Softools Newsletter No. 17

Softools Newsletter No. 17

2018 is proving to be the most exciting year in IT for the last ten years.  We talk about this as the ‘perfect storm’ with four major industry disconnects happening concurrently – all enabled through technology:  1) Corporate and Public Sector adoption of a cloud-first strategy, 2) the emergence of Enterprise Application Platforms (EAP) as the solution to ‘Shadow-IT’, 3) the Internet of Things (IOT) where all parts of the business can be connected real-time, and 4) Progressive Web Applications (PWA) that can work off-line and on any device.

In this months newsletter we cover a variety of topics including a new project with a globally recognised car company, our new relationship with OE consultancy Simpler, Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things discussion and an insight into the benefits of transitioning to an Enterprise Application Platform. We also have a whole host of New Features including a bar code scanner, draw box and self-registration with verification codes among others. 

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Softools Newsletter No. 16

Softools Newsletter No. 16

This month is a bumper newsletter! We have so much going on at the moment that we have included everything from our new GDPR update, how to capture and share best practices, new marketing materials from Softools, mobile optimisation and updates on our 3 world-class events. In the Hot Topic area we discuss the rise of Shadow IT and its organisational impact and then we go on to cover our financial tracking for Operational Excellence projects toolkit. 

Our new features section covers some fantastic new updates like the ability to show which attachments you have in records, image action buttons, auto-translate for app builders, the ability to add calendar items directly to the users personal calendar, export to pdf and buttons to send out reports!

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Softools Newsletter No. 15

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The Softools Team wishes you and your team a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. 

This final Newsletter of the year will focus on upcoming items happenning in 2018 including the Smart Apps events happening in Q1, the Year of the App Builder, and access to the Softools Community Area. Our final Hot Apps for this year include Program Risk Management and the Asset Register and we have just released some new features including the ability to add a homepage background colour, buttons on homepages and naming of attachments. 

Would you like to have another app builder in your team or fancy learning the process yourself? Perhaps a refresher? Join us on one of our webinar-based Apps Incubator Programmes. See dates here.

Smart Apps London & Paris Events


We have two exciting events for CIO and CTO's as well as Operational Excellence Directors in London and Paris in 2018. Discussions with Business & Technology leaders over the last 12 months have identified new opportunities arising from emerging technologies and the increasingly pivotal role of IT to business survival and growth.  But they also talk about the complexity of their current infrastructure and how in an ideal world they would prefer to start with a blank canvas.  In these thought leadership events Softools,  in combination with Microsoft present what they call the the ‘2018 Tech Agenda’ - key challenges being faced by tech leaders, the key drivers of change, and a 10-point plan for Digital Transformation of the business.

Smart Apps UK - 31st January 2018
Smart Apps France - 6th February 2018

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2018 - The Year of the App Builder
 

We see 2018 as the Year of the App Builder, and to support this we have courses starting throughout the year and covering multiple time zones. The webinar based Softools Apps Incubator programme certifies users to ensure they have the ability to build apps from scratch, to configure existing off-the-shelf apps and to develop/optimise existing sites. App Builders in all sectors are utilising new features to create innovative new stand alone apps or complex enterprise solutions in hours.  Click here to download the latest Apps Incubator program outline and sign yourself or your colleagues up today.

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Softools Community Area


Do you have a suite of Apps that you would like to offer to existing Softools Users? Are you an App Builder and would like to read and share tips with the App Build community? Do you have a new feature you would like to suggest? We have now launched our Softools Community area., introduce yourself to other Softools Users to discuss latest trends in Business Apps, learn helpful Tips & Tricks and raise Feature Request for what you would like to see in future releases. Sign up for an account on support.softools.net to be able to create new posts, comment on discussion topics and vote on feature requests.

