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UNDER THE RADAR HOME IMPROVEMENT IDEAS

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The largest and most valuable asset that most people will ever own is their home. Further, your home is a place where you will live and spend a lot of your time. Due to this, finding ways to improve it to both enjoy the property more and maximize value is very important. When you are looking to improve your home, there are many different home improvements that you can do. There are several under the radar home improvement ideas that you should consider that can make your home more enjoyable and improve its value.

 

New Flooring

One home improvement option that you should consider that can be a great addition to any home is new flooring. While flooring may not be the first thing that you think about improving, nice hardwood or tile floors can go a long way to improve the overall appearance of your property. The flooring can be chosen based on your personal style preferences and can help to bring any room of your home together. New floors can also help to keep your home at a desired temperature, which can reduce your utility bills as well.

 

Paint Walls and Trim

One of the most effective home improvements that you can make in your home is to paint the walls of a few select rooms as well as the trim. If you have a room that has an older paint color, no paint color at all or simply needs to be cleaned up, painting or repainting a room could go a long way. Adding a fresh coat of paint can change the entire appearance of a room and make it a more relaxing place to relax at the end of the day.

 

Improve Outdoor Living Space

You can also improve your home by upgrading your outdoor living space. Having a nice outdoor living space to relax and entertain is becoming more and more important as time goes by. For those that would like to have a nice space, there are often many affordable ways that you can improve it. By investing in some unique lighting, cleaning up the landscaping and making other changes, you can improve your space and enjoy it a lot more.

 

Make a More Functional Laundry Room

A functional and comfortable laundry room is something that a lot of people do not take into consideration. However, when you have one, it will give you a more relaxing place to clean and fold clothing. There are some simple ways that you can make your laundry room a better place to spend time. These minor improvements can include cleaning it up and removing clutter, adding some more organizations tools and ensuring that you have plenty of soft lighting.

 

Minor Bathroom Upgrades

Bathrooms are often one of the largest selling points for any home. Unfortunately, many people will find that the cost of completing a major upgrade and improvement to a bathroom can be extremely expensive. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways that you can makeover your bathroom without spending thousands of dollars. Some minor upgrades that you can complete on your own can include painting the walls, painting or refinishing the cabinets or adding some accent pieces and lights. New mirrors, faucets and hardware can also add some style and a modern touch to the room.

 

Clean and Improve

Ultimately, a great way that anyone can improve their home is by cleaning and improving it. Going through your home and clearing out cluttered items and fully cleaning your home can make it seem larger and brighter. You could also take some unused items and attempt to sell them to raise the funds you need to complete other projects. Finishing unfinished projects can also give your home a more finished look.

Overall, improving your home is a great investment as it can improve your property value and give you a more enjoyable and comfortable place to live. When you are going to improve your home, it is important to think about all of your options. These improvements are often considered under the radar, but could prove to be a great investment for you and be well worth the efforts.

 

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ENTRUST INTRODUCES ADAPTIVE ISSUANCE™ PRODUCTION ANALYTICS SOLUTION TO OPTIMIZE CARD ISSUANCE OPERATIONS

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The new solution provides intelligent, data-driven insights to card issuers with Central Issuance systems for improved and timely management decisions

 

Entrust, a global leader in trusted identity, payments and data protection, today introduced the Production Analytics Solution, designed to provide real-time data and actionable insights to optimize card issuance operations. The solution is part of the Entrust Adaptive Issuance software platform trusted by banks, governments and other organizations worldwide.

With the complexity of card issuance environments and lack of real-time visibility into production system operations, card issuers have difficulty effectively overcoming efficiency challenges across the production ecosystem. Entrust has leveraged more than 50 years of expertise in the card issuance market to develop a platform that will provide the intelligent data and expert support needed to master operational planning for the alignment of people, equipment and processes, positioning card issuers as leaders within the industry.

“Card issuers are in search of solutions that help bring efficient continuous process improvements and optimization to the production floor,” said Dan Good, Vice President, Payment and Identity Issuance Solutions at Entrust. “The Entrust Production Analytics Solution was developed by the same engineers that built the systems it supports. And, we’ve gone a step further to provide one-on-one consultation to our customers, allowing them access to our team of experts to help identify and remove bottlenecks, increase operational efficiency and reduce production costs.”

 

How it works

The Entrust Production Analytics Solution collects information directly from the Central Issuance systems on the production floor and converts it into a dynamic dashboard of data for in-depth analysis. It offers point-and-click drill down capabilities to refine the accumulated data over any time interval, and the data can be shown in a variety of ways to see the most appropriate insights for the operation.

Key features and benefits of the subscription includes:

  • Real-time, actionable data collection that supports SPC (Statistical Process Control) methodology to monitor production statistics and trends for immediate problem solving
  • Regular industry expert engagements that will provide in-depth analysis of data and actionable recommendations for card issuer efficiency improvements

Regular software updates and new features

 

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UK READY TO SPEED UP THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION REVOLUTION

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More than half of businesses set to accelerate projects due to pandemic

British business is set for a digital revolution according to a survey which indicates that 56 per cent of companies are speeding up plans because of the pandemic.

With so many employees working from home, and a battle to get back on track after a year of turbulence, businesses are realising their processes and systems are potentially outdated and in need of an overhaul.

The survey, commissioned by Crown Records Management, revealed:

  • 32 per cent are planning digital transformation in the next 12 months to cope with the new normal.
  • A further 24 per cent plan to act within five years.
  • 66 per cent say the pandemic has made the C-Suite in their business recognise the importance of digital transformation.
  • 30 per cent say allowing employees to work at home efficiently is now a key driver for digital transformation.
  • 27 per cent do not view their business as having already ‘gone digital’.
  • Only 26 per sent say they have already fully digitised all their back-office functions.

David Fathers, Regional General Manager at Crown Records Management, said: “There was already a big desire from UK businesses to develop a digital strategy even before the pandemic, driven by a demand for improved data security and a need to be more competitive in the market.

“But these survey results show that companies now want to increase the pace of change because of the events of the last year.

“Having so many employees working from home has shone a light on the inadequacies of systems currently in place in many companies, of all sizes. Employees have found that information has been difficult to track down and slow to access.

“There’s a myth that Western countries such as the UK are so far ahead in the digital field that most businesses have already undergone digital transformation.

“The survey showed that only a quarter of businesses have fully digitised all their back-office functions, which means there is a long way to go.”

The survey, undertaken by Censuswide, polled 401 decision makers at companies across the country with between 250 and 5000 employees.

David Fathers added: “We also asked whether people considered their business as having already ‘gone digital’ and surprisingly 27% said ‘no’.

“That figure was even higher in London at 30% and highest of all in companies of between 250-500 employees – at 46%.

“It is vital that businesses begin the digital journey soon. The benefits are compelling.

“Digital solutions can help a business become more efficient, save time and money, and make it simpler for employees to do their job – and that’s even before we begin to think about compliance and data security, which are huge business issues in the modern world.

“Perhaps it has taken the pandemic for some boardrooms to wake up to the importance of digital transformation, but if the intentions set out in this survey become reality, it can only be a good thing for UK business.”

 

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