In today’s era when new inventions are launched each day, it’s quite difficult to get noticed and gain the attention of potential investors. Moreover, even if you manage to get investors, you have to make sure to protect your idea or invention by patenting it. Those who do not know what a patent is, it is basically a legal document that allows the owners or inventors to legally prevent their invention ideas from being copied or exploited by other individuals.
However, patenting a product or an idea is a complex process, and there’s no guarantee that it will be patented by the respective authority. The good news is that there’s a firm called “InventHelp” that has helped thousands of inventors gain investors and patents through their referral service for their unique inventions. InventHelp has made its corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for over thirty years. They have a team of researchers, illustrators, writers, and customer service representatives who can assist inventors in submitting their invention idea or new product to industry.
According to InventHelp’s spokesperson: “InventHelp's job is to try to submit clients' inventions or new product ideas to industry in an effort to obtain a good-faith review and also to review any interest expressed. You may choose to apply for a US patent and simultaneously attempt to present your idea to companies. Many inventors select this option of using InventHelp's submission program in conjunction with our invention patent referrals. If you prefer to locate legal counsel on your own, you may still use InventHelp's submission program. Inventors who have already obtained patents for their inventions can also use our services to attempt to submit to industry.”
In a nutshell, they can guide you throughout the whole process, right from how to patent an idea to manufacture a prototype of your product.
Orchestration can be one of those ambiguous concepts in cloud computing, with varying definitions on when cloud capabilities truly advance into the orchestration realm. Frequently it’s defined simply as automation = orchestration.
But automation is just the starting point for cloud. And as organizations move from managing their virtualized environment, they need to aggregate capabilities for a private cloud to work effectively. The automation of storage, network, performance and provisioning are all aspects handled in most cases by various solutions that have been added on over time as needs increase. Even for organizations that take a transformational approach -- jumping to an advanced cloud to optimize their data centers -- the management of heterogeneous environments with disparate systems can be a challenge not simply addressed by automation alone. As the saying goes, “If you automate a mess, you get an automated mess.”
I am running a HADOOP two node cluster on IBM's Developer Cloud with static IP, Large SUSE 10 instance and 200 GB instance storage. See IBM Developer's WIKI on creating a single node HADOOP pseudo instance on IBM Developers Cloud.
Below I have described procedures to download US Census 2000 data to be used in HADOOP JAQL sample program to calculate male, female and total population for the states of California and New York.
1) SSH to your HADOOP Namenode instance and download US Census data for California and New York into censusCA and censusNY directories (Please read US Census 2000 FTP Read Me instructions for details). Total download: 3699 files for CA and 2931 files for NY (each file type 02 includes data for total, male, female population per state's region):
In today’s era most of us can’t imagine a life without smartphones and computers. However, when it comes to technology, computers are prone to viruses, Wi-Fi networks can fail to connect, frequent cyber threats, and the list goes on. Unfortunately, most of the small business owners ignore the importance of managing technology, and undervalue the role of IT support company. One can understand how frustrating it can be when technology is not working, and you are unable to fix the problem.
The good news is that CMIT Solutions of Southern Westchester are available to help small businesses with all their technical issues and outrages. CMIT Solutions of Southern Westcheser is a New-York based IT Support Company specializing in IT Services for small-to-mid sized businesses in New York. They provide comprehensive IT service for businesses who are too small to have internal IT department and for large companies with multiple locations.
They offer a wide range of Managed IT Services such as, Network Security, Data Recovery, Backup & Disaster Recovery, IT Consulting, Security, On Demand Services, Office Moves, Managed Services, Email & Spam Protection, Cloud Computing, Virus Removal, Video Conferencing, Document Imaging, Hipaa and Computer Lab Setup.
Specifically, some of the key benefits of hiring CMIT Solutions is that they, eliminate annoying spam, pop-ups, and spyware from taking over your computer and your network, Safeguard your data, offer 24/7/365 monitoring and ongoing maintenance, in-house, New York IT support department without all of the costs, instant technical IT support, eliminate the risk of sudden and unexpected IT repairs and data recovery costs and replace it with a low, predictable monthly rate, cheap service with complete peace of mind, and dramatically reduce your risk of experiencing a very expensive, highly disruptive network outage, downtime or disaster.
The PayPal X image for the IBM SMART Business Development and Test Cloud environment provides an easy way for Java developers to quickly get started with the PayPal’s Adaptive Payment APIs. The image provides a few sample apps along with the PayPal Adaptive Payments & Accounts Java SDK and a fully integrated development environment using Eclipse IDE and Tomcat connector.
Please refer to this blog by Praveen and contact him to join the Beta program
Data center virtualization has created a market transition where
IT organizations are trying to reduce costs and increase flexibility. Constantly
working against inflexible existing hardware platforms, however, data center
administrators must spend significant time on manual procedures for basic tasks
instead of focusing on more strategic initiatives.
The Cisco Unified Computing System is a
next-generation data center platform that:
Unites computing, networking, storage access, and virtualization into a
Integrates a low-latency, lossless 10 Gb Ethernet unified network fabric
with enterprise-class, x86-architecture servers
This approach decouples scale from complexity. Whether
the system has 1 server or 320 servers with thousands of virtual machines, all
resources participate in a unified management domain designed to:
Reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) at the platform, site, and
Increase IT staff productivity and business agility through just-in-time
provisioning and mobility support
The system incorporates:
A standards-based unified network fabric supported by a partner ecosystem of
Cisco VN-Link virtualization support
Cisco Extended Memory Technology
It supports an incremental deployment model and
protects customer investments with a future migration path to unified computing.
When it comes to software development process, also known as software development life cycle, there are several approaches and models. The details vary somewhat from one approach to another, but there are six basic steps or phases that are common across all models. VironIt, a top software development company today reveals the six phases that are crucial for the development of any software.
Blueprint: In order to develop fully functional software, one has to do some planning and create a blueprint of software. As a developer, you have to first understand what challenges you might face throughout the entire process, and then create a realistic plan that has no obstacles.
Analysis: This particular phase involves scrutinizing whether your project is feasible or not. Taking notes of further requirements or challenges you might face while each development phase.
Software Design: This is the key phase that involves marking out the entire architecture of software and creating a layout that acts as a base for next phase. Moreover, it also helps in knowing what exact hardware is needed to successfully run the software.
Coding: Like the name suggests, it involves transforming a design into code by programmers.
Testing and Software Deployment: Once the code has been developed, it undergoes several testing phases that determine whether the product is working as per original specifications or not. Software Deployment, also known as Beta Phase, involves the product being passed over to the clients, in order to get valuable customer feedback. Any bugs or glitches experienced during this phase can be fixed.
Maintenance: Last but not the least, maintenance is the phase that involves after sales services and support provided by the developers to clients or end users.
Virtualization is a modern approach for enhancing a system's ability for sharing system resources to ensure provisioning can readily meet business requirements. Virtualization is used to make a single physical resource to operate as many separate, smaller resources or many smaller resources aggregate together to act as a single bigger resource. In traditional software development, complex systems are built in a sequential, phase-wise manner where all the requirements are gathered at once in the beginning. It is difficult to include stakeholder requirements as they might change due to changing marketing strategies and/or technology conditions. Agile development provides these features for software development. This article discusses different virtualization technologies that can be used in agile product development to adopt market requirements in product development.
Improve performance and scalability by optimizing IT assets based on workload to ensure the ideal elasticity of your cloud.
Enterprise quality of service (QOS) virtualization provides the best
foundation for your mission-critical applications running in the cloud.
Automated management, provisioning and optimization of your physical
and virtual cloud resources ensure optimal utilization to meet changing
Self-service portal and standardized service catalog leverage all
the features of your cloud infrastructure to enable automated delivery
of services without IT intervention.
Metering and billing features provide the capabilities to improve
cost transparency and offer more flexible pricing schemes for your cloud
The unprecedented interest and projected IT spend on cloud computing
is coming from all types of organizations, businesses and governments
that are seeking to transform the way they deliver IT services and
improve workload optimization so they can quickly respond to changing
business demands. Cloud computing can significantly reduce IT costs and
complexities while improving asset utilization, workload optimization
and service delivery.
Today’s IT Infrastructures face challenges on many levels:
Composed of silos that lead to disconnected business and IT infrastructures
Contain static islands of computing, which result in inefficiencies and underutilized assets
Struggle with rapid data growth, regulatory compliance, integrity and security
Continuous rise of IT administration costs
As a result of these challenges, organizations are demanding an IT
infrastructure and service delivery model that enables growth and
innovation. An effective cloud computing environment built with
IBM Power Systems™ cloud solutions helps organizations transform their
data centers to meet these challenges:
Delivering integrated visibility, control, and automation across all business and IT assets
Is highly optimized and scales IT up and down in line with business needs
Addresses the information challenge by delivering flexible and secure access to data and mitigating risks
Utilizes flexible delivery models, automation and virtualization to
greatly simplify IT service delivery and provide enterprise QOS
capabilities including higher application availability, improved
performance, more scalability and enterprise-class security.
Power Systems cloud solutions enable customers to build an effective
cloud computing environment, enabling organizations to reduce IT costs,
improve service delivery and enable business innovation.
The challenges of managing virtualized environments are mounting. The benefits of virtualization—from cost and labor savings to increased efficiency—are being threatened by its staggering growth and the resultant complexity. A critical piece to solving these challenges, as many organizations have already discovered, is image management. Read more: http://ibm.co/SpHTlV
Bitcoin and blockchain. It’s still a mystery to many, including C-level corporate executives. And yet Bitcoin has come to its own, as a cryptocurrency, having closed on October 3, at a price of about $4300/coin. It has become a major disruptor of traditional financial institutions and financial transactions, despite naysayers like Jamie Dimon.
But it is not the bitcoin currency itself that is causing such a stir. It is the technology behind the transactions – blockchain. And it is this technology that is now capturing the attention of a variety of industries, not just financial.
Just What is Blockchain?
Consider that financial transactions in traditional banks are all housed in huge databases of ledgers. When a customer wishes to access his/her account online, he can see every transaction over a selected period of time and be given a real-time balance. This is a personal banking ledger and it is a part of the larger ledger databases that are reconciled overnight, every night.
Here is the issue: these ledgers can be altered, either by those who have digital permission to access them or, unfortunately, by hackers. They are therefore not unalterable, permanent records.
