May 2012 – Great New Software Releases

Several great software packages have been released this month. Let’s take a look:

Adobe Creative Suite 6 – the standard in on-screen and on-page design packages came available earlier this month, and it’s a corker. New features and slipstream speed have combined to great effect here from the denizens of computerized communications, Adobe. Catch a quick review here.

AVG Free Edition 2012 12.0 (Build 2178a5019) – consistently the easiest and quickest catcher of all thsoe little invaders that try to mess up our computers. AVG just keeps getting better, and I haven’t had a worm or virus since I started using AVG six years ago. Check it out here.

SIMMS 2012KCSI, the makers of the inventory and accounting software flagship program, SIMMS, has continued to expand and diversify the management process with concern for your needs built-in seemingly overnight. I’ve used SIMMS for inventorying everything from my archival information, photographs, document collections, restaurant supplies, music, bar stock and dozens of other purposes. The valuation of the inventory items has been invaluable for accurate insurance values alone. Check it out here. I’ve also been tipped that an on-line version is coming soon, and personally, I can’t wait.

Camfrog Video Chat 6.2 (Build 189) – I got a chance earlier to test drive Camfrog, a quick and fun program that lets you combine text messaging and video. Take a look and try it out — lots of fun 🙂 See it here.

Power DVD 12.0 – Now on build 1618.54, CyberLink’s PowerDVD lets you play all forms of media from video to music and beyond. For someone like me with a machine dedicated to media playing for at least half my day, my entire catalog of media remains at my fingertips constantly,  including — since I also am involved in visual design — all my images. It’s a one-stop media index and optimizer. Solid gold. Check it out here.

I’ll mention the newest June software gems in a couple of weeks when I’ll have happily found some more winners for you.



Getting Started With SIMMS 2012, part 2

Last time, I covered the first three parts of a plan to acquire much needed software for your inventory and accounting needs. First, accurate assessment and listing of those requirements, a demonstration of the potential software that focuses on those needs, and selection of software with more consideration on those who will be using the software than on the IT considerations.

Today I’ll give steps four through six in the process of selecting the software that you need.

4. The Avoidance Altogether of IT Concerns

Often, the business people choose the software based only on their own criteria, leaving the IT gang to get the software up and running. The technology that the software uses is very important to the IT department’s ability to run the company’s system, and that the IT department can continue to observe the security and structural standards already in place. So if your company’s “system” is suddenly forced to make significant changes in order to install and run the software, there’s a problem. SIMMS 2012 uses SQL Server, an established and reliable and secure package in itself, which can adapt to any security demands of any system, thus lessening the work that the IT department needs to make. Less time means that SIMMS 2012 is up-and-running faster using existing conditions.

5. Planning Must Allow for Possible Future Uses, Not Just Current Uses

If you want the software to handle just your inventory management for now, many software packages may suit those needs. But if operations or accounting may some day also wish to implement the software for their departments, can the software handle such segmented implementation? SIMMS 2012 makes the use of its modular systems easy to start whenever you want to use them.

6. Making the Decision to Buy the Software

The choice and use of a software system I very important, and at some point that decision must be made. You must be able to see the benefits now and in the future. Advice from others and their guidance can make the decision easier. SIMMS 2012 and its users at its manufacturers, KCSI, can make it a simple choice. Clients and testimonials can be contacted for their advice and experience with SIMMS 2012. And in the case of SIMMS 2012, it is constantly evolving to incorporate more of its client’s needs. Other software only does this rarely, if at all.

Contact KCSI and book a demonstration of SIMMS 2012 so you can see that all six steps of your software selection process can be handled in a streamlined sequence of steps to match your needs with SIMMS 2012’s comprehensive features.

Getting Started with SIMMS 2012

Once you have accepted that it’s time to buy a software package to help you run and grow your company, you will be replacing the manual records kept for your inventory and your accounting. I’ll cover three points today about what you should avoid, and how SIMMS 2012 makes this process simple.

1. Your Needs

Once you have taken some time to develop a list of exact requirements of your business you also need to know what other departments in your company need to produce the complete list of requirements. Look for each feature that you absolutely cannot do without. In the case of SIMMS, view the inventory and accounting features here. Always keep your list nearby and refer to it as you search.

2. Demonstration

When you have narrowed your choices down to a shortlist, look to see which software packages offer demonstrations to show you what you want to see. SIMMS offers demonstrations with live presenters who can show you all the features if that’s what you want or target the presentation to specific features from your list. Whether it is inventory tracking, accounting, purchasing, sales or many other needs, SIMMS can show you just what you’re looking for.

3. Treat the Process of Buying as a Project for Your Entire Business

Computers are not just everywhere in the world these days, they are everywhere in your company. Most desks have at least a laptop on them in today’s marketplace, and whether your SIMMS use is by management, the steno pool, the receptionist, sales personnel, the operations sector or the clerical brigade, the input and ready use of the program is versatile enough to provide what you and your staff are looking for.

I’ll comment tomorrow on the final three concerns you should investigate in selecting an amalgamated package that can handle inventory, accounting and much more.

Check out SIMMS 2012. You’ll find it frees you to do your job but is practical enough to always be at your elbow with the control and information you need.