ABL-Tech Member News & Industry Trendletter * December 21, 2021
    These upcoming ABL ZOOM Tables will discuss "Developing a Growth Mindset: What Works?"

  • 1/06 - ABL-Tech OC ZOOM Table - featuring Marshall Toplansky, Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Science at Chapman University
  • 1/07 - ABL-Tech SGV ZOOM Table - featuring Elizabeth Kolawa, Ph.D., President and CEO of Parasoft Corporation
  • 1/14 - ABL-Tech WLA ZOOM Table - featuring Uri Blackman, CEO of GIDEON Informatics Inc.
  • Explore Membership in ABL's Executive Round Tables >>>
Coherent and Cañada College Create Photonics & Laser Tech Program

Coherent has partnered with Cañada College in Redwood City, Calif. to create the Photonics and Laser Technology (PALT) program, which will award Certificates of Achievement to students who complete the training in industry-related science and engineering principles of these fields. Photonics courses in a postsecondary college curriculum in related technologies can qualify graduates for a far wider variety of jobs and increase the global competitiveness of the workforce. (Randy Heyler, SGV)

Groundswell Raises $15M

Groundswell, the Philanthropy-as-a-Service platform that's empowering employees with their own personal donor-advised funds, and where Adam Miller is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chair, recently announced that they have raised a total of $15M in seed investment funding. Every Groundswell user will be able to effortlessly build charitable giving portfolios that automate their monthly giving across causes and interests and can elect to set aside a portion of funds to grow tax-free in select ESG investment vehicles for future giving. (Adam Miller, JD, WLA)

Eckert & Ziegler Partners with CanProbe & University Health Network + Gets Approvals in Brazil & Japan

Eckert & Ziegler (EZ) has partnered with the Canadian Molecular Imaging Probe Consortium (CanProbe), a leader in the advancement and commercialization of novel radiopharmaceuticals to better serve patients, and with the University Health Network, Canada's largest health research organization affiliated with the University of Toronto. The partnership involves clinical research to further advance PentixaPharm's Ga-68 radiodiagnostic tracer PENTIXAFOR in its detection of different tumor entities and other diseases.
Meanwhile, EZ Radiopharma GmbH received approval for its pharmaceutical 68Ge/68Ga generator GalliaPharm from the Brazilian health authority ANVISA. It also received Clinical Trial Notification that a joint clinical study with Novartis Pharma K.K. (Japan) was accepted by the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency for 68Ga-PSMA-11, an investigational radioligand imaging agent and 177Lu-PSMA-617, an investigational radioligand therapy in metastatic prostate cancer. (Frank Yeager, SGV)

Electrosonic's Bryan Hinckley Elected to Themed Entertainment Board of Directors

Bryan Hinckley of Electrosonic was recently elected to the Themed Entertainment Association's Western North America Board of Directors. Meanwhile, Electrosonic has published a guide, Five Ways to Promote Equity and Accessibility in Your Space, along with an article, Technology's Role in Creating an All-Inclusive Experience, which both provide insights and guidance on leveraging technology in the design phases to deliver meaningful experiences for all. (Bryan Hinckley, SGV)

GF Piping Systems Receives Swiss Manufacturing Award

The Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen annually honors companies that choose Switzerland as a manufacturing location, and recently awarded GF Piping Systems second place - out of 220 companies - following an evaluation based on financial, production, and market figures. GF Piping Systems has more than 30 manufacturing locations globally. (Mike Smith, SGV)

Intellect Announces Record Growth & New Product Suite

Intellect recently announced record sales growth, unveiled version 9 of the company's No-Code Compliance Platform, and launched the new Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) suite. EH&S integrates with Intellect's powerful no-code Quality Management Systems suite to help customers adhere to a wide range of compliance requirements. During its recent Intellect Innovate 2021 conference, the company announced record bookings in the third quarter of 2021, with year-over-year growth of approximately 160% in the quarter. Intellect also introduced new product enhancements and future innovations to help organizations meet compliance faster and increase productivity by empowering citizen developers to build and modify compliance-driven applications and improved data portability, search, and reporting.
Meanwhile, an on-demand version of Intellect Innovate 2021 is now available - click here. Also, read Why EHS is Important in Reducing Your Organization's Carbon Footprint, a recent article from Intellect CEO Romeo Elias. (Romeo Elias, WLA)

Optimum Info Debuts Warranty Analytics After-Sales Software Solution

Optimum Info has unveiled Warranty Analytics, an after-sales software solution tailored to manufacturers to help identify opportunities to improve the warranty claims process. This tool integrates seamlessly with other systems and data sources to provide advanced analytics associated with audits, repairs, warranty processing, and expenses. (Arvind Verma, OC)

Parasoft Delivers Continuous Software Compliance Solution Integrated With MS Azure & GitLab

