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Honeywell Aerospace, one of the largest parts suppliers to Airbus and Boeing, announced that it has selected TegoView software to improve its supply chain processes and expedite its new RFID parts tagging program. In addition, it has selected well-known integrator ID Integration to perform the installation. For more info Visit: http://tegoinc.com

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  1. 1. February 8, 2013 Honeywell Aerospace Launches RFID Rollout TTeeggoo aanndd IIDD IInntteeggrraattiioonn tteeaamm uupp ffoorr TTeeggooVViieeww™™ ssooffttwwaarree iimmpplleemmeennttaattiioonn.. On January 28, Honeywell Aerospace, one of the largest parts suppliers to Airbus and Boeing, announced that it has selected TegoView software to improve its supply chain processes and expedite its new RFID parts tagging program. In addition, it has selected well-known integrator ID Integration to perform the installation. This all comes as welcome news for RFID vendors who hope to see more and more industry giants adopting their technologies. Honeywell is rolling out its RFID tagging program across their aerospace organization. By using TegoView's workflow, Honeywell is streamlining its parts tagging process and assuring data accuracy on RFID tags being attached to components through efficient database connectivity and defined templates that reduce user input errors. Airframe manufacturers are requiring their suppliers of repairable, high value parts and systems to attach high memory RFID tags to these assets. This allows all participants in the supply chain to trace the progress of assets and access information stored on them throughout their lifecycle from manufacturing to maintenance. Timothy Butler, Tego, Inc. president/CEO told us, "This is definitely a big deal. Honeywell Aerospace is going far beyond just meeting an industry spec. It is making changes that will improve efficiency and security. They are using tags with our chips in them, but the software is compatible 1572 Kuntz Road ■■ Erie, PA 16509 ■■ PH (814) 866-1146 ■■ http://www.scandcr.com Continued on page 5. An ERP Nightmare! SSoommeettiimmeess,, eeffffoorrttss ttoo iimmpprroovvee eeffffiicciieenncciieess ccaann bbaacckkffiirree iinn aa bbiigg wwaayy…….. In case you missed it, ScanSource recently filed suit against Avanade, Inc., a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft. The Greenville, SC distributor claims Avanade pulled a "bait-and-switch" when it saw the integrator's initial estimate for the installation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system Microsoft Dynamics AX balloon from $17 million to nearly $66 million and from 11 months to three years, with the ERP system still not live. ScanSource's project is believed to be one of the largest global enterprise level Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations to date. We believe the story is very relevant to SCAN/DCR readers for a number of reasons. First, it serves as a caution to any other company that is installing or contemplating installing an ERP system—make sure you know what you're getting into. ScanSource did a lot of due diligence and still ran into huge problems. In addition, because our vendors and distributors rely on VARs, integrators, and ISVs to take our products to market, it is imperative that these resellers who represent our company don't make mistakes that can damage our reputations. Even Microsoft and Accenture, who also evaluated the ScanSource installation, have Timothy Butler, CEO/president, Tego, Inc.
  2. 2. 2 SCAN: The DATA CAPTURE Report February 8, 2013 Since 1977, the premier management & marketing newsletter of automatic data capture, including: ● Bar coding, 1-D & 2-D symbologies ● Bar code printers, scanners, terminals, verification products and labels ● Wireless (RFDC & RFID) ● Magnetic stripe ● OCR products ● Voice recognition systems ● Vision systems, video scanners ● EDI ● Smart cards ● Biometrics ● Application software ● Peripherals or supplies for the above Vol. 36, No. 3 Editor: Rick Morgan PH (814) 866-1146 rickm@scandcr.com Founding Editor: George Goldberg Publisher: RMG Enterprises, Inc. 4003 Wood St. Erie, PA 16509 PH (814) 866-1146 rickm@scandcr.com SCAN/DCR is published 24 x per year, on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month, by: RMG Enterprises, Inc. 4003 Wood St. Erie, PA 16509 PH (814) 866-1146 Web Site http://www.scandcr.com Copyright © 2013 by RMG Enterprises, Inc. Federal copyright law prohibits unauthorized reproduction by any means including photocopying or facsimile distribution of this copyrighted newsletter. Such copyright infringement is subject to fines of up to $25,000. Because subscriptions are our main source of income, newsletter publishers take copyright violations seriously. Some publishers have prosecuted and won enormous settlements for infringement. To encourage you to adhere to this law, we make multiple-copy subscriptions available at a substantially reduced price. Subscriptions: $597 per year for electronic copies. Notice: No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission of RMG Enterprises, Inc., Erie, PA, USA. with any chip/tag that meets the standard. Our software is very applicable to aerospace and other OEMs. It can also be used in 15 different readers, today. "Honeywell has been absolutely great to work with…very proactive," he continued. "They actually worked with us by giving us suggestions on how to make the software more useful. They had a lot of great ideas. They were always saying: 'Can it do this