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How the Multiplayer Online Gaming World Has Evolved

September 19, 2017 No Comments

You may wonder what the difference between a MOBA and an actionRTS (or sometimes, ARTS) is, or what on earth DOTA stands for. What you may know, even if you are struggling with all of these terms, is that many of the games in the online multiplayer sphere now are played at a professional level, falling under the broad title of e-sports. But what is it that makes these games so good people want to actually develop professional careers playing them?

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The Benefits of the Collaboration Between Max Polykov’s Noosphere Ventures and FAI Starts Manifesting

September 18, 2017 No Comments

Noosphere Ventures went into a very detailed collaborative deal with World Air Sports Federation (FAI) to make the latter the official technical partner to the former on February 2, 2017. The people that signed the pact were the Managing Partner to Noosphere Ventures, Max Polyakov, and the president and secretary of FAI, Frits Brink and Susanne Schödel respectively. Through the agreement, the body that has existed for more than a century will see its scoring system, digital systems, and event handling, updated.

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The Importance of a Safe and Effective Workplace

September 18, 2017 No Comments

Having a safe and effective workplace is great for every business. No matter whether you’re in construction or in an office, the workspace needs to be somewhere your employees enjoy being in and one that they feel safe being in. Having a safe workspace means adhering to the rules and regulations and always putting safety measures as a priority. Having an effective workspace means having one that your employees like being in – meaning it looks great, is comfortable, and has simple amenities like a fridge and microwave so that they can eat properly.

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IT Pros: How Well Do You Know Them?

September 14, 2017 No Comments

Today’s evolving business landscape heavily impacts roles inside an organization, regardless of where you sit. But no role has been more influenced by this new business reality than IT professionals, who are not only tasked with their core roles and responsibilities of maintaining complex IT environments, but also with educating end-users and solving end-user and business problems, among many other tasks. Further, technologies that drive digital transformation—automation, machine learning, and analytics—are placing additional pressures on IT professionals to develop their skills in these areas. Finally, the looming threat of security breaches forces IT professionals to work long hours to ensure their environments are as secure as possible.

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Too Many Apps? Here’s How to Kick App Addiction

September 13, 2017 No Comments

As a busy mom, you are always looking for tips that will help you stay organized and on top of your endless to-do list. One way that you may have done this is to install a variety of apps on your phone. From the scheduling app and the financial app to the homework reminder app, cooking app, shopping app and myriad other app choices, chances are your phone now has dozens of apps that are designed to be helpful.

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Smart Home Appliances and You

September 11, 2017 No Comments

The recent rumor that iRobot had engaged in talks with Apple, Amazon and Google parent Alphabet to sell the data its Roomba vacuum cleaner gathers caused widespread privacy concerns. Roomba maps homes — the spatial dimensions of rooms and distances between furniture and other objects — and the data it collects would be valuable to any of the major players battling to control the smart home.

Shaping the demand curve to improve asset utilization is a bit like playing Tetris

September 1, 2017 No Comments

Almost every asset, machine or human, in a hospital (such as providers, specialists, labs, pharmacy, operating rooms, infusion center, and diagnostic imaging center) has a defined peak period (“rush hour”) and long periods of underutilization on the same day, leading to a triangular utilization profile. The averaging effect of simple utilization metrics simply does not make sense. Establishing a 75 percent utilization target is meaningless if it is achieved by a 50 percent utilization level for half the day and a 100 percent gridlock for the other half of the day. That is akin to saying that you are at a comfortable temperature despite having your head in the freezer and your feet in the oven! Unfortunately, most appointment setting mechanisms are on a first-come, first-served basis which often leads to the triangular profile characteristic of a losing game of Tetris.

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How to Stay on Top of Customer Service in the Online World

August 28, 2017 No Comments

The number of customers is what makes or breaks any business and the service they receive plays a crucial role in boosting their satisfaction and shaping their behavior. Nowadays, in the booming digital age, numerous interactions with the consumers take place in a vast online realm and what is more, they occur 24/7. Markets are shifting and becoming more consumer-oriented. This kind of information economy is a great challenge for business organizations as they must either adjust or go under.

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How Well-Designed Pop-Ups Are Beneficial When Growing a New Blog

August 24, 2017 No Comments

Creating and launching a blog is an exciting journey. There is so much to consider: the theme, layout, colors, fonts, category titles, widgets, plugins, and the list goes on. What many new bloggers don’t seem to think about, however, is how to capture their readers’ attention and convince them to subscribe or buy, i.e. convert. The truth is that there are many ways to convert a reader, but arguably the most effective and beneficial method is by using pop-ups.

