Tech History

In 1970, Steve Wozniak played a huge prank by distributing 25,000 leaflets for a non-existent computer, which was later referred to as the Zaltair Hoax.

The ENIAC had 20,000 vacuum tubes and 40 racks of equipment, and ran up a daily electric bill of $60, a large amount at the time, the mid 1940s.

The first computer to perform a trillion operations per second was called the Gravity Pipeline.

Les Solomon, publisher of the magazine Popular Electronics, and Ed Roberts were looking for a name to release their new computer under. They finally called it the Altair.

Mitch Kapor founded Lotus Development Corp. in 1982 with Jonathan Sachs, who was instrumental in launching Lotus 1-2-3.

Founder Paul Gavin came up with the name Motorola when his company started manufacturing radios for motorcars.

In 1989, Steve Chase, Founder of the Internet Bulletin-Board System Quantum Computer Services, renamed it America Online.

Vinton Cerf Is hailed as the Father of the Internet, and earned his nickname when he co-authored, with Dr Robert Kahn in 1973, a paper that gave the world TCP and IP.

On 4 July, 1996, Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith launched Hotmail. In 1997, they sold it to Microsoft for an estimated price of 385 million.

 

AT&T Bell Labs was the first company to transmit human voice across the Atlantic, on January 25, 1915. The exercise was conducted to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal to Alexander Graham Bell.

IMPLEMENTATION IN DEMAND-SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

simms_demandforecastingHow to implement effectively is the key success factor in demand-supply chain management. A complete guide to effective implementation doesn’t exist, however, important parts of the answer can provide a good place to start on implementation.

The first, and crucial point, is to understand that selling in is the key to implementation in the demand-supply chain. This is simply because collaborative business processes go across organizational boundaries, and new solutions have to be “sold,” before there can be buy-in and implementation. When new and more efficient customer-centric processes are developed and deployed in business process re-engineering projects, only lip service is paid to the insights that marketing, customer relationship, and key account management have about the customer. At the same time, sales and marketing functions continue working with customers undisturbed by operational constraints. The key to successful implementation is integration, not only of supply and demand inside the company but across the whole demand-supply chain.

The following factors enable process improvements:

  • Process-oriented mind-set, particularly among managers.
  • Recognition and communication of collective responsibility by management.
  • Collaborative culture.
  • Group-based incentives.
  • Colocation layout.
  • Jobs with overlapping responsibilities.
  • Procedures enhancing cross job collaboration.

– William E. Hoover, Jr.

For more information on demand chain implementation, visit www.simmssoftware.com or email sales@kcsi.ca.

 

Ironic Developments

• Femande Olivier lived with Picasso for seven years when she was
young and poor. She was not impressed with his paintings, which included many portraits of her that she thought unflattering. In 1912 she moved out and took with her a little heart-shaped mirror as her only memento of the years with the Spanish painter. She never saw Picasso again, and died in poverty in 1966. A few years after her death, a cubist painting of her by Picasso sold for $790,000.

• In 1853 John Coffee built the jail in Dundalk, Ireland. He went
bankrupt on the project and became the first inmate of his own jail.

• I. N. Terrill, a member of the legislature, wrote the criminal law
statutes for Oklahoma, and was the first person convicted under the law for murder.

• The inmates at the prison in Concord, New Hampshire, spend
their days making the state’s license plates which bear the motto
“LIVE FREE OR DIE”.

• The memorial statue erected in Vienna to the memory of composer Franz Schubert cost more than the luckless genius earned from his work during his lifetime.

SIMMS 2015 Grows With Your Business

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Development, growth, insight, energy and innovation will always create a path that leads to where everyone will travel. With an eye on a constantly-changing horizon, you will always be adding improvements to any system you already have. Out-of-the-box solution from problems of today limit you to just those challenges and rarely present opportunities to add in solutions for tomorrow’s challenges. But with software that grows with you and your business — an evolution both fluid and practical — you stand a better chance of retaining your lead and providing novel and feature-rich paths for your future.

Today’s competitive business world requires that every aspect of the business is up and running and not suffering from down-time. With SIMMS Inventory Management system, you’re almost instantly online, so that service and billing can begin. Unlike systems that are cobbled together from sparse and unrelated pieces, SIMMS has already assembled multiple technologies and work management systems to coordinate its installation, meaning that not only is each user up-and-running correctly, but also that their billing system is equally current.

Taking time to haggle with your technology and management departments over needed features when you have a wait-til-next-version open in front of you is limiting and debilitating when the needs are current and pressing. Few of us have enough patience for this, and we should not have to wait very long. Your relationship with your software contacts can make open customization the rule rather than the exception. Their product will be better as soon as possible, and your business will not have some impediment hold your company back.

Contact KCSI today to find out more about the features SIMMS 2015 already has and get your foot in the door as to how it will be in its updated version. Mutual benefits are right around the corner for you with SIMMS 2015 from its accuracy, ease-of-use and constant evolution.

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Important Computer History

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1981 was the year that PCs began, when IBM debuted the IBM PC. Microsoft shipped it with BASIC. The operating system was also developed by Microsoft.

Alan Turing is considered the father of Computer Science. In 1937, he published the paper “On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entsheidungsproblem”.

