Save With Online MPA

Can Studying for Your MPA Online Save Money?

If you are looking to study an MPA degree within a school or college, perhaps you should consider an online master in public administration degree instead. Many online universities now offer courses no matter where you are situated, meaning it has never been easier to study from home. There are many benefits to this such as flexibility and saving money. Read on to find out how studying for your MPA online can save you money.

Commuting

With an online degree, there is no need to commute to an education facility. This alone can cost hundreds of dollars a year on fuel or public transport. If you do drive then you may have to pay for parking fees too. Being able to study an online MPA program means no traveling as you can do it from the comfort of your own home or favorite café or library if you prefer. All you need is a computer to get started.online study

Tuition and Fees

Online universities usually charge considerably less than out-of-state and private education institutions. This is because being based online saves them a lot of money too. There is no need for them to have a building that needs to be run, as they teach everything online. Rutgers Online offers an affordable online public administration degree. Don’t forget you can get student loans to help you out with tuition and fees; a quick search on the internet will allow you to see what you are entitled to.

Room and Board

Studying on a campus often means living there too. If you were looking at living on campus, this can be very expensive. Although a lot of student accommodations offer bills paid included in the rent, it is much cheaper to stay at home with your parents. If you have your own family, moving out would not be ideal, but finding a campus close to your own home that you want to attend can be difficult too.

Other Costs

Studying on a campus often means you will be there all day and have breaks between classes. With this in mind, you will spend money on things such as food and drinks to get you through the day. Sitting in a warm, crowded lecture theatre can have you needing a coffee at every break, and all this extra money you are spending can add up. Campuses can often be expensive as they know once you are there you will spend the money in their facility. Studying at home means you can have your own meals and drinks, saving you a lot more cash than you realize!

Studying online can be very beneficial, especially if money troubles were stopping you from wanting to study your masters. As with any degree, tuition still applies, but with a masters, you can climb your career ladder and eventually be making a lot more money. Do not let money be an issue in enhancing your education; study online and save yourself the extra stress.


5 Elements Every E-commerce Store Should Have

George Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is now among the richest man in the world. E-commerce sales reached 22 Trillion dollars in 2016 and this year is expected to do better. Amazon accounts for 43% of US retail sales. It does not come as a surprise that online marketplaces are one of the best ways to earn money online.

Setting up an online shop may appear daunting to people with no technical or digital marketing experience. There are thousands that tried having one but failed. It doesn’t matter if the shop is purely online or there to complement an existing BM store, there are elements that an online store must have to succeed.

A Storefront that People Trust

Your online marketplace is a brand. It should have a recognizable name and logo that people will remember. Trust marks such as a BBB logo and SSL certificates assure potential buyers that you’re a reputable company.

Legal information regarding privacy, dispute resolution, and your company should be on the webpage. There should be plenty of information regarding any concerns a buyer might have if they provide their personal and financial information to you.

Providing reliable and accessible contact information to enable your customers to reach customer support goes a long way in developing trust with buyers.

Engage Potential Buyers through Digital Marketing

A marketplace job is to sell. It doesn’t matter if it’s online or offline, buyers like to see a bargain. Deals and coupons are great temptations for first-time buyers.

Marketplaces like Footlocker and Newegg built their niche e-commerce websites on the guarantee that they carry authentic brand name products. Brand name products already have an established fanbase. Develop a marketplace that can attract that fan base and gain their trust.

Reviews

Nothing develops trust between the storefront, its products, and the market more than quality reviews. This is especially important for brand-specific e-commerce sites. Endorsements from professional reviewers are one of the fastest ways to develop brand recognition and loyalty.

Fake reviews will also have the opposite effect. Users can spot a scam website if it’s filled with fake reviews.

Seamless Technical Attributes

The easiest way to lose an online sale is to have a broken website. The technical performance of the website’s search engine, cart, login, and user dashboard should be seamless and perfect.

Payment system icons and security should be airtight. Online marketplaces are not new and technical programming to secure them is well-established. Work with companies like Eventige that know the latest best practices to help any website.

