It is with mixed emotion that Versona Systems is announcing the retirement of Doug Allardyce on December 31, 2016. After 39 years in the business, Doug has decided that he will be moving on to the next phase of his life. He has made many long lasting friendships with customers, partners and co-workers. Doug has lived in Michigan his entire life and will continue to live here and enjoy his favorite past time sailing. His new office will be located on the beautiful waters of Lake Erie. He also shares this passion with his daughter, so watch the newspaper for their future race wins.

The entire Versona Team wishes Doug luck in retirement and “Thank” him for his years of service to us and our customers.

BridgewavelogoCourse Overview:

BridgeWave provides comprehensive Technical Certification Training that upon successful completion of the one day course with a passing grade of the practical section and examination, the student will be certified on the BridgeWave products. The Technical Certification Training along with the refresher training, online training tools, promotion and database maintenance comprises BridgeWave’s Technical Certification Training Program.

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Course Description:

This course is designed to give Field Installers and Sales Engineers the skills and knowledge necessary to plan, install, align, configure, monitor, and troubleshoot the BridgeWave products. Students who successfully complete the practical section and examination will become BridgeWave Certified Technicians.
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Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course each student should:
• Understand the basic Radio Frequency (RF) terminology, spectrum, measurements, sensitivity, transmit power, antenna gain, propagation and environmental factors
• Understand and use the basic concepts associated with Millimeter Wave (MMW) technologies; spectrum properties, attenuation characteristics and how to mitigate them, beam and antenna characteristics
• Understand safety factors associated with MMW products
• Calculate distance, link budget and availability for specific geographical areas for BridgeWave equipment
• Understand how to perform a Site Survey; evaluate and select appropriate installation sites, identify facility improvements and use tools to calculate link budgets
• Understand BridgeWave product components and specifications, compatible third party accessories and necessary parts required to install the product
• Be able to install, align, monitor, and troubleshoot BridgeWave products

Agenda:

8:00 to 8:30 – Sign In
8:30 to 8:45 – #1 Introduction
8:45 to 9:45 – #2 System Design
9:45 to 10:00 – Break
10:00 to 12:00 – #3 Installation/Alignment
12:00 to 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 to 1:30 – #4 EtherFlex 6-38 GHz Radios
1:30 to 2:00 – #5 Flex Series NMS
2:00 to 2:30 – #7 Flex4G-UHA 80 GHz Radio
2:30 to 2:45 – Break
2:30 to 3:00 – #8 Flex4G-3000 80 GHz Radio
3:00 to 3:30 – #9 BW-64
3:30 to 4:00 – #10 FlexPort uWave
4:00 – Live Flex4G/EtherFlex NMS

To register please email: Sheila.Kuri@BridgeWave.com

Location of the training:

24 Greenway Plaza

Suite 1000

Houston, TX 77046

tn-650_MON_PE_Red_1953-1Charles Darrow was an unemployed salesman and inventor living in Germantown, Pennsylvania, who was struggling with odd jobs to support his family in the years following the great stock market crash of 1929. Charles Darrow remembering his summers spent in Atlantic City, New Jersey, spent his spare time drawing the streets of Atlantic City on his kitchen tablecloth, with found pieces of material and bits of paints, wood etc. contributed by local merchants. A game was already forming in his mind as he built little hotels, houses and other tokens to go along with his painted streets.

Soon friends and family gathered nightly to sit round the kitchen table to buy, rent and sell real estate, all part of a game involving spending vast sums of play money. It quickly became a favorite activity among those with little real cash of their own. The friends soon wanted copies of the game to play at home (especially the winners.) The accommodating inventor began selling copies of his board game for four dollars each. He then made up a few sets and offered them to department stores in Philadelphia. Orders for the game increased to the point where Charles Darrow decided to try to sell the game to a game manufacturer rather than going into full-scale manufacturing. He wrote to Parker Brothers to see if the company would be interested in producing and marketing the game on a national basis. The company turned down Charles Darrow, explaining that his game contained “fifty-two fundamental errors” including: the game took too long to play, the rules were too complicated and there was no clear goal for the winner.

One his customers was a friend of Sally Barton, daughter of Parker Brothers’ founder, George Parker, bought a copy of the game. The friend told Mrs. Barton how much fun Monopoly was, the friend also suggested that Mrs. Barton tell her husband, Robert B. M. Barton, then president of Parker Brothers. Mr. Barton listened to his wife and bought a copy of the game. Soon he arranged to talk business with Darrow in Parker Brothers’ New York sales office, offering to buy the game and give Charles Darrow royalties on all sets sold. Darrow accepted and permitted Parker Brothers to develop a shorter variation of the game, added as an option to the rules.