or can it do that?' That's the kind of relationship you want with your customer!" "Aircraft components need to be easily traceable with full transparency throughout a product's supply chain and lifecycle with the ability to verify their pedigree at all times," said Jim Evans, Honeywell ISC UID/RFID program manager. "After evaluating and testing TegoView's ability to write and read RFID tags on parts, we are convinced we can meet the stringent requirements of our customers. "TegoView is being deployed across many Honeywell locations where we are setting up workstations that we can configure for desktop and mobile use," Evans continued. "One of our teams quickly learned the tagging process using defined templates and then walked the next group through the process. Pre-populated mobile and fixed readers with the same TegoView interface make tagging parts an extremely efficient operation." TThhee tteemmppllaatteess The ability to use templates in the system it a big plus, according to Butler. "We can create templates for assets," he told SCAN/DCR. "These templates greatly reduce labor costs by doing away with many manual processes. The user can pull information from a bar code that tells what to write on the tag. It provides a time stamp and tells who should have access. In the feedback we have received, quality assurance personnel find all this as a huge value enhancement. With aerospace parts, every machining operation and movement must be recorded. TegoView enables manufacturers to record steps and processes, not just identify an item. It is excellent from a reporting standpoint. Everything is automatic and it cuts paperwork." "....TegoView is being deployed across many Honeywell locations where we are setting up workstations that we can configure for desktop and mobile use. One of our teams quickly learned the tagging process using defined templates and then walked the next group through the process. Pre-populated mobile and fixed readers with the same TegoView interface make tagging parts an extremely efficient operation." Jim Evans, Honeywell Aerospace ISC UID/RFID program manager.
  3. 3. Notice: No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission of RMG Enterprises, Inc., Erie, PA, USA. February 8, 2013 SCAN:The DATA CAPTURE Report 3 The same benefits can be received by other industries, as well. Butler said construction, chemical, automotive, oil & gas, and healthcare verticals could easily adopt TegoView in their RFID rollouts. He added that he expects healthcare to be big in a couple years. "We're just beginning to see what RFID can really do," he stated. VVeerrssaattiillee aanndd fflleexxiibbllee TegoView exists on the reader. It can be used with multiple operating and ERP systems. It exposes data in a format that customers are comfortable using. "The brand of reader really isn't important," said Butler. "Think of TegoView as the DOS for the tag….like computers in 1985. We are now figuring out how to handle information gathered from RFID. TegoView can work with any asset—a PC, a handheld device, or a backend computer." TThhee oorrddeerr Tego had been talking to Honeywell, but ID Integration really turned the order into a "great union" for all participants, according to Butler. "Gary Moe [ID Integration president] is very knowledgeable and already had good ties to Honeywell," Butler explained. "We are very excited to be working with Gary and his team. Honeywell has many divisions that may ultimately choose to adopt RFID solutions. "Honeywell put us through the ringer, so we would end up with the best possible product," he continued. "Honeywell is a huge company with excellent global branding. This order is a great testament to our product. It adds a lot of credibility. This is not only an endorsement for Tego; it's an endorsement for the entire RFID industry." FFiinnaall wwoorrddss "In an industry where thousands of airplanes each have millions of individual parts, airframe manufacturers and their suppliers need to manage and track an enormous inventory," Butler closed. "This is where the automation and accuracy of TegoView for writing and reading RFID tags on parts is of the greatest value to our customers, not only for compliance but for improved supply chain processes." For more information: Tego, Inc., Waltham, MA, PH (781) 547-5680 x2000, Email: tbutler@tegoinc.com, Web site: www.tegoinc.com. MORE ABOUT TEGO Tego is an active member of the ATA standards committee and the primary architect of the Spec 2000 data container format. With workflow templates and built-in feedback, TegoView guarantees standards compliance and automates supply chain processes. In addition, airlines and MRO organizations can use TegoView to access accurate, current part information throughout its lifecycle from birth record to maintenance history. ID Integration Partners With Tego For RFID Rollout IInntteeggrraattoorrss aanndd IISSVVss mmaayy jjuusstt bbee tthhee kkeeyy ttoo rreeaall mmoovveemmeenntt iinn RRFFIIDD aaddooppttiioonn.. In this issue, we have a story on Honeywell Aerospace's adoption of TegoView™ software as the main platform for its RFID rollout. In that story, we talked mainly about the software and why it is so important. However, equally important is the work that ID Integration is doing to make sure the RFID system is working properly for Honeywell. RFID needs endorsements, and they only come when customers are happy with how a system is working. In our January 31, 2013 issue, William Colleran, Ph.D., president/CEO of Impinj, stated, "The biggest remaining hurdle is the lack of qualified systems integrators. Every deployment requires at least some customization. This is still the slowest part of the entire process." Colleran can be counted on for spot-on evaluations of the RFID sector. This story shows just how true is statement really is. Commenting on the order, Tego President/CEO Timothy Butler noted that Gary Moe, ID Integration president, was largely responsible for creating a "great union" for Honeywell, Tego, and ID Integration. In the past five years, our industry has placed a lot of focus on ISVs and integrators. Moe is a shining example of why this focus is properly placed. ISVs and integrators provide the glue that holds a tracking system together and the ability to achieve the most benefit from new data capture techniques available with RFID. Gary Moe, president, ID Integration.
