Don’t Forget The Human Side Of Automation In Your Business

Don’t Forget The Human Side Of Automation In Your Business

By Jerry Mooney
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It’s part of the business common sense to know that automation can save you and your team a lot of precious time. No more manual filing, and more time for the actual work, these are the most obvious benefits you can get from automating some of your business systems. However, whether it’s the smart car that drives itself into a ditch or the automated printer that accidentally prints out an entire report on only one line, sometimes even the machine makes an error. That’s exactly why, as a business owner, you need to be aware that errors are inevitable, whether you work with people or with automated systems. There is always the possibility of something going wrong. And while you can’t prepare for all eventualities, you need to be able to have a plan of action. First of all, you need to identify the areas of your business where an automated error could impact and who is most likely to notice an error. Then you need to ask yourself who can control the automated system to fix the error. These essential questions need to be at the top of your priority list when you consider implementing an automated solution in your business.

Can automated technology replace people?

Why do you need to control automated systems?

As a business owner or an entrepreneur, you are ultimately the one responsible for the performance of your company. Therefore it’s essential to think ahead and make sure that you always take the best-informed decision at the time. A recent article on the blog, http://jerrymooneybooks.com/business-make-sure-youre-one-control/, discusses these elements and provides advice on how to manage your responsibility in an everyday business life. From avoiding business partners and investors to choosing your team well, there are plenty of approaches to ensure that you’re still the one in control. However, you need to maintain the same mindset when you work with automated solutions. When a customer has been the victim of an automated error, you need to be able to take responsibility for the error and to compensate your customer. Blaming it all on the machine is never a smart move and can damage your brand reputation.

Is automation saver?

There’s a common school of thought that claims that automation can minimize human errors and maximize business performance. Automated systems can work faster and at any time of the day or night, and more importantly, they don’t need a day off. Nevertheless, automated systems can go wrong too, and it’s important to understand why and how this could happen. First of all, automated systems are not always designed with human factors in mind, even though they will need to be operated and implemented by people. As a result, the disconnection between automated and human resources can often be a cause of troubles for misuse or abuse of the system. Additionally, an automated system cannot adjust to a sudden change in circumstances – such as the automated marketing reports not being able to cope with Google’s being down and alerting the team about poor SEO results.

Who controls automated engineering?

Industrial sites work primarily through automated production systems. These systems can manage an entire production cycle, but they need to be submitted to a thorough control solution, https://www.goughecon.com/product-solutions/controls-integration/. Industrial automation needs to be scanned for errors and performance issues so that the relevant machine can be individually and manually taken off the system for repairs or added in case of an increase production load. In other words, you need an engineer who controls the industrial site.  

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Who controls automated marketing?

Automated marketing is the preferred solutions for small and large businesses that struggle with limited marketing and IT resources at any given time. As it’s a solution that connects multiple marketing channels, it offers an integrated strategy for your business goals. However, while it offers personalized options and user-friendly approaches, marketing automation can lose you clients if it doesn’t integrate human interactions in the data pool. Let’s say that one of your customers walks into your shop and complains about receiving too many newsletters. If the shop assistant doesn’t take note of their contact details to pass it on to the marketing team, this person will continue to receive newsletters even though they’ve informed your company about their problem.

Who controls automated financial tasks?

Invoice automation is one of these things that makes everybody lives easier. No more manual invoicing and more importantly, the automated system can send invoices at any time of the day or night without wasting your workforce’s time. It makes no doubt that for all businesses, automating your invoices helps you to keep track of your credit and debit books and to know in real time when you will get paid. However, here again, things can go wrong. The invoicing system can experience update issues, and might in the process lose essential data or invoice all customers twice. Additionally, when a customer complains about an invoice, is there any guarantee that the automated system can put their invoice on hold until resolution of the issue?

Who controls automated workforce management?

45% of business managers need a more agile and flexible workforce and consequently, they need better access to workforce data. Workforce management solutions enable businesses to automate time and attendance and also to control payroll and HR processes. In a work environment, an automated workforce management system allows a business to rapidly and efficiently share tasks and timetables. However, the workforce data needs to be screened to be authorized onto the system, which can be difficult to implement within digital settings: From a name too long for the field name or a typo in the DOB, automated workforce management systems can leave out qualified applicants.

