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Fingerhut Announces Ohio Centers of Excellence to Attract Talent and Commercialize Innovations
Six universities support state's work in aerospace, aviation, transportation and logistics
- Case Western Reserve University: Aerospace Engineering
- University of Cincinnati: Intelligent Air & Space Vehicle Energy Systems
- University of Dayton: High Performance Materials; Optoelectronics and Sensors
- The University of Toledo: Transportation and Logistics
- The Ohio State University: Transportation for Tomorrow's Economy
- Wright State University: Advancing Aerospace and Transportation: Center of Excellence in Product Reliability and Optimization, and Center of Excellence for Micro Air Vehicle Research; Human-Centered Innovation (announced earlier this year)
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Hot Jobs - Fast Switch
Google is bringing Android software development to the masses.
The company will offer a software tool, starting Monday, that is intended to make it easy for people to write applications for its Android smartphones.
The free software, called Google App Inventor for Android (http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/about/), has been under development for a year. User testing has been done mainly in schools with groups that included sixth graders, high school girls, nursing students and university undergraduates who are not computer science majors.
Upcoming Technology and Entrepreneur focused Meetups in Central Ohio
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Technical Professional Development - web analytics,python,sql,architecture, agile and more
7/14 - International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) July Meeting - http://bit.ly/capEPG
7/14 - Social Media Solutions with Drupal - http://bit.ly/9mkK7y
7/15 - Central Ohio Sharepoint Users Group Monthly Meeting - Lightning Talks - http://bit.ly/cuHAkC
7/19 - Columbus Ruby Brigade Monthly Meeting - http://bit.ly/9l7KUB
7/22 - Central Ohio .NET Developers Group - http://bit.ly/9lXIU4
7/26 - Agile Planning: Requirements and Estimation in an Agile World - http://bit.ly/d4ADRg
7/31 - PyOhio 2010 - http://bit.ly/d2tEUI
For startups, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and small business
7/13 - DEC Presents...Third Frontier Grant Writing Seminar - http://bit.ly/bfqmTf
7/13 - DEC Presents...B.A.S.E. Start Up Workshop - http://bit.ly/crj1MY
7/14 - Technology Based Business Innovation in the City of Upper Arlington - http://bit.ly/9skXb0
7/15 - Understanding Business Investment Opportunities - (CPE) for CPA -http://bit.ly/cDCcRN
7/15 - DEC Presents...HR Essentials Day - http://bit.ly/bXMWFp
7/15 - DEC Presents...Conquer Your Marketing Challenge w/Written Impact - http://bit.ly/aVAUzG
7/22 - Understanding Private Equity Opportunities in the Village of New Albany - http://bit.ly/cduCJ8
Tech Networking, Coworking, Social media ,General interest
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By Samantha Murphy
Jim Bengier, global retail industry executive at Sterling Commerce, Columbus, Ohio.
Industry analysts and experts have long predicted that the mobile channel will be the next big thing in retail. As more consumers start to use their hand-held devices to enhance their shopping experience—25% of U.S. mobile phone users under the age of 45 have already used a phone in a store while shopping, and many are already making purchases—retailers are strategizing how to best reach out to their target audience.
“Since the mobile device is one thing that most people have with them at all times, it’s critical that retailers provide engaging and dynamic mobile applications to lure shoppers to this new channel,” said Jim Bengier, global retail industry executive at Sterling Commerce, a Columbus, Ohio-based provider of integrated solutions and business applications. (At press time, IBM had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sterling Commerce.)
Chain Store Age Web editor/associate editor Samantha Murphy spoke with Bengier about the state of mobile commerce and what retailers can do to get ready for the wave.
What major trends are you seeing in the mobile commerce space right now?
Retailers are focused on developing mobile applications that meet the consumer’s demand for convenience. Apps are no longer just a Web format on a mobile device; programs are now being made specifically for the device. For example, consumers can view different angles of a product by sliding their finger on the iPhone. This form functionality on the device is driving new shopping features.
In addition, many retailers are using mobile devices to support their back-end operations. A recent study by Forrester Consulting, commissioned by Sterling Commerce, found that 53% of retail companies are deploying warehouse and logistics management mobile apps. Those apps allow retailers to manage inventory more efficiently, which ultimately gets passed on to the consumer in the form of better customer service, lower prices and seamless order fulfillment.
What are your predictions for mobile in the next year? Two years?
In the next year, I believe we will not only see apps geared for consumers, but also for retail associates. For example, a store associate with a mobile device can help out a customer while in the fitting room by searching for available inventory and sizes on each floor so they don’t have to run around looking for different products.
Two years from now, we won’t see the vast number of apps we’re seeing today. Consumers will be utilizing a “My Mall” type of app, where numerous merchants are represented within a single application. Consumers won’t have to browse multiple mobile storefront apps any more, but retailers without a mobile channel will be left behind when only companies with Web storefronts will be included in the “Mobile Mall.”
What challenges are retailers facing in getting m-commerce off the ground?
Retailers must start by deciding which platform to use. Each mobile device uses a different platform, and the development of a mobile channel and operating costs can be very expensive. There’s always the ownership issue, too: Who within the organization is responsible for mobile enablement? Does mobile fall under Internet, store, marketing or somewhere else within the organization? Without distinct ownership and leadership, it can be hard to get m-commerce off the ground.
