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Discussion in 'General Phone News' started by Poke, Sep 22, 2017.
Didn’t I post a link showing NYC? I’ll check when I can and repost if need be.
After a little over 2 weeks, I found the one place in my normal travels where T-Mobile’s reception is better than Sprints. A restaurant about 10 miles from where I work. I was out to lunch with the big bosses today and when I mentioned that I actually had T-Mobile reception, one of the guys said ‘wow first time for everything I suppose’ and we all laughed. Found out that in January when our T-Mobile contract is up at work, we’re going to be dropping all 40+ lines and going to Verizon for our Service group. No one had anything good to Say about T-Mobile other than the fact their company issued phones work better overseas then they do in the US.
Our service and sales teams travel extensively around the country and internationally and by far the worst thing they could have done was switch from AT&T to T-Mobile for the service group and Verizon to Sprint for the Sales group. Everyone hates T-Mobile and Sprint, although T-Mobile gets many many more complaints. The guys in were racking up too much international roaming with AT&T so that was the motivation to switch to T-Mobile. As the bean counters in Accounting found out over the past two years, the loss of productivity and missed opportunities caused by second rate service provider T-Mobile is just not worth the perceived savings. And having no service when you need it most is not worth the aggravation.
Another plus is they will be switching over to Android. Come January with half of the iPhones going away, we will be one step closer to an Apple free workplace. Apple free is the way to be!
Everyone talks about low spectrum. Yes, that helps fringe areas, and I'm no cellular engineer but if there are no tower anywhere near you, you can't get what's not there to begin with. Both Sprint and T-Mobile should be building more towers or making more deals to get on existing ones.
I am proud to be a bean counter.
Could be worse. Lots of our mobile users still have Windows phones...
Bean counter, the #3 occupation I despise the most just behind college ‘professors’ and salesmen.
Windows Phone > crippled fruit phones. Now that Verizon is offering the HP X3, I would love it if they switched to Windows Phone. Outlook, Word, a PDF viewer, SMS/MMS, Camera/Video, Maps and a web browser, our user need nothing else. These are work phones.
“... Now that Verizon is offering the HP X3, I would love it if they switched to Windows Phone....”
There are, essentially, no Windows phones going forward.
I had to support ONE once. Odd how hard it was to set up with Exchange Server. Android and Apple were SO easy. I made the salesman go back and exchange it for an Android or Apple. Didn’t matter to me. Either were easy to support.
Another failed Microsoft attempt. Day late and a dollar short. Heck, a million dollars short. Never was a viable contender, and who wanted to develop for such a tiny market share platform? ESPECIALLY considering the history of what happened to companies doing business with Microsoft!
“... Bean counter, the #3 occupation I despise the most just behind college ‘professors’ and salesmen....”
You hold lawyers and politicians in high regard? How about preachers asking for millions for a new jet?
I expect he's using Heinlein's microscope to differentiate "Bean Counters" from "Accountants", much like how Lawyers can be split into "Ambulance Chasers" and "People who Genuinely want to Help People"...
...which remains, me, I need to read "Friday" again...
Good idea. Me too.
Where the availability of apps that connect your phone with enterprise software applications like Customer Relationship Management and Enterprise Resource Planning are concerned, there isn't anything on the WinMo side.
Office really isn't all that. I use it only to deal with documents that, because Office was used to create them, only Office can deal with them. That is absolutely not a recommendation.
Like I said the last time this came up, I’m not sure what your problem was, but I had my two Exchange accounts, from two different domains, set up within seconds on my Windows Phone with the Outlook app. It was not any different than iOS or Android.
Yes, yes I do.
I have no idea what a Heinlein is, haven’t used a microscope since middle school and Friday means nothing more to me then my favorite day of the week. I’m just a simple blue collar redneck who works in IT, who had a grandfather that ran a successful family farm and a great uncle with a successful auto repair business from after WWII to the late ‘80s. It absolutely amazes me how two of my family members from The Greatest Generation managed to build lives for themselves with no fancy degrees or no knowledge of cost analysis, no micro managing of credit ledgers or whatever fancy things businesses do these days.
Businesses are generally way too worried about the present instead of thinking about the future. Save a dollar now, only to spend two next quarter. I’ve got new computers that I can’t order until Jan 1 2018 because of budget reasons. I have one user who can charge their laptop, and one with a screen that’s held on with gorilla tape because the Service dept is too close to their budget. $2400 is $2400, who cares if it’s spent in November 2017 or January 2018. I am incapable of understanding that logic. But whatever, I just order this stuff and configure it. I don’t understand business nor do I want to.
Not really. We use Microsoft Dynamics CRM and there is a Windows Mobile app available. Our ERP is from Infor. Other than managers, no one who has a company issued phone even has a logon on for our ERP. The guys out in the field in both sales and service have no use for it. While we haven’t upgraded, and have no plans to do so unless it’s required, the new feature pack of Infor’s ERP systems are web based, and it’s pretty mobile friendly, taking out the need for an app.
Welcome to Socialism.
Figures you'd be using the one exception to my rule.
You might not need middle management if you gave your people in the field the tools to figure stuff out or enter their own data. Using phones to grab report data and enter in labor time can save a lot of transcription errors. Being able to dig up authoritative numbers can prevent salesmen from winging them when someone wants something outside the box.
My point is that whether or not giving "power" to everyone at all levels might be beneficial, it's not really an option for a large portion of the WinMo population and being hog-tied to Microsoft offerings isn't how we're all going to move forward.
No, that ended on Friday Jan 20 2017 at 11:59:59 EST
From what I gather Microsoft Dynamics 365, or at least the CRM portion of it is growing in popularity.
We have a home grown application developed by programmers at our corporate headquarters in Europe that integrate with both our ERP and CRM that tracks time and attendance, expenses, meals, billable hours and all of that. It is up to the employees to enter that info on their laptops and then the managers get emailed the report from the previous week every Monday morning for them to review. I don't understand how it all works, but it's a system that the rest of our sister companies use and was forced on our US operation. While each organization is different, with the data that we require from our people, I can't imagine these guys typing everything they need to. I'm part of generation dumbnuts, and I personally can barley stand to use my tiny phone to order something from Amazon or make a bank transfer. I cannot stand typing on touch screens, and I don't see how those who are in the 50s and 60s would be able to type a few paragraphs on some phone app on what they did, and how they resolved the issue, along with explanation of expenses and overtime.
I can't imagine them having to type up an e-mail or verbally explain it to someone else for later transcription. If your system requires consultation in order to fill out a time sheet, your system is horribly broken.