Making road warriors as effective as the guy sitting at his desk

mobile phoneThat little mobile phone sitting in your pocket is a powerful thing. It contains more computing power than the computers that flew a spacecraft to the moon and back. It can put you in touch with virtually anyone else on this planet, and it most likely contains a sizable collection of your favorite music and movies. You may have even downloaded some business apps or games to your mobile phone to keep track of things and pass the time. But what if I told you that you could also use your mobile phone to tap into your corporate database and use it as if you were sitting in the office?

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What is the cost of not implementing security?

Laptop-Computer-TheifLast Monday I posted about busting some security myths. Well as part of that post I mentioned that security could be considered in terms of the cost of not implementing it rather than the cost of implementation.

As much as anything else, implementing good security should be seen in the same light as purchasing a good insurance policy. It’s something you purchase and hope that you never need to use.

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Some security myths busted

safeIT Security is one of those things that many myths and half-truths have appeared. Now as a non-technical person you might be wondering “but why does this interest me?” The reality is security is often looked at by non-technical people in terms of the cost to implement, rather than a more accurate what is the cost of not implementing.

Over the years I have read a lot of advertising material from various companies. Some of the claims made in them have gone from a basic misunderstanding of how security works to just some pure A grade bulldust.

The following 4 myths are things you need to be aware of when reading advertising material from database vendors. This is hardly a comprehensive list, but if you are a decision maker reading over sales pamphlets these are certain a few good things to remember. Continue reading

One system to rule them all

Image courtesy of SweetCrisis / FreeDigitalPhotos.netNo doubt at one stage or another, you’ve experienced problems caused by your company having multiple database systems in place which store similar data, and yet none of the databases talk to each other.

This can either become very frustrating for customers who call up, and find that the records you have on them are incorrect because the customer service rep has looked in the wrong database, and it can become time consuming and expensive because your employees have to do triple the data entry work to make sure the same data is in all systems. Continue reading

Does reporting match reality?

graph-paper-magnifyingglassEach day you make strategic decisions based entirely on the variety of reports which you have received from your database systems. What if I told you those reports where wrong? Was your decision to increase the supply of Blue Widgets to Sydney a good one? Did you really just make 300 sales in that market?

Whilst you can provide staff training on using the system appropriately, that will only go so far if the reporting tools are not up to scratch. Continue reading

Use workflow to deliver on time and in budget

Over the last week and a bit I’ve explained what is workflow, and how you can use it so that things don’t get lost in the system, and as a manager that’s all well and good. But no doubt what you really care about is how using it will allow you to deliver your products both on time and within budget.

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