Cahaba Data

                 Application & Database Development


Since 2003 I have worked with organizations providing custom application development in the Windows development environment.  

Office Applications:   Many organizations are reliant on a combination of VBA, Excel and Access applications as an adjunct to their enterprise data.  

 * AccessI develop multi user applications that typically have no Access identity; i.e. there is no ribbon, users do not know Access. No license is required in the runtime environment making it a very cost effective solution.  Access is mature and stable with a feature set that is suitable to general office and production requirements.  Remote Desktop deployment allows geographically separated users the ability to share the same application at significantly less development cost/time than a pure web application.

 * VBA and Excel: Excel remains a vital application.  I code automation for data manipulation, data transformation and display formatting.  This automation is a key productivity feature. It is also used for data sharing and interaction with the Microsoft Office products.

 * PowerBI: This Microsoft product provides graphing/visualization/dashboards and is a natural extension of a database.  The product is about 5 years old and is in a very rapid development phase with new releases monthly.  This is a very dynamic field currently and PowerBI competes with Tableau, Qlik, Splunk, and others.    

I have very strong skills in database design & best practices, emphasizing: SQL, VBA, Access, Excel, PowerBI. My focus is on large and complex data centric office applications.

In 2019 I became a certified MongoDB DBA.  While the noSQL schema with its underlying Javascript / JSON language is very different than the SQL / Visual / VBA experience, the core principles remain valid.  


As a Subject Matter Expert I was selected to perform the technical review of the textbook: Access 2010 Inside Out (Microsoft Press), you will find my name on the Acknowledgements page.  

Customers:   I am a remote contractor and work with a client on a long term basis similar to a time-shared virtual employee.  Their development needs go up and down depending on where they are in their application's life.  Most clients are outside of the Birmingham metro area.  I will log on remotely to connect and develop just like a local employee.  

The importance and complexity of a database application demands a long term perspective and viewing the business relationship as teaming with an experienced, seasoned USA based developer that will be reliably available when needed.  Telephone and screen sharing via online meetings have always proven to be satisfactory in supporting a client so that there are no geographic limitations.  Past and present customers include:
                                     * ExxonMobil (Houston)
                                     * Mahaffey Fabric Structures (Memphis)
                                     * Amicus Therapeutics (New Jersey)
                                     * (Minneapolis)
                                     * Snack Pro Vendors (Chicago)
                                     * Hyatt Hotels (St. Louis)
                                     * Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta
                                     * Oncotherapeautics (California)


I am happy to discuss with you regarding approaches in managing your information.  


                           Cahaba Data Inc.
                                         Attn: Jim Bailie
                                         732 Montgomery Hwy, No. 252
                               Birmingham, AL 35216
                               ** please email to set up a telephone 





* With a length of 190 miles, the Cahaba River is the longest free-flowing river in Alabama.