When Looking For a Job – Check Out Their Technology

Last week, Apical Resource Group had our second monthly All Candidates meeting in order to discuss the employment landscape, new initiatives and new hospitality technologies. We had some great discussions spearheaded by Chicke Fitzgerald of Solutionz Media that surrounded a number of topics that included a candidate’s online reputation as well as online positioning. There is a lot more to come about this very interesting subject.

One of the main areas of discussion was focused on hospitality technology and how it figures into a candidate’s decision-making process on whether they should accept a job offer from a prospective employer. As technology continues to evolve, it is increasingly important that people fully understand the “technology state of the company” as it relates to their current technology as well as their future technology direction. How a company is perceived in regards to its technology will either make it easier for its employees to obtain outward visibility or it can hinder them greatly. It does not matter whether the position with a prospective employer is a sales, marketing, development or an executive position, the technology plan that is in front of a candidate should be highly scrutinized.

Mark Hoare, a Partner at The Prism Partnership, was our guest speaker related to the future direction of hospitality technology and his insight was greatly appreciated. Mark discussed initiatives that will help a candidate focus on technologies that are up and coming. Some of these initiatives were the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, where the application is truly Internet native and you pay to use the technology application via a subscription or transaction fee and have no overhead associated with buying and maintaining the hardware or software required to run the service except for an internet connection and a PC, Mac or laptop.

Another area of interest was focused on mobile technology and how it will change the playing field. Undeniably the mobile phone is the tool, which will become the ultimate User Interface for Hoteliers and Guests alike and any company that fully understands this technology is a good one for a candidate to investigate.

Last but not least, Mark discussed social media and its impact on every facet of technology. As candidates look to hospitality technology companies as a possible target for employment, make sure that the companies have a good plan in place on how they will use social media to market their brand as well as their products.

Bottom line…Irrespective of your expertise and discipline within the hotel industry you will always be touched by technology in your working day. Some of you will be completely dependent upon it, and it will directly affect your performance and productivity. Accordingly, when you are researching prospective employers, always take the time to investigate and ask direct questions about the company’s existing and planned technology. You should inquire about how they are planning to investigate, embrace and deploy the technology advances we’ve discussed today. You may be surprised at their answers.

Is Technology the Be-All and End-All?

There are so many technological applications and new techno gadgets to use in teaching that the average teacher definitely can’t keep up! The push to incorporate technology in the 21st Century classroom to educate students for the future world can be uncomfortable for those who are not tech savvy and don’t particularly want to be tech experts. For others, using technology is a ‘no brainer’ because for them it’s an integral part of their lifestyle. It’s true that technology is not going away and that our students will need to be technology literate adults, but there are other essential skills that are needed for a well-rounded education.

What essential skills should every student learn regardless of the subject being studied?

A student must learn information in particular subjects, but they must also learn these essential skills regardless of the subject area: socialization, communication, time management and critical thinking. A student must engage in social interaction with other students while completing a project of some sort. Whether an oral presentation or written assignment, which may include the producing of a technology-based product, learning the conventions of socializing is important; for example, knowing how to talk to each other appropriately while in a collaborative setting or how to resolve a conflict with a group member when it arises.

How are socialization and communication linked?

Technology doesn’t always have to be the vehicle for teaching the subject matter and these essential skills. Live, face to face (F2F) communication involves social skills that are not necessarily relevant online: listening to a person speaking without interrupting, using eye contact to gain trust (unless culturally inappropriate), understanding and responding to body language, and being appropriately assertive are all beneficial behaviours in F2F communication. Sitting in front of a computer for hours a day is not only physically unhealthy but socially unhealthy as well.

Why is time management crucial?

If you have effective time management skills-being able to set and achieve a reasonable goal and complete a task within the time frame given-you will be an asset to yourself and any potential employer. What employer wants an employee who can’t be efficient with their time, achieving the maximum possible output? Isn’t that a no-brainer! If you won’t be an asset to an employer, you certainly won’t be an asset to yourself as an entrepreneur. Learning how to manage larger, more sustained tasks over a set period of time is a key skill regardless of the subject.

Are critical thinking skills required for all students?

Developing critical thinking skills will not be the same for every person because everyone has a different capacity for higher order analysis. There are some who may never develop these skills; they may not understand implicitly stated information or the explanation of it. In fact, they may even think you’re out to lunch with your explanation of a theme or metaphor. There are many fields, however, where critical thinking skills are crucial, so students that are being educated for these fields must be engaged in learning activities to challenge their thinking at a challenging academic level.

What constitutes a well-rounded education?

