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Gadgets and tech are continually saving us time and making our everyday lives more efficient and easier. They entertain us, keep us safe and help us to reach our destinations in good time. The same is true for the world of business too. Whether you are an international company or a start-up, the market is full of tech solutions designed to make your life easier and your business more efficient. Here we look at the top eight tools every company needs to invest in.
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Obviously which one you choose will be heavily influenced by whether or not you are a PC or a Mac user, and what’s the norm in your industry. Tablets are great for meetings with clients and staff; they are easy to carry around and help you to get your point across efficiently. They are also great for video conferencing and make working remotely a breeze.
Whether you run a company with four people or forty, make sure all company issued phones integrate seamlessly with your operating system. Mobile contracts with unlimited data plans allow staff to hotspot their work phone when they are outside of a WiFi zone so they are never out of contact. Your office phone system needs to be integrated and easy to use as well. Mitel 5000 London can supply a variety of office phone systems designed to work across multiple locations and link thousands of staff.
Skype and Lync have opened up the business world to video conference calling. Unlike the traditional webcam, a conference camera makes sure everyone in the room is on the screen at once.
Increase staff efficiency with this clever device. A full-sized keyboard that connects to up to three devices, it allows you to type on your computer and cut across to answering emails on your tablet with just the flick of a switch.
Make sure your company’s documents are backed up and securely stored with a cloud device.
These days, it’s all about number crunching. Google analytics tracks the amount of traffic your website generates, where it lands from and which countries it is viewed in. It shows percentage differences and even plots graphs so you can visually quantify your website’s performance.
Apps for business are many and varied. It pays to know which ones to get and which ones not to bother with, especially since you can waste hours sorting the good eggs from the bad. The good ones allow you to sync calendars across the office, invoice customers and communicate with both clients and staff.
Gone are the days when the ability to print, fax and copy was the height of sophistication. It’s a brave new world, and printers are now producing everything from 3-D models to high resolutions photographs. Make sure you invest in the best printer for your business. Consider running costs and warranties as well as functions and do your research, the expensive ones are not always the best.
Are your blog posts boring? Think about it. Would you want to read your blog? If the answer is no, you need to figure out why. There are thousands upon thousands of bloggers out there. They saturate the internet and make it almost impossible to do something new. If you can think of a subject, you can be sure that you’ll find a blog out there covering it. Diversity is your friend, though, and don’t you forget it. Without a little healthy competition, you would get lazy. Making your blog stand out from the crowd means making it different and interesting to your readers. Here is an awesome guide to writing blogs. Continue reading
At Saint Laurent, he proved himself an independent thinker and a risk-taker with a visionary perspective on design and desire. He appointed Hedi Slimane as creative director, luring him back to fashion after a five-year hiatus as a photographer. He backed Slimane’s controversial decision to drop the “Yves” from Saint Laurent’s brand name, a move that was viewed as sacrilege in some fashion quarters. He also allowed the designer to base himself in Los Angeles not Paris, which ruffled a few French fashion feathers. His take on Saint Laurent’s legacy was equally radical.
Rather than kowtow to the formidable archive of the founder, his idea was to base the new Saint Laurent identity on “the spirit and the intentions that reigned over the creation of Saint Laurent Rive Gauche in 1966: principles of youth, freedom and modernity”, which effectively gave Slimane carte blanche to reinvent the brand for the 21st century without getting bogged down in the past. The result? Saint Laurent sales are significantly up.
Reports in the United States suggest that the ultimate goal of the self-driving car project is to create a “robo-taxi” that picks up commuters on demand. Company executives believe that such a system could transform transport systems around the world, doing away with the need for most people to buy cars. They also believe that it would reduce the number of road accidents as well as having environmental benefits.
Automated taxis have long been the stuff of science fiction, such as the robot-operated “Johnny Cab” that featured in the 1990 blockbuster Total Recall.
“The price that most developers will pick is free,” said Steve Jobs, late co-founder of Apple, when he launched a store for iPhone applications in 2008. Apple and software developers had “exactly the same interest, which is to get as many apps out in front of as many iPhone users as possible,” he said.
Five years later, the gadget goliath has proved there is money to be made in shunting out goods for nothing. Since its inception, more than 50bn apps have been downloaded by iPhone and iPad owners, generating $9bn (£5.8bn) for software engineers. Apple, which takes a 30% cut of all paid-for applications, has pocketed $3.9bn.