Mobile Friendly and Social Media Presence

A responsive website that works well with any screen size is very important. The wide array of screen sizes means that the website should adjust to all of them in order to retain customers and keep them happy.

A social media page to work in conjunction with mobile applications and the storefront itself should be present as this is a sign of a modern and fully engaged administrative staff.

A digital storefront can garner millions worth of retail sales worldwide. The potential is endless, but the road is long and hard. It is not a goose that lays golden eggs; it is a store, not an ATM machine. It needs to be nurtured, cultivated and supported daily.


NewPush Recognized as Top 20 VMware Cloud provider 2017

CIO Review recognition

NewPush started using VMware technologies from its inception in 1999. At the time the first dot com boom was just heating up. Many virtualization technologies were emerging for the Intel platform. Over the years we kept focusing on providing enterprise-grade infrastructure. Meanwhile, we have kept increasing the role of VMware as we understood that for Intel-based hardware VMware provided the most reliable enterprise solutions. As a result, we have moved the use of VMware from our development labs to our production systems and data-centers. Since the 2010’s we are formally a VMware partner providing VMware Cloud solutions. Most noteworthy, the last few years have shown a tremendous growth in the capabilities VMware Cloud delivers. Therefore it is our pleasure to announce that once again, CIO Review has recognized NewPush as a top 20 VMware technology provider.
20 most promising VMware Cloud solution providers - 2016

VMware Cloud Solutions

Important milestone for NewPush

This recognition for the second time in a row is a milestone that is important to us. We have worked hard to pioneer and to be successful in deploying state of the art VMware based cloud technologies, and we have worked harder even to maintain a leadership position in this crowded space. Our work continues to focus on NSX, vSAN, and the vRealize suite. As we continue our quest to provide the best cloud services to our customers, we look forward to deploy advanced analytics capabilities centered around Splunk Enterprise security essentials.

Forward-looking posture

Cloud technologies keep changing at an ever-increasing pace. In this year’s edition of CIO Review, we dive deeper in iGRACaaS, identity governance, risk and compliance as a service. Companies who stay ahead are going to continue to have a competitive advantage, by providing a better customer experience. By partnering for technology decisions with NewPush, you can spend more time with your core business, while ensuring that you have a trusted partner with a proven track record to help you keep a competitive edge on the IT front. If you would like the NewPush advantage for your company, please do not hesitate to get in touch today. We are here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


5 Website Basics for Your Company

Building a website can work wonders for your SME. It provides a platform for your business to showcase its services and/or products on a global scale, where there are limited borders to cross and populations to reach. Your products or services are attainable for the many, instead of the few.

However, how is the elusive customer going to find your product or services? In the global marketplace, it is hard to make a stable stance amongst the competition. For every product or service that you offer, there are possibly thousands, if not millions, of comparable service providers. You must make yourself top of the game, and adapt to new rules to stay on top of it. Here are basic rules that you must adhere to:

  1. Make your site responsive

More than half of online searched are conducted and completed via mobile devices; therefore, your website must provide a flawless online experience for the customer. Hire a reputable website builder, use a trusted web hoster, and test your website’s functionality on a regular basis.

  1. Place your logo left to right, or right to left

Your website must have your logo clearly on each page to strengthen your brand. Research has shown that 89% of users remember the logo when it is placed on the top left-hand side of the page, however, this is relevant for pages written in languages that read from left to right. For languages that read right to left, make sure to cater to their reading habits.

  1. Include your contact information

You must have a clear way for your customers to contact you, and the more options available, the better. Not everybody is comfortable using computers to conduct business or buy products, and prefer to speak to a real person. Although many millennials would prefer to email or Tweet companies, previous generations may prefer the phone. Make sure you provide a telephone number, so you do not miss out on any potential business opportunities. Also, ensure that your contact information is easy to find as people will not exert themselves to find the contact details.

  1. Include details of all the products/services

If this is the first time a potential customer has visited your site, they will not have any loyalty to your business. As soon as they land on your website, make sure you show them what you offer, so no efforts are wasted on both parts.

