Month: February 2016

3 Reasons You Need a Cloud Computing Support Service

comCloud computing is fast becoming the most efficient and modern way of doing business, with tools and programs based in the cloud providing an up-to-date and cutting edge solution for businesses around the world that are seeking to be as competitive as they can whilst also benefitting from greater ease in the day-to-day running of their affairs.

There are many cloud tools and services now widely in use, including Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps, Unleashed Online Inventory and a whole host of other valuable programs. The ones that businesses decide to use will all depend on their needs and their budget, as well as the nature of their business.

For some, migrating to and using cloud technology is something that is simple and straightforward to do, and there is no need for outside assistance. However, for a large number of people it can be well worth looking into getting some technological support from experts in cloud computing in order to enjoy the best results.

The first reason why a business may need a cloud computing support service is because they wish to migrate to an entirely different way of doing things, and therefore may need help making the transition to, for example, Unleashed or Microsoft Office 365. Support services will often make this transition as quick and painless as possible, so no time or essential data is lost.

This is especially true for those larger businesses where a transition can result in a great deal of disruption. Whereas a self-employed individual may find themselves easily handling a switch to cloud based solutions, a larger business will likely need outside help in making sure the change goes quickly, smoothly and that any technical problems are ironed out rapidly.

The second reason that a company may require assistance with cloud based solutions is if they are planning on integrating a large number of changes into the way they work. Companies that offer the likes of Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 support often provide package solutions where a complete or partial switch is made to cloud solutions from conventional software ones.

The issue with this is that there is a great deal of change to manage at once, including the use of desktop tools, inventories, accounting and much more. Although the switch can bring many benefits, there could be a period of serious disruption if switching to many cloud services at once takes place.

Experts will be able to plan moving to cloud solutions so that even if there is migration to several new ways of doing things, this is done in a way that is not overwhelming or stressful to employees of a business as they try to go about their daily work.

Thirdly and finally, it is recommended that businesses consider investing in Unleashed, Xero, Google Apps or Microsoft Office 365 support if they find themselves having any queries at all on a regular basis on how the systems work and if they find themselves running into tricky problems now and again.

As with all types of software and programs there are likely to be hiccups now and again, which can leave most business owners and employees despairing if they cannot find a solution to their problems quickly. Cloud computing support services basically exist to provide quick solutions to problems so that business can continue as usual.

This kind of service can therefore serve to provide peace of mind and helpful trouble-shooting whenever an issue with cloud services arises. Many businesses could therefore find this is a very valuable investment to make and can save a great deal of time and worry trying to solve technical problems.

The Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

icNothing is going to change the way we live our lives more than the Internet of things, artificial intelligence and robotics. While these technologies will make life a lot easier and businesses more efficient and profitable there is a huge flip side as well. This has to do with employment prospects and if some prominent scientists are to be believed artificially intelligent machines might one day turn on their creators and destroy all humanity.

The Internet of things is expected to connect people, data, processes and devices on a gargantuan scale by the end of the decade – a whopping 50 billion connections. Before one starts worrying about the prospects of humanity being at risk from a take-over by machines, one needs to figure out how the opportunities presented by the Internet of things are put to optimal use, which in itself will require some doing.

The biggest existential threat to us will not be from sci-fi movie like scenarios where artificially intelligent machines and robots will rebel against humans, but by the security vulnerability that this mass scale convergence could give rise to. A less than perfectly designed system could for example impact upon the whole network and lead to disastrous consequences on an unprecedented scale.

Considering that real artificial intelligence is presently at an infantile stage, it is rather silly to be tilting at wind mills when we worry about the danger it poses to humans. Let us learn to fully reap the benefits that the Internet of things, some rudimentary artificial intelligence and smartly evolving robotic technologies bring to us. When the time comes we will ourselves find the solution to any potential threat in the future. We always have. The industrial revolution, when it came in the eighteenth century, evoked similar dread and trepidation, but things worked out more or less fine at the end of it. There were really serious social and economic consequences of that revolution which had to be overcome before things settled down.

In the meantime we need to prepare our youngsters to handle these emerging technologies as this will help them find employment in the times ahead. There will of course be job losses for some on account of the increase in all round automation, but there will be other opportunities aplenty for those who anticipate and prepare for the paradigm shift in the way businesses and organisation will conduct their affairs in the times ahead. We are entering very interesting times indeed.

3 Reasons Modern Farmers Are Adopting IoT Technology at an Astounding Rate

farIt seems like everything today is touched in some way by the Internet of Things. It is changing the way goods are produced, the way they are marketed, and the way they are consumed. A great deal of the IoT conversation has revolved around transformation in industries like manufacturing, petrochemical, and medicine, but one industry that has already seen widespread adoption of IoT technology is often overlooked: agriculture.

