ARTICLES BY TRISHA LEON
Manufacturing and Warehouse IT News For VARs—July 23, 2014
In the news this week, manufacturers have turned to digital metric screens to go lean; five trends are poised to shape the future of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP); and the National Association of Manufacturers is pleased following the House’s ruling on the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014.
Consumer Confidence In Privacy Online Is Decreasing
The TRUSTe 2014 Consumer Confidence Privacy Report reveals that consumer trust is falling as technological advances bring along with them new privacy implications. The TRUSTe 2014 U.S. Consumer Confidence Privacy Report provides a comprehensive analysis of current consumer opinions about online privacy across the U.S. The study was conducted by Harris Interactive, on behalf of TRUSTe, with more than 2,000 U.S. Internet users, from December 11 to 13, 2013.
Senate Advances Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act
Threats to cybersecurity are on the rise. Ransomware like Cryptolocker and Kovter has caused considerable loss of time and money for many companies. In an effort to protect the country from these growing online threats, The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12-3 on July 8 to advance a cybersecurity bill that “encourages private companies to share information about cyber threats with the federal government and each other and gives the companies liability protections for sharing information about and responding to cyber threats,” this according to The Hill.
Senator Asks FTC To Scrutinize Big Data Use
A recent experiment conducted by Facebook using user data has drawn criticism and prompted one U.S. senator to ask the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to scrutinize the use of Big Data by Facebook and other companies. In IT News John Ribeiro quotes Senator Mark R. Wagner as saying, “….I think the industry could benefit from a conversation about what are the appropriate rules of the road going forward.”
Manufacturing And Warehousing IT News For VARs — July 15, 2014
Recent articles discuss ways to help your customers harness Big Data, manage the finances of IT, and understand the benefits of enterprise resource planning .
What Are Digital Signage Applications in Education?
MarketsandMarkets released a research report on the market for digital signage hardware, software, application, and products, forecasting that the total market is anticipated to grow to $14,876 million by 2020. This is an estimated CAGR of 8.94 percent from 2014 to 2020.
Enhanced Driver’s Licenses Gaining Traction
For several years, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been working with states to enhance drivers’ licenses and other forms of identification to comply with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHIT). An enhanced drivers’ license (ELD) contains a RFID chips and a machine readable zone (MRZ) or bar code that can be scanned when RFID is not available.
Universities Embrace Technology To Deliver MOOCs
Universities across the nation are facing more challenges than ever before. According to Mehdi Maghsoodnia of University Business, shrinking budgets are contrasted with higher costs and aging facilities. The government is decreasing funding while getting more involved from a regulatory standpoint. Demand is up, enrollment is unpredictable, and graduation rates are down. Schools are fighting for ways to cope, retain students, and help them graduate on time.
Creating Loyalty Program Solutions That Really Benefit Your Customers
Despite the growing popularity of loyalty programs, a study shows they yield little benefit to the companies that offer them. As noted in Business Insider, a recent McKinsey study suggests that in general, loyalty programs do not add marked value — and may in fact destroy value for program owners.
Open Data Roundtables Set Out To Make Data Accessible To Benefit Economy
Open Data Roundtable meetings have begun, a step in the partnership of government agencies with industry to ensure that the data sets the government publishes directly benefit the economy.