I’m Matt, and this is the beginning of poormantech.com. I’m a self-taught IT guy who has been in the field for 16 years. I have a bachelors degree in Management/Marketing with a minor in Computer Information Systems. What that essentially means is that two years into my IT major I figured out that I’m not cut out to be a programmer, so the Business Department was gracious enough to offer it to me as a minor so I wouldn’t lose those hours. When I was in college the IT field was very different from the way it is now, as it will be different year to year from now on. At that time most degrees were geared toward programming, as that was thought to be the most promising computer related field. The internet was barely a thing, this was before Google, YouTube, camera phones and selfies. I often say that I didn’t choose the IT field, it chose me. During college I spent two years working in a warehouse, and making deliveries for a small company. I got a work study job for the college and left the warehouse job behind. When I was close to graduation the owner of the company called me and asked me if I’d come be his computer guy. While there I fixed a couple of their computers, and I guess the word got all the way to the top. From there I got a better job where I learned from those more experienced than I how to run a better system. Everywhere you go there is something to be learned as long as you are willing.
I was raised on a farm and it is there that I learned a. How to work hard, and b. How to fix things myself because we couldn’t always afford to pay someone to fix them. Growing up I had two very different Grandpa’s. Grandpa Wood was a poor dirt farmer, and Grandpa Spades was a business man. I learned a lot from each of them. Grandpa Spades often said “A jack of all trades, but master of none.” Grandpa Wood was fond of saying that “A poor man, has got poor man’s ways.” I have in my life leaned both of those sayings to be true, and they both apply to me. As and IT guy both of these things end up meaning the same thing, you are going to have to do most of the work yourself, and you’ll have to do it on the cheap. You will need to be a jack of all trades, and often you will have a very limited budget.
There is a lot of free, open source software out there. The software that I’m writing this blog on, WordPress, is a good example. Of course not everything can come free, for example I’m paying to have my WordPress site hosted. There are free hosting solutions out there, but I plan to monetize this one using Google adwords, and other means, and that is not allowed on the WordPress free site. I may one day host this site from my home server, and if I do you can be sure that I will share with you the process for doing so. These are the types of money saving projects that I plan to share.
Data is a powerful tool, every company has it, and most of them do not make good use of it. In future posts I will share methods I’ve discovered to utilize data from your business’s daily activities and deliver it to decision makers in a way that makes sense. It never ceases to amaze (and amuse) me to see the reactions of management to see data presented in a way that helps them run their company better. Often the motto of “This is how we’ve always done it.” rules supreme, even when some of those things don’t make sense. These situations need to be approached with care, as they are usually with the people who sign your paychecks. I will show you how to improve your position with Owners, Management, and all other employees by enabling them to use technology to streamline daily activities and decisions.
The main purpose of this blog, to pass along knowledge I’ve gained along the way and try to help get others started in the IT field. Along the way I’m sure I’ll learn new skills, and hopefully leave a bread crumb trail to help myself remember how to do certain things that I don’t have to do very often.
Looking forward to it!