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Basics of IoT 3-Part Series: Part 1 Data Analytics Today, it seems like we’re reading about more advanced and intelligent kiosk implementations across every industry. Whether it is in healthcare with the medication disposal kiosks, Walgreens introduced last fall in 14 locations across Indiana, or it’s the new self-service devices at McDonald’s for automating ordering. Even sporting and entertainment venues are getting in the game by introducing kiosks and integrated mobile solutions to bring new levels of play and competition to sports such as golf and bowling. Managing data flowing to and from these devices back to the enterprise can be complicated, but very powerful when harnessed and channeled through an IoT platform. When it comes to data analytics, there are two common ways operators of large networks of smart vending machines traditionally look at data: Histo... (more)

Sponsored Conversations: Just as “Unreal” as “Reality” TV

The rise of reality TV shows over the past decade has continued to draw a steady stream of viewers, yet today, people seem to recognize that reality TV isn’t really all that real. The fact that the camera is there and the participants know it, has an impact on how they act. Shows need to fit into their allotted time slots, so a lot of editing alters the reality of the situations that are viewers see. The fact that the situations are contrived by TV producers to begin with means it isn’t a real scenario anyway. In the business world, it seems to me that “sponsored” conversations are just as unreal. Recently, one of my favorite marketing industry influencers, Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) wrote a post titled As Marketing Shifts Back to the Everyman. I regularly read Chris’ blog, so I would have read this anyway… but when I saw the titled in my RSS feed I thought it migh... (more)

The Craving for Connectivity…

CRM on Ulitzer I was sitting in my local Starbucks, staring at my laptop wondering how to begin this blog. Then, as I looked around me, I noticed my fellow customers – students studying, Moms taking a little break, professionals such as myself getting a little work done outside the office on a wireless high-speed Internet connection and couples on their way to or from a day of golf – and it struck me. Right now, I am a customer at a coffee shop. So, I came here to get a cup of coffee, right? Well, yes and no. I certainly have the coffee I purchased sitting next to me – however, what I REALLY wanted was that…and much more. Are you certain that your organization is offering what your customers crave? Sure, the Starbucks example has been used way too often – but you have to admit that they DO understand that what their customers crave isn’t merely a cup of coffee, no... (more)

Management Development or How to Make a Soufflé

The Four Pillars of Successful Management Development Pillar 3: Structure You are choosing a management development programme for yourself or others in your organisation. Of all the factors you take into consideration – the cost, the content, whether the course is residential or not, whether you’ll be able to swim and sauna before the gourmet evening meal at the venue –probably the last thing to cross your mind will be the structure of the programme. Of course, you might discount a week-long programme on the basis that you can’t afford the time out of the office (or alternatively you might choose to shortlist it because you’ll do anything to get away for a few days). But beyond the length of the time commitment, what else is there to consider? Management and leadership are activities which are done, not known. It is one thing to know the recipe for a soufflé, for examp... (more)

John Daly Wins 2014 Beko Classic

FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwired - December 09, 2014) - Loudmouth Golf, the world leader in bold and bright golf and lifestyle apparel, is proud to congratulate John Daly on his victory at the 2014 Beko Classic Pro-Am sanctioned by the PGAs of Europe, in Belek, Antalya, Turkey. On Thursday, Daly shot a second-round, 9-under 63, and went on to win the event on Saturday with a level-par 72 in Saturday's finale for a total finish of -15. Loudmouth Golf has been an apparel sponsor for Daly since 2009, and has been outfitting the star in his famously colorful and notoriously wild patterned golf pants ever since. "We are John Daly's biggest fans and are thrilled to congratulate him on his win," says Loudmouth Golf President, Dennis Green. "John has been the face of Loudmouth Golf for many years and has done an excellent job at showcasing our clothing to the golf world. We a... (more)

GPS Industries Asks Golf Industry Professionals - "Dare to Compare"

