Strategic Planning Software Review

Introduction

Business owners, managers and CEOs expend a significant amount of effort and energy setting the strategic course of their business. There are a limited number of software tools at their disposal to accomplish these important tasks, and with the popularity of established analytical tools often these tasks can be performed transparently but not necessarily efficiently. However, just because strategic planning analytical tools have been around for decades it doesn’t necessarily mean it can be easily used and have meaningful and realistic outputs for small & medium enterprise businesses. Often the best intentions aren’t enough to keep up with today’s complex environments, and this is further complicated by stakeholder interests and views. The popularity and ubiquity of analytical tools and established high-end consulting firms conspire to make effective strategic planning in small & medium enterprises a serious challenge in today’s complex corporate business environments. The speed and flexibility with which strategic planning software systems can be implemented and deployed is essential for all businesses irrespective of size and so any system that can be easily deployed and remain flexible will be a welcomed essential.

StratPlan v1.0 by Global Business Consultants

StratPlan is a strategic planning software tool that is aimed at simplifying the planning process by enabling practical use of a range of analytical tools such as PESTLE analysis, Porters five forces of competition, SWOT analysis, competitor analysis, industry key success factors etc. The software tool is flexible so that business owners, managers, or CEOs can use and capture their expert knowledge about their business and industry. This enables the planning to be specific and realistic. Most importantly, StratPlan provides tangible outputs such as a Strategy Map, a Strategic Plan and a Monitoring & Tracking dashboard.

Global Business Consultants’ StratPlan strategic planning software tool reduces the planning process from months to days due to its logical process flow and impressive database of pre-input principles, concepts and strategies. Business owners, managers and CEOs can select principles and strategies relevant to their business and also have the flexibility to add their own specific principles and strategies.

StratPlan’s monitoring & tracking feature provides visibility into the progress made towards achieving the company’s strategic plan. It also tracks who changed what, where, and when, and who has access to what. It also allows you to monitor developments, evaluate performance, and initiate corrective adjustments to your company’s vision and mission statement, objectives, or strategy in light of actual experience, changing conditions, new ideas, and new opportunities. It is also a vital tool that can be leveraged to perform forensic investigations into business inefficiencies.

Installation

The installation of the product is simple and straightforward. The StratPlan installation guide recommends that the software could be installed on any workstation. I would recommend installing it on a dedicated management workstation or laptop, as opposed to installing it on an everyday system. StratPlan also requires Window 7 Service Pack 1 or later. Once you meet the installation requirements, choose “run anyway” when prompted with the “windows protected you” message.

Summary

StratPlan is an incredibly easy to use software and a powerful strategic planning tool. This product only just touches on StratPlans capabilities. In the short time I used the product, I can tell you that it will definitely make your strategic planning simple. It will be a tremendously valuable addition to any organization that is serious about business growth and strategic planning, as the strategic map, strategic plan, database of generic strategies and monitoring & tracking dashboard are sure to save a lot of time and frustration undertaking strategic planning.

StratPlan v1.0 has a robust and well laid out navigation screen that is very easy to use and navigate. Information and details are easily discoverable, and the initial welcome screen provides helpful guidance for getting started. To learn more about StratPlan’s features, see the video below.

 

Management Software

Everyone in the world knows that it is not an easy task to run a medical practice. To be quite frank, it is actually one of the hardest things. You not only have to keep track of all sorts of medical records, but you also have to watch over all of your staff and ensure that they are working efficiently. One of the greatest ways to ensure that your staff is working extremely efficiently and fast is to invest in medical management software. Medical management software can help with a whole slew of things and to be honest, if you are running a medical practice without it, you are definitely not using your time wisely.

Whenever you start a new company or even a medical practice, you always want to ensure that you are not only going to be working extremely efficiently and that your time is going to be spend wisely, but you want to make sure that your business itself is going to be running efficiently! Medical and Clinic management software is a fantastic software program that can help you out with all sorts of things. Medical billing, tracking patient records, scheduling appointments, receipts, calculating invoices and performing all sorts of administrative tasks!

Medical management software is also a fantastic way to save on all sorts of wages! Think about it, if you are buried in paperwork all of the time and have hired yourself some administrative assistants in order to help weed through the paperwork, you can now eliminate all of those positions and simply use the medical management software! Whether you are doing administrative tasks or you are trying to send an invoice, this software can definitely help you!

Medical management software is also an amazing way to ensure that you stay organized. Constantly in the medical field, medical practices become extremely unorganized and it is hard to find anything, with this amazing software, everything is in your computer and you should have absolutely no problems with finding anything! Just a few simple clicks on the keys and a search of the patient’s name and you should have no issues pulling up any of the patient’s medical records any longer!

One of the greatest things about this software too is the fact that you can update all of the records extremely easy too. Not only can you type everything out and do all of your data entry in the patient’s records via the medical management software, but you can ensure that all of your records are extremely current. All of the time in the medical field and in practices, a lot of the patient’s information is not current due to lack of time to update, with medical management software, you can update the records instantly!

Now that you see all of the benefits of this awesome software, you can definitely see how it can help all sorts of medical practices and businesses! Hospitals and private practices alike have adopted this software as part of their standard and any office that is not operating with medical management software should definitely make the investment!

Family Tree Software Tips

Have you been eager to know your roots? To know who your ancestors are? How they came to live in a particular place? You are not alone in your search for your genealogy. There are millions of people out there who are trying to search their background. For this purpose alone, they are creating a family tree. So what is this tree? It is the representation with the use of tree structures or charts of a person’s entire family or genealogy.

