Month: May 2016

Empowering Campus With College Management Systems (CMS)

images (1)The education ecosystem has broadened its horizons to innumerable courses and educational institutions are experiencing a huge influx of students as a result. Another prime concern is to stay in the race, apparently lead the race of educational institutions in respective genres. For this, the college needs to live up to the expectations of regulatory bodies like NBA and NAAC. So, it’s not only about automating and expediting the college management procedures, it’s about time and resource management too.

College management software comes with a whole bunch of benefits for sure. It is a surefire tool for campus automation. The different modules of a CMS manage the workflow automation of different departments of the college and even the processes.

Modules and Benefits

The major concerns of any college include systematization of the entire admission procedure. It includes applications, shortlisting, admissions, roll no generation, id generation and more. The fees management module is a more sophisticated module because it takes care of the various fees applicable and integration of the same as well. The different fees applicable to a student vary from admission fees, scholarship fees, mess and transportation, hostel fees, fines and late fees, exam and reappearance fees, etc. In the academics department the role of a CMS is automation of the time table creation process, faculty allocation process and more. There are certain educational institutions where the time table keeps on rotating. Here the news it that customized solutions are available for that as well. Examination is another important process which needs meticulous planning but again with a college management software, the process is made easy. Whether it is about creating examination time table or hall ticket issuance, whether it is about results storage or publishing results to students and parents, everything is taken care of. Similarly, there are modules available for administration, human resource, payroll and finance as well. Another benefit being that if institutions already have previous software’s like payroll installation, the required modules can be seamlessly integrated in the same.

Having said that, there are a few points that need to be considered before going for a CMS system. This includes a solution that is agile and scalable, otherwise it could create a big problem in the future, when you need to upgrade your existing one. Going for a custom made CMS rather than a one size fits all is always advisable because with those systems firstly your specific needs are not fulfilled and secondly you many a time end up paying hefty amount for modules that are of no use to you but come in simply as a part of the package.

Overall, a college management ERP or any Medical college Management Software is undoubtedly a necessity more than anything for streamlining the entire work system of colleges and optimizing resources as well. Rest assured a good one offers optimum returns on your investment.

 

An Online Store for Desktops – Necessities Simplified

download (14)An online store for desktops – the idea may sound new, but the need is vintage…

The average age to play with computers and other technical gadgets was once above 15 or 20, which has considerably reduced to merely 2 to 3 years. It seems like the new generation is born techie. Generations back when Pier Giorgio Pretto invented the first commercial desktop personal computer, no body could predict that the time would come when papers will be replaced by desktops in the offices so largely. Since, the desktops have their own utility and plus points of usage it is still a household necessity as well as a commercial utility.

A few months back my boss asked a simple, yet important question from me, “Because it seems like laptops have taken over desktops and tablets have taken over laptops, do you think that the market or utility of desktops is going to vanish someday around?”

Well! I spontaneously answered that could not happen. Advanced technology may produce more advanced desktops with revolutionary features but their utility can never dissolve.

Now when the usage of desktops is so common, the complexities of issues is also quite common. Reason being, its usage is no more limited to a few experts or officials. Certain threats have taken over the nerves of users like cyber insecurity, data theft, personal information theft, data management, applications management and much more.

Though the desktop technology seems like racing at an unimaginable speed, there pops up the need of several desktop applications just like any other gadget. The irony is no techie has still planned or understood the dire need of an online store for desktop applications so far.

So the next big question is, “How far we need an online store/ single market place/one stop destination for desktop applications?”

Not every desktop user is so tech savvy that he/she can actually delete the confidential data permanently. Such users delete the file they are supposed to delete and believe that no one can recover it. Not all know that after deleting the file goes to the recycle bin and can be recovered anytime. Needless to mention, not all of my readers would be aware of the fact I have shared here.