Blockchain technology was developed to make financial ledgers permanent and unalterable. Here is how that works:
All activity (e.g., a banking transaction) is entered as a part of a block of transactions over a specified period of time (e.g. ten minutes). These transactions are verified by multiple people, and the block of activity is then “hooked” to the previous block and to the block that follows it. Blocks are permanent and can never be altered once verified and entered. No one has permission to access and modify, and, if anyone did attempt to do so, the other verifiers would immediately know and shut that down.
The use of blockchain transactions is especially attractive to enterprises that wish to do business in countries in which financial institutions and currencies are unstable. Using a cryptocurrency and an unalterable ledger of financial transactions keeps such transactions safe and secure from corrupt governments as well.
Ethereum is another blockchain organization that began with a cryptocurrency of sorts (called an ether), and individuals can purchase Ethereum tokens just as they do Bitcoins. But these individuals or organizations can use ethers to conduct far more than just financial transactions, as is the case with Bitcoin.
Early Ethereum Blockchain Adopters Have “Shown the Way”
Getting financial aid to organizations in countries with unstable/corrupt governments and financial institutions.
Monitoring the actual activities of countries in climate change initiatives. Right now, there is discussion of using Ethereum blockchain to record the activities of all signers to the Paris Climate Change Accord, as well as the trading of carbon assets. Interestingly, IBM and a company called Energy Blockchain Lab are collaborating to use blockchain technology to record the carbon trading market in China.
Permanent record of people’s identities. More than a billion people are unregistered as citizens of any country. This means that they are not eligible for critical benefits of their home countries. The ID2020 Alliance is a new UN organization with a goal of providing everyone in the world a digital identity, using Ethereum blockchain. In fact, Microsoft and Accenture have already developed a prototype for doing just this.
Corporations are Coming On Board
The prospects of creating blockchains through Ethereum for a host of business activities is what is now attracting corporations to this organization. In addition to financial transactions, Ethereum has opened its technology to a host of organizations and corporations, and all sorts of activity can be permanently recorded on the back of Ethereum blockchain technology. Ethers can be purchased by corporations for the use of this technology.
Consider the following corporate uses of Ethereum blockchain technology:
All of a company’s financial records can be housed in unalterable blocks, not only for its own use but for “proof” if ever needed for tax or legal purposes
Personnel records and all personnel actions can be entered into blocks and never changed – a permanent record that can never be altered by anyone
Financial transactions between suppliers, wholesalers, and customers can be memorialized permanently
Contracts become permanently recorded and cannot be altered. And any agreed upon modifications to contracts can be entered in blocks of the chain as well.
Corporations that deal in Bitcoin can enjoy the collaborative effort between the two blockchain technologies as well as the use of Eidoo.io, a clearinghouse of sorts, which simplifies buying, transferring, and exchanging cryptocurrencies by both individuals and corporations.
Permanent, distributed public ledgers makes blockchain technology a “natural” for supply chain management. If a company has multiple suppliers from multiple states and countries, it is hard to keep track of them all, when orders were placed and fulfilled.
Smart contracts. These are a major part of the Ethereum technology. All parties have access to all terms, and, because the record is permanent, the contracts enforce themselves.
The potentials for blockchain technology are just now beginning to be understood by many more organizations and enterprises than just the financial industry. Already, education is being disrupted, by allowing a permanent irrefutable record of students’ coursework, especially when it comes from multiple institutions and some online. And, no matter what industry niche corporations are in, the use of blockchain can provide security, consistency, permanent records of every transaction and internal activity – records that are publicly available and that provide a transparency that has not previously been there.
Once business owners and C-level executives see the value of blockchain technology, and what it can do to streamline and provide transparency within their operations.
bootable version of the Intel® Processor Identification Utility will
properly identify Intel® Core™ i7, Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme, Intel® Core™
i5 Extreme, Intel® Core™ i3 Extreme, Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor
Extreme Edition, Intel® Core™ i7 Mobile Processor, Intel® Core™ i5
Mobile Processor, Intel® Core™ i3 Mobile Processor, Intel® Core™2 Quad
Mobile Processor, Intel® Core™2 Quad, Intel® Core™2 Duo, Intel® Core™2
Duo Mobile, Core™2 Extreme, Intel® Core™ Duo, Intel® Core™ Solo, Intel®
Atom™, Pentium® Dual-Core, Pentium® Dual-Core mobile, Pentium® D,
Pentium Processor Extreme Edition, Pentium® 4 Processor Extreme Edition,
Pentium® 4, Pentium® M, Celeron® Dual-Core, Celeron® D, Celeron® M,
Celeron®, Mobile Pentium® 4, Mobile Celeron®, Multi-Core Intel® Xeon®,
Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® and Intel® Xeon® processors. Older Intel
processors can be identified with the Intel Processor Frequency ID
Utility. This version of the utility is operating system independent.
One of those frameworks was Laravel, developed by Taylor Otwell, and because of its simple yet elegant syntax, building apps with PHP suddenly became fun and popular. In terms of general benefits of Laravel, it is worth mentioning the following:
Free and Open Source
Modular Packaging System – Dedicated Dependency Manager (Composer)
But the popularity of Laravel for developers really lies in the fact that all of the common tasks (repeated across projects) can be solved easily, so that they can move onto the creative tasks of writing custom functions faster. Of course, this means that delivery time is shorter and more cost-effective for the client.
Features and Benefits That Developers Will Love
Authentication and Authorization Systems
On the list of web owners’ important concerns is ensuring that all users are verified and that no unauthorized users gain access to resources (secured/paid). Laravel makes authentication easy and fast, because everything is already configured. And what’s more, Laravel offers a simple method of organizing authorization logic and controlling user access to resources.
Mail Service Integration
Laravel has a simple and very clean API over SwiftMailer library. It also offers drivers for Amazon SES, Mailgun, Mandrill, SMTP, and others, allowing sending mail through local or cloud based services. There is also support for sending notifications via multiple delivery channels, such as SMS and Slack.
Laravel handles security within its framework, by using hashed and salted passwords – passwords will never save as plain text in the database. It includes a Bcrypt algorithm for encryption and, as well, protects against SQL injection via prepared SQL statements.
Kostyantyn Bondar, CEO of DarinX, a web and mobile app development agency, specializing in innovative software products notes that:
“When developing any application, security is paramount. The biggest threats are SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and cross-site request forgery. Laravel is certainly secure. The codebase is exceptionally guarded – code that has been vetted by a number of people. We can say firsthand that having these security features up front is critical. Trying to fix vulnerabilities after the deployment can cost as much as 30X more.”
Developers interact with the Laravel framework by using a command line that will handle the project environment. Laravel has a command line tool – Artisan. This is what allows developers to perform most of those tedious and repetitive tasks, rather than having to perform them all manually.
Artisan can be used to create skeleton code along with the database architecture, build migrations. Developers can create their own commands, and perform tests through Artisan.
Error and Exception Handling
User satisfaction can be impacted by how an app deals with errors. If, for example, a user enters information in a form and then clicks a submit button, only for that function not to work, there is frustration. Most often, the error is the user’s fault, having failed to fill in a form field correctly. When this happens, an error message must be provided to the user explaining what needs to be corrected. Often, developers have to code these functions manually. Not with Laravel, however. Exception and error handling is already configured. Further, it is integrated with Monolog library – there is thus support of solid log handlers.
Speed is critical for user experience. One of the ways to enhance speed is through integration with the backend caching. Laravel supports several cache backends, including Redis and Memcached. This support is built in, so no manual integration has to be coded.
Unit testing must occur throughout any app development, and Laravel makes this easy and it is often far better than manual testing. Support for testing (PHPUnit) is included and an .xml file is already set up. There are simple methods for developers to mimic user behavior and test everything from requests to filling out forms and more.
Within an app, users will click links and assume they will be taken (routed) to what they want – perhaps a product description, or a subscription form. Effective URL routing is critical for any app, Laravel routes are all defined in the automatically loaded app/Http/routes.php file, and developers can easily define app routes.
Business Logic Code and Presentation Code Already Separated
The great thing about this is that layout designers can change a web page appearance without having to go to the developer. Because it is an MVC framework, the separation already exists.
Message Queue System
High traffic means more requests. If an app has not been configured for these events there is the risk that the web server will shut down. Data will be lost. To prevent this, many developers us a message queue system as a part of load balancing. Thus, the system will automatically delay, for example, a scheduled email for a later time, if too many requests are coming in. Laravel provides for this through a unified API that crosses multiple queue backends.
Configuration and Management of Task Schedules
Many tasks may need to be scheduled – a mass email, a cleanup of database tables, etc. Traditionally, developers have had to generate a Cron entry for each scheduled task. No longer. With Laravel’s command scheduler, only a single Cron entry is required.
These are easily installed through Composer.
These are only 12 features of Laravel that simplify a developer’s life. Once a developer really gets into using it, s/he will discover many more benefits that will make building an app easy and fast. Clients are happier in this environment.
The big plusses of Laravel include its large collaborative community, it documentation website, and tutorials. Probably most attractive, though, is the fact that basic tasks common to all projects are already configured, leaving developers to focus on custom functions of individual clients.
This blog entry explores the steps involved with
all the steps taken to implement a Business Intelligence Solution in the cloud.
This example was used using Cognos.It
is a step by step example from the implementers perspective
When it comes to hiring IT Consultants or IT Support Company for your business, there are several things you need to consider, such as your requirements, budget, experience and reputation of the consultant firm, etc. Today, most of the IT support companies are offering their services on contractual or as-needed basis. In other words, you can hire a professional for deadline-driven tasks or long-term assignments. Not only it saves you time, but allows you to save money, which you would have spent hiring a full time employee.
First of all, you need to determine your technology gaps, and where your team is lagging behind. Second, you need to decide what specific role the consultant will play and how much you are willing to pay him for that specific task. And lastly, go for those consultants who are fully certified, and have enough affiliations or credentials to support their claims.
However, before hiring the consultants make sure that they have enough experience in handling companies or businesses of your size. For instance, if you are a small business owner, and you hire a consultant who specializes in helping bigger enterprises, he might struggle to meet your requirements and fail to deliver results within given timeframe or budget. In the same way, if you are a bigger firm, and you hire a consultant who specializes in helping small business owners, he might not have the skills or expertise to handle bigger technological tasks of your business. Hence, conduct a thorough background check of the IT Support Company and see if they have the expertise to fulfill your demands.
