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ThrottleNet Continues Award Winning Year with Best In Value Recognition from St. Louis Small Business Monthly

 

ST. LOUIS, MO – September 20, 2016 – ThrottleNet continues its banner award-winning year by securing recognition as a Best In Value company for 2016 in a survey of business owners by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. The magazine recently recognized ThrottleNet as the #1 IT Firm in St. Louis, rated them #3 in the Best In Reliability category and rated them among the top firms in St. Louis for Best Customer Service.

The Best In Value listing recognizes those companies who day-in and day-out provide the best value to their customers. The winning companies are selected from nominations and comments from clients. The complete listing will be published in the magazine’s October, 2016 edition.

 

Technology in Real Estate: Overcoming Challenges of IT in Real Estate

it-in-real-estateTechnology in Real Estate is changing the way the entire industry works. Realtors are coming up with new and creative ways to not only market properties, but also interact with their clients on both sides of the transaction.

IT in Real Estate is not something anyone would have thought about 20 years ago, when the researching, buying and selling process was anything but digital. Today, everything is digital – from buyers researching homes to agents marketing homes and sellers receiving showing feedback from buyer’s agents through mobile applications.

While technology can replace many aspects of a real estate transaction, it cannot replace the agent itself – as the percentage of homebuyers utilizing agents has increased significantly in recent years. While the human element of the industry will never go away, technology in real estate changes the game – and every individual involved in the transaction – agents, appraisers, lenders and even home inspectors needs to be aware of the impact technology has on real estate.

How to Ensure Mobile App Engagement & Retention at Launch

mobile-app-engagementMobile app engagement and ensuring customer retention are perhaps the two most important hurdles app developers have to clear when designing, developing and launching a new mobile application.

Statistics show that 23% of users abandon an app after only one use. With all the time, effort, energy and financial investment that goes into app development, those numbers can deter a savvy business owner from going down the path towards mobile development.

Not every app is fail-safe from abandonment and poor mobile app engagement numbers. Back in July, Pokémon Go was demonstrating retention rates twice the industry-average, but has since gone quiet in boasting about those numbers.

So, how do you beat the odds and ensure your new business app doesn’t get abandoned and mobile app engagement stays strong months after launch?

The iPhone 7, Worth the Investment?

Apple has launched the new iPhone7 and iPhone7 Plus.

The phones will be available shortly and pre-orders, according to reports, are extremely strong.

Early indicators show the new device offers some nice upgrades over the iPhone6, and 6S. But are there enough to warrant an upgrade or large spend to get one?

Size matters and the iPhone 7 is about the same as the 6S. It has a 4.7 inch screen. The iPhone 7 Plus has the larger 5.5 inch screen and some nice added camera features to boot, more about that later.

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Six Apps for Back to School College Students Should Download Today

apps-for-back-to-schoolCollege students use their smartphones for everything. Whether it’s finding a date, a couch to crash on or a rare Pokémon, college students today are notoriously connected at all times.

What many college students do not know is that they can harness their smartphones to get a serious advantage both in and out of the classroom.

With many schools already beginning the fall semester, we compiled a list of six apps for back to school that no college student should ever live without again.

 

5 Crucial Soft Skills Every It Pro Should Have

it-soft-skillsThe digital landscape evolves quickly, and is showing no signs of slowing down. With more hardware and software options out there, companies are less reluctant to say goodbye to older systems and implementing new technology for their businesses.

As the demand for this new technology rises, so does the demand for an IT department that makes the new systems work as effectively and efficiently as possible. In order to do that, IT pros need more than just the hard skills—they need the soft skills, too.

Soft skills are a person’s abilities to empathize and communicate effectively with others. In other words: “people skills.” We’ve put together a short list of the most important IT soft skills that professionals should have, or try to develop in the workplace. These are skills which employers are looking for when hiring the right IT candidate.

6 Critical It Tasks to Accomplish While Your Team Is On Summer Vacation

summer-it-tasksYou’re the IT guy and its mid-August. You look around the office and hear crickets. The boss is on summer vacation, and things are pretty quiet.

Peace is hard to come by in the IT world, and when things simmer down just a bit you want to do nothing more than just relax.

That’s never the case, however. Today you’re not being pulled in 10 different directions by 20 different people in three different departments. This means you finally have the time to get some real work done to benefit your organization and the possibilities are endless.

If things happen to slow down this summer take the time to address these six important IT tasks you may not have otherwise had the time to tackle. Read more!

App Development Lessons Learned From Pokemon GO

 

pokemon goFour Ways to Develop a Better Mobile Application

Augmented reality and millennial nostalgia have quickly helped make Pokémon Go the most popular game in mobile history.

Released in the United States on July 6, Pokémon Go allows players to explore the real world in a quest to be the very best Pokémon trainer.

Pokémon Go has become a huge hit with more than just those who grew up with the Game Boy cartridges, trading cards and animated show. With over 25,000,000 users in the United States playing the game per day, the app has seen retention rates more than twice the mobile app industry standard.

Hidden Features in Windows 10 You Should Be Using

windows-10-hidden-featuresAlmost a year ago, Microsoft released its latest operating system, Windows 10. Microsoft OS users have slowly been updating from 8.1 to 10 (yes, Microsoft skipped Windows 9, in case you were wondering). This update has been free for the past year, but they’re ending that offer in a week on July 29th—so update now if you haven’t already!

The last time Microsoft released a major OS update, users got a little frustrated. There were some really big changes in layout and design, which made it unfamiliar. To avoid that problem this time around, Microsoft kept all the familiar features out in the open, and some of the new changes a little more hidden so users wouldn’t get lost maneuvering the new OS.

There’s plenty of features in Windows 10 that a lot of users still don’t know about. In this article, we’ll share five of them (which are actually quite easy to access and change) so you can use Windows 10 like a pro.

Apple’s New iOS 10 Provides More Enhancements, Better Functionality

 

The beta version of Apple’s iOS 10 operating system has been made available to programmers and app developers. Targeted for public release this fall the system is touted as Apple’s biggest overhaul since the launch of iOS 7.

 

 

Though some believe it is more of slight upgrade than a major redesign, it offers users many enhancements and significant improvements in functionality.

 

 

On first glance iOS 10 offers... The beta version of Apple’s iOS 10 operating system has been made available to programmers and app developers. Targeted for public release this fall the system is touted as Apple’s biggest overhaul since the launch of iOS 7. 

 

 

 

Though some believe it is more of slight upgrade than a major redesign, it offers users many enhancements and significant improvements in functionality.

 

On first glance iOS 10 offers...