Many people love Dilbert because the comic strip pokes fun at actual business problems. This particular strip is no different. It highlights a little known, but important problem: Date formats.
Yes, this is actually a problem for many businesses…though not to that extreme. Dates are often stored in databases using naming conventions that are completely unrecognizable to the end user. For example, in some databases, February 1, 2005 would be displayed as 105032. Confusing, isn’t it?
This problems leads to wasted time, workarounds, and general frustration on the part of IT departments. It’s often the reason why some companies can’t let end users do their own reporting. After all, you can’t let users build reports that include unreadable dates.
In case you missed the announcement a couple months ago, we fixed this problem. We’ve added a Java class to m-Power built applications that automatically translates data (including dates) into recognizable formats. What does this mean? It means that no matter what date format your database uses, it will look normal in your web applications!
Want to see an example? Fill out this short form and let us know what you have on your plate, and we’ll build you a free proof-of-concept application.