“Go-to-Market tools”, (r)Evolution
Ancient Era: “Antikythera Mechanism” | New Era: “PocketBiz New Era”
It is a commonplace that humans are distinguished from other creatures by a technological ability, and man has often been described as a tool-using animal. Think about what you’ve done today, every job you’ve accomplished, every task you’ve completed. Most likely, you needed help, a knife and a spoon to eat your breakfast, a computer to read these words.
And from the beginning of civilization, we’ve used them to build and shape our world. Let's consider two representative samples of “Go-to-Market” tools. These tools derived by Greek mind, might had the most impact to “Sales Force Automation” and helped move the course of history.
Ancient Era: Antikythera Mechanism
The overall analysis of the inscriptions found inside the Antikythera Mechanism was presented on Thursday, 9 June 2016 by the study group of the enigmatic object, in an event held at the Katerina Laskaridis Historical Foundation Library. The findings are the result of an international scientific research effort over the past 10 years.
Antikythera Mechanism @ the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece.
Discovered in 1900 by sponge divers nearby the island of Antikythera inside a sanked ship, the device has been dated as coming from the second or early first century B.C., according to research published in the science journal Nature.
According to the new data from decoding the inscriptions inside the folds of the mechanism, the mechanism can be considered as the world’s oldest computer, which gave the user the ability to see exact times of eclipses of the moon and the sun and the motion of celestial bodies. The user could set a date that would reveal the astronomical phenomena that would occur around the Earth, suggesting that the creator of the Antikythera Mechanism had provided for the use of the machine in more than one location. A perfect early “Go-to-Market” tool ...
Space Physics professor Xenophon Moussas said: “today’s computers and mobile phones have their roots in the gears of the mechanism, what we do with computers today, it was done with the A.M. about 2000 years ago”. As the professor argued, this machine is the root of all civilization and technology and in fact it is the oldest “tablet.”
New Era: “PocketBiz New Era”
The Go-to-Market Revolution is a wave of technological and customer-driven change that is altering the level of sophistication with which companies deploy their commercial capabilities. This new era hasn’t altered the fundamentals required for go-to-market excellence, actually has created new possibilities. It is taking what is now possible - the current state of the art in commercial functions - to the next level.
The leader of the “Go-to-Market” tools (SFA) is “PocketBiz New Era” by SiEBEN
PocketBiz New Era addresses companies that wish to support and organize their sales network. It allows salespeople who are using mobile devices (smartphone, Pdas, industrial terminals, Tablets, NetBooks, Notebooks), to handle their daily tasks (ordering, billing, collection, shelf registration etc.) while visiting the end-customers, as well as to access all information (order history, stock, statistics, etc.) necessary to be more effective and productive .
Benefits from the use of PocketBiz Sales
- Direct order entry - shorter delivery times
- Elimination of errors due to the automatic and electronic order entry and invoicing
- Increased salesmen efficiency and productivity due to the new tools and information available to them
- Reduced operating and SG&A costs
- Improved customer relations and increased customer satisfaction
- Efficient stock management
- More productive control of sales network and more effective sales administration by management
The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project