Of course, many of us are very familiar with some of the efforts that have been made to optimize food production. As populations continue to grow, there has been a serious and sustained drive to increase the crop yield from our available arable land. Some of these efforts have not been particularly popular with consumers (i.e. pesticides, GMOs).

With the advent of new technology and the Internet of Things, farmers are finding new ways to improve their yields. Fortunately for us, these new ways are decidedly less disturbing than toxic chemicals and genetic manipulation. Using sensors and networked communication, farmers are discovering ways to optimize already-known best practices to increase yield and reduce resource consumption.

If it’s surprising that the agricultural industry would be technological innovators, it’s worth considering how agriculture is in many ways an ideal testbed for new technology.

There are a few good reasons for this:

1. Ease of Deployment

Unlike in other industries, deploying sensors and other connected devices on a farm can be relatively easy and inexpensive. In a heavy industrial environment like a factory or refinery, new technology must replace old technology that is thoroughly embedded in the production infrastructure. There are concerns about downtime and lost revenue, as well as concerns about finding the right products or group of products to integrate into their existing technological ecosystem. On a typical farm, there is no need for downtime, and usually no concern for any existing technology that may be incompatible. Inexpensive sensors placed in various parts of a cultivated field can quickly yield very useful actionable data without disrupting a single process.

2. Instant Value

Another reason that agriculture has provided such a fertile testbed for IoT technology is the speed with value and ROI can be realized. Pre-existing metrics of precision agriculture can be applied more easily, maximizing the already-known benefits of established practices (knowing what types of crops to plant when, knowing when and how much to water, etc.). Farmers have also had success safely and naturally controlling pests through the intelligent release of pheremones. Of course, there is the obvious and very tangible benefit of decreased resource consumption and increased yield. A modest investment can yield measurable results within a single season.

3. Continual value

In agricultural IoT deployments, the same practices that provide instant value will continue to provide value for as long as they are employed. Conservation of water and waste reduction provide repeated value, as well as the increased yield brought on by precision farming. There are also opportunities to improve the equipment that farmers use every day. A connected combine or tractor can record useful information about its operation and maintenance. It can also allow for certain processes to be optimized and automated.

There are some real concerns about our ability to feed our ever-growing population in the future. While controversial technologies like genetically-modified-organisms have helped to increase food production, these techniques are not exactly popular with the general public, several of whom have voiced concerns about the long-term impact of a genetically-modified diet.

The good news is that similar increases in food production are possible without the need to modify the food; we simply have to modify the processes used to produce it. And it’s not just about food production. Plants are also used for biofuels and as raw materials in manufacturing. By increasing yield and reducing resource consumption, growers are also having a positive impact on numerous other industries.

For instance, a Colorado-based company called Algae Lab Systems is helping algae farmers improve their output by introducing sensors to measure environmental factors like temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen in their photobioreactors and algae ponds. Algae growers are now able to continuously monitor their crops from any location, also allowing for larger and geographically dispersed operations.

Computer Madness and Childhood Addiction

chSitting all day playing games or writing on a computer is a health hazard, especially for young children who become addicted. Movement of any form is addictive and the computer or other devices used for the purpose of amusement should be carefully monitored. It is easy for parents to sit children in front of a screen while they have ‘time out’ form supervising them and answering their continuous tirade of questions.

The brain is developing and channels must be open for the success of the child in later life. These channels are like arteries that are pushed free of blockage by learning. But it is only the right kind of teaching that makes a difference in their capabilities as young adults.

One of my grandsons was given a phone by a friend and this became so precious to him that he even took it into the shower with him. He barely raised his head from the screen as he skipped classes at school, became non co-operative at home, even quite abusive, and his world began to fall apart.

In a fit of rage a couple of weeks ago he threw the phone at an object and it broke. After a period of withdrawal he is suddenly a different child. He is not only co-operative at home but helpful with chores and even cleaning his room. The facts are that computers and electronic gadgets are not a brain stimulant that parents expect to be.

Following my reincarnation and with a strong link to the Spirit of the Universe, the only God, the knowledge poured into me about the world as it is today and why we are in the last days is pertinent to this story. The Internet is the Mountain of God promised to appear now and to spread the truth over the world of darkness. It is also the source of evil to distract those who are not spiritual and lead them down the wrong paths.

Computer games and childhood addictions are the same as the drugs in communities where they are also playing havoc with the minds of children. This is in God’s plan and there is not much that society can do to stop it. The parents, however, can and if they chose to take a stand against the evil of this world they should start with their children.