5 tips to thrive in a BYOA world

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Love it or hate it, users are bringing cloud based apps on phones, tablets and laptops to their workplaces every day.

Remember back when Internet banking took off, employees used to checking balances, paying bills, etc on their work PCs. These days they are doing a lot more than banking with a ton of apps on their work devices.

These apps cover areas as varied as social communications, task management, photo/content editing, news, media, travel, games, sports, and so on. Cloud apps are utilised by corporate users at work time to be efficient with their day to day transactions.

These days, Most mobile device users have data plans they can utilise with whatever apps they have whenever and where ever, regardless of the actual network they are connected to. Even if they are on a company provided device and network, they will continue using their favourite apps. 4G data connections are fast enough and they don’t cost a fortune.

BYOA is the new norm and is now part of the popular work style. So, CIOs need to embrace BYOA to continue providing an effective technology environment to enhance user productivity.

But, Leaving things in the hands of knowledge workers is not an effective corporate strategy.

So, how do you thrive in this brave new world? Read More

How well do you Execute?

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail. I am sure you heard this before. Planning is essential to anything. Unfortunately for me, I see way too many people worry so much about a fool proof plan that, they never get even to make a start.

Apparently, 99% of people die before they finally decide to be truly successful. It is sad.

In today’s world,  anyone can become successful as long as they have the mindset required. With the phone in your hands and access to the internet, many miracles have been made.

ExecuteBuilding a Business is never easy or trivial. You will face difficulty at every corner. My mentors helped me through my tough times in Business. I am lucky to have a great supporting network of family and friends. That helped me survive the dark days. After some seven years of entrepreneurship, I can tell you this; planning is required, but the execution is critical over everything else.

The plan is needed to get the execution right. But, you have to execute properly. No matter how good your plan may look, the reality will be different. You will still have to think on your feet and make a few more plans as you progress.

When I founded jEyLaBs, I had a perfect plan. It was in my head. It had 3 points. They were:

  1. Survive
  2. Thrive
  3. Dominate

In the early days, All I focused was on Execution. I made sure my customers are satisfied, my employees are happy, and I kept my promises. I paid everyone else first. I was so determined to succeed that failure is not an option for me.

My rear view mirror tells me all the mistakes I made. There are many lessons I earned through tears, sweat, blood and over few million dollars.

I have no doubt that I will be making more mistakes in the years to come. I am not afraid of it. But, I promised myself that I would never repeat them. I will learn from them and make me a better CEO from every good and bad decision I make.

Making decisions is the Key responsibility of a leader. When things go wrong, you ought to be there to take the heat.

My investors tell me where I need to focus so that they can get the best ROI. My customers tell me where I should focus so that they can be served well by my teams. My team of hardworking, smart engineers tell me where I should invest so that our organisation is equipped to take on the projects needing our difference. My business partners tell me how I can make them successful. My wife tells me I should take a vacation. Still, I am the guy to make that call. I have to balance the needs of everyone and execute what matters the most.

Great leaders take the time to talk to their stakeholders. Great leaders listen to them intensively. Great leaders make the decisions that count and ensures they get executed well.

So, once you have the will to do what needs to be done, How do you execute it well?

You need to systemise the execution. How you execute must become consistent. It has to yield quality outcomes. It has to be efficient. You have to be held accountable, and the system should provide a mechanism measure, monitor, track progress and more importantly fix issues that will inevitably arise. Finally, the whole process has to be fun.

I make a living by helping people systemise, optimise and monetize business processes. I understand how important automation, integration and modernisation are to any business. Most of our clients engage us through word of mouth. They have heard the legends of our K2 gods. They came to us when everything else failed. They plead us to migrate them out of their misery. These are people with Migraines. We have an obligation to help these organisations. They need their businesses transformed. So, We have to execute right. There is no room for error.

So, I guess, excellence in execution is in our blood. Make no mistake; We had our fair share of failures too. Brain surgeries don’t always go as planned.

Systemising your operations starts with a commitment to see it through. A passion for automation is a prerequisite. A clear understanding of the benefits is necessary. When the leaders understand why they have to systemise, where they are not going to focus and act then the rest plays out perfectly.

Knowing your priorities, balancing the changing needs and keeping people engaged demands the leaders have a different kind of mindset from the rest of the mobs.

Leaders are special people. Great leaders have an obsession that is managed well by themselves. To execute excellently, you need to be an insider and an outsider at the same time. This is not for everyone. But everyone can have access to this way of execution.

You need to Build your operations into a system that implements this thinking. Your system should integrate well with other things. Your system doesn’t have to be singular. It just has to integrate with all the different parts of your operations tightly.

Your system must have your business’s core values, principles and rules built into it. Your business processes should reflect your values. These have to be automated so that you are not relying on people’s interpretation.

jEyLaBs is a team of Business Technology Consultants. We systemize, optimise and help you monetize your business processes.Want to know more, contact us for a consultation. Send me a note to optimise@jeylabs.com and start executing today.

jEyLaBs Trip to Seattle and the K2 Advisory Board

During the week of the 13th June, jEyLaBs attended the K2 Advisory Board meeting in Seattle, Washington. Two representatives, Gary Sasse and M Nada, shared jEyLaBs’ experiences with K2 and fellow K2 users.

