LuminousMonkey

Small Business

I work in a small business, been here for about twelve years now. Started off as just an unqualified technical helper/IT guy, then moved onto being the bookkeeper for a few years, and now I'm the general manager. It's an interesting thing, a small business, you just have to make do with what you can.

That's probably not a good description, because at an enterprise level company you have to make do with what you can, it's just on a larger scale. But, for example, I have a problem with some servers, now, because of me, we have a server setup a little bit more… comprehensive, then most companies.

Anyway, problems with servers, they're just Sun Fire X4600 M2s, 64GB RAM, got them off eBay. They're old, but they work. Well, obviously not working fully now otherwise I wouldn't be talking about this. So, right, I thought I would price up some Dell servers, I made the switch from custom building PCs to using Dell desktops, so thought I would try the same with servers.

Looking at a basic sort of rack computer config, with 64GB RAM, over a few thousand dollars. We can't justify that. Just a quick look, on eBay, and I can find a Sun Fire X4450 with 64GB RAM, 16 cores, for $1000 or so. Now this isn't a nice new setup with support, and is far more powerful. However, I could buy eight of these things for the same price.

Small businesses, obviously have different considerations when making purchases. But, small businesses can grow and now I will sort of try to get to the point I just thought up. Well, I've had it on my mind for a little bit.

Why the hell is it hard to get good accounting software that can grow with a company from the start? We used MYOB for a few years, but we outgrew it. Sure, MYOB has an API, but, really, it's shit, you can't use it to extend the software. Recent versions of MYOB have now moved to the "cloud", you know that software as a service thing (which is not necessarily bad), and now give you a REST API, but it still makes things difficult to extend in a way that you can use to customise to match your company workflow.

We moved to Greentree, that was a mistake, one which I will do into later.