Parasoft announced the 2021.2 release of Parasoft C/C++test, the unified C and C++ development testing solution for embedded applications. Integrating with Microsoft Azure DevOps and GitLab CI/CD platforms, Parasoft C/C++test 2021.2 further accelerates the CI/CD pipeline giving embedded development teams the ability to seamlessly perform static analysis, unit testing, and structural code coverage as part of a highly automated CI platform.
Meanwhile, Parasoft will present a webinar on January 13 - Top Testing Trends to Implement in 2022, and has made a recent webinar available on-demand - 3 Proven Software Quality Imperatives for Digital Transformation. (Elizabeth Kolawa, Ph.D., SGV)

Profi CEO Spotlighted in SalesTechStar

SalesTechStar recently interviewed Alina Trigubenko, CEO of Profi, in which Alina describes the story behind her company, recent enhancements to the Profi platform and their benefits, challenges Alina has faced, best practices, her thoughts on the future of all-in-one automation platforms, and more. (Alina Trigubenko, WLA)

Tanner Research CEO to Present Virtual Nutrition Science Workshops

On the evenings of January 13 (click here) and February 9 (click here), John Tanner, Ph.D., of Tanner Research, will present his free Nutrition Science Virtual Workshop, via Zoom, where he will relay to participants the scientific information they need to avoid heart disease and other leading killers with a proper diet. The group will discuss strategies for change and John will field questions, plus give a free book to participants. (John Tanner, Ph.D., SGV)

Xsolla Unveils Xsolla Web Shop for Mobile Games

Xsolla has launched Xsolla Web Shop for Mobile Games, designed to increase revenue for developers and help them build closer relationships with their players. Based on recent changes to Apple's rules for the App Store, developers are now able to gather player contact information and use that information to contact those players to process payments outside of in-app purchases. Xsolla Web Shop is precisely built for this purpose and empowers mobile game developers to create a shop on their own website.
Also, read recent articles from Xsolla: How You Capitalize from the Apple vs. Epic Court Ruling and How to Pitch Your Video Game to Publishers, Venture Capitalists, and Platform Holders. (Shurick Agapitov, WLA)

AfterNow on: the Future of Hybrid Meetings

Philippe Lewicki, Captain at AfterNow, shares this Microsoft article - Designing the New Hybrid Meeting Experience - for Everyone - with the comment, "I am honored and humbled to be working with this outstanding team of researchers at Microsoft Research on the future of hybrid meetings." (Philippe Lewicki, WLA)

BCG's Harrison Barnes on: Overcoming Resistance to Change & Choosing Negotiations

In Why You Must Change and How to Overcome Resistance to Change, Harrison Barnes, CEO of BCG Attorney Search, discusses how resisting change and not taking necessary and relevant action can be the biggest obstacles to a better career and better life.
And, in Choose Your Negotiations Wisely, Harrison notes that in many important matters, negotiating may actually work to your detriment. Your success in both career and life depends far more on your contributions than your negotiating skill, and having things offered to you is always preferable to demanding them. (Harrison Barnes, JD, WLA)

Dave Berkus on: Preparing for 5 Critical Business Risks

In Recognize your five critical business risks, Dave asks, "If you could predict a crisis within your business before its occurrence, wouldn't you move to prevent or reduce its impact? Making such predictions is a skill that can be developed, and here's one method of doing so." He then discusses market, product, finance, competitive and execution risks.
Also, visit Berkonomics.com to read more of Dave's recent blogs, including "Budget from the top down or bottom up? A puzzle;" "Is there gold in your old intellectual property?;" and "Patent litigation can kill the small guy." (Dave Berkus, SGV & WLA)

California Lightworks on: LEDs, Climate Disaster & Banking Regs

George Mekhtarian, CEO of California Lightworks, recently published an article in LEDs Magazine - LEDs, the climate disaster, and how banking regs fuel cannabis carbon problem, in which he explores connections between cannabis-related finance policies and carbon footprint, which can be mitigated with more economic support for LED-based grow lighting. LEDs are proven to be more cost-efficient, more environmentally-friendly, and maintenance-free compared to traditional lighting systems that are not only inefficient but are harmful to our planet, he says, adding: "Innovative high-efficiency lighting technology is here, and continuously being improved, but we need everyone using it." (George Mekhtarian, SGV)

Cibola Systems on: Enhancing & Amplifying Workplace Communications

Lisa Perrine, CEO of Cibola Systems, was recently interviewed on an "On The Brink with Andi Simon" podcast episode entitled, Clever, Creative Ways To Enhance And Amplify Workplace Communications. Lisa and Andi discuss the intersection of workplace communication and design thinking, including ROI, media synchronicity for virtual meetings, and psychological safety in workplace teams. (Lisa Perrine, Ed.D., WLA)

