Giant 3-D Printer Rental Business – Home Owners Can Print Their Own Home for a Fee

A couple of years back, someone contacted me from the Middle East who wanted to start an “equipment hiring business” and specifically they wanted to make it a franchise here in the US. Equipment hiring in their part of the world is what we consider equipment rental in America today. Of course, it is a saturated industry, and a mature industry sector, one which hasn’t done all that well after the 2008 housing crash, as construction has been slow.

Nevertheless, here in 2013 we have a slight uptick, and there is construction going on again, and many construction workers are indeed getting back to work. No one knows how long this trend will continue, or when the business cycle will poop out again, and who knows, it could even go for a year or two because of the pent-up energy and the need for more structures. But what if things change in the future? What if construction is done a totally different way, what if some of today’s latest technologies are used in the construction sector, you know, something like 3-D printing?

In other words, what if things were constructed on site by a giant machine, something like a giant 3-D printing machine? What if a home owner who wanted to build their own home bought a piece of land, put in the foundation themselves, got it signed off by the city inspector, had their plans approved by the planning commission — because they were standard plans which had already been used thousands of times — and they rented a giant 3-D printer to build their home right on the property? How might this work you ask?

Well, the homeowner could call up the equipment rental company, have them deliver the 3-D printer, set it up in place, work with them to secure the material needed, and the homeowner could turn the machine on for a couple hours, and then turn it off, go inspect the process, and repeat that process until the structure was actually built. This is how I would envision all of this working, and obviously a homeowner could not afford to buy a giant 3-D house printer, but they can certainly afford to rent one for a few days or up to a week while they built their own home.

Such a system might cost upwards of $1 million, but the homeowner would only need it for less than one week, and that means it could be used by 52 other people throughout the year, and that means there could be a good return on investment for the equipment rental company that did indeed rent out giant 3-D home printers to be used on site. Please consider all this and think on it.

Business Process Management Software – Provides the Mainstay for Several Financial Institutions

The concept of business process has lived for many years, but it was not until the 1990s that it manifested itself in its true expression called Business process management software, to take the markets by storm. The software enjoys wide application across the four corners of the world, not only for its tracking techniques, but also for improving their quality and efficiency. This software provides the mainstay for several financial institutions in their daily organization of events. Here we are trying to understand the very basics of the software and the benefits they earn for the Financial Institutions.

Tracking

The Business process management software provides Financial Institutions with a technology driven platform from where they can assess the processes and their efficiency quotients. Financial Institutions apply billing program to track the innumerable processes in a daily operation. If, for example, you consider an application made to a bank branch for a card, someone has to punch this information into the software program. The program will now track the particular employee accessing the data and the specific targeted information, before passing it on to the next step in the process flow, thereby ensuring you vet all tasks through the system, document and monitor them thoroughly.

Reporting

The profound ability of tracking each sub-task within a single process facilitates the Financial Institutions to review the real contribution of these to the task in totality, and study the areas that need improvement. The software has the useful facility for advance reporting, which helps managers to identify the successful processes and simultaneously locate the bottlenecks that slow down other processes. For the financial institutions, accurate reporting of information such as the normal time for scrutinizing a simple account or details of manual processes that take time, are very useful inputs for their continuous improvement and automation program.

Improvement/Automation

Today, automation plays a great part in the progress and improvement of the activities of any organization. After their assessment of the processes that require fine-tuning, the organizations now turn to automation to foster the culture of fast and unswerving decisions universally across the organization, improving the steadfast quality of its decisions and enhancing adherence to lending regulations that do not encourage a biased credit policy. Automation serves the financial institutions in a dual capacity; the consumer has easy access to the financial products when and where they want it, and secondly, it considerably reduces the overheads.

The creative billing program restructures your improvements and the quick elimination of inefficient operations saves you considerable time and investment. The Business process management software plays its part in raising levels of efficiency of the financial institutions by factoring in precise reporting and improvement and going for automation for enhancing their efficiency levels.

Shift That IT Hardware Risk Away From Your Small Business!

Being in business is risky and anyone who is knows this to be a fact of life. I don’t know of one entrepreneur who dove into business that didn’t find themselves at one point or another in a fight for their lives. Now this might not be true of someone opening a franchise, especially if it’s well located. For the normal person starting a business, however, their hair raising adventures reflect the kind of high risk/high reward enterprise they’ve entered into.

Whenever you invest in anything you’re risking something. Buying a new piece of capital equipment? Better make sure that you’ve matched equipment to capacity, product to specifications. Even then market changes can render a piece of capital equipment obsolete overnight.

And that capital expenditure issue brings me to my point. Any CAPEX involves risk. An OPEX, or operational expense, however, is much less risky. I didn’t say it was without risk, it’s just that when you buy something you own it. You own it and all of its potential problems and defects. When you lease something you make your payments and forget it. If there’s a problem it’s someone else’s.

It’s the same thing with a cloud network. Now your server and all the data on it are virtualized on a super computer in a super safe data center. This is what the cloud is all about. And your vendor can even eliminate your need for PC towers by installing cloud access devices. These have no moving parts and allow your users to instantly connect to that virtualized server via the internet. These cloud access devices, incidentally, last eight to ten years. We maintain ownership of these things to further reduce your equipment exposure but that’s subject to the decisions made by the vendor you choose.

So what do you have left? No server in the office, no PC towers, and the only equipment risk left is your monitors, keyboads and mice. 95% of your IT issues just went out the door. So did your need for IT people having to make a service call and we all know how expensive that can get.

This shift of hardware risk affects software, too. Now your office software’s all in the cloud and is part of your monthly payment. Your vendor is responsible for all updates, patches, security settings, firewall, backups and your disaster recovery plan. It’s not trouble-free but it’s about as close as you can get.

So ask yourself a question: Do you really want and need that hardware in your office? Do you need the risk, the IT repair disruptions, the downtime and all the lost productivity that comes with it? With 99.9%+ uptime, optimal software running speeds, backups you can count on and out of sight, out of mind network maintenance taking place on schedule and on time a cloud network represents a shift that can benefit your business and free you from ever having to buy another server or PC again.

This might be one of the wisest delegation moves you’ve ever made. Explore your options, you might find you’ll save a lot of money, too.