Monday, 29 December 2008


What does the new year hold?

Well I hope you all had a pleasant Christmas.
What will 2009 bring for you?
What are your plans for this coming year?

No doubt there will be some tears and some laughter, but do you actually have any real plans for yourself in work, career, love, or private life?

Time goes so quickly, I visited the graveyard just before xmas day and laid some wreaths for my Brother and Dad, its peaceful there...
It seems like yesterday i was talking with my Dad sat on the end of his bed.
My last conversation with him was about me taking him for a drink the next day at his local.. We never got to have that drink.

My point is, the new year has always been a great time to take stock of your life and make promises that are more often never kept or completed.
If you have a dream or an ambition that you have put off year after year then this is the year for you to shine. Get out there and get it done!
Me, i want 2009 to be the year I work hard towards a Diploma in photography, not because I want or expect to earn thousands of pounds in this trade - but because I want to have the knowledge to make decisions within this field that are based on fact.
I love to take pictures, so its an obvious choice

Never fear the space between your dreams and reality...
If you can dream it - you can make it so.....

Go, have that drink......

I hope you all have a lovely new year....

Best Wishes


Friday, 19 December 2008

Cutting Cost's

Well its Friday everyone!!


So, how much time have you got off over the Christmas break then? We have 25th, 26th & the 01st and Business as usual for the rest of the time.

I will update here later .....


Friday, 5 December 2008

Hard work...

I never realised how difficult it would be to get Stuart(MD) to write a blog..

He has so much information in that head of his and I need to get it out onto a blog for all to see and wonder at!
I have asked him on numerous occasions to write a blog and he says "how can I write a blog with all this going on!"
He is currently working on a £200.0000 project to deliver a technology called TAP (which in his words is an old technology) which I have no idea about. But on speaking in more detail with him I can sort of understand the issues he is facing.
He is so busy with running the business and dealing with these projects that he can not seem to warrant spending half hour in front of the monitor to write a blog.
"Give me a subject or a real problem to write about and I will" he says, with this in mind I am asking you all for ideas or real scenarios that are causing issues or problems for you at this time. If I can take down all the barriers then I will have a better chance of getting this great mind onto the blog.

Some current ideas i have are:

  • Google Mail - without the T&C
A better option for easy/anywhere email storage that syncs with your calenders etc..
Do we sacrifice security for convenience?

  • Creative Collaboration On-line
  • Review of the G1 phone

There must be more topics that are of interest today, please get ya thinking caps on and get back to me with real issues/problems etc for this guy to breakdown and solve...


Thursday, 4 December 2008

Twitter so far...

It has been a couple of weeks now since I joined the Twitter revolution..

How have I got on?

My first reaction to Twitter was "What the !! ", it took me a while to get the general idea and I suppose even now after 2 weeks I am still understanding the language and its uses. This is not a negative, the opposite in fact because normally if something had taken me that long to get used to it would of been dismissed as useless or no needed.

I have now made a few contacts on the site and I have even managed to get one person interested in something that I had Tweeted.
I am now at the stage where I am asking myself the question, Does being involved in the Social Network scene help my business? The answer to that i do not have at this time.
My own personal opinion is that I believe relationships are the key to generating revenue and therefore I have faith that I can offer my contacts advice, friendship and honesty and that one day they may remember this and a sale may happen....

Thanks again to @Documentally for the push...

If any of you have any ideas on how i can persuade my MD to write a Techy blog once a month please let me know.. I have to give him a business case for him to even consider it.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

The tooth ache from hell...

Its so bad that i have to stop writ

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Social Networking

I am the first to admit that I entered social networking with a sales mindset, and this was a mistake.
Social networking is not about closing deals, it is all about building relationships.

Visibility - Credibility - Profitability.

I am learning that the above three words are in fact what Social Networking is all about..

In simple terms, this means that people need to first know who you are. So being open with them is absolute!
Then these people need to trust you.Talking with them on a regular basis without mentioning sales builds your relationship and strengthens the trust.
When they both know and trust you they will comfortably buy from you.
If you go from visibility to profitability without first earning credibility you will soon realise that you have failed at social networking.