Ok, I admit, I was among the early adopters of the late nineties to get hooked on VMWare. In fact, as an open source advocate I remember playing with "freemware", qemu, bochs, openVZ, and several other x86 virtualization technologies. Likewise, I was among the first to start using Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). I've been hooked by x86 commodity hardware virtualization for a long time, and I thank VMWare and Ed Bugnion in particular for that. But why choose VMWare now?
Ten years ago when the CPUs made it hard to virtualize efficiently, VMWare was great. After 2003 if you were mostly interested in linux (king of the cloud) Xen was an excellent open source alternative to virtualize x86 commodity servers. In 2006 Amazon launched their EC2 service which would become the defacto cloud standard. EC2 is built on Xen and is probably the single biggest x86 virtualization environment in the world. Several hundred thousand of my closest friends have found EC2 to be a fantastic compute platform that goes beyond server virtualization, all without a trace of VMWare. So why choose VMWare now?
Today modern CPUs include specific support for virtualization making it easier to deliver efficient virtulaization without Xen's paravirt trick or VMWare's innovative code patching. Current linux kernels include support for KVM and I believe upstream kernels will again support Xen natively. I remember when RedHat bought Qumranet, developer of KVM, SPICE, and SolidICE (a desktop virtualization technology) in 2008. Back then KVM didn't compare to VMWare. It certainly was not "good enough" back then. Three years later, KVM has matured extremely well. I think it really is "good enough" for commodity OS virtualization. In my cloud development efforts I've run hundreds of thousands of VMs on Xen and KVM during the past 2 1/2 years. While I really respect Xen, I've come to like and appreciate KVM on modern CPUs since it's just so simple and easy to use. Today there are so many "good enough" choices for x86 virtualization from Xen, KVM, and VirtualBox to Hyper-V, which Microsoft is practically giving away just to keep Windows relevant in the datacenter. So why choose VMWare now?
Is low end disruption a threat for VMWare? Linux and Apache are certainly well established in the datacenter preventing Microsoft's dominance over the desktop to spill into the datacenter. Ten years ago when Windows had 90-something percent market share of desktop computers, I myself considered Microsoft an untouchable giant. Today, however, I think they're doomed because Apple is cooler, all the kids have 'em along with iphones and and ipads. By analogy, VMWare should be very concerned. IMHO, they can and will lose their dominance and I think they'll do so by the classic Innovator's Dilemma. VMWare continues to cater to their traditional high end customers. Meanwhile, nearly three quarters of a million developers are using Amazon's cloud as their platform for new software applications and services. And the best part is Amazon's cloud doesn't even need or use VMWare. In fact, neither does Google's AppEngine or Microsoft's Azure. Sense a pattern? If you believe, as I do, that we're on the cusp of a new platform war to deliver the next generation of applications and services, then the key to success is the application development community. VMWare may have operations teams sold, but developers love the cloud. Interestingly, they may not even have the ops guys sold after all. Here's a forum thread titled "VMWare, a falling giant".
"According to Ars Technica, 'A new survey seems to show that VMware's iron grip on the enterprise virtualization market is loosening,
with 38 percent of businesses planning to switch vendors within the
next year due to licensing models and the robustness of competing
hypervisors.' What do IT-savvy Slashdotters have to say about moving
away from one of the more stable and feature rich VM architectures
The survey found that VMware is the primary hypervisor for server
virtualization in 67.6 percent of shops, followed by Microsoft's Hyper-V
with 16.4 percent and Citrix with 14.4 percent. Wow, this doesn't even compare to Microsoft's former dominance for which I recall seeing numbers as high as 98% market share!
So why choose VMWare now? Maybe the question should be, "Have you tried an open source hypervisor lately?" Or better yet, "have you tried a public cloud yet"? Frankly, I don't even like using hypervisors directly anymore as I find clouds much more powerful and easier to use. Why don't you give ISAAC a try? You can see what a real cloud is like while also trying out open source hypervisors.
Along with making your brand stand out in a congested and competitive space, digital PR also involves monitoring what online users have to say about you as well as knowing how to prevent a reputation crisis from occurring.
But if you manage to establish a strong brand identity, you can stay one step ahead of rivals, keep on track with effective marketing efforts, and turn negative press or comments into an opportunity to improve.
Monitor your brand
First of all, you should set up Google Alerts for keywords relating to your brand. This way, you will be notified each time the business is mentioned, helping you keep on top of both positive and negative feedback in a timely, efficient manner. To this end, you may also want to use Brand Mentions, Buzzsumo, and Hooks.
Monitor your competitors
Don’t be naive enough to think that every brand with a presence online only looks at its own standing and stature. Whenever one business slips up, every other organisation in that industry will be quick to avoid the same mistake. One of the best competitor monitoring and reporting tools is SE Ranking, which enables you to see what rivals are up to at a glance. You can also view important trends, sudden ranking drops, and increases in PPC budget.
Handle criticism correctly
The brands with the best reputations online don’t shy away from criticism and condemnation; they deal with it up front in a helpful, authentic, and respectful way. You could even try to counteract negativity with humour, but be careful not to make fun of users with serious or significant complaints. Also, don’t just block unhappy customers or delete their comments, as this can backfire big time.
Implement brand consistency
Establishing a strong brand identity is hugely dependent on consistency across all online activity, especially with visual elements. A business is much more likely to stick in the memory of users if the company colours and branding appears the same on its website, social media channels, email newsletters, and advertising campaigns.
Increase site stability and security
The increasing impatience of online audiences means you cannot afford to have a website that suffers from slow speeds or prolonged periods of downtime. It is well worth the effort and expense to upgrade your site’s servers for better stability and greater security. For several customers, your brand’s online reputation will often start and end with the company website.
This article has been provided by SEO & Webdesigns, the leading digital marketing agency.
DevOps has become something of a buzzword lately but the idea behind it can be truly powerful. Using a combination of technology and best practices to increase collaboration between development and operations teams can accelerate the application development lifecycle while improving software quality and reducing costs.
Here’s how IBM is addressing DevOps, with the launch of SmartCloud Continuous Delivery--an agile, scalable and flexible solution for end-to-end lifecycle management that allows organizations to reduce software delivery cycle times and improve quality. Learn more: http://ibm.co/UeAl0B
For retailers, inventory is one of the most important aspects of business. But it is also one of the most difficult things to track. Every day, sales, returns, new receipts and breakages affect your stock levels. While daunting, keeping track of it all in real time is one of the most important tasks to keeping your business ticking over.
When you don’t keep track of your inventory, it’s easy to run out of products—and miss out on sales. Instead of relying on your memory or constantly visiting your warehouse, a dedicated inventory management software could be just what you need.
With most modern systems, you can run a quick and easy stock report to stay updated about what’s going on in your warehouse. You’ll be able to quickly see what products you’re running low on, compare your stock level with what’s been selling well and automatically reorder before you run out.
Invest in products that sell
To be successful in retail, you need to invest your cash wisely by buying the right quantity of each product—enough to keep sales going and prevent stock-outs, but not so many that some just sit on the shelf. Keeping accurate inventory reports helps. And with a dedicated inventory management platform, you can quickly identify slow-moving products and reallocate budget to invest in products that sell.
More accurate reporting = better decision making
With a dedicated inventory management software, you can quickly produce accurate stock reports and see true stock cost values—which are essential to your financial reports. The easier, and more accurately you can see your balance Sheet - as well as your Cost of Sales and Profit and Loss reports—the better management decisions you can make.
Easily pick up on errors
If you’re keeping an eagle eye on your inventory levels with dedicated software, you’ll spot problems right away—instead of months later during annual stock takes when they may have already cost you a lot of money. Whether a step in your warehouse process is being missed or one of your salespeople is making mistakes on sales orders, you need to know sooner rather than later. The best way? By constantly reconciling sales and purchases through an automated inventory management software.
Precise inventory management also help you provide better customer service. When customers say they haven’t received one of the products they ordered, you need to be able to check your stock and confirm. Likewise, if you regularly keep on top of inventory levels, you can identify incorrect shipments sooner. And if your stock system is up to date with purchase orders, you’ll be able to sell customers the products they want because you’ll know more are just about to arrive. This kind of communication encourages your customers to trust you, which in these competitive times, is a valuable asset.
Reordering will be fast and easy if your reports tell you what’s in stock. You can work methodically through your product set, making informed buying decisions instead of physically checking your warehouse shelves to write a purchase order. If your reports come from an advanced inventory management system, you also can tell if you already have products on order with a supplier and if your supplier has long lead times or irregular deliveries. This information is a must if you want to keep reordering under control.
Reduced warehouse costs
When your inventory software tells you what you have in stock, the pick-pack-ship process runs more efficiently. Your warehouse staff don’t need to run around looking for the last product because you know exactly when it sold and shipped. This enables you to process more orders in the same amount of time with the same staff—or balance your resources differently. Accurate inventory management tracking keeps your business lean!
Improve stock take and end-of-year efficiency.
With a dedicated inventory management system, periodic stock takes are faster and more efficient. You’re just confirming data that’s already in your system instead of doing a lot of time-consuming data entry.
Studies have shown that a caring and supportive environment in early childhood plays a major role in the overall development and success of an individual in adult life. “Play” is one of the key aspects of early childhood development, as it helps in social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of the child. These are the basic skills that allow a child to practice self-control and self-regulation at an early age.
“According to UNICEF, early childhood is the most and rapid period of development in a human life and how the child develops during this period sets the stage for later success in school and the character of adolescence and adulthood.”
SuperBaby is one of the firms, which has dedicated itself in promoting this maxim. They offer several programs, toys, books and tools that are aimed to boost knowledge development in kids, and provide parents with an opportunity to engage fully with their child. This in turn, promotes the probability of a child doing well at school, and later become a successful individual in terms of career, health and social environment. Their product line is inclusive of multimedia DVD’s, books, and toys that are aimed towards enhancing the knowledge development of kids aged 3 months to 6 years.
Apart from this, they even offer art and craft kits that contain a bunch of activities involving making things with one’s own hands, while utilizing material like paper, ice cream sticks, paper plates, card, threads, thermocol balls, etc. Activities such as these boost creativity in children and help them become more innovative in approach.