Well! What a user needs in that case? Though, there are many players in the market that offer such desktop utilities that can ease the task of deleting the files or unnecessary data, the users have to search rigorously for it. In this case if there is a reliable market place just like Google play store, the users can install the utility in moments and use it, saving a lot on time and money.

Then, in another case, there is a considerable possibility that the hard drive of your desktop is bulking up with redundant data, duplicate files etc. causing fragmentation and slow speed.

Fragmented data sucks up more space just like the haphazardly piled up stuff in your room. So, what needs to be done is to defragment it timely and remove the duplicate files. But the task of searching duplicate files is quite gruelling as well as stodgy.

What is required here is a utility to intelligently clean up the duplicate files on a click. As mentioned above, the users find themselves in a confusing state and wonder which duplicate file finder they need to install and from where they should get it. Again, if there is an online store for desktop applications the users can easily read the reviews and download one they like.

In short there can be profuse instances where a novice desktop user finds himself in a topsy-turvy state and needs different desktop utilities.

This is where we need to accept as well as understand the significance of an online store for desktop applications.

Just surmise the presence of as worth an online store for endless desktop applications as Google Play Store or iTunes. How handy the desktop utilities will be? How easy to get an application would be? How hassle free the desktop usage would be?

I really feel that the next big gift from technocrats should be a reliable and free to download App store for Desktops.

Punit Insa is an expert author, who loves to write about technical, agricultural and social articles. Nowadays, she is working with iN Technologies as a senior Content Manager

 

Electronic Contract Manufacturing Today

imagesFifty years ago, all components of an electronic product were manufactured by the same company that produced the final product. This meant that the manufacturer had to purchase the raw materials, employ experts, carry inventory for each and every individual component that goes into the product. In addition, this made it extremely difficult for small companies with small runs to enter the market and compete.

The market was ready for ‘electronic contract manufacturers’ that specialized in the design and manufacture of specific components that would then be sold to the OEM to be placed in the final product. Narrowing the focusing of a company to just one product or component, allowed them to offer economies of scale in the acquisition of raw materials, talent and expertise in the design process, and equipment for production. This cuts costs for the original manufacturer and frees up their capital.

With this new structure, manufacturing companies were able to produce a better product, more efficiently, and easily scale up or down to customer demand. In the design development process, usually the most complex and difficult part of the process, a contract manufacturer is more likely to accumulate a team of experienced engineers that will focus their expertise on the specific component. In the production process, they are more likely to keep up with the latest, high tech equipment and state-of-the-art technology.

Suppose there is a problem with one of the components. If the manufacturer is producing all the components in-house, it may take a while before it is found – and maybe even after it has gone to the end-user. In addition, the problem has to be solved using in-house resources and capital. When working with a contract manufacturer, in many cases component flaws have already been caught long before they reach the OEM – often due to experiences with other manufacturers. Often a third-party view of the problem is what’s needed, and the resolution is solely on the shoulders of that third-party.

Since an ECM only purchases materials for the components they produce, they are able to purchase in bulk offering the OEM substantial cost savings. And since they are purchasing from their individual supplier in greater frequency, the manufacturer takes advantage of the strong relationships developed.

Finally, the contract company will thoroughly test the components they provide for quality. They will stay at the forefront of technology proposing improvements and upgrading their product so that it works better, lasts longer, and is more efficiently. This is a daunting task for the original manufacturer that has hundreds of components to keep up with.

An electronic contract manufacturer is an expert in the components they develop and provide. This expertise offers extreme value.

Considerations when choosing an Electronic Contract Manufacturing partner

For many companies, especially small to mid-sized companies, having a contract manufacturing partner is not only a good idea, it’s critical to the success of the business. Besides pricing structure and quality requirements, there are several other items that should be considered in evaluating potential partners:

How much and why do they want your business – Choose a partner with compatible objectives.

Some companies may only be interested in the amount of money at stake. While it is important that the numbers match up for the benefit of both parties, find out what their main driving force is. Larger contract companies may be interested in smaller manufacturing companies if they offer the opportunity to gain experience in an industry that is new to them. Or a product that has big growth forecasts.

