Data Integration Tools

We do have some powerful breeds of search and data management tools to help us make sense of unstructured data. Text search tools like SOLR, Elastic Search, Amazon CloudSearch and 3RDi Search are few examples that help to organize amorphous text data so common in today’s business. These tools are equipped with an array of powerful text mining features that are designed for faster and more accurate analysis of unstructured data. Let’s take a quick tour of the tools on a high level. Let’s take a quick tour of the tools on a high level.

Solr and Elastic Search, both are based on Lucene that provides advanced search capabilities and the ability to grow as needed. These are open source licenses. Solr indexing with advanced pre-processing support includes tokenization as well as query support feature, along with spell-checking and highlighting. It efficiently searches for the subsets of the documents, and at the same time, implements full search and faceted search. Elastic Search stores documents in JSON format and the text fields are indexed. This doesn’t require scheme specification prior to loading the documents, as it detects the document structure from JSON documents directly. Support Services and add-ons development are available for both SOLR and Elastic search.

Amazon cloud based search is a managed service from AWS. The search services can be setting up AWS management console. Searchable documents can be managed in guidance to the common configuration.

The 3RDi Search – the technological innovation from The Digital Group – signifies the launch of a whole new growth of rich possibilities in the data centric world. It’s an open source infrastructure and truly a one-stop solution for all search and associated needs. It’s compatible with all major semantic enrichment frameworks and provides the full spectrum of domain expertise across most domains, verticals and locales.

How to Build a Quiet PC

  1. Power Supply – This is the device that produces the power for your computer. Unfortunately, this is almost always the noisiest part your computer includes. It usually contains one or two fans which are used to cool the device down. Fortunately, with today’s technology, you can now buy power supplies which only use their fans when the temperature reaches a set point. This will both reduce noise, and save energy.
  2. Case Fans – The reasons for having case fans are obvious, to create proper airflow. Unfortunately, for some computers, they’re only there to create obnoxious noise. If your computer is mainly used for documents, internet, and e-mail, chances are you don’t need more than one case fan. A system used for the latest computer games on the other hand, will need proper airflow to bring internal temperatures down to a safe operating level.
  3. Disk Drives – If this is your noise issue, there isn’t too much you can do, except invest in a CD or DVD drive known for being a quieter model, or insert acoustic padding around them. If you’re having issues with floppy drive noises, I’ll just tell you now, you’re way behind in technology. A memory card reader is far faster, and is completely silent.
  4. Hard Drives – Hard drive noises are often difficult to suppress as well. The common hard drive noises are heard when the device is in use, opening a program, installing software, etc. Often the noises are the vibrations between your hard drive, and your hard drives mount. Cushioning your device with padding like silica gel can often reduce some of the noise. If you’re hard drive is making unusual and highly noticeable noises while not in use, there’s a chance it could be failing. Please consult a service technician if this is the case.
  5. Computer Case – This is often forgotten about. There are many types of cases engineered in all sorts of ways. You can even purchase a case with sound padding materials included in it. Consider the material of the case itself. An aluminum case can by flimsy, and can increase noise levels from its vibrations. A steel case however, is more solid, and is less prone to creating vibrations. The down side of a steel case would be its weight. Whichever case you decide to use, adding acoustic sound padding, silica gel, and foam blocks, will significantly reduce vibrations.

Building a quiet pc isn’t for everyone. If you own a brand name computer, you’ll likely have a hard time following the tips shown above. Modifications to a brand name computer could potentially void a warranty. I would suggest researching this first before using my tips. You must also remember that your computer must run at safe operating temperature to avoid any device malfunctions, or even failure. Testing and research is always recommended.

Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

Scope of ECM

ECM saves the unstructured information in all forms, securely. It is compatible with most of the file types, including image files, email, office productivity suites, and more. When large volume content becomes critical to manage then a defined ECM plan can eliminate the operational inefficiencies. It simplifies storage, security, process mapping, and maintenance. Improved efficiency, better control, and reduced costs are the advantages for the business of every type.

With digital archiving, document management and workflow, it combines the search, capture, and networking of documents. So, how ECM is different from simple content management system? Unlike other applications, ECM is cognizant of the operations and processes of the enterprise it has been created for.

ECM focuses more on Business-to-Employee (B2E) systems. It evolves with an emergent of any new entity or component. For example, each use of the application generates new metadata for content, to some extent automatically. The system can configure new filters depending on the information for ‘how’ and ‘when’ people use ‘which’ type of content. Therefore, new search, routing, semantic networks, retention-rule decisions, corporate taxonomies, and pathways are created to foster the decision-making process. It consists of five components defined as Capture, Manage, Store, Preserve, and Deliver. Although ECM combines all the components, they can also be used as stand-alone systems without being integrated into an extensive enterprise system.

