1. Qualcomm, a notable chip maker

    May 10, 2012 by elegant

    The Barron’s Magazine published a list of 500 America’s Top Companies ranked by the magazine on May 7, 2012. The San Diego based Qualcomm received four out of possible four points ranking the company number 4th on the list. It received a ranking of an “A” in all three major criteria used by Barron’s to rate 500 major companies beating other tech giants such as Intel, Texas Instruments, Microsoft and others.

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    Every 3G and 4G smartphone has a chip made by Qualcomm or a producer who uses technology licensed by Qualcomm. In 2011, Qualcomm sold over 483 million chips thanks to the explosive growth in the smartphone industry. Worldwide sale of smartphones are expected to grow by 35 percent this year.

    Qualcomm earned over $15 billion from the sale of chips. More than two thirds of Qualcomm revenue came from its own chips and the remainder from royalty due to the licensing of its chip technology.

    Qualcomm outsource its production of chips. Lately they are having trouble meeting the demand. However, in order to meet the demand created by the rapid expansion of the technology and demand from tablets and other home-electronics devises, Qualcomm is making calculated acquisitions of other companies.


  2. Would you like to hire a NASA scientist?

    April 11, 2012 by elegant

    NASA launched its last Space Shuttle mission in 2011. Since that time NASA have laid off over 9,200 contractors that worked for the program as well as affiliated fields. They in turn laid off scores of employees who worked for them. NASA is faced with a dwindling budget and an uncertain future. Top scientists who once worked for NASA and affiliated agencies are becoming the biggest available talent pool for the space, robotics, IT, computer and related industries.

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    Young college graduates, who once dreamed of joining NASA, now prefer working for startup establishments hoping for a major breakthrough and a path to financial freedom.

    Some former employees of NASA have turned entrepreneurs. In Florida where more than 8,000 employees got laid off by the Kennedy Space Center finds it difficult to move due to the sour nature of the housing market. The Brevard County where the Kennedy Space Center is located is home to more than 17 new startup businesses. The story is similar for Texas, California and other states where NASA facilities are located.

    NASAs well trained multitalented employees may be the biggest talent pool available for technology companies including cloud computing.


  3. Here’s social networking software for your business

    February 14, 2012 by elegant

    Does your company need to brainstorm among employees, communicate with partners and customers?

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    Jive Software makes a Facebook style social network for businesses where employees and their bosses can communicate with one another within a protected environment. Make no mistake, it is not a social media, it is a serious business tool. It enables communication between employees; communicate with business partners and customers. Jive Engage (formally known as Clearspace and subsequently Jive SBS) combines community software, collaboration software, social networking software and social media monitoring into one product. Intentions are to increase team work and productivity. It enables workers to communicate, share ideas and see each other’s work. It also allows video conferencing.

    Jive helps to increase employee productivity by cutting company e-mails and lower the cost of communication with customers due to reduce cost for telephone services.

    Intel used Jive software to create it’s Open Port, a highly interactive online community for the company. Other jive customers include VMware, Hewlett-Packard, SAP, NetApp, Linden Lab, National Instruments and many others.

    Jive Software founded in 2001 and is based in Palo Alto, California. Other office locations are in Oregon, Colorado, Germany, Israel and United Kingdom.


  4. How the Time Clock is Shifting to the Cloud

    September 26, 2014 by admin

    Written by: Allied Time

    Business is in transition, and more employees are working offsite. That has enabled smaller companies to scale quickly through a reduction of costs on supplies, but it presents a different sort of problem. Companies need to be able to track an employee’s activities. The traditional Amano time clock employees once knew is shifting to the cloud, and bringing a host of benefits with it.

    Online Time Sheets

    Today, employees can use time and attendance systems from any computer hooked into the office network. Access can also be given to employees who work off-site, like contractors, who will need to log hours away from management. Some of these time sheets even include applications that track an employee’s work, through keystrokes or screenshots, so that management can follow up on tasks that were not completed.

    Convenience

    These timesheets are convenient for everyone involved. The employee only needs a simple code to get into the system and log his time, while HR need only download a spreadsheet with all hours logged. Some programs even allow employees to alter time punches with management approval, in the event of a mis-clocking or forgotten clocking. The lack of paper trail is also a benefit, because everything is now easy to search using the computer. This also leaves a permanent record, if you need to refer back for tax purposes.

