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The 4-1-1 on ERP Accounting Software

พุธ, 12/13/2017 - 15:40
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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is credited with breaking down the walls between different department and functions in a business. It also gives employees and managers access to a complete universe of data. This helps them do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.

Accounting and finance employees, who were previously an afterthought in this process, have been brought into the fold with ERP accounting software. ERP software opens channels of communication between inventory, production, sales, and marketing data; and now a company’s accounting department too. This connection gives non-finance employees information on how their decisions impact the company’s overall financial health. It also keeps accounting and finance employees abreast of day-to-day information, which enables them to produce reports more quickly with less chance of errors in those reports.

How does ERP accounting software improve production and distribution?

Lean manufacturing and production environments place stress on managers to make accurate predictions about the quantities of finished products that customers will order. Overestimates lead to finished goods piling up in warehouses, whereas underestimates leave store shelves empty. This negatively impact sales.

Managers can use information from accounts payable and receivable that is available through ERP accounting software to spot ordering, billing, and payment trends at different times of the year. Not to mention, this helps to avoid product stock problems that might delay or impair delivery of products to customers when demand is high.

Can ERP accounting software improve cash flow?

ERP accounting software gives accounting and finance managers an immediate picture of a corporation’s bottom line at any one point in time. That information can allow managers to redistribute resources more effectively and prevent too much cash from being allocated to unproductive uses. Comparisons of real-time and historical data also give managers an opportunity to anticipate a cash flow problem before it becomes a crisis.

How does ERP software manage invoicing and payments?

ERP accounting software substantially reduces the time required to process invoices and payments, particularly with cloud-based ERP products. Customers can receive invoices through cloud-based systems that they can then access with their own unique logins in order to make payments. The cloud-based ERP accounting software then propagates payment data throughout the system with no need to re-enter data physically in order to generate profit and loss statements and balance sheets. A corporation’s payments can be similarly automated, saving time and resources for its accounting department.

Can ERP accounting software be integrated with human resources functions?

Payroll and employee benefits processing consumes an inordinate amount of time for every organization, regardless of whether that function is handled in-house or it is outsourced to a payroll processor. Accounting ERP software can be integrated with time and attendance systems, employee benefits tracking, and salary and earnings payments to minimize the time required to process payrolls and to track human resources costs against other critical costs within an organization. Companies can use this information to evaluate employee productivity and efficiency, for example, as functions of levels of shipments and sales of finished goods.

Is ERP accounting software a separate ERP module, or is it an inherent part of an ERP software system?

ERP accounting software is available as both a separate module and as part of a unified ERP system. Older legacy ERP software that did not include ERP accounting software is more likely to be expanded with a separate ERP module. Developers have begun to include an ERP accounting option with next generation ERP systems because of the demand for accounting software in those systems. Businesses that are using cloud-based ERP systems will likely have a more straightforward option to add an ERP accounting function to those systems.

Most exciting features of the iPhone X

อังคาร, 12/05/2017 - 00:37

With the iPhone X recently being released for pre-order (and reviewers), much to a wave of praise, many owners are clamouring to advertise the landmark phones best features; here we take a look at 7 of the best features.

  1. Display

You can’t talk about the iPhone X without first talking about the thing that you spend 99.9% of the time interacting with – and that would be the Super Retina HD 5.8 inch 2436×1125 (458 ppi) display. Apple has more or less pushed the boat out and aligned themselves with the competition by redesigning the bezel. That, along with the Apple True Tone technology, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, the Apple iPhone X deals a mighty blow in the face of competitors.

  1. Animoji

The Animoji feature may seem more like a gimmick than anything, but if you have youngsters who like to use facial masking, then this feature will keep them happy for hours on end. Add to that the potential for game development, the Animoji feature will undoubtedly be a big hit with users. In addition, expect a new wave of lip synching music videos (as one user showed with Bohemian Rhapsody) and karaoke-masked videos on social networks.

  1. Face ID

Apple has done away with the home button and with no room on the front for Touch ID (On account of the huge display), Apple nerds have done away with the feature completely in favour of Face ID. It is claimed that the facial mapping feature maps around 30,000 points to make a true composite of your face.

If you wear glasses, don a fringe, grow stubble, it won’t matter – the phone has the ability to learn new facial features and will only unlock with your eyes open; hence, stopping those pesky other halves from trying to unlock it in your sleep.

  1. Cameras

The iPhone X has an overhauled front and back camera and the proof is in the pudding. The iPhone X has dual 12 megapixel cameras that both utilise optical image stabilisation along with a quad LED-flash. The wide-angle lens has a 28mm focal length with an f 1.8 aperture whilst the telephoto lens is 56mm with an f 2.4 aperture. The image sensors are boasting an ability to capture 83 percent more light and with a crop factor of 7, the iPhone X lenses blow the competition out of the water.

In addition to beautiful looking photographs, the iPhone X has improved video features – with 4k video capability, the iPhone X also has 4K 60fps, Slow-mo 1080p up to 240fps. The videos look crisp and sharp, as well as bright and detailed – this will surely pique the interest of run-and-gun shooters as well as amateur filmmakers.

  1. Processors

The iPhone X has excellent processing power and with the upgraded 64-bit A11 Fusion/Bionic chip giving an estimated 70 percent more processing power, Apple have ensured that this beast of a phone will compete for years to come. Add to that the upgraded graphics, the iPhone X will push the boundaries of mobile gaming and photography. The added processor power is reported to not have any adverse effects on battery life or temps of the phone and if early reports are to be believed, apps load faster and pictures snap quicker.

  1. Battery

Ever since the release of the first Apple iPhone, commentators have continually laid criticisms over Apple’s ability to build a phone that outlasts its competitors. Apple has listened to the market and has pinched Samsung’s most lauded feature – QI wireless charging. Apple deals with this with claims that the 2160 mAh battery will now last an estimated 2 hours more than its predecessor and goes from 0 – 100 percent charge in 2 hours 15 minutes.

  1. Apple Pay Cash

Apple has been flaunting this feature in the face of potential customers but have failed to implement it until IOS 11 – the operating system that comes with the iPhone X out-of-the-box. An easy to use payment system to compete with the many payment platforms on the market – this feature allows you to borrow or pay money over SMS – a great feature for students and sellers alike.

The Important Differences Between Web Design and Web Development

อาทิตย์, 12/03/2017 - 17:27

Websites are no longer exclusive to the techies and online businesses. In today’s world, anyone can get a website for personal use, business, or otherwise. But, ease of access doesn’t mean that it’s easy to actually create a website once you’ve paid for your internet real estate. While looking for someone to help you create your site, you may have stumbled across both web designers and web developers.

