Technology And The Workplace

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In the last few decades, we have all seen technology creep into every part of our lives, and the workplace is no different. Whether you run a business or are just an employee, you should always be looking for ways to make the most of tech in your role. This could cover a broad range of areas and so we are going to take a look at some of the way the digital landscape could be beneficial to you.

Productivity

There is an old saying that it is better to work smarter rather than harder, it can be used as a joke but when it comes to productivity it is actually a good philosophy. The reason for that is the smarter your working environment is, the more likely it is that you are going to produce better more efficient work. And that is where technology comes in, through the use of a variety of applications and software you will be able to improve productivity across your workforce and personally. Now, that could be through cloud computing software like Vertex or apps that are designed specifically for the workplace.

 

  • Project Management

 

One of the areas of work that has been boosted exponentially by technology is project management. Through apps that have been designed specifically to assist your team with getting results with their respective projects, you can manage tasks through a single portal that is accessible by anyone you give permissions to. This means that team leaders and managers can have complete control over their team’s workload from a remote location thanks to apps like Todoist and Asana.

 

  • Communications

 

If there is one thing that gets in the way of productivity it is the role communications plays in our workforce. While email has been a time-saver compared to the more traditional methods, it can still slow down the process of getting a task complete. Likewise the endless meetings and telephone calls that have become a regular fixture in the working calendar. That is why apps like Basecamp and Microsoft Teams are so useful, it allows you to set up chat groups and instant messaging services so your teams can be in constant communications or use video chat for meetings instead of organising time away from the desk.

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Security

Another area of working life that needs to be helped by ever-evolving technology is that of security. It is fair to say that the business world has seen a range of new threats that have arisen as a result of moving towards digital working spaces. However, the answers are also through using technology and shouldn’t be ignored. The only way to be confident that you can combat the rise of cyber crime is by having a comprehensive strategy to fight against it.

The previously mentioned cloud systems can be incredibly helpful in preventing cyber crimes, but so too is just ensuring you have a strong antivirus and firewall system installed. Educating your staff in the threats that could arrive in their inbox is also an absolute must and but using combative software first and foremost is the best route to take.

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Guide To Healthcare IT Project Management

There is no denying that healthcare IT projects are on the rise. There are a number of different reasons why this is the case. In recent years, there have been many data breach attacks on healthcare businesses. The reason this industry has been targeted is because a lot of medical centres and businesses have been using outdated systems. Because of this, a lot of projects involving cyber security are taking place. There are also projects that deal with moving healthcare businesses forward in terms of implementing new software and technologies. With that being said, in this blog post, we are going to take a look at hiring IT teams to handle projects in the healthcare sector.

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The fast pace of business development in both healthcare and IT

Recent research has indicated that project managers in the IT and healthcare sector are struggling to keep up with the pace of business development, and this is resulting in project failures. The findings indicate that effective project management is the key to unlocking success in the IT industry specifically, which could result in us seeing a rise in project management courses and project management apprenticeships. Read on to discover everything that you need to know about it.

The statistics you need to know about

A recent survey conducted by Axelos has revealed that almost one-third of IT projects are at risk of failure. This represents £254.3 billion of losses in regards to turnover, which is quite a startling and worrying statistic. The survey involved interviewing 500 project leaders, and 76 per cent of those surveyed stated that projects have become more challenging to deliver because of the more competitive environment we find ourselves in due to the current economic climate. Project failure is something no business can afford, but this is especially the case in the healthcare sector whereby downtime is simply not an option.

The survey also revealed that almost three-quarters of project leaders stated that their project timelines and budgets have become a lot tighter over the past year. A similar portion also stated that stakeholders are now demanding greater value for less outlay. It is, therefore, little surprise that 48 per cent of project managers also stated that their profit margins have lowered over the past 12 months. Furthermore, half of those interviewed said they face challenges in finding the right people to resource for their projects, 55 per cent said they have to deal with business practice evolutions, which make projects more complicated. And, 58 per cent of those surveyed said that risk has increased because of the change in business.

