Issue 0 – Ed Oldfield’s story
In this edition we have Bio, Big News sections.
Ed Oldfield is a programmer specializing in the SHIMS application on MultiValue. Ed’s been working with the SHIMS customer group for over 30 years providing support and enhancements to the application.
Customers are looking for more and more from their SHIMS system these days. I’ve made a lot of enhancements to the application over the years and I’m going to share those with you in my bi-weekly blog. But first, a little about me and my journey to Zumasys.
As of January 1 this year, I am now a Zumasys employee. EAO Computing is no more. Why did I do that after 30 successful years? A couple of reasons:
- “How do I deliver the best product?” Zumasys has been a great partner to me, letting me develop new applications I could not have done all by myself. I thought that as an employee I could take that to the next level.
A good example of something I never would have done without help from Zumasys is my SHIMS interface to web storefronts.
I now have a modern, fast, interface to several web storefront packages so that from the web, a customer can do price and availability inquiries, other inquiries like open orders and place sales orders on your SHIMS system.
All that is due to Zumasys’ MV Connect product which is now part of jBASE and OpenQM (no extra charge.) Plus, it can now be used without having to purchase an extra license.
- “What happens if Ed is not available?” I now have a good answer to that, with a whole company behind me with proven SHIMS knowledge. I have already begun training other Zumasys engineers on SHIMS.
Here is the official press release announcing my employment at Zumasys.
I began in the computer business in 1980 at a Clifton NJ company that developed a software package for the automotive aftermarket. A wild time in a brand-new industry with all the growth headaches you can imagine.
In 1985 I took what I learned there to The Ultimate Corp where I was employee #1 on the project to adapt SHIMS to work in the automotive aftermarket. I worked on the design changes required, sold the initial systems, and helped with the installation and support of those systems. Over time I changed from sales and marketing to software development, where I have worked since.
In 1990, I started EAO Computing which provided mods and support to SHIMS and AutoSHIMS systems.
In 2021, I came to work for Zumasys.
Ed, after so many years of working with you I finally know where you began!
You have always been an incredible support for Warren-ECM, which is where we met. I wish you the best in your new ventures with Zumasys, and really like the concept of “blogging” your experiences to share with the world!