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Thanks to the proliferation of apps, social media and other online platforms, there is widespread availability of data that can be used to improve products. It’s known as big data, and it’s a big deal: new, complex and robust data sources can be tapped into to solve new problems. But, much of this data is also unstructured, meaning that a lot of current and traditional software can’t manage it, according to Oracle. What does this...

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Your team is your most important asset. Without them, your organization could not function. When you leverage each individual’s ability and inspire them to put forth a team effort, your team can be your company’s biggest resource. Learn how to inspire your people as a team to achieve goals with these top five tips. 1.    Set specific and measurable goals Your employees need to know what they’re working towards or else they won’t have the level...

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I actually look forward to my spring clean. It’s an opportunity to not only clear out excess but to review; my changing tastes, my purchasing decisions, what held up and what did not. And then to adjust my patterns for the year ahead. I approach it with reflection and the goal of not having to spring clean as thoroughly in the years to come. I like to think of it more as “thinning out where...

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The real estate industry is primed for the deployment of robotic and cognitive automation (R&CA) technology, an innovation that has made it possible to improve administrative functions in a variety of capacities. While categorized together, robotic automation and cognitive automation are actually two distinct approaches towards automation with their own respective potential and limitations. How does robotic and cognitive automation work? Robotics process automation (RPA) utilizes frameworks and “if/then” conditions to efficiently complete repetitive tasks...

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As a small business owner, you have to find ways to keep your budget trim while at the same time investing in the priorities that will yield the best return on investment. Here are a few areas you should focus on to stay competitive in 2020 and beyond. Selectively invest in tech It’s easy to forgo spending on tech when cash is tight. Yet, spending on tech that will automate or eliminate manual or redundant...

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All the leading paint brands release their colour of the year. Sometimes bold and daring other times soft and understated, the colour of the year is always fresh. Here are all the colours of the year according to Behr, Dulux and Benjamin Moore. We will outline how you can incorporate these stunning new hues into your home or office this year. Behr’s colour of the year: Back to Nature (S340-4) The environment and sustainability have...

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There are countless tedious tasks associated with owning or managing a property. Whether you’re a landlord, a homeowner selling a home, or a tenant seeking a home, you likely have to deal with contracts, open communication and property viewings. However, the rise of machine learning — a subset of artificial intelligence which, put simply, allows computers to learn from data without being trained to do a specific task — has made automating these tasks easier....

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Five Canadian real estate firms have called on Canadian governments to implement consistent building regulations and requirements for disclosing energy and carbon data. Why? Because energy benchmarking and data transparency programs can help set performance baselines, identify efficiency opportunities, reduce GHG emissions, and meet environmental targets. Buildings contribute almost 40% to global carbon emissions — existing AI technology (like energy management platforms) can help reduce building energy output by 30-40 percent across Canada. Rethinking how...

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Working from home is no longer a rarity. Now, working from home is a strategy implemented by many large companies to reduce office square footage, by start-up’s who may have employees in different cities or countries, or are not yet ready for an office, or by entrepreneurs who work out of their homes. Some companies even have a work from home plan for half the week, transitioning from desks and cubicles to ecosystems with fluid...

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The modern office space has gone through many changes in the past century; sometimes brand new, and sometimes a refurbishment of something already done. In fact, the cubicle may have been used by medieval monks for manuscript writing. Technology and our ideas of an efficient work day has come a long way since then, allowing for new and interesting office design cases, including open concept, co-working and green buildings. In all cases throughout history, though,...