December 19, 2017 Ready to Leap to the Cloud?

Posted on 4:10 pm in Information Technology.

More companies are migrating their computing operations to the cloud. At least 70% of U.S. companies use the cloud in some variation of public, private and hybrid services.[1] Global spending for public cloud services is forecast to reach $236 billion by 2020.[2] Leading providers of public cloud services include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google … Continue reading “Ready to Leap to the Cloud?”

Smaller Is Better in Retail

Posted on 4:06 pm in Franchise News.

Last fall’s Black Friday sales results demonstrated the growing domination of online retail. The Wall Street Journal reported consumer traffic in U.S. stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday declined 4% from the prior year, while online sales increased 18%.[1] Experts believe the retail industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation, as iconic brands such as Sears, … Continue reading “Smaller Is Better in Retail”

3-D Printing and Smartphone Technology Advance Point-of-Care Diagnostic Testing

Posted on 4:00 pm in Healthcare.

Medical diagnostic testing is moving from the laboratory to the field with point-of-care (POC) diagnostic testing. Health care workers are beginning to apply portable diagnostic tools using additive manufacturing processes — known as 3-D printing — and smartphone technology. POC diagnostic testing can be done at any location to quickly detect disease, determine its severity … Continue reading “3-D Printing and Smartphone Technology Advance Point-of-Care Diagnostic Testing”

Digital Ordering Grows in Popularity

Posted on 3:55 pm in Food Service.

More restaurant chains and fast-casual eateries are investing heavily in digital technology for food ordering and delivery. Consumers like the convenience and speed of ordering and paying for meals using social, mobile and digital media. Many restaurants are shifting 30% to 90% of their marketing budgets to developing digital platforms.[1] They are less focused on … Continue reading “Digital Ordering Grows in Popularity”

November 30, 2017 Patient-Generated Health Data Drives Improved Health Care

Posted on 1:59 am in Healthcare.

The trend in patient-generated health data (PGHD) began decades ago with home blood pressure cuffs and specialty monitors to track heart activity, blood glucose levels and various health conditions. With the addition of fitness trackers and other wearable devices, PGHD is on the brink of driving improved outcomes and lowering the cost of health care … Continue reading “Patient-Generated Health Data Drives Improved Health Care”

November 16, 2017 Direct Selling Through Social Media Marketing

Posted on 4:15 pm in Small Business.

The proper use of social media tools can both drive direct sales and, more importantly, build and enhance long-term customer relationships. Here are some ways to make social media marketing work for your small business: ▪ Offer special coupons or discounts. Provide special offers to Facebook or Twitter followers. Not only will they be glad they … Continue reading “Direct Selling Through Social Media Marketing”

Robots Enter the Surveillance Market

Posted on 4:12 pm in Security & Surveillance.

Security robots are moving steadily into the surveillance market to patrol parking lots, shopping malls, college campuses and other public areas. Industry analysts note advancements in a wide range of sensors and their miniaturization are driving rapid growth in the surveillance robot market. They foresee a compound annual growth rate of more than 12% by … Continue reading “Robots Enter the Surveillance Market”

Automating Employment Screening

Posted on 4:10 pm in Office Technology.

Technological innovation is moving into the recruiting process to achieve greater efficiency and better hiring outcomes.  While human recruiters will remain a critical part of the hiring process, automation can streamline data analysis, speed routine tasks and improve hiring success rates. Automating the employment screening process provides recruiters and companies with several advantages. It can … Continue reading “Automating Employment Screening”