Dress for Success: Is It Really Important for The Accomplishment of Professional Goals?

Dress for SuccessFollowing a particular dress code in the workplace is a fairly common norm that most people in an organization tend to follow. But, what most people seem to be unaware of is the fact that what we wear has a pretty significant impact not just in our personal lives, but also at the professional level as well. Both in terms of our performance as well as attitude. In other words, dressing appropriately, or as per office decorum, is basically one of the most crucial factors that will be of great help in achieving professional success.

The reason being that self-perception basically has a tremendous impact on how an individual is perceived by many others, that he or she interacts with on a regular basis. Especially in a professional capacity. Would you go out on a date with your crush dressed in clothes suitable only for lounging? On the contrary, you would want to make as good an impression as possible and would do your level best to ensure that the person is impressed. Even if you have to shop for clothes beforehand.

Much the same principle also applies to professional attire as well. Once you start feeling that you are ‘dressed for success’ and thereby have the capability to make a really great impression on someone then not only will it give your self-confidence a tremendous boost but at the same time you will make a great impression on whoever it is that you really want to meet, thus leading you to give your very best at the meeting. Let us take a quick look at how dressing for success can help you in achieving your goals in life.

Impressions matter!

The age old adage that ‘the first impression is the last impression’ still holds true to this day. This is because the first impression of an individual certainly does play a really significant role in helping other people develop a favorable  opinion with regard to the person they are meeting. This is indeed, precisely why the visual aesthetics that we tend to present (with regard to our professional selves) with the help of suitable dressing is extremely important. Regardless of how hard we may try to deny or avoid it; the fact of the matter is that we live in a highly judgmental world and others often judge us on the basis of how we are dressed and, therefore, how we look.

Self-respect is very important

When a person takes the time and puts in considerable efforts for the express purpose of dressing up appropriately; then yes, such a person will undeniably radiate an image of both self-respect as well as self-worth too. And since dressing nicely also boosts one’s confidence levels to a large extent. This in turn, will also help you to tackle the various really difficult tasks in your day to day work life with much greater ease, to say the least.

It helps you draw attention to yourself

There is a reason why peacocks have such magnificent plumage. The thing is the sharper the better you are dressed, the more noticeable will you be. If you are in the sales and marketing or public relations department, then dressing up appropriately is a practice that will help you to get noticed, easily enough. Furthermore, a really sharply dressed individual will quite easily stand out in a large crowd and thus the clothes you wear (as well as how you wear them) may well help you in attracting the right level of attention.

A positive impact on the individual’s overall mood

Being authoritative will help as well. Here, dressing better and as per your own surroundings is now almost universally known to have a highly positive impact on an individual’s overall mood. And therefore, by staying more polite, positive, and confident, it is possible for just about anyone to take the path of true professional success while simultaneously overcoming all the barriers in the way.

Always be prepared

“Be prepared” is not just the boy scout motto, but it is also the means through which you can come out on top, even when taken by surprise. The thing is, you might never know when you will suddenly bump into, at a seminar or the neighboring coffee shop, or in the bank. However, should you be dressed professionally and exude a neat and well-groomed look in the bargain, then, no matter who you meet and also irrespective of precisely where you meet them, the chances are greater than even, that you will almost always leave a really great impression and what is more, suitably apt dressing will also give you the required confidence to steal the show, even while simultaneously boosting your personality.

It leads to an increase in overall productivity

The thing is that it is almost always really easy to feel pretty comfortable when one is wearing sweatpants and t-shirts along with flip-flops, but they have the purpose of putting you in your own comfort zone. Unfortunately, such comfort zones make the average person pretty lazy. However, when one is smartly and professionally dressed, he or she will feel really motivated from both within and without and thus, such a person will be more productive and perform better. As a matter of fact, dressing smartly is widely touted to be one of the best possible means of enhancing one’s overall performance at the workplace and thereby to emerge as an exemplary performer.

Being a sharped dressed professional is not just the need of today, but rather it is the central cornerstone to any well thought out plan for the accomplishment of your professional aims and objectives in life.

by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/contact

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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Apple Watch Series 4

Apple Watch Series 4Unveiled at the launch of iPhone XS on September 12, the Apple Watch Series 4 is now available to order. For two years running, Apple has launched the new Apple Watch models alongside new iPhones. The Series 4 is an upgraded version of the Apple Watch with a substantially modified design and a range of new health and fitness features.

Apple lovers were treated with the launch of not one but two new products on September: the iPhone XS and the Apple Watch Series 4. Amidst much fanfare, the Apple Watch was launched for the first time about four years ago.

The first version of the Apple Watch tried to do too much with way too little, and it had a confusing software to boot. However, the worst thing about the watch was that no one knew what it was actually for since Apple had not specified this and there was no feature that stood out. To put simply, the initial version of the Apple Watch was a complete failure.

Fast forward four years and we’re seeing the Apple Watch finally fulfill the promise with which it was initially launched. We can say that the Series 4 has finally achieved what the original Apple Watch was launched for. With due respect to the iPhone XS, the Series 4 was the most exciting thing that Apple launched on September 12. People who have trial tested the Watch say it’s deserving of the hype.

As mentioned earlier, the Apple Watch is available to order, and it went on sale in retail shops on September 21. So, now you know when and from where you can buy the Apple Watch Series 4 but why should you buy the watch? Here is everything you need to know about the Apple Watch Series 4.

Design and Display

The design of the Series 4 is completely different from that of its predecessors. The watch comes in two sizes: 40 mm and 44 mm. Additionally, the display size has been increased by 30%. The screen has curved corners, which fit more closely to the shape of the face. The watch face is also redesigned, and it now has more detailed and graphic information. users can view boarding information, track scores from sports teams, see stocks and heart rate, and more.

