2D Barcodes: 5 Reasons You Need Them

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Barcodes have been in use commercially for decades. 1D Barcodes As businesses recognized the value of storing more information in these linear codes, they realized that the good, old-fashioned 1D barcode—which stores the equivalent of approximately 20 to 25 alphanumeric characters—wasn’t enough. 2D Barcodes The 2D barcode has been around for over 10 years, but… Read More

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Machine Learning is Driving Healthcare Advances

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When it comes to the quality of patient care, we can’t ignore any source that provides viable insights. Machine learning is one such source…and it’s driving healthcare advances by offering diagnostic help that analyzes big data. Unsure what machine learning is? Click to learn more. How machine learning is used in healthcare: Cancer Research Cancer… Read More

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What is machine learning—and why does it matter?

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I’m fascinated with the power and potential of big data. Technology has enabled us to gather vast amounts of data. Then what happens? We analyze it to see patterns and shape predictions that can help us make better business decisions. Machine learning is an essential complement to big data. This type of artificial intelligence expedites… Read More

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Fuzzy Logic in Real Life

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The world is not all in black and white, A or B, true or false. There are degrees of correctness somewhere in the middle (unless you’re talking about barcodes, of course). Think about how we talk: Do you want to eat, yes or no? I’m a little hungry, but not starved. Do you believe me… Read More

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How Secure is the Cloud for Enterprise Computing?

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Businesses are facing a challenge with their enterprise computing. Should they go to the cloud or keep their data on a “secure” in-house server? Every time a major data breach is reported (e.g., Target in 2013, Home Depot in 2014), decision-makers challenge the cloud’s security. In reality, those data breaches were caused by human error,… Read More

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Production Visibility: You Can’t Manage What You Can’t See

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In a perfect world, businesses would be able to count on a stable cost for raw materials, predictable customer demands, and reliable suppliers. These days, we’d be glad to have any one of those factors. Manufacturers need supply chain visibility from end to end, that has the agility and flexibility to adapt to fluctuations in… Read More


Consumer Versus Rugged Devices: Short-term Savings, Long-term Cost

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Consumer devices—smartphones, tablets, and laptops—are designed for consumer use. We check our emails and social media, shop online, and manage various daily tasks. The mobility that these devices offer has drifted into the workplace, spawning the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. Many businesses were happy to avoid the added expense of buying mobile devices for… Read More


Take an AR walk on Mars

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In about 20 years, NASA plans to send astronauts to Mars. But if you’re in a hurry, you can take a walk on Mars right now. Using the same technology developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, visitors to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida can experience the Red Planet at the… Read More

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3 Tips to Make Your Meetings ‘Lean’ and Reduce Miscommunication

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The principles that drive lean manufacturing are focused on reducing unnecessary actions and increasing quality and customer satisfaction. Some businesses focus their “lean and mean” strategy on processes. They can even apply to how you run your meetings. We’ve discovered the hidden waste of miscommunication in manufacturing is a critical gap to address.    Here… Read More

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Big Data for Weather Forecasting: A Change in the Tech Climate

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“If you don’t like the weather, just wait ten minutes.”  Long before there were “meteorologists”, we had “weathermen”. Their job was to give us their weather forecasts. And we took their predictions with a grain of salt. Recently, Hurricane Matthew raged onto the eastern coast of the southern Atlantic states. It was initially predicted to… Read More