The Resources I use to Get Things Done

Over the last few years of working as a consultant, the tools I use and take with me to client sites are a critical part of my success. They need to support me in achieving activities like idea generation and capture, record taking, retrieving items from my personal knowledge base, invoicing clients and anything else that might get thrown at me along the way.

The following tools are what I use to do all of these things as well as run this web site.

Business Intelligence

  • IBM Congos Analytics 10.x & 11 – Report Studio, Framework Manager, Transformer, Data manager, Cube Designer
  • PL/SQL (Oracle) & T-SQL (SQL Server)
  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • Tableau Desktop 10.x – Visual Analytics Software
  • MetaLineage for IBM Cognos

Productivity & Finance

  • ToDoist – Task management
  • Evernote – Contact management and reference material for my projects
  • Xero – Financial management and bookkeeping software to invoice clients & pay the bills
  • Pocket – Saving interesting articles from the web to read later
  • Microsoft Office – Correspondence, Spreadsheets, Flow Charting, Basic Desktop Publishing
  • Mindjet MindManager 2017 – Mind Mapping & Concept diagramming
  • Google Bookmarks – Bookmark manager
  • Pocket – My “Read It Later” application. Available on Android, Kobo, iOS and web browser


  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS6


  • Custom built Desktop PC with Windows 10
  • Microsoft Surface Book
  • iPad Pro 11″
  • iPhone X
  • Intuos Pro 5 Tablet
  • Fujitsu Scansnap IX500
  • Synology DS1511+ NAS