Social media marketing has gained a lot of popularity in recent times. It is considered to be one of the most effective marketing strategies that can help you reach thousands of customers, and generate huge exposure in a short period of time with least effort. In this post, I will discuss the importance of social media marketing, and how it can benefit small businesses.
Cost-effectiveness: Social media marketing is the cheapest marketing strategy. It’s easy to create free business account on these sites. All you have to do is register with these sites, create professional looking business profile and start interacting with other users. You can even create new posts promoting your product, service or brand. It has the ability to reach thousands or millions of targeted audience within a short span of time. Although, it’s free to open business account on these sites, you will have to spend money in terms of content creation, graphics and development.
Educate and empower online community: Social media marketing allows you to share your expertise with your target audience. By creating educational or informational posts and sharing them online with other users on social media, you can gain quick recognition, trust and followers. In other words, social media can be a powerful tool in educating and empowering your online community.
Direct interaction with customers: Social media marketing allows you to directly communicate and interact with your customers, and respond to their queries. Moreover, by conducting surveys and polls, you get a better insight regarding what your customers think, and how you can make your product or service better, in order to provide better customer experience. Daniel Wallock said it best:
“While it's important to post relevant content to your audience it's just as important to engage with them. Listen to them. Respond to questions. Add value. Effective social media marketing is about building a real relationship with your audience, not just posting great content.” – Daniel Wallock, Marketing Consultant
Generate Leads and Sales: When it comes to generating leads and sales for your small business, social media marketing can play a key role. By creating new marketing campaigns on social media platforms, you can engage with more potential customers online and spread awareness about your offerings. However, you will have to remain consistent in your efforts to ensure quick response to client queries and provide valuable customer support.
Branding and Exposure: Social media is a great platform to build brand awareness. However, in order to boost your visibility and create brand awareness, you will have to create valuable posts that resonate with your audience. If your posts are enticing enough, the users will share it with other individuals, resulting into more likes and shares. Moreover, it even allows you to connect with other business professionals from the same industry.
In a nutshell, social media marketing is worth your effort, as there’s hardly anything for you to lose. Any small business that has an active social media presence is considered to be more professional and competent.
In the beginning, there was statistics. Ask any Ph.D. who produced a dissertation in the 1980’s, and, unless they were math or science majors, you will hear a litany of expletives about the statistical analysis chapter, during which their data results had to be “crunched,” using any number of formulae, and be crunched by hand, with only a calculator for a tool.
By the 90’s, of course, there were computer programs and it was a matter of plugging the right data into the right formula, and the numbers were automatically “crunched” to determine the statistical significance of a research study. Technology to analyze data has continued to evolve since then.
The Use of Analytical Tools by Startups
“We’ve come a long way baby,” as the saying goes, and businesses have all sorts of tools at their disposal to collect and analyze data that can help make better business decisions. Google Analytics, for example, is a great place for startups to begin and there’s a number of other apps to gather all sorts of insights for you.
However, as a startup scales, though, Google Analytics, and other tools (CRM software, Excel) will outlive their usefulness. It will be time to incorporate BI in order to make faster decisions based upon larger pieces of data.
And that’s really what BI is – software tools that automatically extract data from lots of sources and then extrapolate that data, so that trends can be identified and predictions made. Wouldn’t it be nice, for example, to extrapolate data from your competitors and find a gap in what they offer that you can fill? This kind of data you cannot get from the lower-level tools like Google Analytics.
What BI Offers to Startups as They Begin to Scale
It is commonly believed that AI is only for the “big boys.” Indeed, it is currently in use by the following:
Banks are to acquire extrapolated data that will predict risky investments and customers who may default on loans
The medical profession uses it to gather and extrapolate data on a global level to predict outcomes of specific treatments and procedures.
Governments and the military use it to analyze and predict success (or not) of policies, legislation, and military operations.
And on a less serious level, some NBA coaches are using it to predict specific player behavior based upon past performance. Who is a great shooter but clutches? Who is a not-so-great shooter but who remains steady under stress?
Large e-commerce businesses use it to predict customer behavior, consumer buying habits, and the viability of new launches/products.
You don’t have to understand the data science behind BI. This is what many business owners believe and they thus feel inadequate to use it. It’s scary, and they don’t want to spend money on something they will not be able to use. But understanding the science is not necessary. Knowing how to use the tools is, and that can be learned. Here is how scaling startups can use BI to make sound decisions.
BI will provide far more analyses of your customers – their behaviors, those that are the most reliable and profitable, and those that may need additional attention. It can tell you who is dis-satisfied and provide possible reasons.
The right BI tool can analyze your utilization of resources and show you where you can save money on staff, supplies, etc.
Reports, information, graphs and charts can be accessed from anywhere by those to whom you give permission. And those permissions are important. Suppose, for example, you have “outsiders” accessing your site and you need to segment them out based upon their profiles. A solution for an Australian “pay as you play” recruitment startup, using BI-based mapping, “trained” its BI app to provide permissions based upon user profiles that were entered as either recruiters or applicants, along with other demographic data.
BI tools are primarily mobile-first now. Consider the convenience, if you are meeting with a bank or potential investor and can pull up your most recent data.
You and your team will be able to analyze all operations and pull KPI’s, so you can enhance what is working and re-model what is not.
Getting Started with Business Intelligence Software
There are a number of BI tools on the market and more being developed daily. Your job will be to examine the features that each offers against your needs. You have to determine what data will be most helpful, what you want to track, and what kinds of reports will be the most understandable and useful for you and your team.
Taking it one step at a time will allow you and your team to adjust. People, including yourself, buy in to new technology slowly. But understand that the impact for all of your operations can be significant – forecasting customer behavior, customer service, predicting viability of products/services, to name a few. But you cannot tackle everything from the beginning. Take iterative steps.
Do some learning yourself first – it’s not as hard as you think. Remember machine learning is all about the machine teaching itself from the data it is fed. And you can guide that learning by coming up with your own objectives and asking the right questions. This only takes a bit of practice.
A tool like IBM’s Watson, for example, will not break the bank and yet will allow you to play around. Feed it your data from Google Analytics and then ask questions about it. Gradually, you will learn what your AI machine can do for you.
Selling it to others in your organization does not have to be difficult.
Take it to your team and simply demonstrate what the tool can do.
Show marketers how it can predict the highest trending topics and types.
Show customer service how it can extrapolate data to determine which responses are being received positively and those that are not and what other customer service initiatives are meeting with success.
Some will “power up” on the concept and can then lead others through their own excitement.
The important thing is to start small. You cannot expect to incorporate BI into every aspect of your operations all at once. You, as well as others, have to develop a comfort level, and that is a process. Start with small projects, show the successes, and the “buy-in” will come.
BI is a “Now” Thing
The future of AI is now. Businesses that understand its value and commit to a gradual but steady implementation will realize the unlimited possibilities it offers.
Cloud Computing Made Simple This half-day briefing consists of an overview and introduction to cloud computing, essentially cloud computing 101, the drivers and the various components of cloud, and concludes with “how to get started” - that is, how clients can capture the silver lining in their organisations.
We are Keeping a Watchful eye on Home Security Tech Trends!
Cloud storage, everything seems to be moving to the holy grail of cloud storage. And not far behind, home security is now jumping on that too. From monitoring your home for a fixed cost to now backing up data stored by security cameras, they have found new ways to make users feel safe and bring home some extra money themselves as home security providers.
What to Look for in a Modern Security System
Before going out and purchasing any random home security system, one should consult experts opinions and research which is best. Make sure that it has automation features available. This can include Z-wave automation, security apps for turning on and off the system and more. Regardless, too many home owners are taken advantage of every year by not knowing what security system to choose. Using a buyer’s guide like the one Alarm Reviews provides can save users lots of money and time from choosing the wrong one.
Next, make sure it fits your budget and get what is needed to secure the full home. Don’t miss out on features that you really want to save a couple of dollars. If that is the case, hold off on home security for a few more months until you can afford the security system that is wanted. It is better to have too much security equipment than not enough in which case a burglar may never be caught. If you want to go full out and have the best self-defense system possible, keep reading as we will now discuss what to look for in security cameras.
POE, Z-Wave and other Surviellance Cameras
If you thought choosing a security system was complicated, the specifications and technology of security camera systems is much more. Now you have to choose between wiring options, viewing from mobile device (and how much that will charge users for data), hard drive storage versus cloud storage and more. Here is a few tips after analyzing the information from SecurityCameraSystemPro’s.
Go with a large hard drive with backup cloud storage options. Most Swann, GE and Honeywell security cameras offer this. It may cost an additional $5 to $10 a month.
Go with wired over wireless. Wireless security cameras can sound appealing at first but it turns out to be quite the headache. Avoid the trouble of changing in and out batteries and get the correct set of cameras from the beginning.
Install at correct points of interest. If your camera doesn’t catch the bad guys stealing, loitering or other crimes then it is doing no one any good. Video footage can be used to pursue crooks so make sure the cameras are placed outside in front and cover a wide range. To achieve this it may take 2 to 4 separate security cameras.
No matter what you do or choose to increase your home security, make sure to take actions and start today. Like car accidents and other disasters, it is best to have ‘insurance’. Consider these two methods of home defense as insurance against the worst case scenario of someone breaking and entering your premises.
Over the past few years, businesses have understood the significance of local seo and how it can boost their local visibility. However, when it comes to local blogging, most of the business owners shy away, as it requires time and effort to create an awesome blog. What they don’t realize is that by doing so, they are missing the opportunity to interact with their community and gain some loyal clients.
If you are wondering what a local blog is, it is a blog that provides valuable information to residents, targeting a specific geographical region. In other words, it can be a great means of sharing your expertise with your community and gain its trust. Since, most of the business owners and small businesses do not have time to create a blog, they prefer hiring professional writers or marketing firms that can fulfill their blogging needs, and frequently publish new blog posts on their behalf.
“Blogger Local” is one of such firms, which not only specializes in offering blog writing services to local businesses, but also provides unique, valuable and timely information to its readers. They have a huge following and an avid reader base that visit the site quite often to read new blog posts. With a team of local bloggers, “Blogger Local” work tirelessly to bring latest news about local businesses, including reviews, special events, how to articles and announcements.
