My main focus though during this period was honing my Microsoft Office Skills and because I did the accounts I did a Pastel Accounting and Payroll Training Course. It was also around this time that cell phones started to replace the very expensive car phones (anyone remember those?). My first cell phone was like a massive brick but it was amazing how quickly we got used to being able to make and receive calls without being dependent on a landline.
Pastel Software also introduced an online store, the forerunner of e-commerce shops. So, I just had to give it a go and create one for our company. Integrating our accounting programme with the store keeping track of all the stock items going in and out was a whole new challenge.
Our company also started moving towards developing customised software programmes for the manufacturing and petroleum industries so we started to hire software developers. From this developed the need to train our end users to use the software, many of whom had had no contact with computers at all.
I decided we needed to start a Computer Training Company and so ProLoCon Computer Training was born. For some reason I had collected elephants (not real ones) for about 30 years so the elephant became my logo and “training you’ll never forget” my slogan. Being a great fan of Pastel Accounting our centre became an Authorised Pastel Accounting and Payroll training centre in addition to us providing Computer Based Training (CBT) on Microsoft Products and basic computing.
Now that I suddenly had 25 computers under my control I had to learn a bit more about what happened in the boxes and how to network them together. More stuff to go wrong but luckily I never had to become too proficient in this area as I used to summon our computer boffs to “fix the damn computers!!!!”