ONLINE WORKFORCE

CLOUD BASED SOFTWARE

06-05-2020

THE OLD WAY

Traditional business software required expensive in-house computer networks and workstations. Such a system could cost thousands of dollars.

Software users were required to be in the office in order to use the system. That is now all in the past.

CLOUD-BASED SOFTWARE

Today, the Cloud (Internet) is available almost anywhere. Restaurants, coffee shops and shopping malls offer free Wifi. Your software should reside in the Cloud so you can access your important information from anywhere on any Internet enabled tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

SWBS uses modern development tools and SQL database engines to convert old server-based software into Cloud-based modern database applications that run in any browser. You no longer need to invest in expensive servers, networks or workstations. You no longer need to hire expensive IT teams to maintain all of that computer infrastructure. A tablet and an Internet connection are all you need. Best of all, the hassle of backing up and managing your server and your data are now done by secure hosting facilities such as Hostek.com. Once your business application is created, you only pay a small monthly fee (as low as $10/month in most cases) for hosting.

No hardware costs and minimal monthly hosting costs is a Win-Win situation.

OUR EXPERIENCE

We have vast experience in many diverse business environments. Our past solutions include environmental engineering sales and reporting systems, check cashing network balancing, bad check tracking, water treatment engineering sales management, event planning, inventory systems, contact relationship management, project estimating, job costing, referral management, r


CYBER SECURITY THOUGHTS

06-05-2020

Hosting your data in the Cloud is serious business. However, thanks to concerted efforts by the industry, data security in the Cloud is as safe as on your in-house server.

Which is not to say it is safe. Nearly 67% of all data loss (deliberate or accidental) is caused by employees – not international rogue hackers.

The likelihood of being hacked in actually a bit higher on your in-house server as most employees have access to your server files and can copy files onto thumb drives if they wish. Stealing data directly from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) is much harder.

I have a page in the menu bar that talks about how we at S W Business Solutions protects client’s data in our Cloud-based browser applications.

The benefits of global access to your data and device independence far outweigh any concern about data safety.




TRACKING ONLINE EMPLOYEES

06-05-2020

Working from home is currently a requirement due to the quarantine. However, it is actually a very cost effective way to work for a lot of businesses.

The downside is that it requires mature, self-motivated staff. That is not always the reality. So what can a manager do to ensure employees are actually working?

The answer is behavior metrics. S W Business Solutions develops robust, cloud-based, browser-hosted database business applications. These are custom pieces of software that can track whatever a manager needs.

We have existing systems that track behaviors such as login time, logout time, excessive idle time and work flow analysis. Every event (clicking save or opening a record) can be tracked and analyzed with minimal additional burden on the system. Reports and graphs can be generated that can be reviewed by authorized management to determine production rates and worker effectivity.

S W Business Solutions is managed by a former mid-level manager for a TRW company. We are business professionals that have the experience to write effective business software.




WORKING OUT OF THE OFFICE

06-05-2020

Working out of officeWorking away from the office is a viable option and, in many cases, the preferred way for mature employees to work.

From 2005 to 2007, my wife worked from Las Vegas for a San Jose, CA insurance company as an in-house underwriter. She managed a very large case load when technology was not as advanced as today. It was a win-win for her and her company. She was a known self-motivated employee and her company decided to experiment with the concept in order to retain her services. Physical case files were shipped via DHL daily and everything else was done through fax and Cloud tools.

There are many aspects to consider when allowing (or encouraging) some of your work force to work away from the office. These include the maturity of the employee, the type of work to be done, how well management can track productivity and quality control, etc.

Given that an employee is mature enough and the work load can be done away from the office, working off-site is the answer.

First, let’s consider the cost to the company. Cloud database systems can be expensive but our experience at S W Business Solutions shows that expensive is a relative term. Most business software is subscription based. S W Business Solutions, LLC uses this model where a fee (nominally $1,000) is paid during development and then a fee is charged thereafter. This puts the burden of development costs onto us. We make conversion to the Cloud affordable.

One major cost saving is computer system infrastructure. You no longer need your IT team to maintain expensive computer servers and networks. Even if you provide your staff with laptops and printers, the cost is dramatically less than a server, routers, switches, cabling and workstations.

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