Microsoft Dynamics and Outlook Integration

Posted By Faye

Organizations, be it small or big, seek ways to improve the efficiency of work from all the perspective—be it sales, marketing, productivity, and the least to Outlook integration—we want things to be done in an organized and hassle-free manner. Microsoft Dynamics CRM helps us meet most of our problems with this regard. Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration with Microsoft Outlook is the widely used email software for many organizations and the most used application in the Office suite. Microsoft Dynamics integration with Microsoft Outlook allows for improved integration and implementation by users who are already familiar with the layout of Outlook. Moreover the integration with Outlook means we as a user waste less time switching between programmes, thus improving output in the office.
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Apple patches keep coming: Mac OS, Safari beta fixed

Posted By Faye

Date: March 26th, 2015

Category: Apple

Apple kept its rush of year-end security patches coming Monday, issuing a flurry of fixes for its Mac OS X operating system and the test version of its Safari browser.

Monday’s patches included a whopping 31 updates for the Apple operating system. The Mac OS X patches fix components ranging from the Address Book and iChat software to under-the-covers operating system components such as ColorSync, the IO Storage Family, and the Perl, Python and Ruby programming languages.

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Canon U.S.A. Adds Two New Multifunction Systems to Its Color image RUNNER Series

Posted By Faye

Date: March 19th, 2015

Category: Announcement

An announced was made for the addition of the Color imageRUNNER c3480 Series and the Color imageRUNNER C3080 Series by the Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leader in document imaging and office solutions. The Color imageRUNNER C3480/C3080 Series models bring time-savings, joining the Color imageRUNNER C2550 announced in Febraury 2008, performance and high-quality output ot smaller offices and workgroup environments.Robust finishing options, advanced security features, and low energy consumption, as well as compatibility with a wide selection of accessories. Offering web connectivity, accelerated paper management, that the Color imageRUNNER c3480 and c3080 systems are available in either a “base” or “I” version, and can be customized to meet diverse document management needs.

Customer Intimacy and Empathy are Keys to Innovation

Posted By Faye

Date: March 12th, 2015

Category: Business

“Above all, we know that an entrepreneurial strategy has more chance of success the more it starts with the users — their utilities, their values, their realities … the test of an innovation is always what it does for the user…it is by no means hunch or gamble. But it is also not precisely science. Rather, it is judgment.” — Peter Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Just because a company is spending money on research (such as markets, customers, or new technologies) and development doesn’t mean they will get innovation. Innovation, as with advertising, training, or many other organization investments, depends on the quality of the investment as much as the quantity of resources put in it. A high proportion of innovative new products, services, and companies flop. That’s often because managers build better mousetraps without first making sure there are any mice out there. Or that people still want to catch them.

Many innovations come from a deeper level of customer and market understanding. They go beyond what current customers say they need. They solve problems that customers either don’t realize they have or didn’t know could be solved. These innovations create needs and performance gaps only once customers start using them and get turned on to the possibilities.

Every product and service we now take for granted was once silly, interesting, or just an odd curiosity. What would we have said to a market researcher asking about a video machine for our TV when there were few movies to rent? How about CD players when there were no CDs to buy? What about a bankcard to withdraw cash from an ATM? How about a personal computer? In the fifties, how highly would we have rated the need for jet planes when our business was conducted within a few hundred-mile radius of our office?

These are a few examples of the thousands of innovations that customer or market research and competitive benchmarking would never have identified a need for. The companies who pioneered these sorts of innovative breakthroughs had years of spectacular revenue growth and market leadership.

Walking in Our Customer’s Shoes

“The need for innovation on an unprecedented scale is a given. The question is how. It seems that giving the market free rein, inside and outside the firm, is the best — perhaps the only — satisfactory answer.” — Tom Peters, Liberation Management: Necessary Disorganization for the Nanosecond Nineties

Innovation is a hands-on issue. It calls for an intimate understanding of our current customers and markets, potential new customers or markets, team and organization competencies and improvement opportunities, vision, values, and mission. We can’t develop that intimacy from a distance. Studies, reports, surveys, graphs, and measurements wouldn’t do it.

