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. SQL still dominate as the preferred enterprise language

    March 9, 2015 by elegant

    Introduced as one of the first commercial languages in early 1970s, the Structured Quarry Language (SQL) is a special programming language that is designed to manage data in relational database management system. It contains a data definition language and data manipulation language. Designed by Microsoft for enterprise environment it adds several features to standard SQL more specifically adding transaction control, data insert, query, update and delete, creation and modification, data access control, error handling, exceptions, row processing and declared variables. SQL is one of the most widely used database language in the world. In 1986, SQL became a standard of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

    Some find it difficult to work with SQL syntax due to its style that is not the current norm. It contains many keywords which is not common today when writing languages. But when it comes to relational databases, there is no good alternative to SQL. However, many can rewrite parts of SQL to reduce redundancy and to suit particular applications. Some see many non-SQL alternatives for database query will be coming in the future. With ever increasing popularity of cloud computing, many are looking for alternatives to SQL including the one from VMWare.


  5. What’s new with PC sales?

    February 13, 2015 by elegant

    After slumping sales for several years, PC sales appear to be stabilizing. In 2014, the down side was limited to about 2 percent from a 10 percent slide experienced previously.

    The top five PC makers, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer, and Apple are still accounting for more than 65 percent of all PCs sold worldwide. Surprisingly, Apple gained percentage wise beating others. Apple seen a 16 percent increase in its sales in 2014 even though it is the world’s No. 5 PC producer. China based Lenovo, the world’s No. 1 PC producer seen its sales increased by about 10 percent in 2014. Lenovo is the leader claiming more than 19 percent of the worldwide PC sales market share.

    The Framingham, Massachusetts market researcher IDC sees that PC shipments in 2015 to experience a further drop by about 4.9 percent from the last year’s level. Microsoft’s scaling back its subsidies, ever increasing use of smartphones and other mobile devices for various computing functions and the strong dollar are seen as reasons for the further sales reductions moving forward. This is why Intel is cutting its first quarter sales forecast. However, the researcher sees slowing of mobile devices sales too in emerging markets due to the competition from smartphones.


  6. Here’s how Apple fix hardware problems

    January 12, 2015 by elegant

    Hardware manufacturers, take a page from Apple. When it introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 9, 2014, its team of first responders known as AppleCare immediately went into action. What do they do? They gather information from customer returned products about new hardware issues and generate reports to administrators and engineers of what types of problems and customer complaints. It helps Apple to fix problems immediately. What have they found out? Most of the initial complaints were hardware issues such as components not being connected properly, unfastened cables, not enough glue or soldering.

    When a new hardware product is introduced, fixing problems should be a priority for the success of the product as well as the business. In Apple’s case, all defective new iPhones returned by customers comes to its headquarters in Cupertino, California. By dismantling the product, they identify problems. Whole program was created in early 1990s. The volume of products Apple generates everyday needs a quick turnaround on issue identification in order to stay relevant and not generate media frenzy. The bar code system that Apple uses, they can trace a product down to the person who assembled it. What a concept and what a job to keep customers happy.


  7. Disk-drive market is consolidating

    December 24, 2014 by elegant

    Disk-drive or sometimes called hard disk drives (HDD) market is now evenly shared by two behemoths, Seagate Technology and Western Digital. Recent market consolidations pushed them not only to the top but also to share the leadership. Within the last year and half, Western Digital acquired two startups, Virident and Skyera. They both were important flash-memory technology companies. Seagate Technology on the other hand bought flash technology chip maker LSI. Flash-memory technology considered to be the replacement for disk drives in the future and provide faster response compared to disk drives. During the first quarter of 2014, Western Digital sold 60.4 million hard disk drives compared to 55.2 million units for Seagate Technology for the same period. The average price per unit for Western Digital was $58 compared to $61 for Seagate Technology.