The series 4 watch is slimmer than series 3 and the new digital crown with haptic feedback in the Series 4 allows for a more responsive experience when you flip through items on your watch. The watch is available in stainless steel or aluminum, with the all-ceramic edition quietly dropped. The aluminum models are available in three colors options: silver, gold, and space gray.  The color options in stainless steel are space black and a new gold. The Series 4’s back is made of sapphire crystal and black ceramic, which allows radio waves to go through the front and back. The purpose of this is to improve cell reception.

The speaker of the Apple Watch has also been completely redesigned in the Series 4 and it is now 50% louder. Additionally, the microphone is now on the opposite side of where it used to be, which is far away from the speaker. This is meant to reduce echo and increase the clarity of phone calls.

Specs and Battery

The Apple Watch Series 4 has a 64-bit dual-core processor that is designed to work two times faster than the previous Apple watch. The dynamic range of the accelerometer and gyroscope is increased by two times, which allows them to sample motion data eight times faster. However, nothing has changed in terms of battery life—the Watch series 4 has the same eighteen-hour, all-day battery life. Though there has been an increase in outdoor workout time to six hours, with full GPS tracking for long bike rides.

Health Features

As mentioned in the beginning, the Apple Watch Series 4 has a range of new health and fitness features. Perhaps, this is the reason Apple describes the watch as ‘an intelligent guardian for your health’. Following are the most noticeable health features in the Apple Watch Series 4.

Fall Detection

By monitoring the movement of your arms, the Series 4 works out when you’re about to fall. If you fall and there’s no further movement from you, the watch will assume that something has happened you and will use the SOS features to contact the emergency services and send your location to them.

Heart Rate Monitor

While previous models of the Apple Watch had the ability to detect and warn about a prolonged elevated heart rate, the Series 4 has sophisticated heart-monitoring abilities not witnessed before in the Apple watch. For example, the series 4 can spot low rates, which wasn’t possible with the previous versions of the watch. Additionally, the series 4 watch can keep track of irregular heartbeats to notify you of a potential atrial fibrillation.

However, the most noticeable change is the new ECG function. When you place a finger on the Digital Crown, the watch runs an ECH test for you, which is the first time an ECG device has been made available over the counter direct to consumers. However, a separate app which was not available at the launch is required to make the ECG function work. However, Apple says the app will be launched soon. The series 4 stores all the health-care data in the health app and this can be useful for people planning a visit to their doctor.

Above are some of the most prominent features of the Apple Watch Series 4. To know more about the latest Apple Watch, visit:  www.apple.com/watch

by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/contact

Our Mission: “Creating innovative IT solutions for business leaders worldwide through cutting edge technologies.”

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How Immersive Technologies Are Aiding Business Transformation?

Immersive Technologies Immersive technology carries with it the potential to bring a veritable plethora of benefits to the modern business enterprise. These typically include near universal ease of use, widespread scalability, as well as many new types of both content and application experiences for the discerning customer and employee alike.

As a matter of fact, just about every day in myriad DIY (do it yourself) stores and home furnishing outlets all over the world, many, if not most customers typically make highly calculated gambles as they try to figure out exactly how the item (that they are about to purchase) will look once they manage to get it home. The ultimate cost of a potentially bad decision? Sometimes a high return rate for the erstwhile retail outlet.  Which basically means an otherwise unhappy customer who has to face the bleak prospect of repainting his or her entire house.

How companies are using immersive technologies to create greater efficiency

This is why various leading home improvement retailers all over the United States and Europe as well as other developed parts of the world, are now turning to multiple immersive technologies to minimize the risk typically associated with the purchasing process, as a whole.  Take Lowe’s, for example; the retail based home improvement and appliance outlets that are present all over the our country:  They have pioneered the concept of their ‘Holoroom’, this is an otherwise instore virtual reality (VR) room, that is easily available to customers in most of their real world stores. Thanks to this example of immersive technology, now customers can also virtually test not just various shades and hues but also different lights materials, as well as other home products even before they make a purchase. In this way the ‘Holoroom’ help them in eliminating any pre-purchase dissonance so that the final decision becomes all that much easier.

And this is not the only company doing so. There are others who are now beginning to use mixed reality technologies and there are now very many other examples that can be found in not just the front desk but also the back of the store or the office.

There is the global courier service DHL, that is now applying augmented reality (AR) to its vast logistics network and it is doing great with its proprietary Vision Picking Program. The program uses highly advanced ‘smart’ eyewear in shipping warehouses at their facilities all over the world, so as to be able to reduce any packaging related errors and also increase the overall speed of their pick and pack tasks.

Their workers are well equipped with these highly advanced smart glasses that visually display the relevant day with respect to where each individual picked item also needs to be placed, on which shelf of which trolley.

These are just a few examples of various organization and companies that have become used to the utilization of ‘immersive technology’ as a means to changing the way they typically run their business. Not just when it comes to interacting with their customers,but also with regard to how they run their business.

The two of the most popular immersive technologies would be Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). When taken together, these mixed reality technologies have now effectively started to transform the overall user experience of today’s end user and turn the same into a more contextual and continuous event. And what is of some significance is the fact that in the near future they will also meaningfully change how various people interact not just with each other but also with a computing system as well.

Multiple applications of such cutting edge technologies

Predictions suggest that 20 percent of the larger enterprise businesses will thoroughly adapt and evaluate AR, VR and their advanced Mixed Reality (MR) solutions as early as next year. In addition, it is important to note that this prediction for such rapid uptake in the corporate sector is based on the ever-increasing range of applications that exist both within and without the enterprise.

Many companies and organizations that involve multiple design and engineering teams are now also using immersive technology solutions in a bid to speed up product visualization as well as its maintenance, and eventual prototyping.