Effective innovation depends on disciplined management systems and processes. But it starts with people. People searching for creative ways to do things better, different, or more effectively. People trying to understand how other people use, or could use, the products or services their organization could produce. That makes innovation a leadership issue.

Beyond the management tools of surveys, focus groups, and the like, innovation leaders find a multitude of ways to live in their customers’ world. They’re learning how to learn from the market, not just market research. Innovation leaders look for ways to align the organization’s product and service development competencies with latent or unexpressed market and customer needs. Since customers don’t know what’s possible, they often can’t identify innovations that break with familiar patterns.

At the other extreme, leaders recognize that their organizations are constantly in danger of developing products and services with little or no market appeal. So many new (or extended) products and services come from empathic innovation. These are innovations that flow from a deep empathy and understanding of the intended customers’ problems and aspirations.

Through living in and empathizing with their customers’ world, innovation leaders focus their organization’s development capabilities on solving problems or meeting needs that customers may not realize could be done.

As my first consulting company, The Achieve Group, was working with current and prospective Clients to move beyond the training field to organization improvement, we stumbled across the need for senior management education, strategy formulation, and implementation planning sessions. This came from working closely with Clients struggling to get people in their organization trained and using new approaches to customer service, quality improvement, and teams. It became clear that how the senior management group pulled everything together and led the effort was the key stumbling block or stepping stone to the whole effort. After experiments, pilots, and few failures, Achieve’s highly successful executive retreat process evolved and developed to meet a need no one had anticipated.

Firefox calls for HTML5 support

Posted By Faye

Date: March 5th, 2015

Apple is known for its intense criticism of Adobe’s Flash platform and has created huge waves when it refused to put in Flash support for the iPad and iPhone. The company has, instead, thrown its support for HTML5.
Apple has now gained another supporter in Mozilla, creators of the popular Firefox browser. The company has announced that people should support HTML5 and should use it whenever possible because Adobe Flash is, as they colorfully put it, “plugin hell.”
Firefox’s support for HTML5 is further bolstering its prominence and could be considered as another nail in the coffin of Flash.

The Social Web – Riskier that Ever

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Ever since sexual predators started to use social networks for their predatory behavior people have been told again and again that they should be frugal when it comes to personal information due to threats that exists on all corners of the internet. With the pornography ring busted in Australia recently, people still fail to notice that the information the place on the net through the many social networking sites is subject to the eyes of everyone and we do mean everyone.
Imagine a sexual predator in your hometown posing as a person with the same interests as you that you feel you have known her for years, then it turns out to be that the she was a he who has been stalking you online and physically for quite sometime. Do you need the ending? This is becoming more and more common and with younger children starting to use the web as a socializing platform from home the problems that can arise such as the one we discussed in endless. The internet is a dangerous place from the beginning and one of the main problem is that you really never know who you are in a chat session with, for real. They can be anybody and anyone around you or even half way around the world and that is a side of the internet that may need some checking. The transparency of the net that makes it too good to be true (it allows people from all over the world to get information on just a bout anything they fancy) is a double edged sword that can be turned against you in an instant.
Identity theft, fraud and many other crimes have now evolved around the internet and more and more of us are getting victimized. The experts have long advised us that if you deem information to be confidential or that you want to remain anonymous with regards to the use of the internet, best to keep your personal details to yourself and off the net. Even secure and encrypted sites can be hacked and there is no sure fire online security system that can provide total security and anonymity.privacy.jpg

Variance Swap – Risk Management Tool For Big Investors

Posted By Faye

Date: February 26th, 2015

Category: Investing

A variance swap is a derivative financial product designed to be a risk management tool for large professional investors. It allows them to manage portfolio risk by either hedging (removing risk) or, where appropriate, by speculating (increasing risk). Variance swaps trade mainly in the over-the-counter (OTC) market.

The basic features of a variance swap may be explained by examining the payoff earned by each party to the transaction. In simplified terms, a party’s pay-off from a variance swap is given by the following formula:

($Notional amount) * (A2 – B2) x 100


A = forward realized volatility (expressed as a decimal)

B = swap strike level (expressed as a decimal)

In plain terms, the above formula indicates that payoff is determined by taking the notional amount and multiplying it by the difference between the forward volatility squared minus the strike level squared. This product is then multiplied by one hundred merely as an adjustment to correct for the fact that A and B are expressed in the formula as decimals rather than percentages.