Who controls automated security systems?

Most businesses rely on an automated security system that keeps their offices safe. As explained in this article, https://broadswordsecurity.com/high-tech-security-devices/, automated security systems can monitor who comes and leaves the site, can recognize the vehicles, and record everything on CCTV. But what happens during a power cut? Or if a member of your staff buys a new car? A security engineer needs to ensure that your system is always up to date with the latest info and emergency solutions.

Business automation can’t work without the human interaction to adjust, correct and manage it. Don’t believe that an automated system means that you don’t need a team! The expert team ensures that your automation works for the people and not the other way round.

 

 




When it Comes to Marketing, Results Are All That Matter

When it Comes to Marketing, Results Are All That Matter

By Jerry Mooney

Your business’s approach to marketing can be determined by many different things. But what you shouldn’t forget is that all that really matters is the outcomes. If your marketing approach is simply not producing results for your business, then you need to rethink that approach.

Work With People Who Have a Proven Track Record

It’s often a good idea to work with other people when it comes to marketing your business online. There are a lot of different things that need to be covered, and you might not have the expertise to do that. Head to ignitedigital.com if you want to get help from digital marketing and SEO experts. It’s important to work with people who already have a proven track record. These are the people who will know what to do, and you will have complete confidence in their abilities.


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Track Unique Visitors

You should definitely be tracking the unique visits that your website is receiving if you want to know how your marketing tactics are playing out. If people are simply not heading to your website, it’s a sure sign that your marketing techniques are not doing what you wanted them to. It’s easy enough to track how many unique visits your website is getting. It’s better to track this metric than raw traffic data because that doesn’t offer you a picture of how many individuals are visiting your websites. Make sure you’re doing this if you’re not already. Head to dummies.com/business/marketing/measure-unique-visitors-to-your-website/ if you want to learn how to do it.

Aim to Keep Improving That Conversion Rate

As well as unique visitors, you need to focus on the conversion rate of your website. If your aim is to sell goods and services online, you need to make sure that you are converting those visitors into buyers. If people are heading to your website but not actually handing over their money and making a purchase, it suggests something isn’t quite working. It’s a good way of monitoring your success and seeing if your overall approach to marketing is working out or not. If it’s not, you’ll have to make changes sooner rather than later for the sake of your company.

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Don’t Get Lost in Your Own Hype

You need to remember that your own thoughts and ideas don’t mean much if they don’t produce results. It’s very easy to be sold by your own sales patter and get lost in your own hype. That’s not going to help your business when it comes to succeeding with good marketing, though. You need to be level-headed, and don’t become too invested in a marketing idea until you’ve seen whether or not it works. It’s a much better approach to take to marketing. There is nothing to be gained by getting lost in your own hype and bluster.

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Marketing is never easy to get right. You’ll experience successes, and you’ll experience failures. That’s just the way it is. But remember to never take your eye off the end results; they’re all that matters.





Six Technologies that Could the Future of Organ Transplants Forever

Six Technologies that Could the Future of Organ Transplants Forever

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By Jerry Mooney

As you are reading this, there are approximately 75,600 people waiting for a transplant and a new person is added to the list every 10 minutes. Not only that, but 20 people sadly lose their lives every day due to no donor being available to them.
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There are a number of factors which prevent more people from getting the life-saving treatment they need. A big one being that a large proportion of organs that are donated are not actually suitable for transplant,and another being the difficulties with finding a match; you can’t just transplant any old organ into any body – there needs to be a tissue match and finding one can take a lot of time, which is unfortunately, something a lot of people on the transplant list don’t have.

Being one of those people whose health is compromised while waiting for a new organ, or a member of their family, can be frustrating, desperate and completely heartbreaking, but there is some hope. There are lots of new things happening in the medical field, which could change the future of organ transplants and ensure fewer people die waiting for them, much sooner than you might think. Here are a few of them:


Bone Marrow Transplants


Bone marrow transplants have long been used to fight conditions such as blood cancer, as you will probably know, but they could soon be helping organ recipients to live a more normal life without the fear of organ rejection and the numerous drugs they must take to suppress their immune system and prevent rejection thanks to some forward thinking by a few brilliant people, who you can find out about at http://www.massgeneral.org/cts/. Massachusetts General Hospital’s transplant team have been trying out a new technique whereby they transplant donors’ bone marrow along with their organs, and it seems to have a mitigating effect on organ rejection without the drugs and the many side effects they bring.

