Rowe is right: Society needs skilled labor

Sitting around the table after Christmas dinner, I was speaking to one of my dad’s cousins about possibly taking a course in classic automobile engine repair at the local community college. We both share a love of classic cars, and I’ve always been fascinated with the internal combustion engine. We… Read more »

Customer training becomes a learning experience

Being the marketing director here at Practical Software Solutions is like being a utility infielder in baseball: You have to know a lot about many products, but you never really become an expert at one. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t mind being an expert in every software title… Read more »

Simplicity works best for business

I always thought Thanksgiving wasn’t complicated. That is, until I saw people trying to explain it. Earlier this week, several people were trying to explain Thanksgiving on a message board I frequent to people in Europe. They debated whether it was or wasn’t a religious holiday, its origins, and its… Read more »

Cannabis is no laughing matter in horticulture industry

It seems Laura Drotleff had the same problem I’m having with writing a commentary about a taboo subject. You want to joke about it. Laura, the editor of Greenhouse Grower magazine, dedicated her monthly commentary in October to an issue many large-scale greenhouse operations are facing: To grow or not to… Read more »

Education key to fending off cyber attacks at work

Sometimes I feel like a real pest. But I feel like I’m a rather safe and cautious pest. Yesterday, I sent an e-mail to Sherry Johnson and Tracy Phillips from AmericanHort to ask them about a company that said they published the organization’s media kit. We’ve been members of AmericanHort… Read more »

Back to the Future — Time travel by way of Sage X3

We have just arrived at October 21, 2015. Join me as I travel around on my hoverboard, drinking my Pepsi Perfect, while waiting for the Cubs to win the World Series. As you’ve probably figured out by now (especially if you’ve looked at Facebook anytime in the past week), today’s… Read more »

‘I have an idea’: That is music to our ears

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: We don’t know everything. (Ok, I’ll wait a few moments for you to pick yourself off the floor.) Yes, yes …. I know. You were expecting me to say, “We know everything and can do everything,” or “sure, our products… Read more »

Sage Summit 2015 recap: A letter to Jann Guthridge

Dear Jann, When you wrote to me on July 23 to tell me you and George Koerner couldn’t to make it to Sage Summit 2015, we were in a bit of disbelief. Sage Summit without Jann and George? You’ve been attending with us for so long that it wouldn’t be the same… Read more »

Sage Summit 2015: It’s the final countdown

It’s nearly here! Not only are we five days away from the beginning of Sage Summit 2015, we’re nine days away from the end of July! For those of you who just went “Huh?”, July happens to be the busiest month on our calendar at Practical Software Solutions. Our two… Read more »

DemandLink brings better forecasting to Grower Vertical

You probably have heard the expression, “build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” As a software company, we are always looking for new ways to improve our technology. Nearly a decade ago we began developing Grower Vertical, our add-on to Sage ERP that compensates for… Read more »