In a nutshell, you don’t have to be an expert writer to create local blogs. All you need is a good blogging firm that can share your ideas or expertise with the community in an effective manner.
Want to pick up more Instagram followers and grow your profile? We have asked around and the experts from Instamacro came back to us with these golden nuggets – take a look.
Coordinate Your Social Media Accounts
A lot of professional online presences exist on multiple platforms. You yourself might have a website, a blog, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account in addition to your Instagram account. Don't assume that every follower will seek you out on every platform! Use your other accounts to promote your Instagram efforts. You'll be surprised by how many additional followers you can pick up.
Use Calls To Action
This is a fundamental bit of psychological you can put to work on Instagram: People are more disposed to give help when it's asked for. You'll get a lot more engagement if you simply take the time to ask your followers to do something. Ask followers to like a photo to express support, tag friends when you share something funny, and much more. There's no harm in making a suggestion, and the benefits can be tremendous.
Geotag Where Appropriate
If you're posting content where the location is important (e.g. your latest vacation or a review of that hip new restaurant), make sure you geotag your post. This can attract extra attention from other users who share your region as well as your interests.
Give Your Audience What They Like Best
After you've been posting content for a little while, take some time to review what you've shared. Which photos garnered the most likes and positive comments? Which ones ended up getting ignored? Use this "market research" to shape the posts you make in the future.
Link Platforms Where Possible
To revisit the ideas laid out in point #6 above, make sure you are cross-posting to all of your social networks when you post to Instagram. The app itself has powerful features for integrating directly with Facebook and Twitter, and this is just the start of the linking possibilities.
Collaborate With Other Users
Again, this speaks to honoring the "social" part of social media. Approach a popular Instagrammer about the possibility of "swapping" accounts for a day. Open things up by starting an Instagram challenge for your followers. Instagram is an inherently collaborative medium; use your imagination to think up clever ways to put it to work!
I'm always getting error messages from IE8 ( different messages from Firefox) while I'm working with the Dev&Test Cloud. Can anyonbe help what the reason and solution could be ? It pops up when I'm starting the 'Create Instance' process.
Webpage error details
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.648; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729) Timestamp: Tue, 7 Dec 2010 13:14:02 UTC
In today’s age of technology, there has been a substantial growth in the number of educational activities for kids. Kids growing nowadays usually see their older siblings and parents on the laptop. Hence, their interest is likely to peak about also making use of the device. They will want to get on there and also play games as grown-ups do. However, it’s best that you pick educational activities so that the time spent on entertainment will likewise facilitate learning without the children knowing it.
As parents, you can find educational activities and games on the Internet for children of all ages. Moreover, you can also find several educational related games. If you are looking for arithmetic, there are plenty of websites that offer fun things for kids to do that deal with concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc. Studying is also enjoyed by participating in fun activities. Some sites read stories to kids while they follow along with the words on the screen.
There’s no doubt that technological advancement has brought important changes to humanity. It has also influenced the way kids experience entertainment and learning. Mobile gadgets such as tablets, laptops, computers, and smartphones are the source of entertainment for several kids. Tablets, along with other gadgets can have both negative and positive effects on the overall mental development of kids, but as parents, you can turn these mobile tablets into an educational tool for your kids. Using the best tablet for kids, your child can have a more entertaining and safe learning experience.
Tablets like these come with several essential features that set them apart from regular tablets. For one, the overall design of the tablet is nice-looking, child-friendly and durable, and offers several brain-boosting benefits. Though, for kids to get the maximum benefits, it is necessary to choose one with the right features.
Apart from allowing kids to use educational gadgets, parents must also allow their kids to indulge in outdoor activities and explore the real world. The open-air environment provides experiences that can facilitate the improvement and enhance the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual skills of kids. One great way for your kid to explore the outdoors is with the use of an electric dirt bike that specially designed for kids.
Electric dirt bikes allow kids play outside of their homes, providing them with a perfect opportunity to explore many things around them. An early daybreak biking activity to your much-loved biking trail or even around the neighborhood will allow kids to observe individuals, animals, plants and so many other things that will spark their interest. However, not any electric bike will do. You will have to choose the best electric dirt bike of kids that’s safe, fun and exciting.
In a nutshell, educational activities are great. They develop the kids’ interest and enhance learning. At the end of every session, they learn something new that helps them become smarter, more patient, and allow them to have a better understanding of the world.
Running a business online has become much easier than before and more people are getting an online extension of their physical shops to reap better profits and benefits. However, with the increase of the technological advances, the fraud activities have also increased drastically.
People are at a high risk of identity theft or fraud in the increasingly technological world which is almost entirely controlled by brainless machines. With more and more people falling prey to all the Internet and technology-based cyber crimes, having Professional Errors and Omissions technology insurance has become indispensable.
There are a variety of tech insurance policies which include non-owned or hired auto insurance, professional liability, worker's compensation, contents coverage insurance, general liability insurance and crime coverage insurances apart from umbrella coverage insurance.
Most of the companies which involve any Information Technology based business or those involving any consultation based business should consider consulting a technology insurance company and get themselves secured against any form of software misuse or website hacking and defacement.
These tech insurance policies provide a bit of security for the digital and electronic data.
Companies involving telecommunication, computers and software, IT companies, electronic manufacturers and medical technology are at a high risk for being plagued by these Internet and important data-based thefts and should wisely choose an insurance with all the necessary coverage. The increasing number of Internet frauds has not just attacked minor websites and companies, but also major giants and government high-security firewalls and sites like those of Master card and Visa cards.
It is, therefore, extremely necessary that every IT company should get a professional liability insurance. Internet Insurance helps their company stay safe even in the case of any fraud or if any hacking occurs. Getting such insurance helps get a cyber liability coverage which will help both the clients and the service providers to work at peace and become safe at the risk getting huge loss due to software or website crashes due to flaws in IT security from hackers.
Other IT companies which are involved with a technology service where consultation is a major part should also get an error and omission insurance to protect themselves from any probable lawsuits from the client’s side in case of any damage. In a business where a client’s business and dealings are dependent on the services and advice provided by another, a case where any physical or monetary loss happens at the client side, a fraud or deceit charge could come up against the consultants.
All kinds of businesses are prone to errors and a minor omission, misjudgment or negligence on the part of the service providers could cause huge damage to the clients, and the blame would come to the consulting firm. Some tech product manufacturers and distributors have major concerns when our product liability laws are surpassed by technology and automation that actually increase risk exposure. IT Professionals such as computer software database engineers, project consultants, business consultants, lawyers and doctors are in high risks of such law-related complications. These lawsuits involve a handsome amount of money matters involved in the fees, judgment process and damage coverage.
Therefore, getting an errors and omission's insurance policy for consultants will protect the individual as well as their company from going entirely bankrupt. There are also cases when the consultants are falsely charged but even in those cases, getting a defending lawyer to prove innocent might come at a huge cost. It is then when an error and omission insurance saves the company.
One major advantage provided through guest blogging is that you are able to increase your search engine authority and domain name recognition. This blog is a great example of that.
Without even needing to invest my time doing any special SEO techniques or focusing on buying links from other sources, I've achieved the results I wanted. My blog currently has a Google page rank of 4, and it receives over 4,000 visitors every month. Some of my posts even have a page 1 ranking that I've achieved simply by using well-planned keywords.
My experience demonstrates the value of guest blogging as a way to build authoritative back-links that drive traffic to your blog and improve your search engine results.
How to Increase Your Online Influence
Do you know what your level of online influence is? When I speak about Influence, I'm not referring to expertise or authority. I'm talking about actual influence, which is able to be either positive or negative. It has everything to do with how many people you're able to impact.
Guest blogging on other people's blogs that are more well-known than yours is an awesome way to influence the lives of others, and to create a lasting memory of you for them. You might wonder if it's even possible for you to have such an influence on other people from your blog. The truth is that you'll reach more people by attracting the readers of other blogs to your own.
Guest Blogging Develops Your Visibility
How long it will take you to increase your visibility and become highly respected within your niche can vary. There are some people that claim that it will take years. The fact is that it only took me about 8 months because I used the power of guest blogging.
Guest blogging makes it possible to associate yourself with some of the most popular bloggers in your niche, and when people begin to notice your name on all the blogs they frequent, they'll automatically give you the same level of respect that they already have for the bloggers they love.
Increase Your Portfolio and Online Credibility
There is really only one reliable way to know if someone is worth having your attention, and if they can do what they claim to be able to do... their credibility. You have to demonstrate your reliability and credibility to visitors to your blog. One great way of doing that is by guest blogging on other blogs. You're portfolio of writing will be available on a wider scale, and when you do it regularly you'll establish a reputation of reliability in the minds of your readers.
Develop Your Writing Skills
When I first started blogging, I'd write lengthy articles to submit as guest posts for a variety of blogs. These treatises would be guided by my inspiration, and I'd experience a lift in my spirit as the words flowed to the screen. Of course, I felt like each article was a masterpiece!
At some point I received a reply from a blogger letting me know that he wouldn't be including my guest post on his blog. He told me that he couldn't even provide me with a critique of my work because the writing was so bad that he couldn't understand the article!
I was angry. I ignored his comments and I submitted the article to another blog, but in time I calmed down and gave what he'd said some consideration. I went back to the article and took another look at it, and identified several key problems with it that I was able to resolve by editing it. The revised article was accepted, and was posted to the blog. Here are some good tips to improve writing skills.
The lesson learned? Always proofread my posts!
It doesn't matter what your skill level is as a writer, or how inspirational you think that your work is, you can't avoid proofreading. If others can't understand what you've written, you're never going to be able to attract more traffic to your blog. Your goal needs to be to continually strive to improve and build upon your writing skills.
Grow a Healthy Subscriber Base
Driving traffic to your blog should not be your only goal. Guest blogging has enabled me to increase the number of new subscribers that I attract on a daily basis, to more than I used to gain in a month!
Some of my guest posts have resulted in acquiring over 200 new subscribers in a single day. When I first started blogging, I was lucky to get that many in a month. I seldom write a guest post that results in less than 50 new subscribers now.
Guest Blogging Increases the Reach of Your Social Media Profile
Not everyone cares about driving traffic to their blog or acquiring new subscribers. Possibly the most important thing to you is that you build a strong Twitter or Facebook fan base. Guest blogging can get that done for you. I've heard of people acquiring as many as 200 new followers by linking to their Twitter feed in a guest post. Talk about increasing the reach of your social media profile!