Getting the right help

It is quite clear to see that in order to achieve business growth, healthcare firms need to focus on improving their approach to IT projects. Outside assistance from experts come highly recommended, and this is something you can discover more about at http://thinkwgroup.com/. The survey also indicated that we cannot simply blame external factors for the increasing incidence of project failure. There is also a clear indication that processes aren’t robust enough, especially those relating to skills and resourcing. 65 per cent of project leaders state that project delivery is demanded in much less time than before, however, they aren’t benefiting from on-going skills training. Only 12 per cent of employers provide project leaders with budgets for continued learning, and only 35 per cent of those interviewed said that employee numbers have increased. Training existing employees in IT matters is likely to be inefficient for most healthcare firms, which is why outsourcing talent in this regard is the best route to go down.

All in all, it is quite clear to see the importance of project management when it comes to the success or failure of a business. It is also evident where we are going wrong at the moment. We are expecting project teams to achieve much more in less time, and we are expecting them to do this in more a complex economic environment. Despite this, we are not giving them the tools they need to succeed. We aren’t investing enough in project management training, nor or we hiring the personnel that is required to take projects forward. By making these changes, we can expect to see businesses grow and take great strides forward.

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Here’s a Dream App For You!

It seems there’s an app for nearly everything these days. But one important app is missing. And it’s one I’m sure just about everyone would love, and, in fact, it could quite possibly end up being the most popular app ever! Unfortunately, I don’t have the skill needed to build a decent app, let alone the one I dream of. And, It may not be technically possible to build such an app today. But, I’m going to show you what this app would do if I could make it.

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What’s this dream app called? I would call it the Call Guard App”.

And what would it do?

To summarize, it would accurately screen calls and block all unsolicited robocalls, scam calls, and spoofed number calls. And would pay you as well!

Like what you’ve read so far? Well, it may seem unbelievable, and you may be asking questions about some calls that you might want to receive, and of course, where would the money come from? So, let’s look at the details.

Recognizes wanted calls vs unwanted calls.

The app would screen all calls and would be able to tell the difference between unsolicited and solicited calls. So, if you have the pharmacy regularly give you a robocall to tell you your medicine is ready, the app will recognize that the number source is legitimate, and that you’ve done business with the pharmacy, even if you don’t have the pharmacy in your contact list! So you don’t have to worry about missing an important call from a number you haven’t dealt with before! It will also have the option of having the caller announced.

Recognizes spoofed numbers as such.

The app will be able to tell if a number has been spoofed. A spoofed number call will show you a number that is legitimate. But if you were to call that number back and talk to the person your caller id says the number belongs to, you will reach that person’s line, and maybe that person him or herself. However, they did not call you! The scammer simply “used” that person’s number so that you will think it’s a legitimate call and answer it! And, if you do answer it, you’ll not be talking to the person who actually owns that number, but the scammer! That’s why many people won’t answer any number they don’t recognize. This app will be able to recognize a spoofed number!

Keeps you from being bothered by unwanted calls in the least.

Perhaps the second best part? The app will block the unwanted call before it ever reaches your phone! So, it won’t ring, go to your voicemail, or register on your calls received list, and will never bother you at all! No more unwanted ringing when you’re at work or busy with something else!

It pays you!

And the best part? It pays you! I’d put the payment at $100 per call. Now, the app will be able to instantly locate the exact and true source number or unit making the scamming call as well as all related info regarding the source, and of course locate any accounts related to it. And it will automatically withdraw the money and put it into a special account that the app provides for you, with the ability to transfer the money to your own account of your choosing! The app will also make sure that no innocent accounts or people whose numbers have been spoofed or whose accounts have inadvertently been linked or attached to the scammer by the scammer, will be affected!

It can be tailored to your needs.

Options. It has a lot, enough so it can be easily tailored to your needs. And it will be very user friendly! Options include being able to add political campaigns’, companies’ and sales reps’ numbers to the list to block. They can be blocked by individual numbers or all numbers under a particular organization, such as “ABC Mortgage Refinance Partners”, or John Smith for Senate”. And they would be charged the $100 also, once they are added to the block list. They may not be scammers, and their numbers are legitimate, but they can still be relentless in their attempting to get you to answer their calls, often even after you already have!

The app can be used with older mobile phones, flip phones, and landlines.

It would have the ability to link with your landline and flip phone with a code you could enter that would block these unwanted calls as effectively as the app does on your smartphone!

The Call Guard app is free!