As a kid I enjoyed this game and played it many times with family and friends.  The picture above is the same game my Dad played as a kid.  I still have his original game today and that was when the houses were made of wood, the piece were pewter and the cards were a heavy cardboard.   But no matter when you started playing Monoploy, it has always been one of the best selling board games.  This game teaches you about planning, saving, and spending money as well as, the strategy of finance. Lessons that are still important 83 years later.

 

hardware1As computer and mobile hardware approach commoditization, hardware vendors must find ways to remain profitable in the face of declining margins and sales. To increase margins, many of them are in the process of or have already acquired software companies. IBM for example, has purchased MaaS360 to enhance their security software portfolio. Zebra Technology purchased RhoMobile, a multi-OS application development for both consumer and enterprise-class mobile devices. Honeywell has now purchased Movilizer, the first cloud platform for field service applications.

Many companies heed the advice of former HP executive Marten Mickos who said, “become a solution provider where hardware is an important part, but still just a part.” Whether the goal is diversification, expanding into different market areas with different products or differentiation, or enhancing hardware offerings with complimentary software to add value—all vendors are exploring new business models to stay ahead.
Today, we will be discussing the features of Movilizer and how Honeywell believes this will help enhance their business model and grow hardware business at the same time.
Honeywell, seeking to improve the value of its handheld device business, acquired the field service cloud platform provider, Movilizer, in 2015. Its field mobility applications enable devices, like Honeywell’s, to complete business processes by connecting workers to back-end systems via cloud technology. The acquisition serves as a new channel of revenue for the hardware manufacturer, but more importantly, will provide future cross-selling opportunities and differentiation to an otherwise rather homogeneous hardware portfolio.

Movilizer’s cloud software enables a distributed workforce to create, deploy and manage workflow solutions – whether at the point of sale, in the field, in a warehouse or distribution center. Customers can seamlessly collect, transmit and analyze data generated by their workers on their existing information technology (IT) systems, enabling them to harness the power of their workforce from anywhere to best serve the needs of their end customers.
Movilizer’s multi-tenant, cloud and mobile applications are currently used by more than 200 multi-national companies in 30 countries, executing more than 1.5 million mobile business application transactions daily in the utility, manufacturing, engineering, transportation, logistics and consumer packaged goods industries. The platform allows customers running SAP, for example, to more quickly build native mobile applications from scratch inside SAP or to rapidly deploy out-of-the-box mobile applications for service, maintenance, sales, and distribution, warehouse or track-and-trace environments in just days.
It is too early to tell whether the acquisition will be successful or not. Movilizer does have future-proof potential given its cloud architecture and capabilities to build even more applications to support evolving business processes. Penetration into workflows through acquisitions represents one potential strategy that is not without risks—potential alienation of existing software partners— but as hardware markets evolve, such actions may become more commonplace.

  • mobile-managementAzara extends the WiNG 5 architecture to combine the proven functionality of Zebra’s enterprise-grade WLAN with the simplicity and flexibility of managing WLAN infrastructure from the cloud. Along with a true enterprise-class network which is scalable and reliable, Azara provides:
    • Access from anywhere – a single login and an Internet connection are all that is needed to manage your enterprise WLAN
    • Ability to provision access points & sites in minutes – connects to Azara through a secure tunnel (secured via SSL) over the Internet

• Out-of-band deployment – data traffic does not flow through Azara cloud
• Intelligence at the edge for controller-less deployments – powered by Smart RF technology for optimal WLAN coverage
• RF decisions can be made locally at the site and coordinated by the access points
• Highly resilient site network survivability; no degradation of services in the event of WAN failures or loss of connectivity to the cloud infrastructure
• Reliability and optimal performance for business-critical deployments and high-density environments
• Access to all the network analytics of the Zebra NSight platform including troubleshooting
• Service hosted in multiple HIPPA & PCI compliant data centers for high availability & redundancy backed by 99.99% SLA guarantee for service availability
Freedom from the unpredictability of providing connectivity. Today, mobile devices outnumber the total population of planet Earth and by 2017 there will be over 10 billion mobile devices in use around the globe.* The world’s thirst for connectivity shows no signs of slowing down; the demand on enterprise networks to be fast and reliable has grown immensely. Businesses, big and small, are now challenged to quench that thirst and are dealt new sets of hurdles including higher capital investments, unpredictable expenses, slower deployments, lackluster connectivity, and scalability issues.
Choosing the cloud as a solution Cloud-based networking is a viable management alternative to solve the issues companies face when challenged by the influx of more and more traffic.