The above formula is a basic representation of a variance swap payoff. Actual variance swap contracts are likely to have more complicated expressions, but the essence is captured in the above expression.

On the day the swap is traded, the two parties agree a strike price as well as the notional value for the contract. The strike price is the base or reference level against which future realized volatility will be compared. The notional value can be any amount agreed by the parties.

Assume two parties agree to enter into a three month variance swap on the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index with a strike price of 20 percent and a notional amount of $100,000. The buyer of the swap pays the seller $100,000 and will receive the volatility realized during the contract period. At the swap expiration date, the realized variance is measured to have been 10 percent. The payoff to the swap buyer is $100,000 x (0.202 – 0.102) x 100, or $300,000. The swap seller pays the buyer $300,000. The buyer made a net gain and the seller a net loss, of $200,000.

Most financial securities decrease in value if their price volatility increases. The larger the portfolio the larger the value loss caused by price volatility. Variance swap contracts are a complex product designed for professional portfolio managers not small investors. They allow flexible terms and come at relatively low cost.

Variance swaps are a recent financial innovation introduced during the 1990s. The first known variance swap traded in 1993 with the FTSE Index as the underlying asset. Significant volumes have traded in the OTC market since about 1997. A three-month variance futures contract has traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange since 2004.

Entity Framework and Data Services for the Web

Posted By Faye

Date: February 19th, 2015

Category: Information

New Web applications are built on technologies enable developers to build better, richer user experiences such as AJAX and Microsoft Silverlight. A stronger separation of presentation from data is being shift in how applications are organized by these new technologies. The technologies simplify the job of developers such as Language Integrated Query (LINQ) and ADO.NET Entity Framework and Data Services. To enable applications to expose data as a REST-based data service is the goal of ADO.NET that can be consumed by WEB clients within corporate network and across the Internet. It used to identify the various pieces of information available through the service is the data service that is reachable over HTTP, and URIs.

The Challenge of the Mobile Web

Posted By Faye

Date: February 12th, 2015

It’s enough to look around and see the booming increase of mobile phones and handheld computers; most modern users have at least one handheld device. Increased simplicity has caused ‘premium’-featured models to be introduced to the ‘entry-level’ customers. Have you ever seen a child Tweeting away or updating their Facebook status from their mobile phone? It’s not restricted to them anymore, with business-people actively performing their entire work with the use of their mobile phone only – sending and receiving e-mails, sharing data, surfing the mobile website, etc.

For quite some time, people were unaware of the increasing gravity of this new mobile web front. How many are there, you might ask? Wikipedia claims that “The total number of mobile website users grew past the total number of desktop computer-based web users for the first time in 2008,” according to data report compiled by the International Telecommunications Union on Oct 2009. Although a complete citation is still needed at the time of writing in order to meet Wikipedia’s guidelines, such a statement a simple observation informs you that this statement is fundamentally true, or at least very accurate. Chances are that existing and potential customers are out there already. Can you afford to be left out? If you already have a website or are planning to do so, the question is rather rhetorical.

Mobile web – a new frontier

Website owners willing to move along with the wave of progress are required to stay updated with all the latest developments, which is a difficult task for many reasons. First and foremost, it requires them to remain updated with the latest lingo as well as be aware of all the news, upcoming products and upcoming trends in an often-updated mobile web world. Additionally, mobile web optimization requires profound knowledge and understanding of that market because many limitations are stressed in mobile web development: the smaller screen size forces them to adapt the experience differently on the mobile web; different layouts are required since there are no tabs and windows in a mobile web browser; navigation is rather crippled compared to the common mouse-and-keyboard combo; lack of support for certain technologies; speed of access; size of the page; memory restrictions and many more…

On the other hand, mobile web experience offers new and exciting features such as touch interface, kinetic scrolling, and location awareness, among many others.

Taking all of the above issues into account, it is clear that a certain state of mind is required from a mobile web site developer to tackle such issues.

