The other day was an especially fun day at IQMS. The president of the company, Randy Flamm, returned from a two week vacation in the Mediterranean Sea, rejuvenated, smiling and in a great mood … and so was I! My Automation Department development team had made tremendous progress during Randy's vacation and we were eager to present our progress. The morning of our meetings, I arrived at 8 a.m. and there were no urgent emails waiting in my inbox, except for one from our lead developer. Quickly I noticed the CC’d column … it contained the president’s email address!
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The Internet has become the major driving force behind all growing businesses in the world today. It is very obvious that the method of proliferating information used in the 1990s cannot compete on the same global level as effectively and efficiently as Internet based media does today. As such, corporations of all sizes increasingly rely on Internet based services to handle their day to day business needs. Some companies have become completely virtual storefronts, only existing on the Internet, and the manner in which data is collected, processed and stored becomes increasingly critical to business continuity and effectiveness of the global supply chain. We recently discussed the importance of having some form of disaster recovery plan in place in the event of a failure within critical data systems. That is only half of the equation. With the number of users on the Internet increasing by the minute, the number of threats to companies from outside sources likewise increases. How well is your company prepared for ... the Attack of the CyberVirusMutantTrojanBotWorm?
Everyone recognizes the familiar phrase, "Are we there yet?" and can associate with it from either their childhood or during parenthood. This age old question is typically asked during a family trip or maybe just a long ride to visit family and friends. The responses are usually: "10 minutes less than the last time you asked," "almost," "very soon" or something that I cannot type.
As a child, many of life's lessons were learned in the sandbox at school. It is where we learned to share and to be kind to others. It is where we learned that jumping from the top of the monkey bars sends horrible pains into your feet and many other invaluable lessons that we brought with us into adulthood. The sandbox was an incredible place for learning, but why? Because, in the sandbox, it was OK to make mistakes. Wouldn't it be nice in our adult world to have a place where it is safe to make mistakes? At work, I would have test colleagues whom I could practice on before conducting a difficult meeting with real people. At home, I would have test kids to make all of my mistakes on so that my poor first born could stop paving the way for his younger brother. I could even have a test audience to read this blog post before I put it out there for all the world to see. Wouldn't it be great to have an ERP sandbox where you could safely learn? Fortunately, you can.