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According to the annual research by Johnson Controls, those organizations which set public goals are 50 percent more likely to implement energy efficiency measures than those without public goals. The survey also showed that 73 percent of the respondents did set energy reduction goals and that’s up more than 50% compared to two years earlier. Nearly third of those who did set public goals used external funding to meet their goals and 72 percent of them also plan to increase their investments in energy efficiency.

The annual survey was conducted among 3000 decision-makers in 10 countries around the world and based on the results, the overall energy efficiency importance is up 116 percent compared to 2010.

It’s becoming more important for building owners to have green-building certification. However, the study also showed one weak point, which are public policies.

“We need public policies and private investment to work together to reduce the market’s uncertainty and capture this year’s momentum toward a more energy efficient global economy,” said Dave Myers, president of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency.

The survey, Energy Efficiency Indicator, was conducted for the seventh time by Johnson Controls, leader in solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings.

You can learn more about the 2013 Energy Efficiency Indicator at www.institutebe.com

Disclosure: This post was requested by an advertiser.

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Trucking as a Business

admin on May 5th, 2013

Often when we think of businesses, we forget all of the people who are self-employed that pass us every day. Perhaps one of the most overlooked possible careers for the self-starter who wants to own a business is working in the trucking industry. There are so many different types of trucking jobs to choose from. Of course there is the behind the wheel position as a driver and the support position of a back-up driver, but what other opportunities are there? You could work, loading or unloading trucks. You could find work dispatching or even giving directions to truckers. I have a friend who is an insurance agent that is a retired trucker and only works with trucker and the special insurance needs they have.
One of the perhaps more interest trucking jobs is logistics services. If you are not familiar with logistics these are the people who, simply put, hire truck drivers to take things from point A to point B. if you have a huge company then you either have your own trucks, but what smaller companies do is hire independent truck drivers to pick up their items and then deliver them where they need to go. In this case a logistics person, or company, arranges the when the items will be picked up, where they are going, when they will arrive, and how much it will cost. Of course if you only have one or two boxes then you use Fed Ex or UPS but when you have a whole bunch of things that need to go somewhere the logistics person becomes your greatest friend. The nice part about using a service like this is it really doesn’t matter where you are in the country. Because truckers are always looking for their next load, they contact a deliver solutions company to find something for them to haul. The more a truck can be moving the more money it makes.
A great example of a company that handles logistics is Stevens Transport. You can find a ton of information out about how logistics works as well as how you can use a company like this to help you: run a truck and keep it busy, get your shipment where you need it, or even how you can become a logistic services coordinator yourself.
If you are thinking about going into business by yourself you might be surprised how many opportunities you can find in trucking.

Don’t Drop the Baby

admin on February 2nd, 2013

Use this joke next time you have a business meeting that is lacking energy!

Did you know that 40 of energy in U.S. is consumed by the buildings sector, 30% by the industrial sector and 29% by the transportation sector? I didn’t. I also didn’t know that Carbon Dioxide Emissions for U.S. Buildings is roughly 2200 Million Metric Tons, and this number doesn’t include the industrial sector. In all honesty, these numbers don’t show us much, considering we probably can’t even imagine what the numbers mean. So an easy way to understand the size of the numbers is to compare them with something. For example, the emissions number back in 1980 was 1562 and expected number for 2035 is 2396 (according to U.S. Department of Energy).

And with everyone talking about energy crisis, global warming, the world population growth, it should be obvious that something should be done to address that by all of us.

The most simple things we can do is to change the way we live, start recycling (if you’re not doing it already), take shorter showers, and coming back to the beginning, make sure your building is as energy efficient as possible.

To help improve things and make realizing improvements as easy as possible, Johnson Controls, global leader in building efficiency, demonstrated the Panoptix solution at the Greenbuild Expo in San Francisco. Panoptix is a cloud-based open platform, combination of software and services, meant to help building managers of all sorts track the performance of their buildings and improve it. The system makes it possible to track the performance of the building systems and subsystems real time using your laptop or any other device for the matter and reduce energy use where possible.

Disclosure: This post was requested by an advertiser.

Too predictable in business

admin on January 3rd, 2013

Here is an interesting video that all business owners should think about. It is important that we dont find our product and service too predictable.