    Disk-drives or HDDs are still used in PCs, notebooks, printers, copiers, consumer products including MP3 players, game consoles, and even in home servers. Enterprise storage is also a key factor that generates more demand for disk-drives. Capacities of these peripherals range from 1GB to about 500GB. Demand for disk-drives come from computing and other devices that look for storage capacity at lower cost and demand higher performance.


  8. Efficiency-improving Software

    December 13, 2014 by admin

    Written by Allied Time

    The use of technology in the workplace ensures that business productivity is maximized and enable people to focus on value-adding activities. Targeted business productivity software enable organizations to gain the right tools in performing daily tasks. Productivity is achieved when some processes are automated and communication is facilitated.

    Creating an open and communicative environment

    This would be facilitated with software that eliminate barriers to communication. Emails are good solutions for communication but they are sometimes more private. Companies can also provide their employees with collaborative tools such as forums or online knowledge bases where they would be able to share information across different branches and departments.

    Virtually Connect Teams

    Teams can be connected virtually through employee portals or team sites. This would enable people to share their work and feedback rapidly across different physical locations and in different branches. This would enable effective and quick problem-solving. Employees would be able to share their expertise right from their PCs without having to move and without having to use the phone with remote desktop sharing software.

    Motivate Employees

    Time-tracking systems can be implemented to track attendance and working hours in order to effectively reward employees based on attendance. Some time clocks offer online systems. Employees can consult their time clock online and monitor their attendance in order to improve it.

    Allied Time has been in the time clock systems and business machines industry since the year 1967. Throughout the years the company has innovated and they now even offer online time clock systems.


  9. Air conditioning and hardware

    November 9, 2014 by admin

    Written by MovinCool

    If you think that it is a bit ridiculous why hardware stores need to have air conditioning, think again. Outdoor cooling and even portable air conditioners are sometimes required by these businesses because their inventory has quite a bit of requirements that need to be complied with. You might not know this, but different types of hardware sometimes require specific conditions in order for this not to get damaged while in storage and while functioning as well. You see, different types of hardware, especially the expensive ones, require low levels of humidity in order for it not to get damaged while properly functioning. This is the reason why air conditioning is crucial in maintaining and protective your high value products. Other than humidity, you will also have to control the temperature since fluctuating temperatures can also cause a great deal of trouble for your hardware. It should be remembered, however, that your hardware can overheat if it does not receive the proper cooling. Especially large servers and mainframes, these things can heat up very quickly. That’s why you need to have proper cooling in order to prevent overheating or damage. After all, you simply cannot afford to risk keeping your hardware running when you store it in a room with poor ventilation and no cooling system as well. This will result to significant losses and huge damage to your hardware and your business. So make sure to provide proper cooling so this does not happen to you at any point of your business. Also, you need to remember that your hardware would also require regular maintenance to keep it functioning properly.

    If you need a rental portable air conditioner, you have come to the right place. These are the guys you want to do business with.


  10. Who is winning the enterprise storage battle?

    October 1, 2014 by elegant

    Enterprise storage is data storage designed for large-scale, high-tech companies. In the information technology field, storage devices play a significant role. They are a must for online storage, backups, archiving and disaster recovery. Many see more than $8.1 billion a year total storage industry market growing more than eight percent a year. According to Morningstar, disc-drive makers Western Digital and Seagate Technology controls more than 85 percent of the hard-drive manufacturing market. But don’t forget the competition coming from SanDisk, Micron and many others.

    Many think that the long-term outlook for storage devices is excellent. They also think that there is more room to grow. Western Digital, the industry leader of disk-drives, is getting into making more enterprise drives that holds mega data. It recently introduced sealed, helium-filled drives that cater to multi platforms. Western Digital recently bought Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and won the approval of the Chinese government for the purchase. Seagate uses air in their similar competitive storage devices.

    In the long-run, flash drives seems to save more power compared to disc-drives. In the field of flash storage, Intel, Micron Technology, Samsung, SanDisk, and Toshiba are the five most important manufacturers. However, flash is more expensive compared to disk-drives.


  11. 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.


  12. 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.


  13. 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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