It works by tricking the immune system into thinking the implanted organ is a natural part of the body, rather than a foreign invader that needs to be fought. Of course, a lot more research needs to be conducted in this area, but the future certainly looks brighter for transplant recipients in this respect.



Gene Editing Technologies


At HeraBioLabs.com, you can find out all about cutting edge gene technologies, which are making it easier to study the efficacy of various drugs. Similar gene editing techniques could also be used, some people believe, to edit the genes of pigs to create human organs for transplant, which would be one way of cutting down on the needless deaths of people on the transplant list.

Artificial Organs

Of course, there are researchers who are working towards a completely different solution to the problem altogether – artificial organs. These are organs that are completely manufactured by scientists, which means that, unlike natural organs, they could be made to really last a lifetime.

Right now, researchers are developing organs which are bioartificial in nature, which are capable of keeping patients alive until a suitable organ is found, but it is thought that, in the not too distant future, we will have access to artificial organs that are as good as the ones we’re born with.

There are some signs that this will happen very soon; take for example the artificial heart created by SynCardia systems which has already successfully kept a patient alive for almost four years and you can see that this is not merely a pipe dream,but a very real,life changing innovation that could soon be the norm.

3D Organ Printing

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If you think printing your own bicycle frame or creating an action figure that’s an exact replica of yourself is impressive, you’ll be blown away by this Ted Talk by Dr. Anthony Atala in which he discusses the possibility of using 3D printer to create new organs and tissues for the body using a mixture of stem cells and biomaterials to create what is basically a working organ for anyone who needs one.

It’s mind blowing to even think about this, but he puts forward a very solid case whereby researchers gather data, using CT scans, about the patient’s organs and then use this to print out, layer-upon-layer a perfect replica of the failing organ using cells and biomaterials.

We’re probably a while away from this sort of thing becoming the norm, but when it does, it could certainly help to plug the gap between organ donors and people waiting for a transplant. I mean, scientists have already successfully printed a human ear, so anything is possible.

Equipment to Keep Organs Alive Outside of the Body

One of the problems with human organs is that they need to be kept inside a living body, being removed very quickly after death, if they are to be of any use to the recipient. Although medical staff do their best to ensure that no suitable organ is ever wasted, unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, due to time and distance restraints. That’s why it’s so exciting to hear that something like the Toronto XVIVO Lung Perfusion System exists.

This amazing piece of machinery enables organs to remain in good condition outside of the body for longer periods of time, so that they don’t lose viability and so that medical professionals can do more detailed checks on them to ensure that they are truly suitable for transplant.

As you can see, scientists and medical professionals are doing anything but rest on their laurels when it comes to trying to improve organ transplants for the people who really need them. Although many of the techniques listed in this post are still a while away from being used routinely, they are much closer to being a reality than you might think and they are set to revolutionize the care and treatment of transplant patients everywhere. No one wants to be sick, but should the worst happen and someone born today need a life-saving transplant, it’s unlikely they’ll have much to worry about thanks to today’s pioneers.






Should You Soar Into The Clouds? Pros & Cons Of Cloud Computing

Should You Soar Into The Clouds? Pros & Cons Of Cloud Computing

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By Lina Martinez

Cloud computing might have been born in 1999, but it’s true birth was years later with the arrival of the cloud. Since then, storage has never been the same and businesses have never looked back, until now. Although cloud storage has held the status quo for a decade or so, the industry is beginning to turn its back. Is it as helpful as people like to imagine? Can the company survive without it? What are the alternatives? These are all questions which need answering, and the best way to do it is a list of the pros and cons.

Pro: Unlimited Storage

As businesses now rely on the Web, storage is becoming more and more important. Also, the rise of data and Big Data, in particular, means companies need more storage space than ever before. The great thing about the cloud is that it has unlimited space, and it is still growing. All the supplier has to do is add more servers and RAM to power the expansion and hey presto. So, as long as it is in agreement, there is no reason to worry about finding places to store sensitive information.