  1. Include content that is relevant

The content that you include on your site must be relevant to the products or services on offer. By ensuring that it is relevant, clear and concise, you are creating an opportunity to increase your audience to people that have accidentally come across your page via search engines, rather than specifically searching for you.

SEO professionals at clickintelligence.com, understand that carefully selected keywords, anchor texts and relevant content can improve your website traffic rates. Your content is your secret weapon against the competition, and if managed successfully, could turn your website from a product service platform into a lucrative mine of opportunities. For example, run a blog alongside your products or services; offer tips, how-to’s and updates through pertinent content.


The Growth in Geographic Information Technology

The Growth in Geographic Information Technology

Every day, a staggering amount of new data is produced, and business and governments look for ways to utilize that data to help them plan and strategize, cut costs, innovate, and deliver services. While some companies and organizations are working at the cutting edge of data implementation, many companies are still lagging far behind when it comes to making optimum use of that data.

Geographic information technology has emerged as a critical data implementation tool that allows companies and governments to drill deeply into their data and use that data to help them determine their future direction.

What is Geographic Information Technology?

Geographic information technology allows data to be analyzed and then displayed on maps. It can be used to analyze anything from locations where it would be most profitable for a restaurant chain to open up a new outlet, finding out which areas of a city are responsible for the most pollution, and tracking disease outbreaks.

How Does a Geographic Information System Work?

A GIS system captures, stores, and analyzes data related to its position on the planet’s surface. Many different kinds of data can be displayed on one map, which allows patterns and relationships between elements to be discovered.

The location data used can be cross-referenced with other information in the database to show information about the people in that place, such as their education levels, income levels and life expectancy. Another example would be mapping locations of water or air pollution and then looking for the source based on all of the farms and factories in a given area.

An organization will need specialists holding a geographic information science and technology degree in order to implement and administer a GIS system. Members of a company’s IT team can also undertake a part-time online GIST program to acquire the relevant education and skills.

Which Types of Organization Can Benefit From Using a Geographic Information System?

Because the benefits of understanding location data are so far-reaching, a wide range of companies and government departments can gain from using a geographic information system.

The US Department of Defense uses analysis provided by data specialists at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to identify potential threats to national security.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention uses GIS to help shape public health-related policy decisions.

Local government bodies provide location data mapping to various departments, including those responsible for public utilities and services, property tax assessments, highways, and town planning. For example, accident hotspots can be identified and steps are taken to minimize risks in those areas. Location data can also help to develop a local tourism strategy or plan new residential communities.

Companies can use a geographic information system to manage their supply and distribution chain more effectively, to plan new locations based on local income levels and population density, and the road and other transport networks that make traveling to the location feasible.

Geographic information technology enables a better understanding of data and can ensure smarter use of resources and more efficient targeting of services, both in the public and the private sector.

Reference

http://gis.usc.edu/msp-resources/articles-blogs/reasons-why-gis-Matters/


Hurry Slowly

running-lateIn Prague

A car in front of me had a bumper sticker “ Hurry Slowly !”. My immediate thought was “how ridiculous”! It seemed a contradiction in terms.  Who would want to slow down given the time pressures most of us live under? How many companies failed due to the suboptimal pace?

Nasa Lesson?

I then remembered we’ll mark the 31st anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster next January: it broke up 73 seconds into the flight. NASA management hurried the launch.

The chief engineer refused to sign off on the launch. Since he and his team didn’t believe that the O-ring rocket booster seals had undergone adequate testing in cold conditions. However, NASA management overruled them. Probably because the mission had already been delayed for 6 days by weather and technical issues, NASA decision makers didn’t want to delay again. In fact, the investigation after the disaster confirmed that the O-rings became too brittle in the cold weather. As a result, this prevented proper sealing and allowed flames to damage the external fuel, causing an explosion. Hence, NASA’s decision to hurry not only cost 7 lives but delayed the Space Shuttle program by 2 years – a true lose-lose. Hurry slowly.  