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How to Maximize Your Company’s Profitability

August 24, 2017 No Comments

The biggest problems your business might be facing is its inability to attract more customers and increase sales. If so, there are some simple tactics you can try to generate more leads and convert them into customers. Find out how to maximize your company’s profitability.

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Enterprise Migrations to Microsoft Windows 10: Faster than Previously Projected

August 23, 2017 No Comments

A recently completed Adaptiva survey on efforts to migrate enterprise desktop and laptop systems to Microsoft Windows 10 reveals that enterprises are completing their migrations faster than earlier surveys had projected. In a survey conducted in 2016, a significant majority of respondents (88 percent) indicated that they had barely begun to deploy Windows 10. That group was running Windows 10 on less than 5 percent of their systems.

Africa and Other Emerging Markets Needs Data Centres Fast

August 22, 2017 No Comments

Every day people around the world generate 500 million tweets, post 4.3 billion Facebook messages and make 6 billion Google searches. And these numbers are growing, driven not least by Africa’s and other emerging market’s relatively young population which, in the last 18 months, has seen a huge 47% increase in active mobile social users.

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IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Edge Computing and The Internet of Things

August 14, 2017 No Comments

Data-intensive applications and technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) require massive amounts of processing power. Without the proper infrastructure in place, this flow of data can have a dragging effect on business operations. As the number of connected things grows—Gartner estimates there will be 8.4 billion connected devices by the end of 2017—businesses face considerable data handling challenges ahead, including processing the massive amounts of data collected by IoT devices in real time. As such, many enterprises are implementing edge computing to combat latency woes and drive a better customer experience.

Expert Viewpoint: 5 Ways to Maximize SharePoint Communication Sites

August 14, 2017 No Comments

If you are here, then you’re undoubtedly curious about one of the most innovative moves Microsoft has made in the last few months. Words like “beautiful” and “dynamic” have been recently used to describe their new SharePoint Online communication sites – and as experts in the field of software consultation, our team could not agree more! Considering the popularity of SharePoint in today’s business world, it is rare to find companies who do not already benefit from one or more aspects of its communication and data-corralling software.

Three Top Strategies for a Winning Company Website

August 8, 2017 No Comments

Whether you’re running an online-only business, or starting a new physical company in the form of a store, stall, center, salon or something else entirely, having an online presence has never been quite as important as it is today. Even if customers aren’t able to purchase goods or services from you online, you can be sure that the internet is probably going to be the first place where your prospective new clients are going to find you.

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IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: In the New Age of Ecommerce, Fulfillment is the New Battleground

August 8, 2017 No Comments

with Arun Rao, GrandCanalsIn this interview, Arun Rao discusses how to support businesses who are struggling with the “Amazonification” of the fulfillment chain where there are rising costs and rising expectations on delivery times. Read More >>>

How Social Media Can Improve Quality of Life

July 31, 2017 No Comments

We live in a time of drastic change. There used to be a time when life was more or less the same with the advent of time. Of course, minor changes arose here and there, and sometimes even a big change sparked things up. But in this day and age, breakthroughs come and go really fast, sometimes on a monthly basis. And one of the biggest breakthroughs in our modern world is the advent of the internet.

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Artificial Intelligence in HR

July 24, 2017 No Comments

Artificial Intelligence is often thought of as a futuristic luxury rather than a practical solution to commonplace problems. However, over the last several years this technology has begun to gain traction, making artificial intelligence no longer a thing of the future, but of the present. AI now does everything from helping doctors identify trends in medical records to allowing marketers create highly responsive customer service interfaces. With the advent of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, AI can even be found in our homes and in our pockets helping us with everyday tasks. Perhaps more practical than any other application is the use of artificial intelligence in human resources.

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Why Machines Need Money

July 24, 2017 No Comments

The modern cloud is built on the premise that the server can ask for more services and receive instant gratification. The AWS service will spin up and down the capacity to match the demand and even launch new services on demand. The ability for the machine to scale demand in real-time has completely disrupted the corporate data center.

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Why Scalability Matters in Today’s Ecommerce Marketplace

July 20, 2017 No Comments

Launching and operating a successful ecommerce store requires keeping an eye on many different metrics at once. You’ve got your ROIs, CTRs, AOVs and on and on and on, just to name a few of the acronyms your team deals with on a daily basis. However, within all of that, nothing will throw a monkey wrench into the works of your ecommerce operation faster than a platform that’s not scalable. After all, online stores aren’t static, predictable entities. This is why scalability matters more than ever in today’s competitive ecommerce marketplace.

