Why IT And Marketing Should Be Best Friends
Why IT And Marketing Should Be Best Friends

Some may call IT a tug-of-war between two opposing forces within an organization. By Rick Delgado, contributing writer

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Software developers face many challenges. Staying relevant to customers, finding new ways to deliver value, and remaining competitive takes time and energy. It is no surprise that issues outside of the core features and functions of the software -- such as payment security and EMV — are regarded with such an aversion. Most developers are in business to solve unique needs of a market or business segment; they're not experts in payments. Unfortunately, today the ability to process cards comes at a significant cost and effort.

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Modern manufacturing is a sophisticated interplay of processes requiring a complex blend of machines, materials, and other resources. It’s easy for manufacturing operations to get disrupted by a variety of unforeseen influences such as equipment breakdowns, human resource issues, raw material shortages, unplanned demand changes, and a host of other challenges.

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5 Painful Conversations Document Management Software Prevents

If you’re like most employees in the workforce, there are likely people with whom you have trouble working. Although worker traits are as deeply embedded in their personalities as they are capable of causing employee infighting and lowered morale, many disagreements arising in the workplace stem from a far more surmountable issue: the communication barriers imposed by outdated or inefficient technology.

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