Rick Sline is a Principal in Custom Programming Solutions which provides tailor-made solutions to business challenges which can involve off-the-shelf or custom-written software. In his 25 years of business and technology consulting Sline has worked with companies in a wide variety of industries and sizes ranging from small companies to Fortune 20 firms.
In his practice, Sline has coined the term CIA “computer induced awareness” to recognize that major business insights, not necessarily related to technology, are often discovered in the process of analyzing needs for a technology solution. He has also developed the "Sline Curve" which describes how the Level of Effort in new initiatives - technology or otherwise influences the both the total effort required and the total elapsed time to implement.
Sline is a former president of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and a former board member of the Institute of Management Consultants. He is also a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and has been an Microsoft-certified trainer for .NET technologies.
Previously Sline was an executive in a large industrial specialty construction firm. Sline holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has done post-graduate management training at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Louisiana State University. He has held board positions in the International Maintenance Institute, a sub-committee of the American Society of Testing and Materials, the Institute for Technology, and the Houston Executive Roundtable. He has appeared as an expert witness for nuclear power plant safety before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He co-authored the book, “Good Painting Practice, Volume 1” by the Steel Structures Painting Council, published an article on customized accounting software in DBA magazine, and written reviews of business and technology books for Amazon.com.