What’s the difference? Are they the same thing? The term may be used interchangeably, but they are not the same at all.

Building a Website

It takes a lot to make a functional website. There are some resources that make the process a bit simpler for basic sites, but those looking for a customized experience for their viewers need more than the basics. You can find a lot of cut and paste website templates that can work well if all you need is a frame and nothing more. However, this is not the same thing as building a website.

To make a custom website that does exactly what you want it to and looks exactly the way you want it to, you are probably going to need the help of a web designer, web developer, or both. While web design and web development can often cross paths, they are distinctly different things. Each one has its own role in the creation of a website, so you need to pay attention to who you’re hiring for each project.

Do you need a designer or a developer? Let’s take a closer look at what makes each of those roles distinct, so you can make a more informed decision on what you need.

What a Web Designer Does

Design focuses on the front-end portion of a website. Everything a web designer does affects the area of the website that visitors can view and interact with. Web designers focus on the user experience and visual elements of the website.

There is a strong focus on the creative when you’re designing a website. Designers are like the architects of the computer world. You give a web designer your vision and they can help you make a website that looks just like you imagined it. They will also be the ones making sure it’s a seamless, smooth experience for your users.

Many web designers have a limited understanding of coding. They can usually perform basic HTML and CSS coding, but are usually unable to do advanced coding in other languages.

In short, web design is:

  • Visually and aesthetically focused
  • Centered on user experience (UI/UX)
  • Generally considered creative rather than technical
  • Exclusively for front-end and user-facing elements of the website
  • Used to create functional and beautiful websites
What a Web Developer Does

Web development is not particularly concerned with how things look on the front-end and is more focused on making everything work. If the web designers are the architects, web developers are the engineers. They are the ones who do all of the building and constructing of the site from the ground up.

Most web developers are proficient in a number of advanced coding languages like PHP, SQL, Java, CSS, and HTML. This is a much more technical job than web designing, and it requires a lot of problem solving and critical thinking to create a working website. Whereas web designers may just install plug-ins to take care of simple problems, web developers can directly write a solution into the website’s code. This is a fantastic asset if you have a large or complex website to build.

Sites of any size can be built by a web developer. They may use front-end coding to build a website based on a design they’re given, or they can used back-end coding to create complex features of a site like e-commerce pages, integrated databases, payment processors, and more.

In short, web development is:

  • More complex and technical in nature
  • Dependent on coding proficiency
  • Focused on creating a complete, working site through coding
  • Meant to work from the ground up instead of taking shortcuts

While you might find some people who do both web design and web development, it’s more common to find people who specialize in one or the other. These two jobs are not the same, nor do they require the same skillset. Make sure you’re hiring the right person to do a specific job on your website!

17 Devices to make your life that little bit easier

อังคาร, 11/21/2017 - 02:59

The biggest growing market in the mobile phone industry is smartphone accessories – the market is booming and experts believe that by 2022, it will be worth in excess of £80 billion. Here are just some of the many devices designed to make our personal and professional lives that little bit easier – most devices work with all phones but for the purposes of this article, all accessories are referred to with the Samsung Galaxy models of phone in mind.

  1. Lockitron

With the touch of a button, Lockitron allows you to lock and unlock your door. As well as performing one of the most inane tasks around the house, Lockitron can be programmed to open your door automatically when you are within range. Now you can say goodbye to drunkenly faffing about with the key in your door.

  1. Geode

Ever get a headache when it comes to paying by credit card at the checkout? There’s nothing worse than fumbling about in your wallet/purse at the till when there is a long line of customers burning holes in the back of your head. Here is where Geode comes in handy – simply transfer the information from your cards to Geode and you can then use any of the transferred cards at the checkout. A simple little device that can essentially ‘clone’ all your cards which can then be used on command. But that is not all, Geode also allows you to store barcoded loyalty cards and will display them to be scanned at the checkout.

  1. Tod

Tod is a great little tool for monitoring the location of anything that you want. Tod will give you notifications when the devices moves away from your locale – great for vehicles, pets and even young children.

  1. Pico Genie A100

Does your job or pastime require you to use presentations or media to get your point across? If so, then Pico Genie A100 is the tool for you; a portable projector that is as small as an iPhone, the Pico has a 60″ viewable area and has a sound-boosting option to give audio a fuller and richer sound.

  1. Botiful

Botiful is a fun and interesting device that turns your Samsung Galaxy into a driveable mini robot. Think of having a mobile CCTV unit which can be controlled much like a radio-controlled car. Furthermore, you can connect with Skype and Botiful turns into a talkable, mobile robot. Great for parents who want to keep their eyes on their child, wherever they go.

  1. Scanbox

Are you a QR Code fanatic? Do you attend festivals and music events? Then the Scanbox might be the device tailor-made for you. Scanbox is a portable QR Code scanner with in-built LED’s to make scanning in the dark all that more easier.

  1. Node Chroma

NODE Chroma is a real-life colour scanning/picking device which could make aiding colour selection a fruitless task. A great addition to any painter and decorators toolbox, you can pair it with your mobile phone so that you can present the colour details at beck and call.

  1. Sensordrone

Ever need to assess environments such as temperature, gas leaks, air quality or lumination? Then Sensordrone is perfect for your needs – you can attach this to your keys, belt or keychain and pair it to your mobile phone for a live read-out.

  1. Crash Sensor

For the outdoorsy people, Crash Sensor is a device that can be mounted on helmets to monitor whether you have crashed or rendered immobile — and the device will notify your contacts and send them your GPS locations.

  1. Misfit Shine

Misfit Shine is a watch, an activity and sleep monitor all-in-one – fitness fanatics, dieters and health gurus can accurately monitor their physical statistics at end of every day.

  1. Medisana ThermoDock

Have a loved one who is in poor health? Like to monitor your own vital statistics? Then Medisana ThermoDock may be just the device for you. Thermodock checks your body temperature, blood pressure, heart-rate and updates you if they reach dangerous levels.

  1. Deeper

The Fisherman amongst us will know that fishing can be a time-hungry task, as well as, on occasion, provide a source for frustration and impatience. Deeper is a basically a portable sonar device that can detect the movement of fish within a 50m radius. A great device that parents can use to get their children into the sport!