Are We Slow Learners?

The Challenger isn’t the only incident caused by rush and faith that everything will go well (hope is not a strategy). There are many recent examples and high profile failures:

  • BP with the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry,
  • GM with the faulty ignition-switch,
  • Toyota with the famous brakes recall,
  • Takata with the malfunctioning airbags (the company is mulling bankruptcy for its US unit as a direct result),
  • Samsung with the Galaxy Note7 battery “fix” which didn’t work and seriously damaged Samsung’s name,
  • and Samsung’s exploding washers and their subsequent recall didn’t help Samsung’s brand.   

So how many times was a decision made to “just ship it” and hope for a “sunny day” scenario?  Or is the answer just “blowing in the wind”?

Ignoring The Lessons In Software?

Software is no exception. For example, Ralph Young estimates the cost of a bug fix to be 1:10:100: 1x in requirements/coding phase, 10x in testing and 100x in production. In addition, production fixes often damage the company’s name, sometimes beyond repair. Writing tests against requirements seems like a low hanging fruit. If it’s not possible to create a test case, the requirement probably needs to be updated. Despite this, managers often skip this early step. The result is an underbid project and a financial loss or product flaws. Hurry slowly.

Final Thoughts

Starting “in the middle” to rush things through without proper strategy defined can waste significant resources and time. It is often the main reason for failure as outlined in “Ten Deadly Sins of Strategy Creation”.  

Dilbert as a team-lead tells his team “You guys start coding while I go upstairs and find out what they want”. This illustrates the “ready-shoot-aim” philosophy on some projects.  A car traveling at 50 mph in a straight line will likely reach its destination much faster than a zig-zagging car going twice as fast. Hurrying slowly may actually be the fastest way to get to your objective it if means taking time to lay the proper foundation of the strategy, solid requirements for projects and working smart.

When did you hurry slowly last time?


NewPush Recognized as Top 20 VMware Cloud provider 2016

CIO Review recognition

NewPush started using VMware technologies from its inception in 1999. At the time the first dot com boom was just heating up. Many virtualization technologies were emerging for the Intel platform. Over the years we kept focusing on providing enterprise-grade infrastructure. Meanwhile, we have kept increasing the role of VMware as we understood that for Intel-based hardware VMware provided the most reliable enterprise solutions. As a result, we have moved the use of VMware from our development labs to our production systems and data-centers. Since the 2010’s we are formally a VMware partner providing VMware Cloud solutions. Most noteworthy, the last few years have shown a tremendous growth in the capabilities VMware Cloud delivers. Therefore it is our pleasure to announce that CIO Review has recognized NewPush as a top 20 VMware technology provider.
20 most promising VMware Cloud solution providers - 2016

VMware Cloud Solutions

Important milestone for NewPush

This recognition is a milestone that is important to us. We have worked hard to pioneer and to be successful in deploying state of the art VMware based cloud technologies. Our recent work focuses on NSX, vSAN, and the vRealize suite. As we continue our quest to provide the best cloud services to our customers, we look forward to deploy the new Docker and Hadoop enablement technologies.

Looking ahead

Cloud technologies keep changing at an ever-increasing pace. Companies who stay ahead are going to continue to have a competitive advantage, by providing a better customer experience. By partnering for technology decisions with NewPush, you can spend more time with your core business, while ensuring that you have a trusted partner with a proven track record to help you keep a competitive edge on the IT front. If you would like the NewPush advantage for your company, please do not hesitate to get in touch today. We are here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


15 Practices of SEO Copywriting for 2014

I’ll bring disappointment to businessmen and marketeers: SEO Copywriting practices won’t give you guaranteed SERPs. Easy and quick way to increase your sales and conversion doesn’t exist. Even if you’ll find tips and genuine tricks which are placed periodically you won’t get any idea what exactly will make your ranks increase in near future.