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Hot Topics

Smart Business Whitepaper


What will sector leaders be doing in 2018?  Whilst the answer will vary from sector to sector, it is clear that it will not be the same as in 2017.  We are already seeing the emergence of new value chains that involve companies working together in fundamentally different ways and using emerging digital technologies that will have a profound impact across all aspects of the business. 
Gary Hamel said in 2000 that “those that live by the sword will be shot by those that don’t”.  As we enter 2018, this statement will be truer than ever.  Those that fail to adopt new technologies and ways-of-working will be left behind by those that do!
This white paper focuses on the pivotal role of smart apps and Enterprise Application Platforms as the critical enablers of Digital Transformation – delivering a step-change in business, financial and operational performance based on the adoption of new technologies.

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Hot Apps

Program Risk Management


Over the last 4 weeks we have develop a Risk Management app based on international standards using in major construction and infra-structure programmes.  The Program Risk Management app allows the client, principle contracts and suppliers to work together on a joint Program Risk Register, where individual risks can be hidden or escalated as required.  As well as delivering in a mobile and off-line context, this new app offers to ability to: classify risks against a Risk Breakdown Structure RBS, render program risk on a 5x5 matrix ‘heat map’, and to present risks overlaid on a site map.  

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Asset Register


The Asset Register app is a list of the assets contained in a business unit or team, and forms the basis of either the initial installation of the asset or the ongoing preventive or reactive maintenance program.  Assets are captured in terms of the meta data but also photographs taken by the installation engineer on the mobile, geo-location details and perhaps barcode information.  Linked to the Asset Register you would often deploy an Inspection app for planning scheduled reviews, and a Issues list for preventive maintenance or resolution of problems.

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New Features

Homepage background colour


Linked to the ability to create clickable buttons on a homepage, we have introduced the option to add a background colour on homepages. This feature allows a clickable homepage to look like a single joined up page, rather than the clickable buttons looking slightly separate. This is especially useful on mobile devices.

Buttons on Homepages


There is now a new feature on homepages for zero code configuration to allow images and or buttons in some pre-defined layouts, combined with the other new feature - Homepage Background colours, we can now create a bespoke clickable homepage with images, colours and zero code buttons. Configuration of the homepages allow a range of options from 2x1 through to 3x3. Buttons can be zero coded to quick link to adding new records, or loading pre-selected reports. Buttons will also wrap responsively which is a key considerations on mobile devices.

Naming of attachments


Previously there has been no way to show on a record what attachments have been uploaded. There is now a new field type which shows a list of the attachments, including the friendly name of the attachment if one has been added. Because this is a new field type, it can be included in a word export for a record. The list of attachments also includes a link to the attachment, useful for naming image attachments for example.

All of these features are live and ready to be used on your site and in your apps.
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Softools Newsletter No. 14

Softools Newsletter No. 14

This month we've been Trick or Treating to bring you a bundle of treats ready to get your App Building tricks up to the Advanced level with our Apps Incubator programme gathering more and more attendees each month. We also have two upcoming Smart Apps events for CIOs and CTOs as well as Operational Excellence leads in both London and Paris where the conversation will focus on the 'Tech Agenda' and developing the Smart Business.

Would you like to have another app builder in your team or fancy learning the process yourself? Perhaps a refresher? Join us for an App Builder day at Henley Business School, including a lovely lunch with river-side views or sign up to the webinar-based Apps Incubator Programme. See dates here.

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Softools Newsletter No. 13

Softools Newsletter No. 13

The leaves are starting to turn and winter is coming (!). We started this month with our Annual Partner Day held at the Microsoft offices in Thames Valley Park and this months' newsletter will be covering off some of the exciting new features and functionality, deployments and stories covered there. Tech breakthroughs were discussed with talks on Industry 4.0 from IBM and Robotic Process Automation from Simon Turner. The big event of the day was the launch of our own new Offline capability using world-first technology. We then moved to the apps marketplace with BYO (Build Your Own) apps discussed by Reliance Energy and case studies from De-Risk followed by an insight into our own Go to Market success factors and How to Sell Softools.