  1. Smart Radiation Detector

Radiation is everywhere and with our environment becoming more and more toxic, health-conscious individuals can use the Smart Radiation Detector to read radiation levels – simply connect to your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy via the microphone input and you are ready to go.

  1. SkyLight

Scientists and biologists use microscopes on a daily basis – The SkyLight allows you to attach your mobile device to any microscope and view under the microscope through your Samsung phone’s display – no more back pains from leaning over microscopes all day long.

  1. Smart Baby Monitor

The Smart Baby Monitor can be installed in your baby’s room to not only monitor your baby’s activities – but can also monitor the environment as well; targeted at parents who need to keep a third-eye on their toddler, the Smart Baby Monitor connects via a wireless connection to the WithBaby app.

  1. Wise-Pet

Wise-Pet is a teddy, teacher and entertainment centre in one. With 5 different pets (who have 5 different personalities), Wise-Pet is essentially a fun mobile phone protector case in the form of a teddy – the accompanying app also has educational features and bedtime story reading abilities.

  1. iPhly

If you, like me, have a nightmare when trying to find your remote controls, iPhly is a device that reads all your remote controlled devices, combines them onto your Samsung mobile phone so that you can control your devices from the one unit.

Ways to Increase Laptop’s Life Expectancy

เสาร์, 11/18/2017 - 19:02

On average, a laptop has a lifespan of 4 years. The laptop users have to replace their gadget after every few years. The device that we use daily becomes unresponsive because of many reasons. Sometimes, the laptops are suffered from damages over time. As a result, the laptop users are bound to get a new one.

Changing a computer is a serious problem for many people. All those problems can be avoided if you learn to stay longer with your laptop. If you are out of the budget and don’t want to buy a new laptop, here are simple ways for you that will help you increase the lifespan of your laptop.

1.    Use laptop with care

The laptops come with a lot of features and functionalities, but most of them are very fragile. The laptop may suffer from the damages such as power supplier breakdown, worn out keyboard, the failure of the hard drive, etc. you can also check some laptop reviews to get more information online. Most of the components of the laptop can be replaced easily. However, they are very expensive and repairing cost fairly high amount.

You can avoid the wear and tear of your laptop if you handle it with care. The hard disk is considered to the most fragile part of the laptop. Since the hard disk performs the most complex tasks of the computer, it is important to move the laptop computer gently. This will prevent the laptop from suffering damages. In this way, you can increase the lifespan of your hard disk

2.    Avoid overheating

As you know that many components of the laptop are integrated into a very small space, they can suffer from overheating. As the laptop is mostly used by keeping it on the lap, the overheating can be very dangerous for the user. The dust can go inside the laptop and can block the flow of air because of which the laptop may suffer from overheating.

It is recommended that you use the laptop on the clean and hard surface. You can also get a laptop support stand for you that provide not only the firm support but also have a cooling fan in it that works to avoid overheating.

3.    Run operating system updates

Every operating system and program has some bugs which are continuously updated. The updates also add the new features to the operating systems that make it more usable for the user and compatible with the device. It is important to make sure that the operating system installed in your laptop is updated version.

The updated versions are important because they save the computer from the security exploitation. Many anti-virus programs canbe installed in your laptop that boosts the speed.

4.    Shut down your laptop after every few days

There are many problems with the computer system that can be simply solved by shutting down the computer. Shutting down the computer after every few daysclears the cache memory. It also repairs the weird bugs faced by the computer.

Monster Truck Culture at BestRoboFest by Association Noosphere and Max Polyakov

เสาร์, 11/04/2017 - 15:03

Monster Trucks are a full-fledged culture that occupies the hearts and minds of dedicated followers. They are delighted by huge trucks and ruthless car shows: all types of vehicles take to the fields and arenas all over the world. The huge events, like MosnterCarsUA, hosted by association Noosphere and Max Polyakov, bring together thousands of shouting fans for the crazy engines and vehicle smashing silliness.

Image Credit: MonsterCarsUA via FB

 

More about Monster Trucks

1. How it started

Monster Trucks are a prominent culture that started during the late 1970’s. In the beginning, stock pickups were remodeled with oversized tires and suspensions which were two times their initial size. Meanwhile, “Mad Max” (a dystopian thriller) was shot in Australia, initiating the dieselpunk style and bringing the 1st monster car, the Interceptor.

The formal Monster Truck fair took place in 1981. The 1st actual Monster Truck, (Bigfoot), was driven by Bob Chandler (an American). He had prepared a video of how he drove his huge truck over 2 vehicles at a field. He intended to promote his truck to encourage potential  customers to purchase the components of his truck. One person who saw that video recommended that he perform a live show, where people could see how he drives over vehicles. The show turned out extremely successful and people requested more shows of Bigfoot.

2. Monster Trucks Currently

Monster Truck shows are now moving around the world and go by various names. In the Netherlands, Canada and the US it is known as Monster Jam. In the UK — as Monster Truck. The biggest shows are races, daredevils, and stunt shows.

The Monster Truck Show is just a show but it is extremely dangerous. Standard safety rules of each vehicle have been created by MTRA (Monster Truck Racing Association). Each driver must have a fire extinguisher, a helmet and must wear a five-point seat harness. Every vehicle has neck braces, of course.

3. Where it is heading

The monster vehicle culture keeps growing. Mechanics all over the globe are remodeling vehicles out in “Mad Max” style and several other themes.

This movement also has reached Ukraine. For instance, a number of demonic inventions and vehicles were presented at BestRoboFest (one of the Ukraine’s  biggest robotics shows). The show was a separate expo of BestRoboFest dedicated solely to monster vehicles and was called MonsterCarsUA and took place for the 1st time in 2017.

It gathered seventeen designers from Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro and other cities of Ukraine.  Extraordinary jeeps, cars, motorcycles, trucks and bicycles were shown off, Both the judges and the spectators were amazed by the unique collection. The show organizer, Noosphere Association (founded by Max Polyakov), decided to reward the winner by sponsoring the creation of a new vehicle for the following show the next year. The concept will be represented next year in real life!

Image Credit: MonsterCarsUA via FB

Max Polyakov, Noosphere Ventures said, that he enjoyed seeing the number of contestants and spectators, which doubled over 2016, when BestRoboFest happened for the for first time.

“Monster Trucks” in Dnipro (Ukraine) has reached so far and it promises to be even more astonishing next year! Anyone with a progressive, ingenious mind can take part with their auto-bike and moto creations. Time to start inventing! Whether for yourself and the whole world, because everyone seeks that adrenaline feeling and a real taste for life!

