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Cloud ERP can Offer Flexibility and Choice Post by: Lynne Hade July 15, 2014 | 2:14 PM

Cloud ERP

Choosing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can be challenging, and deciding how to take advantage of the cloud adds another layer of complexity. Your decisions will have important consequences for your organization’s long-term growth and profitability, so it’s essential to choose wisely.

Deployment Flexibility and Choice               

Running some or all of your IT operation in the cloud gets plenty of attention these days because of the potential advantages:

  • Low start-up costs and short time to benefit.
  • Low initial hardware requirements, beneficial when capital is tight.
  • Simple software management and system administration, which can help reduce the IT budget.
  • The ability to quickly scale IT capacity to fit sales swings or rapid growth.

But running your ERP and other systems on-premises offers its own advantages as well, including greater flexibility for customization if needed...

Apple iOS 8 – 6 Features for the Business User Post by: Lynne Hade July 7, 2014 | 10:08 AM

Apple iOS 8

Each year, Apple holds their World Wide Developers Conference. During this conference, the company typically announces new products and platforms including an update to their mobile platform iOS. This year, the company announced iOS 8.  

Last year, Apple had announced iOS 7 which turned out to be a big success with users.  With iOS 8, Apple added a number of new features and updates to improve on the platform geared toward making mobile devices even easier to incorporate into your daily routine.

During Apple’s announcement on June 2, there were a number of great new features and updates introduced, all of which will be available when iOS 8 is released. Here are six features business users will enjoy:

Enterprise Features - The iPhone and iPad are devices commonly used by businesses and it can be difficult for IT departments to manage these devices or for users to easily share files using corporate clouds. Apple noted that iOS 8 will come with enhanced management tools to make it easier for IT...

Waze Mapping Service App for iOS and Android Post by: Lynne Hade June 30, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Waze Report Screen

Not that long ago, I received an email from Manta, about an app of the month called “Waze”.  Waze is a social traffic app purchased by Google, reportedly, for around $1 billion in June of 2013. What caught my eye at first was that it gives you up to date and constant traffic alerts, which, from where I commute, comes in very handy. 

Why Waze?

Like a lot of other mapping apps, Waze offers voice-guided GPS navigation with turn-by-turn directions. But what's really cool is its community of users who share real-time traffic and road information. This means it gives you a heads-up about reported obstacles on your route such as road closures, traffic, accidents, and speed traps.  

When first using Waze, I didn’t really focus on the social aspect of it or how it received this information, I just wanted to know if there were traffic jams or accidents for my commute to and from work.  So, I installed it and first started using it during my am commute. As I’m driving, I hear “...