distributors.|
|1993-2008||Stock & Debtors software at W A Buchanan & Co (Christian Literature Crusade Wholesale).|
|2003-2014|| Stock & Debtors, Payroll, General Ledger & Creditors software at |
|2007-2009||Stock Database manager for Christian Bookselling Association Australia.|
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