Lisa Slater Nicholls, a very-independent-minded software professional.
I have the privilege of working as Solutions Architect for Dominican University of California.
With my better half, Colin Nicholls, I also serve as co-CTO for Poseidon Saltwater Systems, Inc.
At Dominican, I have also been Director of Institutional Research and a DBA. I served in the role of Principal Software Architect at Infor,
for Enwisen HR Service Delivery, for three years.
I served as a DBA and BI/Integration expert for the
Santa Rosa City Schools District from mid-2010 through the fall of 2012, after working for EC|Wise in the San Francisco Bay Area from late 2007 through mid-2010, as the Microsoft Techologies Team Account Manager and Solutions Architect. Previously, with Colin Nicholls, I provided enterprise data integration and analysis services
using XML in a variety of environments and languages (dba Spacefold). Before forming Spacefold, Colin and I served as an integration engineers for Acxiom Corporation for four years,
designing solutions for Oracle, Siebel, IBM, and other Acxiom Alliance partners.
I have a consuming interest in XML-XSLT techniques, data-centric environments, and reporting engines. The various
environments in which XML, databases, and reporting are coming closer together – which include
SQL Server, Oracle, Java, and Visual FoxPro, and just about anything else I'm likely
to encounter as a developer – are my idea of a perfect storm. I'm a happy camper
these days; the technologies I like most have been converging rapidly.
During the past couple of years, I've written and deployed a comprehensive SQL Server Integration Services framework, designed .NET intranet and and internet sites
to make BI fun and useful with these techniques, developed a SQL Server
Reporting Services utility that exploits them, and served in project management,
design, and Xbase development roles for Visual FoxPro 9.0's Report System features,
using equivalent strategies.
I began working with FoxPro in 1989, and began blogging about FoxPro development
before blogging had an interesting name. I have a special passion for the development of peer-to-peer support mechanisms
in the programming community, and was one of the original Microsoft Most Valuable
Professionals, serving as a professional coach and mentor to development teams as well as a volunteer on many support forums.
You can read my rants from that early on-line
period on the retired portion of this site; judge for yourself whether the details of application development that have changed are more, or less,
significant than the ones that stay the same.
The protoblog was called FoxSpoken
original company name was SoftSpoken. (I did a lot of technical writing,
and still do.) I occasionally referred to
the protoblog as Radio SoftSpoken in
the rest of the original site, not having any
idea that there would eventually be a proper term for broadcasting one's thoughts electronically, whether about programming
or anything else. And now you know how this blog got its name.
You can read my résumé
for more details about what I've been up to.