  4. 4. 4 SCAN: The DATA CAPTURE Report February 8, 2013 Notice: No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission of RMG Enterprises, Inc., Erie, PA, USA. AA lloonngg hhiissttoorryy Commenting on the rollout, Moe told SCAN/DCR, "We have been working with Honeywell for the past 12 years. During the creation/drafting process for ATA Spec 2000, ID Integration served as Boeing's technical expert. We conducted talks with Boeing's suppliers to gather pertinent information. "Our roots go back to the early-to-mid 1990s," he continued. "In 1993, we worked with industry leaders on 2D symbology adoption. We talked with the Data Matrix code inventor, Dennis Priddy. In 1995, we partnered with Boeing on DPM [direct part marking] projects, including how to laser etch Data Matrix codes. In addition, we worked with dot peen and inkjet technologies. We also helped Boeing develop a tool reading/tracking system. During wing attachment, the necessary tools needed for the process would come up missing. We helped solve the problem. ID Integration has been doing these types of projects for Boeing all over the country, including a sizeable amount of work in its Philadelphia plant." Since those early days of 2D symbology development, ID Integration has been a constant, go-to integrator for Boeing and its largest suppliers- including Honeywell. Today, Boeing and its major competitor, Airbus, are moving toward RFID as their new tracking technology of choice. Honeywell and other suppliers, such as GE Wilmington and GE Lynn, are taking proactive roles to make sure they meet guidelines of the ATA Spec 2000. But, it's not simply about meeting a standards requirement. These giant suppliers are seeing that there are many benefits they can receive through the use of RFID. EEmmeerrggiinngg aappppss "The necessary technologies and standards are all here and in place," said Moe. "RFID integration is a natural fit. We have tags/chips if you simply want to identify a part. But, we also have chips with a much larger memory capacity that allows suppliers and their customers to encode a 'birthmark' on a part, as well as to track the part from cradle to grave. Users now have the ability to do global lifecycle monitoring. They can tell exactly how long a part served its purpose in the field before needing to be replaced. "RFID tags also can carry installation instructions that tell users what to tag and where to place the tag," he continued. "Tego was one of the foremost developers of the high memory chips needed for aerospace use. These emerging technologies are opening new and exciting markets for RFID." Moe went on to tell us about other uses for RFID by the airline industry. For instance, airline personnel must periodically check to see that the life vests under seats have not been removed. Previously, airline employees would have to manually bend down and look under every seat. Imagine the time it takes…not to mention the back aches. With RFID, these workers can simply walk down and isle and read the tags to make sure the vests are still in place. They can also determine if the vests have reached their expiration dates. The same holds true for the oxygen generators for the masks that pop down during an unforeseen drop in cabin pressure. These are some of the other benefits that will help drive adoption. And who is it that is finding these apps? It's the integrators. TThhee TTeeggoo ccoonnnneeccttiioonn We asked Moe how he came to partner with Tego. "We are always trying to keep abreast of what is going on in the market-who's doing what and when," he answered. "In this instance, we were talking to Honeywell, and they mentioned the work they were doing with Timothy and the team at Tego. We have a testing lab where we try out new hardware and software. TegoView seemed to be a great fit for what we needed in the Honeywell implementation. "The TegoView software was agnostic," he continued. "It was interoperable with most of the readers on the market. And, we soon found that Tego was a great partner….great to work with. We were impressed with how well Tego worked with Honeywell. They did a good job of listening and responding to Honeywell's needs." ID Integration was hand-selected to be Honeywell Aerospace's IUID/Spec 2000 integrator in 30 global locations. Moe noted that UID is still very important, especially to the military. But, in aviation, RFID has provided a great way for ID Integration to diversify its offerings. CClloossiinngg When asked for his final words, Moe told us, "We expect to see a lot more orders coming. We are in The biggest remaining hurdle is the lack of qualified systems integrators. Every deployment requires at least some customization. This is still the slowest part of the entire process." William Colleran, Ph.D., president/CEO of Impinj.
