Crises separate the wheat from the chaff, so they say. Not knowing one’s own situation carries risk. The narrower the operational environment, the higher the risk. When cost pressure rises, it is an instinctive reaction to analyse cost and start savings programmes. Adding urgency and unreliable information significantly raises the
Software development as it should be: WinSCP! I have been using WinSCP for transferring files for years because it supports a host of protocols. With Secure Copy (scp) it supports my demand for security. Recently, its author shipped version 5.17 with a bug which probably affected only a few users.
Special challenges need special solutions. Most companies walk a thin line between off-the-shelf software and individual solutions. How this decision is taken depends on many factors, such as the desire or need to optimise, cost and maintenance efforts, to name but a few. A primary principle for such decisions should
Billing systems create invoices from data and ideally send them right away. Microsoft’s Word, Excel and Access are common tools to do the job. Sometimes, parts of the invoice creation process are already automated. Mostly, however, the majority of the work is still done manually because of the need for
Occasionally, aggregating data into information is a labour intensive, tedious job which takes lots of comparisons, consistency checks, summations etc.. Even the creation of the initial data can be complicated. The good news is, however, that practically all of these process steps can be completely automated: Starting with the extraction
There is usually more information in a given dataset than one would expect. The Austrian Post scandal has demonstrated this impressively and gives a faint idea of what Google is capable of doing, especially given the information grows faster than linear with the amount of data. So having more data