Mobile web – innovation at its fullest

So far, such adaptations for a mobile web site were conducted manually. Users were actually building two sets of pages, one for every platform. Otherwise, the use of scripts, so-called ‘browser hacks’ and techniques were required for a mobile website site. For example, a common practice is to build a script that detects the browser version and type, which then builds specific sets of CSS designs for each and finally merges it all together. Sometimes it worked, most of the time it didn’t. You can’t always assume that your user supports scripts, and not all browsers support CSS properly. So many things can go wrong. You wouldn’t leave things to chance when it comes to your business, would you?

Usually, most difficult tasks will get simplified over time. Let’s face it -people don’t like to work hard, and truth be told, they shouldn’t. A computer’s main purpose was to make life easier, and even though new developments come along with new complications, you can rest assured that the innovative mind will quickly come out with a solution. Parenthetically, the truly-innovative ideas provide solutions to problems you have yet to meet. Imagine being told 10 years ago that a major driving force in the industry will be a video-hosting website. Sounds far-fetched, right? Hosting videos seemed so minor back in the day… Now think of YouTube and see how they told everyone that they needed video hosting right away…

Mobile web – dive in, now

Take our word for it – you need a website tailored for mobile web handheld devices. If not now, then tomorrow. Next week though, your competitor may already see the need and take action, building a mobile website site, biting into your cake (or just taking it wholly, if you’re not there to fight for it).

The good news is that all of the hardships described above have been resolved successfully and packed into a mobile web application platform actually usable by everyone, with no prior knowledge required.

Our innovative product allows you to do all that without the hassle. Converting and creating new mobile web sites is a breeze, as our system guides you on every step of the way. Do not hesitate, begin now, and build your mobile web site, all free of charge!

Analyze Innovative Capabilities Of Your Employees With Innovation Metrics

Posted By Faye

Date: February 5th, 2015

Category: Business

In today’s world, it is very important to exploit the innovative capabilities of the employees so as to develop new business techniques in the face of modern technological advancements, empowerment of customers, new entrants in the market, shorter life cycle of the products, globalization of the market and geopolitical instability. The development of the innovative capabilities of individuals is the only to sustain an advantage over the competitors.

In every field, the leading company is the seen to be the innovator. Until now, innovation has been considered as some kind of black art. Managers of today’s world still lack the metrics that are required to take informed decisions about the innovative programs. There are some metrics that have developed for the development of new product. But these metrics are very limited. Managers are not fully equipped with the right metrics to measure the innovativeness of a particular program.

There are quite a few reasons that support the importance of innovative metrics for the development of a company. Firstly, they help the mangers to come up with an informed decision that is based on objective data. This is valuable because certain projects might have be long term and might also have risks attached to it. Also metrics affect behavior of the employees by aligning goals and actions that are in the best interest of the organization or company.

Most of the companies that measure their innovativeness do so with the help of Research and Development or by product development metrics. These might be useful but are limited in their scope as they are not capable of measuring the overall effectiveness of the innovations on the company. While paying attention to technological development, often innovation related to business concept is neglected.

There should be a framework for the selection of metrics that can help the mangers to track the success rates of innovation in the companies. These metrics would be helpful for the senior executives to assess the innovativeness of the company which will combat the dangerous strategy decay that afflicts the business of a company. Strategies might decay due to various reasons and hence innovation is the key of success for any company.

Companies that are not able to innovate for themselves must learn to buy it. For example, if company’s main product is out of demand then it can buy a lesser company whose products are still in demand. However, this innovation strategy is good only for a short term. In order to innovate things by themselves, the companies should have a balance between investment in the current business and innovation. The company should also assess the capability of the company to turn its resources of innovation into business opportunities. Also the leadership of the company has to be assesses in terms of its supportiveness towards any innovation.

Innovation metrics is important, because it is not really possible to manage something by measuring it. Innovation metrics is a tool to motivate the managers and leaders of the company to embrace innovation and give it priority. The goals of innovation need to be communicated and rewards for achieving milestones should be set. This helps in the acceleration of the pace of ideas that can be implemented. Innovation metrics can be applied in various fields in the company including process, planning and people.