Avoid Pitfalls in Vendor Selection

You saw software do something your organization cannot do today but should do soon. What do you do? Capterra blog details how technology is changing how churches connect with its members. As a result, faith-based organizations are adopting and leveraging technology-centric tools and services. To better engage their communities. Avoid the potential for poor decision-making and costly mistakes when selecting and procuring vendors. Follow these tips. 1. Adopt the mantra of trust but verify.  If you can’t exploit a tool it might as well not exist. Software offerings maybe built on older data models. Containing code that is difficult for rewriting applications. Be circumspect of vendor participation in…

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Artificial Intelligence: Reimagine Worship and Worshippers

Rev. Billy Graham once stated, “when used correctly tech could do wonderful things” Observer Technology is reimagining habits for worship and for the worshipper. Vendors now offer mobile apps, social media and websites for the faithful. For example, traveling Catholics can access apps or the Internet to locate nearby services. www.masstimes.org Vendor’s offerings, such as, Subsplash (community engagement) and Tithe.ly (online giving) and Pushpay, enable secure automation for many administrative and management tasks. In doing so, Big Data is now part of doing business as a place of worship. Data is collected on attendees and members’ activities, especially, if a multi-site or mega place of worship. How will…

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Digital Assistants/Chatbots: What Should Patients Expect?

Digital assistants like Siri , Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant are becoming commonplace  in our houses, devices and apps. Soon these same assistants will begin offering healthcare related services. Here’s a look at what to expect for the next 2 years. Soon these digital assistants may also order our medications or schedule dental cleanings. For example, Microsoft and others now offer AI-platforms for developers to create bot services. Possibly, creating digital medical assistant services.  Imagine asking: “Siri:  Find me a Heart Surgeon!” But are patients ready to accept medical advice from an algorithm? Currently, healthcare digital assistants are chatbots. Their user interface is primarily textual. Equipped with natural…

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Is AI needed to cure this existential business crisis?

Reading time: 6:30 In Apex internet predators will devour you I explored Amazonization —  being taken out by Amazon’s mojo — and its predecessor, Walmartization. Many senior business executives secretly shake with fear and anger over what Amazon and Walmart could separately do to their businesses. Consider the stresses on Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies.

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