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From the category archives: Business & Technology

ThrottleNet is a leader in the IT field focused on growing your business. We also have an unrivaled passion for technology. Read all of our blog posts on Business & Technology below!

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.

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IT in the Financial Services Industry: Challenges from Technology & How to Overcome Them

technology-in-bankingTechnology in banking continues to grow at a rapid pace. At the forefront, we have come to expect a secure environment and easy-to-use online and mobile banking solutions, but there are so many exciting technological changes in store for the banking industry – one that depends on technology more than most.

Banking continues to change as we move into 2017. To think, the ATM was just introduced to the United States in 1969 – and mobile banking on apps has only been around since 2010. Because of rapidly improving technology and increased customer demands the banking industry faces several unique challenges. As a financial services IT consulting expert, we examine each of these challenges and how banks can overcome the hurdles technology in banking poses to them on a daily basis.

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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?

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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!

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Is IT Underappreciated? See The IT Workplace Issues That Made Survey Respondents Say Yes

it-workplace-issuesThere are plenty of IT workplace issues that can cause stress for professionals every day.

Juggling multiple projects at once, creating short-term solutions to fix pop-up issues, training employees who just don’t get it and feeling let down when those same employees fail to follow the rules.

Those are all IT Workplace issues that can make a professional question why they went into IT in the first place – and if they are truly making an impact on their organizations.

A survey released by Kensington in the UK detailed some of the common barriers and frustrations IT professionals deal with on a daily basis – leading many to believe their work is underappreciated.

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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.

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Summer Fridays: Equipping Your Employees to Work from Home Without Technology Problems

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Ah, sweet summertime. Firing up the grill, watching some baseball, maybe hitting the links or taking a dip in the pool and…going back to work on Monday and doing the same thing you did all Winter long.

In the United States, there is no such thing as a summer break from the real world. Despite the all-American work ethic, employee engagement naturally declines during the summer months. Unless they’re trapped in a windowless room, the bright sunlight shining through the office windows can knock employees off their game and get them dreaming of all the things they would rather be doing during the workday.

There is a lot of work that has to happen behind the scenes to keep companies that allow working from home running on Summer Fridays.

If an employee doesn’t have access to their email or the important files they need, they’re not working. It’s as simple as that.

From an IT perspective, several steps need to be taken to ensure successful implementation of a Summer Fridays program. Read more!

 

 

 

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Business Process Outsourcing: 5 Things to Outsource When You Want Your Business to Grow

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Have you ever looked outside your organization to complete more specialized tasks?

Outsourcing can be a dirty word to some business owners. When some hear the word “outsourcing” their minds automatically jump to lower cost overseas outsourcing that can be more of a headache than a helpful strategy.

The game has changed. You don’t need to reach for the soap when you hear someone say “you should probably think about outsourcing this or that.”

There are several reasons for and benefits to outsourcing. It can help alleviate overburdened employees or add value in areas that don’t require a full-time skilled worker.

Luckily, outsourcing doesn’t have to go overseas. There are plenty of companies right here in St. Louis and across the United States specializing in business process outsourcing. As a business owner, research is critical to determine the legitimacy and strengths of an outsourced business partner.

Here are 5 routine and necessary tasks your business should consider outsourcing to a trusted partner...

 

 

 

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Business Process Improvement Through Automation: 10 Tasks Better Left to Robots

business-process-automationSometimes, the most monotonous tasks are also the most essential to everyday business.

Luckily, business process automation can make almost anything less time consuming, stressful and repetitive. Automating business processes allows you to shift your focus towards more important tasks with the added benefit of improved accuracy.

If automating business processes is on your mind this spring, here 10 business process automation ideas to start thinking about: 

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The New Instagram Algorithm: Why They’re Doing It & How It’s Being Received

instagram-algorithm-updatesWebsites are always changing and adapting to the ever-evolving landscape of the Internet. Staying up-to-date on social network news in particular can be difficult. These days it seems like every business actively manages at least one social media account regardless as to whether they are B2B or B2C focused. And why wouldn’t they? Besides being free to join, social media platforms give brands the opportunity to market directly to their target audience in a comfortable setting.

But here’s what a lot of brands tend to forget about social media: users aren’t on social sites for brands, they’re on there for their friends and family. Users don’t want their feeds flooded with a long list of ads, coupons, deals, and flyers from brands. Algorithms prevent this by displaying content people care about most at the top of their feeds. When this happens, posts are not in a perfect chronological order.

Instagram is the latest platform to announce a change to their algorithm, and a lot of people are angry about it. We explain the Instagram changes below, and what they mean for your social media marketing strategy.

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