    Scaling

    Another advantage to these systems is the ability to scale as a business grows. A normal time machine is dependent on the amount of cards and employees that the system can track. You may need to upgrade your equipment or replace lost cards, which cost you money. Leaving that time tracking to the cloud allows you to easily scale as your employee payroll grows. Simply create a new user, and the software begins tracking that worker automatically.

    Final Thoughts

    Many of the applications we use for business are beginning to find a home in the cloud. The benefits are worth the transition too. Support is usually included with these services, and you can add or decrease users as needed. The only potential drawback is the monthly cost, but it usually works out to be more in manpower and upgrades for you to use existing time clocks. Ultimately, you will need to decide what is best for your business. Still, online time tracking does give you a fair amount of options for expanding your workforce.


  5. Cybersecurity or profits; Retailers dilemma

    September 12, 2014 by elegant

    Retailers such as Home Depot learned it the hard way. With $79 billion a year in annual sales it pays for Home Depot to protect its system from hackers. It employs layers of security software including a key to protect its retail terminals and others from cyber hackers. Yet the Home Depot confirmed that its system was hacked on September 8, 2014. Many believe that Home Depot failed to implement security measures suggested by its security provider Symantec causing the latest intrusion by hackers. Symantec provides its security products to Home Depot including the Network Threat Protection and a feature known as Endpoint Protection. The attack was similar to those that hit Target, Michaels, Neiman Marcus and others recently.

    In order to cut down the cost many retailers do not implement all cybersecurity recommendations from the service providers. This makes their system more open to hackers. This practice also brings another point to the forefront. Security at network level is not enough for retailors and it should be provided at the registers or terminals where transactions begin. Some experts are skeptical of this but they all agree that any and all measures add to enhance the level of security.


  6. The Most Important Industry in the World

    September 8, 2014 by admin

    By Brand College

    Are you looking to change fields? Have you never really had one in the first place, but just kind of jumped from one industry to the next as it made sense? If either is true, it’s probably time you begin thinking about moving into information technology.

    Without a doubt, this is the most important field in the entire world. Whole companies, governments and even civilization at large thrive by relying on information technology, meaning if you’re supporting it, you’ll always be in demand. That’s right—this field is only going to grow more and more over the years, so get started now and you stand to see greater and greater paychecks as time goes on.

    IT training in Los Angeles is a great way to get started. There are also plenty of programs that offer computer training in Pasadena. Either way, you’re in a technological hub (and not too far from another one in Palo Alto) where you’ll be learning the tools necessary to succeed in the most important field on earth.

    So stop dragging your feet and start making your future a priority by investing in it today.

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    If you’re in need of a career change, you couldn’t do better than going into IT, a field that is only growing as time goes on. Thanks to Brand College, you can get the best information technology training in Los Angelesand graduate with a degree that will not only benefit you right away, but in the future to come too.


  7. Lenovo slowly becoming a giant in computer business

    August 8, 2014 by elegant

    The world’s top selling computer maker Lenovo, the Chinese maker of personal computers and smartphones, is growing leaps and bounds. It is acquiring mobile phone brands, server businesses and many other technological businesses worldwide. It is world’s number three computer maker behind Samsung Electronics of South Korea and Apple of the US. Today it is selling PCs, phones, tablets, and servers in more than 160 countries and carries more than 46,000 employees.

    Its approach is different from the much hyped Apple, Samsung, HP and others. It takes a low-key approach and silently built its empire. They do all their own productions in house. They buy what other companies discard. They are in the process of buying Motorola from Google who was only interested in Motorola patents. They are also in the process to buy IBM’s low-end server business after buying its PC business in 2005.

    Lenovo’s biggest market is China. It is No. 1 PC maker in China and the No. 2 smartphone maker behind Samsung Electronics. It has 27,000 Think Pad and Lenovo stores in China that sells PCs as well as other products. But thanks to its new acquisitions and previous actions, it is also a global company.


  8. Cooling for a Server Room

    July 18, 2014 by admin

    Small server rooms can usually get away with using a portable room air conditioner to cool the equipment. Failure to provide adequate cooling will lead to server crashes, and potentially a loss of business. For those with larger server rooms, or servers I more than one space, you will need to calculate the heat generation of your equipment.