Which Video Game Hero Do You Want to Be? Pac-Man!

พุธ, 10/18/2017 - 00:23

The world of video games has thrown out so many heroes in the past, and many of them portrayed unique characteristics. The fact remains that people choose to be affiliated to them based on what they represented in the games. Some came as the warlords that destroy everything on their part. Some came as the peacemaker that wants peace in the world, while others depicted beauty, glamour, and some other characters. Amongst all of them, Pac-Man seems to be the best video game hero of all times.

The fact is that the character of Pac-Man is so iconic that every person who likes, gentle and responsible living will fall in love with him. Now, it was introduced around the 1980s, so it is also easy to see people born around the 70s and early 80’s cherish him with passion. But above that, the fact that it represented something very simple, and at some point rare is also a plus to it.  The Pac-Man is a representation of the hero of the Japanese arcades game.

In the native Japanese language, it is referred to as Pakkuman. This personality represented the protagonists of the entire Pac-Man franchise. So, what it represented was more than a game, but an entire organization. This will actually draw people who are into brand building to it, and as an entrepreneur you wouldn’t escape feeling some love for the Pac-Man.

The Pac-Man has been used in more than 30 game spin offs with license from the official and original Pac-Man, so it is a business name too. There have also been several clones and bootlegs without authorization. This portrays how famous it is and how it is among the best online casino games in the video game category.

In the games, Pac-Man always comes off as a responsible family man, and this is the first point of the love we have for him. The games are always talking about family, which is also something most of us cherish so much. The wars and conflicts are not a perfect definition of humanity and the world, but Pac-Man brings something more realistic. Pac-Man will always Mary a wife and give birth to kids. They will always have their home, and this home normally looks like Pac-Man.

The fact that the Pac-Man is always happy, enjoying fun and excitement is another thing that draws people closer to it. Now, while he is always on the adventure trail, he will have it at the back of his mind that it is always family first. That preference for the quiet family life does it for many people. He sits with his family to enjoy dinner, and does a lot of chores in the home. Though he took on different jobs in different games, the happy mood is generally there. So, the world needs such characters to propel people to try to be happy against all odds.

Even when it comes to his relationship with the ghosts, Pac-Man still kept it at the level of friendly antagonism. The ghosts were never seen as a threat by him. Instead, he sees them as a nuisance. This is irrespective of the fact that the ghosts created a monster out of a chewing gum and attempted to take over Pac-Man’s city from him.

6 gadgets for the modern handyman

ศุกร์, 10/13/2017 - 18:10

If you are a professional carpenter or an amateur, then you must know about the tools that are designed to make your jobs easier, faster and efficient. You can buy these tools at hardware stores at great prices and take them along with you on your jobs. These tools are lightweight, compact, and easy to store in a tool box. They are excellent for small jobs around the home or business.

No handyman should be without the proper tools. Here is a list of six gadgets every carpenter will find useful:

* Cordless drills- Because the drill is cordless, it can be charged and taken to perform jobs anywhere, at home or away from home. Choose one that will accept different types of drill bits.

* Nail guns- These have taken place of old fashioned hammers so there are no more banged up fingers. Nail guns are powered by air.

*Tape measure- This comes in handy for taking most measurements, especially when wood cutting is involved, Without this tool, you will messing up and causing a lot of wasted material.

*Oscillating Multi-Tool- This tool, the Oscillating Multi-Tool, is a real space saver because it has a head that will accept a variety of attachment tools like sander, grinder, wood cutter, and more. No carpenter should be without one and it is excellent for spur of the moment projects too.

*Circular Saw- Great for projects that involve wood cutting. Other heavy materials can be cut with this type of saw. You may choose to purchase a cordless or corded one.

* A set of screwdrivers- You will also find it very useful to have a complete assorted set of screwdrivers on hand. Cordless drills are much easier to use, but as a backup, the old fashioned screwdriver will never fail. You can share what you have learned here with your co-workers, family and friends. Having the correct tools will show that you are well equipped for work and you take real interest in your job.

If you are a beginner carpenter, then you can seek advice from an expert carpenter on some great brand names, or read a few online reviews to help you decide. Tools can be purchased online at very affordable prices and they all come with a complete long lasting guarantee. You can have your tool order delivered right to your home or business, plus express shipping is available if you are in a hurry.

Your new tools will come with instructions on use, care and safety. It is always important as a carpenter to place safety as your number one priority. Taking good care of your tool will deliver you long lasting use and excellent performance in your carpentry jobs. Also when you apply for a job, the employer will see that you are well prepared for work by having the correct tools on hand. You can also make more money when you have the correct tools to move from one job to the next.

5 reasons your business needs custom software

ศุกร์, 10/13/2017 - 17:55

Any business official out there is aware of the importance of marketing. This is especially with cases when one is looking to build his brand and establish a well-built consumer-brand relationship. When a business grows, it is evident that the number of your clients will definitely increase. In this case, you will probably find it hard to maintain an effective value-driven relationship with all of your clients. What then can be a solution to such cases? A wise businessperson will look for assistance from established marketing directors. Hiring marketing directors are, at this point, essential, as they can develop performance-driven programs and eventually converting leads to clients.

Custom Software

It is important that every business should have marketing software. The software is supportive especially with the issues of the repetitive marketing tasks. What custom software actually does is it automates web-based services such as the email and social media amongst others. The process includes managing and optimizing the services hence saving entrepreneurs time. With that in place, emailing and creating web pages are made more comfortable. In case you are still wondering why you need it, here are a few benefits of custom software development that will convince you.

1. Time and Money Saving

Marketing automation software can be very efficient compared to manual marketing. First, it is time-saving as it only requires few steps to accomplish. Secondly, it saves time as one can send a massive number of emails and updates in no time. In addition to the software, as with many popular asset tracking systems, does not require significant labor because it only requires an individual for a full time operation. A business owner, will, therefore have to save much while he has done marketing to the whole department. The marketing custom software is a tool to save you energy and budget especially as a small business owner.

2. Branding Made Easier

Consistent branding is the primary tool for the quick building of customer-brand trust. This step is essential especially if one needs to drive sales that eventually lead to qualified leads. Automation can increase the level of one’s branding as it creates and maintains one’s branding presence across various platforms. This, in turn, will save you money that you can use on other critical areas. These areas include direct mailers and texting services.

3. Convenient Development of Lead Generation

I am sure no one would enjoy overspending his hard-earned money carelessly. This happens, mostly, if one does not invest in custom software. For instance, if one decides to send every individual lead a welcoming letter, it will automatically consume much of his time and energy. The case is usually different with the automation software where you can quickly reach out to prospective lead with your client at first interaction.