What's the Next Step?
If you loved this post and think that it could benefit others that you know, feel free to share it on your favorite social media sites. I'm also available for guest blogging consultation, or as a professional guest blogger should you desire to jump start your campaign. Contact me directly for the details.
Guest blogging works. I've used it to effectively promote my domain name and to increase my search engine visibility, and you can too! Give it a try, and watch as new visitors to your blog start to flow in!
If you truly love your car and value the amount you spent, you will always be searching for how to protect your car from daily damage. Yes, there are several elements that are capable of damaging your car daily. Most of the elements are what most car owners ignore not knowing that they are the main culprit for their car damage. Parking your car under the intense heat of summer sun or under the freezing snow falling winter season can make the car to damage daily without your knowledge. Also, parking your car under a tree for shield may seem great at least to protect it from heat from the sun, but it can put the car at risk of being damaged by bird droppings and other elements. This post is dedicated to provide you information on how to protect your vehicle from daily damage.
1, Get a Sunshade While Driving On Hot Sunny Day
While driving on hot sunny road, you need to consider protecting your car screen including the windscreen the door screen and others. Just make use of sunscreen and the glasses will be protected. The reason for this is that intense heat from the sun can result to cracking of your windscreen and other glasses on your vehicle. So, car sunshade is of great important in this respect.
2, Avoid Parking under Shield of Tree to Avoid Bird Dropping
Parking under a tree shield may seem wonderful due to the fact that it can help protect your vehicle from direct heat from the sun. But, the truth is that it can expose your vehicle to risk of being damaged by bird droppings. Bird excretes usually contain chemical that can quickly damage paint on the exterior part of a car. That is why you should not always rely on parking under shield of tree to protect your car from damage.
3, Wash Your Car Regularly
It is important you wash your car regularly to remove the dust, debris and other dirt that can lead to scratching of the paint. Make sure you use smooth material to scrub the body of your car in order to avoid scratching off the paint.
4, Wax on the Car to Protect the Paint
While planning to protect your car, you must also plan to protect the paint properly. The best way to protect the paint is to wax on and wax off the car. The wax can help protect the surface paint from being scratched off or damaged by debris and other little elements here and there.
5, Cover the Car When Parked Either At Home or In the Office
Whether your car is parked at home, in the office or it is on the go, you must look for a way to protect it always. Covering your car while parked is the best way to avoid dust, debris, bird dropping water splashes, acid rain and even heat from the sun from damaging it. You must look for mobile car umbrella that can go with your car anywhere it goes. That is where the need for innovative Lanmodo car umbrella which is built with automatic feature operated with remote control.
When it comes to sexual expression, modern society is quite open to it, and several individuals have multiple sexual partners. Unfortunately, these people are more prone to sexual diseases, as STDs are caused by infections that are passed from one individual to another during a sexual contact. Such infections are hard to detect at early stages, as they do not show any symptoms. In fact, the estimated total number of people living in the US with STD is over sixty-five million, and each year, there are approximately fifteen million new STD cases.
Hence, it has become quite crucial for the people, especially the youth to practice safer sex and prevent the risk of getting infected by STD.
Freedom Network has recently launched a comprehensive guide to sexually transmitted diseases that includes the latest important information about STD and its symptoms with pictures and facts, and how it can be treated. They are a team of volunteer web-publishing professionals and medical experts who have worked side by side to produce this STD Guide Online Version for you. Through this unique collaboration, they give you access to knowledge and control over your health. The guide is available at: https://www.std-gov.org/
Even if you are not too fond of gadgets, there will always be someone you know who is just addicted to anything that is related to technology. It may be a family member, a friend or a colleague. It is evident that if you want to give gifts that will be appreciated, you need to give something that they will truly love.
With the wide selection of gadgets that are available, how can you possibly choose? You first have to analyze your relationship with the person that you are going to give the gift to. If the person is close to you, you may want to spend more. If the person is merely an acquaintance, you do not have to give something extravagant even if you can afford it because it will be uncomfortable for you and the person.
Let us say that you would be giving a gift to a family member, a loved one or a close friend. What are the gifts that you can give?
1. Keyboard Waffle Maker: For the Hilarious Friend
You may have a friend who is so into playing and using his/her gadgets that he/she barely has time to cook. You can give the Keyboard Waffle Maker to remind the person that he/she still needs to eat. At the same time, the unique appearance of this waffle maker will make anyone happy. Since this is cordless, this can be cooked over a grill.
2. GoProHero+: For Someone Who Likes Traveling
You will always come across some people who live to travel. They would like to reach different points of the world because being immersed in different cultures truly change their mindset and their way of thinking. The best thing about GoProHero+ is that it is waterproof and shock proof. It can also take wonderful pictures that can be uploaded online immediately.
3. Light Up Gloves: For the Daredevil
Some people love riding their motorcycles and even their bikes late at night because there are fewer cars traveling at that time but they are also more prone to accidents because they are not seen by other vehicles on the road. Increase their safety by giving them Light Up Gloves. These gloves are very easy to use too. The button located at the gloves just need to be pressed and they will light up until they are pressed again.
4. Syma RC Helicopter: For the Peter Pan
You will always have that friend or that family member who does not want to grow up. Most of the time, they are able to live their normal, adult lives. They go to work and do their responsibilities but during their spare time, they cannot help but release the inner Peter Pan in them. This RC Helicopter will be perfect because this is inexpensive and can be fun to use.
5. Cool Looking Charger: For the Chic Friend
You may think that everyone who loves gadgets must love the outdoors or would love to play various types of sports but actually, there are some who are chic and sophisticated who love gadgets too. The best thing to give is a chic looking charger that they will be proud to put out of their designer bag whenever they need to charge. Search for colors that are not that common or you can find some that can mix the color of their smartphones.
6. 8Bitdo Bluetooth Retro Controller: For the Nostalgic One
You will always have some friends and family members who love playing the latest games and would love to have the latest gadgets but would gladly give a smile when reminded of the things that people used in the past. This bluetooth controller is set up to look like an old Nintendo controller and this can easily sync up with all of the other gadgets that are available at present time.
7. Tile: For Those Who Loses Keys All The Time
Everyone misplaces their keys once in a while but you will know someone who does nothing but lose his/her keys. This is the best gift because this can be attached to simple keys. The gadget will then be connected to the smartphone and it will give out an alarm when prompted so that it can be found.
Out of all the tech gadget ideas that are mentioned above, which one are you planning to purchase soon? Do not hesitate to give you gift ideas too.
When it comes to web design, it’s an ever-changing landscape that grows with advances in technology. However, not all changes are equally significant, especially when new design concepts are emerging on daily basis. If we look hard enough, there are some trends that have become quite popular nowadays. Lilo, a web design and SEO firm from London, UK that specializes in building and developing websites from scratch, while using an array online web development platforms is today sharing some cool web design trends that are dominating the industry.
360 degree is basically an interactive video that encourages viewer engagement. There are several companies that are using 360 degree video as a marketing strategy. By putting it on a website, one can boost client engagement and CTP rates.
Appealing Grid Layouts
Also, referred to as card design layout, it is being used for pages that have a lot of data. By doing so, one can make the info in his website more appealing and accessible for the visitors.
Responsive Web Design
A mobile responsive website allows your clients to view and navigate your website on their mobile devices with ease.
Real People Real Picture
Stock photography is on a decline with several new websites popping up that provide candid and real images of life. These real life images can add a realistic look to your website with which your clients can relate to.
In today’s era, when technology plays a vital role in the development of a child’s future, a good pair of WIDA headphones is a must have. It allows your child to use a PC, laptop or even a tablet without any distraction. However, when it comes to choosing a set of headphones, there are a lot of things to consider: price, durability, sound quality, brand and usability.
With so many options available it can be quite difficult to compile a list of classroom headphones, especially those suitable for WIDA testing. Here are some headphone ideas to get started.
Over Ear Headphones: These are traditional full size headphones with large ear pads that cover your ears. These headphones are perfect for schools and most educational purposes, as they allow the user to focus on audio without any distraction.
On Ear Headphones: These are lighter and smaller than over ear headphones, with smaller ear pads. They are easy to carry, offer good sound quality and are easy to clean too.
Headsets with Microphones: Like the name suggests, they come with microphone and noise control or volume control option. These are needed for WIDA testing in cases that students must speak responses.
Disposable Headphones: These headphones are cheap and perfect for basic classroom activities. They are compatible with most devices. Hygiene is less of an issue than headphones that are being shared by multiple students.
Classroom Ear Buds: Quite sturdy and have longer durability. But are still disposable.
Wireless Headphones: With no wires attached, these headphones provide better mobility and are compatible with most of the new laptop, PC, and tablets. Students can inadvertently damage headphone plugs and other equipment when they have wired headphones on and try to walk away. Wireless headphones solve that problem.
Infrared Wireless Headphones: Provide crisp and crystal clear high quality audio. Moreover, these headphones do not interfere with other electronic equipments that are at close proximity.
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Organizations today are looking to cloud computing to deliver cost savings and faster service delivery. However, most organizations are still struggling to have the basic IT infrastructure that is necessary to take the leap to a robust cloud. This session will explain how service management can help provide the essentials to maintain service levels in the cloud and best practices based on IBM's work with customers. This information will provide the foundation for building and managing a cloud to meet your business objectives and transform IT.
In European Law, the right to privacy is a really developed aspect of the Law. The European Union has a very strong directive on data protection, which was adopted in 1995. This directive is based on the regulation of how the personal data of individuals and free movement of such data are processed within the European Union.
In January 2012, the European Commission made a comprehensive proposal to reform the data protection rules in the EU. This reformation of the policy was aimed to be a priority to be completed in 2015. The special goal of the reformed set of rules was to bring simplicity to the regulatory environment for doing business, and give back control to the citizens over their personal data. This reform of data procession is what now mainly enables the Digital Single Market, which has been prioritized by the commission. This reform enables businesses and European citizens to optimally gain from the digital economy.
In the course of carrying out certain social activities, like opening a social media account or booking a flight online, one hands over important personal data such as their address, name, and credit card information. Every individual has rights regarding all this personal data. These rights are concerned with the protection of personal data, as officially regulated under the EU Law.