Methods of ECM

  • On-premises. ECM is developed as traditional software which different companies implement on their networks. In this case, each individual company maintains and manages both the ECM application and network storage devices. It is highly customizable to cater to the individual company needs.
  • SaaS. With software-as-a-service (SaaS), instead of deploying software on an in-house network, employees access to the documents and applications online. Also known as cloud computing, SaaS is widely promoting the use of ECM in business operations. The company doesn’t require buying any hardware, database, servers or configuring applications. Instead, the company can trade the capital for enhancing the storage capabilities and monthly operating expenses, which can grow exponentially with the content requirement.
  • Hybrid. In some case, the company combines both On-premises Software and SaaS to simplify the information exchange followed by acquisition. This is used when a company wants to manage its own ECM On-premises and also wants to provide an ease of access along with SaaS model. The hybrid method becomes imperative if both the technologies are provided by the same vendor to ensure the features and interface are in fine tune.

If you are thinking of designing the ECM for your business, it is vital to seek the expert assistance. With rich experience in development, the experts can help in bringing order to the complex business functions.

About POS Printers

Printers in a POS system are the main output devices and usually have one or two independent cash register ports attached. Such a printer and cash register will share a single port with a PC and leaves other PC ports free for other peripheral devices of the POS system. Traditional electronic cash registers with printers have given way to specialized printers and accessories for point-of-sale functions like labeling and coding products, printing receipts, and printing identity cards. There are many manufacturers in the market who give printers with different features to suit unique needs of vendors.

Printers can be classified according to the printing technology used, their connection compatibility, and the unique features provided by the manufacturers. Dot-matrix, thermal printers, and laser printers are the most common types of printers used in most POS systems. Laser and thermal printers are very quick, but it is the dot-matrix printer that is used by small scale retailers and restaurant owners, due to its low pricing and maintenance costs. For clear printing that is essential for barcodes and labels, the best solution are direct thermal printers and thermal transfer printers with auto cutters. PC and printer compatibility is essential for smooth functioning of the POS system. Computers and printers can be connected directly through a parallel port in both the devices, or they can be connected directly through a serial interface. Some PCs allow printer connection through USB cables or RJ11 adapters as well.

You should be looking at the specific needs of your outlet before choosing a printer with different features like barcode formats, auto cutters, check and credit card receipts, and product labels. Getting the right printer with the right combination of technology, features, and cost-effective system-compatibility will play a part in smooth running of your business.

SPI Bus

The SPI Bus was specially designed to exchange data between various IC chips, at very high speeds; say, at 180 MHz or even more. Due to this high-speed aspect, the Bus lines cannot be too long, because their reactance increases too much, and the Bus becomes unusable. However, if you want, you could use the SPI Bus outside the PCB at low speeds, but this is not quite practical–the SPI Bus requires 3 or 4 communications lines, which are a bit too many, when compared to 1 or 2 lines usually needed to communicate, efficiently, with field devices located outside the PCB.

Anyway, on the PCB the SPI Bus is very good, because we can practically attach to the Bus as many ICs (or devices) as we want. Please excuse me for not providing a picture of the SPI Bus, but rest assured you do not need one: the SPI Bus is so simple that you will understand everything in words.

The next question is:¬†“Why is this SPI Bus particularly useful?”¬†Besides from exchanging data between various IC chips, the SPI Bus is a method of multiplying microcontroller’s pins. In other words, if you have a tiny 8 pins microcontroller, you could control with that little monster few hundreds of digital Inputs and Outputs. This is impressive, and I am certain many doubt my words. Let’s explain this.

The SPI Bus contains three lines, and they can be on any general I/O controller pins. These Bus lines are: Clock, Data-In, and Data-Out. In addition, each IC connected to the SPI Bus needs an individual Enable line. Things work like this: suppose we have four devices, A, B, C, and D; all of them are wired to the SPI Bus lines, and the Bus itself is wired to seven controller pins–this is 3 Bus lines plus the 4 Enable ones. When we want to send a message to device C, we enable its Enable line first, then we send the message serially, one bit at a time. In the same time devices A, B, and D do exactly nothing, because they are not enabled.

The beauty with the SPI Bus is, it is Synchronous, meaning, when the controller sends the message to one IC, it is also able to receive data from that IC, in the same time. This particular aspect of the SPI protocol is particularly well suited for microcontroller-to-microcontroller communications.

