Over the past few months, Cordovan UK have been developing a new product aimed at facilitating more effective communications in large organisations. Despite computer terminals being at an all time high within major organisations, intranet usage often tops out at 5% of staff.
Added to this, many staff in organisations may not have any access to the intranet at all.
What about those people who work in manufacturing units?
What about those who spend most of their time 'on the road'?
Not everyone has a laptop and 3G data connection!
Paper noticeboards are notoriously difficult to organise when an organisation has tens, if not hundreds (or thousands) of sites.
Cordovan's answer to this is 'LiveNotice', a simple electronic alternative which can be administered from a single desktop if needed. Check it out. It works by displaying notices via a series of networked LCD screens.
Very shortly, it will be possible for staff to interact directly with the noticeboard through text messaging on mobile phones. Given that 'staff ads' are an inherent part of the screen property, this is likely to be an attractive feature!
Over the past few months, Cordovan have been working hard to help organisations overcome a common challenge. So often, executives are 're-inventing the wheel' by creating PowerPoint presentations that have been done tens if not hundreds of times. So much organisational knowledge sits in staff computers, where it stays, only offering value to the creator.
In answer to this, Cordovan have developed 'Slide Sorter'. Very simply, it makes organisational 'slide knowledge' available to everyone and allows staff to 'pick and mix' their presentations from a central repository. It's all handled through a conventional browser. Once the user has selected their slides, they can export directly from the browser in PPT or PDF formats.
For example, a sales guy who's main involvement is in supplying his/her customers with fleet cars finds that a new client needs help with financing. Another division within his/her company is all about financing. Using 'Slide Sorter', he/she can quickly pull out key slides which talk about how the organisation can assist the client with both fleet cars and financing. This is achieved very quickly and avoids the sales person being hindered by going through hoops to find the initial knowledge they need. Therefore, the opportunity cost is reduced and offers the organisation as a whole to 'cross sell' services more easily.
I've been having major problems recently with my Orange SPV M3100 phone. Namely, it's failed twice in the last month. Each time means calling up Orange and requesting a replacement.
It's not the replacement issues that bother me. It's the loss of data each time. If you're like me, and keep hundreds of contacts on your phone, you will have wondered what happens if you loose them!
Bitter experience has taught me that if you take your SIM card and put it in an older handset, you may find many of your contacts wiped. (I think the limit is just under 200 on older Nokia's, for example).
Unfortunately, the SPV M3100 doesn't have any in-built backup options. My previous phone (SPV M1000) allowed you to back up to the Orange Server, to in-built memory, and to an SD card. It's follow-on doesn't have anything. If it goes wrong, you're in the shit!
Nick Saalfeld on the 'True Business' blog makes some nice points about online storage. He's right. Our 'techno' lives mean that our data lives somewhere out there in the great, big, interweb thing.
Thank god though, for a simple, free, open source service called 'myFUNAMBOL'. It's the only service I could find that allows me to back up numbers, calendar, and messages in one place on my particular phone model. I tried it yesterday and it works perfectly. If I could recommend one feature for improvement, i'd ask the creators to install options for exporting data. Sure, you can synchronise with Outlook, but a few alternatives would be great guys!
In short, check it out. I can't recommend it highly enough as a means of preserving your vital contacts database!