Con: Security Flaws

However, one reason companies are turning their backs is that of security issues. In the past, incidents such as the Celebrity Hacking scandal have made people aware of the ease with which hackers can access data. It is even worse if the cloud a business uses is a public one and is not on a private server. Of course, there are additional cloud data security measures that the company can put in place that deals with security. However, when businesses pay a fee that is bound to last a lifetime, most feel the product should be faultless.

Pro: Connectivity

Thanks to the accessibility aspect of the software, a business can connect to the server at any time, anywhere. The implications of this are massive. To begin with, it allows the company to more productive as well as efficient. With access to files outside of the business, the organisation can generate and follow up on leads anywhere in the world. Also, it helps with communication. The fluidity of information is essential for modern businesses, and the cloud means people have the data at their fingertips. Too many bosses, this positive is enough to outweigh the majority of the negatives.

Con: Lasting Cost

Simply put, there is no reason to build a business version of the cloud. For one thing, it is too expensive to create and too much hard work, not to mention the hassle. Plus, it is a pointless task as suppliers provide an affordable product at a high standard. So, what’s the issue? The problem is that the cost will last forever, which businesses owners don’t like. The reason is two-fold. Firstly, there isn’t the freedom to cut costs should things take a turn. The fee is set in stone and that is final. Secondly, it means there is a reliance on a third-party which means they have leverage over the company.
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To make a final decision, you have to weigh up the positives versus the negatives.




Top 4 Highest Paying Careers In Healthcare Today

Top 4 Highest Paying Careers In Healthcare Today

By Nigel Hilton

As the old saying goes; money can’t buy happiness. I know this, you know this, everyone knows this. However, money can buy a sense of comfort in life. It can allow you to stop worrying about bills, be less stressed out, and give you the funds to provide for yourself and your family. We may not like thinking like this, but money makes the world go round.

Which is why money is a key factor when choosing your career. You want a job that pays a good salary so you can live without financial trauma. This brings us onto the topic of today’s article; careers that pay extremely well. But, these aren’t just any careers, these are health care careers. Why? Because this is an industry that’s long been associated with high-paying careers. Largely, this is because most healthcare jobs require lots of training and education beforehand. So, all that hard work gets rewarded with a big salary. Not to mention the fact most jobs contain loads of responsibilities too.
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People have always said that if you want a career with a good salary, work in healthcare. I’m going to illustrate this point by showing you the highest-paying healthcare jobs so you can see how much you might earn.

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Physician

Everyone knows that physicians earn a lot of money, and if you become one now you could be sitting on an annual salary of over $180,000. That’s an awful lot of money, but it’s a salary you will most certainly earn the hard way. Physicians have to consult with patients and diagnose their various illnesses and medical problems. Then, it’s up to them to prescribe the right course of treatment and ensure the problems are solved. They also have to carry out general medical examinations and screenings, such as testing patients for various forms of cancer.

The path to becoming a physician is very long and difficult – as you would expect for a job that’s so important. You need to start out by obtaining a bachelor’s degree, passing the MCAT test to get into medical school, spending four years in medical school, then completing around three to seven years of residency training. After all of that, you can get your medical license to become a full-on physician. Essentially, if you’re thinking of a career change and want to become a physician, you better make the decision as early as possible in your life!

Nursing Practitioner

You might be surprised to find a nursing job on this list as they’re usually the forgotten people of the healthcare world. However, if you make your way up the nursing career ladder, you’ll find a role that can pay upwards of $100,000 per year. A nurse practitioner is different from a regular nurse in that they have more responsibilities and a higher role within the organization. They can take on specialist roles and work with select portions of the population such as children or the elderly.

How do you become a nurse practitioner? To start, you have to become a Registered Nurse with a BSN. You can do this by getting a diploma or associate’s degree and then going on an online RN BSN program. Or, you can simply study for a BSN at a university of your choice. After this, you need to gain a good couple of years experience as a Registered Nurse. Then, you need to pursue a postgraduate degree and get a Masters of some kind in the nursing field. After this, you can gain certification by a nursing board to be a registered nurse practitioner.