Now, we have seen a small 8 pins microcontroller can control 4 devices (ICs) using 7 pins. Taking into account one device of type A, B, C, or D could have eight or even sixteen I/O ports, this is still far from the hundreds Inputs and Outputs I promised to you. The next beautiful thing about the SPI Bus is: one device IC can be serialized with many more of the same type! For example, we could have B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, and so on. All ICs of type B# are serialized together, and they require only 4 microcontroller pins to make them work; the Enable line is common to all of them. Next, we can use each device of type A, B, C, and D as a group of tens similar ICs.

The enabling speed of each I/O port on the SPI Bus it is slower, when multiplying microcontroller’s pins, but always take into account I/O field devices don’t necessarily need speeds of, say 1000 ON/OFF activations per second each, simply because most of them cannot handle that speed. However, there are few, very smart firmware techniques like the “barrel-shift” type of functions, which allows us to maintain high-speed messaging on the SPI Bus, even if we have hundreds of I/Os. In the same time, the “barrel-shift” functions allow for better time management inside microcontroller, so that it has more time to execute other tasks–makes sense to me! To conclude, I believe it is clear now we can, indeed, build hundreds of efficient I/O lines on a small 8 pins controller.

Further from this general presentation of the SPI Bus, you should be aware almost all ICs implement the SPI protocol in a particular way. For detailed and practical applications I suggest you visit my home site at Corollary Theorems. There you are going to discover a good tutorial book about working with hardware, firmware–including the “barrel-shift” type of functions–and software design, in general, and about few nice and practical implementations of the SPI Bus in particular.

Document Control Software Tips

  • Software is a choice as a tool to help meet your needs. Many providers have solutions that not only keep documents, specifications, and procedures controlled, but also help companies meet their regulatory compliance and/or quality organization standards. Basic features should be checking content in/out, revise, review, approve, and archive the information.
  • If your company operates from multiple locations, you should think long and hard about consolidating the various procedures, specifications, policies, drawings, and documents into a single repository that can be accessed from anywhere. The software should allow you to access your documents through your intranet or the internet.
  • Companies spend an inordinate amount of time and energy trying to keep many locations and/or departments on the same current sheet. File shares and email create duplications that immediately lead to wasting your time, effort, and resources. The software chosen should control how users see and work from the current versions while automatically archiving older content. It is important that for most industries and their regulations that the archived material can be accessed when called upon, make sure the software you choose meets those requirements.
  • Don’t make the decision to purchase software in a vacuum. Look around your company ans see who else will be affected by this decision. Assumptions about their needs should not be taken when moving from paper to an electronic document control process. Failure to obtain “buy-in” can result into a delayed rollout and severe pushback. The document control software provider selected should have experience in managing such a dramatic change and brought that to your attention during the initial search.
  • Prior to making a change, analysis should be conducted on the current lifecycle being used by the company. Do you know exactly where the breakdowns occur? The analysis should help provide you with an understanding of where current bottlenecks lie, what the costs are to the company, and help all the stakeholders understand the purpose of changing. Education of the parties involved will allow them to see the larger picture and the valuable impact an investment in document control software can bring to the company. The software vendor should have experience in the analysis and align the software with your company mission and goals.
  • When choosing a document control software package make sure that the automation of the workflow is easy to understand, configure, and is better than what is currently being done. The software should quicken the time for reviews and approvals of policies, procedures, etc. that normally languish in a manual or emailed workflow. The user interface should be easy for your managers to go in and conduct the actions required of them in as few steps as possible.
  • The document control software chosen should be able to work flawlessly with your email to send notifications to managers, users, and others when content needs to be reviewed, approved, and read. The software should be configurable to notify when document become current and replace older versions. Notifications should also be configurable when to remind users when their actions required of them are overdue and escalate the delay up the chain of command.

Buying Software Online

Read customer reviews. Many popular online stores, such as Amazon, allow users to leave their comments about a particular product. Reading other customer reviews may help to make your decision easier because it gives you an idea of others who have experienced the product firsthand.

When considering any type of software, make sure that it is compatible with your computer. Most software requires a specific processor type, such as Pentium or Celeron, and a certain amount of free hard drive space. The reason is because, in order for software to function properly at quickly, the computer must be able to handle the application. By being familiar with your computer’s configuration, you will be able to select the right software.

Become familiar with the software by reading it’s description and capabilities. Before purchasing any type of software, you should make sure that it is exactly what you want or will enjoy learning. Often times, after software is opened, there is no refund policy for buyer’s remorse.

Purchase software from a reputable company. This will ensure customer service, reliability, quality products and timely shipment. By purchasing software from a reliable source, you will also ensure that the title is authentic and not an illegal copy. The best way to check out a business’s reputation is through the Better Business Bureau.

The best part of shopping for software online is the competition. Because there are so many retailers, prices are more competitive than if only one store had the software that you want. Shop around and compare prices before making a final decision.