4. Provides High ROI

One’s customer retention is made much easier once your leads have developed. The case is similar with when your sales process has been automated. Also, one is likely to achieve lead generation, optimization, and management hence a significant return on investments. With this case, it is always more customer, more sales as the software appreciates.

5. Ease of Use

The software has been designed for secure operations regardless of if one is experienced or not. As recommended, most of this software comes with pre-made templates that one can customize as it guides through the whole process from start to finish. With that in place, there is no need of undergoing training. Additionally, It includes crucial elements such as email automation, marketing automation, and landing page creation.

Essential guide about disaster recovery and business continuity

ศุกร์, 10/13/2017 - 17:50

Disasters can prove quite devastating for businesses and communities alike. It’s hard to predict when disaster will strike, which is why it’s essential to create a business recovery plan as soon as possible.

Technology is all around us. By using it in a healthcare setting, we can learn to create plans and backup solutions if our businesses fail during a disastrous time. Understanding businesses continuity plans, disaster recovery plans, and the importance of business in a healthcare setting can help to prevent devastation at its most prominent point.

This guide will give you some tips about how to quickly recover from any kind of disaster, and how to ensure that your business remains safe and strong no matter what.

Tech Services in the Healthcare Field

An understanding of the Importance of Healthcare IT services is crucial to the safeguarding of business data and records during a disaster. There are several IT solutions that you can equip to your healthcare business to make sure that patient records and important files remain intact.

Not only do IT services help keep your most important documents, but they can also keep costs low over a prolonged period of time. These types of services allow for constant network access, especially during a time of a disaster.

Plus, consulting is available to help you decide what kind of services can help your business the most.

The Best Business Continuity Plan

A lot of business owners ask themselves: What’s better? A disaster recovery or business continuity plan? This is a question that many in the IT field ask themselves on a daily basis. Both types of plans are essential when running a tech-related organization, but you can decide which of the two plans is most important to provide you with relief after a disaster.

A business recovery plan discusses the steps that a business should take in the event that a disaster occurs. On the contrary, a disaster recovery plan is a security plan that protects parts of your business from any disaster. For example, you will want to protect your high-end security and IT services from going under in case of a flood or hurricane. There are benefits to having both of these types of plans.

Impact analysis and continuity strategies are two important steps that should be taken when making a business continuity plan. You want to make sure that you know what to do when disaster strikes. How will communication continue? How will you ensure that your security will not be compromised? Do you have a temporary work location set up in the event that you need to evacuate?

While both types of plans are interdependent of each other, it is difficult to have one without the other. Any issues that will arise in one plan will likely be addressed by the other.

Ultimately, once your business continuity and disaster recovery plans are formed, they will require reviews every so often to make sure everything is still in order. Your business is likely changing and growing, and so your disaster protection plans should reflect that same fluidity.

Gadgets that can help you with training your body

จันทร์, 10/02/2017 - 17:34

In every aspect of our lives, the modern era is giving us a whole host of tools to make us more able to achieve our goals. For entrepreneurship I have crowdsourcing, for art I have design tablets and 3D pens, for college I have websites which can write an essay for me, and for pet care I have automatic food dispensers and pet-friendly video chat. And, of course, there is also a whole host of gadgets for improving our workouts. Depending on your fitness routine there is a whole host of apps and exercise machines available to you.

Misfit Shine is one of the best activity trackers out there, even better some would say than the Fitbit. It tracks your movements and activities and outlines them in comparison with your goals. What is more, it’s waterproof. Whether you are working out to lose weight or be a better athlete, doing a plank workout or going swimming, the Misfit Shine can help you reach your goals.

When following a weight loss diet plan, it can be difficult to stay on track, especially if you’re a total foodie, or if you eat on the go and whilst doing other things. If willpower is not enough to keep your portions controlled, the HAPIfork may be the tool for you. It vibrates when you eat too fast, to encourage you to slow down and pay more attention to your food, which is proven to reduce how much we eat.

If you are an avid jogger or sprinter, you will know that pace measurers frequently give incorrect data. But is there a way of monitoring your running efficiency other than using exercise machines such as ellipticals or treadmills? Yes there is. The Sensoria Fitness Sock bases your movements on your ankle to ensure it keeps an accurate record, and will let you know how you are moving and how to improve via an app.

If you aren’t sure whether your weight loss diet plan is working or not, you could try upgrading your scales. The Fitbit Aria is a super modern set of scales which tells you your weight, body fat percentage, and BMI, and adds the record to your computer charts automatically, so you can watch your progress.

After finishing our free weights, sprint, or crossfit plank workout, many of us take a protein shake. But have you ever stopped to consider how bulky our sports supplements and nutrition bag is? A water bottle, a tupper of protein, and a shaker cup already take up quite a bit of space. But what if we could combine them? The Umoro One is a combined water bottle and protein shaker that saves loads of space. It is a normal water bottle you can sip from as you hit the exercise machines or run. But it has a capsule of protein powder inside it. After your workout you can hit a button to release the protein, and the capsule works to shake up the powder until it is blended into your water.

As you can see, fitness technology is really bringing our workouts into the 21st century. So whatever you use – it will keep you fit, according to your inquiry.

In  your workout and whatever your goals, have a look into what technology can do for you.

Top 20 Mobile Apps That Support Students in the Trickiest Situations

พฤ, 09/28/2017 - 20:14

Every college student use help at school in some way or another. With technology advancing every year, shouldn’t there be high-tech help available for you? There is! Through mobile app downloads, you can have the best help you need while going to school. Take a look at some examples below!

1. WolframAlpha

If you have a question about pretty much anything, just ask this app. Through a series of algorithms and data, its knowledge engine can pull up accurate answers from a variety of sources. It can even give you explicit instructions on how it has concluded the answers. This is perfect for studying and working on assignments!

2. EasyBib

Save time for creating book references in bibliographies by using this app. You can have it format your references in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. All you have to do is to scan the book’s barcode!

3. Safety Apps

It’s important to remain safe both on and off campus. Safety apps allow you to stay connected with friends and locate each other whenever you are lost or need help. All you have to do is to press the button to ask your friends for help and a GPS tracker will mark your location on your friends’ devices – making sure you’re always safe! Some of these apps include Circle of Six, Bugle, React Mobile and bSafe.