Immersive tech and HR

HR departments in many organizations and institutions are now also utilizing immersive technology internally for their training, and externally for the purpose of recruitment. The British armed forces have effectively teamed up with a company known as Visualizeso as to create a complete 360 degree VR (virtual reality) recruitment video, so that any potential recruits would be able to handle and experience military training, first hand. this way many such prospects will get a chance to walk away from the job before they get involved in the training program. Which means a lower dropout rate and correspondingly higher recruitment figures overall. In this regard the VR experience substantially increased the overall awareness of the British Army’s recruitment efforts by around 20 percent or so.

By 2020, it is expected that not just consumers alone but also their business counterparts will have very easy and near universal access to different quality devices, tools systems, as well as services.  AR, VR and MR now offer many new ways for customers to be able to engage with different brands and for organizations to be able to achieve peak efficiencies via commonly available devices such as head-mounted displays (HMDs), smartphone VRs, smart glasses and even full on 3D experience rooms.

A point to be noted here is that both VR and AR basically require substantial input from their sensors,user movement, and also historical data.  This is why when they are combined with other technologies such as conversational platforms (for instance), immersive technology can easily be used to create extremely personalized services products, and experiences for the customers so that they keep coming back to the same business, again and again.  Exciting times!  🙂

by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/contact

Our Mission: “Creating innovative IT solutions for business leaders worldwide through cutting edge technologies.”

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Proof That Positive Cultures Are More Productive

Positive VibesFor financial success, too many businesses today rely on cut-throat, high-pressure, zero-empathy work culture. However, research says that this is counter-productive. Not only is a cut-throat work environment harmful to productivity, but it can also hurt employers, employees, and the bottom line. Here’s why positive work cultures are more productive!

The importance of a company’s culture on productivity cannot be emphasized enough. Based on past and current experience, the culture of a company is the overall environment and attitude in the workplace. While employee incentives can help create a positive work environment, a lot more is required to ensure a positive culture that positively impact workplace productivity. This includes the attitude and treatment of employees.

It is important that both the employers and the employees take an active role in creating a positive culture for employees instead of allowing the company culture to take shape on its own. So, why the need to create a positive work culture in the first place?

CEOs, business owners, and professionals are always looking for new ways to be productive. When people work at full capacity or maximum efficiency, they can get more done, achieve goals faster, and create strong foundations for their companies to build on. However, getting an entire team or office to be productive can be challenging.

Many managers and professionals with supervisory roles find it difficult to ensure productivity in the workplace. Often, encouraging employees to work harder and stop wasting time is a struggle for them. However, if the managers and professionals with supervisory roles are finding it difficult to encourage employees to be more productive at work, then the problem is not with the managers or the employees they’re trying to encourage. The problem then lies with culture of the workplace.

This is the reason why fostering a positive work culture is crucial.  A positive company culture affords employees respect while expecting quality work every day. Additionally, it often encourages collaboration. A positive work culture can do wonders for any company and this is proven by research. The research is discussed in the following section.

The Problem with Cut-Throat, High-Pressure Work Culture

Many ‘experts’ says that stress and pressure push employees to perform more, better, and faster. However, they do not take into account the hidden costs associated with companies having a cut-throat work culture. According to a research, health-care expenditures of ‘high-pressure’ companies are nearly 50% greater than of other organizations. Additionally, the American Psychological Association (APA) estimates that more than $500 billion are siphoned off from the U.S. economy because of workplace stress, and 550 million workdays are lost each year due to stress on the job.

60% to 80% of workplace accidents are attributed to stress, and it’s estimated that more than 80% of doctor visits are due to stress. Workplace stress has been linked to health problems ranging from metabolic syndrome to cardiovascular disease and mortality. In addition to the health problems, another problem evident in cut-throat work environments is the problem of disengagement.

While a cut-throat environment and a culture of fear can ensure engagement for some time, research suggests that the inevitable stress it creates will likely lead to disengagement over the long term. Engagement in work — which is associated with feeling valued, secure, supported, and respected — is generally negatively associated with a high-stress, cut-throat culture.

In studies by the Queens School of Business and by Gallup,  disengaged workers had 37% higher absenteeism, 49% more accidents, and 60% more errors and defects. In organizations with low employee engagement scores, they experienced 18% lower productivity, 16% lower profitability, 37% lower job growth, and 65% lower share price over time. Importantly, businesses with highly engaged employees enjoyed 100% more job applications.

The third and final problem with a cut-throat work environment is the lack of loyalty. Research shows that workplace stress leads to an increase of almost 50% in voluntary turnover. People go on the job market, decline promotions, or resign. And the turnover costs associated with recruiting, training, lowered productivity, lost expertise, and so forth, are significant.

Evidence Shows That Positive Work Cultures are More Productive and Bring Financial Gains

As mentioned earlier, a positive work culture can do wonders for your company. A positive company or workplace culture increases employees’ satisfaction with their jobs. They find the work environment more motivating and feel a greater sense of loyalty towards the company. As a result, they are more likely to enjoy working for the company and completing their tasks, which ultimately increases overall workplace productivity and has a positive impact on the bottom line.

These claims are not made in thin air. Instead, they are backed by research. Based on findings of a survey, a recent Gallup report concludes the following:

“Engaged employees produce better business outcomes than other employees — across industry, company size and nationality, and in good economic times and bad.”

Engaged employees are a byproduct of a positive work culture. According to a 2017 report by the University of Warwick published in the Journal of European Labor, being happy at work increases creativity, innovation, and motivation, thus boosting productivity. Additionally, a study by Glassdoor reveals that Companies that won a “Best Places to Work” award, recognizing their positive culture, significantly outperformed the overall market by 115.6% in the S&P 500.

