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Why Technology Should be Boring (Salesforce)

Most people don’t want to live on the bleeding edge.

When the pioneers were landing on the Americas and exploring new frontiers, life was exciting.

There were herds of wild beasts that could trample you, new peoples who might want to kill you and so on.

Similarly, in the early development of the steam engine and the internal combustion engine explosions were not uncommon.

On the IT frontier, I have to admit to be excited by technology. My first computer arrived as a solder-together kit. It could lose all its data if it was wobbled in the wrong way.

Most people don’t want to live like that. It is not a good way to do business.

It also explains why so many NHS computers were still running Windows XP, which allowed them to be attacked by ransomware. (It’s a bit more complicated, but…) They were not on a more modern operating system because upgrades break stuff. (See below…) Some IT companies like that sort of thing… it is exciting helping customers out of a fix and they generally appreciate it.

BUT

People want their homes to be safe.

They want their public transport reliable (and safe).

Safe cars? To quote the Simpsons ‘unexplained fires are a matter for the courts’.

The point of all this? Salesforce has just performed a major upgrade.

What has it broken? Nothing!

What was the disruption like? There wasn’t any.

What incompatibilities has it introduced? Erm… none?

Boring Salesforce. I did notice it was slightly quicker. There was a slightly different signing-on animation. There will be improvements, that I will have to check over before rolling out to clients. But, everyone is on the latest version with its improved security. No cavalry riding to the rescue, just business as usual.

Ensuring that disaster recovery is not a DISASTER

Everything goes wrong.

It’s obvious but many of us work as if our IT equipment is faultless. That it will never go wrong. We act shocked when all the information that our business requires to operate disappears with the failure of a hard disk or a USB stick or a theft. This normally means the end of the business, too.

So it is refreshing to know that some IT suppliers take a sensible approach.

For instance, here is a recent email from Salesforce.

What is a site switch and what action is required to prepare?

Each Salesforce instance is built and maintained in two geographically separate locations. An instance is actively served from one location (the active site) with transactions replicating in near real-time to the other completely redundant location (the ready site). During a site switch, we swap the locations of your ready and active sites; the ready site becomes the new active site and vice versa.

So if one of their data centres fails you continue working based of another data centre.

None of your data is stored on your computer, so a theft does not matter.

If only everything in life was as reliable as Salesforce. (And when it fails it still keeps on working!)

As I say to our customers: if two data centres fail, you probably have even more important things on your mind than your data.

GDPR Masterclass

GDPR Masterclass

Led by Chris Roberts of the GDPR Alliance.

Is your business ready for the new data protection regulations?

On May 25th 2018, less than a year away, the European Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force. This represents the most significant change to data privacy regulations for more than 20 years. With significant non-compliance penalties including financial ones of up to 4% of global revenue or €20m, it is essential that business owners understand what is coming, the potential impact it will have, and what actions are needed to ensure compliance.

Is your organisation going to be affected by GDPR?

The vast majority of businesses will hold what the regulation describes as “personal data” on an EU citizen so will need to be compliant with the regulations.

What is personal data?

Phone numbers, email addresses, home addresses, bank details, demographics, health information, sexual orientation, in fact anything that could identify a specific person.

What’s covered during the workshop?

  • Why this legislation has come in to being
  • The key points of the new legislation
  • Likely causes of non-compliance
  • Risks and penalties: what changes will you need to make?
  • What actions should you consider to reduce risk
  • What are implications of non-compliance?

Workshop leader

Chris Roberts a Director at Highend Software and a Co-founder of the GDPR Alliance leads these workshops.  Chris regularly presents on business efficiency and productivity improvements and GDPR. Recent presentations include those for the Federation for Small Business (FSB), Superfast Business Wales, Wales Fraud Forum, BNI and numerous private clients.

Venue

The class will start at 9:00am for a 9:30am start in the Conference Room at the prestigious Beacon Centre for Enterprise in Dafen, Llanelli, SA14 8LQ.

