Posted by Brandon Hill
Happy Friday everyone!
I think everyone is aware that one of the more evolving marketplaces for our industry is healthcare. As evidence, InformationWeek published an article today that explains how the healthcare field is poised for a big shift towards mobility over the next 2-3 years.
It makes perfect sense, especially as data capture is becoming almost entirely digital and many ruggedized devices are being introduced to function as light-weight handheld computers (where mobility, flexibility and durability are key), so it would seem that the healthcare environment is perfect for such a movement.
But the interesting part is why did the industry take so long to begin the “mobility revolution” while others, such as retail and banking (as the article describes), embrace the concept years before?
Yesterday on Twitter, Manhattan Associates posted a link to an interesting article. It’s on the logistics required to host World Cup 2010. It’s a great read, and it got me thinking that a poll of our loyal readers was in order, since we’ve got readers from all over the globe. So, check out the article and then tell us who will take World Cup 2010!
The Social Media realm has been abuzz with news about the Datalogic Elf, so I decided to get my hands on one, because as I must admit, I also thought it looked pretty cool. Our engineers and QA folks are the ones who usually have the chance to handle and test our software on new hardware, but I figured I’d head over to their department and see if I could borrow one. The guys were more than willing to loan me one so I could snap a few pictures and give a few observations.
Here are a few of the more interesting features (to me):
– It looks like a ruggedized mobile phone
– It’s UI looks very similar to many new cell phones and the screen is larger than I expected (it uses the Windows Mobile 6.5 OS)
– Having used a Blackberry and iPhone, I easily picked up on how to navigate to different apps with the flick of a finger
– There are lights at the top of the device which show you the current keyboard function (this was especially convenient for me while using the keyboard and knowing which function I was in)
– It has a built-in camera (further adding to the ruggedized mobile phone feel)
– Dedicated “Talk” button for push-to-talk applications
Overall, it really is a pretty sleek device and I can see how it would be a very useful for someone working outside of the four walls; it’s relatively light, compact, and easy to carry around… kind of like a beefed up cell phone.
Pictures below… (more…)
We’ve made a lot of noise about our recent partnership with InfoLogix, so I thought we’d post some pictures from the Sapphire show in Orlando. We are demo-ing multi-modal and Voice input for SAP, and below are a few snaps sent by Don Osburn, our Director of Channel Sales.
If you happen to be at the show, stop by and say hello or send us your pictures and we’ll post them here with your captions!
As you likely saw (and see right under these here words, in the post below), there was a bit of scandal around the Ferrari F1 team and whether they were using subliminal advertising in barcode images.
Well, our good friends at Zebra Technologies sent out a follow-up on the issue this morning. Good thing, since we had completely missed the article! So, what was Ferrari’s response? You’ll have to click here to find out.
Happy Friday everyone, and to all the mothers out there, we extend you a very lovely Mothers Day weekend!
Not a list of items you would normally come across, I know. But apparently, according to this article, there has been a bit of an uproar on the potential use of barcode images that look like a pack of Marlboro cigarettes on Ferrari F1 cars.
Of course, whether it does actually look like a pack of Marlboro’s is being contested between European anti-tobacco groups and the Ferrari/Marlboro side. On our side of things, what’s most interesting is that if you check out the GoMo link, they mention that the barcode is so realistic, that barcode software actually tries to interpret it! Art imitates life?
Posted by Brandon Hill
According to the Ponemon Institute, data breaches cost US companies much more than their European counterparts. This brief highlights much of the findings and also raises some interesting questions about the effect federal regulations have on that cost.
Check it out and tell us how you feel about federal regulations and their potential effects on the total cost of a data breach.