  5. 5. February 8, 2013 SCAN: The DATA CAPTURE Report 5 Notice: No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission of RMG Enterprises, Inc., Erie, PA, USA. misrepresented its skills and abilities to land the lucrative engagement. The suit also states that Avanade engaged in "bait-and-switch" sales tactics that defrauded ScanSource into believing that Avanade had, and would assign, highly-skilled consultants to perform the implementation. Instead, as the lawsuit alleges, Avanade provided ScanSource with a revolving door of consultants who knew little or nothing about implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX software or managing large- scale global ERP projects. The result was an incomplete and defectively designed implementation plan that suffered from numerous flaws and required extensive remedial work. Avanade's incompetence was reflected in, among other things, the staggering 500,000 lines of software code it wrote in an attempt to have the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform meet ScanSource's business requirements. TThhee eexxppeerrttss?? By this point in our conversation, we were literally flabbergasted that an ERP installation could go so bad. After all, the players involved are all well- known experts in their field….or are they? According to the spokesperson, Avanade has its own management. And, it is supposed to handle all Accenture's Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations. In essence, it is supposed to be the expert, and according to the spokesperson, Avanade is in the top three companies worldwide in this particular type of installation. The question is: how does the expert go so wrong in estimating what it would take to install ScanSource's system? "Obviously, we thought we were dealing with the best possible integrator for this job," the spokesperson told SCAN/DCR. "Six months into the implementation, Avanade said it needed more money…and time. It's important to note two things. First, we are still committed to Microsoft Dynamics AX and believe it is the best system for our needs. Second, the new system never went live. There was no disruption of any kind to our customers or their orders. We have a system that has performed well for years. But, to become more valuable to our customers, the Microsoft ERP system will take us to the next level. "In our defense, ScanSource is a great distributor, not an I.T. implementation expert," he continued. "That's why we hired Avanade and made them the general contractor." Prior to placing the order with Avanade, ScanSource spent 16 months of due diligence, interviewing other giants like Oracle and SAP. "These are the real vets in ERP," said the spokesperson. "Their approach is pretty much the the first stage of the Honeywell rollout. It will be a steady ramp-up." Comment: We believe that integrators like Gary Moe will play a key role in the ramp-up of RFID adoption. As Bill Colleran noted, almost every RFID installation is going to require some customization. Until there are enough integrators, like ID Integration, Lowry Computer, and others, adoption will be limited…at least to some degree. It will be up to our industry's vendors to provide the necessary training so that integrators, ISVs, and VARs have the skills they need to push the technology properly. For more information: ID Integration, Mukilteo, WA, PH (425) 438-2533, Email: gmoe@id-integration.com. said there were mistakes made by Avanade. [Editor's note: Although Avanade is the result of a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture, it is an entirely separate company according to the ScanSource spokesperson we interviewed.] AAbboouutt tthhee ccoonnttrraacctt In 2009, ScanSource contracted with Avanade to replace its aging information technology infrastructure with a new core system that would support the distributor's continued global expansion. Avanade's implementation was originally scheduled to be completed within 11 months. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, alleges-among other things-fraud, tortious misrepresentation and breach of contract, and seeks tens of millions of dollars in damages that ScanSource has incurred and will continue to incur, as a result of Avanade's misconduct. [Editor's note: Wikipedia define tortious as follows: Tortious interference, also known as intentional interference with contractual relations, in the common law of torts, occurs when a person intentionally damages the plaintiff's contractual or other business relationships. This tort is broadly divided into two categories, one specific to contractual relationships (irrespective of whether they involve business), and the other specific to business relationships or activities (irrespective of whether they involve a contract).] "It was like Gilligan's Island," said the ScanSource spokesperson. "We set out on a three-hour tour and ended up on a stranded island." The lawsuit alleges that Avanade knew it was not capable of performing the Microsoft AX implementation for ScanSource, and Continued from page 1.