Learning the answers to these questions is important before proceeding to the length process of submitting an RFP, and more critically, entering a partnership.

If the business principles do not match up, the OEM may not get the attention they need to make their product successful.

What will the ECM be looking for in a partner – Provide accurate forecasts

No one knows where an original manufacturer plans to go unless they see a well-developed forecast. If they want to make the most of the partnership, they need to inform the contract manufacturer about where they have been and where they plan to go in the future. This provides needed credibility.

The contract manufacturer will need to know what level of risk they are signing up for, while determining what level of resources will be needed to meet the requirements. Will they be able to purchase materials when needed, will they be able to handle the inventory?

What are the expectations regarding inventory

Determining up front what the policies and liability for inventory are between the two companies will minimize the possibility of conflict, and surprises. Understanding inventory issues and supply chain management, and actively making efforts to reduce exposure, is crucial when forecasts do not match up to sales, or a crisis occurs.

How will the ECM handle product changes

With electronics changing at lightning speed, changes are bound to occur fairly regularly. Find out the preferences for handling product changes, and the process they have taken in implementing them in the past with other customers is very important.

Defining the level of involvement expected by each party in the change proposal, analysis, and execution is important for the success of the partnership and the product itself.

Partnering with a company that has a large amount of experience in the multiple phases of a product lifecycle will provide valuable input in the various phases. Therefore, this experience as well as the documentation process should be discussed.

There are many aspects of electronic manufacturing that need to be considered when deciding on a manufacturing partner. These are some of the less obvious, but very important issues to make sure are not forgotten.

General Microcircuits is a North Carolina based Electronic Contract Manufacturer providing simple solutions for circuit board manufacturing since 1980. We design new products and improve existing ones, supporting the entire process from concept through production, serving a wide range of markets, including industrial, commercial, telecommunications, medical, and defense.

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What Makes a Biometric Attendance System Worth Installing?

download (13)Any enterprise, small or large, needs to adopt an effective method of employee handling. Primitive systems of registering manually, timecard punching and others, were not accurate and adept for attendance. Companies had to suffer huge losses due to fraud physical presence by any employee in the name of the other. Moreover, the organizations weren’t able to determine any employee’s arrival and departure time if proper attention was not given to it.

So, what can become a solid solution to avoid such obstacles and offer acceleration to the proper functioning of any business? Only an attendance system that involves Biometrics can solve such problems. It can easily present to you productive results. These systems are economical and offer better results than other attendance methods or procedures. Any movement of the visitors can be tracked by them, thus, making it suitable for companies to keep a watch over their staff.

A perfect biometric attendance recorder will help in time management of your business. Opting for such an economical attendance registering approach will also save a lot of paper work and remove the hassle of searching numerous files for any employee.

What constitutes a good and beneficial biometric attendance system?

For any attendance method or recorder to be effective, it should be accurate in calculation of the staff strength. It should also prevent leakage of the confidential information recorded in it, making it a secure option to go for. Such a satisfactory attendance recording machine will also reduce the chances of any deviation in the usual attendance procedure and prevent errors regarding it.

Besides these features, it should have a clear display and present full status of the employee who has arrived or departed. It should have a digital keyboard that will make it convenient for the user to input anything. And loaded with window based software, a biometric attendance machine will make an ideal and flawless tool for employee handling.

Attendance registering and recording systems that apply Biometrics use distinct ways of keeping a record on the staff people. Physiological traits of a worker like a handprint, fingerprint, palm scan and even a retinal scan is used as an input for these systems. Whenever a staff member enters the office premises, he/she will have to pass the process of the scan and only then can he/she be allowed to enter the workstation. Moreover, such systems will ensure that only true employees enter and be able to mark their attendance and arrival time for that particular day.

Many suppliers provide high quality and 100% genuine biometric attendance systems. Contact them and avail a secure employee handling means.