    Heat Load

    The most important step is to determine the potential heat generation that you are likely to accumulate in the room. Fortunately, it’s not as hard as it sounds. You need to do some rough calculations to determine how many heat-producing objects you’ll have in the room. Here are some of the factors you will need to consider:

    • The square footage of the server room itself
    • Position of windows, if any exist in the room
    • Number of server rooms your units will occupy
    • Equipment that will generate heat (like a powerful computer tower)

    People can also be a factor, but server rooms don’t generally have them. When you’re trying to judge how much heat your equipment is likely to generate, it’s helpful to base your calculations on the wattage each device is likely to produce. Remember that a PC power supply will only supply some of the power to a device; the computer might not use the entire allocation. You also need to take lighting into account, which is very easy to miss.

    Once you’ve looked at all of the potential heat sources in the room, and come up with round figures to represent potential heat, add everything together to get a clue as to the tonnage you’ll need.

    Determine Proper Size

    A small unit will offer between 5,000 and 10,000 BTUs. A portable ac unit can easily fit in or near any windows you might have, but you have to make sure you have an outlet for exhaust. If you opt for a larger unit, it will usually start at around 12,000 BTUs or the equivalent of one ton of cooling power.

    Final Thoughts

    Although this guide contains some helpful starting points to measure out the BTUs in a server room, it’s best to have a technician assess your needs. They may be able to help you rearrange your space to disperse heat better, and may have recommendations on cooling systems to fit your budget.
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    MovinCoolsells portable air conditioners for home and industrial use. Find out how much tonnage you need to cool your server room with air conditioning units from MovinCool.


  9. Baidu vs. Google

    July 1, 2014 by elegant

    Today the most popular search engine in China is Baidu.com. It claims more than 81 percent of the Chinese search traffic and rank within the top five worldwide search sites. Google on the other hand is the unquestionable worldwide leader in search engines. It has more than 87 percent of the U.S. search market share and it is the dominant search engine in Latin America, Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. One reason why Baidu is the dominant search engine in China is Google has been banned in China by its government.

    When it comes to future growth, Baidu has lot more room to grow in China. It is still mainly a search engine and there is room to venture into online games, video streaming, mobile search and other services, and online travel services. It appears that it is vigorously following the Google modal in acquiring many diversified businesses. Google on the other hand, is more and more becoming a behemoth and taking steps to solidify its dominant position by crushing its competitors. Its revenue dominated by advertising income and increasingly providing products geared for mobile growth, operating systems and platforms. It crushes its competition by acquiring many up and coming technology startups.


  10. Search giants Baidu vs Google

    June 13, 2014 by elegant

    The Chinese Internet search engine giant Baidu is growing much faster than Google. In China, Baidu.com is the most popular website. More than 81 percent of searches are carried out on Baidu in China and Baidu falls into the elite top five sites in the world. Online search based advertising revenue generates more than 79 percent of its annual income. The Internet penetration rate in China is around 42 percent and therefore, it has more room to grow in China. Also, it is still mainly a search engine and carries lot more possibilities to branch out into other aspects of the Internet such as maps, games and mobile platforms.

    The absolute leadership in worldwide search belongs to the US based Google. It captures more than 87 percent of the US search market and has a solid presence in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. It has been blocked by the Chinese government giving the advantage to its Chinese rival Baidu. When it comes to competition, Google is anti-competitive and provide many services to its customers and visitors who are hooked onto their services. More than 90 percent of Google’s revenue comes from search services.


  11. Hourly vs. Salaried Employees

    June 11, 2014 by admin

    When you’re hiring an employee, it’s your job to determine whether you want that employee to function on an hourly basis, or whether you want to keep them on salary. There are some subtle differences, such as latham time clocks for hourly personnel, that will determine which is best for your situation. Hourly employees, for example, are good for productivity throughout the day. Salaried employees may take work home with them and accept greater responsibility. It’s up to you how to hire, but here are the differences you need to be aware of.

