SPECIAL REPORT ENTERPRISE: Technology: SOFTWARE
TABLE: How to Find Help Customizing Off-the-Shelf Software
ONLINE Pick up shareware software and tips from electronic
bulletin boards and computer forums. CompuServe's
Microsoft Forum contains free "template" applica-
tions for customizing E-mail and spreadsheets. Lotus
posts free templates for 1-2-3 and Word Pro on its
Internet site at http:\\WWW.lotus.com.
DEVELOPERS Major software companies compile directories of
business software specialists. Check out local listings
of Microsoft Solutions Providers, Lotus Business Part-
ners, or Novell Perfect Fit Developers in directories
made available by the software giants.
BOOKSTORES, Get your start at the local bookstore--where the computer
NEWSLETTERS section now bulges with how-to guides for various programs.
Newsletters, such as the $70-a-year Inside Microsoft Office,
are good sources for programming ideas.
COLLEGES Often, professors in the computer science department can
recommend local experts. Try an evening adult-education
course to master common business programs.