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Any description on Office automation?

By creed ·
Hi All:
My question today is centered around career growth. My colleague and I are trying to develop a job description centered around Office Automation using VBA with the Office products to automate processes. We also would like to expand this toinclude outside work as well. So far, no luck, either we are advertising incorrectly for the type of work we do, or there is nomarket for this. We are also having a hard time at work trying to create an understanding in our management that we are not coding, but automating, and we feel this kind of work belongs in the network center, not a programming area. Any help with all these questions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!!

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by roc180 In reply to Any description on Office ...

I understand your problem, as for the first issue of no response to your advertising, I think that is fairly common for OLE automation. Not many people fully understand the potential for cross-pollination among office products using VBA. I don't know what exactly you are advertising but I would try to promote the end result, not the process or technology. For example advertise the fact that automation/integration of office apps can reduce key punching and data entry errors. Don't advertise that you know all the DOMs for office 2000, people won't understand. As for your second problem of where office automation belongs, I would tend to agree with your management that it is a coding task. I do a fair deal of OLE automation and it is fairly programming intensive depending on your task. And of course all of this really depends on what part of the country you're in, my perspective is one of a person that has 6+ years programming experience in the Midwest.

Good Luck in your endeavors

Neal Martinelli

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by creed In reply to Any description on Office ...

Thank you for your answer!

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by dlw6 In reply to Any description on Office ...

The other way to go is independent. If you write a good shareware app that makes Office applications easier to use and interact with other Office apps better, some of the people who use it will send you money. If it's a very good product, a SW company might buy it from you and/or hire you to improve it to a full retail product.

I personally know one person who started a multi-million-dollar SW company based on a product he wrote as shareware. You might be able to do the same thing.

Good fortune,
Don

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