Home Automation: Amazon Is Leading, But Is Google On Pace To Compete?

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Internet has changed the way we live and operate in the world. It is now changing the way that we live in our homes. Yes, we are talking about home automation and IOT (Internet of things). Kicked off with the Bluetooth connectivity, home automation has garnered a significant attention for its wide range of innovative approaches and smart home solutions that make a person’s life much easier. There have been continuous improvements made to home automation category in the meanwhile, which radically changed the way users live in today’s world.

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Electric Cars Part 2: A Complete Switchover To Electric Cars – What Would The World Be Like?

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THIS IS THE CONTINUATION OF OUR PREVIOUS POST – A WORLD OF ONLY ELECTRIC CARS, IS IT GOING TO BE A REAL GAME-CHANGER? WELL, IN PART 1 OF THE POST, WE HAVE PRESENTED SOME OBVIOUS CHANGES IN THE INDUSTRY IF ALL THE CARS IN THE US WERE ELECTRIC. IN THIS POST 2, WE BRING THE TOPIC TO A CLOSE BY ANALYZING THOSE CHANGES AND BY UNDERSTANDING THE ADAPTATION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN A BIGGER PICTURE.

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A World Of Only Electric Cars, Is It Going To Be A Real Game-Changer?

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At Antra, we get excited about technologies that drive innovation and we strive to enable the enterprises with tools and resources to support the innovation and shape further newer ideas. We always love to talk about the changes that these innovative companies bring in and get a flash of inspiration.

One of our clients who happen to work with a electric automaker recently initiated a conversation about a popular topic these days, how the automobile industry is being disrupted and how the electric and hybrid cars such as Tesla, Nissan Leaf, Chevy, and Ford are changing the consumer world. This conversation has inspired a transformational thought – “World with only electric cars” – triggering in detail on some obvious changes, pros and cons of electric vehicles.

In this article, we are presenting some fundamental information gathered to discuss about what changes we ought to see today and expect to see tomorrow. Read on.

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Why Employee Engagement Is Important In Modern Work Space?

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employee-engagement-imageThis is a post contributed by one of our new employees.

Empowered employees produce more and create a positive environment in the company! I wonder how many companies consider and execute employee engagement as a strategic activity.

I have been working in the IT industry for over 4 years and was looking for new opportunities recently. I was fortunate to get some good offers. In all honesty, money wasn’t always the priority or the concern of moving on to next job chapter. However, I was rather looking to join a company where I could enjoy my work with utmost comfort and freedom. Right now, the new work space seems peaceful and “work-worthy”. But what made the difference? Is it the company or just me? And this is when I approached a friend who works in HR. Our coffee chat turned to be very informational with discussion around Employee Engagement Strategy and here are some key points that I wanted to share.

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Does Job Boards Approach Really Work for Immediate Hiring Needs?

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“Thanks to Antra’s Marketing Team to have my thoughts published on Antra’s website “- Jagjeet Kaur (Technical Recruiter Antra, Inc.)

I (Jagjeet Kaur) work as an IT recruiter to find talent for Antra’s clients and I wanted to share my experiences on why counting on job boards is like buying a lottery. May be it is not if you compare the exact odds but that’s how I feel when I think about this topic!

It’s been over a year that I have been working at Antra and my luck in finding relevant candidates on job portals has been very minimal. And I almost never find the right applicants for any immediate openings (good applicants needed in less than 24 to 48 hours). These job boards are necessary for any recruiter. I will share with later in this post on how to leverage job boards to your advantage for hiring. But for now, they would not help (they did not help me) for any positions that needed to be filled immediately.

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Taking Uber to the Financial World

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“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” – J. K. Rowling

A few days back I visited my Bank’s ATM (Automated Teller Machine), which is around 8 miles from my office. I decided not to let go of my favorite parking space (under the shade of the tree, where my car would not get too hot in the summer) and instead to take an Uber to the ATM. As I was waiting for my Uber, a thought struck me, what if there is an Uber business model for the banks? Do I really need to go to the bank or the ATM? Can we take the financial services beyond the banks? Yes, with e-banking and mobile banking, most of our banking needs are satisfied at home, yet we still do need to go to the banks and the ATMs for other services.

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Is innovation relevant while pursuing growth by acquisitions?

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“The key to making acquisitions is being ready because you really never know when the right big one is going to come along” – Benjamin Franklin

The leading analog semiconductor company Avago Technologies is all set to buy its competitor Broadcom for $37 billion in cash and stock, merging two leaders in wireless and wired communication semiconductors. This news has rocked the technology world as it is seen as the biggest chip deal in the history according to the data compiled by Bloomberg.

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Do we need adult education to keep us competitive?

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“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” – Benjamin Franklin

Developing competitive skills at par with the industry, is the key to a career growth and a prospect for a better job opportunities. If you want to see more doors open for you, you might consider learning what is the next best thing in your field of work. If you are in a technical field, then learning new programming languages is most desirable. If you are inclined towards management or business analysis, then knowing more tools can augment your existing skill sets. I am a technology consultant, I recently completed a course on R Programming from Coursera and am planning to pursue a very interesting course on Machine Learning.

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Smart Recruiting with Big Data

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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do” – Steve Jobs

Employers have evolved over a period of time, from recruiting employees purely based on hard skill sets to recruiting with understanding whether a candidate would fit into the very fabric of the company. Human resource specialists have employed many strategies such as having strategic gatekeepers and focusing on behavioral aspects of the candidate. The most popular example being the Southwest Airlines asking their own employees to be gatekeepers and giving them autonomy to choose their future co-workers. This ensures Southwest to employ like-minded dynamic individuals with a great sense of humor which is the very fundamental culture of the company.

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Are we prepared for the Big Data wave?

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“Data is the new Oil – We need to extract it, refine it, distribute it and monetize it” – David Buckingham

“Disintermediation” is the defining feature of the digital age. Innovative technologies are making the middlemen obsolete. I still remember my father opening his encyclopedia when I asked him a question that stumped him. I don’t think my children would ask me anything. In fact, they will quote all the information from the likes of Wikipedia, Answers.com, eHow and so on. Wikipedia was a pioneer in disintermediating the encyclopedia.

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