IoT: Wearable Technology Is Becoming A Must-Have For Manufacturing

Wearables are not new. Google Glass has been used in plant asset maintenance for a couple of years now. Tools like Innovega or MicroOptical have also been used by early adopters to display service instructions and illustrated parts breakdowns (IPBs) to service technicians for more than a decade. These heads-up display technologies (HUDs) allow technicians to readily access repair information in the field while servicing equipment, shortening downtime, and increasing the effectiveness of repair activities.

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    In news this week, Education Dive presents some lessons learned from MOOCs. The Oculus founder makes a large donation to fund computer science at University of Maryland, while colleges gain free access to Epic Games’ Graphics Engine. And an enlightening infographic looks at how technology has changed higher education.

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    Telematics is used by many fleets — now, according to a FleetOwner article, insurance companies are getting in on the telematics trend. They are offering customers lower prices on insurance premiums for safe-driving practices — practices determined through the use of telematics solutions, such as those that use GPS.

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The Internet has developed significantly since it first came onto the scene thirty years ago. At its start, surfing was nonexistent and Internet/processor speeds were atrocious. Now, fast forward to today, the Internet isn’t even recognizable. Websites are more interactive than ever, advanced analytics can track website users, and almost every person has access to some basic level of Internet connection.

Channel Sales Vendor/Partner Relationships: What Vendors Want (Part 4)

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A few years ago, one of my vendors held an online event with author Randy Schwantz as guest. Schwantz had written two books about using “The Wedge” to displace your competitor’s and win more clients. After an hour on the phone, I was hooked. The very next week I used some of these techniques in a prospect meeting to ultimately get my competition fired and land the client’s entire business — a client from which I am still making monthly recurring revenue. I have used these techniques ever since with great success.

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A VAR & MSP's Guide To Health IT Trends

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