Merit Matters Blog - Merit Solutions

13
Jan

Life Sciences Organizations Succeed Under Pressure with Digital Transformation

Pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and other life sciences companies are under increasing pressure to succeed in a highly competitive and regulated marketplace. There is no room for error, especially when delivering life-changing products to customers. An integrated business platform for ERP, CRM and BI can optimize operations, support all phases of growth and deliver the very data needed to succeed.

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10
Jan

The Secret to Higher Sales, and How Mobility Can Help You Unlock It

What if there was a way your sales team could increase its sales (and your company’s profit) without a great deal of effort? You would be quite interested in learning this secret. Well, it isn’t a secret. It’s called upselling. Sales teams have successfully harnessed the power of upselling for years. However, new developments in technology make upselling even easier. One of these developments is mobility. Read on to learn how mobility improves opportunities to upsell.

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6
Jan

Intro To (Azure) Machine Learning – Part 1

Intro

You don’t have to be working in the IT/CS these days in order for your ears (or eyes) to pick up the term Machine Learning (ML) or Data Science, since these are among the biggest tech trends nowadays. Machine Learning, being the subset of Artificial Intelligence (some of you might disagree with this) is a concept ubiquitous in our daily lives.

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4
Jan

Remotely controlled nightly memory cleanup on Android devices

Imagine you have an enterprise application running on hundreds or thousands of mobile devices in field. Your application is being used every day, and it is rarely being restarted (users prefer leaving the application in the foreground all the time).

While we all tend to create applications that are memory responsible, the reality is that there would be memory leaks. With intensive usage of the application described in the example above, even small memory leaks would eventually cause the issues (application malfunctions or breaks).

Our Android application is developed using Xamarin.Forms. Our server runs on Azure and exposes REST API developed using ASP.NET Web API. Server communicates with the mobile devices by sending messages through Azure Notification Hub and Google Cloud Messaging (GCM).

When we experienced memory related issues on devices, we started brainstorming for possible solutions. Besides fixing all noticeable memory leaks, the best way to make sure that memory is in a good state is to restart the device. This method is intrusive, not easy to implement on Android and is discouraged. But it turns out that there are a lot of applications on Google Play Store which perform “fast rebooting”. We chose FastReboot, which is lightweight and “simulates a reboot by closing/restarting all core and user processes and thus frees up memory”.

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29
Dec

Mobile Apps: Helping Manufacturers Make Better Decisions

The right business decision can mean the difference between success and failure, especially in the manufacturing space. However, making the right decision can be challenging. There’s a formula for making the right decision: relevant information plus time. Here’s the problem, though. You can’t always get all of the information you need in what is usually a limited amount of time in which to make a decision.

Mobile apps can solve this problem – they enable manufacturers to access relevant, timely data when they need it most.

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21
Dec

How to Practice Assertive Testing in Agile Environments

Passive behavior may cause the increase in the number of defects, inefficiency, and security vulnerabilities in software. Assertive testers continuously assess current conditions, decide how to act and respond honestly and spontaneously. They take responsibility for their actions and decisions and at the same time they respect themselves and others. This blog describes how assertive testing can be far more effective than passive testing.

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20
Dec

Mobile Technologies: Give a Boost to Your Sales Team’s Productivity

What if there was a tool you could give your sales team to help its members become more productive? You would want to give it to them – everyone wants to be more productive, especially when it comes to sales. Such a tool indeed exists. It’s mobile technology. And many companies are leveraging it to make their sales teams more productive so they can become more profitable.

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19
Dec

Keys To The Right Mobile Solution

Done right, the mobile strategy for an ERP system turns every device into a mobile workstation, bringing the power of ERP to the users whenever and wherever they happen to be. An effective mobile solution saves time and boosts productivity in several ways. Not only does it allow users to interact with ERP data remotely, it also increases the employee’s investment in their work by allowing them to interact with that data with whichever device is most preferable to them. The user does not need to interrupt their preferred workflow to switch to a traditional workstation, minimizing downtime. In addition, users can coordinate with other mobile users, creating an on-the-go team that does not need to operate in the same physical location.

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15
Dec

Mobile Apps: Making Manufacturing More Efficient

Since the advent of manufacturing, every business has wanted to be more efficient. Countless authors developed theories of how to be more efficient (and in turn, improve the bottom line). Some companies have succeeded in making their manufacturing operations more efficient, while others continue to search for the magic key that will enable them to produce the greatest number of goods at the lowest possible cost.

Nowadays, firms don’t need lecturers or books to make them more efficient. Mobile apps can help them achieve unprecedented gains in efficiency – read on to learn how.

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14
Dec

PowerApps: Does It Live up to the Hype?

When Microsoft released PowerApps at the beginning of November 2016, many users were excited… and there were some that simply weren’t. They leveled such criticisms as Microsoft introduced it as a way to make money without adding any innovation. Read on to learn whether Microsoft PowerApps is as good as the company claims, or if it doesn’t live up to the hype.

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