Please enjoy this guest blog from Single Source's partner CADTalk!
In prior blog posts, we’ve written about the benefits of choosing the right IT system and the pitfalls of sticking with subpar band-aid solutions. So, what does the right system look like? The specific characteristics and features can vary from one company to the next, but we can tell you one kind of setup that you should avoid at all costs, and that is falling into siloed systems.
Of the thousands of companies we’ve worked with, we have seen many cobbling together IT solutions that just aren’t working for them. Though often very manual and inefficient, these systems may seem “good enough” and easier in the short-term than making a big change. But unfortunately, they inhibit a company's growth in the long term.
For many companies, their number one technology pain point lies in the frustrating realm of “band-aid solutions.” All too often, companies must cobble together platforms, systems, and programs to get the job done, but those pieces just don’t work together smoothly. A single task may require switching between Excel spreadsheets, Access databases, and any number of other tools, while various teams struggle to stay on the same page. Just as a band-aid is not a solution for a broken arm, this is not a sustainable alternative to integrated, modern software.
At Single Source, we're all about solving problems, from far-reaching, enterprise-wide business operations down to simply asking the question, "what if this functionality were even better?" That's exactly how Productivity Tools was born, to help out our Systems Administrator when implementing Infor Service Management and Syteline. Then we heard our customers wishing they had the same features, to make life just that much easier. So based on our experience with custom programing for these platforms, we bundled together the improvements we had made.
They say “The only constant is change,” but that certainly doesn’t make change any easier! Some of the most difficult changes a company can make revolve around technology. Even if your current ERP software has some quirks or limitations, it’s daunting to replace it when it technically “works” and has been getting by serving your team for years.
With Industry 4.0 going strong, the realm of industrial equipment is certainly exciting, and 2018 holds more promise than ever. Single Source has worked with clients in this industry for decades, so we like to keep a pulse on the trends and innovations. Here are a just a few of the latest developments, from technological to strategic to transformative.
It’s February 20, 1962. The day had finally arrived for Mercury-Atlas 6, NASA’s third human spaceflight and the first for a U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth. John Glenn, the elite pilot selected, had trained for three years for the mission, while NASA made countless calculations and preparations. At 14:47 UTC, Friendship 7 launched. The ride was bumpy, and Glenn's pulse climbed. But soon, the flight smoothed, and the spacecraft entered orbit. “Zero G and l feel fine,” he told the control center. Soon, he got a sublime view of Earth: “Oh that view is tremendous… I don't know what you can say about a day when you see four beautiful sunsets.” He safely returned from space to be heralded as a hero, and the successful mission was a monumental achievement for our country.
Have you met Kevin? He has been at Single Source in two different eras: first in the late 90s as a consultant, but since his children were young, he opted to choose a job with less travel. In 2014, he came back to us, and we couldn't be happier!
Every year during Thanksgiving week, Single Source holds an office chili cook-off. The coveted traveling prize is a "Chili Master" apron, heralding past winners. This year, the competition was fierce, but Manager of Programming Services Jason Greth emerged victorious. It's not his first win, and his masterful recipe remains a mystery. When it comes to Single Source's success, though, our recipe is admittedly pretty simple: a heap of hard work sprinkled abundantly with fun.