4. Lecture Capture Apps

These apps allow you to record your class lectures through your iPad or mobile device without needing expensive recording equipment so you never miss what is said and can refer back to it later. Some apps can include Lecture Capture, Audio Memos Free – The Voice Recorder, SoundNote, and Notes Plus.

5. Dropbox

Organize any of your educational content – documents, videos, photos, and more – on any of your devices. You can sync and add files and access them on the go while sharing them with other people. This is perfect when you take notes on a tablet and need to transfer them to a computer or are working on a group assignment.

6. Wake-up Apps

It’s hard for students to get good sleep at night which can cause them to oversleep in the morning and be late. Wake-up apps have been created to help you wake up on time by incorporating alarms that require you to perform tasks such as shaking the phone up-and-down or taking a photo to stop it. Other apps help correct your sleeping pattern by waking you during your lightest sleep phase which it calculates by your movement the time you went to sleep. That way, you wake up on time and feel refreshed. Some apps include Sleep Cycle and Alarmy: Sleep if You Can.

7. Evernote

Stay optimally organized by using this app with features to create notes, take photos, record voice reminders, create to-do lists, and more that can be synced with multiple devices.

8. Student Planner Apps

Keep yourself organized and free of having to carry paper note reminders with a student planner app that will also send reminders and alerts straight to your phone or device. Some of these apps include Class Timetable, Timetable, and My Class Schedule.

9. iTunes U

Have access to assorted coursework and assignments from leading universities like Yale and Stanford through a huge digital catalog of educational content that’s free via this app. You can use the material to take notes and share with other students, perfect for studying and gathering assignment information!

10. Period Table

This app is geared more towards students in science and chemistry classes. With this app, you can use videos and podcasts to help you learn about the elements of the periodic table. You can go through different levels of data so you are not overwhelmed.

11. CamScanner

If you don’t have time to sit down and read a book or study at the library for long, you can use this app to take your reading material with you anywhere you go. With the simple scan of text on a page, the content will be digitally formatted to convert into a JPEG file or PDF that can be stored in the cloud, printed, or delivered via fax!

12. GradeProof

Start scoring higher on your papers and essays by improving your writing with this app. You can identify intricate grammatical issues that other writing apps don’t normally detect, and you get sentence-by-sentence directions on how to improve your overall writing style.

13. Office Lens

Take pictures of whiteboards, documents, blackboards, receipts, magazines, and more that can be converted into a text format that is shareable and editable. If you’re sitting at the side of a classroom, glares and shadows will be cleaned up so the imagery is picture-perfect for PowerPoint, Word, and PDF files.

14. Dragon Dictation

Stop wasting time writing your notes; start voice recording them. With this app, you can speak into your phone as you read and your spoken words will be formatted into a text that can be shared and emailed to you. That way, you can take notes as you read and cut down the time required to type up a paper.

15. Studious

Stay on track with homework due dates and upcoming exams by using a tracker with this app for quick organizing and reminding. You can even add assignments with the quick shake of your mobile device. Also, you have the capability to jot down brief notes and email your teachers.

16. Quizlet

Improve your studying skills with Quizlet. Create your own personalized flashcards with audio, imagery, and text content or take advantage of already user-created quizzes that vary across any topic you can think of. With the straightforward interface, the setup process is easy and doesn’t take much time!

17. Microsoft Office

Microsoft is now available as a mobile app and it includes Excel, PowerPoint, Word, OneNote, and Outlook. Store and create documents that can be adapted to both your mobile and computer. Email an attachment or link for collaboration and have your documents ready to be accessed whenever you need it.

18. Mendeley

With this app, you can collaborate with classmates and manage research citations for your writing. It allows you to annotate and search journal articles that are often required for higher education. You can even sync your phone with a computer to help keep you organized.

19. Free Graphing Calculator

This app is amazing for anyone who needs to perform math or statistical work. Instead of carrying around a scientific calculator, you can use this app. It can perform all the functions of a scientific calculator such as graphing equations, parametric equations, and embedded functions.

20. Zombies, Run!

At the end of a hard school day, you may want to relieve stress by working on your fitness. A good stress relieving activity for fitness is running. However, running might not be fun for you. Good news for you is that you can make running fun with this app. Select the music you want to listen to and the apps audio recording will project a zombie apocalypse scenario accompanied to your tunes. Have fun running away from the flesh-eating zombies while you run and jam out!

With all these handy apps, you’ll be fully prepared to handle your college tasks, deadlines, papers, and more. If you feel that you still have no time to complete an assignment on your own, you can ask a writing service like https://domycreativewritings.com/ to help you out and create a sample paper that will assist you.

Modern Technologies for Students: 15 Tools Nowadays Students Can’t Live Without

พฤ, 09/28/2017 - 20:08

Every year, technology advances in convenience and accessibility. Thanks to modern technologies, there are tools students can use to get help with school tasks. Here are 15 technological tools you can’t live without as a student!

1. Encrypted Flash Drives

This flash drive requires the user to enter a pin number to use it – preventing strangers from accessing information.

2. Tech Backpacks

The backpacks store all your belongings and use a solar panel to generate energy for powering electrical devices.

3. Smart Pens

This new technology eliminates notebooks, pens, and papers by tracking what you write and having audio recording features that can be uploaded to programs like Google Docs.

5. Study Blue

With this mobile app, you can store study materials like notes, flashcards, coursework, and more that you can share with other students on your mobile device.

6. Flashnotes

This resource allows you upload lecture notes and sell them. The best note takers make the most money and their knowledge is shared with other students – including you if you need it.

7. Virtual Keyboards

These keyboards are around the size of a TicTac box and they use laser technology to project a keyboard that connects to your mobile device or tablet via Bluetooth for real-time typing.

8. Digital Textbooks

Streamline your textbooks through a digital format to your tablet for easy learning at a cheaper rate.

9. Chromebooks

Like digital books, Chromebooks are accessed through Google and are inexpensive, easy to control, and enable fast typing for helpful note-taking.

10. Glogster EDU

Don’t worry about manually making presentations – upload all the information you need including graphs, photos, and videos to a collage you can share.

11. Noise Canceling Headphones

By using these headphones, you can cancel out the noise and not worry about distractions when studying and doing homework.

12. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Software

Speak through a headset or a mobile app that allows you to record audio. This app will help you convert the audio to Microsoft Word or other programs for faster note-taking and completing assignments.

13. Knewton

Personalize content on a platform that monitors your educational learning and builds interactive resources based on your performance.

