When to outsource EDI

For a business that is part of a supply chain moving to an EDI system is fast becoming essential. A lot of companies implement EDI due to an upstream requirement from a customer or vendor. However, it is then that they understand the massive benefits to the organization and the vastly increased potential for leveraging EDI to grow. For organizations that have not yet thought about migrating to an EDI system, there are two choices: purchase EDI software for use in-house or outsourced to an EDI service bureau.

Outsource

The main benefits of using an outsourced EDI service bureau from an organization like Act Data Services, Inc. 1-800-ACT-DATA is cost. Outsourcing the use of the software will save you the upfront capital costs. While you could end up paying more in the long run, there is an inflection point at which you can decide to move the operation in-house.

Purchase

To justify the large capital expenditure for an in-house EDI implementation, you will need to consider to volume and type of activity. An organization with a lot of trading partners and a large volume of transactions will see financial benefits from purchasing EDI software. The process is costly because you will need to make the EDI software and your legacy systems work together.

Transition

It is difficult to determine an exact point that it makes sense to transition from a service bureau to an in-house system. However, as a general rule, if you have a 100 trading partners and thousands of transactions a week, it makes sense to purchase the software.

 

Dedicated Server 101

A trend is emerging where organizations are moving all IT infrastructure offsite. There are several options, and companies choose one or a mix of the following: cloud hosting, colocation, dedicated server hosting, and shared hosting. In this article, we take a look at the advantages of dedicated server hosting.

Performance

The biggest benefit is that the resources of the server are yours. There is no sharing. Even network bandwidth provisioning is for the server. One of the biggest issues with shared services is that you are at the mercy of other accounts on the same server. If you have more than one server the interconnect bandwidth is faster.

Security

A dedicated server gives you complete control of the security of your server. You can apply any changes, settings, or restrictions that a host will not allow on a shared platform. The downside is that you will be completely responsible for the security and safety of your systems. In this day and age when hackers are breaking into systems everywhere, keeping your systems secure is critical. A dedicated server gives you the level of control you will need.

Customization

Another positive from using a dedicated server is the level of customization. You can pick the hard drive combination you need and choose your desired RAM size. If your application needs a specific combination of resources, dedicated servers are the way to go.

Article by Rack Alley. They off the flexibility to customize your server hosting Los Angeles with network, storage and increased reliability with hardware redundancy and high availability options.

Why Hiring a GPU Technician Might Be a Good Idea

Summary: Repairing your GPU without extensive knowledge on how everything works could end up with you losing the entire unit itself. 

If you’re an aviation enthusiast, chances are you own at least one ground power unit. Now, while these units are durable, long-lasting, and efficient, they’re also prone to voltage drops, short circuiting, and other detrimental mechanical effects. This is where hiring a GPU specialists may come in handy.

First off, you have to understand that there are numerous companies that have GPU technicians. Mainly, you’ll find companies that perform a variety of maintenance services, with GPU repairs obviously being one. Be sure that you’re selecting the right company that knows what they’re doing. For instance, if you’re looking to repair a lithium twin pack battery, you’ll obviously want a technician that can handle the exact specifications and perform the right type of maintenance without causing any more harm than what’s already been done.

Step 1: Contact the Company

Be sure that you contact the company beforehand and ask them about their services. It’s always best to inquire based on the GPU model that you own. Be sure to provide them with the exact model type and name so you can verify whether or not they’re fundamentally sound when it comes to the repair process. The last thing you’ll want is to find out that your GPU is permanently damaged beyond repair because of some silly mistake that the technician made. Start Pac, one of the leading ground power unit manufacturers, can repair and inspect any ground power units that you might have and get it done the right way.

Furthermore, you’ll also want to look at prices. Does the company offer to drive out to you? Do you have to take it into a shop? What labor charges are they throwing at you? All of these things add up, so it’s necessary to only accept what you truly need out of the company so you don’t run up a high repair bill.

Step 2: Check the Reviews 

With the Internet being a leader in online reviews, you’ll find any type of review that you want just by simply searching in the popular search engines. Additionally, there are various sites that rate the company with a star system and also have a separate section that showcases popular reviews from users that have used the company’s services before. It’s important that you check these reviews out so you have an idea of what you’re getting. If they don’t look too promising, you’d best keep searching for a different company as there could be a chance that you’ll kiss your GPU goodbye.

When Should You Hire a Digital Ad Agency?

The world of online advertising is always evolving, and with that comes a change in consumer habits and interests. To stay relevant in online marketing, it has become exceedingly important to have a digital advertising agency to take care of your online marketing needs. This is especially true if you’re new to internet advertising, are not fairly tech savvy, or are just busy trying to oversee your business. If that’s you, it’s imperative that you look into hiring an agency.

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A digital ad agency specializes in online advertisement and takes care of all the logistics and research behind reaching your target market. They’ve done the research and know what needs to be done. It takes a team of educated professionals to setup a proper ad campaign. Not only that, but an agency will also have the tools, contacts, and resources necessary to produce, monitor, and adapt your ad campaign to ensure maximum outreach.

By allowing a professional digital agency to manage your online marketing campaign, you will free up valuable time which would be better spent on growing your business. Online marketing is a full-time job for a group of seasoned experts who specialize in advertising. It would be impossible for you keep your ads relevant in a rapidly changing environment while managing the other aspects of your business. Leaving your online advertising to the experts is an investment in the growth of your business and money well spent.


