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Making the Most of Your Commutes to and From Work

Nov 12, 18 Making the Most of Your Commutes to and From Work

Posted by in Technology

Summary: If you commute to and from work you can multitask to stay productive. Delivering a product or service that is of high quality can attract new customers and keep existing ones coming back. When you are running a business you need to think carefully about how you use your time. Most people need to commute to and from work. This “idle” time can oftentimes be viewed as unproductive but there are a number of ways you can make the most of your commute. If you want to stay busy and turn your morning and afternoon commutes to and from the office you can explore a few different options. Podcasts and Audiobooks No matter if you drive, cycle, or ride public transportation to work, there is still time for you to learn. Podcasts and audiobooks are easy to download on your phone, so you can learn while on-the-go. There are podcasts and audiobooks on various interesting topics. Whether you are listening to something related to your line of work or a captivating fictional story, you can continue to learn and keep your mind stimulated. Head-start on Work If you take the train or use ride-sharing services for your commute you can use the travel time to get started on some work. You can respond to emails directly from your phone or use it as a wifi hotspot for your laptop or tablet. Working during the commute might not be ideal but it can decrease the amount of work you have to do either at the office or at home. Even if you only have half an hour to work during your commute each day, these small bits of time can ultimately add up to a lot of time at home for other things. Blog submitted by Constant Technologies, Inc.: If you are interested in operations center furniture or need command center consoles for your organization, head to Constant Technologies, Inc. to explore their command center workstation...

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Two competing technologies for goal confirmation

Apr 08, 18 Two competing technologies for goal confirmation

Posted by in Sports Technology

Ever since referees ruled against the goal that took England out of the World Cup in 2010, the sport ignored calls for the introduction of technology that would assist referees when there was some doubt. That is until now. There are several trials ongoing that look to explore the possibility of introducing goal-line technology to the sport. Here are two of the technologies under review: The first is a system known as HawkEye, which is similar to the system in both Tennis and Cricket which uses multiple cameras to track the location of the ball in real-time. The cameras will track the location of the ball near and in the goal post at all times. When there is a controversial goal-line incident, the referees can ask for confirmation of the goal from the system. If the ball crosses the plane of the goal completely, the system can provide confirmation The other system uses a completely different approach to ball tracking. The goal will require a series of wires to form a magnetic field within the area. The ball will contain wiring that disrupts the magnetic field. When the ball is within the magnetic field of the goal in its entirety, the system can confirm that it is a goal. Like the above, there are several systems in trial which will go a long way towards removing controversy from the game, allowing players and fans to focus on what really matters. Written by Soccer Garage. Buy soccer balls for cheap or any other soccer gear from one of the largest collection of soccer equipment online at Soccer...

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The Pros and Cons of in-house vs. outsourced EDI systems

Apr 08, 18 The Pros and Cons of in-house vs. outsourced EDI systems

Posted by in Business Services

There are so many options when you consider your EDI implementation that the entire process can become overwhelming. To make the comparison easier, Act Data Services, Inc. 1-800-ACT-DATA has put together a list of the pros and cons of staying in-house or outsourcing the project: In-house The pros of keeping it in-house revolve around control. You have control of the entire system and can decide and implement changes as you see fit. You can also execute those changes faster since you don’t need to go through a third-party. Also, you will be the point of contact for any issues. On the other hand, this will involve a significant staffing requirement with expertise in EDI, communication, and business systems. Along with the control, you will also get the responsibility for all maintenance, downtime, and issues. When something goes wrong, the buck will stop with the internal team. Outsourced Going with an EDI outsource operation means you give up control of the system to a third party. Also, you will have some issues when you want to switch to another company, as the migration process is non-trivial. On the positive side, you don’t have to worry about any of the technical issues or requirements. You will always have access to the latest systems. Also, the outsourcing company will have all the expertise you need to get the operation running smoothly. Ultimately the decision rests on your requirements. However, for companies starting out on EDI or those who don’t have a large trading volume, outsourcing is the better...

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Outdoor Cooling Tips

Dec 23, 17 Outdoor Cooling Tips

Posted by in Technology

When it’s time to set up tents and other details for your outdoor event, you need to think about ways to keep vendors and guests from overheating. One of the outdoor cooling options to consider is portable AC units. These can be set up on tables around the outdoor event so that the air circulates from one area to another. Portable units are often smaller than a standard air conditioner but cool a significant space the same as a large unit would. Evaporative coolers are also an option. These are fans that are set up to blow across a filter that has water inside. As the water is cooled from the fan, the air in the area will begin to cool. This is an option to consider if you’re in a dry environment. Standing fans can also be used in conjunction with the coolers as a way to circulate more air through tents and buildings that are set up at the event. If there is a secure ceiling in the tent or venue, then you can use ceiling fans. Before setting up for the festival, try to position tents and buildings in areas where there isn’t as much asphalt says MovinCool. The material can radiate heat, making guests and vendors feel hotter than what they already feel from the air temperature. Try to set up the event in shaded areas as well. Misters are also an option and come in various sizes so that people can hold them when they are participating in selling or special events at the...

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The Determining Factors of Command Center Contractors

Dec 15, 17 The Determining Factors of Command Center Contractors

Posted by in Business Services, Technology

Summary: Finding the right contractor for a command center is dependent on not just one factor but a wide array of them. One of the most crucial aspects of building a command center from the ground up is hiring the right contractor that offers his services at the right price. Additionally, you’ll also want to ensure that his experience within the field far surpasses other companies that you can find at a cheaper rate. As the saying goes: you get what you pay for. Reputation One common misconception that people tend to believe is that you can only find reviews on the Internet. Well, this is true as most people like to look online for any reviews they can find before they hire the contractor, or company. However, you can also contact the contractor directly and ask him for references from companies or other professionals that he’s worked with. If the contractor specializes in only video wall systems for example, and you’re looking for an entire reconstruction of your command center, it’d be wise to seek out additional contractors to handle the other aspects as you might not get what you’re looking for. Check the Website Most contractors tend to obtain work based on word of mouth or just by simply advertising themselves. There are those in some cases that have websites up and running for clients to look at. If they do have it, check their portfolio and jot down a list of clients that the contractor has worked with. You can go as far as to call the previous companies that the company’s worked with and determine the pros and cons. For instance, say you’re look at and you wanted to know how their previous projects were when it came to the framework. You’d go ahead and look at their past clients that they’ve worked with and reach out to them if you can. It never hurts to try and ask how the service was and whether or not it’s worth...

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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

Posted by in Business Services, Mobile, Technology

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

Posted by in Business Services, Software

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, there 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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