About Walter Silin

As an entrepreneur and technologist, I am always looking for ways to apply technology to common business problems. I actively seek out solutions that result in increased efficiency or real monetary savings.

Build vs Buy: The When and The Why to building your own software

By | 2020-03-29T14:27:51-06:00 September 22nd, 2019|

The cloud is an amazing place.  The amount of software options that are available to businesses are somewhat overwhelming and everything is as-a-Service today.  In this environment with so many options to choose from, why on earth would you ever build when you can so easily buy? Think of the processes that run your business.  You have to pay people, so that’s a must.  You’ve got to be able to perform general accounting tasks.  You really have little or no flexibility to do these processes “your way”.  There is no special sauce in your payroll process.  It’s a highly [...]

5 Practical Technology Projects Your Business Can Actually Do In 2020

By | 2020-03-07T21:35:11-06:00 January 24th, 2019|

I’ve read a lot of the tech trend articles in the last month attempting to predict the next big thing in 2020. I couldn't help but laugh at all the writers throwing out AI, deep learning, and automation, along with many other buzzwords. Unless your name is Musk or Bezos you probably are not building sentient robots this year. So for the rest of us, what practical technology project should we really be focusing in the next 12 months? I was struck by the number of articles that talked about 5G wireless technology. While there is a hot race [...]

Applying Technology to Food Safety

By | 2020-03-18T22:23:48-06:00 August 31st, 2018|

The safety of our food has been big in the news in recent years.  High profile incidents have several damaged the reputations of several national brands.  While some of these have been traced back to food sourcing, many of the recent headline making food safety issues could be traced back to poor temperature management. Every restaurant is required to monitor temperatures in refrigeration units and maintain records of those readings throughout business hours.  The problem is that food service is a fast-paced, time-sensitive business and the temperature logging is a manual process.  Manually checking [...]

Technology Essentials for Small Business from an IT Professional

By | 2020-04-25T06:27:55-06:00 March 2nd, 2017|

As a technology professional I’ve been asked many times by friends, colleagues, and customers for software product recommendations.  I recently came across a prospective client who among other things wanted to prepare his business’s technology for expansion to branch offices.  The goal was to align the software to allow the company to start up new offices quickly and easily.  That prompted me to think about what exactly would I do differently in setting up an office today if I were starting from scratch.  Clearly that answer is going to vary somewhat depending upon your business and the number of [...]

How to Map Your Sharepoint Online Library Like a Network Drive

By | 2020-03-24T16:54:56-06:00 January 20th, 2017|

The easiest way to work with Sharepoint files is through your OneDrive for Business app.  It allows you to sync your folders and use them even when you aren’t connected to the internet.  But there are also many situations where this doesn’t work.  These may include space limitations on your laptop or tablet, or in cases when the library exceeds the OneDrive sync limitations.  In these cases, you can map your Sharepoint folders just like any other shared folder on a network. Here the steps needed to map the folder and then set the credentials so that you don’t [...]