In these times of bad news for so many of us it is essential to keep relationships alive, I was always so uncomfortable with the "Salesman" tag that I was "blessed" with, but now there is no agenda to my meetings within the social network - it is just a relationship.....

Have a good day

Monday, 24 November 2008

How the VAT cut affects you

As expected, the Chancellor cut the vat rate from 17.5% to 15% today in his pre-budget report.
Since this news we have had many calls asking how this will affect systems and ecommerce sites that have the rate set at 17.5%. The answer is simple, these systems and sites will need to be changed to reflect the new rates, and these changes need to be in place from Monday next week(01/12/2008).
We are in a good position to service these requirements for our clients and if you need and further information please call OpusVL on 0845 004 9179.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Its that time again...

Its nearly upon us all again...
The time when that rather large man dressed in red and white clones himself and appears in every garden centre and shopping centre in the World!
Its always amazed me how he does it, I mean the logistics of this task he completes every year is mind blowing, and yet every year he succeeds.... Amazing bloke..

How do you feel our children are growing up?

My son(who is 4) has way too many toys and gifts bought for him on xmas and birthdays but every year i say and do nothing about it. Does he expect it every year?
If me and the wife were to cut back and demand that family and friends limit their gifts would he feel somehow left out.. un-loved?
He took 10 years to get here, he is our little miracle and yet i vowed NEVER to be the kind of parent I always judged, the one who lavishes gifts and spoils their kids....

What else is there?

Am I spoiling my child and if I am, what harm can it do?

Whats your opinion......


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Something to write home about...

I have been told about a mobile App that the MD is working on that has the ability to phone a contact then make another contacts phone ring and when that phone is picked up the two calls are joined. This can be done on 2 mobiles or a conference of many..

It is based upon the Help assistant module that he has created(see yesterday's blog) but tweaked for the mobile market...
Keep your eyes here for more...

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Online Help Assistant

My Comany OpusVL launched an on-line Help Assistant for one of our clients two days ago. They have so far had a great response to the roll out with an average of one call a day.

What is the On-line Help Assistant?

OpusVL have developed this technology to cut down the amount of "no-sales" and leavers from our clients websites. It is a piece of code which generates a box asking if you have any problems using the site or require assistance with any other aspects, the user would type into the box any problems they may have and put in their telephone number. Once the send is pressed it immediately notifies the operator by ringing her phone and connecting the operator with the client directly and instantly.This has proved to help stop that customer leaving the site without a sale as the operator can get the feedback from the customer and turn a negative outcome into a positive.
We are very pleased with the outcome of this development and I will be giving you all more information on this products uses soon.

Check back soon.........

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Mobile phone Apps

Good Morning..

I had an MIP (Meet In Passing) with the MD this morning and we touched on the possibility of developing some Mobile Apps for G1. He was very interested in this route and explained to me that he has been "playing" with a G1 for about a week now and will be writing a blog on his findings soon. One of the first ideas for an App was from @Documentally who wanted "A gps App to ping in the background making a line to appear on a google map as he travels the globe". This is a great example of a really useful App that would help people go about their daily business.
I have asked the MD to discuss time-scales with me soon with regards development of mobile Apps and I will keep you posted.

What else is going on?

Work is very busy indeed, our development team are working hard on all manner of projects for different clients. My sales pipeline is looking good and everything is moving forward as it should be. I was concerned when the markets started to wither a little that maybe things would start to change for us, I was not prepared for things to go the other way... This is due to company's looking to save money or lower overheads, they come to OpusVL to help them achieve that goal. This could be by the use of Open Source technology or correct business processes.

So what mobile Apps would you like to see developed?

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

The start....

I recently had a visit from an old friend from years back who is into his social media stuff like no other. I was amazed at how much he got me buzzing, the things he spoke about and the aura he gave off was amazing. I left work that day feeling great and ready to take on the world!

His name is Christian Payne and his blog can be found Here

This guy amazes me, he travels all over the place and has recently been in front of the Prime minister!
He enjoys his life and loves what he does, and this is my point....

Is it not the right thing to strive to enjoy your time on this earth without worrying about financial/other constraints?

I will leave it there for now...