Contactless Biometric Credit Cards Combine Next Gen Security with Ease of Use

Worldwide, consumers use over 7 billion credit cards, nearly one card for every infant, child, and adult on the planet. Credit cards have revolutionized how we pay for goods and services. However, they have also proven attractive targets for fraudsters. To retain ease of use while increasing security, the payment industry has recently introduced biometric credit cards. Consumers Embrace Contactless Payments Along with accelerating digital transformation, 2020 highlighted the importance of contactless payment options. Restaurants encourage patrons to look at menus and even order through mobile apps. Stores increasingly refuse to accept cash payments. And consumers hesitate to hand over…

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6 Low-Cost Productivity Tips to Increase Competitiveness

Increasing workplace productivity can mean the difference between a business that succeeds and a great idea that fails. When a company produces more products or delivers higher-quality customer service more quickly than the competition, it gains the advantage. Use these low-cost productivity tips to even the playing field and compete more effectively. To get the most benefit out of technology, however, organizations need to match the technology solution to the business need. Start by assessing business processes to identify areas for improvement. For instance, do employees find themselves bogged down with paperwork? Or does distance hinder effective collaboration? The following…

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Leverage Technology to Prevent Remote Worker Disengagement

Everyone has a bad day now and again. But when a usually productive employee begins to avoid interaction, contribute less, and react negatively, it could be a warning sign. While remote work brings many benefits, it also takes a toll on employee engagement. Smart companies actively look for ways to prevent remote worker disengagement. Challenges Remote Workers Face For the State of Remote Work 2019 Report, remote employees reported the biggest challenges they face. Top responses included separating home life from work life, feeling loneliness and achieving collaboration. The same study also showed that nearly all remote workers planned to…

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Microsoft Teams vs Slack: Superior Video Conferencing, Integration and Security Make the Difference

In today’s workplace, with team members scattered across multiple offices and remote locations, collaboration platforms provide a critical communications hub. Two clear leaders dominate this space, and organizations must look closely to determine the best fit for their needs. In the battle of Microsoft Teams vs Slack, the choice comes down to a few key features. Both Microsoft Teams and Slack organize communication via channels, or teams. Each allows unlimited messages, as well as the ability to send both public and private messages. Both allow file sharing and unlimited, one-on-one video and audio calls. Users can access each tool via…

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Microsoft Teams vs Zoom: Choose the Most Effective Business Solution

By now, the workforce has grown accustomed to conducting business remotely, and video conferences look to continue indefinitely. Consequently, organizations need to choose the best platform to meet their needs. In many instances, this means weighing Microsoft Teams vs Zoom. On the surface, Microsoft Teams and Zoom deliver similar feature sets for remote communications and collaboration. Both provide video conferencing, screen and file sharing, room systems, chats, and audio calls. And both offer a free version, although the 100-person and 40-minute limits in Zoom’s free version can prove frustrating. But beyond the basics, the two platforms differ significantly in areas…

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Cell Phone Best Practices Empower Work from Home

Now, more than ever, the lines between work and personal life have blurred. And for the millions of employees working from home, the cell phone represents the ultimate connecting point. More than ever, we use personal cell phones to conduct business. The following cell phone best practices help protect both the organization and the employee. Understand the Risks Allowing (or encouraging) employees to use their personal cell phones for business can benefit both the workplace and the employee. Employees benefit from the convenience of using a single, familiar device. Meanwhile, businesses save money on company phones while enjoying greater employee…

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Survey reveals customers crave digital experiences

More than ever before, customers want to interact digitally with businesses in the same way as they do with friends and family; through social media and mobile devices. These insights are revealed through a recent Microsoft survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers that uncovered shifts in the ways customers want to hear from businesses. Given that the ability to acquire and retain customers is perhaps the single most important factor for small business success, it’s critical that business owners can deliver on these digital experiences. Below are key ideas to keep in mind when implementing digital experiences into your business….

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Zero Touch Deployment: The Perfect System for Schools Facing COVID-19

Shaking hands upon introduction. Holding a menu at a restaurant. Many touches you regularly performed pre-COVID-19 now seem like an unnecessary risk. We can relate. We feel this way about traditional software deployment. In a traditional deployment, eMazzanti’s specialists work with members of the client organization to log into a device and configure all software, custom settings and security measures. We then test that all systems are go, often with the help of the end user, before moving onto the next device. While we are known for our efficiency and commitment to minimizing downtime, we recommend that clients seeking to…

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Why Schools Need to Extend Quarantine to the Virtual Classroom

As an educator, you might be interested to know that Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines quarantine as,“a restraint upon the activities or communication of persons or the transport of goods designed to prevent the spread of disease.” As a person living in the year 2020, you know it in practice all too well. Since COVID-19 caught the world off-guard, we’ve been sheltering in place, only interacting with a few trusted members of our social circle in-person and holding everything from work meetings to weddings online. Your school has fully embraced the new normal. You’re implementing policies that will bring all of the…

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Introducing the COVID-19 New Normal Office Productivity

Many businesses need to make up for ongoing COVID-19 crisis financial losses. Thus, the new normal office productivity must improve. Wouldn’t it be great to balance out some of the revenue lost during the pandemic with one or more surprisingly simple productivity enhancements? In a previous post, we briefly listed several improvements business leaders could make to increase productivity when workers return. Implementing those changes while the office is close to empty makes perfect sense. So, consider these productivity boosters, ranging from easy and affordable to bold and exciting. Cameras for Desktop Computers Because they come so equipped, many workers…

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