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The latest update from Microsoft may affect your Chreos and, therefore, impact on your business.

If you have any computers using XP of Server 2003 versions of Windows (or earlier) then you need to pay close attention to the below message.

Microsoft has recently released a major update to Windows 10.  As part of the update Windows is now much stricter with what data can be shared across a network, the effect of this is that Windows 10 machines may no longer be able to talk to database servers running on OLD Windows versions.

Windows XP
If you run ChreosServer on Windows XP (which Microsoft dropped support for on April 8 2014)  you will not be able to access the Chreos database after upgrading your Windows 10 machines.  There may be a work around for this but we are not aware of it and recommend people move ChreosServer to a newer machine ASAP.  

Technically, such communications happen through the Windows Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.  Microsoft has now blocked them from happening over SMB 1.  Both machines have to be using SMB 2 or SMB 3 but these two are not available for Windows XP.

Windows Server 2003
If you run ChreosServer on Windows Server 2003 or older (out of support since July 14 2015)  you will not be able to access the Chreos database after upgrading your Windows 10 machines.  It may be possible to get Chreos working by installing the SMB 2 (or newer) protocol.

Unexpected Benefits

Submitted by on Tue, 19.09.2017 - 04:08

This morning we received the following unsolicited feedback from a client who has recently started using an Android App that we built specifically for them for picking products for orders in their very large wholesale warehouse.

On Friday, the person using the app was the oldest staff member who is completely computer illiterate.

He likes the app and he finds it helps his concentration and speed.  His eye sight is also not the best but he gave it a thumbs up.

The aim of the App was to achieve faster picking times by having it navigate pickers around the shelves, and allowing instant checking of what was being picked by confirmation scans of product and stock bin.  Having warehouse staff who are struggling with working their way through computer processes that they control, finding it easy to walk the floor, being led by the App on the device in their hand is a significant bonus.

It probably fits in to the same situation where lots of people find it much easier to do a job that can be complex by just being told what to do.  If you leave too much to their own initiate they struggle to navigate through the options but give them support that helps them do the job quickly and accurately, with reduced stress levels and they remain valued members of the team.

It also means you can have new staff working productively really quickly.  And the staff sill get the work satisfaction from completing tasks correctly and contributing to the overall output of the team.

For 30 years I have been analysing work flows and designing systems to enable businesses to increase their efficiency, especially in times of growth.  Our business management software, Chreos,  focuses on the processes related to the productive side of businesses - the stock & client management, orders, invoices, counter sales, and a multitude of other things, while keeping the P&L and Balance Sheet up to date.  We enable people to do their work more efficiently and accurately.

It's Christmas time

Submitted by on Tue, 19.12.2017 - 03:45

Merry Christmas from Us at Chreos

We are off on a well-earned break from midday Friday the 22nd December until the 8th January. We look forward to catching up with you all in 2018.

However, while we are sunning ourselves at the beach or playing endless computer games, we will very occasionally tune to Chreos Support for that diabolically urgent call for help where there is no other course of action available.

Please note: We have many ears here but only ONE is tuned to this task so be careful what you do! Avoid installing new Chreos updates, fiddling with your website, or changing your computer operating system, anti-virus, printers, network or firewall.

In other words, go and have a break also. It is certainly our wish for you that this Christmas gives you time to relax with family and friends. As well as time to start anticipating what we might be able to do together in the New Year.

Merry Christmas and blessings for the New Year from us at Chreos.

Rochelle, Sam, Miriam, Rob, Izabel, Steven, & Audrey