In contrast, a portfolio of 30 companies with the lowest employee satisfaction rates significantly underperformed the overall market by 29.5%.

Lest there be doubt—cut-throat, high-pressure work environment that leads to stress is counterproductive and often a costly expense for companies. For this reason, the only way forward for a company should be fostering a positive work culture. Stay Positive, my friends! 😉

by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/contact

Our Mission: “Creating innovative IT solutions for business leaders worldwide through cutting edge technologies.”

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Facebook Workplace: What Is It All About Anyway?

Facebook WorkplaceThe Facebook Workplace is a highly collaborative platform that is run by its parent company Facebook, Inc. It had effectively been launched on October 10, 2016.

The core objective of the platform is to help users communicate with different groups and engage in live chat with office colleagues and coworkers, regardless of the geographic distances involved. Basically, Facebook Workplace offers various social network features that are commonly found in the Facebook social media platform, albeit for the corporate environment.

The platform’s beta testing started as far back as the beginning of 2015. A key differentiation feature of this software is that unlike the Facebook website and app itself, which has always maintained its unique blue color identity, the Facebook Workplace on the other hand uses grey as its visual brand identity.

Free service for non-premium users

As of 2018, the key features of Workplace have been available free of cost.  However, a premium usage tier has been offered by Facebook Inc. available at $3 per user, per month. But the charges are not applied automatically at the moment someone signs in. Rather, all new users are given a complimentary 90 days free trial.

The charged version basically adds customer support and various enterprise features such as APIs and administrator controls. However, the $3 cravat is not etched in stone. Various discounts are easily available for organizations that have over 5,000 employees/ users.

This premium tier is also offered absolutely free to various registered non -profit organizations as well as educational institutions.

Basically, this service combines the look and feel of the Facebook smartphone consumer app with multiple features that are more targeted toward the average enterprise user.

Emulates the well-known FB platform

The platform’s main benefit lies in its near instant familiarity among a veritable plethora of end users. Since there are now around a quarter of a billion Facebook users in the United States alone, the odds are that a company’s employees will already be adept at using this application.

This means no down time in employee performance due to the training process as they familiarize themselves with the app. From a purely business perspective, this has a number of advantages. And it means that the training period will be lessened as staff members start using a new tool, and, in theory at the very least, it will considerably increase the overall likelihood of a really strong uptake all across an organization.

Of course, trying to break into the ever-evolving and changing, not to mention an increasingly crowded collaboration market, will inevitably bring its own set of challenges and difficulties. The Facebook social media network has effectively revolutionized social media as we know it today.

Not only has it led the way in connecting both families and friends to its online members, but at the same time, it has also been instrumental in convincing many large organizations that it is not just ready but also quite capable enough to do (more or less) the same job for the employees and the staff members of even very large organizations. In fact, Facebook actually relishes the challenge to do so.

It is primarily for this reason that Facebook decided to work on this vital niche, a niche that no one seemed to be particularly interested in. However, in doing, so Facebook has taken on other online giants such as Microsoft, Cisco and Google who have also woken up to the importance of building platforms to fill this niche. Then there are team based chat platforms (such as ‘Slack” for instance) that are trying to muscle in on this territory.

But Facebook Workplace’s appeal lies in the fact that it is backed up by the all too familiar Facebook platform itself.  Even corporate customers are likely to be more aware of Facebook then any of its rival platforms.  This is indeed, precisely why the innocuously named ‘Facebook Platform’ has been able to achieve what has been described by 451 Research senior analyst Raúl Castañón Martínez to be truly “remarkable growth” in the relatively short time in which it has been available to the end consumers, as such.

Steadily increasing acceptance

The Facebook workplace application is currently in the process of being used by more than 14,000 organizations all over the world, as per statistics released by Facebook. As a matter of fact, RBS or the ‘Royal Bank of Scotland’ was one of the really big corporate users that had vested their full trust in this app, even before its full launch.

Now even Walmart has jumped on the Facebook Workplace bandwagon and that is a fairly significant deal to say the least, since the retail giant currently employs well over 2 million staff members, all over the globe.

And of course, this is but the tip of the iceberg. In light of the fact that there is so much room for growth in the online corporate communications niche.  In fact, many industry pundits are convinced that such apps are merely scratching the surface and once the niche is exploited to its full potential, then the company that comes out on top will be able to accrue billions in annual revenues, per se.

Here, it is deemed prudent to point out that the many differences between Facebook’s consumer application and its enterprise version tend to go deeper than just simply swapping the familiar blue interface for its markedly businesslike gray one. Apart from that, there are additional features as well that are more targeted towards the IT admins of the organization and theyinclude such important additions as asingle sign-on capability, an analytics dashboard, and one of Facebook’s iconic security features. Its two-factor authentication.

We can safely conclude that the Facebook Workplace App has a lot going for it and it will easily be able to rule the roost, much like its parent company has come to dominate social media.

by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/contact

Our Mission: “Creating innovative IT solutions for business leaders worldwide through cutting edge technologies.”

Contact me today to discuss how our great team can assist: 1 800 614 7886 or our Contact Form.

H & M Turns to Big Data, AI to Tailor Store Offerings

Big DataFor ten straight quarters, H &M—the world’s largest clothing brand, suffered slumps in same-store sales and it still faces troubles with the clothing and fashion industry. In a bid to win back shoppers and reverse one of the worst slumps in its history, the company is now turning to artificial intelligence (AI).  Here’s how H &M plans to use AI to achieve its objective!

Whether it is the invention of the sewing machine or the rise of e-commerce, the fashion industry is one industry that has always been a hotbed of innovation. The fashion industry is huge. It is a $2.4 trillion market, which makes it one of the largest industries in the global economy. A major player in this industry is H&M—the world’s largest clothing brand.

