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5 Trends Driving How Your Retail IT Clients Use Mobility To Connect With Customers

An infographic from staffing organization Randstad examines five trends driving how mobility is used to connect businesses with customers. According to Randstad, enterprise mobility is now transcending BYOD (bring your own device) to encompass better business intelligence, ultra-personalization in mobile marketing, and creating “mobile moments” that mark unique business experiences.

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MAGAZINE ARTICLES

  • Best Channel Vendors 2015
    Best Channel Vendors 2015

    How were the Best Channel Vendors survey and special report generated? For a seventh consecutive year, we relied on the wisdom and experience of Penn State University to help ensure the survey’s statistical accuracy. Back in 2009, Penn State agreed with our philosophy of conducting a Web-based survey (as opposed to a phone-solicitation survey) of our subscribers to capture significant data from our most active resellers. The technology categories were determined by the Business Solutions magazine (BSM) editorial staff.

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • 3 Security Problems The IoT Will Create — And How To Solve Them
    3 Security Problems The IoT Will Create — And How To Solve Them

    The connected world is coming sooner than you think. App developers and mobile service providers are already taking advantage of the new era of connected cars, wearable devices, and entire smart homes — all fitting into the notion of the Internet of Things (IoT).

  • 7 Reasons Enterprise Labeling Delivers Value For Manufacturers
    7 Reasons Enterprise Labeling Delivers Value For Manufacturers

    Excellence in labeling has always provided a competitive advantage in the business of manufacturing, but today the amount of critical data that needs to be printed on a bar code label far surpasses what was considered to be sufficient in the past. From identification to grouping, shipping, locating and tracking products that flow upstream and downstream in the supply chain, there is a great deal of information, often in multiple languages, that needs to be included on a “simple” label.

  • 6 Features Of A Document Scanner Your Healthcare IT Customer Will Love
    6 Features Of A Document Scanner Your Healthcare IT Customer Will Love

    Despite ongoing efforts to make the shift from paper to digital health records, many healthcare professionals work in environments that still create and manage large volumes of paperwork. In fact, according to a CDC study on the “Use and Characteristics of Electronic Health Record Systems Among Office-based Physician Practices” (2013), nearly half of all office-based physicians have yet to make a full switch to an electronic health records (EHR) system.

  • 20 Great Books That Can Help Build Your IT Solutions Provider’s Leadership Team
    20 Great Books That Can Help Build Your IT Solutions Provider’s Leadership Team

    Building a leadership team is an ongoing challenge. Yet it is one of the single most important tasks an owner/entrepreneur must do. Fortunately, there are many great books that can help make the task a little simpler.

  • 4 Tips For Improving Financial Reporting
    4 Tips For Improving Financial Reporting

    Accurate and timely financial reporting can be a valuable tool in managing any size business. A leadership team equipped with accurate financial data is empowered to make quicker, more informed decisions and effectively keep up with changing market conditions.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • BBRG Extends PCI-Compliant Wi-Fi To Restaurant Guests

    Columbus, Ohio-based BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc. (BBRG) owns and operates 83 high-volume, full-service restaurants in 29 states, including the upscale, affordable BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille restaurants, which offer Italian dishes that are prepared using authentic cooking methods.

  • Wasp’s Accuracy Takes The Pain Out Of Asset Tracking

    MCS Digital is Australia’s leading specialist provider of mission critical mobile radio communications.  For more than three decades, MCS Digital has focused on design, delivery and support of mission critical communications equipment and systems in Australia and New Zealand. With a combined focus of reliability and quality, MCS Digital’s experience extends across a wide range of industry sectors, with expertise in high risk and hazardous environments.

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HIMSS April 12-16 Chicago
Cisco Partner Conference April  27-30 Montreal
RFID Journal Live! April 15-17 San Diego, CA
TechSelect Partner Conference April 21-24 New Orleans

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April 22-25 Nashville, TN
ASCII Success Summit April 30-May 1 Austin, TX
HTG Peer Groups Centralized Meeting May 4-8 Dallas, TX
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ABOUT DATA COLLECTION & MOBILITY

Data collection & mobility covers barcoding, barcode scanners, RFID tags and scanners, mobile printers and printing, mobile computing, automatic identification and data capture (AIDC), and field service technology.

Barcodes are machine-readable representations of data about the object they are applied to. There are two types of barcodes, 1D and 2D. 1D barcodes represent data with parallel lines of varying widths and spacing and are also known as linear barcodes. 2D barcodes use rectangles, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns in two dimensions. Barcodes are traditionally read with optical scanners called barcode readers, but now desktop printers, mobile computers, and smartphones can also act as scanners.

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is a wireless non-contact method of transferring data for automatic identification and object tracking. RFID tags contain stored electronic information. RFID tags can be powered or passive as required by varying operations. RFID tags differ from barcodes in that they do not require direct line of sight to the reader, allowing them to be inserted in objects.

Mobile printers offer portable printing options and are designed to boost employee productivity and accuracy. Mobile printers can be wired or wireless and are battery powered. They are designed to print barcodes, labels, receipts, and tickets and are often ruggedized in order to operate in harsh and demanding environments.

Mobile computing covers the broad range of business and consumer devices that are designed to be transported during normal usage. Mobile computing encompasses mobile communications, mobile hardware, and mobile software. Mobile computing devices include personal digital assistants (PDAs), smartphones, tablet computers, ultra-mobile CPs, in-vehicle computers, and wearable computers. Enterprise-class devices are often ruggedized to prevent damage from constant use and accidental drops and water contact. Devices operate on a range of operating systems including Windows, Android, iOS, Linux, and more.

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