May 19, 2020

10 gifts you'll probably want to keep for yourself

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Jessica Oaks
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10 gifts you'll probably want to keep for yourself

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Making a list and checking it twice? Whether you are or not, someone is—and that someone is likely a friend you know in business or a colleague who makes many a to-do list in order to get work done. Pay your tributes to those who make money go round by checking off an item from this comprehensive list of top gifts you'll enjoy giving to any executive.

1. Dark Energy Reservoir

Having fully charged mobile electronics at all times ensures productivity is always a go and never comes to a bottlenecking halt. The Dark Energy Reservoir is a must-have portable charger for mobile devices like tablets, smartphones and mp3 players.

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Capable of charging two gadgets at a time, this power pack is built for business mobility and holds enough energy within to juice a smartphone for nearly seven days!

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2. ZTX ZMax

Economically speaking, frugality is not often frowned upon because it exercises the ability to get the best bang for your buck, and at only $250, the totally functional ZTE ZMax phablet comes highly respected by business execs. It’s simple in design but sturdily equipped with a quick-charge battery that lasts for two days of normal usage, and runs smoothly on a quad-core, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. Presently, the ZTE ZMax is only offered through T-Mobile – quite possibly a match made in heaven due to the ultra low-cost installment plans, affordable data packages and free voice calling over Wi-Fi the service provider offers. Click here for more information.

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3. Balance Ball Chair

A balance ball chair promotes good posture and spinal health – two things vital to physically get through a hard day’s work. Business men and women who spend hours plugging away in front of a computer should capitalize on this valuable time by sitting atop an inflated ball on wheels to exercise crucial core muscles. Furthermore, the chair forces inhabitants to sit up straight, strengthening the back and fixing poor slouching habits.

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4. Exercise Classes  

Physical well-being is directly related to mental health, so when the body is functioning optimally, the brain can as well. Gift certificates for exercise classes such as yoga, personal training or boxing will force a workaholic to lower stress levels and improve overall fitness in order to think properly and make sharper decisions on the job. Our personal fav? CorePower Yoga.

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5. Wine of the Month Club Membership

Taking the edge off after a long day of doing the grind feels great. Here’s an out of box thought – a wine of the month club membership. Members automatically receive monthly bottles of wine, handpicked from the top vineyards, to sip, enjoy and relax.

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6. Sonos Sound System

For CEOs trying to amp up the office space, the Sonos Sound System includes smart HiFi wireless speakers and audio components that run congruently with a matching app. Company employees can control what tunes to play using their smartphone Sonos app which houses all music services like Pandora, iHeartRadio and Spotify, in one place, and syncs music across the entire building.

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7. The Tile

With so much going on in the day-to-day, even the sharpest execs can forget where they place their belongings. Presenting Tile, a smart-enabled companion that attaches to any item such as keys, phones and even kids... Once tethered to the chosen object, the Tile application easily tracks down anything lost, so busy bodies can move on to the next!

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8. Zagg Mobile Keyboard

For waste-no-time, business-minded types who already own a tablet, mobile hotspot and have an unlimited access Boingo account where they get Wi-Fi anytime they need, the Zagg Mobile Keyboard could complete the mix. Zagg offers a variety of ultrathin, Bluetooth-supported, wireless keyboards. Once hinged to a tablet, the keyboard delivers flexible viewing angles and lets users to type in the most productive fashion, folding flat as a protective case when not in use.

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9. Wacom Stylus Pen

Sometimes, big thoughts can only be expressed in picture, and notes are easier to write than type. In industries where creativity is encouraged, Wacom’s pressure-sensitive stylus pens are ideal for jotting down notes on a tablet and drawing helpful, supplementary visuals. Plus, creative professionals can illustrate a vision by sketching and painting in the same intuitive and natural way real pens and brushes allow. Pictures and notes are processed and stored into compatible tablet applications with sharing capabilities. The stylus pen helps innovative ideas from the mind come alive.

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10. Magazine Subscription

A magazine subscription may seem old school but proves very useful because it provides relevant industry news happening at the moment. For instance, executives in the financial sector might find Kiplinger or The Economist helpful, advertising folk may gravitate towards Adweek, and those in the entertainment business can leverage pop culture gossip read in Us Weekly to their advantage. And if you’re worried the hard copy won’t pass the trash test, most all publications these days have their issues available in electronic format, great for the iPad-loving business crowd.

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The holidays are in full-force; it’s time to get down to business. This round up of business-minded gifts will steer you in the right direction of the bottom line, which is a happy business executive – the optimal return on investment.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.


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