Before we carry on about the software, and the templates, let’s understand a bit more about family trees and how they came about. Let’s step into the Middle Ages where the Genealogy of Christ was illustrated with an icon of a tree called the Tree of Jesse. This is the first time this tree was used. Since then, these trees have come a long way. They are now much more sophisticated and advanced what with the software and templates popping up everywhere over the Internet.

Choosing between Family Tree Charts, Templates, and Software

Knowing where you come from is very interesting, but creating this tree can be as distressing, especially if you cannot get sufficient information from other family members, or if the information is not clear enough. You have to choose between using a chart, a template, or getting yourself a software.

If you have decided to go along with the chart, then you decide on what kind you want, whether a digital, computerized, or a handwritten one. Before you make your decision, you need to make sure all your information has been collected and is ready to be used. Some people opt to make their own chart and prefer their own creativity. Some others prefer to use designers, and still others prefer pre-printed charts where only the data needs to be filled in.

If you are the sort who isn’t too creative, then you can opt for templates. These are a great way if you are new to genealogy reports, and want something more professional. These templates come with instructions that are simple to understand and make the template easy to use. You can pick up templates off the Internet, or you can pick them up from stationery stores.

A software is perfect for those who want flexibility along with an easy-to-use system. This is a perfect tool for those who are into serious genealogy building, and want the flexibility the software allows while expanding or changing the family tree information. It is easy to find this software on the Internet. You can find a large variety of free software, but the really good ones are often the ones you need to buy and pay for.

Useful Tips about the Software

You have finally decided that software is the way for you. Here are some helpful tips.
Before buying any software, always check the reviews and other options. Don’t go in for cheap ones as they may have too many glitches. Do all your research before buying.
Once you have bought the software, learn the program and how to use it. This is best done by actually building the family tree. Trial and error is always a good way to learn.
Improvise as you go along. At some point you will notice some features or functions that work better for you and changes can be made to the tree according to that.

Tips to Secure Mobile Banking Services

The use of mobile phones nowadays is not limited to making calls and texting. People use their phones to check e-mails, browse the Internet, and to carry out banking functions like account transactions, balance checking, account activity (withdrawals, deposits, etc.) alerts, changing PINs, just to name a few. Mobile banking is growing exponentially, and with sensitive financial information available at the touch of a finger, safety is the topmost concern for customers and banks to avoid any fraudulent activity. Here’s how you can secure your mobile banking services to keep all your financial data from harm.

Security Tips for Mobile Banking

Use Authentic Banking Software
Make sure you install authentic software on your mobile phones, and ensure it is from a trusted and approved source. Most of the banking software for mobile phones is developed by third-party firms, so before you download anything, confirm with the bank for the authenticity and the latest version.

Password Protection
Protect your mobile with a password, and set the maximum number of incorrect passwords a user tries to enter to three. After three unsuccessful attempts, the mobile should automatically wipe out all the data that is stored on it for security reasons. Choose passwords that are composed of alphanumeric and special characters, and those which others cannot guess. Do not use date of birth, SSN, or any names as passwords. Change your password once a month.

PIN Protection
Change the personal identification number (PIN) or access code provided by the bank at the first attempt. Use a combination of numbers that is difficult to guess for anyone, and does not include SSN or date of birth. Change the PIN regularly and do not repeat the same PIN. Banks usually take precautions in this case and do not allow users to reuse PINs frequently.

Manage Personal Information
Avoid storing your bank account details (account number, credit/debit card number, PIN) on your phone. Do not use the auto-fill option on the browser which stores your mobile banking user ID and password. Never share these details or any other information with others through texts and e-mails via your phone. Make it a point to go through your account statements on a regular basis if you are into mobile banking and bring any unusual activity to the notice of the bank immediately. If you receive paper statements, save them in case you need to track your transaction details; they might also be helpful to reverse a transaction you never actually carried out. If you have signed up for text alerts, you should be alerted of every activity being carried out on your account. If you give your mobile for repair, delete the browsing history, cache, and any other temporary folders that may contain sensitive data so that it does not fall into the wrong hands. Disable any mobile banking application you might have downloaded. Keep the Bluetooth feature disabled if not in use. Install an antivirus software on your mobile device which will protect the data and keep malicious viruses away. Always remember to log out from the banking application after you have completed your banking transactions. Never log in to your banking account over a non-secure Wi-Fi network, like the ones at a coffee shop or a shopping mall.

Beware of Phishing
A technique used by schemers to illegally acquire personal information from users without their knowledge. When it comes to mobile banking, phishers send fake text messages to users asking for their bank login details. In some cases, users may also receive instant messages and e-mails which ask them to dial a phone number or directs them to an authentic-looking website which prompts them to log in and reveal all account information. Other ways of phishing prompts users to download applications on their smartphones, which install the harmful keylogging virus which can track the keys the users press, which then enables phishers to monitor the activity on their victims’ devices to gain access to personal data. In many cases, users do not realize that the texts and emails sent are fake, or that they are being directed to a fake website since it looks just like the bank’s login page. Be very careful if you receive any such texts or e-mails. As a rule, banks will never ask you for your PIN, credit/debit card number, SSN, or any other account information via a text message or e-mail. If you are doubtful about the source of the e-mail or text message and receive any such message, delete it! It’s likely an attempt to phish for information.

Report a Lost/Stolen Mobile
In case you lose your mobile, report it immediately to the local police as well as your service provider. Then call the bank and request them to deactivate the banking applications you might have downloaded, so no one can gain access to your account information.

Mobile banking is not without its pros and cons. On one hand, you have all the information you need at your fingertips at the click of a button and the slide of a finger, and do not need to visit the bank. But at the same time, you must remain attentive at all times by keeping a tab on your account activity so your data and money remain safe and secure.