Digital Transformation Disrupts Auto Part Retailers

For those that order car parts for example, changing your oil, this article by MSN Autos is informative.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/why-the-auto-parts-retailers-will-slowly-go-extinct/

I presently order my engine oil from Walmart (free shipping or specified order price, low price), and I order by parts from Amazon.com.

If I am in a super rush, I might drive down to Oreilly Auto Parts for an emergency part, or for recycling of used motor oil.

I am witnessing this disruption – it is real.  Amazon supply chain and delivery is a great customer experience for commercial customers, and do-it-yourselfers who do their own repair and maintenance.

 

How to Add Media.Net Yahoo Bing Ads to Your Website

Did a quick search on how to add Yahoo Bing ads to my website.

This article came up, by Skipser, and they gave a really good analysis of the trade-offs with using Yahoo Bing ads via http://www.media.net/.

http://www.skipser.com/p/2/p/add-yahoo-bing-media.net-ads-to-website.html

Here is my experience signing up for Google Adsense:

  1. I signed up Google Adsense June 14, 2017.  
  2. I installed WordPress ‘Ad Insert’ plug in.
  3. I had minor trouble adding the required code to the head of this website.  Minimal support from Google online on how to do this.  Lots of web searches, and lots of retries on my side.  
  4. Here is how I got it working, in WordPress, select Ad Inserter Settings, choose gear tab, choose the header, and insert the Google required page header code.  Then select the activate green button.
  5. WAIT a long time.  Google service will detected my code, and claim they have approved my site to place ads.
  6. They start to send teaser mails about ‘Your site is now connected to AdSense’.
  7. However, clicking through to the Adsense portal and my account, shows I am still awaiting approval.
  8. Finally, on July 8, 2017, the Adsense portal lets me setup Ad Units.

Sign up for Media.Net (i.e. Yahoo / Bing Ads):

  1. July 3, 2017, signed up for an account on Media.net
  2. July 3, 2017, later that day, my account was approved and I received an email with login and password.
  3. July 4, 2017, I received a follow up email from an account manager, offering to support and get me setup.
  4. July 5, 2017, a second follow up from the account manager.
  5. July 8, 2017, I get my act together and login to Media Net.  By default they gave me 3 ad units already ready for insertion!  
  6. Configure my first ad in Block 1 before content of each blog post.  Copy and paste the code into ‘Ad Inserter’
  7. Ads are now available!  This took me about 15 minutes!

If you were a product manager, which experience would you want your customer going through?

Publish Microsoft Project to SharePoint Project Web App (PWA)

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You can upload your Microsoft Project File online to SharePoint, to take advantage of Microsoft Project Web App collaboration features.

Suppose you have multiple PMs updating multiple MPP files, and you want to provide an all-up PMO status of all projects.  Now you can publish the MPP files to Project Web App (PWA) on SharePoint, and then monitor the all-projects view, or utilize an Odata connection to PWA to create a visualization dashboard using Power BI.  Each PM can update their own MPP files while the broader team and management can synchronize and roll up data on all projects.

Sync/Publish an MPP to PWA Workflow:

  1. Go to your MS Project desktop software.
  2. Under the File menu, choose manage accounts.
  3. Add a Connection
  4. Configure with your target SharePoint site, in this case we use the demo location:
  5. PWA1
  6. In the checkbox below, select, choose an account.   PWA2This will ensure you are not forced to the incorrect account at startup.  For example you maybe using two different logins if you are working with different customer/clients.
  7. Click okay, then close Microsoft project.
  8. Open up MS Project again, and choose your connection that you gave above.  PWA3
  9. Now open your MPP file.
  10. Use the File Menu, Choose the Publish Button.
  11. Once published you can go to Sharepoint, and you will see you project there.  In this example you would go to http://www.testcompany.Sharepoint.com/sites/pwa/
  12. You can then update from the desktop client, and publish online.

Next post, I will talk about visualizations of PWA with Power BI.  A great scenario for PMOs looking to visualize and draw insights on their projects.