 

Sticky Web Media is a digital marketing agency in Los Angeles with an emphasis on SEO and Web marketing techniques.

Why Colocation Is Right for You

By Rack Alley

Every company is different. Even your closest competitor has a lot of unique features. Still, it’s fair to say that most companies also have plenty in common too. For example, you all have to offer some kind of service or product in exchange for money. Many have a storefront of some sort, but all need to have a web presence these days. Not having a website would be nearly unimaginable, even if you do most of your business in person.

Rackalley2That being said, every company has different needs where their website is concerned. This is why most Los Angeles web hosting companies have several different packages to choose from: so they can meet as many demands as possible.

This is also why Los Angeles colocation makes so much sense. With colocation, you can basically use a hosting company’s infrastructure to build the perfect solution for your business’ unique needs. Amongst many other things, this means that you’ll have IT support around the clock to take your calls and respond to emergencies. There’s just no other cost-effective way to go about doing this in your own building. Plus, as time goes on and your needs change, your hosting solution can easily change with them, whatever they may be.

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While you have plenty of options for LA web hosting none will compare to Rack Alley. Server hosting in Los Angeles doesn’t get any better than them. Amongst other things, they can provide colocation, which is more affordable and custom-made.

Ecommerce Strategies for Your Website

By Secure Net Shop

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Do you have an eCommerce website? Has it been underperforming or otherwise not getting you the kind of revenues you had hoped for? A lot of people are in the same boat. Many get sold a pack of lies when they start their website. They’re told it will be easy and that money will flow like it’s coming right out of the tap the moment you go live.

Unfortunately, it takes more than just a web presence these days. For example, you also need an internet shopping cart. It’s vital to the performance of your site. And you don’t just need any of the many shopping cart systems out there, you need the best one possible. The one that will provide the most security and the best look of the product your customer is about to buy.

You also need great copy to accompany all your products and services. It’s not just about sales copy, it’s about speaking in a tone and with words your market will be able to relate to.

So if your site is drowning right now, don’t give up. You can always turn things around.

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No matter what kind of business you run, in the digital age, you absolutely must have a web presence or your sales will suffer and eventually, you’ll probably be beat out by competition. However, a website isn’t enough. So head over to SecureNetShop and purchase an ecommerce shopping cart that can handle all your store’s needs and then some.

The Secret to Preserving Your Reputation Online

Article submitted by Reputation Fixers.

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Wondering how Coca-Cola or Apple have such a huge following? It’s all about branding, which is merely an extension of reputation management. With these techniques, you’ll reach audience members outside your sphere of influence. You also brand yourself as reliable, trustworthy, and a leader in your industry. Read on for tips to harness the power of reputation management. Continue Reading “The Secret to Preserving Your Reputation Online”

SEO Basics: The Value of Keyword Research and Analysis

Successful search engine marketing techniques aim to please the major search engines as well as the people who use them. This balancing act is especially important when it comes to developing content on your site. According to Google, website content has to be useful and relevant in order to attract visitors as well as quality links. And this means adding keywords.

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One of the ways to develop high-quality content is to incorporate keywords into your text; keywords are the words people type into search engines to find your pages. But how do you know which words and phrases are most commonly used to find your site? This is where proper keyword research and analysis comes into the picture.

Although Google suggests merely coming up with the words users would type to find your pages, there is a more sophisticated approach to keyword research. Using a blend of tools designed for this purpose, your SEO agency can research and analyze information to find the most important keywords in your industry. These tools can help you find the words that will bring the most traffic to your site. Some companies use proprietary in-house keyword research tools as well as third-party tools. By the end of the research, you will be provided with a list of the top keywords, and the opportunity to begin incorporating them into the text.

Proper keyword research is a Google-friendly practice that will help your website gain rankings in the major search engines as well as satisfy your customers.

Article submitted by Richard Yong of www.SEOBuild.net

Email Security

Past upheavals in countries including Iran and Burma have highlighted the difficulty of getting uncensored news into and out of countries with heavily controlled Internet access. But government researcher Sho Ho told a panel at the recent Defcon conference about research on a program that would make it extremely difficult for governments to block citizens from sending or receiving information.

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Feed Over Email is essentially a proxy-less RSS feed that can be delivered through Web based mail programs like Gmail. If both the client and mail server can send and receive encrypted email, foreign governments will have trouble using deep packet filtering to block certain keywords.

While research is still beginning and Ho said that funding is still needed, this could be a huge breakthrough in providing email security to bloggers, reformers and average citizens in countries with restrictive or draconian personal privacy restrictions.

What Makes a Good Icon Design? (Part II)

Last time we talked a little bit about the mistakes that people often make in icon design. Yes, even art can contain mistakes—particularly in the field of icon design, where the whole point of a professional icon is to enhance functionality and the user experience.

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This week, we’ll continue our discussion of good icon design by focusing on what makes a design effective. This time our tips come from PSDTUTS.com, a blog/website that offers Photoshop tutorials. In “7 Principles of Effective Design,” Sean Hodge touches on some of the same ideas as the Turbomilk article, but he also notes the importance of using consistent lighting and a limited perspective. Read more of Sean’s tips here. To view a professionally produced icon library, visit www.professional-icons.com.