The EU Law states that the gathering of personal data can only be made possible for legitimate purposes under very strict situations. This further means that every person or institution that gathers another’s personal data must ensure that it is well protected from any misuse. There are certain rights which every data owner has, which are guaranteed by European Union Law and must be adequately respected.
On a daily basis, there is a transfer of a great deal of personal data within the EU borders, by individuals, businesses and public authorities. If there were controversial rules in different countries regarding data protection, international exchanges would be disrupted. Many people wouldn’t be willing to allow their personal data be transferred abroad if there was uncertainty about the protection level in other countries. For this reason, a common EU set of rules has been created. In this way, everyone’s personal data enjoys a high rate of protection in all countries within the European Union. EU laws is open for anyone to complain or seek redress if his/her data is mishandled anywhere in the EU member states.
There is also the Data Protection Directive of the EU which foresees certain rules regarding the movement of personal data outside EU countries, otherwise known as third countries. This has put in place in order to ensure that personal data is optimally protected when transferred outside of the EU. The EU directive for third country transfer of data states that data can only be transferred to a third country that provides a sufficient protection level. An exemption to this rule is allowed in cases such as situations involving the controller himself who has assured that the receiving party will observe the data protection laws. There is also ‘’Article 29 Working Party’’ that offers advice about the protection level within the European and third countries.
In Germany, data protection is majorly controlled by the Federal Data Protection Act, which executes directive 95/46/EC on data protection.
Do you have a blog focused on parenting? Are you wondering how to transform your blog from a hobby into a real business? Read on for advice that will help you succeed.
1. Take It Seriously
If you want to make money from your blog, you need to view it as a business. If you see it that way, and you talk about it that way, other people will follow suit. If you get an offer for direct advertising, incorporate it on your site. Don't apologize for wanting to be successful.
If a company contacts you and asks you for advice, get a consulting fee. A blogger was recently in communication with Disney and received $6000 to participate in a meeting, answer a survey and respond to a couple of emails. Be ready for opportunities like that; get a PayPal account set up so that you can receive money going forward.
2. Determine Your Limits
Heather Armstrong is basically the leader of all mom bloggers. She writes interesting pieces that are funny and intriguing. She doesn't really have a filter, however; there is nothing that is off limits, and she lets her readers know about personal moments that happen with her family. She also incorporates profanity into her posts.
You need to be comfortable with your content. There is no hard and fast rule that says you need to be like Heather Armstrong in order to be successful. However, as a mom blogger, you probably need to be fairly open with your readers. Think about what is right for you. Set limits for yourself and stick to them, so that you feel good about what you are doing with your blog.
3. Become A Member Of ProBlogger
It is a good idea to join ProBlogger and to periodically read the posts. Of course, the information is meant for professional. However, you will find information that can help you on your blogging journey. Take a look at the information and figure out how to apply the advice to your own situation.
4. Learn About Advertising
It is up to you to figure out how you want to handle ads. Look into the best placement and determine how many you want to have. Remember to have enough followers on your social media accounts too – it can make a big difference. Also, direct advertising is something you need to think about as well.
5. Make Connections
You want your blog to make money. That means you have to get people to your site, so that advertisers will want to work with you. While having excellent content is crucial, it is not the only piece of the puzzle. You have to network as well if you want to get impressive traffic to your site.
How do you do this? Begin by commenting on different blogs within your niche. In addition, reach out to bloggers that have sites like yours and ask them if you can submit a guest post. You'll find new followers that way, so it is certainly worth the time and effort involved.
In addition, social media platforms are important in this process. Twitter, for example, can help you get attention for your blog. Don't forget about Facebook, either. Look into other sites as well, like Instagram and Pinterest.
6. Write What You Love
Your readers are important, and you should think about them when you are posting new content. However, that doesn't mean you should deviate from the topics that you love and that you find interesting. Be entertaining. Bring out emotions in other people. You don't always have to provide factual information in your posts. You don't always have to give other people tips and tricks on parenting. Simply making a connection with people is often enough.
7. Be Proud Of What You Do
There is nothing wrong with earning money as a result of your blog. You should be proud of what you are doing. You are a good writer, other people find you interesting, and you've put a lot of time and energy into creating the connections necessary to succeed. There is no reason to apologize for making money while doing something that you love. Check out Don Mills Diva's post entitled "Show Me The Money." It is a great read.
8. Don't Overdo It
It is not easy to get your blog up and running, much less to turn it into a success. If you are committed to this process, you don't want to wear yourself out in the very beginning. You may find yourself consumed with your site; however, you need to set limits in order to find the right balance. Remember, your family needs you to and you should enjoy them. The Internet should not take you away from what is really important. It's work, but it is not your entire life.
Authors Kevin and Shamil Cole are a married couple with special gifts in creativity. We wanted to display our love for writing and each other, this is one of our many things we love to do. We are also the proud owners of Cole's Publishing were we have taken being an author a step further into the world of writing. Here at Cole's Publishing we have made being an author a more exciting experience for established and aspiring writers throughout the world. We understand how timely the process in becoming an author can be. Our newest Books are Seeds of A Man and Seeds of A Woman, we are not only authors but we help with assisting other authors in getting their books published by a professional and reliable company. As you read the two books listed above, you will find that inspiration and motivation is what we aim to display. Our books are written to help others understand the value and of not only being creative but enjoying the developments of life. Although, we completely understand that life can take each of us on a different journey, we enjoy sharing our experience of how beautiful life can be. In our books, readers will find true inspiration and often relative messages that resonate with their own experiences. The idea for writing books like Seeds of a Man and Seeds of a Woman came with complete compassion of the acknowledgment in both men and women. We each carry a substantial amount of different strengths and are gifted in character.
Becoming an entrepreneur is the in-thing now – it sounds cool and trendy. That’s fairly good news for the world; hopefully the world is becoming a better place.
In a world where change is the only constant, the start-up scene is becoming more competitive. It is very important to understand the key traits necessary to become an entrepreneur that can deliver high-impact and meaningful results.
Ego helps you make sense of your thoughts. It gives you confidence and helps you to differentiate yourself from others. That’s great. However, in certain activities, it is recommended that you don’t let your ego control how you think. This is so you can avoid feeling that you know everything, that you’re always right, and dismissing other people’s achievements because you think you can do way better than them. It’s highly likely these feelings can lead to you becoming more arrogant. If that happens, the ego will become your major blind spot.
We’ll borrow an example from Kodak, highlighted in an article from the New York Times dated 2 May 2008. Steven J. Sasson, an electrical engineer who invented the first digital camera at Eastman Kodak in the 1970s, shared his management’s response to him:
“My prototype was big as a toaster, but the technical people loved it,” Mr. Sasson said. “But it was filmless photography, so management’s reaction was, ‘That’s cute — but don’t tell anyone about it.’”
Check your ego before you listen and respond to anyone. This is key in discovering better ideas and tactics to improve your business. It is not a weakness if you admit you do not know about something.
2. Passion to Innovate
We are living in an ever-changing world. Innovation is a must at every level of organisation to respond to incoming business and technology trends. You need to be crazy about it because the cost of not innovating may be a big disaster for your business.
Nokia is a great example.
During the press conference to announce Nokia being acquired by Microsoft, the Nokia CEO ended his speech saying this: “We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost.” Upon saying that, all his management team, himself included, teared up sadly.
Nokia was a respectable company. They didn’t do anything wrong in their business; however, the world changed too fast. Their opponents were too powerful.
Amazon is a great example of an innovative company that grew tremendously due to innovation.
3. Patience and Perseverance to Celebrate Failures
Google X – the secret Google lab is rewarding staff for failure.
“If you tell them that they've failed you because they didn't find a mountain, no matter how diligently they looked for or how cleverly they looked for it, those scouts will quit your company,” said Astro Teller, Google X.
Tata Group started an annual competition with a prize for the best failed idea (failure is a “gold mine” for a great company) to encourage innovation in their business.
People love recognition and to be valued for their contributions, no matter how small or big. Always find a way to appreciate your supporters (parents, friends, peers, employees) as a great source of feedback and to improve your business. Make them feel special for being part of your circle. Celebrate successes of all sizes. Do not wait for big milestones to celebrate; celebrate the small successes, too.
Celebrate failures as an effective teacher to improve your business. This will help you to improve patience and perseverance to achieve your goals.
Ecommerce. Even brick and mortar retailers also now sport a website for online shoppers. In fact, shoppers can go to an online big box retailer, purchase an item, and then pick it up at their local store. Then, of course, are the small retailers who only have an online shop. Add to that all of the newer concepts in online ecommerce, such as subscription-based product purchases (coffee-of-the-month; razor blades, diapers, etc.), and you have perhaps the most major disruption of any industry.
Successful Ecommerce Requires an Amazing Website
Given the fact that today’s consumer has the attention span of a goldfish, an ecommerce retailer has only a few seconds to engage a visitor, provide an exceptional user experience, and keep that consumer entertained, inspired, and motivated to keep looking at products/services on display.
All of this means that an ecommerce website must be exquisitely designed and developed. It must load fast; navigation must be speedy and easy; the cart and checkout process must be smooth and seamless.
How does this get accomplished?
The Early Days Vs. Now
In the beginning were a few programming languages and coders. Every part of a website had to be coded, line by line – an arduous task and one which was assumed by “gurus” of coding that accomplished mysterious miracles that no one else could understand.
But technology has a way of simplifying things. And that is just what has happened with ecommerce technology stack architecture. The components of a technology stack (called microservices) are generally created by different developers who work independently. So, in building an entire platform, there are many choices for microservices. And for those looking for the easiest solution, there are entire platforms, composed of microservices which are already configured, such as Shopify, Etsy, PayPal, or Instacart.
In essence, you will have an operating system, a web service, a database and a programming language, each with components that must be chosen based upon your current and future business goals. Choosing microservices, each one focused on a small task, will all have to support what it is you envision. But because all of those components are standalone microservices that can be easily incorporated into a platform technology stack, it is now a matter of choosing the right stack components, customizing them if and when it becomes necessary. And that is what developers do today.
The job of the ecommerce retailer is to decide what the website must have on the front-end architecture, for seamless user experience, to ensure that products are available to his customers, either through his own inventory or that of drop-shipping suppliers. Oberlo can perfectly help you with the latter. You will also need to ensure that the technology is there for product displays and descriptions, for shopping convenience, and for a perfect checkout process.