Being able to socialize and communicate effectively F2F, effective time management, and critical thinking skills are all important components of a well-rounded education, but using technology is necessary as well. Eric Sheninger, a tech savvy New Jersey principal, who is an advocate of authentic learning experiences believes that “attributes of effective authentic learning experiences” are relevant and meaningful to the learner, make real-world connections, are collaborative, are prepared for an identified audience, are open-ended, and involve having a defined role (Eric’s Blog). These attributes are specifically significant as well to what we want students to be able to do as adults in our modern society; however, if we can integrate technology into the teaching of these essential skills, we will have the best of both worlds.

Assembly Automation – Machinery With Different Applications and Processes

Assembly automation is one of the most significant machinery considered to be very beneficial in several industries. In fact, with the presence of this facility, manpower costs are reduced as human errors are also lessened during the process. In an overall point of view, it is favored because it produces high quality products.

Most industries and companies employ assembly automation to accomplish tasks in a quicker turnaround time. Consumers highly appreciate such a technique knowing that the products from the procedure are highly reliable. The applications often include the assembly of small products like screwdrivers as well as the manufacture of larger industrial goods like cars. Below are different technological applications and processes for the machinery.

Functional technologies

Functional and leak testing technologies include different activities. Hydraulic, servo and pneumatic pressing are but a few examples. It may also include dispensing technologies such as spray, continuous bead and glue. As for functional testing, resistance, powered device testing, effort testing and force monitoring are included while for the leak testing process, the system checks on the flow, pressure, mass specifications and vacuum testing.

Automation is a relevant portion of the so-called functional and leak testing technologies. From drive and torque systems to the placement of barcodes, the procedure is essential. Other important uses of the assembly are sensing, dispensing, part marking, welding, fastening, electrical testing and even robotics.

Lean manufacturing and manual technologies

Lean manufacturing and manual technologies are also recognized by assembly automation. Lean concepts have been developed in order to improve the product’s quality by eliminating errors and defects during the process. This produces cost reduction for the entire system.
Just like in functional technologies, lean technologies adapt automation for several purposes. It undergoes several applications and processes like torque and drive systems, dispensing and feeding. The assembly is also important in part and color sensing, out tooling change, fixture set-up verification and ink jet and pin stamping part marking.

Robotic technologies

This is the most complicated in the list of assembly automation. Robotic systems are complicated and make use of different technologies to make sure that the company or the industry adapting the technique will be able to institute the changes in the present system. With a chosen manufacturer, all the ideals of adapting the robotic technology are possible.

Another application of automation is the rotary dial indexer technologies. Customized solutions are made through the use of dial machines thus allowing the launch of a new product in the market place. It also ensures speed and accuracy in the manufacture of goods.

Importance Of Integrated Technology In The Classrooms

In a world of constantly changing technology, educators are working to bring that technology to students. Textbooks are just not able to keep up with technological advances. Teachers are able to help prepare their students for technology and information they will encounter in life after they finish school by using integrated technology in the classrooms.

Technology gives students learning opportunities they would not have otherwise. Through technology teachers are often able to motivate students and give them a new perspective. In addition, technology allows students to interact with other students throughout the world. This can take students on a virtual field trip as they are able to see and participate in activities electronically.

One common challenge in traditional classrooms is helping each student to learn at his own pace. With integrated technology in the classrooms, however, teachers are finding ways to accommodate each student. Software and online programs allow teachers to let each student work on his or her own level. Teachers can monitor their students’ progress and help them progress as they use technology to further their knowledge.

There are a variety of technology applications that can help students at school. Some schools are turning to on-line libraries which allow students to access books from their classroom desks or even from their home computers. Standardized tests are now being offered via computer. Many schools have seen a rise in reading scores as students have begun taking reading comprehension tests on their computers. Math games and programs help students get excited about math, and integrated technology in the classrooms helps students excel in science as well.

More schools are using tablets for each student. Many teachers find it is easier to keep track of students’ progress as they use these tablets in their teaching. As students finish their assignments and tests on the tablets, teachers are immediately given the scores and feedback on what the students need more help with. Many students find this more interactive approach to their learning to be more fun than traditional teaching methods.

Changing technology also requires that teachers keep up with advancements so they can best help their students stay current with the technology. Many school districts offer training programs to help teachers continue their technology education. Collaborating with other educators also helps teachers come up with new ideas for using technology in their classes.

Integrated technology in the classrooms is becoming more important in education. As teachers and students continue to learn together and keep up on technological advancements, teachers will be able to better motivate students and elevate their learning potential.