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Check out this exert from an article we wrote for Technology First.

By 2020, the Internet of Things will reach 26 Billion connected devices.  This has the potential to change the landscape of technology drastically – whether it be data management, security, services, how devices communicate, etc. Our everyday lives are also about to change. We are already seeing mobile devices foray into the Internet of Things (IoT) pool. The wearable piece of the IoT is already starting to explode and EMITTI is right there in the mix providing software development for these products. There is a breadth of wearable products available today providing you all sorts of information from how many steps you take per day, how your posture stacks up, if you are late to your next meeting to alternative driving directions when you hit a traffic jam.  But it’s about to get a lot better – and a lot more integrated with our daily lives. Imagine wearing a tiny device which monitors and notifies you when glucose levels are out of balance? Google has now designed a contact lens which measures glucose levels and lets the wearer know when something is up. Ask any diabetic and I’m confident they will tell you how much more convenient a contact lens is over checking their blood levels. No more carting around the strips, the lancing device and the log book. No hassle. Just knowledge. Making the transition from tracking specific indicators in blood to tracking it in less invasive ways is well underway. The days of going to a hospital, drawing blood, and shipping it off to a lab for analysis are coming to an end. The Dayton region, which is well known for leading in innovation, is already close to providing an alternative method. An exciting new product with roots here in the region will be coming to market in the coming months.  The company, CoreSyte, is on the forefront of wearable sensor technology.  Rudy Fenner, the Vice President of Business Development for CoreSyte, believes Coresyte is poised to radically change how we workout. He states, “Our goal is to help you ‘Know More so you can ‘Do Better.

So what is it?

Read more on Technology First’s Website

The Vision

Why does your vision matter?

Back during my days at the university, I spent a lot of time studying about leadership. What are key components of being a good leader? This is something we pondered and debated in class regularly. One overarching characteristic we always arrived at was a leader must have an inspiring vision. Sure, that makes perfect sense, I thought to myself. I understood it on a theoretical level, but at that time, I hadn't had the chance to experience it in a practical sense.

Setting the Bar

Over the years, I've worked at a several companies and have had the opportunity to see this realized in a practical sense. I have been lucky enough to experience great leadership early on in my career which set the bar for every company afterwards. This leader was able to inspire us all towards our common goals. He also instilled a sense of excellence in each of us. We learned nothing less than our best was acceptable. Not only did he continually inspire us to reach toward these goals, we were filled with excitement and passion on the journey.

Moving On

As time went on, the inevitable job changes occurred. With this came a few different companies each with strengths and weaknesses and more opportunity for me to listen and learn - and sharpen my own skills. I spent some time in companies where the leadership was not so strong. Working in a place with no vision or, worse yet, a place where the leadership team itself had a misguided understanding of their own purported vision, the value of a vision began to sink in on the practical level.

The Not So Great

The most detrimental atmosphere I found myself in was when the leadership itself proclaimed an inspiring vision but failed to back it up. There is no worse tragedy than having a great group of talented people become frustrated and disheartened by being told one thing by the leadership team yet held to different and unspoken expectations. When the vision is one thing, but the reality is something far different, it becomes a recipe for disaster. Working towards one goal only to be told you aren't doing what you are supposed to be doing creates confusion and disillusionment. As I stood watching brilliant, capable, and dedicated people stifled, publicly admonished, and punished by the management, my own disillusionment grew.

The Lesson

I've taken good and bad things from every place I've been lucky enough to be a part of. My outlook on it is this: there is something to learn in every situation- it is simply a lesson to be learned. The flip side of seeing the not so good stuff is how much it can strengthen my own resolve to do better. All those debates from college still whisper in my head - and now, not only do I understand on a theoretical level, I get it on the practical level. A company will be made (or conversely broken) by the vision of the company.