14. Smart Lights

Plug in these lights that stream illumination settings and music from your phone for an amazing studying or homework environment.

15. Fitbit Flex

It’s difficult to have a consistent lifestyle as a student. Fitbit Flex is here to help by managing your sleeping, eating, and fitness habits.

As a busy college student, you want to be able to work and study faster and smarter. To do that, you need to get involved in modern technologies that are smartly designed to help you with your educational responsibilities while attending school. Go shopping today for amazing items on this list and see how these useful, technological advances can make your life easier!

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Tracker Applications For The Cell Phone

พฤ, 09/28/2017 - 19:54

The GPS phone tracking apps make it easy to keep in track of some essentials in life. It can be used to:

  • Find friends and family members: specially kids to get the directions to their exact locations.
  • Find your phone: The tracking app’s website can be checked to find a lost phone.
  • Stay connected: By just checking the GPS tracking map know your friends’ whereabouts.

The cell phone tracker app would do it all very easily. It is an easy to use app with the latest technologies which would help you to stay connected two people and devices in real time that matter the most. Let us talk about some tracker apps the features and how they would help.

  • mSpy

mSpy cell phone tracker is the best and number one rated app. It is the most favorite and trusted tracking app amongst the people around the globe which can be proven if you go through the reviews of this app. This application needs a special mention undoubtedly. It offers its customers many useful tracking features to monitor once it is installed. It is not detectable on the targeted device. The main features and functions that mSpy offers are keylogger.

  • Highster mobile

This app has found its rank on the top list because of its affordable prices as well as its features. This is one of the cheapest software that can be used to monitor and track other devices. It can work without a root or a jailbreak and can support lots of devices depending on your needs. It is easy to use Highster mobile with all the functions of this application. It is able to track SMS and MMS messages, pictures, videos calls, browsing history of social networking sites and many more things. It can also track phone theft. The Highster mobile application is able to work on iPhone and iPads with the iOS versions as well as on Android mobiles too.

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  • Wi-Fi network control
  • call blocking
  • data wipe and remote lock.

It is compatible on all Apple products as well as Android products. Its software has been rated the topmost when it comes to the compatibility to devices. It can be quickly and easily installed.

3) Flexispy

This app offers spilling the professional way. It is built with very powerful features and is supported to the Apple and Android devices as well as the Blackberry. The activities of the targeted phone can be tracked by using this Mobile Spy program easily. Its main features include reading SMS and MMS messages, GPS fine tracking, social media surfing, website and applications spying. There are many extra advanced features to this app which may need payment of extra money. It is one of the most expensive tracker app for the cell phones.

4) iKeyMonitor

This is a good middle ground choice in terms of its features and prices. It has a few added functions mainly we with a keylogger but does not have very advanced features. To easily track your loved ones this is a good choice. The core program of this app is keyloging to track the targeted phone. It is easily done with this app. It can track passwords, websites, emails, social media messages, notes etc. If your device is not rooted or jailbroken you may not be able to have access on some of its features. This app is supported and has compatibility to Apple as well as Android phones. This app supports 10 languages including Chinese and Japanese. You can take a 3 day trial for free.

4) PhoneSheriff

This tracker app is a popular tracker app amongst the parents. Though it does not run undetected on the targeted phone but yet it has been found to be very useful. There are two options available in this app- filtering and logging. Filtering feature provides you to block apps, websites, and receive alerts in your child’s phone. It also has an alarm time restriction and remote locking in case of theft. In the loging feature parents can access the Internet history, text messages, and photos and then there is the GPS tracking too. It is compatible for all Apple products but must be jailbroken along with Android and Blackberry products too.

When we compare all the tracking apps available in the market we can conclude that mSpy cell phone tracker app ranks on the top most. It is the most globally accepted and used tracking app and a favorite amongst all types of customers.

Is Drone Technology Worth Investing in?

พุธ, 09/20/2017 - 23:06

Drones, also referred to as Flying Mini Robots, Miniature Pilotless Aircraft or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), are becoming more and more popular over time. While their use is not yet widespread, they have become an integral part of the operations of a number of government organisations and businesses. They are very versatile and can be used for various purposes including making deliveries and scanning places that would be otherwise unreachable such as some military bases.

Businesses benefit from them because of their speed and accuracy. For instance, when making deliveries to customers, there is no time wasted in traffic or trying to find the location of the customer. They also increase productivity and work efficiency, and help businesses save on the costs of operation among other benefits. Just like most other technological inventions, drone technology started out as a fad but that quickly changed as more businesses realised the immense potential of the technology.

Drones can either be controlled via a smartphone app or by a remote. They require very little energy, time and effort to operate and the manpower needed to control them is minimal. The 4 main sectors where their use is quickly gaining popularity are commercial, future technology, personal and military.

Uses of drone technology

While drones only started gaining popularity in the late 1990s, there are records showing that France and the U.S. attempted to develop automatic airplanes which would require no human control during the First World War. Below are some of their uses today:

  • Carrying out safety inspections on buildings, wind turbines, gas pipelines, power lines, bridges
  • Aerial photography, filming and journalism
  • Making deliveries to customers or to disaster-stricken areas
  • Gathering information from disaster-stricken areas
  • Precision agriculture
  • Weather forecasting
  • Some have thermal sensors and are used for rescue operations
  • Border surveillance
  • Cargo transport
  • Geographic mapping

Given the growing popularity of drone technology, their uses are bound to extend to many other industries soon.

Military use

Today, the primary use of drones is in the military sector and this is where most money is spent on the technology. A recent Goldman Sachs report says that drone spending over the next 3 years is expected to be $70 billion. Some of the military uses of drone technology include supervision, R&D, and in combat missions. Their popularity in the military is due to their speed and accuracy and also due to the fact that less people are put in harm’s way.

Commercial use

While commercial use of drone technology is still not as popular as military use, it is expected to grow at 19% per annum up to 2020. This is far much higher than the expected annual growth in military use of drone technology, which is 5% per annum. The main investors in commercial drone technology are chip companies, industrial conglomerates, and digital consulting firms in North America, Asia and Europe.

Personal use

Despite the few drone accidents that have happened in the past, the use of drones by civilians is also expected to grow. In the U.S. alone, sales in the next year are expected to reach 2.8 million drones, with revenue from these sales almost hitting $1 billion. As the market for civilian drones grows, manufacturers are working to make them safer to reduce the incidence of drone accidents.

