Based in the heart of America's great shortgrass prairie, Shortgrass Web Services is a small Programming and Web services company in Altus, Oklahoma. After more than a decade of adding value to other Internet businesses, the company's owner, Mike Sargent, has opened his own shop. Now, the programming and customer service expertise for which he is already known can be focused on a smaller number of clients, bringing them greater value and unequalled service.
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About Mike Sargent
Hello. I am Mike Sargent, owner of Shortgrass Web Services.
I have been programming since 1990, and have been an
Internet and Customer Service professional for over a decade.
My Internet experience began with five years as an Internet connection
and support specialist with a dialup Internet Service Provider.
During that time, I visited clients in their home and
worked with them on the phone to solve an array of Internet and PC
problems including web surfing and email problems, hardware issues,
problems with Microsoft Windows, and all types of software
installation and configuration issues. My clients ranged
from Tech-Savvy Air Force officers to Grandmas & Grandpas who simply
wanted to be able to email the Grandkids. This is where I
discovered my unique ability to serve as a bridge between the Geeks
of the Internet/Computer world and ordinary people who think a person
should not need a degree in Computer Science to send email.
Following that, I spent five years as the Lead Web Programmer and
Jack-of-All-Trades with MedXChange, an Application Service Provider
in Bradenton, FL. The majority of that time was spent
designing and coding a variety of Web-Based software, with a primary
focus on sales tools for medical products distributors.
The primary development language used was Macromedia's
ColdFusion, and the primary database was Microsoft Access, but the
requirements of the projects varied widely, and also involved the
Other duties included Network and Systems Administrator
for a network which included a half dozen web servers, several
mail servers, and a half dozen workstations. I was also
called upon to be the lead support specialist for several dozen
clients and most of the office staff.
In June of 2005, I moved back to Oklahoma to open Shortgrass Web Services.
An intense year of programming and education followed, during which I
upgraded my skills to better serve the needs of a variety of clients.
In that year, I added PHP, MySQL, and Ajax to the toolbox. These
technologies will play a major role in the evolution of the web over
the next few years, and Shortgrass Web Services is now solidly
positioned to leverage them to write better, easier, more effective
applications and sites for our clients.
I have completed more than 100 hours of classwork as a CS major,
with a GPA over 3.6. More important, however,
are the thousands of hours of solid experience I have as a programmer
and support specialist in the real world -- where results matter.
I have spent
years working with sales reps in the field and their managers in the
I am not interested in selling you any grand re-tooling plans
with a big payoffs 10 years from now. What I would like to do is try to
make you a little more money next week... try to help you beat the
other guy to the sale... try to help you take care of your customers
the way I like to take care of mine.
Shortgrass Web Services opened for business just before
Independence Day, 2005. At this writing, in the Spring of 2008,
there is a small backlog of projects. If you need the services I offer,
you should give me a call.
I treat my clients as I would hope to be treated by
the people I hire, and my client list will, by necessity, always be
a short one... A short list of very well-served clients.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope I can be of service to you.
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