eCommerce has been around a long time and it is unquestionably pervasive. While tech trends have come and gone, and fads that were just recently ‘in’ and a ‘must have’ have now become redundant, there is no indication that the trend to sell goods online is slowing down. However, just because a business may have built a Web site that sells their goods does not mean that they can rest on their laurels and reap the rewards. Selling merchandise online has evolved from featuring a static product catalog display on a Web site to becoming so much more sophisticated, dynamic and fast changing. Unlike traditional EDI (electronic data interchange) - which has had marginal changes over its lifetime - the eCommerce business requires continued nurturing. Continue reading “Modernizing Your eCommerce – You Can’t Set It and Forget It” »
Need to track your weekly calorie intake? There’s an app for that! Lack confidence in your math skills and want to ensure your server gets the appropriate tip? There’s an app for that too! You can find just about any mobile app imaginable on the Apple App Store and Google Play. From business to educational and games to entertainment, nearly 1 million apps are available for download. And approximately 50 billion app downloads have been recorded to date [for both iTunes and Google Play]. Continue reading “There’s An App For That” »
As my colleague refers to in his “One Click Away: Where Does the Data Article Come From” article, meeting trading partner and global data standards requirements is a daunting task for manufacturers and retailers today. I know first-hand, having worked on an implementation project for a supplier that sought to comply with GS1 standards set for the fresh fruit and vegetable industry. You see, data quality and consistency are hard to achieve when dealing with natural products. Many fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers leave the default values in the item attributes field as is when they publish their products to the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). Continue reading “Data Synchronization In Real Life” »
SaaS (Software as a Service) is flourishing. More and more companies are turning to SaaS and other on-demand solutions to respond to business needs faster and more cheaply. SaaS is a software delivery model in which software and associated data are centrally hosted on the Cloud and accessed through a Web browser. Customers pay only for what they use and can configure their own environment via a self-service model.
Simple examples of SaaS are web-based email systems such as Hotmail, Gmail and Office365, mostly targeted at consumers. Payroll and Human Resource Management systems have been long-time proponents of SaaS. Salesforce.com is a SaaS-based CRM system. Today there are SaaS offerings for almost every application type, with several ERP and Marketing Automation solutions in the SaaS Top 10.
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This article is based on a series of three blog posts I wrote entitled "How to justify Application Modernization to your CFO." Very similar cost/benefit justification principles apply to other IT projects, such as supporting users with mobile technology, extending your system to the Web, process automation and so on. But you could of course argue these are all variations of modernization projects, so the original blog title covers it all.
Become proactive and set up regular brainstorming meetings with business users. Brainstorm from several perspectives. Focus on inputs and outputs rather than how things are done today. Ask 'What if’ questions and picture yourself there. How would operations look? Would you drive more revenue? Reduce costs? Be more responsive?
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