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Softools Newsletter No. 12

Softools Newsletter No. 12

As August is on the horizon many of us are looking forward to our summer break, but fear not, the Softools team will be working away to keep the new features coming and the apps and platform up to world class standard. This month we are announcing our Offline  due date, the launch of an Advanced App Builder Workshop and an update to the Refresh Programme. Our Hot Topic for this month is GDPR as it is rapidly approaching and momentum continues to grow.  We are also discussing some of our Hot Apps such as the IoT Line Monitor Audit and the Change Log app. 

This month in the new features section there is a re-cap of the last three months releases, by releasing them so rapidly we're aware it's hard to keep up!

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Softools Newsletter 11

Softools Newsletter 11

Henley Royal Regatta has been taking place on our river front this week, and we haven't slowed down whilst watching them! Above is the Gloriana in all her splendour, privately commissioned for the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee, it was a great spectacle to see her being rowed past the Softools Offices.  This month we have a collection of new Refresh associates, we have been signed up as an IBM partner and we're looking for feedback from you on our new offline capability set to launch in the next three months. We also have our Softools colleague Bill Swinbank moving to Thailand to set up our regional office in Bangkok.

Our Hot Topic for this month is 'Compliance' where we have created a range of apps to help assess and manage different scenarios. In the Hot Apps section we are highlighting the trusty Action Tracker, Tech Audit, a marketing campaign management tool and a set of GDPR apps. 

This month in the new features section we have template based icons and randomised audit options.

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Softools Newsletter No. 10

Softools Newsletter No. 10

As summer approaches, Henley and Marlow are becoming key destinations on the social calendars of many with the Regatta tents in place, the Pub in the Park just ended and the Henley festival tickets on sale we can't wait to see what this summer has in store. Here at Softools we've got a few events up our sleeves too, the Refresh program is bringing in new partners, we're planning our Softools Summer Social (stay tuned) and we have a couple of App Builder days along the way as well. So why not grab your sunglasses, pop down to Henley and join us for a chat?

This month we've got the success of our G-Cloud 9 submission that is opening up a new Public Sector marketplace, a great article on SEO tips to make your website stand out, a tour of our Hot Topic: Digital Transformation and a great case study of the Performance Assurance Framework app.  We are also launching our Softools Breakfast Briefings to give you a monthly opportunity to hear about our solutions, how they could be of use to you and what we have learnt from working with some of the largest companies in the world.

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Softools Newsletter No. 9

Softools Newsletter No. 9

The lambs have arrived here at Softools and we are enjoying the springtime sunshine almost as much as they are! 

This month we have been as busy as the bees, hosting our first Softools Sales Day, giving you the option to use Single Sign-On and thinking up smart new features.
We have some great new features this month including the ability to click forwards or back on records,  platform versioning and lastly the fantastic ability to have in-list charts appear... Read on for more! 

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Softools Newsletter No. 8

Softools Newsletter No. 8

Well that's February gone... The days are getting longer and there are sunny days starting to appear, time for us to give you an update on what we've been working on.

This month we are focusing on a new deployment down-under that promises transformation and innovation initiatives, we are highlighting our new and improved Operational Excellence solution as well as showing off our IoT(Internet of Things) capability to you.  We also have a free webinar available, run by the Global Corporate Venturing Academy, 

We have a host of new features this month including the ability to apply base filters on charts and reports, list report paging and find out about 'nested' reporting.

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Softools Newsletter No.7

Softools Newsletter No.7

Welcome back, we hope you and your team have had a good break over the festive period and are off to a roaring start to 2017. We are excited to tell you about a few of the key features and top stories we've been working on as we've hit the ground running. 

This month we are focusing on showcasing the Softools USP, a look into Business Governance and the Gemba walk on a tablet or phone. To get 2017 started we have two very useful new features: email updates for you to keep notified of any changes to your apps or records, and image list fields so you can be more creative with your reports and data entry!

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Softools Newsletter No.6

Softools Newsletter No.6

‘Is your business ready for the challenges it faces from relentless competition and changing customer expectations’? Read about our new Business Refresh Programme, then find out more about our integration with Slack and our Partner of the  Month: Entheo. 

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