Tickets are on sale through our ticketing portal https://bit.ly/GDPR-MC. Book early for deep discounts.

GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation

On 5th October, I was giving a talk to a Novus Networking in Cardiff. The topic was the GDPR. Not the most exciting topic for a group of under 35s, but there you go.

At its heart the GDPR is about protecting our privacy. As the prominent privacy campaigner, Julian Assuange said, to those who doubt our need for privacy: “There is no killer answer yet. Jacob Appelbaum (@ioerror) has a clever response, asking people who say this to then hand him their phone unlocked and pull down their pants.”

Of course we know of cases where governments want backdoors into our phone security and airports have x-ray systems that reveal our unclothed bodies.

There are many great materials out there. In the next month, Cloud Genius is hoping to be running some courses on the GPRS in Llanelli. As a starter, there is an introduction (for free) on trailhead.salesforce.com

The provisional date of our masterclass will be Wednesday 22 November. It promises to be full of useful information that will help you remain compliant.

(The fines for non-compliance are up to €20M or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is greater.)

Do you delight customers?

Do you delight customers? Do they feel better for working with you?

Learn to know your customers and anticipate their needs with a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.

At a glance, you can see your potential sales, customer entitlements, emails you have sent… all filed against the right customers.

As a charity there are some really good deals out there from the major CRM companies, Allowing you to better achieve your charitable aims.

 

Time left to book your place

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This half-day course will give you insight into what a CRM is, and how it might help you in your business or non-profit.

Bring a laptop, you will have opportunity to try it out for yourself!

The day will be run by John Dray, CEO of Cloud Genius, who has many years of experience with Salesforce and general IT. The course is sure to be both informative and enjoyable.

The course will run from 9am to 1pm on Monday 18th July 2016 at the Beacon Centre in Llanelli.

The Beacon Centre for Enterprise
Dafen
Llanelli
SA14 8LQ

Click here to be taken to the booking page: Book a place

Places are strictly limited to ensure that attendees get the most from the event.

If you book before 11 July, you will have an opportunity to submit questions that will influence the direction of the course!

We are running this event in conjunction with The Best Of Carmarthenshire, a great organisation that promotes trusted, local businesses. Thank you for your support! As a result, members of The Best Of get a reduction on ticket prices.

CRM Introduction Course

Do you worry about keeping your customers happy?

Do you ever wonder if you should be doing more to keep your customers happy?

 

What if you had a way of keeping track of all your customers, suppliers and all your interactions with them?

One excellent tool is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.

If you are a business, it’s a way of keeping track of all your customers and suppliers. You can see your potential sales, appointments, emails you have sent… all filed against the right companies.

If you are a charity or non-profit, it can be a way of keeping track of volunteers, appointments, donations, memberships

…. and so much more.

 

Time left to book your place

Day(s)

:

Hour(s)

:

Minute(s)

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Second(s)

This half-day course will give you insight into what a CRM is, and how it might help you in your business or non-profit.

There will be active demonstrations on live databases. If you bring a laptop, you will have opportunity to try it out for yourself.

The day will be run by John Dray, CEO of Cloud Genius, who has many years of experience with Salesforce and general IT. The course is sure to be both informative and enjoyable.

The course will run from 9am to 1pm on Monday 18th July 2016 at the Beacon Centre in Llanelli.

The Beacon Centre for Enterprise
Dafen
Llanelli
SA14 8LQ

The running order is here: Running order

Click here to be taken to the booking page: Book a place

Places are strictly limited to ensure that attendees get the most from the event.

If you book before 11 July, you will have an opportunity to submit questions that will influence the direction of the course!

We are running this event in conjunction with The Best Of Carmarthenshire, a great organisation that promotes trusted, local businesses. Thank you for your support! As a result, members of The Best Of get a reduction on ticket prices.

CRM Introduction Course