Keeping Your Retail Data Secure During a Test Pilot

The thought of a security breach of your store’s data is frightening. At Alert Tech, we go to great lengths to protect your data.

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Storing Data for Your Test Pilot: On Premise vs. Cloud

If you’ve stored data on premises in the past, you may be concerned about using cloud-based storage for an Alert Tech pilot.
Here are some of the common concerns we hear:

  • Is cloud-based data secure enough?
  • What if we need additional scrutiny (e.g., PCI Compliance, HIPAA)?
  • What other companies are sharing our server?

These concerns have some validity. Let’s take a look at just how much.

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What Training and Collateral Will You Need During a Pilot Project?

One of the biggest concerns with starting a pilot project is whether or not your teams will seamlessly adapt to the new systems. If your staff don’t adopt new habits and make full use of the new technology and systems, you’re leaving results on the table. This is where training is crucial.

To help you get the most out of your pilot project, here are the training and collateral materials Alert Tech provides during a pilot project.

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What Happens After an Alert Tech Pilot?

The Three Crucial Steps to Take After a Pilot Project Ends

After a pilot project is complete, how do you evaluate success or failure. How do you know if your investment of time and money was worthwhile?

We will of course be analyzing much of the data along the way in order to adjust course, but after a pilot is complete we do a detailed analysis. Here are the crucial steps.

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Why Running Pilot Programs in (Only) Your Top Stores is a Huge Mistake

When you’re ready to try a new process or technology, how do you select your ‘test’ stores?

If you’re like many retailers we talk to, you’re focusing exclusively on testing pilot programs in a select group of probably top performing stores. Although this is a good place to start, there are definite downsides to this approach. Depending on the goals of your pilot project, these drawbacks can be significant.

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How Long Should You Run Your Pilot Programs?

When we talk with a retailer who is considering an Alert Tech pilot program, one of the questions that inevitably comes up is, “What is the recommended length of the program?”

Obviously, you want to wrap up the pilot program in a reasonable amount of time, and there needs to be an endpoint so that it’s clear when to make a decision on whether to move forward with a broader implementation. On the other hand, if you don’t give your pilot program enough time to run, how will you get data you can trust?

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the right length for a pilot, but there is a number that will work for your brand.

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How Many Stores Do You Use for a Pilot Project?

As we begin discussing an Alert Tech pilot project, one of the questions we’re frequently asked is, “How many stores do you use for a pilot project?” We don’t have a fixed number, because there is a different answer for each retailer, and that’s something we work though with you. This post will help begin that conversation.

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