However, market best methods remain really valuable to use. These are trustworthy copywriting and SEO strategies – efficient techniques that in the long run have shown efficient in ranking, traffic raise, sales, click-through rates. They might furthermore strengthen trustworthiness and reputation.

We’ve posted list of 15 best techniques for 2014 year. All are following SEO and content guidelines. Use them to increase possibility of high ranking.

1. Write Initially

2014 Search engine optimization copywriting is focused on quality – nicely-written optimized material that attracts people. It stands to reason to write initially and then fix for search engines. Simply sort keywords after writing and this method will save you considerable time.

2. Attract

Attracting your audience as a article writer implies interacting with them. What will you do to engage your readers? You should begin with catchy title. When it is done you should keep your audience attracted. You can do this with creating connection on emotional level.

3. Apprise

Information is a gold. Once you’re promoting something people don’t want you to tell them it’s best product to increase sales. They want to know what benefits they will get from your service or product.

4. Relevance

Relevance belongs to aspects which influence on quality, so stay tuned. You shouldn’t bother if an article is irrelevant to your company. If your website, for example, provides domain name registration filling your content with information about internet marketing will only bring you to loss of audience.

5. More Than 300 Words

Though search engines have never mentioned about definite post length webmasters made conclusion that longest articles with 300 or more words length usually engage better. Longer articles are more attractive, therefore it is wise.

6. Remember Precepts

Definitely this tip is one of the best. You may seeking a way to influence on search engines, but keep in mind what copywriting is all about: marketing and selling. Your aim is to get conversion. And you’ll get it if you’ll remember commandments.

 7. Create Skimmable Articles

To reach best benefit your article must be quickly read through. To explain, you should involve headings, subheads, bullet points and enough free space while writing content optimized for search engines. Outline main points with bold and italics.

8. Study Keyword Research

Keywords remain a nutshell of search, therefore it is important to understand how to find those which are bringing traffic. After Google swapped their old tool with new Planner, multiple SEO writers discovered it became harder to do keyword research. As an alternative you can use Moz Guide and SEJ Guide.

9. Keyword per Page

Proper search engine optimized article considers one topic per page. Also good SEO is targeting one main keyword per page, usually phrase with big number of searches and less competition. Other used must be associated to main or long tail keywords.

10. Optimize Body

Apply your main keyword 2-5 time according to length of article all over body copy. “Keyword density” have stopped being relevant to SEO and copywriting, but “over-optimization” still actual. So you should take care of number of times your keywords appear in article.

11. Start with a Question

Rhetorical questioning is a good method to start your article, it calls curiosity and attract readers. That might be your first sentence. By the way Google’s Hummingbird appears to like keyword-rich questions.

12. Hyperlink Keywords

While linking to your article from other pages or linking out from your content it can be useful to create link with text keyword. However, while performing this it is crucial not to use same phrase constantly, particularly within one page.

13. Read Your Article Aloud

Reading you article aloud could lead you to another point of view. Lots of good content writers do the same. If you think this is strange or don’t like your voice try text-to-speech software. Or ask your relatives to do this.

14. Call to Action

No matter blog or copywriting most likely you’d want your visitors to perform actions on your website, so ask them to do this. Call-to-action like “click here to register now” is working great even nowadays, also properly planned CTA that include keywords can raise conversion rates.

15. Go Social

The planet is social. If you’re not benefiting from social media networks you’re loosing a lot. Professional copywriting is insufficient. Motivate your audience to share your articles via social website with social buttons on your website.


Colorado Sales Tax Changes as of July 1st 2012

After July 1, 2012 the sales tax only applies when:

Computer software will be subject to sales or use tax if it meets all of the following criteria:

  • The software is pre-packaged for repeated sale or license;
  • The use of the software is governed by a tear-open non-negotiable license agreement;
  • The software is delivered to the customer in a tangible medium.

Software is not delivered to the customer in a tangible medium if it is provided through an application service provider, delivered by electronic software delivery, or transferred by load and leave software delivery.
As a result we will be able to pass on the tax saving on rented software to our customers.

Source: https://www.colorado.gov