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New Technologies that are Shaping the Future of Retail

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With the announcement that Walmart will be closing 269 stores and laying off thousands of employees, while at the same time, Amazon reports a record-breaking holiday sales season, it seems that a drastic change is occurring in the retail landscape. The way people shop has evolved, and traditional retailers are scrambling to keep up. The… Read More

Nicole Klemp  

Free Ways to Learn Tech Skills


There’s an expression that’s become commonplace in just the last few years: “Every company is a technology company.” Think about it. Even the high-end dog food supplier who delivers to your door has a mobile app, a customer self-service portal, and live chat. The startup responsible for my plush new mattress has a witty Instagram… Read More

Jiordan Castle     @jiordancastle

Can Google Catch Up to AWS and Microsoft in the Cloud?


When Google acquired VMware co-founder Diane Greene’s startup, Bebop, last fall and hired Greene to lead their team of cloud businesses, it became clear that they were bulking up their efforts to take on the enterprise. According to Synergy Research Group, in the third quarter of 2015, AWS had the majority market share in the… Read More

Jiordan Castle     @jiordancastle

3 Companies That are Reinventing Talent Management


In order to encourage innovation and compete for top talent, some companies are making radical changes to their cultures and deviating from traditional business practices. With the speed and scale at which technology is evolving, the way people work and how they’re managed needs to change to keep up. Many companies still rely on the… Read More

Nicole Klemp  
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Gamification and How it Works at Appirio


Chances are good there is some type of game that you have been (or are currently) obsessed with. For some, it’s your Friday night poker game; for others, it’s Candy Crush. Then of course there are the “serious” gamers who play video games like Halo or Madden. Whatever your game of choice, there is something… Read More

Nicole Klemp  

7 Leadership Lessons from Mean Girls


Don’t be a “pusher” It’s important to encourage your team to do their best, but don’t push people too hard into things that don’t fit their skills or interests. Find the areas where individuals really shine, and have them focus their efforts there. Lead by example When Regina George wore sweatpants on a Monday, the… Read More

Nicole Klemp  

It’s Time to Provide Field Service Organizations with Better Technology


Whether your business is in telecommunications, manufacturing, healthcare, or any other industry, your employees working out in the field are the face of your organization. But while it is one of the most important areas of a business, field service is often the most overlooked, and usually the least likely to be provided with upgraded… Read More

Nicole Klemp  

The 4 Qualities to Look for in a Salesforce Admin


Salesforce admins and Salesforce developers may have some radically different skills, but they have one core commonality: the best can make magic happen with Salesforce. There are some basic differences between Salesforce developers and admins: Developers communicate dev info to the Salesforce admin, build customizations, test, and deploy; admins provide user maintenance, create assignment rules,… Read More

Jiordan Castle     @jiordancastle

9 Ways to Make Gmail Better


Use Tasks to make a to-do list from your emails. If you wake up to a slew of emails all requiring attention, don’t panic — create a to-do list. When you’re in the regular reading view of Gmail, you can select the email you want, select “More” above your inbox, and then “Add to Tasks.”… Read More

Jiordan Castle     @jiordancastle
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