Roland Hughes is the president of Logikal Solutions, a
business applications consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS
platforms and Qt on Linux. Hughes serves as a lead consultant
with over two decades of experience using computers and
operating systems. With a degree in Computer Information
Systems, the author's experience is focused on systems across
a variety of diverse industries including heavy equipment
manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, stock exchanges, tax
accounting, and hardware value-added resellers, to name a few.
Working throughout these industries has strengthened the
author's unique skill set and given him a broad perspective on
the role and value of technology in industry.This book series
is an effort to pass along some of his insights and skills to
the next generation.
An Interview With the Author
Why did you become an author?
I’ve always enjoyed solving IT problems. Writing books about
problems or techniques used in IT gives me another avenue to
What kind of impact do you hope
your writing will have in general or on readers?
That OpenVMS will finally get the recognition it deserves. That
somewhere, someone just starting out in IT will find the
information they need to either have a rewarding career in IT,
or choose a different career while there is still time.
What is your greatest challenge
as a writer?
Finding topics of sufficient interest to write about. One must
avoid writing about anything the major publishing houses are
writing about. Those places crank out oatmeal for the masses.
Sadly, there is at most, one book on IT topics published each
year worth buying, yet hundreds, if not thousands, of titles are
cranked out by the major publishing houses. A major
publishing house would have split a book like “The Minimum You
Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer” into at
least 9 books, all of which so watered down they would be
What do you enjoy doing when
you’re not writing? What are your interests?
Writing is a hobby. My profession is software consulting
on the OpenVMS platform. When I’m not doing either of
those I enjoy being back on the family farm, restoring my house,
and drilling water wells.