The app would be free! Funding would come from an extra $10, withdrawn from the unwanted calling source!

So, I’m sure this app would be extremely popular, and could end the ever-growing avalanche of robocalls, scam calls, and other unwanted calls that plague nearly everyone to some extent.

Of course, the revenue coming into your account would decrease over time as organizations of all kinds would start backing off as it would cost them millions, but boy, the peace of mind, knowing the calls you get are far more likely to be legitimate and you’ll be much more likely to answer them! And you’ll have much more control over your incoming calls!

But alas, I think we can only dream for now, unless I am completely wrong and there is such an app. For now, there are some that do block calls, like Mr Number, which I do find to be quite effective, however, my phone will still ring for a bit most of the time while the app assesses the number.

So, I say this: If there is such an app and you know about it, please tell the world. You will be greatly thanked to say the least!

And if there is no such app that you know about, and you have the skill to make one or at least try to, then please do it! If you succeed, you will be forever loved and respected and rich!

Here’s hoping!

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Reasons why You need to Start Upgrading your Business Software

If you operate your own business then you will know more than anyone how important it is for you to rely on technology and even software. After all, if you aren’t using software then you are probably doing everything by hand and this can cost you tons of time and it also leaves a lot of room for error as well. If you are not upgrading or updating your software on a regular basis then there is a high chance that this is affecting your business as well, in more ways than you realise.

Multiple Software

If you find that you are using multiple software applications to try and handle your business activity then this is a clear sign that you need to upgrade. Some companies find themselves using one software for their billing, another for their shipping and then a third to manage their inventory. This is the last thing that you need, because believe it or not, you are still managing most of your business by hand. After all, you have to key in and update the data across all three applications and you don’t want this when you have so much going on in the day. When you upgrade your software however, you can easily use a single application to track everything with automatic updates.

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Analysing Data

Spreadsheets are ideal because they give you the chance to track data in a huge variety of ways. If you are keeping track of your sales reports, your inventory and even any other bits of information by using spreadsheets however then there is a chance that you are making your data analysis much harder than it needs to be. After all, new software is brought out every single year and if you don’t take the time to really invest in this then you will constantly be stuck in the past.

Scalability

When you run a business, you have to make sure that the resources you have are both scalable and flexible. If your software is not able to keep up with the needs of your business then it is absolutely not the right solution for you. After all, you may find that you have to continually change platforms and this is not good for you or your team. When you are able to upgrade your software to other versions however, you can then unlock more potential as you see fit. Your software can grow with your company and this is exactly what you need to ensure future success. If you are struggling to find a software that can keep up with the ever-changing needs of your business then check these guys out to see if you can get a custom software created.

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Professionalism

The more outdated your software is, the more mistakes you will make. This is the last thing that you need when you are trying to remain professional to your customers. Sure, you may feel a though the solution that you have now is working and you may feel as though it’s easier to stick with it than it is to change but this is never the case and sooner or later it will be the downfall of your company.

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A Box Of Treasures: What The TV Can Do For Us As A Family

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Surely, it’s unfair nowadays to proclaim the television as the idiot box? While the television has been the backbone of family life for the last 60-plus years, so many people view it as the epitome of idiocy. But, for a lot of families, if it wasn’t for the television, they wouldn’t bond at all. In fact, think about your own experiences growing up. The television was there, and it was, usually on in the background. Now, not to say that television is amazing for us in every sense, but now, with the internet, and the various ways we consume information now, the television could be the one and only way that we can spend time together as a family. So, we need to make the most of this box in the corner of a living room. But if you have concerns that it is making you and your family stupid, what can you do to ensure that the TV helps you cement quality family time, but without destroying brain cells?