The event started with K2 CEO Adriaan Van Wyk talking on where K2 is heading as a platform. We were shown latest data on how traditional IT centric approaches to creating solutions are no longer scalable and how quickly business users are starting to solve their own problems.

Along with some pretty in depth training sessions, we were exposed to the forthcoming release of K2 4.7. At this stage, we cannot say too much about it, except, what a huge leap forward. Intuitive UIs and a platform built on HTML5 will allow the most rapid ever K2 app development we’ve witnessed. Read More

PowerToolz 3.6.8 is out 

PowerToolz has ben updated to include some new features to accelerate testing across SmartForms, Workflows and SmartObjects.

New features provided with PowerToolz 3.6.8 include:

Data Randomisation

Method execution re-order

Randomisation Functions

Double Click to update method data

Improved User Interface for SmartForms and SmartObjects testing.

PowerToolz provides deep insights into your K2 applications, their composition, behaviour and environment.

You can Download a FREE evaluation copy of PowerToolz or Register for a PowerToolz for K2 webinar now.

For more information on PowerToolz for K2, visit http://powertoolz.com.au

Are you Ready for K2 4.7 ?

Are you Getting ready for the next K2 release? K2 has announced the next release will be called 4.7 and it will be coming out soon.

With K2 4.7, the upgrade mandates a consolidated K2 database. We blogged about this a while ago.

As per policy, the support for K2 4.5 will cease once K2 4.7 is out. So, it is important you upgrade.

K2 4.7 is a going to be an exciting release. The following are our favourite items making it worth upgrading:

1. SmartForms Application Lifecycle Management improvements, including the ability to identify and address any dependency issues in the designer Read More

K2 Support Policy Update

K2 is preparing for the upcoming 4.7 release and more communication has been released to customers and partners. The release date for 4.7 is rumoured to be in July.

Key dates for getting K2 product support

K2 Version Support Start Support End
K2 4.5 with Update 1420 14 December 2011 4.7 Release Date
K2 4.6.0 – K2 4.6.9 13 June 2012 – 26 February 2015 4.7 Release Date
K2 4.6.10 24 June 2015 24 June 2017
K2 4.6.11 15 September 2015 15 September 2017
K2 4.7 4.7 Release Date 4.7 Release Date + 2 years

If you are adventurous, Read More

How do you manage app quality when agreements change?

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It is not uncommon for the scope of a project to change. This is due to inadequate qualification of the project requirements, unforeseen circumstances or even an unpredicted change in timeline, resources or budget.

These changes can blow out the timeline, or force a ramp up of effort to meet the ever looming deadline. 70% of business app projects fail for a resson.

Given the nature of the beast, this will make the re-development and re-testing of previously completed work a priority. This becomes a need to ensure the app works with the changes made to reflect the amended scope.

In situations where deadlines cannot be moved to reflect the scope, we need to find any means possible to maximise output. This ensures we don’t miss our family dinners, meeting these new requirements and delivering a win for our team.

Recently this occurred during a K2/SharePoint project we delivered for a local university in Melbourne.  Read More

We had great fun at the DWC!

jEyLaBs team was at the digital workplace conference in Melbourne as a Silver sponsor. Our partner Adlib also joined us and the conference was a hit.

We met with many businesses and had some great conversations. We are looking forward to working closely with all.

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There were great sessions on SharePoint, Office 365 and customers presenting case studies on how they leveraged technologies like K2 for tangible business outcomes.

We gave away a drone to a lucky winner. We also participated in the twitter wall competition held by K2. Read More

How to get your marketing message across?

img_2233-1In the ever becoming noisier world of marketing, it is quite difficult for brands to get their message across. However, once you get something that is capturing the attention of the average user, then the same noisier world makes it become a viral hit.

I often see the signals getting lost in our noisy real world of ‘whats in it for me’. That is because the signal wasn’t clear about what is in it for the target audience.

People are busy being busy and if the messenger doesn’t play it nice with their often mixed up priorities, the message, no matter however valuable it is, will be lost and the messenger will get shot, eventually.
So, if you are that messenger and you want an endless holiday, I mean, if you want to get your signal through to your targets most of the time, then read on.

Starting from the profile picture we use, to the headline and latest status update, we are all thrusting our stories on to the network of billions. We don’t just like or share or comment. We generate a ton of activity data while we are at it. We follow, we watch and we click. We help the networks generate Ad revenue. We help the telcos charge for bandwidth and companies pay for clicks. (Yes, this is how we contribute to the social economy)

No matter what we do, Read More

Score a FREE ticket and attend the Digital Workplace Conference!

FreeTicketMelbourne will play host to the Digital Workplace Conference this April. The Australian SharePoint Conference has been reimagined and it is on 28-29 April 2016 at the Pullman hotel, Albert park.

jEyLaBs is a Silver sponsor to this event. We are showcasing our Information Governance solutions with Adlib, our ISV partner.

You could Connect with International Speakers and Industry Experts. Learn SharePoint and Office 365. See Live Product Demonstrations & Leverage Networking Opportunities.

If you are keen to learn more please do check out our events page at http://www.jeylabs.com/events/digital-workplace-conference2016

We are giving away a limited number of tickets. You may be lucky and could be attending the event for FREE. Do register your interest by sending us an email to free-dwc@jeylabs.com