User's Group Meeting, Market Pricing, Salary Planning and Twittering
Closer to home, it's been a busy week here at NextComp. Here's a summary of what we've been up to this week.
User's Group Meeting
I've been quietly planning a user's group meeting in the Seattle area, all the while working feverishly to implement Version 3 of NextComp before the meeting. Well it looks like I'll have Version 3 completed and ready by the end of February. So I'm working on the details to have the User's Group meeting in Issaquah sometime the first two weeks of March. I'm still nailing down the space availability. I'll have that finalized early next week, so the blog post next week will have more details.
This past week I was working extensively on an update to the NextComp salary planning application. I re-wrote the database engine to enhance performance and scalability. This tool was originally designed to run on smaller networks and in smaller to medium sized companies. One client is running it on a larger network with over 500 managers having access the system. Of course, before the re-write, the database crumpled under the load. I think smoke might have been coming out of the server! :-) After a series of late night programming sessions, I was able to redesign the database to effectively scale up to over 10,000 employees and over 500 managers. Whew, that was some serious work. It's done now, and I'm moving on to create a cool Quicktime training video.
Here are some screenshots...
Of course that's not the only project that's going on. Never a dull moment here in Issaquah.
Version 3 Update
I've been working on NextComp Version 3 with the goal of having it completed by the end of February in time for several of our clients to transition to the new application before the WorldatWork Conference being held in Seattle in June. I've been getting really helpful feedback from a couple of larger subscribers that have volunteered to transition early to Version 3, while still using Version 2 primarily. Thank you to them! More updates next week on Version 3.
The Tweet In Review
Continuing on the post from last week, I've been trying to tweet on any interesting articles that I run across during my blog reading. I use NetNewsWire on the Mac to consolidate the blog posts into one list of updated information. I have over 100 blogs that I read on a regular basis, and the list keeps growing. I enjoy everything from compensation related blogs, to listserve type blogs, to art and photography blogs. Here are some highlights from this last week.
Sitting on top of my roof taking Xmas lights down http://twitpic.com/13z8v. Nice view from up here! 1:20 PM Jan 17th from twitterrific
AMD cutting 1,100 jobs and cutting salaries by 5% to 15%. http://tinyurl.com/7r4g2g 10:01 AM Jan 19th from TweetDeck
@annemareemoore Here's a blog with a copy of the President's speech in PDF format... http://leifbrostrom.com/?p=153 1:58 PM Jan 20th from web in reply to annemareemoore
Over 7 Million Workers to See Lowest Pay Raise in 30+ Years http://tinyurl.com/9ch9ub 9:44 AM Jan 21st from TweetDeck
iPhone development webinars, five total for $97 each. Good deal! http://tinyurl.com/885fc8 10:16 AM Jan 21st from TweetDeck
Just received an e-mail: There are just 130 days, 2 hours and 50 minutes until the 2009 WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference and Exhibition. 12:40 PM Jan 21st from TweetDeck
Check out the resolution of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II http://tinyurl.com/bhhn8c What an awesome place for skiing too! 10:44 AM yesterday from TweetDeck
Inauguration in Tweets: http://projects.flowingdata.com/inauguration/ about 18 hours ago from TweetDeck
New ski related blog post http://photomatto.typepad.com about 16 hours ago from twitterrific
President Obama is a good Dad too... http://tinyurl.com/8q3yp9 about 5 hours ago from TweetDeck
"Four sure fire ways to get laid off" http://tinyurl.com/bte4zc about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
Links to information on the Leadbetter Fair Pay Act that looks to pass Congress soon. http://tinyurl.com/d4xhz4 http://tinyurl.com/bbzstn about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
"Washington’s three largest insurers were down a combined $194M in October" http://tinyurl.com/dms7jv 43 minutes ago from TweetDeck
Thanks to "The Industry Radar" http://www.theindustryradar... for all the great links.
42 minutes ago from TweetDeck
Well that wraps up another week here in the cold, damp and foggy Northwest. We're supposed to get some snow over the weekend. Oh boy! Well at least that will help the ski resorts.
Until next week, have a great weekend!