Established in 1947, H &M has its presence in over 60 countries and generates yearly revenues in the billions. However, the company has seen a slight decline in sales during recent years. In fact, it has suffered a slump in sales for ten straight quarters and this has the company’s hierarchy worried. The executives have finally awakened to the fact that sales are going down and something needs to be done and fast.

The first measure that the company has taken to correct the slump is moving away from their usual approach to retail by monitoring customer data and implementing artificial intelligence in an attempt to comeback from their poor sales slump. Instead of stocking the same items in stores all over the world, H &M will now rely on AI and algorithms to better align supply and demand on a store-by-store basis. the company has 4,500 stores worldwide.

The retail chain is ramping up its use of data to customize what it sells in individual stores, which is a shift from its longstanding practice of stocking stores around the globe with similar merchandise. The company is breaking away from the above practices in hopes that it will help to arrest a slump in same-store sales that has lasted ten straight quarters. A spike in online shopping has led to fewer customers visiting stores, and digital startups are putting up fierce competition.

The fashion-industry giant has repeatedly slashed prices to clear out $4 billion of unsold inventory, and will now use data from store receipts, returns, and loyalty-card accounts to reduce markdowns. Like most retailers, H& M relies on a team of designers to determine what shoppers want to buy. But now it is using algorithms to analyze store receipts, returns, and loyalty-card data to better align supply and demand, with the goal of reducing markdowns. As a result of this, some H&M stores have already started to carry more fashion and fewer basics such as T-shirts and leggings.

AI Analytics an Addition, Not a Replacement for H&M

Despite no longer depending on the intuition of their managers and merchandising heads, H&M realizes that the change doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to replace those positions. Instead, the company is focused on providing its managers and merchandising heads with the data and tools to better inform decisions moving forward.

According to Arti Zeighami—the head of H&M’s advanced analytics and artificial intelligence function, the shift is going to help the company. It is will interesting to see how the move will impact the overall approach of other retailers. However, one thing is for sure: as competition continues to grow, putting customer centricity at the forefront will be what helps companies stand out and offer value to both investors and shoppers alike.

While H&M believes that the shift to AI and analytics will rectify the slump in same-store sales it has suffered in the last ten quarters, analysts remain skeptical that the new strategy will pull H&M out of its slump. The analysts believe that data alone cannot pull H&M out of its slump as the company’s algorithms have previously failed to factor in considerations important for keeping store sales at a profit or even at break-even.

Also, analysts are worried that the strategy of H&M to use granular data to tailor merchandise in each store to local tastes, rather than a cookie-cutter approach that groups stores by location or size, is largely untested in the retail industry. Talking to journalists, Ludovica Dodero—a former retail executive of the company has the following to say:

Most companies are still used to taking decisions not driven by analytics at all, only based on the experience of the manager.’

Ludovica Dodero was pointing to the fact that we don’t really know the expected outcome of H&M’s new approach to stock and manage merchandise in store as the approach has not been tried a lot before. Not only is H&M’s new approach for stores relatively untested, getting every store right is a mammoth task for the company given its size. Compared to Zara’s 2,127 stores and Gap’s 1301 stores, H&M has 4500 stores worldwide.

H&M claims that the sales at the stores have improved since it began rolling out the AI technology globally. However, the company has declined to provide figures. To detect trends three-to eight months in advance, H&M is analyzing data on a large scale from blog posts, search engines, and other sources rather than relying mainly on staff.

With the help of about 200 data scientists, analysts, and engineers—internal and external, H&M is using analytics to look back on purchasing patterns for every item in each of its stores. While the data has certainly help H&M to make financially viable decisions for its stores, it doesn’t always lead to sensible conclusion. We will just have to wait and see if the new approach helps to pull out H&M of its recent slump.

by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/contact

Our Mission: “Creating innovative IT solutions for business leaders worldwide through cutting edge technologies.”

Contact me today to discuss how our great team can assist: 1 800 614 7886 or our Contact Form.

What Makes Any Place A Really Great Place to Work?

Great Place to WorkMultiple studies have conclusively shown that the most engaged employees and staff members are those ones who are fully invested in their jobs and work and therefore by extension, are really committed to their employers. Not only are they significantly more productive, but at the same time they also drive overall customer satisfaction ever upwards and, in this way, they outperform all those workers who are somewhat less engaged.

But the fact of the matter is that only a mere 20 percent of staff members all around the world usually declare that they are actually fully engaged at work.

Unfortunately, this is a very real disconnect and what is more, it serves no one at all. Not the employers and certainly not the employees either, who miss out on promotions and increments. This is why the need of the hour is to increase the productivity of the original 80 percent till it is really at par with the fully engaged 20 percent, so that the entire organization is fully engaged, and productivity has been maximized to the greatest possible extent. But the question is how to go about doing that? As in, how to make sure that the employees who are merely going through the motions are able to work to their best possible extent.

The answer is that some employers must shift their focus from trying to get as much out of their employees as they can, and invest more in them by the relatively simple expedient of addressing their four core needs. That is their emotional, physical, mental and spiritual needs so that they are fueled and freed and inspired enough to bring their very best to the table, not just for one day but for each and every (working) day of the week.

To put it mildly, it is little more than common sense, as such.  After all, if one is on a diet that basically lacks essential nutrients that are important for life then, it will certainly be no surprise if they end up being undernourished, and otherwise highly disengaged and therefore almost totally unable to perform at their very best.

Better wages and lower hours

It is imperative that the organization should commit to paying every employee a reasonable living wage.

