I recently read an article in Bloomberg Businessweek about how Snap Chat employs traditional news media editors to procure public articles in their “Our Stories” feed. This was refreshing to read as I am careful about the sources I use for my continuing education. I prefer Businessweek, CBS, and NPR over the popular “social” media that many people use. It has always been clear to me, and now the world, that Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, Pinterest, and even LinkedIn are simply gossip media with the same audience as the National Enquirer and Star magazines.
If you don’t check your sources, you can be easily led to accumulate falsehoods as fact–“alternative facts” as the saying goes. This idea that spreading falsehoods is bad for society is not new. It was written thousands of years ago embodied in one of the Ten Commandments. In case you are unaware, this was written in Hebrew, so having a modern, researched, and precise translation into English is critical so that we don’t lose something in translation.
Translation is in part interpretation, so to provide you with the most accepted semantics of the phrase, I have selected the latest JPS translation according to the traditional Hebrew text in “Tanakh The Holy Scriptures”, which is “…an entirely original translation … into contemporary English. It is the culmination of three decades of collaboration by academic scholars and rabbis representing the three largest branches of organized Judaism in the United States.”
Exodus 20:7 and Deuteronomy 5:11 both read “You shall not swear falsely by the name of the Lord your G-d; for the Lord will not clear one who swears falsely by His name.”
Of the 611 other rules and laws written in Hebrew, this was one of the Top Ten. The negative effects of spreading falsehoods is amplified by our modern communications networks. People die. Others go to jail.
What does this have to do with Transaction Editor? One of the built-in features is the audit trail of changes made to data that every Transaction Editor application includes. I made this a core feature because shipment reconciliation, order processing and billing, and workflow design all demand accountability. If you cannot correct the cause of mistakes, they will get repeated. The integrity of the transactional data we use to resolve business transaction differences determines the financial outcome.
This basic tenet, to not swear falsely, also applies to the relationships I maintain with my customers. If our platform does not fit well with your needs, then I won’t pursue it. Transaction Editor is a general purpose editing tool with lots of robust features for managing all kinds of information management methods. Transaction Editor can solve data quality issues and the constant re-engineering of information systems that feed the application development backlog. But, it cannot do everything. It cannot deliver a gaming experience. It cannot analyze terabytes of unstructured data.
Database development is not an exact science. It requires a free consultation, and possibly a Test Drive, to determine if Transaction Editor is right for your business. My continuous consulting service IS my solution, so you will never be left to support a complex technology mash-up by yourself. I am dedicated to supporting your business operations, providing superior support in a personal way. We have no long-term contracts, so we earn your business every month.