Tauranga man Kevin Loney's Safetrack business is taking off in New Zealand and overseas, thanks in part to a free cloud computing course at Toi Ohomai.
Safetrack provides personal alarm systems for lone workers and vulnerable people, wireless nurse call systems and cellular and satellite-based tracking for fleet vehicles. The systems are being used by Fonterra, Waipuna Hospice, Aspen House and Z Energy, to name a few, and with a growing client base and a remotely-based workforce, Kevin needed to modernise how they were conducting the administrative side of the business.
“My accountant and business partner, Chrissy, already had our documents in Google format and I needed to learn how to use it all,” says Kevin.
“I'd looked at purchasing the new Microsoft Office suite which is really expensive, but then I heard about a free cloud computing course at Toi Ohomai. I didn't know you could do so much on Google Drive, including Excel and Word docs – and it's all free!”
The 12-week course starts with basic computer skills, goes right up to cloud-based computing, and is well-suited for self-employed people looking to help their businesses go forward.
For Kevin, it's made it easier to keep in touch with his off-site staff as well as introducing him to new products that are giving his business an edge.
“I learned how to use Google Maps, Calendar, Hang Outs, Gmail, Forms and You Tube. I also created a presentation on Google Slides which I presented to worldwide distributors in Finland and Sweden. They now want to purchase my system, which is very exciting.
“Although we have some big clients, at the moment our business is laptops, cellphones and my little truck. But if you know how to use Google products properly, it's all a 21st century business needs.”
For more information or to apply, visit www.toiohomai.ac.nz or call 0800 86 46 46