Just a quick update. We are in the early stages of two upgrades, one major, one medium: We are installing a new ERP system that will result in a more robust accounting system and much more user-friendly shopping cart. For years there have been many complaints (with mine at the top of that list) about how clunky and stuck in the ’90s our cart was. That was what we were stuck with until a real upgrade of not only the cart, but also everything attached to it. So that is taking up the vast majority of our time for the next few months. Additionally, the database program is getting a facelift/upgrade as well. Some of the changes are cosmetic but others under the hood should help it become more functional. We are expecting the ERP upgrade to take about six to eight months and the database upgrade to be completed by end of the summer.
On another note, we are working on a mobile app for the Step Working Guides. The apps will be available on Android and iOS platforms, not Windows mobile as yet. We are still in alpha-testing stage, but as soon as we have something that resembles beta stage, I will send an invite to the folks who are registered here now (please don’t send out an all-points bulletin to your community for testers, I will only accept a maximum of 30 total–any more becomes unwieldy for me.) and a couple of others. Testers will be asked to sign an agreement not to distribute the test versions to anyone–that will be necessary for Android, as TestFlight no longer works for that platform.
Other than that, remember to stay safe, the amount of malware continues to increase. To that end I am enclosing a link to the Websense annual report on threats here – https://www.dropbox.com/s/6tf34hvp5szu5v2/Websense-2014-threat-report-en.pdf (over 9 megs, so it may take some time to open)
Until next time