I talk to a lot of users of ERP systems and their feeling about security cover the full range. Many are overly complacent, but occasionally I run into the excessively paranoid. Still, it’s important to understand what can happen. This story is a couple years old, but the lessons in it are perfect for medium-sized businesses.
The article, Lessons from an $8 million fraud includes accidental excessive approval rights, incomplete segregation of duties, work-arounds to “get things done”, manipulation of multicurrency, and exploiting other user’s passwords. All of this started with an accident.
I’ve said before that it’s my opinion that we tend to catch fraud at rough break points. If you don’t catch a fraud at $1,000, your next chance is at $10,000 and then $100k, and finally beyond $1 million. In this case, it started with $1,100. The company had a perfect chance to catch this at around $80k and missed it.
There are a lot of little lessons in here and it’s definitely worth the read.
Today we’ll be talking about Conference Calls and meetings. Listen in as we talk about do’s and don’ts for attending and managing calls and meetings. Don’t be surprised if we get off to…
Our newest podcast episode is up, and hey we made it to episode 3! Be sure to check out Meeting dos and don’ts – I’m sorry, I was on mute. Podcast 3available now on iTunes, PodOmatic, Stitcher, and now Google Play. Yes, the “Big G” folks finally recognized our genius. Way to be late to the party Google. They are just jealous that GP doesn’t stand for Google Play.
Don’t worry Millenials, Spotify is in the works. They require 2 or 3 episodes before they’ll include a podcast in their service. Belinda will be her usual self and pleasantly badger them into submission. That southern drawl/New York attitude is a winning combination for getting things done. It’s sunshine and flowers until you see she’s holding a lead pipe behind her back.
If all of that is too mainstream for you, let me know and I’ll make a scratchy cassette recording and tape it under a bench in a dark alley so you can feel edgy. Actually, I’ll make Shawn tape it under a bench in a dark alley. Who puts a bench in a dark alley anyway? But I digress…
In episode 3 we take on conference calls, web meetings, IRL meetings (that’s In Real Life for the boomers out there) and every kind of meeting annoyance we can think of. My favorite is still “Sorry, I didn’t hear the question, I was on mute.” Wait, what? More and more meetings are virtual so they get a lot of attention from us.
We’ve gotten good feedback from our first two episodes and we’re figuring things out. Essentially we want this podcast to be if we were out to dinner together and this topic came up, this is what it would sound like. We’ve got a lot more topics to cover, some more serious than others. Let’s face it we started with GDPR, we were going to have to lighten up at some point!
This one is lighter, but still full of great information. We all fall into bad habits and need a reminder occasionally of the right things to do. With that in mind, drive fast and make poor choices.
Also, we may be splitting hairs, but in this episode, we talk about the upcoming Microsoft Business Applications Summit (among other things) as a replacement for Microsoft’s now defunct Convergence conference. David doesn’t think it’s a replacement for Convergence and he explains why. Here’s the hairsplitting, MICROSOFT had been DESCRIBING it as a combination of Tech Conference, Convergence, and their analytics conference. MS has backed off of that language for now, but we’re coming at this from two different angles, what Microsoft wants it to be and what it will actually become.
In episode dos, (that’s “dos” as in Spanish for 2, not DOS as in MSDOS, I know my audience) we take a look at the new Microsoft Business Application Summit coming in the summer. Billed as the “convergence of events such as the Data Insights Summit, Convergence, and Dynamics 365 Technical Conference “, it’s literally the convergence of Convergence. Yikes.
As usual, anytime we wax nostalgic …er… talk Convergence (the now defunct/resurrected conference, big C), we end up talking about presenting. That normally leads to odd insights about our personalities. For example, I can’t watch videos of me presenting, and Shawn locks his family in a room and makes them watch his presentations, stuff like that. It get’s a little weird.
As usual, Belinda is her charming self, though I’m confident she edits out brilliant insights by Shawn and me, just because she can. I don’t actually know this for sure because of course…I can’t listen to myself either. She did however manage to trick the folks at Stitcher into carrying this podcast, so I’ll forgive her for anything I made up about her.
As usual, the latest show is available in the right sidebar as well. We’re up on iTunes, Stitcher, and Podomatic. The folks at Google still refuse to recognize our genius. I think it’s just the petty jealousy common in Silicon Valley, so we’ll rise above it…for now.