PHOENIX (March 3, 2014) ?" ContattaTM, the visionary new company co-founded by Pat Sullivan of ACT! and SalesLogix acclaim, today released an infographic highlighting how North American businesses pay employees to simply read and write email at a cost of nearly $2 trillion annually.
The infographic reveals just how inefficient and time-consuming business email has become over the last 20 years, using statistics from the US Bureau of Labor, McKinsey Global Institute and the Radicati Group to showcase the ineffectiveness of the world?(tm)s most popular business tool, including:
On average, workers spend 13 hours of their workweek reading and answering email – that?(tm)s an estimated 637 hours annually.
Based on the median professional wage of $23 per hour, businesses pay over $15K per employee to use email ineffectively.
Collectively, employees spend nearly 75 billion hours in email, costing businesses nearly $2 trillion in salaries – that’s 14x the combined wealth of Bill Gates, Oprah and Warren Buffett.
Email hasn’t changed in twenty years. The infographic was designed by the team at Contatta to put into perspective how much time and money businesses spend in email every day. Only Contatta?(tm)s collaborative email combines business email with collaborative workspaces, shared contacts, tasks, and files. The end result is workers spend less time in their inbox and more time working together on things that grow their businesses.
Businesses can register to get in early and by doing so receive Contatta free for 60 days. Those who sign up now will also receive a free copy of “The 7 Must-Dos To Instantly Be More Efficient and Effective at Work."
Founded on the belief that efficient and effective should also be easy, Contatta?(tm)s collaborative email was created to help every business email user get more done in less time. Contatta is the business alternative to consumer email — simple, highly collaborative and built for the way we work today.
Located in Phoenix’s Silicon Desert, Contatta has already generated buzz among industry insiders and influencers in the business and technology community. Please join the conversation atwww.contatta.com or on Facebook, LinkedIn and on Twitter @Contatta
The majority of web hosting companies offer multiple hosting packages with varying options for a good reason: a start-up personal blog will use next to nothing in resources, whereas a more popular coupon blog or photography blog will most likely draw more traffic, which can lead to more of a draw upon server resources. Multiple package options ensure that companies can meet the needs of all of their customers, and that every customer has a hosting plan that is suitable for his or her needs.
Start-up hosting plans are perfect for blogs and even small commercial sites that are just starting out. After all, from a financial standpoint, it doesn’t make sense to pay extra for space and resources that aren’t being used. But for mid-sized sites, it’s best to go up from the start. Magento enterprise hosting, for instance, offers an economical solution to the need for a little more in storage space and resources, but without costing a pretty penny.
If you’re not sure how much space you’ll need or the data resources your website may use, consider contacting your web host directly with a plan on what type of website you’re launching and what you’ll be doing with it. Based on their experiences with other websites that are similar in nature, they can make appropriate recommendations.
Pittsburgh, Pa. — The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens of Pittsburgh, Pa., as a National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalist. The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for community service, will be celebrating its 20th year of saluting institutions that make a difference.
Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. This year’s finalists exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include an aquarium, conservatory and botanical gardens, a university library, individual libraries, children’s museums, art museums, science centers and more, hailing from across the country.
“Museums and libraries serve as civic gathering places, bringing together individuals in pursuit of educational resources, community connections, skills development and multifaceted lifelong learning,” says Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “We are very proud to announce Phipps as a finalist for the 2014 National Medal. This year’s finalists illustrate the many ways museums and libraries can excite lifelong learning and civic engagement.”
“Museums are in a unique position to create change, a role that we take to heart at Phipps in everything we do — from our operations and guest services to the sustainable ways we build and manage our gardens,” says Richard V. Piacentini, executive director of Phipps. “With our mission to promote the well-being of people and the planet, Let’s Move Pittsburgh and Homegrown initiatives for families, and green, healthy living education programs, we are deeply committed to bettering our community and the world. We are very honored to be recognized for these efforts by the IMLS.”
Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited Phipps to share their stories at www.facebook.com/USIMLS. National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners will be announced this spring. Learn more about the finalists at www.imls.gov/medals.
About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa. is a green leader among public gardens with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Learn more: phipps.conservatory.org.
Contracts are a constant in adult life. You sign a contract to rent a home, to lease a car, to book travel, to accept a job, and more. But with all of the topics that contracts cover, it would seem that no contract is harder to get out of than a cell phone contract. We hear it every day from our friends and family members – they hate their cell phone, but they’re stuck with what they have until the contract is up or an upgrade is available.
Luckily for some cell phone users, the tides are about to change. T-Mobile has announced that it will offer BlackBerry users $200 to upgrade to any new phone, or $250 for customers to upgrade to the BlackBerry Q10 or B10.
T-Mobile’s decision to pay users to upgrade their phone comes as more and more service providers are going to great lengths to secure more business. In fact, the company’s first attempt to lure BlackBerry users to upgrade was more aggressive, and actually offered customers an iPhone 5S in exchange for any BlackBerry model. The move drew criticism from loyal BlackBerry users who saw it as an attack on an already declining business, and sparked a feud between T-Mobile and BlackBerry CEO, John Chen.
IFTTT (If This, Then That) launched an Automatic Channel yesterday – much to my delight.