Altering Your Own Viewing Habits

It’s a delicate balance to get right when we are TV addicts ourselves. We know that there is a lot of bad quality television out there, and if we are guilty of watching hour after hour of reality TV, we don’t want to pass these habits on to our children. So, when we think about what our kids start to watch at a young age in terms of their own habits, the best indicator of what your children will watch is actually what you watch. As a parent, if you don’t watch anything educational, and you are setting this example of television habits, your children will grow up accepting that this is the norm. So, it’s an age-old expression, but practice what you preach. When our children are young, they are so impressionable, that they will watch what we watch, and these habits will become embedded in their life. So if you are guilty of watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians, talk shows, and similar content, maybe it’s best to keep this firmly under wraps. When you are watching television as a family, go for good quality content. While there are numerous family shows out there, are many of them educational? If your children are young enough, sitting down with them and watching shows they like, but you know has an undercurrent of education, is a great way to get your kids hooked onto good stuff. CommonSenseMedia.org has a list of educational TV shows to get you started. But as our children grow up emulating us in one way or another, if you want to make sure that your children are using the TV for good, then you have to alter your viewing habits drastically. This means having the History Channel on in the background or going for family quiz shows to encourage a bit of friendly competition in the living room.

Using Television As An Example Of What Is Good And Bad In Society

One of the biggest positives of watching TV is the fact that it can increase your emotional intelligence. While most people consider television to be something that rots your brain, if you watch TV in an active sense, rather than a passive one, you will develop this emotional intelligence, where you begin to develop your own self-awareness, as well as awareness of other people. Emotional intelligence is one of the biggest indicators of demonstrating empathy and observation. It’s unfair to say that television is very selfish activity because when you watch good quality shows, you can become actively involved in something that you wouldn’t normally do in real life, because television shows these heightened scenarios that we seldom come across. While there are numerous shows out there that are realistic, by exercising our ability to think laterally, and from other perspectives, we can begin to differentiate between right and wrong. This is important for children at a young age. We are all impressionable when we’re young, and we grow up, for the most part, understanding what is right and what is wrong, but it’s not as simple as this. Of course, there are numerous shows out there that blur the lines and highlight moral dilemmas, and this can help to instigate interesting debates in the family household. Cable TV is one of the biggest purveyors of high-quality drama, that shows complex characters, where they are doing something wrong in a literal sense, but they are wrestling internally with themselves. Classic shows like The Sopranos or Breaking Bad were mainstays of cable TV but dealt with moral implications in an intelligent manner. Cable TV is full of drama of this ilk, and you can go on Optimum.com to learn more about the various cable TV channels and premium packages if you are interested in going down this avenue. But also, it’s important not to underestimate the news as a way to instigate debate with your children. Be sensible, because the news can throw up topics that you don’t want to discuss with your children because they’re too young, but, the point is, as far as instigating debate and looking at things from other perspectives is concerned, television is a very good tool!

Connecting With Your Children

Because we watch TV on many different devices now, that actual quality time with people are sat as a family in front of the TV seems to be non-existent. This is why we can use television to connect with our children, not just in terms of being sat in the same room at the same time, but we can use television as a way to communicate with each other. Your children like a certain show, so it gives you the opportunity to sit down with them to watch it and to talk about it. When your children are toddlers, there are going to be many kids TV shows that they love, and by sitting down with them, and watching these shows, no matter how much they numb your brain, the children are going to be grateful to you. When we are raising our kids, it’s so easy for us to not be present in the moment, because we either sat on our phones while the kids are watching TV, or we just got too many things to do, but if you take that opportunity to sit down on the floor, cross-legged, with your child, watching their favorite show, you will feel much closer to your child. And as they get older, you can use their favorite TV shows as a way to make quality family time together. You can sit down, at the same time every week. But now, because of the fact that we can watch what we want when we want, that means you don’t have to sacrifice other aspects of your life. If you can make a date to sit down at least once a week, to watch their favorite TV show, and to have a discussion about it afterward, this is a very simple way for you to bond. But you have to show willing; it’s not good enough to just be sat there next to them. As parents, we can easily pay lip service to the idea of quality time, just by being sat next to them. But if we get out our phones, there is no sense of engagement, and while you can argue that sitting together in silence watching the TV is just as bad, at least you are both sharing a common activity.

Can The TV Say Something That You Can’t?

We can struggle to verbalize how we feel now and again especially when it comes to matters of the heart. This is where television can do a lot for us. Have you ever sat with a parent or loved one, and saw a tender moment on the TV and it really hit close to home? You might have felt a moment between the two of you at that point, but you didn’t say a word. TV can help us to say what we’re really thinking, not just in terms of emotions, but in terms of what you might want for your children as they get older. For example, if you want your children to have confidence and belief in their abilities, the words that come out of your mouth may seem forced or a bit noncommittal. But by using a TV show as an example to back up your statement of intent, that little box in the corner of the room can fill some of the gaps in your parenting skills.