  6. 6. 6 SCAN: The DATA CAPTURE Report February 8, 2013 Notice: No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission of RMG Enterprises, Inc., Erie, PA, USA. same, and it is a methodology that is matured. The only real difference is that each vendor tailors their clients' processes to better interact with their particular ERP system. We just wanted feedback from each one of them. That said, no one really had an ERP system specifically designed for wholesale distribution. Avanade woefully misrepresented what it could do." MMoorree oonn tthhee llaawwssuuiitt Continuing his comments, the spokesperson told us, "We have a duty to our shareholders to fight this. If Avanade knew it didn't understand wholesale distribution, it certainly didn't tell us. They seemed to have more expertise in MIS (management information systems). They don't possess the global enterprise ERP experience. They had many excuses and the excuses kept changing. Throughout the entire process, Microsoft and Accenture performed quality assessments. They saw errors." According to the lawsuit, "As a result of Avanade's fraud and breaches, an implementation that was initially budgeted for $17 million has now cost ScanSource approximately $37 million, and is estimated by Accenture, Avanade's parent entity, to require an additional $29 million to complete. This ballooning of the Project cost estimate from $17 million to approximately $66 million represents an almost 300% price increase for delivery of the global ERP implementation that is years behind the originally scheduled initial go live…" The suit also states, "Avanade's inability to accurately estimate the effort required for the implementation caused ScanSource to de-scope some of its Minimum Business Requirements in an attempt to reduce the Project's escalating cost and keep the scheduled go- live dates intact. As a result of this de-scoping exercise, ScanSource had to retain some of its legacy applications to perform certain processes that the new Microsoft AX system was supposed to handle. For other de-scoped functionality, ScanSource was required to write its own applications to fill the gaps." "By forcing ScanSource to de-scope functionality, Avanade performed a classic bait-and-switch on ScanSource. Specifically, after being engaged on the Project for only a few months, Avanade drastically increased its fees estimate, thereby forcing ScanSource to make the following choice: either pay substantially more for functionality that Avanade was supposed to deliver as part of the initial quote, or forego that functionality to reduce a ballooning budget far in excess of what Avanade had represented and agreed to." The lawsuit continues, "At regular intervals throughout the Project, Microsoft and Accenture performed quality assessments of the Project (the 'QA Reports'). Both Microsoft and Accenture concluded that the Project was being mismanaged and made recommendations, including the preparation of an integrated project plan, to stabilize the Project and get it back on a track toward go- live." "The Microsoft quality assessment, which focused primarily on software development, documented hundreds of 'Issues' with the Avanade-developed code. Many of these problems were characterized as 'Must Fix Issues.' Microsoft further criticized the manner by which Avanade altered the core Microsoft AX code, noting that 'even single methods have multiple developers' and that '[v]ery commonly, base classes, forms and tables have been modified,' increasing the costs of future upgrades" and maintainability of the system. "Among other criticisms of the Project, the Accenture quality assessment noted that the Project could not be completed without additional fees of $22.5 to $29 million, and resource commitments totaling 11,504 workdays." "Following receipt of the QA Reports, ScanSource delivered a Notice of Default to Avanade on May 17, 2012. Despite providing an extended cure period, Avanade has failed to correct its breaches of the Implementation Agreement. When it became evident to ScanSource that Avanade had no intention of curing its defaults, on September 28, 2012, ScanSource provided Avanade with a Notice of Termination removing Avanade from the Project." "The Notice of Termination followed repeated failures by Avanade to meet multiple scheduled and rescheduled go-live dates, and the realization that the Project-still without a projected go-live date, and now estimated to cost at least three times Avanade's original estimate-could not continue with Avanade as integrator." TThhee ffiixx ScanSource has contracted with a new global implementation partner to mitigate the damages and harm caused from Avanade's misconduct. ScanSource plans on completing its new Microsoft Dynamics global ERP project. Excluding any potential recovery from this lawsuit, ScanSource believes that the total spend for the ERP project could range from $58 million to $72 million and extend past fiscal year 2013, as stated in its prior 10- Q filing for the period ending September 30, 2012. "We have a new integrator evaluating what needs to be done," said ScanSource's spokesperson. "As I noted earlier, our legacy system is good, but we
