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The Next Revolution – the Internet of Things

Last update on Oct. 18, 2016.

The Next Revolution – the Internet of Things

There are many industries being transformed by the Internet of Things (IoT) – a network of physical objects – devices, vehicles and buildings – embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.

Businesses in almost every industry throughout the world are realizing how they can leverage IoT devices to lower operating costs, increase productivity, expand to new markets and develop new product offerings.

Oil, gas and mining:

We estimate 5.4 million IoT devices will be used on oil extraction sites by 2020.  The devices will primarily be internet-connected sensors ...

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Training in the Millennial Age

Last update on Oct. 18, 2016.

Training in the Millennial Age

HR executives have completely revamped their approach towards the way they train their workforces.  With the rise in the number of millennials entering the workforce, the potential for disruptive change is at an all-time high.

It is essential that organizations learn how to train, motivate, advance and retain high-value millennial workers.

These workers have been digital for most of their lives. They often need soft skills training earlier than their predecessors, and they expect to have access to training anywhere. Millennials have been empowered to question every business practice and are prone to place less emphasis on “traditional” methods ...

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Retail’s 6 Biggest Cross-Channel Challenges

Last update on Oct. 18, 2016.

Retail’s 6 Biggest Cross-Channel Challenges

Technology has had a tremendous impact evolving Retail businesses in every global sector to new heights. There are several points along the retail landscape that utilize system-specific solutions that produce various types of data.  These data silos, each fed by a piece of software built to solve a problem, give a view of something.  Stitching that data together to synthesize tangible information can leave you with very little time to run your business effectively.

While the pool of data that retailers are able to gather can be incredibly insightful and valuable, there are several consistent challenges that have ...

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Top Digital Financial Services Trends of 2016

Last update on Oct. 18, 2016.

Top Digital Financial Services Trends of 2016

Mobile in-store payments have gained enormous traction over the past several years.  Once viewed as a technological and fraud-laden business solution, mobile payments are now critical to delivering a consistent marketing and branding experience to those customers who rely on the mobility of their devices.

The migration and launch of mobile wallet solutions from smartphone providers have been the two largest enabling factors for in-store mobile payment growth.  Consumers will continue to be further incentivized by offers and loyalty programs, which will drive up volume.

Before merchants upgraded their terminals they wanted to know that there was a demand ...

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The HR Software Market Is In a Serious Growth Spurt

Last update on Oct. 18, 2016.

The HR Software Market Is In a Serious Growth Spurt

The strategic DIY approach to talent acquisition with small businesses has long been a necessity that forces smaller HR departments to rely on software purchases to help remain efficient.

With no dedicated HR staff, many small businesses either assign HR responsibilities to a cross-functional manager or to a single, in-house HR administrator.  Once a decision is made on marketing the role and executing upon the approved plan, they begin to receive thousands of resumes.

Because of the volume of interest in each open position, smaller HR departments often need help sorting and rating resumes of incoming candidates against certain ...

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The Growing Problems Surrounding Technology Firms

Last update on Oct. 18, 2016.

The Growing Problems Surrounding Technology Firms

The digital transformation of almost every industry has created problems and opportunity for many within – especially technology consulting firms – but many are ignoring a problem staring them right in the face.

Brand recognition and reputation quality can vary for technology based and non-technology based firms, with potential clients needing to develop new digital initiatives.  These potential clients may have existing brand perceptions that lead to engagement and/or skepticism based on apparent consultant strength in a specific vertical.

While one “well-known” technology firm may be top of mind for their perceived quality of work with the general ...

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