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Smaller, Thinner, Lighter

August 18, 2018

April last year I wrote an article about the laptop ban which our friend Mr Trump introduced. In that article, I gave some advice about how to travel without compromise. You can read it here at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/light-easy-way-go-graham-smith-phd/

Some thirteen years previous I wrote an article for Digital Oman about this very topic, you can read the original article here http://www.digitaloman.com/indexb130.html?issue=2&lang=en&id=20_1

Since that time I have re-evaluated my own travelling equipment and am now travelling with a few different equipment companions.

Firstly, I should mention that I still have my iPhones 6 and 6+ which although slower than before still perform the well for what I need to do. I usually use my iPhone 6 as a camera and the 6+ for my business activities. This article is being written on my 6+ in WordPress, my Blog ‘Dr Dot’s Daily Dose’.

Last year, as in previous years I travelled with a Bluetooth LiveScribe Pen and associated notebook. Whilst this was great Technology the pen itself was quite delicate and the notebook was a onetime use only. I must say as well it was quite expensive when you had to get new notebooks and refills for the pen.

Enter the ‘Everlast’ notebook from RocketBook. This is a notebook that will (should) never run out. Why? As the pages are erasable, assuming you use the correct pen. I paid $34 for my A5 notebook, which you may think is quite costly, but it is reusable. So we have a onetime cost. The pens that you use are from the Pilot Frixon Range which comes with a built-in eraser or you can just use a damp cloth to wipe away your notes. You are probably sitting there thinking what use is an erasable notebook. Well here is the thing it comes with an app for your phone that enables you to direct your notes to any services you wish, such as email, cloud storage or just notes. Write it, scan it, send it and erase it. Simplicity itself.

At this point, I should mention that I wear glasses for reading, otherwise my eyesight is perfect. So I have been carrying various reading glasses for years until I came across ‘ThinOptics’ at the beginning of this year. These are glasses without arms and just peg on your nose. Perfect as I don’t need to fill my pockets with expensive designer labelled glasses when I am travelling. I have two pairs, one pair is on a lanyard around my neck the other pair fits into my travel document wallet.

If you remember my last two articles on this subject you will see that I continue to downsize and adapt to changing technology which I can benefit from.

When you are writing articles such as this on a smart device its beneficial to have a keyboard that you can link. Again last year I travelled with a Microsoft Universal Bluetooth Keyboard, whilst exceptionally good it was quite bulky. Earlier this year I found an AVATTO A18 Portable Twice Folding Bluetooth Keyboard BT Wireless Foldable Touchpad Keypad for IOS/Android/Windows iPad Tablet which is, in fact, the same size as my iPhone 6+. Coupled to this I bought a phone stand which flips open to any angle. I believe it’s been made from reusable plastic. Both fit nicely into my backpack and waste no space.

Finally, I have purchased a personal drone. The DJI Tello, the most affordable and smallest drone on the market. To be honest it takes wonderful pictures even though its duration is limited (15 minutes if you are lucky on slow speed). I use my iPhone 6+ as its controller and photographs or videos can be sent directly from the phone onto the internet or directly to friends or family.

So there we have it some changes and I am sure there will be more to come in the future. There are a couple of things already on the wish list but will have to wait and see how things develop.

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Risks to Avoid or Manage before they become issues on Business Systems Implementations (SAP Specific)

December 15, 2013

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Specifically, the SAP system has been implemented successfully in at least 50000 customers globally. The Majority of project failures are not related to the product or software but tied to the project execution, the software implementation partner or just the people themselves.

This brief will help you maximize your chances of a successful SAP implementation and you are more than welcome to discuss with me any specific questions you may have about managing risks on your SAP project.

Risks and issues are part of any and every major Business transformation project. Put in perspective of large business transformation projects which involve the larger ERP’s (SAP and Oracle) but not limited to, these risks and issues can be huge which could destroy the entire project if not managed and mitigated in a timely manner. Most of these risks and issues discussed here are applicable to any Business System implementation project. However…

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Common Goals in Finance and Procurement

December 3, 2013

Here is a Re Blog, based upon observations in recent months that Both Procurement and Finance seem to have once again become silo’d and decisions are being made in isloation of each other without consultation.

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Procurement and Finance in businesses today are starting to realize and share the responsibility for both cost and risk reduction when it comes to reducing operating expenditures, cutting transaction costs, mitigating liabilities and identifying innovative ways to increase the Company’s profits.
The global financial recession is still with us, however many executives are beginning to listen and hear the bench¬mark performance numbers that show the types of savings that are possible from greater collaboration between Procurement and Finance.
Functional, Process automation and analytical initiatives such as e-Sourcing, P2P, Contract Management and Spend Analyses are making these returns possible. Take for example the types of returns that enhanced straight-through processing automation and change management can bring in the accounts payable function. By integrating tools and processes together in this area, procurement and finance can together reduce maverick spending, reduce potential fraud, better leverage existing contracts and lower operating costs.
Focusing on…

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Opening Night for Dr.Dot’s Daily Dose

March 8, 2010

People have been asking me for years why I got the nickname “Dr Dot”, well a friend (was he?) named me this after completion of my Phd in Internet Evolution and eCommerce. Recently, people have asked me to start a blog and to be honest I think the time is right. I have been working now for some thirty odd years in the Oil & Gas exploration industry within my specialized field of Supply Chain Management. Over the years I have worked in some “Interesting Places” for many of the Oil & Gas Majors. Shell being a large proportion of my career. I would like to say that I have seen it all, but not quite yet! I have worked on some interesting projects mainly to do with systems such as SAP, however, I think my real passion is that of eBusiness. Therefore my blog will certainly have an eBusiness flavour along with SAP and Supply Chain Management.

Hello world!

March 7, 2010

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