Complementary Notes
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Even though this presentation has already generated millions of dollars, you may find opposition to these ideas. Some responses to these great ideas might be that it is "not relevant", or "not appropriate". In reality it is extremely relevant and the impact to the business will be dramatic. It is better to have the board, president and other senior management involved in the assessment and decision making process. Delays or failure to do this may result in the loss of millions of dollars for your business.

I have worked for several companies over 35 years and the inefficiencies that I have seen were shocking! The many manual methods caused errors that threaten the business and in some cases human lives. The losses to the business is significant but not acknowleged. I have promoted the idea of automation for both hardware and software applications, which is essential in the 21st century.

Automation is of paramount importance to your business, but, it is not really understood. The business that does a better job in applying automation, will have a distinct advantage and dominate the market. Through years of experience, methodologies and advanced coding techniques, I have delivered Orders of Magnitude in improvements for many companies.

The Next Level presentation is free for personal and commercial use. I hope it will be a blessing to you.

SLIDE 4 - Overview
This is Revision 1.05 which has been expanded and more illustrations have been added.

SLIDE 8 - What is “The Next Level?"
Profits, automation, safety, security, marketability, speed and accuracy. Retain your customers. Attract new customers.

SLIDE 9 - Who
Many kinds of businesses can use these ideas.

SLIDE 10 - Rules
Work smarter.

Important concepts.

SLIDE 14 - Highly Automated Systems
Some of the many benefits of automation. The list goes on and on.

You can use any number of technologies to implement automation, like: C/C++, Java, .NET, Pearl, Python, PHP and SSIS, VB 6, VBA, VBScript, WIN batch scripts, JavaScripts, Excel, Access, Word, asp, Wonderware, InSQL, Intellution and SQL DTS Packages. Personally, I have used: VS2013, C#, C++, VB 6, VBA, VBScript, WIN batch scripts, JavaScripts, Excel, Access, Word, classic asp, Wonderware, InSQL, Intellution and SQL DTS Packages.

I have also built several automated hardware systems using Omron PLCs, PIC based microprocessors and component level circuit designs. These include:

SLIDE 15 - Automated Process
The benefits of automation are vast. Figure out what, where, how and when to automate.

SLIDE 16 - Parallel Process
Create processes in parallel. This means that various tasks are run concurrently. This method:

SLIDE 18 - Work Once Concept
Build automated applications to replace manual tasks. When the job is done, your developers can do more tangible and productive work. You are not doing the same mundane thing over and over.

SLIDE 19 - Manual Process - Intangible Asset
A manual task like production support, is a recurrent expense. It is a cost to the company to have highly paid, highly qualified people doing repetitive, routine, mundane tasks.There is no tangible work done here since this is more of a service.

SLIDE 20 - Automated Process - Tangible Asset
When you invest time and money to build an automated application you recover this investment quickly. This illustration is just a simplified example.If you spent $25,000 to build the application and the labor cost to manually do the same function was $5000 per week, then you break even 5 weeks after implementation. After this point you start making profits from the investment in an automated application.

SLIDE 21 - Closed Loop System
Closed Loop System simply means use checks and balances. Get feedback! Many problems and disasters occured because feedback failed.

SLIDE 25 - Fault Tolerant Systems
The thing must work even under certain fault conditions! You can build systems that automatically retry when there is a failure, like an FTP functionality. You can also create automated backups and error correction. Parallel systems like multiple motors or hard drives in a RAID system all have fault tolerant features.

SLIDE 27 - The Next Level …
Do things better than the competition! Much stronger profits!

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