Enterprise Resource Planning Software for all Businesses both Small and Large Featuring Judd Trayling!

In this segment we featured Judd Trayling, a proven multi-industry and multi-system senior IT professional who is skilled at identifying and solving problems through process and software solutions.  Having worked with clients in banking/finance, healthcare, retail, automotive, marketing, technology, government, energy, and manufacturing industries, he is able to leverage his diverse expertise to companies of all sizes, from start-up to Fortune 1000.  As an entrepreneur, Mr. Trayling founded several companies and was a Partner at a leading IT risk and advisory firm for five years.  He founded Roghnu in 2014 as an IT Advisory company driven to deliver cloud based solutions for small and middle market customers.  As an Intacct partner, Roghnu sells, delivers, and supports the #1 cloud ERP in customer satisfaction and the only preferred solution by the AICPA.  Roghnu has developed its own white glove cloud based data warehouse service making software choice and the ability to change solutions easier and more cost effective.

 Below is Q&A from this segment!

  1. What makes you passionate about working with businesses investing in technology?
    1. We are excited to be able to deliver Fortune 1000 technology to the SMB space.
      1. SMB’s could never invest the amount of money necessary to replicate the level of security, reliability, redundancy and performance as well as the ability to reduce the overall IT costs of legacy on premise solutions.
      2. Roghnu is focused on SMB’s and giving them solutions that have historically been available only to Fortune 1000’s.  With Roghnu’s technology experience spanning over 20 years and from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, we are able to bring solutions to the table to solve myriad of problems in a very pragmatic way.
  2. What sets you apart from other ERP implementation companies?
    1. We have a minimum of 16 + years of experience providing information technology and business process transformation advisory services.  This includes startups to Fortune 500 companies.  We take a very pragmatic approach to solving business problems and have a passion for customer satisfaction. We are dedicated to delivering dependable and reliable solutions that exceed our client expectations.
  3. How do you calculate an ROI? Do you establish a baseline prior to implementing something like Intacct?
    1. Evaluate the cost of old architecture including uncaptured costs (IT resources, hardware, patching, fragile integrations, etc.)
    2. Inefficiencies (duplicate entry, manual reconciliation, untimely close and consolidations)
    3. Risks of a lack of controls (SOD, Approval workflow, resulting audit fees)
    4. Business continuity and disaster recovery
    5. Security and vulnerability assessments and management
    6. These are all traditional costs that are shifted and shared among thousands of other Intacct customers so through the power of multi-tenancy, you have the technology of the Fortune 500 behind your business for only a small fraction of the cost you would incur to replicate this on your own.
  4. What is an ideal customer?
    1. Outgrown existing accounting solution (QB or other legacy on premise solutions)
    2. Reporting/reconciliation/consolidation outside of the current accounting solution which delays actionable information as well as the results being error prone
    3. Inefficient use of human resources (duplicate entry, manual procedures, disparate systems, etc.)
  5. Why Intacct is different?
    1. Built for finance. Every R&D dollar Intacct spends is dedicated to innovation that makes the modern financial professional more effective.
    2. Built for growth. With more automation, insight, and flexibility, clients can increase efficiency and drive performance.
    3. Built for the cloud. Give your team the advantage of a true, modern cloud ERP solution. Intacct is easy to use and works on any device, at anytime from anywhere.
    4. Built for success. On average, our customers achieve a 250% ROI in less than 6-months. It’s no wonder Intacct has the highest customer satisfaction in the industry.
    5. Built for public companies. Go public with the right controls and accounting and reporting procedures. Then grow with a flexible, scalable, automated system providing real-time insights.
  6. How does Intacct rank among other users?  It is not a well-known product now is it?
    1. Intacct is the first and only preferred provider of financial applications named by the AICPA and CPA.com
    2. Intacct was recently highlighted as the top solution in the Enterprise Accounting category on PC Magazine’s Best Business Products of 2016
    3. Intacct Named a Top Rated Accounting Solution by Software Users on Trust Radius among small business, mid-size companies, and enterprises – the only company to achieve this.
  7. Roghnu advocates can receive awards in several ways for referring a potential Intacct candidate
    1. Check payable to the Advocate
    2. Credit toward the purchase of additional subscriptions, modules, or professional services*
    3. Discount applied to your referral’s purchase
    4. Donation to your favorite charity
  8. We are so confident in the Intacct solution, that we are willing to offer for our listeners today, a free needs assessment and ROI calculation for your business with no obligation.