The future of drone technology

As drones get cheaper to manufacture, their prices are also bound to continue decreasing and more and more businesses will be able to customise them for various uses including traffic monitoring among other uses. The investment industry may also benefit from the growth of the commercial UAV industry, so online investment sites like CMC Markets stand to gain a lot. Within less than a decade, the commercial UAV industry could be worth over $80 billion and could lead to the creation of more than 100,000 job opportunities in the U.S. alone. This will be a big boost to the country’s economy and to the global economy as well.

Conclusion

It is clear that drone technology is a worthwhile investment, whether for personal use, commercial use or military use. Their benefits are immense and with the rapid advancements in the industry, they are only bound to get better. While the regulations on the manufacture and use of drones are still very limiting in many aspects, the growing popularity of drone technology may just lead to them being loosened and open up new opportunities for growth in the industry.

How Technology Has Improved Weather Predictions

พุธ, 08/30/2017 - 01:40

The weather is a strange thing and it is often thought unpredictable. This couldn’t be further from the truth and technology has proven it time and time again. With Hurricane Harvey in full swing, consumers have seen the power of technology to predict the weather yet again. Of course, the weather predicting technology wasn’t always accurate or reliable. In fact, it has improved significantly over the past few years. Within this guide, you will discover the ways technology has improved weather predictions.

The Utilization Of Drones

Drones are still in their infancy. They have a long way to go, before they become mainstream. Nevertheless, various professionals have found a use for drones and this includes meteorologists. When attempting to collect meteorological data, scientists are often required to sample the atmosphere in remote locations. Those locations are difficult to access through conventional means. The drone may be able to help simplify this problem by giving scientists access to the information that is needed.

Drones were utilized during Tropical Storm Frank to collect data. More importantly, it did so without putting human life at risk, which is something that is very common for storm chasers.

Improvements To The Tornadic Vortex Signature

The Tornadic Vortex Signature is truly a remarkable technology. Nevertheless, it wasn’t always reliable. In the past, it took a very long time before scientists could pinpoint the location of a tornado. The technology relies on advanced algorithms to help detect tornadic activity. The technology has improved significantly in the past few years. In 1987, the technology had lead times of approximately 3.5 minutes. Today, that number has climbed 14 minutes. Suffice to say, the improvements have undeniably helped to save countless lives. This is one of the main reasons the Weather Station is capable of delivering accurate predictions to consumers around the globe.

Satellites

Another thing that has dramatically improved weather predictions is the satellite. Today, NOAA relies heavily on satellites to collect data from the atmosphere. In fact, NOAA has put a plan into place to deploy upgraded technologies in the next five years. The detailed satellite observations have proven to be enormously beneficial for allowing scientists to track and monitor incoming storms. This is especially true for extreme weather events, such as hurricanes. Geostationary satellites remain in one place and they take pictures every 15 minutes. In return, forecasters utilize the data to provide consumers with the most reliable forecast humanly possible. This delivers lightning fast and highly reliable predictions for growing storms and hurricanes.

Superensemble (SE) Process

The Florida State University developed an innovative tool that is capable of generating accurate hurricane predictions. Superensemble (SE) process gathers pertinent information from the best available weather model forecasts and predictive information to generate what they have deemed “super accuracy” forecast. SE forecasting is a statistical and computational process that goes far beyond the predictive power of independent dynamical models.

Unlike other type of forecasting methods, SE forecast is completely objective, which basically means that it does not consist of human forecasts. This makes the process perfect for crop yield, consumer demand and electricity load forecasts.

Data Breach: How Bad is Bad?

เสาร์, 08/26/2017 - 00:25

The Apollo 13 lunar mission is often referred to as a “successful failure”. In spite of a ruptured oxygen tank that threatened the lives of three astronauts and the future of the moon-landing program itself, NASA engineers devised a coordinated strategy that brought the astronauts back to earth and that improved the safety of future missions.

In a similar fashion, a quick-thinking technician devised and implemented a “kill switch” strategy that shut down the “Wannacry” ransomware attack that threatened computers and systems in more than 100 countries in early 2017. Nobody has yet dubbed the Wannacry attack and response as a “successful failure”, but the attack’s potential damage was more limited than many other events in the history of cybersecurity.

Hacks and data breaches are never welcome events, but a well-prepared cybersecurity response can minimize the damaging outcome of an attack and place it lower on a scale of overall destructiveness. For example, businesses are experiencing a growing number of ransomware attacks. Hacker’s frequently launch ransomware attacks by attaching a piece of malware to an email that is sent to an employee, who then opens the attachment in spite of warnings and training to the contrary. If a business is unprepared, it will have few options but to pay a ransom demand in order to unlock its data. A better-prepared business will have backed up its data and software with technology that is not connected to its networks and that will accordingly not be affected by the ransomware. It will also have technology that contains the malware and shuts it down quickly.

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks require analogous preparations and responses. DDoS attacks flood a business’s networks with hundreds of thousands of simultaneous calls, effectively shutting down the network’s regular operations. A hacker might launch a DDoS attack to distract a company’s cybersecurity team from other attempts to break into its network. With advanced preparation, a company will be better able to detect the onset of a DDoS attack, to analyze and identify the components affected by it, and mitigate the problems it causes before they get out of hand. Again, a response that is mapped out ahead of time will be the difference between a bad result and a “successful failure”.

Targeted companies will become aware of ransomware and DDoS attacks almost immediately, but in other cases, a data breach can go unnoticed for several months. When the breach is discovered, a company might learn that it has lost hundreds of thousands of data records and that its customers’ personal and financial information has fallen prey to the hacking community. This is a worst-case scenario, but as with other types of cyberattacks, its damages can be minimized with advance planning and a proper incident response. Open and timely communication with affected parties is a crucial element of that response. Given the growing number of cyberattacks on businesses of every size and in every industry, a company should establish procedures to regularly inventory the data that it stores, to monitor which parties have access to that data, to understand its regulatory obligations and legal risks it assume when holding data, and to create a core group of employees who will manage a response when a cyberattack does occur. The purpose of these preparations is not so much to prevent the cyberattack as it is to make that attack less bad.

A data breach insurance policy will go a long way toward mitigating the damage from a cyberattack and allowing the targeted company to claim that the attack on its business was a “successful failure”. That insurance can provide resources to help a company communicate with and reimburse affected customers and clients whose data might have been lost through a cyberattack. It can also help the targeted company to pay expenses associated with recovering lost or frozen data and to replace damaged systems. To the extent that advance preparation is crucial to an effective response to a cyberattack, data breach insurance is a crucial component of that advance preparation.