But what is “Cloud-based networking” and how can it help your business?

• Connectivity with reduced hardware and software investments
• Easy-to-use configurations – IT resources unburdened from day-to-day management
• Simple implementation of consistent policies across networks

Key Benefits of Azara

• Provides an enterprise wireless LAN cloud management solution, as well as enterprise-grade access points – built from the ground-up to deliver uncompromised performance
• Supports flexible infrastructure to provide unlimited scalability
• Delivers fast automated deployments, configuration, and setup
• Leverages Zebra’s WiNG 5 architecture which supports intelligence at the edge for controller-less cloud deployments
• Maintains optimal coverage and performance powered by Smart RF
• Enables enterprise asset intelligence and deeper visibility into the network
• Hosted at SAS70 Type II certified data centers

Tool Equipment Software

 

Stock N Roll helps companies of all sizes maximize tool and equipment utilization, improve productivity and safety by ensuring the accurate real-time tracking of equipment at the point of issue and return.
Our software allows equipment rental, construction, maintenance and repair organizations to maintain complete visibility of their returnable and consumable inventory whether it is in the warehouse, issued to an employee or contractor, or out for service. This is a short video explaining the benefits of Stock N Roll.

KEY BENEFITS

  • REDUCE INVENTORY LOSS
  • SHORTEN QUEUE TIMES
  • LIMIT USE OF CONSUMABLES
  • AVOID PROJECT DELAYS

Stock N Roll is an easy-to-use product that tracks and manages inventory of returnable assets such as tools, instruments and non-returnable consumable items at the point of issue. Using a comprehensive tool, location and employee database, coupled with a simple and accurate bar code or RFID-based transaction system from Honeywell, Stock N Roll tracks the issue and return of assets to employees and contractors, and the transfer of assets between various warehouse, job site, service center and tool room locations. If you are interested in the features of Stock N Roll this video includes a demonstration and explanation of the product.

 

 

Stock N Roll generates fast payback and high levels of ROI. In several studies conducted by large construction companies that have deployed Stock N Roll, overall tool room losses declined to near zero levels and queue times dropped below 2 minutes per checkout/check-in visit.
At most sites where Stock N Roll has been deployed, payback of costs was measured in weeks with subsequent savings going straight to the bottom line.

Please let us know if you have questions at 713-654-8222 or visit us at www.VersonaSystems.com

 

turnkey integrationAt Versona, we know that your company has an abundance of projects to manage. Our turnkey solutions are designed to be implemented into your current operation to ensure that your business runs smoothly with little to no loss of time. We provide turnkey hardware and software solutions, including integration of workstations, servers, mobile devices, operating systems, databases, and applications. In addition, we offer custom hardware, software, and networking solutions that address your business’ specific needs and goals.

Integrating different computing systems and software applications doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. Versona Systems does all the work for you so that you can focus on your business without getting behind. With our turnkey infrastructure improvement, virtualization, and consolidation of applications and data, your business can achieve lower-cost, higher-performance IT and workforce solutions.

Hardware

Versona System’s turnkey hardware solutions are designed with one thing in mind: simplicity. We link together different systems so that they become a unified whole, optimizing your business operations by ensuring less downtime. Our hardware solutions include servers, workstations, and mobile devices.

Changing doesn’t have to mean undergoing an expensive overhaul. Versona Systems works with your current configuration and helps you develop a comprehensive and responsive system that works and grows with you.

  • Server(s)

Servers are one of the most important components of your computer network. Your servers store your client and business information, run your company’s applications, and hold critical data about your computer network.

Versona Systems offers servers that are ready to go. We simplify deployment at end user sites by shipping custom servers that are pre-loaded and pre-tested with your business’ software and configured to match your environment where required. These turnkey solutions offer you functionality at a much lower cost, allowing you to do more to take your business to the next level.

  • Workstations

Integration is the key to determining that your business is functioning at its optimal pace. Disconnect can quickly lead to errors and miscommunication. At Versona, we know how important it is for your workflow to run smoothly and uninterrupted. We provide turnkey workstation solutions for companies.

Workstations are vital because they allow you to access business data and use applications that are on your network. At Versona, we understand that downtime as a result of non-functioning workstations can impede your ability to run your company. This interruption in service further manifests itself as a loss of profits as well as a loss of credibility with customers.

We offer workstations to meet a variety of industry needs. As an example, we can provide Plant Floor Workstations with the following specifications:

Plant Floor Workstation – PFW

Designed for standard Dell small form factor workstation or comparably-sized computer or thin client
Packaged for industrial applications
Color touchscreen
External connectors for power, ethernet, PS/2, serial, and USB
Wireless LAN and speaker kit options
Adjustable height pedestal and mounting plate options
Expansion box options for inputs/outputs, extra serial and ethernet ports

  • Mobile Devices

Mobility has become an integral part of business operations, transforming the way we live in both our personal and professional lives. With many companies utilizing field and remote employees, connection is more important than ever.