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Keeping Up to Speed in IT on #TechThursdays Featuring Nick Paras

On today’s bi-monthly feature #TechThursday, Jamie and Nick Paras discussed new car technology. Inspired by Nick’s recent auto accident which retired his Chrysler 300, he moved on to a Cadillac XTS which was five years newer and loaded with many more features. Improved voice recognition, navigation and weather alerts were just some of the features that were discussed as well as driver awareness and assistance features that work to eliminate driver error.

In our last blog piece and segment, we discussed how the digital world opened many doors but closed others. This digital trend is a component of the overall advancement in technology that has grown at exorbitant rates in the past 20 years and has set into gear many new industries. Nick and his firm, Alpha Computing Solutions, has been on the forefront of the advances in technology over the past 20 years and his firm is an industry leader in IT solutions in the Tampa Bay area and provides IT services to Jamie and his team. Whether it is email or networking or infrastructure needs, get in touch with Nick and his team at www.alphacomputing.com or phone at 813-839-7671 X 100.

With the New Year in full swing too, Nick recommends the following New Year tips to get your IT environment up to speed!

  • Update all Your passwords
    1. If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that security and data infringement threats are at an all-time high.
    2. Most people don’t bother to change their passwords until after they have been hacked, which beats the purpose.
    3. Now is the right time to change your passwords. The longer your password is, the better.
    4. For added security, use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Clean up your hard drive
    1. Get rid of any files you no longer need.
    2. Not only will this step reduce the number of files you store on your computer, but it will also make finding needed files much easier.
    3. It will also free up your storage space.
    4. If you’re not sure whether you need a file or not, archive it so that you can access it at a later time, if the need arises.
  • Reorganize your file structure
    1. Most users do not save their files in an organized way
    2. Invest some time creating a robust and intuitive file structure
    3. Doing this means you’ll spend less time in 2017 searching for documents
    4. Most of the time you know are there somewhere but just can’t seem to find.
  • Ditch the applications you no longer use
    1. You may have downloaded a whole host of applications that you never use or that have since been replaced by better versions.
    2. Uninstall any programs you are not using to free up space and remove clutter your computer or mobile device.
    3. Many programs sit idly in the background robbing your system of valuable resources.
  • Check that your software is up to date
    1. The start of the year is a great time to make sure all the applications and software programs that you use are fully up to date.
    2. Protecting your security by ensuring you have the latest secure versions of an app is key
    3. Another reason for updating your software is to help make sure you are not missing out on any great new features.

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Capturing the Innocence of Infancy Featuring Glenn Nielsen!

The digital age has opened many doors but as the cliché states, when one door opens, another closes. As a child, I can still recall wanting my parents to buy a set of Encyclopedias to eliminate me having to go to the library to do reports for school. I recall fixing my own car without Google or special equipment and I recall asking the sales rep at Walmart where the film went for the first digital camera I ever bought was. Our guest today was Glenn Nielsen, Photographer and Owner of Pics in the Glenn. Glenn has served in the Air Force as a pilot and officer, and worked for many years with Verizon before deciding on a career in photography which was always a hobby of his too.

Glenn speaks of the development of the digital age in cameras and how he along with many other photographers have had to continually learn their art as the standards and practices changed along the way. “Some still prefer film due to its look and quality” states Glenn, but the industry today is almost entirely digital today. The digital age has eliminated the photo albums that decorated the cabinets of many homes and today we store our images inside a phone and hope we never lose the device. Recent advancements have made cloud based apps the norm and is working to preserve our photos for longer times now and I often wonder how far back social media feeds will go in the future. Will we be able to see our grandmother’s pictures on Facebook when she was young?

