Technology

Technology has transformed the way we live, creating new forms of communication and new ways of looking at how we blend our professional and personal lives. Check out these posts to explore different technological advances and how they’re driving change in the workforce.

  • The standard mileage rate for 2017 was recently announced by the IRS, advising taxpayers of the optional cents per mile reimbursement rate for the year. It’s important for businesses with mobile employees to be aware of this announcement. The 2017 standard mileage rate provides a benchmark for mobile workers to calculate their reimbursement for their…

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  • “Cloud computing.” “Mainframes.” These terms are often used without much context or explanation. To a technologist, these terms are really shorthand for two very different approaches to software design, development, and delivery. In this article, we will discuss the two terms and their implications for business technology. “Mainframe” conjures visions of stark white datacenters filled…

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  • Here at Motus, we spent a good chunk of late-2015-to-early-2016 migrating our production and staging services platform from colocated datacenters to Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud. This effort has more than paid off for us in terms of reliability and scalability; we now have the ability to scale our platform to meet demand with the click of a few buttons. As recently as five years ago, that would have been a pipe dream to all but the largest software-as-a-service providers.

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  • Life as a mobile employee undoubtedly requires lots of focus, energy, attention to detail, and patience. Whether you’re a sales rep for a large pharmaceutical company or you’re stocking shelves from one grocery store to the next, certain every day challenges are sure to surface and stifle your ability to conquer. The reality is, we now live in a society that is dictated by technology. There seems to be an app for everything nowadays, allowing for all of us to navigate through life with more at our fingertips. In a world where the workforce is becoming exponentially more mobile, employees are blessed with opportunities to stay more organized, resourceful and (perhaps most paramount), increasingly more productive in the field. Without further ado, here are five really cool applications that are absolutely essential to the mobile employee’s success.

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  • The landline telephone was the first speed-of-light communications technology that anybody could use. The telegraph was invented earlier, but it wasn’t practical to put in every home and office—plus, you needed to learn Morse Code to talk to anybody.

    Once you could talk to anyone, anywhere, in any language you pleased, everything about business changed. Entire industries sprang up around the phone—not just to take care of the wiring, but to help facilitate the connections and opportunities that all that unfettered communication brought with it.

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  • Food and beverage fleets are pinched by two significant challenges when introducing driver-facing technology. The first is retention. As reported by Food Logistics, more than four out of five food and beverage fleets have turnover of above 25%. For one-third of fleets, the turnover is at least 50%. High turnover means high rates of driver replacement, and every new driver must be trained on the systems. The other significant challenge is the age of the industry’s drivers. Also as reported by Food Logistics, virtually every fleet in the food and beverage industry is staffed by drivers who average 40 years old or more.

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  • Automation is dramatically impacting businesses of all types – from cybersecurity, to healthcare, to agriculture. As technology shifts many of the tasks workers perform daily from manual processes to automated processes, businesses are able to become more efficient and better at helping employees to reach their full potential.

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  • It’s difficult to discuss food trucks without resorting to adjectives as earthy as the diesel in their portable power generators. Try it. It always comes out as “the humble, authentic, grounded food truck.” Or “the simple comforts of genuine, hand-made grub.” And so on. But the entrepreneurs behind thousands of successful food trucks are more than just home-spun, self-taught combinators of fat, salt, and carbs.

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  • The year was 1994. 60 Minutes, Home Improvement, and Seinfeld ruled primetime TV. Parents were lining up to buy Mighty Morphin Power Rangers toys for their kids. And in Nashua, New Hampshire, a group of “young cyberspace entrepreneurs” launched a retail revolution when they generated the Internet’s first-ever secure transaction by selling a CD by Sting.

    Fast forward twenty years. Not only is e-commerce well established, but it is a key driver in broader processes of cultural transformation that some have compared to the introduction of the printing press.

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  • There’s no question that maintaining work-life balance is an important part of cutting stress and keeping your workforce healthy and happy. A recent study by the American Psychological Association found that a whopping 60 percent of Americans report work as a major cause of stress – and even more alarming – that stress is proving to have serious health effects. Workers with high job demands are 50 percent more likely to be diagnosed with a medical condition than those without this stressor.

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