Take the Henry Ford Example and a story my father loves to tell me:

It was in the early part of the last century that Henry Ford used the assembly line concept for mass production.  This concept involved multiple employees working on the same conveyor belt on which were placed different parts that constituted the iconic Ford model T.  The assembly lines were categorized into mini projects, which gradually led to the construction of a fully finished Model T when it rolled off the last line.  The whole project was managed by Henry Ford himself along with his team of senior executives.  So successful was this project based approach that by the 1920s just about half the cars in the USA were Model T vehicles.

The core human resources principle behind this concept was that workers be given more than twice the hourly wages in comparison to other car makers, giving them opportunities to buy things, such as one of those Model Ts. 🙂  Additionally they would get two full days off per week, so that they could enjoy those high wages with their families and friends as well. And their hours were also cut shorter as well.

This meant that the best talent was attracted to his company and they worked twice as hard. This is why Ford became a house hold name almost overnight, and people use his HR practices to this day.

The workers should also have a stake

It is wise for the organization to give all of its employees at least a minimum stake in the company’s success. It can be in the form of bonuses as a means of profit sharing, or alternatively stock options, or cash awards tied to stellar performance. In a nutshell, should the company be really doing well, then all employees should also get a chance to share in their success, in various meaningful ways.

The availability of healthy and nutritious food

It is the organization’s’ responsibility to provide healthy, high quality food, and to do so, at heavily subsidized rates. They can install vending machines or have really good options at their cafeteria. After all, hungry workers are not really very productive, as such.

The importance of gym facilities

It is important to take care of their physical exercise as well and here a well-equipped gym would sure come in handy and they can also try to install other facilities that also encourage staff members to move physically and try and stay fit and trim.

Since physical exertion is not everyone’s cut of tea. It is important to provide incentives for various employees to use these facilities so that they are able to regain their health and vigor and feel bit refreshed and energized at the same time as well.

The seminal importance of two way feedback

It is important to institute a form of two way performance review system, so that the staff members are not only able to receive regular feedback with regard to precisely how they’re doing.

Moreover, this feedback has to take and utilized in ways that support their growth, and at the same time they are also given better opportunities to be able to provide the requisite feedback to their supervisors so that they can improve their efficiency, to a significant degree.

Respect and concern is the key

All of the organization’s leaders and managers have to be accountable for treating all employees with their due respect and care. Furthermore, they should also appreciate hard work whenever possible.  The good ol’ pat on the back goes a long way.

Following these rules in the workplace can not only greatly increase efficiency, but at the same time, make the workplace a more fun experience for everyone concerned.

by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/contact

Our Mission: “Creating innovative IT solutions for business leaders worldwide through cutting edge technologies.”

Contact me today to discuss how our great team can assist: 1 800 614 7886 or our Contact Form.

How Voice AI is Transforming Business Operations and Customer Experience

Artificial intelligence Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are driving the business world into a period of breakthrough digital transformation. Everyone from entrepreneurs to SMBs to big-sized corporations are leveraging AI and machine learning to be better. An important part of this digital transformation is Voice AI. Here is how voice AI is transforming operations and customer experience!

Today, AI-enabled voice recognition is becoming an imperative part of how we interact with technology. What humans say is becoming valuable data that businesses can use to sell products and create personalized consumer experiences. For this reason alone, it is critical for businesses to think about how voice AI will impact the entire customer experience from discovery through to purchase.

If the sales in the past eighteen months are anything to go by, then one would be obliged to say that there is an insatiable appetite for voice devices in the global market.The use of these digital voice assistants and conversational AI coupled with the advancements in AI and the overall underlying technology indicates that voice first devices are poised to transform commerce and marketing within every industry.

Perhaps, this is the reason we have seen a lot of vendors in voice-based AI space come to the fore in recent years. Let there be no doubt—Voice AI is an incredibly ‘smart’ technology. Today, this technology can listen to conversations in real time and process indicators on three fronts and feed them back to agents at call centers.

So what are the three fronts we talk about above? The first front, which includes short-term indicators like speaking rate, time spent speaking or not speaking for all participants in the call etc. are extracted directly from the audio recording call in real time.What this means is that AI can prompt action if an agent is speaking too fast or is leaving long pauses in between speech.

The second front is the long-term patterns of speech and identification of undesirable conversational patterns with domain specific contextual awareness. This means that AI can rate the quality of long-term speech patterns for an agent in a call center or prompt recommendations.The third and last front is conversational dynamics and patterns of interaction from verbal cues. This means that AI can identify cues in the audio to attach features to tone like angry or dominant or check the empathy or support.

Although the largest application for Voice AI in business is the customer service, we are also witnessing a steady increase in adoption for sales, marketing, and some other applications. This increased adoption of Voice AI is largely due to the way it functions.

How Voice AI Works and The Operational Benefits of Using This Technology for Businesses

How you ever considered the role voice plays in the smart devices that we use today. Think smartphones, smart cars, and smart home applications. If you have considered the role of voice in these devices, then you’d know that speech recognition is incredibly complicated. Let’s take how a child learns as an example of this.

From the day the child is born, sounds surround them. Although infants and toddlers don’t understand the words, they absorb all the cues and pronunciations, and their brains form patterns and connections based on how their parents communicate. Voice AI or speech recognition technology works in essentially the same way:

  • The user speaks some words by invoking voice recognition on a mobile app or connected device
  • The spoken words are processed by the recognition software and converted to text
  • The converted text is then provided as input to search mechanism, which returns the results

The success of Voice AI or speech recognition technology can be gauged by the fact that Google’s machine learning algorithms have now achieved a 95% accuracy for the English language. So, we know how Voice AI technology works but what are the operational benefits that businesses can extract from them? The benefits are as under:

Make Communication Easier and Faster

There is no doubt that easier and faster communication between in-house teams and with external stakeholders can help increase operational efficiency. Voice AI makes this possible. Not too long ago, the only option to deliver a command was with a keypad or text. This is time consuming, however, with voice AI, communication between teams and with external stakeholders has become faster and more natural due to connected devices enabled for voice recognition.