How can merchants overcome these obstacles?
Retailers should integrate mobile platforms as much as possible within the e-commerce platform to keep costs down. At Sterling Commerce, we have chosen to work with Apple. The application costs are relatively low, and Apple offers many devices—from the iPhone to the iPod touch and iPad. The growth of these devices will continue to explode, delivering to a larger customer base. That said, a unified brand experience across all channels should be the ultimate goal.
What tips should retailers keep in mind when expanding a mobile channel?
Consumers are demanding a premium shopping experience. The m-commerce process should be simple and easy to use, and consumers will gravitate to mobile sites that offer that convenience. Offering inventory information is a good way for retailers to add both customer value and convenience. Knowing whether a merchant has an item in stock at a certain location will ensure that a shopper’s trip to the store will not be wasted.
Retailers can better position themselves for mobile expansion by looking beyond just making sales. To improve the shopping experience, they should consider what special treatment they can offer a consumer, how they can stand out and how they can truly make a lasting mobile-experience impression
Monday, July 12, 2010
We also heard from entrepreneur, Cameron Herold at TEDxEdmonton on the importance of teaching our children to become entrepreneurial, as well as why parents and teachers should recognize and foster entrepreneurial talents in children. We also looked at entrepreneur Kai-Yin Lo who has successfully incorporated the Chinese culture into an everyday art form.
Lastly, we took a look at how a growing number of entrepreneurs are electing to conduct business from the beach instead of their office.
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
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Ohio Supercomputer Center, Sciences Computer Consultants Forge Alliance
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 29 -- The Ohio Supercomputer Center in Columbus, Ohio, and Sciences Computers Consultants, in Saint-Etienne, France, have signed an
As part of its Blue Collar Computing offerings, OSC will provide SCC with computational infrastructure and services to test and scale advanced modeling and simulation software for polymer extrusion and mixing on its supercomputers with the intent of developing Web portals for polymer industry process modeling. SCC numerical simulations applications are used by companies in high
SCC has procured from OSC a startup package that consists of 2,500 production-level compute cycles and advanced technical support. As part of the biannual agreement, SCC will receive up to 150K CPU hours and 250GB of storage per year, as well as 20 user accounts for each project, outside network connectivity and technical support. SCC intends to install its flagship software product, XimeX, on OSC's systems for scalability testing and small pilot projects.
OSC and SCC will partner with PolymerOhio to select businesses from the polymer industry to serve as pilot case studies for the advanced simulation portals being developed. PolymerOhio will offer its membership a "one stop resource" that bundles modeling and simulation services with computation and processing training and access to commercial software.
"We see this as a logical step to expanding the Blue Collar Computing program, as SCC is a leader in software applications for the polymer industry and Ohio contains over 2800 companies concentrated in this industry segment," said Alan Chalker, program director for OSC's Blue Collar Computing.
Industries participating in the Blue Collar Computing program gain access to its advanced modeling and simulation resources and services in order to reduce the time and expense involved in determining proof of concept and designing new products, as well as to improve production efficiency. The program also uses custom-designed portals to give businesses secure, easy access to processing power and mass storage systems without the need for in-house infrastructure or computational science expertise.
"Partnering with OSC allows us to develop a significant toehold in the US to answer industrial needs for process analysis and validation, material behavior analysis, and other engineering studies," said Philippe David, general manager of SCC.
Computational technologies provide companies with innovative tools that allow for the virtual development of new and improved products, such as cars, pharmaceuticals and financial products. Advanced modeling and simulation also provide companies with a competitive edge through improved manufacturing process design to bring products to market quicker, reducing development time, cost and labor. Simulation makes choosing between alternative processing methods far easier.
Better analysis and documentation of capabilities helps with efficiency. Improved factory and workflow layouts increase productivity. All of these factors can dramatically improve a company's bottom line and increase its competitive edge in the global marketplace.
About the Ohio Supercomputer Center
Since 1987, the Ohio Supercomputer Center has provided supercomputing, research and educational resources to a diverse state and national research community, including education, academic, industry and state government. At the Ohio Supercomputer Center, our duty is to empower our clients, partner strategically to develop new research and business opportunities, and lead Ohio's knowledge economy. For additional information, visit http://www.osc.edu.
About Science Computers Consultants, Inc.
SCC is a dynamic SMEs developing innovative solution for industries. Since 1989, SCC has earned a solid experience in materials processing and transforming through its participation to many innovative research projects. SCC brings solutions to industrials needs through numerical simulation tools in high
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Tech Bits Weekly Round-up (July 3-9)
New federal funding will improve Ohio broadband. TOT applauded the recent announcement of $795 million in federal grants and loans for increased broadband deployment, including a significant award in Ohio. [Ohio Tech Bits Blog]
Ohio Middle Mile Consortium partner awarded $30 million for broadband stimulus grant. [Ohio Middle Mile Consortium]
Sen. Brown Announces $30 Million to Expand Broadband Infrastructure in Ohio. [Senator Sherrod Brown]
Firm to boost broadband access around Dayton. [Dayton Business Journal]
Expanding the Role of IT: Compellent Technologies. [IT Martini]
Gaps Persist in Evaluation Systems for E-Government Initiatives. [Government Technology]