Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New MSTag is Great News.

QR Codes are now a sexy addition to the MS Tag family.
I have spent most of my career working with Microsoft technologies.  I have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly over the years.  What strikes me is how much effort Microsoft has put into improving their products.  Visual Basic 6.0 is nothing like the present version and visual studio has come a long way since the 1990’s. 

In the eyes of some bloggers, my loyalty to Microsoft makes me a willing collaborator with an Evil Empire.  I do not see it that way.  As a .NET entrepreneur and consultant, Microsoft has kept me fed and the mortgage paid for over twelve years.   That loyalty has been returned when I joined Microsoft BizSpark.  For my new business, they have given me advice and guidance.  They have also provided me with licensed software to help me develop my on-line applicationservice – Sully.  It is a nice partnership and I hope it continues. 

This is why I am so excited about the latest news regarding the MSTag service.  Now products can be tagged with the standard MSTag, a QR code or use the latest technology from Android NFC.  It is a big deal because now you can be platform agnostic for 2D bar codes.  If you want to use QR codes tag supports it.  If you want stick with the MSTag format, you can.  Now a smart phone becomes the ultimate bar code reader and you will never have to purchase a bar code scanning system for employees.

This places E3 systems into an even better position to manage your inventory and logistics.  Thanks to MSTag any piece of paper can now communicate with your smart phone.  You can follow a bill of lading as it gets shipped and your sales force can learn in real time what they have in stock over their phone.  It is going to help you save time and sanity as you try to stay on top of all your merchandize. 
It is an exciting time and I am glad to be part of it.

Until next time.