    Differences

    The main difference between an hourly and salary employee is the time that person will work. An hourly employee is typically delegated tasks, and the positions are often entry level. They will need to use pyramid time clocks to record the hours that they work, including meal periods to eat. That makes hourly employees extremely task oriented. When unemployment is high, there are fewer positions to go around, so hourly employees are often the first to be cut.

    Salaried workers are typically top-level management people. They are responsible for the management of the company, delegating tasks and making schedules accordingly. Though they have higher influence, and tend to have greater responsibilities, success can be difficult for these workers to achieve. Salaried workers also have less structure, and often don’t stop when the task is done.

    Motivations

    What keeps a worker engaged? There are a multitude of responses to this question, including the pay incentive. Naturally, a well-paid employee will be more tempted to work harder for you and your company. Some workers, especially salaried ones, take the most motivation from company culture. They may enjoy the pressures of working longer hours, or take pride in the finished product.

    Hourly workers tend to be motivated by job security. Most of these positions are lower level, so there are often no guarantees the worker will be able to stay if work dries up. Hourly employees strive to do work efficiently, and to pad their days with productivity.

    Final Thoughts

    Even salaried workers can get fatigued if they feel under appreciated. The pay might be nice, but the lack of time to oneself can be difficult to remedy. Companies like Google try to compensate by offering perks to encourage employees to stay at work. At Google, for instance, you can enjoy food from the company cafeteria or get your laundry done. The most important motivation for employees is a love of the work they do. Strive to make your workplace an enjoyable place to work, and to keep that work engaging, and you will have a happy work force.
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    Allied Time sells the Amano time clock for businesses to record employee payroll. Find out how to record employee time with Allied Time.

     


  12. How to Optimize a Campaign Without Touching the Landing Page

    May 23, 2014 by admin

    This article was written by Ted Dhanik

    When we think about our campaign conversion rates, we tend to assume so much rides on our landing page. In reality, there are a number of changes you can make to your ads without ever touching the landing page at all.

    Buy Better Traffic

    Part of the initial problem you might be facing has to do with the traffic that you buy. On some networks, the good traffic might be too expensive. Other networks might require heavy targeting to get the results you want. Look around for alternative display advertising networks and try purchasing some traffic from different sources to see if conversion rates improve. It may be that one network purchases placements that gel better with your campaign, or you could recover some of your costs buying cheaper traffic with higher placements.

    Optimize the Funnel

    Every campaign has a goal, and every goal has a funnel the user must go through to reach the end. Use your analytics software to review the pages in your funnel, and look for the pages that have the highest bounce rate. Think about ways to reduce the time the user spends filling out forms, the amount of clicks it takes to get to the end, and how fast your page loads. Cut everything you don’t need.

    Final Thoughts

    As you prepare your landing pages, label everything. Most banner advertising networks will give you some parameter that you can append to your URL that will track all traffic from that ad group. Consider adding your own tracking to the page, like event tracking to see how long a video is played. Review your reports and look for the highest performers.

    Bio: Ted Dhanik is a direct marketing guru with 15 years of experience in banner advertising. Ted Dhanik offers advice on improving ROI and conversions through various blogs around the Web. Ted Dhanik is also the co-founder and president of engage:BDR.


  13. How To Keep Your Servers Cool

    April 20, 2014 by admin

    Article written by MovinCool

    Your office’s server room is always kept cool, isn’t it? It always seems like when you step in, the room is freezing and you’re there wondering how anyone can stand to keep it this way. Well that frigid temperature is important for your computer and server’s health and performance. You probably know that the servers and computers can run really hot especially since they are kept running the whole day. This is why most server rooms have a server room air conditioner that is kept at a really low temperature to make sure that all the equipment are kept cool.

    The problem with this is that the whole room is now freezing while the computers are at the right temperature. This is not the best that can happen because it then decreases the productivity of the people who will work in the room.

    A simple solution to this is the use of portable air conditioning to cool your computers and servers. By spot cooling the computers, you are able to keep all the electronics at a cool and low temperature to keep them running at it’s best while all the IT guys don’t get frostbite. Portable air conditioning posses the advantage of being able to move the units so that you can specifically target problem areas such as certain computers or servers that run hotter than others. The rest of the room will become cooler as an ambient effect of all the air conditioning units.


    MovinCool provides portable AC units that are effective in spot cooling. They come in many different sizes and models to suit your server room.