Some of these technologies are certainly not new at all, but
if they are not implemented, or not fully exploited by your business, they are
"Nifty New" to you. Be imaginative. What can you really do with
these if you put your mind to it? What are you competitors likely to do with
them, and how will you fare then if you don't? On the other hand, don't get
carried away by technology just because it's nifty. Make sure you have a firm
business justification for any you adopt. .
- Accounting? Nifty New? How? Well, if you're just doing bookkeeping,
management accounting could be nifty new to your business.
- Application Service Providers - Lease software over the Internet.
- Automatic Identification - Bar-codes, cards, buttons, biometrics and RF
tagging reduce labor, improve security and reduce errors.
- An inexpensive technology underutilized by small business. Bar-coding
speeds production and reduces human error.
- Verifying identity by scanning body parts.
- Cable Modems
- A (sometimes) fast network connection to the Internet. It does not come
without problems - some all its own, and some it shares with DSL.
- CD-ROM Publishing
- Catalogs, books, etc. using Web tools
- CD-ROM Towers & Jukeboxes
- when you need a lot of data on-line all the time
- Client Server Computing
- OK, so Client Server is dead (and so is OS/2). Splitting the network
workload between client and server can work if done carefully
- Color Printing
- Ink-jet, Laser, Ion, Wax Transfer, Dye Diffusion, Wide Format - options
continue to expand.
- Computer Telephone Integration
- the inevitable, available now
- Credit Card Clearing
- Incorporated into your point of sale equipment
- Customer Rlationship Management
- Data Capture
- relieving the tedium and cost of hand data entry
- Desktop Publishing
- Brochures, Flyers, Newsletters - on the fly.
- Digital Photography
- Photographs without Film, printed without a photo finisher.
- Document Management
- Now being promoted as "Knowledge Management"
- Electronic Data Interchange
- Electronic Commerce
- Selling on the Web, and much more (but, profitably?).
- Now as essential as the telephone.
- EMail Advertising
- Beef versus Spam
- EMail List Servers
- the EMail mailing list
- Enterprise Resource Planning
- Fax Broadcasting
- "Junk FAX".
- Fax from the Desktop
- Printing your documents directly to the destination.
- Fax On Demand
- Faxing prepared documents from disk.
- Faxing on the Internet
- at a Fraction of the Cost.
- Fax Response
- Automated response to customer inquires.
- FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
- 24 hour upload and download service for files of any kind.
- Industrial & Laboratory
- Process Control and Monitoring
- Internet Research
- What the Internet was originally supposed to be for.
- Internet Telephone
- Long Distance for Peanuts
- Internet On-Line Polls
- Just don't take them seriously.
- Intranet / Extranet
- bringing Internet technology in-house
- Inventory Management
- Beyond physical counts and shrinkage reports. Way beyond.
- Faster than a Speeding Modem, available where DSL isn't.
- A Taste of the Future.
- Label Printing - Since you have that
label printer for compliance labeling . . .
- Local Area Networks
- now a lot more than just file and printer sharing
- Mailing Lists
- Material Requirement Planning - Basic manufacturing control.
- Network Computers
- Hardware and Software for Thin Client Computing
- Network Attached Storage
- When hard disks get full, there is an alternative.
- Object Databases
- Pictures, sounds etc. in the data files
- Converting printed material to computer text
- Office Automation
- The Basics
- Sending alphanumeric pager messages from your computer keyboard
- Portable Computing
- You can take it with you
- Retail Point of Sale
- Radio Frequency Tagging
- Identifying without touching
- Remote Access
- Calling in to your Company Network.
- Sales Force Automation
- Getting competitive, and staying that way
- Security Monitoring & Access Control
- Keeping your facilities secure
- Thin Client Computing
- Slashing Total Cost of Ownership
- Virtual Private Networks
- Cut interoffice network costs by using the Internet
- Web Advertising
- Getting your message out on the Internet.
- Web Customer Service
- Cutting the cost of helping customers.
- Web On a Disk
- Catalogs, Product Information, etc. on CD-ROM or even floppy
- Web Enabled Applications
- Making Applications and Programs available anywhere, any time.