4 Ways to Bridge Your IT Department’s Skills Gap
Digital transformation requires a tech talent strategy
Tech jobs, along with healthcare, are the most in-demand in the U.S. economy. While that might sound great for those in the field or planning to be, the talent pool in tech is far from capable of meeting the need. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1.4 million more software development jobs than applicants who can fill them by 2020.
Voice-Enabled Commerce on the Rise [Infographic]
As sales of voice-assistant devices goes up, so do consumer purchases. Is your business prepared?
Amazon's Echo Show launched in June. Photo: Amazon.com.
In-home, voice-activated artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more prevalent, and consumers are getting more comfortable with voice-enabled commerce, research shows. As the technology evolves, businesses are scrambling to find ways to connect.
Stayin’ Alive: 5 Retail Survival Strategies for Holiday 2017
Start planning now for digital upgrades and reinvention
Recent headlines are casting an apocalyptic scene for brick-and-mortar retail. Empty storefronts, vacant big-box lots, and bankrupt brands are on the rise, while unemployment drops and consumer confidence is high—signaling a sea change in consumer preferences. While the dynamics of the industry are shifting dramatically, physical retail is not going away anytime soon as it still accounts for 90% of total retail sales. As retailers head into the busiest time of the year, how can they grapple with the rising tide of challenges?
6 Signs Your Business is Ripe for Process Automation
Find out if it’s time for process improvements at your organization, before it’s too lateIf there’s one constant in business today, it’s change. Leading organizations expect it. C-level executives must be open to disrupting the status quo to become more efficient and remain competitive. If your organization is spending too much time putting out fires, it’s probably high time to think about bringing in technology to automate a number of your business processes.
Augmented Reality is Ready to Play
Toys, games, and educational experiences are coming to life
At Mission Data, we think a lot about how emerging technology can revolutionize the world of business. Immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR) bring an opportunity for workers to be more efficient, informed, and safer in real-time. By laying digital interactions over the physical world, AR is essentially bringing surfaces to life. However, as AR moves from novelty to wider acceptance, it’s entertainment companies such as game and toy makers that are leading the way—and they’re turning the technology into a whole lot of fun.
Digital Transformation in 2017: What Would Bond Do?
Forrester’s conference highlighted customer obsession, continuous innovation, and team empowermentMission Data recently attended and sponsored the 2017 Forrester Digital Transformation conference in Chicago, which gathered thought leaders in business and tech to discuss the myriad ways that digital is changing the enterprise and its customers. Keynote speakers drove home the theme—companies should be digitally transforming now, if they haven’t already, or they risk becoming the next Blockbuster.
Scaling Up with a Data-Driven Restaurant Ratings App
Mission Data provides lifecycle support as Renzell goes nationwide
When it comes to choosing a high-end restaurant, diners usually look to authorities such as Zagat, Michelin Guides, or the World’s 50 Best list. In the fall of 2015, a new service, Renzell, arrived to disrupt that system by offering a data-driven approach, rather than a subjective one. After a successful launch, Mission Data partnered with Renzell to continue the product roadmap and provide IT support services while they focused on expanding from three to 11 markets.
5 Technologies Disrupting Grocery Stores
Emerging tech is driving growth at leading supermarkets
Grocery shopping—unless you’re one of those ‘extreme couponers,’ is probably not very high on your list of favorite activities. However, food is without a doubt an essential need, and food shopping is a priority for most of us. The $650 billion U.S. grocery industry is extremely competitive, and food retailers are constantly innovating with technology to keep up with new waves of trends threatening their survival.
8 Apps to Boost Employee Productivity
Improve workflow, collaboration, and time management
Some apps, like Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest, can lead to a bottomless pit of mindless browsing. A quick 10-minute scroll can turn into hours of lost productivity. Thankfully, there are legitimate tools out there for getting back on track and back to work.