  7. 7. February 8, 2013 SCAN: The DATA CAPTURE Report 7 Notice: No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission of RMG Enterprises, Inc., Erie, PA, USA. want better. We still believe the decision to go with Microsoft Dynamics AX was a good one." [Editor's note: ScanSource is being represented by Mark P. Ressler of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP.] For more information: ScanSource, Inc., Greenville, SC, PH (864) 286-4425, Email: melissa.andrews@scansource.com, Web site: www.scansourceinc.com. [Part 1] Mobile Computing Now An Integral Part Of Workforce Management In the past two years, we’ve seen tablets and consumer smart phones steadily invade what was previously AIDC territory alone. During this time, the invasion has also spilled over into other adjacent markets, such as workforce management systems (WMS). In a recent interview with Bill Bartow, Kronos VP of product development, we learned just how prevalent the trend really is. Bartow told SCAN/DCR, “These are exciting times for Kronos and for workforce management in general. The onslaught of tablets and smart phones are driving our mobile sales, and revenue from our cloud offerings has grown a whopping 106%. Today’s employers want their managers to be up and about...interacting with employees. To do this, they need mobile devices, and smart phones/tablets fit the bill. We now offer a special WMS system for tablets. The movement to tablets in the past 12 months has been huge.” The new catch phrase in WMS is “managing in the moment.” One of the biggest assets for any company is its employees. And, managing these employees is critical. Take retail, for instance. We all know that there are peak operating times in stores, and retailers must have the personnel there to meet their customers’ needs. What if an employee suddenly calls in sick? Likely, the manager will have to rush to a phone and start looking for a part-timer to fill the slot. With a strong mobile WMS in place, that job could be much easier. Using a mobile device, the manager could check out employee availability from anywhere in the store. The system could also be set up to send out immediate alerts when a shift needs filled. That way, an employee could call in and offer to fill the time slot, saving the manager a lot of work. “Some companies are getting rid of desk-tops altogether,” said Bartow. “They're giving iPads to employees and making them responsible for their care. Employers can determine what information an employee can access. When necessary, they are installing GPS technology, so they can find the employee whenever they need to. Proximity aware technology is going to be big in the next 12 months. “The key to success in mobile WMS offerings is to make them engaging, compelling, and intuitive,” Bartow continued. “You have to make the technology similar to what they are already used to. We are now offering mobile tablet packages for nearly all aspects of WMS, including analytics. We also offer ‘continuos monitoring.’ The system monitors all things WMS—24/7. When managers come into work and logs into the system, it tells them what they need to right away—such as filling a time slot.” Bartow went on to say that there needs to be more built-in intelligence in today's apps. The goal is to present users with “guided decisions.” The compelling part of this is that it enables users to do other things while the WMS handles chores previously done by humans. Let the app. do the work. Kronos is currently building vertical apps on top of its analytics product. A lot of technology today is being developed around the “Big Data” concept. Whether it is retail, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, or some other niche, the goal is to take the vast amounts of data being captured and present it in a language that is meaningful to the user. “Dashboards can easily be changed without a programmer,” added Bartow. “This market is only going to get bigger and bigger. We’re spending a lot of our engineering time and money on developing new software demands in the global workforce management arena.” Comment: There can be no doubt that we are just beginning to scratch the surface with respect to the number of applications for mobile devices. As we often hear in our interviews with industry leaders: the markets we know about are small by comparison to the markets we haven’t thought of. Stay tuned for Pt. 2. For information: Kronos Incorporated, Chelmsford, MA, PH (978) 947-4777, Email: laura.souza@kronos.com, Web site: www.kronos.com/mobile. Bill Bartow, VP of product development, Kronos, Inc.
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