Beginning in 1934, Konrad Zuse, a German engineer, built a series of computers, the Z1 through Z4, utilizing binary arithmetic.

Christopher Pile was sentenced to 18 months for releasing a toolkit that would boost the impact of existing viruses by randomizing their codes.

Claude Shannon is usually called the father of Information Technology. In 1948, he published “A Mathematical Theory of Communication” in the Bell System Technical Journal.

In 1951, Jay Forrester and Robert Everett, graduate students at MIT, constructed the ‘ Whirlwind,’ a ‘real-time computer,’ working at twice the speed of the ENIAC.

In 1969, computer firm Honeywell released the H316 “Kitchen Computer”, the first home computer, priced at $10,600.

In 1976, the term “personal computer” first appeared in print, in the May issue of Byte Magazine.

In 1981, while working on the original version of Microsoft’s Disk Operating System (DOS), Bill Gates made a remarkable prediction: “640 K (of RAM) should be enough for anyone.”

The first ‘computer’, the steam-driven calculating machine, was built in 1823 by Charles Babbage.

The first high-level programming language was Fortran. It was developed in 1956 by an IBM team headed by John Backus. Fortran became commercially available in 1957.

The first object-oriented language was Simula. It was developed by Kristen Nygaard and Ole-Johan Dahl in the mid 1960s.

The incredible feat of a Seagate Read/Write head is like a 747 going 600 mph at three feet off the ground, counting blades of grass as it flies by.

The term ‘bug’ was probably coined after Admiral Grace Hopper found a moth in the Mark II computer at the US Naval Surface Warfare Center, causing the machine to malfunction.

The Rule of Parity

Professor William Lutz is the author of Doublespeak and The New Doublespeak — two books that detail the way people in our culture manipulate language to hide the truth. Both are fascinating—and it was hard to pick just one subject from the books to reprint.

THE RULE OF PARITY

The first rule of advertising is that nothing is what it seems. . .which brings us to the Rule of Parity.

Products such as gasoline, toothpaste, soap, aspirin, and cold remedies (plus a long list of others) are called parity products. This simply means that most of the brands in their category are pretty much the same. Most toothpastes, for example, are made the same way, with pretty much the same formula. There is no essential difference—so as far as the law is concerned, all toothpastes are equal.

Now comes the interesting part.

  • Since all toothpastes are equal, no one brand is superior to any of the others.
  • Therefore, not only are all parity products “good” products, they are all the “best” products.
  • Thus, you can legally advertise your toothpaste, gasoline, deodorant, or other parity product as the “best” and not have to prove it.
  • However, if you claim your parity product is “better” than another parity product, you have to prove your claim because “better” is comparative and a claim of superiority, and only one product can be “better” than the others in a parity class.

Get that? In the world of advertising doublespeak, “better” means “best,” but “best” means only “equal to.”

The next time you see an ad for the gasoline that claims to be “the best for your car,” the razor that gives you the “best shave going,” or the toothpaste that is “best for your teeth,” remember that these claims simply mean that each of these brands is as good as any other brand. As Humpty Dumpty said to Alice, “When 1 use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

Demand Chain

The Demand Chain

The demand chain transfers demand from markets to suppliers.
A retailer’s demand chain to a grocery supplier consists of assortment planning (deciding what to sell), inventory management (deciding the quantity of supplies needed), and the actual purchasing.

The demand chain from a building contractor to an elevator manufacturer starts with the requirements for the new building (e.g., How many people will work there? How quickly do they need to get in and out?). The next step is the architect’s blueprints of the building, followed by the project plan and timetable, and finally supplier selection and purchasing.

Just as a supplier may have many different supply chains to manage, a supplier’s customer may have distinct demand chains that you can analyze one-by-one. The demand chain for a new elevator is distinctly different from the demand chain for elevator spare parts. In the aftersales demand chain, the key activity is maintenance planning, followed by parts requirements, possibly also inventory management, and finally purchasing.

The demand chain translates a customer objective into information that the supplier can act on; it is a decision making process. The four generic decision-making steps of the customer demand chain are:

  1. Define purpose (e.g., retail in consumer goods, rent out office building).
  2. Plan (e.g., category plan, blueprint for office building).
  3. Manage consumption and requirements (e.g., inventory management, project management).
  4. Purchase transaction (e.g., replenishment order, purchase order).

William E. Hoover Jr.

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CRMUnleashed 2015

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CRMunleashed is a customer management solution from KCSI that you can depend on. Your sales team can spend more time selling and less time on administration. Automate your sales staff by documenting sales activities, improving productivity, managing sales regions, analyzing and forecasting sales, and reporting on the criteria that you need. Details of your contacts are comprehensively organized, while personalized communications are simple, management of time is streamlined, as calendars and schedules are coordinated quickly.

Call centers are automated, and all communications and case management are accurately and easily tracked for priority, through development to closure. Comprehensive time and billing capabilities can expand as your customer list grows world-wide.

Use CRMUnleashed to establish sales campaigns, process accurate information, provide needed services to potential clients and ultimately excel in lead management. Technology, intelligence and marketing are brought together to allow swift service and communications for both you and your client base. With practical marketing campaigns featuring e-mail and other documents, you can make the most of the relationships with your customers using the integration and versatility of CRMUnleashed.