Hericus Software is a MicroISV

Who's afraid of the small guys?

There is a perception in the software business world that you have to "look big" or "look corporate" in order to be successful and have a good business. This is something that has been around for quite a while. Big business gets respect and can get things done. They have the manpower and weight behind their name to bring you the solution that will meet your needs. They may cost more, but there's more security in relying on them because they've been around the block and will be here for a long time to come.

Well, I'm happy to say I'm part of a growing number of software developers who are bucking this trend. My name is Steven M. Cherry and I own Hericus Software. Hericus Software is a MicroISV. It's me, and I'm not a big business.

From Perfect Table Plan, to Bingo Card Creator, to Balsamiq, to Smart Bear, and all of the other startups that began as a MicroISV and either stayed that way or grew into something bigger, I've been inspired. Not just inspired to "join the crowd", but inspired to do something. I loved a recent blog entry in OnStartups where Rob May encourages us to simply "do something". Take an action, he says. Get started. Keep going.

This blog has been a bit quiet of late and I apologize for that. Some of it has been due to some significant internal changes - all for the good. Some of that is getting comfortable with writing about my activities here with Hericus and Zed Builds and Bugs. My pledge is to take Rob's advice and "do something". It doesn't mean that there will be 10 articles every day. But it does mean that the silence is over.

One of the joys of being a MicroISV instead of a large business is that I get to talk to you in a much more direct manner. You may like it, you may not, but in my opinion it brings home the direct connection that will be a part of our relationship if you decide to use Zed for your software development team. I'll be the one answering the support e-mails, and I'll be the one adding new features and capabilities to the system. That's not to say that this will be slap-dash or unprofessional in any way. Part of every example I listed above and countless other successful MicroISV's that you'll find is a dedication to professionalism in the midst of having fun as a single person company.

I've been in the software development business a long time, and I know what it takes to make great software. As a colleague of mine likes to say: "we have to do A-level work all the time. There's no room for B or C level work, because it will turn around and bite us." I'm here to add my voice to the chorus of other MicroISV voices that are saying it doesn't have to be a big company to be a great company. It doesn't take a large team to create a professional product. It just takes passion and dedication.

I'm here, and I'm dedicated to making your software development team better.

Up next: What's next for Hericus. What I am working on, and what's the most frustrating for me at this point.

Steven M. Cherry