Automatic (see the Techburgh review here) is a Smart Driving assistant. It essentially retro-fits vehicles, and attaches their onboard computers to your Smart Phone to tell you information about your vehicle and how you drive it.
IFTTT is web based command service. Through IFTTT you can cook up “recipes” for the available channels, to tell something to do something else when something happens.
i.e If This happens Then make That happen.
But what does all this have to do with Nevada and brothels?
Yesterday, as I giddily looked through the pre-cooked IFTTT recipes in the Automatic channel I saw a variety of concoctions – “text this person if I turn on my car”, “send an email to whoever when I turn off my car”, “announce my tailgating if my car is wherever” etc.
Many of these, we’d never use.
My favorite was this though: “Call my spouse immediately if I park in front of a Nevada brothel”
It’s novel, I’ll give them that. Quite why this would have to happen, I’ll (hopefully) never know.
There are some very useful applications though, and they’re really only limited by the available IFTTT Channels and your imagination.
Right now, I have personal recipes set up so that, Automatic notifies me whenever (and wherever) my vehicle is turned on.
It will send a trip summary to my Google Glass and put it into a spreadsheet, telling me the date, time, distance, MPG, cost of trip, LAT, LONG, etc.
I’m seeing interesting developments with Automatic, and Hue. “When I leave work, turn on my lights at home”, “When I get home, turn my house lights to party mode”.
How about “e-mail my mechanic, when my check engine light comes on”?, “Let my parents know when I leave school”?
There are many, many possibilities.
What would you use yours for?
According to the Administration on Aging, there will be roughly 72.1 million older people in the U.S., more than double the number of 65-year-olds in 2000. With the rise of the senior population, more companies are taking notice of the aging population’s tough decision whether to live on their own or enter into assisted living or nursing homes.
With the help of automated services, you can choose to stay in your home as long as it’s healthy to do so. Home innovations in security, appliances and computer services can offer you more security and thereby, more freedom. Most homes are already automated with the addition of central air, heating, security systems and motion lights. But there are innovative ways to help you stay independent and live in your home longer with the help of home automation.
Security systems have the power to transform the standard home into a smart home. According to ADT, you can unlock your doors from your cell phone or even better, automatically unlock at a specific time each day to let your caregiver or housekeeper inside. You can easily see who is at the door without having getting up. In today’s smart age, you can even receive videos of caregivers or relatives entering and leaving the home.
What about personal security? Think beyond traditional emergency. Systems like Europe’s GiraffPlus use a network of sensors around the home and even on your own body to determine blood pressure changes, or when someone falls. It could also figure out if you climbed up the stairs or are having issues with mobility and getting around. A robot feature allows you to talk with caregivers or loved ones. You can even discuss your day or health issues based on the feedback generated from GiraffPlus.
Get Smarter Appliances
Samsung’s Smart Fridge keeps kitchens and households organized with the help of specialized apps. A built-in LCD fridge lets you leave notes for your family or caregivers, display photos, get online recipes, check the weather and sync up your Google Calendar. Its built-in grocery manager tells you when you’re low on supplies and can even check expiration dates for you. But this smart fridge also connects to Samsung smartphones. This could allow you to be more spontaneous en route to appointments or when you forget a shopping list. Simply use their smartphone to check what’s in the fridge while still at the store.
Automatically Backup and Restore Your Devices
Cloud backup is an important tool to control your home automation from the ease of tablets, laptops and smart phones. You can keep a backup of your important medical or tax documents, family photos, history, and passwords through a cloud storage system; such backup services are offered by companies like Mozy, whose packages start at less than 10 dollars per month. Accounts can be set up for manual, scheduled or continuous updates. Once preferences are set, Mozy automatically scans the computer without interrupting what you’re doing. And if you lose files on their computer, Mozy can access them in its backup and restore it.
Voice Controlled Homes
Lowes offers an automation kit you can control from a smartphone, tablet or computer with voice control. Ask "Iris" to adjust the thermostat, lock and unlock the doors, and even control your pet door. A dog can be outfitted with a special sensor on his collar that automatically unlocks his dog door when he walks near.
Whether you plan to stay in your home indefinitely or just a few years, there are ways to automate homes to keep everyone safe, make life a little easier and give loved ones some peace of mind. Talk to your caregivers about automation options and design a plan that works for your lifestyle and needs.
The IT department of any business needs to incorporate the latest technology for networking. Workers should be able to access files easily without having to call for the help desk every time there is a need to search for documents and then edit them. A virtual private network is an example of a modern solution in the IT department of an office. Employees can enjoy wireless access to all documents that are processed and viewed in a given office. For example, paper faxes can be automatically scanned into a digital database and create virtual copies of important documents. Similarly, emails can be transferred into paper faxes.
Cloud service is another essential component of the networking system of a business. Clouds essentially store important documents and other content that is usually accessible only through a private local area network in a physical location. Cloud accounts can be activated to allow employees to access specific files from any location that has a reliable internet connection. Even public places that have unsecured WiFi service can be used to gain access to cloud accounts. Cloud servers eliminate the need to download files in order to edit them and then post them for other workers to view. Cloud services make it easy to edit documents online with special wizards and tools that eliminate the need for repetitive uploads and downloads of files. Mobile applications are now compatible with secure cloud servers that allow smartphone users to gain authorized access to secure digital documents and multimedia.