A lot of people put their kids in front of the TV as a way to distract them and placate them. But, as a family unit, we can use the TV to advantage, whether it’s to educational shows, or by helping our kids to differentiate between good and bad, but also to spend quality time with them bonding over certain shows. It seems that now as we can go and watch movies on our devices, this idea of a solidified family unit is non-existent. This is why the TV should take pride of place in the corner of your living room because it can do so much for every member of your family. The idiot box? Hardly.

 

 

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Laptop and no WiFi to Go? How Your Phone Can Help!

Say you’re travelling and you have your laptop with you. But, alas, there’s no WiFi, or you don’t trust the public WiFi at the hotel or eating place you’re at, or you’re just not in an area where a WiFi connection you trust is available.

Well, if you have a smartphone, you probably have a solution!

Your laptop can use your phone’s  cellular signal to access the internet. This is what is called, “tethering“. To use it, you would need to turn on your WiFi on your laptop if it isn’t already on.

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Next, you would most likely go to your phone’s settings. The tethering option may be located under WiFi or connection settings or under advanced settings. Each phone is different. And, your phone may offer different methods of making the connection, either via USB cable or other means, so it’s a good idea to have a cable with you that can physically connect your phone and computer.

Once you have a connection, you’re ready to go! Now, there are some things to note.

First, please don’t think that you can now ditch your internet service at home and use your phone for free internet service!

You see, with tethering, your internet won’t be nearly as fast in many cases, because you’re using your phone’s processor. So, if you have something like a major download you want to do or something that requires a large number of open pages, you may want to skip these until you get to where you can have a safe direct WiFi or cable connection that you trust, like the one you do have at home.

And, it can also count against your phone plan’s data limit as well.

But, if you need WiFi on the fly for simpler web-based tasks, this can really help!

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Data Compliance For Businesses The Non-Facebook Way

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Leading corporations should lead the way in the industry. Instead, they set terrible examples for the little people underneath. From Facebook to Uber, dozens of massive corporations have been found guilty of immorally using personal data. By storing it and selling, or leaking it and not telling the public, they have benefited immensely.

SMEs can’t do the same thing because a data audit will happen before you can say Cambridge Analytica. Unfortunately, it’s one rule of them and another for us. The little fish have to make sure they comply, which isn’t easy when the rules are complicated. The good news is this post has a handful of tips for your information.

Outsource With Care

The easiest way to comply is to hire a specialist to take care of your needs. Whether it’s medical or technical, the right company can bear the burden of the responsibility. Take a look at https://www.nahs.co/services/managed-hipaa-compliance/ for more. However, telling a select panel that your outsourcer was to blame isn’t an excuse, which is why you need to keep in constant communication. Ask them what they are doing to combat this and how they secure personal info in the first place. Talk to your peers and get recommendations, and never judge solely based on price.

Understand Your Data

One reason businesses are blasé about data is that they don’t understand its importance. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. When there is a lack of understanding, the info isn’t secured as tightly as it should be and a leak occurs. The easiest way to avoid this scenario is to learn about sensitive info. What constitutes safeguarding and what is widely available? Obviously, credit card info needs encrypting, and addresses and phone numbers may fall into this category too. It depends on the settings a user decides on when they land on the site. Always consider their wishes.

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Purge The Server

Not every piece of data is worth keeping. Some of it is old and of no use to the company. Or, it may have nothing to do with what you are trying to accomplish. Still, businesses store them on their servers just in case. Before the storm, that was fine but now it’s a bad move. The last thing you want to do is get into trouble over stats which are useless, so purge them from the servers. Because you understand your stores, it shouldn’t be tricky to figure out what is pointless.

Stay Updated

Things happen, and they do so in different locations around the world. Take the General Data Protection Regulation policies in Europe. In a bid to tighten up how companies handle personal information, the EU has outlined new regulations. American businesses may think this has nothing to do with them, but they’d be wrong. Anyone from Europe who lands on your website has a right to privacy under the GDPR Act. Https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/25/ has more on the impacts. Keep your finger on the pulse by staying updated and adapting to new laws.

Do you think you can navigate these choppy waters without sinking?

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