How Bluetooth Technology is Spurring the Growth of Mobile Apps, Digital Wallets, and More

Nov 09, 17 How Bluetooth Technology is Spurring the Growth of Mobile Apps, Digital Wallets, and More

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Summary: The power of Bluetooth technology is expanding further than anyone imagined, and could start playing a huge role in mobile payment processing. Ever since Apple decided to part ways with the headphone jack and instead opt for their Lightning connector, it was met with much criticism at the get-go. However, due to this, there has been much speculation that wired peripherals were heading out the door in favor of newer technologies. Companies like Samsung and Apple are two of the growing number of smartphone manufacturers that are beginning to utilize Bluetooth technology to drive their technology. Before you know it, Bluetooth will become a force that affects everything from how one listens to music to even purchasing items through a mobile app. Bluetooth Accessories It’s already been made possible to transfer money digitally via Bluetooth. Now, merchants were slow to use this technology primarily because it’s expensive to make the switch. However, after the necessary adjustments were made, along with the rise of smartphones over the years, Bluetooth technology is really starting to pick up steam. It’s paved the way for a wide array of peripheral devices including mobile payment systems and card readers. Bluetooth and WiFi are two devices that work well within the restaurant and retail sector. By utilizing two devices in-sync with each other, an order can be taken from a restaurant, for example, and the other can process the payment. By working in tandem with one another, the entire process is expedited. The possibilities are endless, and with the power of Bluetooth leading the way, it’ll only get better from here. The Rise of Digital Wallets Another payment vehicle that’s also doubling down on Bluetooth technology is the digital wallet. By utilizing this technology, it’ll help the wallet make the payment to a retailer, restaurant or other sector. Additionally, these digital wallets are starting to accept a growing number of currencies all around the world – hence it’s exponential growth. Don’t rule out the idea of travelers only carrying...

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Important EDI considerations when choosing an ERP

Nov 08, 17 Important EDI considerations when choosing an ERP

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As any business grows, its needs become more complex and simple accounting packages just don’t do enough. The next step for organizations that experience rapid growth is an evaluation of their current ERP offering. More often than not, a decision to upgrade to a more functional ERP system follows. However, there are other considerations, like integration with existing systems like your EDI service bureau. The process of choosing an ERP system is critical. For example, one decision is in the level of integration the ERP will have with your EDI system. Since an ERP system is a software application, it can theoretically integrate with any other system. However, there is the ability to integrate, and then there is native integration. Native integration is the best option by far. When you use other means of integration, there is a possibility of data corruption in transit. Also, if one of the two systems changes in any way, the integration software will need to be updated. With native integration, thaere are no such issues. The only other considerations are how you host the new systems and how they will interface with the existing systems. Vendors like Act Data Services, Inc. 1-800-ACT-DATA are experts in EDI integration and provide any information you will need for your project. Contact your EDI vendor and discuss any potential ERP changes to ensure that there are no issues going forward. It is absolutely critical that any new ERP works well with the existing EDI...

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