Glenn’s specialty is working with mothers during their pregnancy and first year of childhood to produce a portfolio package that documents this time period. He likes to work with mothers before pregnancy and then at defined internals along the way from the development of the baby bump to the development of the baby in 3 month intervals over the first year. The result is a priceless and timeless memoir that works to capture the emotion of love between the mother and child.

Below is from Glenn’s site on What to Expect!

Picture Perfect… PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS FROM MATERNITY UNTIL YOUR BABY IS ONE YEAR OLD!

Imagine a custom designed, breath-taking album to celebrate the journey on which you and your baby are about to embark.

From the beginning stages of your “baby bump” right up until delivery, monthly progression images will amaze you how much you change. Years from now you’ll be able to revisit the changes that tell the world you are creating life.

Approximately one month before the child is due, we will schedule a maternity photo session with you and your family. Generally, this will be the time when you are getting anxious for the pregnancy to end. You have the excitement of new life and the anticipation of the unknown.

The next miracle we will capture is the newborn session. Because there is a change in your child’s life very quickly after birth, we want to schedule this session 7 to 10 days after the miraculous event. Beyond that time your child changes from a newborn to a baby. We want to capture the unique images that can only be found with the newborn. These precious moments will warm your heart forever.

As your baby reaches three months, six months, nine months, and then the first birthday, we will meet to photograph the unique milestones that mark each anniversary.

Tampa Beginnings will make sure that your maternity and the ever so precious first year of your baby’s life are preserved for you to cherish and value forever.

This is what Tampa Beginnings is all about.

We all love our cell phones and taking pictures, but sometimes you yearn for something special…

Timeless…

Professional…

With Mom in the picture, not taking the picture

Photo sessions will be conveniently scheduled at your choice of locations, whether that’s your own home, a park, or even the beach. You won’t forget the milestones your baby reaches, and you won’t be tempted to put everything on the back burner because of your busy and hectic life.

Glenn Nielsen, photographer and owner of Tampa Beginnings, understands that creating a new human being is a miracle, and places value on preserving those memories of your pregnancy and baby for a lifetime. There are no do-overs.

Schedule a free consultation today at 813-540-4200 or contact Glenn at www.tampabeginnings.com with any questions you might have.

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Are You Rooting for Team Left or Team Right Featuring Jamie Meloni and Kelly Wilson!

A friend of mine posted today on his wall a line that I found amusing. He was questioning what was wrong with his TV, stating that when he turned it to entertainment channels he heard political talk and when he turned it to news/political stations, he was being entertained. The divide in American politics is front and center on all fronts today and the discourse has turned many of us into political talking heads.

The divide is due in large part to the connected economy that we now live in and the 24 hour news cycles that dominate cable airwaves. Prior to cable, news was served up in small portions and only pertinent information was dispensed to the masses. Today, the news networks need to fill time and news has morphed into a mixture of journalism and opinion with the latter taking up most of the space.

These news networks have created the “team” mentality in people too. You are either on Team Left or Team Right. The expectation and the reality is that people will root and support their team no matter how good or bad their team is doing. It’s like Sports! In Sports that’s a good thing, but in politics, it is a very bad thing. Voting across party lines or supporting people with a different letter beside their name costs people friends and leads to violence in todays connected economy. Rational though has yielded to the team mentality and it is only working to divide the Country across party lines. Caution must be exercised to avoid the continuation of this mindset or a 2nd Civil War will be the end result.

Please challenge opinion and review facts. Offer solutions, not complaints. Avoid getting your news from only one source and be open-minded to the ideas and opinions of the opposing team. Get involved in local government and voice your own ideas and opinions and be mindful of the drivers of your voice. Is it your own voice or are you being influenced by an influencer such as a good friend or a loved one? So often we see people side on opinions not because it is their own thoughts but because of the influence others have over them. Be a leader and get involved!

While That Business Show is not known for political input or opinion, we do from time to time touch on it as we did in the opening segment of today’s show. Whether you agree or disagree, we like to hear from our listeners and viewers too as well as those who read the blogs. Reach out to the show today. You can reach Jamie directly at jamie@tampabayradio.com and you can hear this show and all shows available On Demand at http://www.thatbusinessshow.com!

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