Saturday, August 11, 2012

Apps for the Enterprise: Upcoming Topics

In the coming weeks, as I'm wrapping up my first Startup Blog Topics series, I'm going to shift gears and start talking a bit more about the implications of building apps for the enterprise. If you're building software for enterprise clients, or are looking for software solutions to meet your enterprise needs, we'll be touching on topics related to that. Upcoming (varied) topics include:

  • RFID vs. Barcode: Why Inventory Processes are Seeing Red

    RFID solutions are relatively simple and cheap to implement, so what is preventing companies from adopting RFID in a meaningful way? Why is barcode asset tracking still the inventory method of choice for many applications?

  • Features that Sell Enterprise Products

    A brief look at a few features that your product is going to need if you expect to sell in the enterprise market.

  • How to Price Products for An Enterprise Market

    When it comes to pricing, the enterprise is more practical than you think. In this post, we'll go into a few ways that you can create a justifiable price-tag for your products.

  • The Mobile Platform Paradox

    Large companies are so used to using 3-5 year-old technology, but the mobile space has so far surpassed what the enterprise is doing that they can't keep up with the shift, and its creating pressure to continually reconsider their platform of choice.

  • Employee On-boarding Done Right

    Some companies' employee on-boarding process is straight out of a Dilbert comic. No guidance for day-one, no training, no meeting with upper management, no meeting on expectations, no on-boarding followup. This stuff shouldn't be this hard. We'll look at ways to do employee on-boarding right.

I'm jazzed to write about a few of these topics, and I'll link the title of each to the actual post once it's complete.


  1. Are you doing some thing new or unique to assist customers during this time? If you haven’t posted for your social channels in weeks, haven’t updated your website or aren’t to be had thru online chat or smartphone name, human beings are probably to move on. Inconsistency ends in doubt and those anticipate clean answers fast. Make it smooth for them to do business with you through being direct and upfront about your reputation and how you may assist clear up their problems. Pro tip: Use a pinned post to your social media channels to answer regularly asked questions and consist of estimations of your response times, specifically if it's far longer than normal. Answer direct messages as fast as possible, despite the fact that it's miles simply to acknowledge you have got received it and will get returned to them. Realizing that your customers also are struggling and how critical it's far for you to show up for them is fundamental to preserving relationships.

  2. Everyone’s having a great time creating.”Em Jaccs, who created the original “Ode to Remy” that started it all, reflects on what a sensation she had inadvertently started, telling Vulture, “When this idea of creating a Ratatouille musical started to go viral, it offered an opportunity to contribute to something. We are all living in such a technologically advanced time in history. Yet, for me at least, the pandemic has highlighted the fact that the internet alone cannot entertain us forever.” Walt Disney is famously quoted as saying, in regards to his sprawling media empire, “I hope we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse.” Decades later, Em Jaccs looks upon what she hath wrought and tells Vulture, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be embracing people referring to me as the ‘rat queen.’


What You Work on Is More Important Than How Hard You Work

This morning I opened a work-item with a vague description of the work to be done. Since I don't know much about this particular project...