Our mobile computing solutions address the upsurge of communications by providing the very best in mobile software, hardware, connectivity, and services solutions to efficiently mobilize and increase the productivity of today’s ever increasing virtual workforce.

In addition, they are designed to address the special requirements of your traveling, field-based staff. Our programs help ensure secure, reliable access in addition to minimizing any loss of productivity.

There are many benefits when you integrate mobility into your workplace. It can help you speed up your decision-making process because it allows employees to collaborate in real time, regardless of location. Your employees are better able to manage their professional time with their immediate access to corporate email and applications. Our solutions also help to reduce corporate security threats.

Software

Turnkey software solutions allow your company expanded functionality with applications fit to your specific business. We can help configure the software you need for your line of work. Many of our clients work in industries in which proper software management is vital in keeping their business running smoothly. These fast-paced, high-volume environments require software that can keep up with the demand.

Versona Systems is happy to provide software solutions to fit the specific demands of your operation. Whether you need software to track inventory, monitor productivity, replenish supplies, and more, Versona Systems is here to provide what you need.

  • Operating Systems

Users depend on operating systems to run hardware and applications on their computers, and these users can rely on Versona Systems to provide it for them. We consider your company’s needs and assist in providing workable operating systems that meet all of your requirements.

When managing a complex working environment, speed, safety, and reliability in computing and networking are paramount. Versona Systems knows that the operating system you choose can greatly impact the way your business functions. Our turnkey solutions mean that you don’t have to worry about all the technical details. Versona is happy to provide complete assistance with procurement, installation, and support along the way.

  • Database

In today’s digital age, a strong, secure database is essential for any business. At Versona, we know that maintaining an organized collection of data is essential for running your company. We offer a variety of services to fit your database needs, including cloud computing solutions. Cloud database solutions offers portability and accessibility, enabling you to store and access your data anywhere you want to take it.

  • Applications

Applications are programs that permit users to perform a group of coordinated functions, tasks, or activities. As they are dependent on system software to execute, it is vital to have the proper software configuration. When you need a specific application to fit a function, Versona Systems can connect you with the right one.

  • Custom

When the demands of your business go beyond the scope of what it readily available, Versona can provide customizable software solutions tailored to your needs. We understand that each of our clients has unique end goals and that a one-size-fits-all approach will not always work.

Versona Systems works with you to understand your needs in order to procure and develop software that will help you run your business. Our turnkey solutions are designed to provide seamless integration and ease of use.

Network

To remain valuable and relevant, your company must stay connected. The demands of today’s business environment require a global link to everyone. Versona Systems provides you with the connectivity you need to conduct your business with expedience and reliability. From wired to wireless, we can get you up and running and fully connected.

  • Primarily Wireless

Imagine free-range communication that is not impeded by unsightly wires. Wireless networks provide data exchange and communication between various devices on a network through radio signal frequency or electromagnetic waves in the atmosphere.

Versona Systems recognizes that companies operating in today’s world demand wireless technologies to conduct business. Our goal is to give each of our clients wireless networking that delivers speed, reliability, and security. We assess your infrastructure to determine your best fit solution from our range of services which include Wi-Fi, Mesh, Point-to-Point, and Point-to-MultiPoint. We oversee projects from beginning to end, including commissioning and management, ensuring seamless connectivity that will never be a hassle.

  • Limited Wired

While much of the world utilizes wireless services for their on-the-go activities, many businesses find that staying wired works best for their companies. Wired networks provide businesses with security and the ability to move large quantities of data at amazing speeds. In addition, wired connections give your business control over who and what gets online. We provide wired networking solutions for your business, ensuring that your productivity and security are never compromised.

Structured cabling services from Versona Systems deliver the speed and reliability you need to operate at maximum performance. A structured cabling system provides a comprehensive telecommunications infrastructure that integrates a wide range of networking needs, including voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management, and audio & video technologies.

SmartSystems Operator working on computer

SmartSystems Operator working on computer

With almost 30 years of experience in the technology industry, we can bring our knowledge and expertise to assist your company with its programming needs. As a successful and thriving company, we know that your time is valuable and that you need to look to your next business opportunity. Versona offers the best service in programming so that you don’t have to worry about it.

