The end of the week has come and my last blog post for the week is on . I touched on this in my blog yesterday. I decided that I should expand on this. What is true mobility? It means taking your data – data that is important to you – with you. Yes, with you; or, having access to it on the web through your mobile device. More and more places have free wireless internet. Now yes gone are the days when you could drive through a neighborhood and find free internet (well I guess that depends upon where you live), but internet is free in lots of places. McDonalds has it in their parking lots even. This means that sales people can place orders. Catalogs can be viewed on a tablet while visiting with a client. Service orders can be entered. Deliveries can be recorded. Complaints can be entered (hopefully you don’t get too many of these). Reaction to customers’ problems is something that your competitor is doing or will be doing. You don’t want to be caught behind. The world is in transformation. The world is running faster than ever. You need to get mobile and do things once. Take care, and please let me know what you are thinking. Signing off.
BYOD – it sounds like a lot of fun doesn’t it. Well, it can be a nightmare. BYOD or “bring your own device” means that your staff, consultants or third parties are accessing your company’s private information on a unit that they own. BYOD is even more that this – it means, even if you own the device – sensitive information is on it. So, what happens if a device has sensitive confidential information on it and it is lost or stolen? Or worse, what if the device is left at a customer’s office and the “cost” of their quote is on the phone? Scary!
There is software out there that will let you protect all of your devices, and even the devices that your employees (etc.) own. So if the unit is lost or stolen, you can lock the data that is yours out. Email, documents, anything sensitive. This is exciting. It is also not new. And it agrees with my “do it once” philosophy.
What I did find was new was a new supplier to me that allows you to control all your devices. Your expensive scanners in the warehouse, your laptops and of course your phones. You know I only misplaced my phone once. It was scary. I called the phone company and had them lock the phone but then I had to call them to unlock it and they wanted to charge me a fee. I had one phone stolen once. They broke in and charged up $1400 in a matter of hours calling countries I have never heard of. Anyway, I wish I had this protection software installed. They had all my music, my email and my contacts. I did not like this feeling. Anyway, for a small fee, you can be protected. The company I met with was very inexpensive and I am now putting this software on all of my company’s phones – why didn’t I do this before? My excuse is I am too busy. Another excuse was “it is too much money”. Well now it isn’t.
Please let me know if you have used this BYOD software before and what your experience has been. Stay tuned, tomorrow’s blog is on Point of Sale. Now really, it is exciting!
I have always been a believer that people should have choice in how they deploy their ERP software, but I have always voiced my opinion on SaaS ERP. People overall want their financial data close to home. Business owners and executives are okay with their prospects, email and backup in the cloud, but financial data is lagging behind. That is not to say that it is wrong to uses a SaaS environment, it is just many still don’t want it.
I just read an article in “Accounting Today” regarding a survey IFS sponsored with executives in the mid to large industrial market. The survey confirmed my opinion that SaaS is just not accepted by the majority. While executives are open to on-premises, they are also exploring a hosted “cloud” environment. But they want to own their software, and have their data where they are in control. The majority of our clients do not want Saas and are even leery about the cloud. So what I did, is put two servers here in the GWA offices and one in the cloud just to see if there is a difference. Keep posted and I will let you know our experience.
Here is the link to the original article