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/26/06 -- GPS Industries Inc. (OTC BB: GPSN), a leading innovator of Wi-Fi and GPS-enabled multimedia communications and management solutions for golf facilities, resorts, sporting events and residential communities asks Golf Industry Professionals to compare their flagship product, the "Inforemer" with the competition. The "Inforemer" is GPS. It locates the pin easily with hands-free operation. It fleet swaps easily, is video ad ready with its Wi-Fi enhancements that make it a revenue generating real-time media outlet. Make your golf course future proof. The graphics are better, the "Inforemer" is lighter, affordable, ergonomically best, user-friendly, serviceable and makes you money. We have the lowest risk, highest value proposition on the market, and our cutting edge and innovative software seamlessly integrates with other soft... (more)

Punta Espada Golf Club 'A Complete Golf Experience'

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the pre-opening of all 18 holes of the Punta Espada golf course, Cap Cana completes the golf lovers experience with the opening of the Punta Espada golf clubhouse. Encompassing a total area of approximately 191,598 sq feet, the clubhouse provides all the services needed for a memorable golfing experience. The clubhouse, with its simplistic design implemented by the firm GVA Dominicana, combines with perfect harmony its entire layout; blending together the materials used, the surrounding spaces and Cap Cana's architecture. The main building is comprised of different areas in which the Caribbean-infused style and elegance of the Cap Cana structures blend with a tropical ambience, offering a relaxing environment for golfers. Additionally, the Punta Espada clubhouse contains a restaurant area with the capacity to ac... (more)

Businesses, Personal Fortunes at Risk from Lack of Succession Planning

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Joe and Cindy Riggs, owners of Bowling Green Golf Club in Oak Ridge, New Jersey, undertook extensive succession planning to ensure that their business - built on land that has been in the Riggs' family for more than 200 years - would transfer to the next generation of owners without interruption. Their comprehensive estate plan, founded on whole life insurance, will help enable the business to pass to their children unencumbered by federal estate taxes. "Our son, Will, is almost 28 and works at the golf course; in fact he will now be the new Riggs proprietor there," Cindy Riggs explained. "As we look back at the different decisions we've made with our finances over the years, we really think that this has been one of the best," Joe Riggs added. Not all business owners are as forward-looking as the Riggs family, ho... (more)

Kapow Technologies and StrikeIron Bring Enterprise Class Web Data Services to SMB Market

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kapow Technologies and StrikeIron today announced the immediate availability of Kapow Web Data Services 7.0.0 to address the unique web data access needs of the SMB market. Now any organization that demands enterprise-class web data access and quality, regardless of size and data requirements, can benefit from the power of Kapow Web Data Services on a per use and volume basis. This strategic partnership brings together Kapow's proven web data services technology with StrikeIron's data-as-a-service web platform for delivering business data from the web to any Internet-connected system. With today's announcement, SMBs can now use Kapow Web Data Services 7.0.0 to wrap any website or web application into RSS feeds or REST web services for rapid, automated and structured access to external web data sources - completely e... (more)

Richard Roll Selected as the Recipient of the 2009 IAFE/SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year Award

NEW YORK, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- SunGard ( and the International Association of Financial Engineers ( today announced that Richard Roll, Japan Alumni Chair in International Finance at the UCLA Anderson School, has been named the 2009 IAFE/SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year (FEOY). The award will be presented to Dr. Roll on February 4, 2010, at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City, during the IAFE/SunGard FEOY Award Gala Dinner. Commenting on his receipt of the 2009 FEOY award, Mr. Roll said, "It is extremely gratifying to receive this award, which has been given before without exception to financial scholars that I greatly admire. I am truly honored to be included in their company." David Rowe, executive vice president, risk management at SunGard, said, "Richard Roll's long and illustrious career spans both the ac... (more)

AdvancedMD Appoints Chief Product and Technology Officer

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- AdvancedMD® Software, Inc., a leader in software-as-a-service (SaaS) electronic health record (EHR) and revenue cycle management (RCM) automation solutions, announced that Steven ZoBell has joined the executive management team as Chief Product and Technology Officer. ZoBell will direct all aspects of engineering, IT, and product management, reporting to Eric Morgan, CEO. ZoBell has more than 18 years of product development, software engineering and business management experience. Prior to joining AdvancedMD, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for inContact, Inc. (Nasdaq: SAAS), a leading SaaS-based contact center software company that competed successfully against much larger companies as Oracle's SaaS-based call center solution, Avaya and Cisco. "After spending a number of years in the SaaS indu... (more)