Minimize Errors

With voice AI, errors in data entry and operations can be avoided as users can focus on what they’re instead of having to look at their mobile phones or a computer screen while they’re at it.

Improved Productivity

Voice-based devices and apps enable streamlined operations that enhance operational productivity, which of course benefits the company’s bottom line.

Improved Safety

Not only is voice technology quick and safe to interpret and follow, it also makes the work environment safer by allowing people to send instructions or information to an employee or team while they perform their job without them having to risk their safety.

Multiple Uses

There are multiple uses of voice-AI or speech recognition technology. In fact, you can give multiple orders/commands at the same time through voice-enabled devices to carry out tasks.

The above list is not all and there are many other benefits of using voice AI for your business operations.  Add to this the customer experience advantages of the voice technology and you’ll know why it is increasing in popularity and adoption in the business world every day. Some of the popular and most recognized voice-AI technologies include Siri, Baidu, Cortana, and Alexa. If you want to know more about these voice-AI technologies, then get in touch with us today!

by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/contact

Our Mission: “Creating innovative IT solutions for business leaders worldwide through cutting edge technologies.”

Contact me today to discuss how our great team can assist: 1 800 614 7886 or our Contact Form.

5 Sci-Fi Technologies That Have Become a Reality

Sci-Fi TechnologiesSci-Fi movies and TV shows are a work of the creator’s imagination and there’s no doubting that. But what’s interesting is that, as technology advances, we are seeing more and more of the Sci-Fi technologies that we’ve only witnessed till now in movies and TV shows become a reality. Following are some of the Sci-Fi technologies that have become a reality due to the untiring efforts of engineers and scientists across the globe.

Without a doubt, most of the engineers and scientists working on cutting-edge technology are or have been fans of Sci-Fi movies and/or TV shows. Let’s be honest: science fiction has inspired many of the technologies that we use and proudly flaunt technology. From talking robots to self-driving cars, modern technology was envisioned in films and books long before it became reality.

Each year in Geneva—an important city on the world map, an International Exhibition of Inventions is held where groundbreaking ideas are presented at the world’s largest inventions fair. The inventions range from everyday gadgets to high-tech industrial novelties. Like every year, the 2018 or 46th Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions was the platform 822 exhibitors from 40 countries presented groundbreaking technology. Many of these inventions were inspired by Sci-Fi movies and shows.

The International Exhibition of Inventions is not the only place where you will find examples of technology inspired by science fiction. Instead, these technologies are very much a part of our daily lives today. In fact, sometimes it can get difficult to see whether life is influencing art or art is influencing life.

We live in an exciting time where fantasies of our childhoods are starting to become a reality. Smartphones can now actually do most of the stuff Jack Bauer—a fictional character and the lead protagonist of the Fox television series 24, expected his mobile to do in 2001, and the U.S army is trying to create an Iron-man-esque suit. Following are the top 5 Sci-Fi technologies that have made the leap into our real lives.

Video Phones

Let’s start with an invention that we see and use in our daily lives: video phones. Whether it is a Skype call, a WhatsApp call or a call via any other app, all smart phones today allow you to make a video call. Video calls became a reality only a few years ago but were envisioned decades ago in Sci-Fi movies and TV shows. There are countless examples of video phones in science fiction, but the earliest on-screen debut of the video phone was in Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece “Metropolis.”

The video phone in the 1920s classic was a large, clunky phone that required four dials to set up a call, but it was undoubtedly a video phone. This was followed by several other movies and TV shows depicting a ‘closer to reality’ video phone. However, Metropolis will always be known as the pioneer that introduced the video phone to the world.

Smart Home

Lightning automatically turning on, the protagonist getting news updates from an invisible voice, and robot-butler catering to his master—we’ve all enviously watched on as Sci-Fi movies depicted the life we could have only dream of—up until now.

The smart home that we have longed-for since years or in some cases decades, is now a reality. You no longer need to use your hands to switch on the light in your living room.; You can instead ask your digital assistant to do that for you. The robot-butler has well and truly arrived! With a combination of smart speaker, smart thermostat, and smart light bulbs, you can now control your entire home using just your voice.

As if that wasn’t cool enough, your house can actually learn your habits, which allows it to know your preferences, for example, switching the heating on before you walk through the door, or gradually increasing the light in your bedroom to wake you up in the morning.

Tablet Computers

If you’re old enough, then you’d remember an iPad-style device appears in 1968 classic “2001: A Space Odyssey”.However, ‘iPad’ became popular after it made an appearance in the hit American TV series ‘Star Trek.’ This was in the earlier season of the show. However, the iPad became a more prominent part of the Tv series in subsequent season in the 70s and 80s and was known as PADD, an acronym for Personal Access Display Device.

Hoverboards

No matter what generation you belong to, you would have at the very least heard about Marty McFly—the protagonist of Back to the Future—arguably one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. Perhaps, the most well-documented characteristic of McFly is his love for Skateboards or hoverboards in the future. In the 80s when the movie was shot and released, hoverboards or flying boards were not even a prototype.

For many years, hoverboards looked like a pipe dream. There was no way hoverboards could actually exist until 2015 when Lexus created a hoverboard. Although it was just a publicity stunt, the hoverboard created by Lexus worked really well and served as an inspiration for many other companies to follow in the footsteps of the auto manufacturing giant.

Super Solider Suits

Admitted this isn’t a Sci-Fi technology for the masses, but it a highly-envied Sci-Fi technology that could soon become a reality so talking about it is mandatory. While most of us remember the Iron Man Suit from Iron Man or Avengers movies starring Robert Downey Jr., the suit first appeared in 1968 marvel comics and looked nothing like the sophisticated wearable tech it is today. However, that is not important. What is important is that the U.S military is developing an iron-man like super soldier suit called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS).