Versona offers programming in Microsoft VS. NET, C, and C++. We also specialize in code migration from Visual Basic, COBOL, PowerBuilder, as well as web development. Whatever your programming needs, Versona Systems has the unparalleled skills and proficiency to help you execute any project.

Microsoft VS.NET

Microsoft Visual Studio.NET is an integrated development environment (IDE) used to create Active Server Pages (ASP) Web applications, XML Web services, and desktop and mobile applications. It is a full set of tools used to support different programming languages. As long as a language-specific service exists, the code editor and debugger can support nearly any language including C, C++/CLI , VB.NET, C#, and F#.

C, C++

As one of the most basic programming languages, C++ is designed for use in embedded systems or operating system kernels with performance, efficiency, and flexibility of use as its design requirements. Versona Systems aims to connect your business with the C++ programmer you need for your projects.

Code Migration (Visual Basic, COBOL, PowerBuilder, etc.)

Code migration enables you to move programming code from one system to another. Code migration is inherently complex with each level involving more cost and risk. Versona Systems can help you locate an expert who will assist you with any code migration needs you may have, including assistance with Visual Basic, COBOL, and PowerBuilder.

Web Development (Various Tools)

Versona Systems is able to assist you with the many facets of web development, from markup and coding to the development of a fully-functional Content Management System (CMS). Let our experts guide the process for you. Versona Systems can connect you with the right person to deliver a website that is professional and able to meet the demands of your customers.

productionlineAt Versona, we provide business solutions to suit the needs of a variety of industries, but we pride ourselves on the work we do for companies that engage in high-volume repetitive manufacturing. We have worked with automotive companies such as Ford Motor and GM, enabling smooth processing within their automotive supply chain sectors.

Efficiency is key in this type of automated environment. Versona Systems aims to provide solutions that not only deliver efficiency, but also precision. We are experts in seamless, flawless integration of systems and sub-systems, melding our solutions so that they fit into your working model.

Our application solutions are intelligent, able to identify any issues or flaws in products as they move past. The smart design reduces instances of human error, saving you time and money, as well as contributing to workplace safety.

Automation allows real-time data collection from the warehouse and shop floor, giving managers and decision-makers instant visibility to production. Imagine real-time access to everything you need–drawings, order information, operating instructions, and more–all at the touch of a finger. The automated solutions with which we can provide assistance include:

  • Time and attendance
  • Labor tracking
  • Asset inventory management
  • Improve business process
  • Optimize inventory management
  • Remote replenishment

RFID_Consult_APP1The right consultant understands your business. They offer you a fresh perspective, bringing you sharp insights that can guide your business in today’s ever-changing landscape. At Versona Systems, we are experts in organizational project management, aiming to bring our expertise to companies in order to achieve maximum growth.

We are here to increase performance in all areas of your business, with equal attention to people, process, and outcomes. Our business consulting services help you make smart decisions with the end goal of saving you time and money. Our proven track record of success speaks for itself.

Our thinking extends beyond the traditional. We want to give our clients business systems that move and grow. Today’s rapidly evolving industry needs responsive and flexible thinking, and we recognize this need for adaptive innovation and growth. We know that staying current or even ahead of changing technologies earns you an immense business advantage.

Versona’s expertise in a variety of industries gives you a sharp, competitive advantage, enabling you to make better business decisions, re-examine how you run your industry, and execute initiatives that will deliver results.

Program Management
Ensuring that work gets completed in a timely and productive manner involves much more than just running down a checklist of items. Versona Systems provides program management services to improve an organization’s performance beyond the scope of individual projects; instead, we help companies define success by meeting overall business objectives.

Program management allows you to oversee groups of related projects and examine them from all aspects. It encourages a focus on context, people, and business strategy. With program management from Versona Systems, your company can manage complex organizational, program, or environmental changes.

Project management enables your company to:

  • Perform more strategic tasks
  • Oversee and implement change
  • Develop strategies for business success
  • Set business objectives
  • Maximize ROI and value delivery
  • Set up benchmarking and mobility assessments

In today’s changing technological landscape, expectations run high, and Versona Systems is here to help companies meet these expectations.

Project Management

Having a clear, cohesive goal is the starting point for any successful venture, but sometimes details can get muddled along the way, resulting in a finished project that doesn’t quite meet the original intention. Project management from Versona Systems prevents this from happening by monitoring projects from start to finish to make sure objectives are met. Our organizational system ensures that those crucial details don’t get lost along the way.

Poor performance leads to lost time and resources. Versona Systems aims to eliminate these lost hours with project management that goes beyond the ordinary. We apply our vast knowledge, skills, and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. We give organizations the power to link project results to business goals, which leads to better ability to compete in the market.

Our complete project management package includes:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing