Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Wake up and Touch the Blockchain: SIP Talks March 22


SIP Talks: Wake up and Touch Blockchain: March 22 at ThatChannel, Toronto
Society of Internet Professionals Blockchain SIP Talks
Wake up and Touch Blockchain: March 22, 2018 at ThatChannel, Toronto

Join us for the 3nd Blockchain: Technology, Applications and Implications event of #SIPTalks and explore what is Blockchain and how it will affect your life....very, very soon!

Wake up and Touch Blockchain
Integrating Blockchain in Your Business

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Registration, refreshments and meet SIP Team and Speakers at 5:30 pm

Venue: Internet TV Station - ThatChannel.com
Location: 600 Bay St, Suite 510, Toronto, ON M5G 1M6, Toronto


Event Description:
We are pleased to invite you to the Final of the three series in our newly launched #SIPTalks.
We began with a successful January session: “Wake up and Smell Blockchain” including three experts discussing how to harness Blockchain in your life.
The Second session: "Wake up and Taste Blockchain" three expert 'Talks' followed by a panel discussion about security, legalities and mining of various cryptocurrencies.
For this Event "Wake up and Touch Blockchain", once again we will follow the same structure, three experts who will simplify Cryptocurrencies in 20 minutes talk time each, followed by a panel discussion.

Come early, by 5:30 to Network and meet Peers and Industry Leaders.

Speakers:
Paul Liu, the Founder and President of Fast Access Blockchain.
Paul is a leading IT expert with over 20 years’ experience in developing financial, supply-chain applications. He was the first general manager of China Unionpay Financial Network where he led and developed a series of large scale applications. Paul designed the FAB model to achieve highly scalable enterprise applications that can support a high number of transactions and information using important ground breaking technologies including KanBan, SCAR and CCUA. Those unique technologies together make FAB one of the first blockchain that meets real business and commercial uses.
Topic: Blockchain scalability and practical enterprise applications

Garlam Won, the Chief Strategy Officer at TIP Blockchain.
Garlam is a strong strategist with background in Investment banking and management consulting from JP Morgan and Deloitte. He has built numerous products in his career through his startups and as a product manager. Currently, Garlam is working at TIP Blockchain to build a product that is easy and familiar to use for average users.
The blockchain space is currently littered with projects and functionalities that make it hard for the average user to understand, let alone use the technology. Mainstream adoption will only be possible once people are free from checking their address 5 times, character by character, before they can send money to themselves.
Topic: User Un-friendly Blockchain

Russell Korus, Co-Founder and CEO of EZ.Exchange.
Russell is a self-avowed futurist and a leading IT expert with over 20 years’ experience in developing financial, supply-chain applications. He has been a Blockchain visionary and cryptocurrency evangelist since first discovering this groundbreaking and innovative space. As an angel investor, Russell has been focused on investing and start-up incubation for new tech ventures.

Topic: Breaking down the barriers of entry into the crypto market

+ 'Surprise 4th Guest Speaker'

In panel discussion we will be incorporating Personal Experience on Floating Cryptocurrency
 
Panel Moderator:
Elena Yunusov, the Founder and Head Marketer of Communicable Inc.
Elena works at the intersection of digital communications and experience design and her marketing firm works well with large organizations and tech startups, including Pressly, Ritual, City of Toronto, Symbility Intersect, MaRS, EDIT by Design Exchange, Influitive, Wealthsimple, Connected Labs, Vox Pop Labs, Ontario Arts Council, Jane's Walk, Toronto Maker Festival, and others.

Network with our sponsors, your peers and some industry leaders.

Registration Information:
$30. Early Registration, before March 18 is $25.

Free for SIP members, become a member (only $50/year).
Existing Members, please send an email to sippost@sipgroup.org to reserve your ticket.
Membership has many other perks, including Live Streaming of the event. Link will be emailed on the day of the event.

Details and registration: https://SIPblockchain3.eventbrite.ca
SIP Membership Details: http://www.sipgroup.org/membership/

For more information or sponsoring opportunity, send an email to
Vikas Ramrakha, VP Events at events@sipgroup.org or phone 416-558-3061

Check out our SIPTalks First Blockchain series discussion Wake up and Smell the BlockChain!
Check out our SIPTalks Second Blockchain series discussion Wake up and Taste the BlockChain!

If you would like to learn more, please read an article by Cory Popescu Why Incorporate Blockchain in Your Business?

Photos of the event are posted on the Facebook

Photos: Final Panel Discussion of Blockchain event of #SIPTalks. Speakers: Paul Liu, Garlam Won, Russell Korus, Kyle Bowles. The panel was moderated by Slava Apel. 

Photos of the event are posted on the SIPgroup Facebook.
Please tag them and use the hash tag #SIPTalks.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Why Incorporate Blockchain in Your Business?

Society of Internet Professionals Blockchain SIP Talks
Wake up and Touch Blockchain: March 22, 2018 at ThatChannel, Toronto

This article, authored by Cory Popescu was first published on the blog of the Society of Internet Professionals (SIP). SIP is a not-for-profit, Toronto (Canada) based International organization to connect, learn and share. Our Vision is to provide the opportunity to leverage technology to have an inclusive future for everyone. Since 1997, SIP has spearheaded many initiatives, educational programs, and networking events.

Blockchain, the database (underlying the bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies) transactions is shared by all nodes present in a system. During the transaction, every connected computer receives an instance or copy of this chain with data records.  They provide proof of every transaction which takes place at every network location and address with their corresponding costs and benefits.

So, why would a business incorporate blockchain? Since it presents several powerful features, as described below, this progressive technology opens extraordinary ways to develop new fields and solve current matters.

Simplifying Operations
Being a distributed database, blockchain operates as an open electronic ledger. It contains the records at each location allowing transaction transparency and ease of processes. Consequently, it leads to simplifying business operations for the parties involved in each transaction. Thus, one can evaluate the returns based on the values committed to every particular location of the blockchain database.

Abiding Transactions
When during the existence of a transaction many steps exist and data records prove necessary to synchronize with the company or industry business model, blockchain supports creating unchangeable and permanent records in the chain. They are easily viewable depending on the security access model used. They are not dependent upon a centralized hub and the blockchain permits the generation of immutable records for every transaction passing through different states within the database.

Problem Solving putting Business and Organizational change First
Due to its flexible, dynamic and powerful structure, blockchain allows change in your business and organizational models to successfully complete the expected goals.  By using the right approach to analyze and act first and foremost on the business and organizational structures in order to change aiming for improvement, this avant-garde technology can be engaged with outstanding results in resolving current industry issues.

Adding Value
In current economy one finds numerous business processes which carry the burden of costly intermediaries who provide no value. Blockchain technology provides fertile place for introducing and utilizing it eliminating steps which do not add meaningful value and which benefit the industries currently requiring intermediate channels.

With above-mentioned aspects suitably applied in various circumstances the blockchain technology that provides the base for cryptocurrencies transactions inaugurates and could successfully expand in all fields and industries while having a profound and prevalent impact.


References:
Techloyce LTD: Blockchain Technology Explained to Understand it
Fundera Inc.: Entrepreneurs: Here’s Blockchain Explained Just for You

Cory Popescu

Your comments are welcomed

Click on the links below to read the other articles by Cory Popescu:
Blockchain: Unbelievable Transactions Blockchain Can Promote!
Blockchain: Growth and Limitations
Efficient Action Lists: Your Effective Time Management Tool

SIP Talks panel discussion Wake up and Touch the BlockChain!

If you found this article of interest and would like to learn more, please consider attending SIP Talks panel discussion Wake up and Touch the BlockChain on March 22, 2018 to explore what is blockchain and how it will affect your life....very, very soon!
Read more and register here: https://sipgroup.blogspot.ca/2018/03/wake-up-and-touch-blockchain.html

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Wake up and Taste Blockchain: Integrating Blockchain into Your Business: SIPTalks February 22


Wake up and Taste Blockchain, poster SIPtalks February 22, 2018
Society of Internet Professionals Blockchain SIP Talks
Wake up and Taste Blockchain: February 22, 2018 at ThatChannel, Toronto

Join us for the 2nd Blockchain event of #SIPTalks and explore what is Blockchain and how it will affect your life....very, very soon!

Wake up and Taste Blockchain
Integrating Blockchain in Your Business

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Registration, refreshments and meet SIP Team and Speakers at 5:30 pm

Venue: Internet TV Station - ThatChannel.com
Location: 600 Bay St, Suite 510, Toronto, ON M5G 1M6, Toronto


Event Description:
We are pleased to invite you to this second of three monthly sessions in our newly launched #SIPTalks. We began with a successful January session: “Wake up and smell the Blockchain” including three experts discussing how to harness Blockchain in your life.
For this Event, once again we have three experts who will simplify Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies: wallets, tokens and mining in 20 minutes talk time each, followed by a panel discussion.

Come early, by 5:30 to Network and meet Peers and Industry Leaders.

Speakers:
Jerry Qian, Founder, Open Bounty, Founding Organizer of The Bitcoin Bay, the largest and longest running Toronto Bitcoin meetup group.
Jerry is working on OpenBounty, a project management platform utilizing smart contract transactions and collaborative platforms.

Aryan Nava, Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, Blockchain Mind Inc.
Aryan will help us understand the demand for Blockchain technologies and Cryptonomics – the economics protocols that govern the demand, production and consumption of Cryptocurrencies and helping clients to launch ICO (Initial Coin Offerings) on Ethereum and building smart parking using Blockchain and Hardware wallet.

Scott Howard, CEO, ePIC Blockchain Technologies Inc.
The infrastructure required to mine cryptocurrencies. A massive business opportunity is waiting.
Scott connects tech companies with partnerships, channels, and capital to accelerate revenue growth. Converting business strategy into a predictable revenue engine that is multi-factor, not just sales.

Network with our sponsors, your peers and some industry leaders.

Registration Information:
$25. Early Registration, before February 18 is $20.
Free for SIP members, become a member (only $50/year) and also attend free next Blockchain event (Security concerns on March 22, 2018). Membership has many other perks.

Details and registration: https://SIPblockchain2.eventbrite.ca
SIP Membership Details: http://www.sipgroup.org/membership/

For more information or sponsoring opportunity, send an email to
Vikas Ramrakha, VP Events at events@sipgroup.org or phone 416-558-3061

Check out our SIPTalks First Blockchain series discussion Wake up and Smell the BlockChain!

Download of a Princeton University Book on Blockchain

There’s a lot of excitement about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Optimists claim that Bitcoin will fundamentally alter payments, economics, and even politics around the world. Pessimists claim Bitcoin is inherently broken and will suffer an inevitable and spectacular collapse. Underlying these differing views is significant confusion about what Bitcoin is and how it works. Princeton University, wrote this book to help cut through the hype and get to the core of what makes Bitcoin unique.

This book addresses the important questions about Bitcoin. How do Bitcoin and its block chain actually work? What makes it different? How secure are your bitcoins? How anonymous are Bitcoin users? What applications can we build using Bitcoin as a platform? Can cryptocurrencies be regulated? If we were designing a new cryptocurrency today, what would we change? What might the future hold?

Register for the above event and get a pre-publication draft of the book, a study conducted by the Princeton University https://SIPblockchain2.eventbrite.ca

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Blockchain: Unbelievable Transactions Blockchain Can Promote!

youtube video: Introduction to Bitcoin
Presented at the Singularity University's Innovation Partnership Program (IPP), this is an entry level talk about bitcoin by Andreas Antonopoulos.
Published by aantonop on Sep 24, 2016
This article, authored by Cory Popescu was first published on the blog of the Society of Internet Professionals (SIP). SIP is a not-for-profit, Toronto (Canada) based International organization to connect, learn and share. Our Vision is to provide the opportunity to leverage technology to have an inclusive future for everyone.  Since 1997, SIP has spearheaded many initiatives, educational programs, and networking events.

Since cryptocurrencies' birth, flowing them across the markets have not been easy partly because of their volatility which does not make it suitable to pay for goods and services. Therefore, blockchain transaction and traditional financial economies keep separate ledgers without cooperation between these systems.

In order to grow, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies need larger markets to carry out their transactions of goods and services. Unless used in large cryptocurrency markets, for example bitcoin, it would not be able to expand. And bitcoin cannot expand until it trades in its own currency markets. With this paradigm, we can think of expansion utilizing the cryptocurrencies in specific trade finance transactions, meaning buy and sell products between two companies in different countries and use a bank to guarantee, which for centuries are controlled and guided by traditional financial and banking system.

Having been presented in a previous blog post Blockchain: Growth and Limitations, some of blockchain features relates to the transactions' performance efficiency which take place with high security. The speed and simplicity of blockchain operations lure, and not only, top bankers to conclude trade finance exchanges which otherwise can last weeks or even months even using correct data. As an amazing medium of transfer, the cryptocurrencies can be used with small fees to conclude small – for instance, six figures - transactions in only a few hours.

This is the case of Barclay's facilitating a $100K deal – more info in the references – of cheese and butter between an Irish food company and a trading company. The transaction finalized in four hours and with a high level of security because of the following reasons:
  • The blockchain made available from Barclay's consisted of digital ledger that is temper-proof, meaning that no party in the deal have the power alone to change the transaction books.
  • Blockchain has a built-in transaction system and digital record-keeping.
  • Secure network to transmit all documents between parties.
Using the traditional financial system, this considered small transaction would conclude in weeks with considerable higher costs including the intermediary costs. Using the new technology eliminates the need for the middlemen providing significantly more efficiency dealing in smaller transactions as there are no more steps added to the supply chain or long supply chains are irrelevant for the open, decentralized networks.

With such success in trade finance, new favourable opportunities manifest and are related to more efficient transactions between small companies from different countries regardless of the countries' levels of development.

References:

MIT Technology Review: Why America’s Biggest Bank Digs Anonymous Cryptocurrency

Casey Research: This One Trade Changed 400 Years of History in Just Four Hours

Cory Popescu

Your comments are welcomed

Click on the links below to read the other articles by Cory Popescu:

Blockchain: Growth and Limitations
Efficient Action Lists: Your Effective Time Management Tool
What are the Industries that Most Use Internet of Things?

Friday, January 05, 2018

Explore What Is Blockchain and How It Will Affect Your Life: January 25

Wake up and Smell the BlockChain! Panel Discussion, poster Society of Internet Professionals, Toronto
Society of Internet Professionals Launch of SIP Talks
Wake up and Smell the BlockChain! January 25, 2018 at ThatChannel, Toronto

Society of Internet Professionals is
Launching SIP Talks, a new series like TED Talks with this first in the series:
"Block Chain: Technology, Applications and Implications”


Wake up and Smell the BlockChain!

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
Registration, refreshments and meet SIP Team and Speakers at 5:30 pm

Venue: Internet TV Station - ThatChannel.com
Location: 600 Bay St, Suite 510, Toronto, ON M5G 1M6, Toronto


Event Description:
Attend this premier panel discussion by three experts to explore what is Blockchain and how it will affect your life....very, very soon!

We will explore:
  • Blockchain
  • Bitcoin
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Tokens
  • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
We will also explore disruption impact of Blockchain on business models and wealth distribution.

Speakers:
Jenna Pilgrim, Director of Businesses Development, Blockchain Research Institute
The Blockchain Research Institute is a knowledge network organized to study the strategic implications of blockchain, headed by Don Tapscott.

Jenna's topic title will be "Blockchain - WTH is it? / Blockchain 101"

Alan Wunsche, CEO & Chief Token Officer, TokenFunder.io as well as Chair and Founder of Blockchain Canada
The Blockchain Canada is a federal not-for-profit that focuses on education, community-building, startup innovation, and government awareness of blockchain technologies.

Alan is a cryptofinance and blockchain technology expert passionate about the transformative impact of blockchain technologies across the financial services industry.

Marc Lijour, Co-Founder, ColliderX
The ColliderX is the world first crowdfunded R&D Hub focusing on Blockchain and Open source technologies (AI, AR/VR, IoT, Identity Management etc.).

Marc aims to provide funding to important Free Software projects aiming to securing and maturing the blockchain infrastructure.

Panel Moderator:
Joseph Iuso, Serial banking/eCommerce Entrepreneur, Business/IT architect, consultant, and compliance specialist;

Master of Ceremony:
Paul Litwack, Capability Improvement Coach®, Get UNstuck NOW

Network with our sponsors, your peers and some industry leaders.

Registration Information:
Early Registration is $20 on the Eventbrite: Wake Up and Smell The Blockchain
At the door $25.

Free for SIP members, become a member (only $50/year) and attend all three monthly Blockchain events, a value of $75.

Details and registration: https://SIPblockchain1.eventbrite.ca
SIP Membership Details: http://www.sipgroup.org/membership/

For more information or sponsoring opportunity, send an email to
Vikas Ramrakha, VP Events at events@sipgroup.org or phone 416-558-3061

Check out all the photos and a video from our first #SIPTalks event: Wake up and Smell the BlockChain!

Photos: Society of Internet Professionals Launch of SIPTalks: Wake up and Smell the BlockChain! January 25, 2018 at ThatChannel, Toronto

Photos: Society of Internet Professionals Launch of SIP Talks


youtube video: SIP Group Blockchain Presentation

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Blockchain: Growth and Limitations


This article, authored by Cory Popescu was first published on the blog of the Society of Internet Professionals (SIP). SIP is a not-for-profit, Toronto (Canada) based International organization to connect, learn and share. Our Vision is to provide the opportunity to leverage technology to have an inclusive future for everyone.  Since 1997, SIP has spearheaded many initiatives, educational programs, and networking events.

The past several years have been making the bitcoin, the first digital currency in the world, a rampant success. The reason for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies existence is the overwhelming need to speed up, reduce fees and increase trust while performing online financial transactions across the entire world bypassing government control of currency.

The use of cryptocurrencies such as: ETH - Ethereum, BTC - Bitcoin, STQ - Storiqa, LTC - Litecoin, XRP - Ripple in the financial transactions would not be possible without blockchain which is the underlying leading software platform to support the single shared ledger, an accurate history of recorded transactions for digital assets.

Blockchain stores and transacts the cryptocurrency over the open and public networks. Blockchain has emerged as a dramatically improved platform to support financial transactions for the following reasons:
  • Tamper-evident because a single shared online ledger allows accessing records of each transaction and which cannot be altered. If in error, it can only be reversed and viewed by all parties in the transaction.
  • Transparency which means consent from all parties before the transaction takes place.
  • Reduction or elimination of papers and overhead costs leading to cost efficient transactions.
  • One-time recording a transaction viewable to all parties which leads to minimizing duration of financial transaction and increased efficiency.

Due to its novel features, blockchain presents essential benefits to enterprises:
  • Distribution takes place over the open business networks, enables seamless peer-to-peer communication through sharing the single system of records among them by eliminating the need to reconcile multiple ledgers used previously by old systems to perform online financial transactions.
  • Enables secured validated transactions because once all the parties consent to the transactions, they are recorded, validated and cannot be deleted by any party.
  • Allows permission based on accessing rights of each network member to confidential information on a need-to-know basis.

Ironically, the blockchain benefits seem to display important limitations, such as:
  • Restricted use because it is mainly designed for cryptocurrencies
  • Open, public, anonymous meaning that anyone can join the network and view records, which results in breach of confidentiality and does not allow to know the identity of the parties in transactions.
  • Significant computing power necessary to build highly encrypted software to overcome the limitations above-mentioned and stop forging activities.

During its blossoming years, cryptocurrencies and blockchain incurred wide criticism mainly due to the following factors:
  • Price fluctuations –solution: new applications that lock the value of bitcoin to dollars, euros or gold
  • Necessity to upgrade blockchain software as we similarly do for the software installed on laptops or iPhones.
  • Possibility to be used by drugs or weapons dealers, smugglers although here the opinions are divided – see References below.

Meanwhile, over the time, cryptocurrencies continue to grow and so does blockchain showing that at least for now fulfilling necessities outweigh the issues related to using it. Broad opportunities arise from the use of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, on one hand and concerns, as well as the likelihood of government specific regulatory policies on the other hand. Although the current times foresee a triumph of this way of business and life, only the future will tell if the humans are willing to take charge to expand this crucial technology in a highly efficient manner while elegantly solving its limiting matters.

If you found this article of interest and would like to learn more, please consider attending SIP Talks premier panel discussion Wake up and Smell the BlockChain! on January 25, 2018 to explore what is blockchain and how it will affect your life....very, very soon!

Read more and register here: http://www.sipgroup.org/wake-up-and-smell-the-blockchain/

References:
Blockchain: Bitcoin Developer APIs

Harvard Business Review: The Truth About Blockchain

Toronto Star: What you need to know about blockchain technology

IBM: Blockchain 101 Infographic

Newsweek: Bitcoin: Too Big to Fail

HM Treasury: Digital currencies: response to the call for information

thegardian: Bitcoin: UK and EU plan crackdown amid crime and tax evasion fears

Cory Popescu

Your comments are welcomed

Click on the links below to read the other articles by Cory Popescu:
How to Efficiently Set Up Priorities
Efficient Action Lists: Your Effective Time Management Tool
What are the Industries that Most Use Internet of Things?
 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

How to Efficiently Set Up Priorities

make priorities clear using colour coding
Image: Make priorities clear using colour-coding ideas

This article, authored by Cory Popescu was first published on the blog of the Society of Internet Professionals (SIP). SIP is a not-for-profit, Toronto (Canada) based International organization to connect, learn and share. Our Vision is to provide the opportunity to leverage technology to have an inclusive future for everyone.  Since 1997, SIP has spearheaded many initiatives, educational programs, and networking events.

Setting up priorities in a tasks list is crucial to organized work and to its completion in due time. Establishing correct priorities means that you are in control of your time and of the results of your projects. By organizing your plans and tasks lists appropriately, you gain more time and consequently can use it to grow your business, career or life.

In order to attain increased work efficiency, you would establish the priorities in the following way:

    The action list for the next day is conceived and released the afternoon before you leave the office. This translates into an efficient start point for the next day.

    Categorize your tasks by priorities, so you can act upon them accordingly:

     Priority #1: crucial and prompt, to be done immediately.
     Priority #2: to be done today, however not critical, may be delegated.
     Priority #3: important tasks, minor delays may be accepted.
     Priority #4: routine, not essential tasks which can be performed casually.

    Respect firmly your action lists, their priorities and deadline. Defend them in front of your peers or bosses if necessary. The successful completion of your task lists lead to achieving your ultimate goals.

    Be relentless about receiving un-planned extra tasks even for short term, as one day completion. Analyze thoroughly, communicate, if applicable with your co-workers, negotiate on deadlines and task approach before committing to additional work. If you think it is jeopardizing your current assignments and you do not get extended deadlines or more resources, just say nicely “it can wait” and recommend redirection to a less loaded team/person.

    Watch you deadlines earnestly and observe them enthusiastically. Should you miss, use your failures to set up more realistic deadlines for new and urgent tasks. When you foresee that a deadline cannot be met, contact parties involved and explain the issues, attempt to establish together a new attainable deadline. Keep an electronic or any kind of agenda with you to monitor closely your tasks and especially your deadlines.

Keeping your tasks lists accurately and sharing them with your co-workers, managers and subordinates could also prepare you to prevent unexpected developments. When you are out of the office, things can still get accomplished due to your meticulous plan. Therefore, work stops chasing you, and you are in control of the events making stress a fact of the past.


Cory Popescu

Your comments are welcomed

Click on the links below to read the other articles by Cory Popescu:
What are the Industries that Most Use Internet of Things?
The New Thought Process of Machine Learning 
Can IT Professionals Become Savvy Networkers?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Efficient Action Lists: Your Effective Time Management Tool

make priorities clear using colour coding
Image: Make priorities clear using colour-coding ideas

This article, authored by Cory Popescu was first published on the blog of the Society of Internet Professionals (SIP). SIP is a not-for-profit, Toronto (Canada) based International organization to connect, learn and share. Our Vision is to provide the opportunity to leverage technology to have an inclusive future for everyone.  Since 1997, SIP has spearheaded many initiatives, educational programs, and networking events.

Every day we receive lots of tasks to do, and sometimes they have insane deadlines. Tasks stack up in plan lists, action lists in all our “extended” memory tools, such as computers, iPhones, electronic calendars and hard-copy agendas. In order to not get swamped by them, and to fulfill them successfully we need to organize them to bring us the most efficient results.

Structuring these lists in an organized way implies performing the following:

•    Synchronize all tasks lists.
If you have several lists, and they are not synchronized, it means that you would find tasks in a master list that are also part of another master list for the same objectives.
•    Define the priority for each task and create four different action lists reflecting the priorities for each task category, as per below.
  1. Priority #1 list contains tasks which are “important and urgent” and require immediate attention and completion.
  2. Priority #2 list contains tasks which are “urgent and not important”. You are compelled to work on these because they bear the “urgent” flag, however, if applicable and possible, you can delegate them to someone else. Nevertheless, they must be performed and completed immediately. Complete these tasks based on the order of priority and urgency.
  3. Priority #3 list contains tasks which are “important and not urgent”. These tasks can be postponed for a few days. Beware with this list because endless postponement leads to glitches in project development and completion and it may lead to failure of the entire project.
  4. Priority #4 list contains tasks which are “not important and not urgent” and which may be resolved in between the timing of other tasks or when you have spare time. These are the fittest to delegate.
•    Write all the tasks in your agenda and do NOT perform any task if it is not part of the list.
•    Combine performing tasks you like with tasks that you do not like. Start with one which you do not like and keep intertwining with pleasant tasks to keep your productivity up.
•    Define the best time to perform the tasks. For example, given that the task of prioritization into the four categories already took place, and there are priority #4 tasks to be done, it might be the best to perform them at the end of the working day when your attention is not the sharpest.
•    Keep an eye on the status of each task. Some tasks may “transform” status from “not urgent” to “urgent”. So, keep doing the tasks from all categories diligently not to find yourself in a time crisis.
•    When a new task appears, write it in your agenda and prioritize it with a deadline.

Prioritizing your tasks well gives you a good idea to start your projects efficiently.  Setting-up priorities and knowing how to combine the performance of different tasks will considerably reduce your stress levels and give you more control on the projects and on the management of all your resources to produce the desired results.

Cory Popescu

Your comments are welcomed

Click on the links below to read the other articles by Cory Popescu:
What are the Industries that Most Use Internet of Things?
The New Thought Process of Machine Learning 
Can IT Professionals Become Savvy Networkers?
 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Netiquette for Writing Emails: The 7 Elements of a Good Email

Email Access: Clip Art
Clip Art: Hotel Icon Email Access
Credit: clker.com: Hotel Icon Email Access Clip Art - Red/white clip art

Max Haroon, a social entrepreneur, a speaker and an author is a retired IT and e-Marketing specialist. He is the founder of the Society of Internet Professionals, established in 1997. He has hosted numerous events and conducted workshops in Entrepreneurship and Leveraging the Technology over the last twenty years. He can be reached at rsvp@sipgroup.org.

"There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it."
~  Dale Carnegie

Email is still the core of business communication. I spend a great deal of my day dealing with emails. I get tons of emails (one dozen of email addresses - I know, yikes). It is appalling for me to see some emails with typos, embarrassing errors and poorly formatted. Such emails have the potential to sabotage your reputation both personally and professionally. I am writing this article to help SIP members write “good” emails.

Just like any other task email communication has rules and etiquettes. By not following them you are risking your professionalism image and the reputation of organisation you representing.

Below are seven elements of email for each we discuss some issues and some pragmatic solutions you should be mindful in writing or replying to an email:
  1. Read Mindfully before Replying
  2. Typos and Grammatical Errors
  3. Subject and Salutation
  4. Closings
  5. Signature
  6. Down-Edited Reply
  7. Formatting and Style

1. Read Mindfully before Replying:
Your inner impulse may make you respond to an email without reading or understanding the intent fully. I have seen three replies from someone in the space of 1 minute (written around the midnight) which demonstrates that the reader was reading it bit by bit and replying to it bit by bit or didn’t review it before hitting “SEND” and then realizing more to add on!

2. Typos and Grammatical Mistakes:
Spelling and Grammatical mistakes show that you are lazy, inconsiderate or uneducated. Would you like to read newspaper with typos and mistakes? An example of a real email received   “I am deleted to introduce our ...” I think the sender meant ”I am delighted to introduce our ... ".

Use the Word for Windows to compose your reply or draft a new email. This has the added advantage of backup copy of your communication. The Word also provides Spelling and Grammar checker.

3. Subject and Salutation:
Subject Line: Make it the indicative of the content or to raise curiosity. People are more interested in the subject if it relates to them, such as their personal or professional issues. A good size of the subject line is 8 words.

Salutation: A highly overlooked area, this is where you are going to hurt someone‘s ego or relationship if you misspell their name or have not addressed properly. Some salutations like “Hey you guys or Hi folk” are laid-back and no-no for business or professional emails. In order of formality use “Dear .... , Hello . ., and Hi . .

4. Closings:
This comes just before signature. You have many choices, such as complimentary close or call to action (CTA). If you want response then say so in the closing. Some examples are: I’m looking forward to hearing from you; Kind thoughts; With many thanks.

5. Signature:
A signature consists of your name (full name), contact info, phone, email address, and website with a link.
If you sending the email on behalf of the organisation then make sure that your signature reflects the contact info, email address and the website of the organisation. If you wish to add any personal touch you can draw line underneath the signature and write follow me with icon and link to a LinkedIn and Facebook account. Do not go beyond six lines, it may be egocentric.

6. Down-Edited Reply:
Generally, people hit the reply button to an email and start the response from the top of the page then the sender do the same thing. If this cycle gets repeated the conversation becomes very lengthy. This approach is called Top-Edited Reply.

Use a more efficient approach called “Down-Edited Reply", explained below:
  • Begin on the top with a salutation and introduction, indicating the response is given below.
  • Eliminate lines and paragraphs of the sender’s email which have nothing to do with your response.
  • Write your response below the point you are responding.

7. Formatting and Style:
Presentation is equally, if not more, important then the content. Follow the rules of formatting and styles, such as:
  • Do not mix multiple sizes and multiple font types, use one size and the font easy to read on the computer/mobile.
  • Avoid multiple colours of text, one dark colour throughout is better.
  • Avoid a lot of exclamation marks. You can be excited about something once and not throughout the email.
  • All UPPER CASE means you are shouting and all lower case means you are too lazy.

In conclusion:
Please review and proof read your email; better still read it aloud to sense the tone of your message. That is why I have recommended earlier compose your email in Word document to give you extra time and space. If you are still composing your email in the email program then follow my safety point, write the email (new or reply) leaving the TO: temporarily blank, until you are ready to send. In this way you will not hit “SEND” without being mindful.

So, keep your email short, simple, clear, mind your manner, proof read it and check your tone.

Max Haroon | President
Society of Internet Professionals (SIP)


Your comments are welcomed

New Certificate Workshops "Leveraging Technology for Entrepreneurs" 
Max Haroon is planning to conduct three workshops on Writing Tools and Management of Emails. This is part of a series of Certificate Workshops “Leveraging Technology for Entrepreneurs” for members of the Society of Internet Professionals - one of many benefits of becoming a member of the SIP.

Please visit SIP’s Resources website page for the details.


Friday, November 24, 2017

What are the Industries that Most Use Internet of Things?


This article, authored by Cory Popescu, SIP Writers Forum, is for the IT / Internet professional, but it is equally applicable to anyone, as we use computer and mobile devices in all aspects of our lives regardless of our profession. 

Internet of Things (IoT) using machine learning as a powerful tool has spread in various industries to observe and predict behaviour patterns. This helps organizations to increase their revenues, improve utilizing their resources including their workforce, help them become more proactive to market dynamism.

IoT applications are used in a variety of industries and they started being developed and implemented over 15 years ago and earlier. Some of these applications are mentioned below.

Healthcare
The power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is harnessed in a field of paramount importance for humans: healthcare. Devices which incorporate new technology remind the patients to get important diagnostic tests to take their medication at prescribed time, to eat properly, and to keep them in reasonable health by not needing hospital services. Other devices can be used to predict infection and provide health analysis.  Predicting the probability of contracting a disease through sequencing of genomes and making comparisons with elements of large databases represent other important applications in medical services. This allows doctors to use optimum treatments for those diseases. 

Manufacturing
In the early days of AI, industrial robots have been introduced to assemble and ship products in manufacturing. Nowadays, new versions of robots perform more complex tasks in the electronics, automotive and home industry. Preventative maintenance in operations management is increasing the number devices which use machine learning. These devices are used to predict which parts become faulty so that they can be replaced with minimum downtime and costs.

Marketing
Customers are already used for quite some time to receiving reports and alerts about “what else” they might like after their online purchases. To understand customers better, organizations use IoT to scan customers preferences based on their transactions and offer them the “next best” product or service.  Monitoring the historical purchases for segments of customers, the machines learn how to respond to customers' demands in order to up-sell or cross-sell. Customers can make informed purchase decisions based on the IoT devices recommendations.

Customer Service
Developments in IoT devices help personalize machine and human interaction, making AI more efficient in customer service. Through digital devices, IoT applications generate questions and text response messages to accommodate chats with customers. The automation of the personalized interactions with customers and prospects significantly contributes to reducing administration costs and improves the net efficiency of the organizations.

Essential IoT machine learning developments manifest among others, in the fields of: transportation, network security, financials. Readers are welcome to provide comments of additional IoT applications that they know about, with proven capabilities as the industry of developing intelligent devices based on machine learning is continuously evolving.

References:
The FOW Community blog: Future Of Work: 5 Industries Being Most Affected By Artificial Intelligence by Connie Chan

Forbes: Tech: 3 Industries That Will Be Transformed By AI, Machine Learning And Big Data In The Next Decade by Bernard Marr

EngineersGarage: Top 10 Industrial Applications of Artificial Intelligence by Neha Rastogi

MIT Technology Review: Business Report: AI Hits the Mainstream by Nanette Byrnes

Cory Popescu

Your comments are welcomed

Click on the links below to read the other articles by Cory Popescu:
The New Thought Process of Machine Learning 
How Internet Helps Machine Learning
Can IT Professionals Become Savvy Networkers?