Friday, October 12, 2007

Eat your own dog food

When I was at Oracle, there was a big push to use Oracle software for everything and anything we did. It was commonly referred to as "eating your own dog food", which is just gross. As nasty as that may sound, the concept did make a lot of sense: if Oracle built software products that were supposed to be so good, then why were they not being used internally? And even better - if the products didn't live up to their promises, then we had no one to blame but ourselves, and we could actually fix the issues.

I've decided to adopt that concept of eating my own, er, well, showcasing the product which we specialize in. Starting today, I'm happy to announce that is now running on APEX!

Why did it take so long? Two years ago, when I started Sumner Technologies, I didn't have a lot of time or resources to set up my own instance of APEX to host my web site on. Thus, I took the path of least resistance: static HTML. Also, time was (and still is) scarce. Client work had to come first, and with a new baby, that left little time for extra-curricular projects.

It's still very much a version 1.0 site, as there are a number of new features that we will be adding over time, such as the ability to sign up for public classes (coming in early 2008!), a tips & tricks section, and an entire view into our internal system for clients.

Please let me know what you think and if you have any ideas that you'd like to see.


Bit said...

How nice was the contrast from what they used to say within PeopleSoft 'Drink your own champaign'

Scott said...

I would have been OK with "use our own software"... :)

- Scott -

David Peake said...

Champaign / pet edibles - One thing I can say is that there are a lot of people within Oracle that are using Oracle Application Express for their own internal applications.

As for the new site I think that it looks great.