One day, preparing for summer will mean buying new flip flops and stocking up on sunscreen.  Until then, get ready for summer with EDC Webinars.  On April 16th at 3:00 PM EDT we’re hosting a webinar for EasyDPS customers that will cover the 6 ways you can get ready for peak season.  We’ll walk you through tips and tricks to help you configure EasyDPS to meet your needs this summer.  

We’ll be talking about:

  • Blackouts
  • ETA logins
  • Security certificates
  • Shortfuse shipment rules
  • Email alerts
  • GOgistiX rules

Registration is limited, so this webinar is open exclusively to current EasyDPS customers. There will be a 45 minute presentation, followed by a brief Q&A session.

Click here to register.

Questions?  Email our team at webinar@edcus.com.

World Backup Day

Today is World Backup Day, a day created to remind everyone how important it is to protect your data from loss or theft with regular backups.  Check out this very brief video from WorldBackupDay.com to learn more about how it got started and why you should back up your info:

Here’s what you can do to keep your data safe:

  1. Check out this link for step-by-step instructions on how you can back up your data.
  2.  Set up automatic backups on your devices, or set reminders in your calendar to back up your data on a regular basis.
  3. For business applications, ask your IT staff or software vendors what backup procedures they follow.  As an example, whenever we implement software for a new customer, we work with them to ensure there are regular, automated backups in place to protect their information.  But it never hurts to double check that all your other business software has a similar process.
  4. Spread the word.  I’m sure you have an uncle, friend or coworker who isn’t as tech savvy as you are, right?  So share the love (and security), and send them the link to this post so they can start protecting their data, too.

 

Image and video courtesy of www.WorldBackupDay.com.

This Week in Geek: Data Integrations

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Get ready to geek out about software system integrations.  

I know, I know.  It’s not the kind of thing most of us get excited about.  But if you and your staff are doing a lot of double data entry, or you feel like things could be more efficient, or you’re just tired of having to use three different software programs to handle the same move, integrations can be pretty awesome. When we use the term “software integration” we are referring to how we get at least two pieces of software to talk to one another.  This is what makes it possible for your EasyDPS to talk with your van line’s internal system, so that you don’t have to enter data twice.  Or for your internal operations software to share billing information with your accounting system, eliminating the need for manual import or export of data files.

There are a lot of different ways to make these integrations work technically.  Most commonly software developers will employ what’s called an API, or application programming interface, to allow other developers to tailor their software in ways that let them communicate with one another.  We won’t bog you down with all the technical details, but it is important for you as the user to know what questions to ask when you’re talking with your software vendors about integrations.

Is this a one-way or two-way integration?

A one-way integration is essentially a data dump.  Your in-house operations software lets you enter all the details of the move and the billing information, then you push a button and that data exports to Quickbooks.  But, any changes made within Quickbooks do not come back to your operations software.  It is a one way street for the data.

Two-way integrations, on the other hand, are bidirectional.  The data flows between both systems and changes that happen are reflected in both.  For example, let’s say you make an update to a shipment in EasyDPS.  That update is then communicated to your internal system using a two-way integration.  Someone else in your company can make a change to that shipment in your internal system, and then that data is reflected in your EasyDPS.  All changes reciprocate, and you don’t ever have to do double data entry because both systems are working off of the same data. Read More

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Customer Relations Manager, Cindy Railine, sent an email last week about some new updates to EasyDPS.  Here’s a brief summary:

  • We added some new features to the claims reports and grid sections after getting great suggestions from GOgistiX users
  • We made some updates to the way SIT data is displayed to eliminate confusion users were experiencing as a result of changes in DPS
  • We added Lambert Enterprises as an additional option for third party billing (you can still send your billing to Daycos and Syncada using your GOgistiX integration)
  • And more…

The complete set of release note details is available under the Support tab of your EasyDPS software.  You can also find instructions there for how to use these updated features.

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance, EasyDPS customers can contact us using the support center tab in EasyDPS.  And if you are a DOD-approved transportation service provider not yet using EasyDPS, please email us at sales@edcus.com to schedule an online demonstration.

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Raise your hand if you’re tired of hearing about another company or website getting hacked.  If you use a digital device (which if you’re reading this, you do), security breaches will likely affect you at some point.  The most important question then becomes, what can you do to protect yourself?  Here are a few tips from our staff:

Follow the password “rules”.  Last year, 4.6 million Snapchat users had their usernames and passwords compromised and posted online.  Initially some users weren’t overly concerned as they regarded Snapchat as just another messaging application.  But what if you used the same username and password for several different sites?  What if the password you used for Snapchat is the same one you use for your bank?

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GogistiX Petwork

The Pets of the GOgistiX Network, or the “GOgistiX Petwork” as we’ve been fondly calling it here at the office,  sort of started as a joke.  

If you know our fearless leader, Richard Corona, you know he does not like to fly.  Last year while traveling to St. Louis for an excellent CPPC convention, Richard and I were brainstorming about different ways to engage our customers online.  I think we had been driving 8 or 9 hours at that point, and somewhere between the mountains of West Virginia and the cornfields of Illinois (or was it Indiana?) Richard said, “Why don’t we just start posting pictures of our pets?”  We spent several minutes discussing the popularity of cat videos on Facebook, and that was the end of it.  

Later that evening in St. Louis, Richard and I were seated at a table with some very nice people whom we hadn’t met before.  It was at this point that Richard, earning his fearless leader tag, pulled out his iPhone and said to the entire table “Anyone want to share photos of their dogs?”  It was a race to see which of those 10 people could pull out their phone the fastest.  “This is Dixie. She’s my Granbaby!” one proud woman exclaimed about her son’s dog.   “Here’s Duke.  He’s a Great Dane but thinks he’s a lap dog.  Wait, let me get through these few; I’ve got some better pictures we got from the photographer last week.”   “Oh my goodness, look at this one of Crystal.  Yep, there she is at work.  She sits at the office and greets all the customers as they come in.”

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We couldn’t be more excited to launch this blog! And on behalf of our entire company, we thank you for joining us for this new adventure.  In case you aren’t familiar with us, we are a technology and innovation company based in Manassas, VA.  We work with a lot of different industries, but for the last several years we’ve focused on providing software to moving and storage companies all over the world.

Every day we get phone calls and emails from customers looking for information.  Sometimes they have questions about our products or suggestions for how to make our software better.  But during the course of our conversations, we often get asked about technology in general.  Our partners want to know about security best practices, hardware recommendations, and info about what’s next on the tech horizon.  We get asked about our staff, how we manage our systems, and how EDC got its start.  Sometimes we even get asked about how Richard and Diana can manage taking care of 5 dogs (answer:  Doggie Daycare and A LOT of treats).  Answering these kinds of questions is why we’ve started writing this blog.

We think one of best things about our company is that even though we are all geeks at heart, we know how to talk to people who aren’t.  We strive daily to create and talk about technology in a way that is relevant, accessible and doesn’t require a computer science degree to understand us. We aim to create a blog that you’ll come to when you need information about the moving industry, technology and software.  And we’ll always walk that fine line between geeky and entertaining, in a way that doesn’t sound like a robot wrote it.

We’re glad you’re here.  Check back weekly for updates, or subscribe using the button on the right.  We’ll never spam you and subscribing makes it easy for you to know when we’ve added a new post.  Additionally, if you ever have an idea for a post or a question you’d like us to answer, let us know at blog@edcus.com.  Cheers!