For a little more reading on the topic, I recommend an article by John Ryan on Forbes. He outlines three fundamentals of effective leadership: vision, communication, and judgment. One point he made is how ineffective the vision is when communication remains in your head. It truly is imperative to not only talk to your team but to listen as well.
Stopping to talk and listen can seem a waste of time. It’s easy to cut off debate too early, especially in this economically trying moment. Still, mustering the discipline and time to share strategies with your staff or talk directly with your clients is only half the fight. You still need to communicate effectively–and that means being your organization’s chief listening officer.

What a challenge that is! Are you your organization's chief listening officer?

What is it like to work with EMITTI?

At EMITTI, we are committed to fostering an environment where we actively listen, encourage, and challenge each person who is part of our team. Whether you are looking for a partner who provides services such as mobile development and cloud solutions or you are looking to be part of a company with these values, contact us today.

Excellence – does it define you?

Here Lived a Great Street Sweeper- by Christine Powers

I have been thinking a lot about the topic of excellence lately. It seems that no matter what you put your hands to, one has the opportunity to strive for excellence. I am starting to think that more than actions, excellence is actually part of who you are. There is quote by Martin Luther King Jr. that I love:

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'”

I am fortunate to have a few people in my life who have shown me what this quote is all about. Its refreshing and encouraging to witness this in those around me.

Here are a few thoughts about Excellence that I have been contemplating lately. By no means am I an expert on the subject, however, I am striving to embody excellence in my life more and more each day.

Excellence is Identity
I have a close friend who embodies this in life. Its not just at work, but at home and other aspects of his life. He wants to do things the best he can and takes the time and extra effort to do so. Excellence seems to be a part of who he is, not just what he does. Its like he is wired to be this way, or maybe its that he was raised by others who taught him to be this way. Regardless, its a quality that I admire and respect and I wish more people (including myself) embodied in everyday life.

Excellence is Fulfilling
There is something to be said for completing a task with excellence. Being able to look back at something you accomplished and feeling proud and excited about it. We all want to be fulfilled in what we do in life and its feels good to know you tried your best and accomplished something great. May we not forget that putting forth a little extra effort in what we do can result in excellence that can be very rewarding.

Excellence is Promoting
I am a firm believer that excellence pays off. Sometimes it takes time, but those people who embody excellence will go far. They are those who we respect, look up to, aspire to be like, and most naturally become great leaders. When I think of the people that I admire and look up to in my life, excellence is a quality that is evident in their lives.

EMITTI’s commitment to Excellence
Working at EMITTI has also prompted me to think about excellence. Its refreshing to be part of a team that embodies this. Whether it be through the IT solutions we provide or even the smallest details in customer service, there is an atmosphere of excellence. There are no shortcuts here. Its refreshing to be part of a company that values this and that I can be a part of.

Whether you are looking for a partner who provides services such as mobile development and cloud solutions or you are looking to be part of a company with these values, contact us today.

Power of the Push

Why you need to think about push notifications

A survey of 1,200 participants by the global marketing firm Responsys , showed nearly 60% of participants have downloaded apps from their favorite brands. Of those who have downloaded the apps, over 50% did so expecting access to special offers.

It also showed nearly 80% of participants in the 18-34 consumer demographic have enabled push notifications.

If you aren't already using push notifications, take note of this finding: marketers saw a 50% increase in view rates of push notifications versus traditional email. The click-through rates were twice as high.

Push Notifications aren't limited to phones and tablets either. As the Internet of Things (IoT) grows over the next few years, push notifications will scale to those devices as well.

Needless to say, this is quite an opportunity to reach customers in a real time way. You need only take it.

To talk about how to best utilize push notifications and deliver value for your company, contact us today. After all, we are mobile development experts.

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Do you have a Mobile Strategy?

Do you have a mobile strategy? If your company is like most, your answer is a resounding “No.”  In fact, in a study of Enterprise Mobility only 21% of participants had one in place.

What does that mean for you? The everyday procedures which result are inconsistent and costly. Well, EMITTI can help. We know know the right questions to ask  to build your mobile strategy.

Check back here periodically to learn more about the key questions to ask when building the road map for your company.

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