Archive for September, 2019

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Improve Your Business with the Right Software

Operating a successful retail store calls for several dense administrative skills. With the use of appropriate Point of Sale software, a business can maximize efficiency and operate at their best. It can be defined as the place at which your customer makes a purchase. Once the customers’ transaction is complete, the system can reduce the menial tasks associated with calculating how much is owed to the customer, creating an invoice, and indicating customer payment options. Think of your software as the place where sales, inventory, and customer management combine. Despite its benefits, it has been estimated that 56%of single-store retailers are still opting for manual methods of keeping track of transactions using tools such as cash registers, QuickBooks, and Excel. Throughout this piece, we will be discussing the good points and mistakes associated with selecting the software of your choice. 

What should you ask yourself before picking a retail software system?

The first question you must ask yourself when selecting a retail software is, how do you want it to benefit your business? Whether you are a large or small business, having a software can be the difference between meeting your monthly goals or not. But, it must be asked if software’s are so good at keeping track of customer transactions why doesn’t every business have one. Well, to begin often time jumping head first into technology in regards to your business can be an intimidating feat. If you have become accustomed to doing something manually for so long introducing software to yourself and your employees may not be as easy as you expected. Nevertheless, despite the fear associated with introducing a more advanced way of conducting business, you must know that the benefits of having a great software system drastically outweigh the costs. Not having a software system can make you vulnerable to a variety of problems. The most obvious mistake that your company can face due to its lack of a adequate system is that it can be subject to increasing human errors and mistakes. As humans we are prone to making mistakes, it’s a natural part of who we are. But, in the case of running a successful business, mistakes can be costly. Also, a POS system can drastically reduce unexpected loss and theft because it provides an efficient way of tracking inventory as well as cashflow. 

Picking the correct software 

Picking the correct software is crucial. First, it must be noted that most software’s have a few things in common. Each includes features such as sales reporting, inventory management, customer management, and employee management. Furthermore, to get your software up and running you are typically required to have at least some of the following: a monitor/tablet, barcode scanner, credit card reader, receipt printer, or cash drawer. Nowadays there are so many different types of POS software to use so you never feel like you need to be limited. Some of the best software includes Toast POS, Rain, Vend, CashFootprint , POS Nation, and Springboard Retail. Toast software systems is mostly used for your restaurant business, while systems such as Rain and Vend systems are most often used for online retail stores to manage transactions. CashFootprint is unique because it integrates features such as store credit, loyalty points, and gift cards. Regardless of the system you pick, make sure to do your research to avoid purchasing a system that does not suit your business goals. 

Do your research 

As with everything that we purchase, it’s important to do your research before going to purchase a system. There are some things that if possible should be avoided. Some mistakes people while selecting a system is that they do not clearly define their needs and end up buying an inappropriate product. Think about it if you are a restaurant and you end up purchasing a product that only serves online stores, then you are out of luck. On that note, another mistake people make when purchasing software is that they do not test the system out, so they don’t know if it works. Finally, some people do not have the training to properly use a system.

Conclusion 

There are costs and benefits associated with purchasing a system. You must analyze the needs of your business and future goals before you buy one. For the most part, they are beneficial, but you have to do your research to make sure you are getting the best POS software for you.

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By September 2, 2019 Read More →

Detection & Defence: How To Improve Your Cybersecurity

In 1996, the internet became available to all Moroccan citizens and since then, a number of reforms have been put in place by the Moroccan government to promote digitalization and to advance the digital economy. These reforms have helped to transform Morocco into a thriving digital environment and have promoted much investment into the country. However, with this positive influx of investment and digital competency comes an increased risk of cyber-attacks and cyber-security threats.

Moroccan Government Reforms

Since 1996, the Moroccan government has put a number of reforms in place to help support and grow the digital economy. This has included focusing on gaining greater external investment from other countries and upskilling the workforce to help compete more effectively.

The most significant and recent reforms that the government has put in place include:

  • “Morocco 1999-2003″ – This outlined the vision for ICT in Morocco following its mass adoption and aimed to establish ways to capitalize on the potential it has
  • “E-Morocco 2010” – Almost 15 years after the internet made a significant impact on Moroccan way of life and business, the “E-Morocco 2010” reform focused on removing the barriers for ICT inclusion and promoting ICT sector competitiveness
  • “Digital morocco 2020” – The latest government reform covers from 2017 up to 2020. The aim of this reform is to encourage greater ICT entrepreneurship and accelerate Morocco’s digital transformation by highlighting its cost-competitive position in the global ICT marketplace

These reforms have helped Morocco to create a compelling offer for investors who are looking for their next opportunity. The reforms have also had a hugely positive impact on the Moroccan economy with 3% of Moroccan GDP now relying on contributions from the ICT sector.

Getting to Grips with Cyber-Security

With the ICT industry playing such a vital role in the growing Moroccan economy, it’s important that businesses know how to protect themselves against malicious attacks that can have devastating impacts on businesses and the economy. Downloading official software from websites like www.mcafee.com is a good way to secure your systems and protect yourself from attack. However, knowing the signs of a cyber-attack is equally important and is the first step to prevention.

Signs of a cyber-attack may include:

Emails from a mysterious email address – Many criminals attempting to extract data from businesses and individuals do so by sending what appear to be genuine emails asking for information or data. They copy the branding and use the logos from real business but send them from unofficial email addresses. This is called phishing. The easiest defense against these attacks is avoiding opening these emails and never responding.

Unusual password activity – One of the most common occurrences of this is when someone is locked out of a system. If this is the case and you are sent an email that you didn’t request, then you may have been attacked and will need to change your password. A good password should have at least six characters including numbers and special characters and should be changed every six months.

Out of date software – This is one of the easiest ways to prevent an attack and stop criminals accessing your device or network. Software needs to be updated so that new security features and patches can be put in place to stop people from breaking in. Old software or software that is no longer supported can be compromised.

Another software-related risk is downloading fake software from the internet. Sometimes criminals create what appears to be genuine software and once you download it, it will track your online activity, giving them access to passwords and more.

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