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Going beyond the plug-ins: why you need an advanced Magento fraud protection solution

July 20, 2017 No Comments

Online retailers are constantly on the front line of a revolution in retail and at the fulcrum of a balancing act between giving their customers a great online shopping experience and preventing fraud. This is no easy task, mainly because the chip and pin credit cards mandated by the new EMV standard are clamping down on Card Present Fraud (in person transactions), forcing criminals to move to Card Not Present (CNP) transactions.

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Stages of Network Automation

July 18, 2017 No Comments

Larry Wall, the creator of Perl™, once said the three attributes of a great programmer are laziness, impatience, and hubris. Automation allows you to indulge in all three, as long as you don’t mind the work, know that it may take some time to perfect, and can admit that you may not be as good at automation when you first start out as you think you’ll be.

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India Sees Transformation Happening Thanks to Geographic Information System

July 10, 2017 No Comments

It seems as though India is in the middle of a digital transformation thanks to the geographic information system that is leading a number of big initiatives in the country. Initiatives such as Smart Cities Mission and Digital India are threatening to change how business is being conducted and push the country into a high-tech future.

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7 Hidden Dangers of Using Outdated Tools in Business

July 6, 2017 No Comments

One of the most imperative aspects that define the success of a business is the state of its systems and the tools it utilises. The significance of using state-of-the-art tools in business is paramount as it can ultimately affect the performance and productivity of your team. Tools can either make or break a company, depending on their state and contribution to the accomplishment of everyday goals. For example, some businesses are still running the latest programs on old operating systems as ‘they work just fine.’ Others are investing in state-of-the-art systems and technology that works ‘better’ and provides them with a clear edge.

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IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Internet Connected Devices and Data Protection in SMBs

June 29, 2017 No Comments

Businesses continue to see an uptick in IoT devices used within the office, but often times are not taking the appropriate measures to track and secure these seemingly innocuous devices. Andrew Newman, CEO and founder of Reason Software Company, shares his insight on internet connected devices in small-to-medium businesses and how these companies can keep themselves protected from IoT-based attacks.

5 Must Have Parental Control Apps To Keep Kids Safe In The Internet

June 27, 2017 No Comments

An uncensored internet is the worst nightmare of any parent whose children are proud owners of smartphone and cell phone devices. These devices do not offer any filter for censoring the content that these children can readily access on the internet neither is there any way to know about their activities and communication they perform with the help of their devices. The most disturbing thing for parents is that the smartphone device is constantly in their possession and they seem to be always doing something or the other on it, irrespective of the time of the day which also makes harder for the parents to check on the device and raises their suspicion level about their activities on the device.

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The Domino Effect That’s Changing the Products We Use

June 26, 2017 No Comments

As our world becomes more and more connected, the way we develop our products is evolving rapidly as well. The emergence of the internet of things (IoT) allows us to apply smart tags and sensors to almost any product, delivering simple integration and connectivity. But there’s a deeper benefit of adding smart tags to our products – one that is redefining our approach to product innovation and development.

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5 Reasons Why Manufacturing Businesses should use PCB Design Software

June 20, 2017 No Comments

PCB Design software enables small manufacturing businesses to manage production as well as get competitive prices for their products. During development, each product has to go through a time consuming process of design and testing. PCB design software helps in reducing the product development time by allowing users to reuse models each time, which saves time and reduces cost. This enables manufacturers to focus more on delivering their products to consumers in a timely manner.

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4 Reasons You Should Consider Hiring an IT Consultant

June 15, 2017 No Comments

Integrating modern technology with operations in your business improves your efficiency in delivering products or services to your clients. But should you rely on your IT staff or hire an IT consultant? Many business owners struggle with this decision because they do not know the pros and cons of each. Your IT staff can only handle tasks based on their current level of skills and knowledge. If you want to keep up with the latest technologies and integrate them into your business processes, consider hiring an IT consultant. Here are more reasons why your business needs an IT consultant.

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Top 10 must have Google Chrome extensions

June 5, 2017 No Comments

Google Chrome has got the same number of extensions as the add-ons of Firefox but many prefer using Chrome over Edge, Firefox or IE due to Google products like Gmail, Google Drive and Google Photos. There are innumerable extensions which can be installed for enhancing the convenience of Chrome that you can install to enhance Chrome in various ways. You can select extensions for developers, bloggers, music lovers, gamers and other categories. There are few extensions that are universal and helpful in mundane tasks.

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