If you want to know what other technologies from your childhood have or are about to become a reality, get in touch with me today!

by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/contact

Our Mission: “Creating innovative IT solutions for business leaders worldwide through cutting edge technologies.”

Contact me today to discuss how our great team can assist: 1 800 614 7886 or our Contact Form.

How Technology Can Help You Stay Safe During a Storm Like Hurricane Florence

Hurricane FlorenceWith death tolls rising on Sunday and storm’s rains still running Havoc, South Carolina Governor had no choice but to exclaim that ‘Storm has never been more dangerous’. Of course, he was talking about Hurricane Florence—the wettest tropical storm on record in the Carolinas. If you happen to be in the path of this ‘dangerous storm’, then here’s how you can use technology to keep safe!

The first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Hurricane Florence made landfall for the first time on the morning of September 14. Since then, it has wreaked havoc across its path. The warning for Hurricane Florence extends from the entire coast of North Carolina through central South Carolina. Wilmington—one of North Carolina’s most populous cities, was virtually cut off due to the storm making landfall. In some other communities, floodwaters pushed even higher as the rains flowed into rivers and rushed downstream.

Many people in North and South Carolina who were left stranded in the midst of the storm were rescued by the authorities by both air and water. Thousands of people affected by the storm remain out of their homes and they have no idea when they’ll be able to return home. The flooding will continue for the next few days at least and with this is mind, you should prepare yourself for the inevitable if you’re in the path of the storm but haven’t been hit yet.

Hurricane Florence was expected to knock out power for at least three days in some places. In other places, power could be out for weeks. Not only that, there will be damage to infrastructure and property, which will affect your daily doings in more than one way. Even if you’re not in the path of Hurricane Florence, you must keep abreast of the modern ways to stay safe during a hurricane.

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina, Harvey, and Irma

Who can forget Hurricane Katrina—one of the most devastating storms to hit the U.S coast in recent times. At least nothing in the last ten years has reached its magnitude. The disaster forced an evacuation of an entire metropolitan area. Survivors lost everything and were displayed to different states. The storm left more than a million impacted. This was thirteen years ago. However, we don’t need to go back so far to extract valuable lessons that can serve us during the current or next storm.

Only last year, we had Hurricane Harvey and Irma—two category 4 hurricanes that made landfall in the U.S in the same year. According to estimates, the two storms caused damages amounting to almost $190 billion. The good thing that came out these damages was that there were many lessons learned including the lesson that technology can be vital to staying safe and keeping track of loved ones. Following are some lessons related to technology learned from the devastation caused by the three hurricanes mentioned above.

Protect Your Hardware and Data

It is important to know that most computers and cellphones are not hurricane-proof. You’d need to keep your devices in high-quality sealable plastic bags if you are evacuating your area after the storm and want to keep your technology dry. Also, an ice chest would be a good place to store your technology if there a chance of flooding in your home.

A general rule for storms is that you should move all your valuable items, which includes the technology you value, to the highest floor of your property. Also, if you feel that doing the above is too difficult for you, then you should at least store your data to a cloud service to minimize losses.

Download Apps That Can Save the Day

There are several smartphone apps that can save the day during Hurricane Florence and other hurricanes. Just make sure you download them before the storm or flooding hits you. This is important because you don’t want to waste battery life on downloading apps when there is a power outage. Nevertheless, following are some useful apps to download for the hurricane season:

Nextdoor

The app links up users who live nearby with the help of geolocation. This can be useful for anyone looking to connect with neighbors during an emergency.

Zello

A push-to-talk app for mobile devices and PCs, Zello redefines the walkie talkie. The app works like a walkie-talkie and allow you to send images or audio to local channels centered on emergency relief.

Firechat

A messaging app, firechat can work without any cellphone signal or access to the network. This makes the app extremely useful during the storm season.

Weather+

Available to iPhone users, Weather+ allows you to get the latest updates on the hurricane. With this app, you can stay on top of current weather conditions and weather for the rest of the week to come.

ABC News App

Available for download on iPhone, the ABC News app is a great source to get up to date information on Hurricane Florence and the damage that it has caused.

Keep Your Phone Alive

The last advice we would give you to stay safe during the Hurricane Florence with technology is keeping your phone alive during the storm. Your apps would not be of much use if you phone is dead. Charge your phone to full before the storm hits you.

Also, if the storm hits you and your power is out, keep your phone running for long by closing any apps that you’re not actively using, lowering the phone’s brightness, and putting your phone in power-saving mode. Additionally, you should get an external battery pack which doesn’t require any power to operate after its off the outlet and allows for optimal mobile charging. Moreover, it should fit comfortably in your pocket.

For more assistance if your disaster recovery planning and business continuity startegy, get in touch with us today!

by Bobby J Davidson

We love our company and we love what we do.  Check out the ‘Why Percento‘ page to learn more: Love of Technology and Business!  As the President of Percento Technologies International, I provide day-to-day leadership to the company’s senior management and I am personally involved in the strategy, business development and sales activities of the firm.

The company was founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing a one call source for organizations in need of Enterprise IT Consulting and Management.  We also provide a line of products in the boutique Cloud Server space with a touch of high-end website strategy consulting and design services.   We personalizes the IT Service experience with a team approach, working with clients from diverse sectors of industry, including energy services, financial, legal, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, retail and general and/or corporate business.  percentotech.com/contact

Our Mission: “Creating innovative IT solutions for business leaders worldwide through cutting edge technologies.”

Contact me today to discuss how our great team can assist: 1 800 614 7886 or our Contact Form.