Monday, October 29, 2007

Modernize your applications: 8 different ways.

This white paper, as you might gather from the title, offers eight ways to modernize the applications you use with your enterprise software packages, and it breaks down the pros and cons to each.

It also includes a handy checklist that you should keep by your side when selecting your solutions. Access the "8 Approaches for Modernizing your ERP" white paper here»

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Development Tip: Copy files from one database to another in one step

Sometimes even little changes can make a big difference in business productivity and profitability. What was the world like before calculators? Post-it notes? Staples? Staple-removers?

There have been lots of inventions over the years, but here is one that can make a huge difference if your company copies data files from one database to another.

What used to be a tedious set of time-consuming steps (and error-prone) can now be done in one step, with one command. Here's how»

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

What do you do when software packages fall short? Here's how one Movex customer got out of a bind.

Sometimes, when your enterprise software falls short, it can feel like you're in an endless cycle of inefficient stop-gap measures.

General Binding Company had just that problem.

The company's Movex software package didn't have the reporting capabilities they needed, and their IT department was forced to continually create ad-hoc reports to fill the gap. They knew they needed an operational reporting system that could tie directly to Movex, but also one that wouldn't actually make changes to the underlying core software package.

Here's what they did»

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Are your users sharing data by emailing Excel docs? There's a safer, better way.

Every day end-users across the globe spend a large amount of time pulling data into spreadsheet programs like Excel, and then using pivot tables and the like to analyze data. This wastes a lot of time, is insecure, inefficient, and often inaccurate.

But, there's a new way you can help your end-users save time, do away with security issues, AND create their own Web reports. Here's a short presentation on how»

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

What is the one thing you wish you could fix on your enterprise system?

Ever found yourself in the tough situation of needing better applications for your users, but not having the time (or budget) to start making changes to your enterprise system?

UK-based Stannah Group, the largest stairlift manufacturer in the world had that problem. Then, they created an entire system of Web applications for their customers in just two weeks...fully tied to their ERP, without touching it.

Here's what they did.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Expanding on your "Imports": How to import HTML from other applications.

A few weeks back, I showed you how to use web 2.0 servlets to import html from other servlets.

That generated lots of interest and some questions that I try to address here.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Don't panic over Rogue IT when you can do something about it.

The Boston Globe reports that half of employees feel "more empowered than IT to control their personal IT environment," according to a new Yankee Group report (You'll need to register with their Web sites for the full articles.)

Here's the gist: Your employees look at IT as a bottleneck or a barrier to solving their problems rather than a means. So, they try solving their own problems by downloading desktop applications or e-mailing information in spreadsheets. This puts you at risk for viruses and security breaches.

However, giving users a set of centrally located Web tools, under your oversight but in their control, dramatically changes those dynamics. You can create web solutions like executive dashboards to give them a place to go, and even let them create Web reports from spreadsheets»

For a free sample application over your own files, to show your colleagues, just fill out this form to get started.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Get the latest how-to development articles, updates, and tips--here's how»

If you haven't been to the m-Power User Forum recently, there are a number of brand new useful tips, tricks, and technical documents. And, now it's easy to stay on top of the updates. If you'd like to subscribe to a topic thread, or the forum itself, to be notified when new articles are posted, it's easy to do!

Here are the steps:
1) Click here to go to the m-Power forum and sign in, or register.
2) Click on a link to one of the forum topics...for example, "Tips and Tricks"
3) Now, in the top left corner just above the forum box, there is a link called "Forum Tools". Click on that, and two options appear, Mark this Forum Read, and Subscribe to this Forum. Select 'Subscribe to this Forum.'
4) There's a drop down window that lets you select daily or weekly updates (Your choice), and then hit subscribe. (You can click on Control Panel link, then subscriptions, to view your subscriptions or unsubscribe.)

Monday, October 08, 2007

Use Gadgets to share your servlets with the world . . .

... or just your close friends, customers, vendors, sales force - whoever you deem appropriate.

This post will show you how you can share servlets you've built through iGoogle gadgets.

This can be another way to keep your information in front of those who need to see it on a daily basis.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Eye on Useful ResearchTools: Stumbling onto the Web

This new blog feature is to make you aware of new Web sites and services that might help you stay at the top of your game without a lot of extra research/work.

Today's featured Web helper is called StumbleUpon.

The premise of StumbleUpon is that you select the topic you are interested in, and the StumbleUpon toolbar shows you unique topic-related sites, often sites you might not find using your normal everyday search engine.

It may seem a little random, it IS a little random, but it's a great way to broaden your awareness of the Web, and develop a great little cache of go-to sites in topics that interest you, both personally and professionally.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Could you build a sophisticated Web-based reporting system in 3 weeks? IT Jungle shows how Boise Cascade did it, and well.

Last May, when Boise Cascade's management told them to develop a complex and comprehensive Web-based reporting system that could interface with multiple host systems...and then to do it in three weeks time...they just about fell over. Boise Cascade's application development team thought the deadline would be impossible to meet.

However, despite being short a developer, the group persevered and managed to meet its deadline.

Here's how»

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