Important Considerations for the Technology Stack
Traditionally, ecommerce platforms have been built on Java/.Net/PHP and so forth. They use long-standing application servers, supported by Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). The issues crop up when a retailer needs to scale, either through expansion of product lines and/or an increase in customer base. At that point, the goal is not to sacrifice speed or responsiveness.
Typically, when scaling is necessary, there will be the requirements for increasing number of servers, load balancing, hardware, and such. And a decision must be made whether to scale horizontally (add more machines) or vertically (add more power to existing machines). Horizontal is often preferred because it utilizes less system resources and can handle larger amounts of traffic.
As an ecommerce business considers microservices architecture, they must think about the following:
They want ease of scalability and resilience
They want to modify, expand, replace, and scale without downtime or negatively impacting the system, even if only for a short time.
The following services will be mandatory
Product/Product Catalogue Search
Shopping Cart/Shopping Cart Recovery
Product Detail Page(s)
Here is an example of the microservices that could be chosen for an ecommerce enterprise that is horizontally scalable, non-blocking, and responsive.
MONGODB: This allows a document-oriented data store – products can be stored as documents and in categories – example: OpenSky.com
MONGOOSE: This is the object-modeling for NODEJS
ELASTIC: This is a search server – used by such companies as EBay
EXPRESS: Node.js web framework. Provides middlewares, error handling, and templating
MONGODB – ELASTIC CONNECTOR
PASSPORT: Node.Js authentication network. Separates web application from authentication.
To make ecommerce site building even easier, a number of “big players” have published their technology stacks on StackShare, a site that focuses on all things “stack-related.” There are detailed listings of the stacks used by such companies as Best Buy, Airbnb, Dropbox, Medium, Vine, Shopify, and many more. StackShare also provides the latest news on tools and trends on stack architecture.
The featured stacks include microservices in application and data, utilities, DevOps, and business tools and provide lots of options for ecommerce startups and existing retailers to consider.
Is There an Ideal ECommerce Technology Stack?
The short answer is “no.” Anyone who studies the stacks on Stack Share can clearly see that even the “big boys” use a variety of microservices that are not in common.
An ecommerce retailer is just that – a retailer. S/he is not an expert on technology stacks. And so, the wise move is to do the following:
Determine what it is that the site should be and do
Look at the goals for scaling in the future
Present the requirements and specifications to professional back-end and front-end developers
Rely on those developers who have the reputation and the experience to put together the ideal technology stack for those individual business needs.
In this article, Elias Kousoulas, founder and CEO of USPCNET, a Phoenix IT Services, discusses the top four benefits of hiring managed IT services and how it can play a vital role in success of your business.
Managed IT Services basically refers to a solution provided by a dedicated third-party service provider for a flat-rate fee that involves monitoring, managing and addressing a range of IT issues on a proactive basis. By choosing to hire an IT service provider, businesses can improve their operations, focus more on their core business, and minimize security breach, crashes or downtime. Here are top four reasons why it’s beneficial to hire a Managed IT Services.
Allows you to save money: If you employ an in-house IT staff, it can turn out to be quite expensive, as you have to pay for their training and certifications, and there’s no guarantee that they will perform as per your expectations. Moreover, business technology is an ever changing landscape, and it will be quite difficult for you and your staff to quickly adapt to these changes without spending a lot of money. However, if you hire a professional IT service provider, it will have all the resources, experience and skills to immediately implement new technology, saving time and money for you.
You can focus on your core business operations: Managed IT service providers are capable of solving even the most complex IT issues and can troubleshoot or manage IT systems on client’s behalf. Hence, as a business owner you will stay focused on your core business operations and won’t waste time trying to solve technical issue on your own.
Automate your daily processes: Managed IT services can help you automate your daily business processes and boost productivity. One of the crucial tasks of your service provider will be to improve the overall efficiency of your business operations by implementing latest technology that ensures greater productivity and reduces expenses.
Reduces risks and helps you maintain compliance: When it comes to making business investments, there’s always a risk involved, such as change of government regulations, financial market or technology. However, if you hire a managed service, they can provide a better advice on how to prevent such risks, based on their expertise and knowledge of current trends. Moreover, maintaining compliance is a must for any business. Does your company fully comply with regulations and standards such as ITAR, HIPAA, software licensing, ISO 27002 (27000), HITECH, PCI DSS, MARS-E, etc? As a business entity, it is mandatory for you to comply with such industry specific regulations. Failure to meet such compliance requirements can have severe consequences. By outsourcing a qualified managed service provider that’s familiar with such regulations, you can rest assured that your business fully complies with these regulations.
USPCNET is an IT Services and Support Company with offices in Phoenix, Denver, Tucson, Las Vegas and San Diego. It specializes in offering network support solutions through a highly organized process that stimulates and promotes both personal and financial prosperity, inspiration, and growth for their clients.
Web/app design is becoming a crowded field. With a growing number of professional designers for hire, it is an easy task to hire someone to craft a delightful user experience – it really is an art form. Designing the user interface, however, is an entirely different matter, and the market is far less “flooded” with UI developers.
UI designers have to take the creative plan of a UX design and translate that into actual screens, pages, and all of the visual elements that users will need to have the great experience they want from an app and to ensure that the experience is delightful no matter what device may be “in play.”
There are some “best practices” in crafting great UI – here are seven of them.
Simplicity and Consistency
One of the essential elements of an app that provides a great user experience is simplicity. Users should not have to try to figure out how to navigate around; they should not face any confusion, but, instead, be directed quite simply.
This means as few buttons and other navigational options as possible. If your app is more complex, than present a link for “advanced options.” This allows users to get the basics down, and they may not want to go any further. For others, the advanced options will provide the interfaces they want to move on to.
Consistency removes “chaos” from the app. Color, font, buttons, and icons should all be familiar and comfortable for the user. Changing these things out mid-stream only confuses the user who has to then force his brain to adjust – not cool.
Understanding the Audience
A good UI developer spends time with the client and the UX designer, in order to understand the target demographic of an app. Think, for example, of the differences between the interface needs of a 15-year old, Gen Z demographic and a senior citizen, Baby Boomer one. They can be huge, just in terms of navigational tools in an app, not to mention typography style and size. The more a UI developer knows about the target audience, the better the “fit” of the interface for that audience. as well, the visuals,
Use Visual Hierarchy
Some elements and features of an app are clearly more important than others. They need to stand out. While consistency is important, those things that should command attention from a user should stand out in some way – through color, size, typography, etc. Another example of the effective use of visual hierarchy would be to create lots of white space around a call-to-action button, so that it immediately draws the eyes of a user.
Making Use of Typography
Too many fonts can be confusing and create some chaos in a user’s brain. In fact, OWDT recommends that app developers should ideally use two fonts. Here is the thing about fonts, however:
The nature of the app should dictate selection of fonts. Is it serious, playful, or inspirational?
The nature of the user demographic should also play into this selection. A younger user will tolerate more contemporary and playful fonts while an older, more serious demographic will not find them comfortable.
You can use size and color variation of the same font to create visual hierarchy too. Different background colors will also provide variation to the same font.
Speaking of Color
The UX designer may have a lot to say about color, so be certain that this is discussed at length. There is an entire body of research on the psychological “triggers” of colors, so study it and be certain that the colors are conveying the right “message” to users. There is a reason why the Lego website and apps use only bright primary colors; there is a reason why Rolex uses blacks, silvers and grays. Color consistency also gives users a nice comfort level.
That said, there is certainly something else to be said for the use of contrasting colors in order for certain elements to stand out and draw users’ attention. Everything in moderation, however. If you use the concept of contrasting colors too much, users can become irritated.
Build in Feedback Messages
This is one of the best arguments for testing interfaces all along the way. You have no way of knowing how users may mess up as they navigate and use your features. They will find ways to mess up, however – count on it. To determine where they may get off course, you will need to test, test, test with actual users from the audience demographic. Once you have identified those points at which errors will occur, you can design feedback messages that will let them know what went wrong and how they can fix it.
Sometimes, especially when users are filling in forms or making payments, there will be a necessary pause while information is being processed. Don’t leave your user “in the dark.” Give them a signal that things are processing so they do not duplicate. And give them another signal when information has been processed.
Forms Must Be Simple
Consider the purpose of each form you design. There should be a minimal number of fields for the user to complete – remember, many of them will be on mobile devices. If the conversion is simply to subscribe to a newsletter, for example, you do not need more than name and email address. For payment purposes, of course, you will need credit card/banking information. If the billing and shipping address are the same, however, a simple check-the-box interface will do. The concept is simple – Minimize.
Interface design is a complex task and it can be somewhat intimidating. If you have experience with UX design, however, you are a natural to move into this more “intimidating” function. Just remember the basics – ease of use, simplicity of navigation, understanding the audience, consistency, compatible typography and color, and visual hierarchy. Juggling all of these elements is not easy, but the person who can do it will be in high demand.
According to recent studies, Millennials, also known as “Gen Y” represents more than 80 million potential customers. They are more connected to technology and engage with brands more deeply. However, when it comes to convincing a millennial consumer through traditional marketing tactics, it seldom works, as the purchasing decision of millennials is influenced by their peer, family and friends.
Apart from this, they have become first priority for employers, as they are innovative, have leadership qualities and strive to make a difference. However, attracting millennial workers requires more than money and perks, as these workers are more interested in career development, leadership opportunities and growth.
“Millennial View”, is one unique firm that has dedicated itself to providing innovative workplace and marketing strategies to companies that want to benefit from millennial workers or consumers.
According to company’s spokesperson, Trevor Gormley: “The world is changing, we want to help businesses stay ahead of the curve. Empowering and engaging young people will create a better experience for the employee and most importantly for your consumer. We understand that not every company can provide its employees with the same environment as Google. However, at the Millennial View we assess your current management and marketing strategies to better position your business for the incoming millennial employee and consumer. Our assessment of the current Values, Interests, Environment, and Work-Life balance of your employees and consumers allow us to create crucial strategies to help guide your business in the coming years.”
The Millennial View team comprises of Trevor Gormley (Founder/CEO), Blake Hodges (Creative Director), Hannah Kraebel (Head of Strategic Execution), and Michael Levashov (Director of Research).