Psychiatrist

Healthcare careers exist outside hospitals as well, with a psychiatrist being a very popular job for many. Could the popularity be down to the whopping annual wage of over $220,000? Possibly, but this isn’t a career you can enter for the fun of it. A psychiatrist has a very serious job diagnosing people’s mental illnesses and helping those in need. A lot of the work involves counseling sessions and therapy that’s designed to help break through mental barriers and improve patient’s mental health.

Becoming a psychiatrist is almost identical to becoming a physician in the path you take. Again, you need a relevant bachelor’s degree, then you have to pass the MCAT exam, then go to medical school, residency training, before finally being licensed. The difference is obviously that you will be studying for this particular field of healthcare, so you’ll learn a lot of different stuff. Plus, you need to get certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology before you can start practicing properly.

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Pathologist

Pathologists are essentially physicians with a lot more responsibilities and a much harder job. If you’ve even been to see a doctor and they’ve taken blood, urine, or skin sample from you, they send it off to the pathologist. Here, the pathologist will look at the samples they’ve been provided and test them for various diseases. In doing this, they can diagnose the problems a person has, and give their findings back to the physician. It’s a very stressful and demanding job, as people’s lives can depend on the results of the pathology work. As such, it’s no surprise that the annual salary is well over $250,000!

To pursue this career, you need to become a qualified and licensed physician beforehand. So, follow all those steps up until you begin your residency. Here, you have to take part in additional pathology training. Once this is done, you can get your medical license, but you also need to become board certified. After this, you’re a proper pathologist, but you need to maintain your certification as you will be re-tested throughout your career.

As you can see, all of these careers provide huge financial incentives. They’re all at least triple the average salary in the US. Granted, getting into one of these careers requires loads of effort and education. But, if you want a career that pays extremely well, these are four that you may want to consider.





Replace Or Repair? What To Do With Essential Tech

Replace Or Repair? What To Do With Essential Tech

By Jerry Mooney

Most of us simply could not function without our most essential tech items. And many of those gadgets and gizmos become beloved and trusted ‘friends.’ After all, we spend more time staring at them than we do our partners or children! So what happens when newer models come out? Can you bear to let your much-loved tech drop into the recycle bucket?

Your smartphone

This tiny but mighty champion of useful technology is with us almost twenty-four hours a day. And yes, there are people that take these things into the bathroom with them. They connect us to every other human on the planet, and they even double up as a PA when you’re out of the office. So what happens when the latest iPhone is launched, or there’s an exciting new update, but your model is no longer supported?

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Fortunately, most of the data we use is stored elsewhere such as in the cloud. As long as you stick with the same brand or OS, you’ll be able to replace the handset and keep almost everything else the same.

Your tablet

Tablets are a little different than smartphones. While they can perform many of the same functions and tasks, they do tend to become obsolete a little more often. There are many apps and online services that simply won’t work with older tablets. And some tablets that don’t run current versions of Android or Apple OS will simply be exempt from the latest and greatest apps you might want. Sadly, tablets are best replaced as it is almost impossible to upgrade them once they are no longer supported.

Your computer

Anyone who uses their laptop as a workhorse knows the dilemma of replacing their machine well. Sure, the letters have worn off the keys. The screen has that annoying burn-out in the corner. And the touch pad for the mouse is so infuriating. But there is something rather personal about your personal computer. For a start, it is more private than your phone. You can store important documents offline. This means they only exist on that laptop. So what happens if you get a virus or the battery no longer charges?

Fixing your laptop is a must if it goes wrong. Find a good computer repair company that can retrieve your files at least. Chances are a couple of replacement parts or a refurbishment could bring your beloved machine back up to date.

Your TV

TVs are smart. If yours isn’t, how on earth are you coping? Netflix and other streaming services have revolutionized how we watch TV shows and movies. If your TV isn’t internet capable, then it really might be time to buy a new model.

Aside from the connectivity issues, there are screen resolution and screen size issues. Most current models exceed 43 inches and tend to be in 4K. This makes an enormous difference to the viewing experience. Add a USB stick, and many will provide a recording function if you don’t want to miss your favorite show. If you haven’t got all this, it could be time to replace your TV. Do you keep old tech past its support expiration date?






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