Our customers want and enjoy new technology. The success of apps like angry birds show that it doesnt take much to grab the attention of someone and keep them coming back. This shouldnt become a reason for us to become complacent or not continue to strive to innovate or to inspire our customers.

Following trends is good in business just be careful that your customers dont find everything new you do overly predictable because it is just like everyone else!

What mobile devices do you use?

admin on January 3rd, 2013

There was a time when, with the exception of doing paperwork on the go, there really was no need or purpose for a mobile device. Sure a lot of people had laptops, but how many of them needed them or really used them “mobile”? It was nice to be able to take all your files with you, but the sacrifice of computing power wasnt really worth it to do most of the things you really did with your computer. Then the Blackberry came along.

With the Blackberry you had in the palm of your hand the ability to text; or if you were so bold create whole documents with your thumbs LOL. Texting starting taking off, and well now it is replacing spoken word in person for some families. You find whole families that have lost the art of walking into the other room to ask a question. Just pick up the phone and text them. Shock and horror should you leave your phone in another room or not answer it when you are in the bathroom LOL

So suffice to say mobile technology is a part of our culture now. Now you dont even need a laptop you can just get a tablet. Quickly the tablet is replacing the laptop as the mobile computing device, while simultaneously expanding our desires for what our phone should do too. I read a story about babies who were given tablets with magazines on them and then later given an actual magazine. The babies thought the magazine was broken because the page didnt change when the pressed on it LOL

So now mobile computing is a part of our life. To keep track of our business and to run our social media campaigns properly a mobile device is an excellent tool

What types of mobile device do you use?

Corporate Christmas Party Gone Wrong

admin on December 21st, 2012

Sometime corporations dont think before they have a party. This is how wrong things can go if you dont think ahead

Put simply, cloud computing is a business-enabler. It refers to both applications delivered as services over the internet, and the hardware and system software in the data centers that provide those services. Cloud computing has the potential to reshape the role that IT plays within a business organization to the same extent that the Internet has re-oriented commerce. Recent developments indicate that cloud computing will be the driving force behind the next wave of technology innovation. In recent years, given the economic challenges faced by firms and industries alike, cloud computing gains importance in many ways.

1. Reduced operational costs.

Cloud computing in the form of mobile video platforms, such as Skype or FaceTime, facilitate virtual meetings, networking, and conferencing. Businesses can economize the time and resources spent shuffling between offices and client sites.

Cloud computing adopts the “pay-for-use” model and helps firms to avoid heavy investment in hardware and infrastructure. The cloud eliminates the need for over-provisioning, unnecessary maintenance, and high electricity demands.

2. User-friendly technology.

Since implementation takes place remotely, cloud computing does not need businesses to acquire hardware (such as laptops

laptops
or notebooks) or software. It’s also flexible enough that resources can be added, turned off, or reassigned whenever necessary.

3. Improved business support.

Time is a critical factor in business. Cloud computing helps IT become more responsive to the pace and dynamic nature of business by reducing the time and effort required to launch new applications.

4. Mobile business capability.

In cloud computing systems, there’s a significant workload shift since the system is completely Web-based – no Windows clients, Citrix logins, or virtual private network (VPN) tunnel. Instead, there’s an ability to access the application securely from anywhere—home, mobile device, on any operating system (whether Mac or PC), across remote locations—all through any standard Web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome.

5. Faster deployment times.

In any business operation, it takes considerable time to convert applications into production. With cloud computing, applications designed to offer better response times to the customer, for instance, could be deployed and scaled within hours without having to change the code.

Updates

admin on September 11th, 2008

Though the posts have been sporadic, and somewhat incomplete I am still here, and will be posting twice weekly as opposed to five times while I get some things in order.

I apologize for the hectic nature of the blog lately, and I will get everything up and running like normal within the next couple weeks! A LOT has been going on lately, and unfortunately the blog has suffered.

I’ll be back!

Writing for Business: Part Three

admin on September 9th, 2008

Welcome to Part Three of my series on Writing for Business. If you have missed any posts, please take a look at Writing for Business: Part One, and Writing for Business, Part Two.

Today, we are taking a closer look at Press Releases.