When making a purchase online, consider using a credit card. Most credit card companies provide a dispute resolution process, which is beneficial if the product is not delivered, is not as advertised or is damaged and the company will not stand behind the transaction.

If purchasing from another individual, such as often the case with online auctions, confirm that the software has all manuals and/or product keys to ensure proper installation.

Online Trading Software

A service provider should have experience in working with various companies which provodes financial support as well as services such as insurance companies, and banks, services which has discount on brokerage houses where they can make an outstanding performance to give the greatest satisfaction of their customers. The technology also can offer you, profits and can make your business better in the future.

These operators must have software development provided by a service which is high quality, and can maintain its services maintenance and testing, and a good price. The delivered model will be the result of an on / off-site which allows the operator to take greater advantage of the lower costs of software, the provider’s development center Web sites at sea retaining the advantages of working in a local company .

It also offers consultancy services. Services offered include the development of an online-strategy so the existing systems can be changed to an internet business model to formulate and express their vision. Look out for a vendor who can provide information technology and services on the strategy of commercial banks, insurance companies, asset management and investment banks, hedge funds, and companies brokerage. It will remain as a useful overview of the software so that you get online is guaranteed.

The product development services are applied. Operators must receive services project particularly if an outsourced solution is been used. These services include data conversion, custom interfaces, training, project management, customized software, integrated testing, upgrade services, localization and delivered by the supplier of trained professionals in the service industry financiers.

Day to day support and maintenance support is provided. Their firm takes up the responsibility of research, support, the implementation of quality assurance, and operating systems provided at the request of operators, which benefits from their software online. While the issues of maintenance took place, a set of quality assurance,and programming as well as research personnel in a position to help immediately work together so that our customers are understood and the problem solved accordingly

They give data transmission services worldwide. They provide advice regarding data services market, which include historic and postponed data security, in futures, , mutual funds,real time,, financial institutions, options, bonds data, and saves news, interest rates, and calls about world affairs. This could be a major factor in business offering financial services online which employs strategy. They have specialized in cleaning data and construction so that they can provide consistency on the software database.

The merchant must buy their commercial software online from a software provider to provide an good customer service. They offer on the aggregation of accounts to the consolidation of unique features,taking care of the customers account info from various service vendors in which they could access and review confidentially.

also see and get info on all network accounts, which include accounts located outside the main host rendering effective and less painful, and that the practice jump form a site at the other for viewing account information.

Become The Boss Of Augmented Reality Services

Check your options

Well it depends a lot on the kind of stream you are venturing into. Just because AR and VR are trending doesn’t necessarily mean that they can invade all streams. This is why you need to understand the stream, the utility of AR and VR apps and then decide whether or not to suggest your client go for it. Look for the possible alternatives, do feasibility and a cost analysis and then decide. If your client really wants to adopt AR and VR solutions, try to think of the best ways by which you can tap the most of this modern technology.

You do not always have to be too flashy

While we understand that ‘think outside the box’ is a very engaging concept, sometimes straight and simple works best too. For instance, Mandiri with WWF didn’t go for too much creativity or innovation banking. They made a simple gamified experience for their banking clients and made remarkable use of augmented reality. It worked wonders for them.

So, think of the possible ways by which you can use AR and VR and get something constructive out of it. This should work the trick.

Always hit at the utility factor. Remember, you need to make things productive and the utility value needs to be high. It is important because if you do not spot any use, it won’t really serve the need. If you want to champion the AR and VR field, you need to give something constructive to the end users.

Use Magento Translation Modules

Not Every Internet User Knows English

Though English has its reach in all parts of the world, only one out of two people know it. Languages like French, Spanish and Arabic are also popular and have a good amount of share. So, getting a Magento Language switcher of even of these languages will expand its reach in multiple folds.

Embrace a Wallet Savvy Way of Branding

A multilingual website is a pocket-friendly way of marketing your business internationally. When you expand the limits of your website with a magento 2 language switcher, it communicates with a larger mass. Such interaction with a huge customer base will help your store to get recognition. When you further plan to expand your business outside your region, you can encase this communication as cost effective marketing.

Lot of Unique Customers

When your website pushes the regional limits of your business and go cross country, it reaches new users. These new users are unique and give you an opportunity to showcase your products with an international image. Thus, it becomes easy for you to convert them into a customer.

Get High ROI

A Magento Language Switcher does not cost you as much as it brings ROI for you. You spend for once and install the extension for your webstore. This one time investment will get you more customers and that too, for a long time. Addition of every language increases the potential to add 100% more sales.

Have a Customer Focused Business

When your web store deals only in a single language, it becomes region centric. But when you use a Magento Language Pack for your store, it becomes customers centric. This way of business operations helps your webstore to be more customer friendly and attractive to new regions.