Get Visible on: Update an ADA-Compliant Website to Earn a Tax Credit

Jason Ciment, CEO of Get Visible, notes that company leaders have until the end of the year "to get a new or updated website for close to 25 cents on the dollar." He explains, "Let's say you spend $10,250 on an ADA compliant website. Let's assume your company tax rate is 25%. This means you will save a little more than $2,500 on your tax bill from the write off of the expense. Next, the IRS will give you a $5,000 credit against the $10,000 you spent above the first $250. That means if you owe at least $7,500 in taxes now, you could get a new $10,250 website for a net cost of $2,750 under this scenario. Of course you need to validate all this with your CPA - but this is an awesome deal that may disappear if the IRS laws change."
Other tips from Jason include:
>> Folderly has a system to help you basically fool Google (Gmail) and other email services into delivering your emails more consistently and avoid filters that block emails or redirect them to the Gmail promotional or updates folder.
>> Check your email deliverability at mailgenius.com.
>> Check out this image editing tool, remove.bg, to remove backgrounds. (Jason Ciment, WLA)

LookinLA on: Maximizing Valuation; B2B Marketing; Cryptocurrency; and More

Ali Payani, CEO of LookinLA, recently wrote an article in Forbes - Your Exit Strategy: Five Marketing Strategies To Maximize Valuation, and his company has published a free B2B Marketing Growth & Trends Report.
Meanwhile, recent episodes of Ali's "The Leading Mindset" podcast include:
>> Committing to Success, with Sean McGraw, Founder and Visionary of FOR Energy.
>> The Future of Cryptocurrency and Healthcare, with Tom McMurrain, CEO of CMDX, Inc. and Amazon best-selling author of The 7th Disruption - The Rise of the Digital Currency Billionaire. (Ali Payani, SGV)

PeopleG2 on: Hybrid & Remote Work + Post-Hire Background Checks

PeopleG2, which has just been named an "OC Top Workplace 2021" in the Orange County Register, recently published The Hybrid Work Strategy: A New Approach To Hiring Talents, as well as Post-Hire Background Check Policy Checklist For 2022.
Also, CEO Chris Dyer's book, Remote Work, is included on WorkTango's 3rd Annual "Fodder for Thought: 10 Great Reads for 2022" list.
Meanwhile, Chris participated in a recent Remotely We Are One podcast episode, as well as on the Book Smarts Business podcast, and on the Work From Anywhere Series episode on international remote working. (Chris Dyer, SGV)

ProProfs on: Tools for Skills Assessment; Employee Onboarding; & User Manuals

ProProfs addresses a variety of topics in recent articles, including 10 Best Skill Assessment Tools for 2022; The Ultimate Employee Onboarding Checklist You Should Use; and 10 Best Online User Manual Tools for 2022. (Sameer Bhatia, WLA)

Marshall Toplansky on: Cities of the Future

In the recent "Cities of the Future" episode of the Feudal Future podcast, hosted by Marshall Toplansky and Joel Kotkin, Austin Williams of the Future Cities project at Kingston University in the UK, and Cullum Clark, director of the GW Bush Center's Economic Growth Initiative, share their thoughts. Have pandemics and remote work changed the character of cities forever? (Marshall Toplansky, OC)

VCP on: the Technological Future of Practice Management

A recent episode of "VCP Talk" - Mapping the Technological Future of Practice Management - features an in-depth discussion with Sara Swenson, VP of global practice management software at Covetrus, discussing innovations in telemedicine, appointment booking, white boards, AI and machine learning. She also shares the timeline for VCP's merger with Covetrus, which was announced earlier this year. (Bob Richardson, OC)

Alvaka Networks Urges Companies to Get Cyber Breach Insurance

In Is Your Business More Likely to Burn Down, or Get Hit with a Cyber Attack?, Oli Thordarson, CEO of Alvaka Networks, declares, "All indication for the past two years is that you are vastly more likely to have a catastrophic loss from a ransomware attack than a fire. The peculiar thing is that nearly every business has insurance for things like a fire or someone tripping on a step. But significant losses for some businesses in 2020 and 2021 were due to various cyber breaches like ransomware, data exfiltration, business email compromise (BEC) and other nefarious tricks. The average ransom demand in 2021 is between $1M and $2.5M, and in the past year, I have seen two $20,000,000 ransom demands. And remediation costs - done properly - are likely to run between $400,000 and $600,000. That does not include lost revenue, brand damage, lawsuits, fines, etc. The point I am driving home is that if you don't already have cyber breach/ransomware insurance, you need to get it now." (Oli Thordarson, ABL-Health OC)

Biospectal Wins "Next Big Things in Tech" Award from Fast Company

Fast Company has named Biospectal a winner in their 2021 Next Big Things in Tech Awards, for measuring blood pressure through smartphones. Biospectal's OptiBP app can record a user's blood pressure through a fingertip in just 20 seconds. The WHO is currently validating the technology in a large-scale global study. (Eliott Jones, ABL-Health SV)

Covisus Gets Series A Funding

Covisus, a pioneer in covert, intrinsic, tag-less item-level supply chain protection solutions secured Series A funding with Hale Capital Partners. The funding comes on the back of Covisus' unprecedented growth in its solution development, since its parent company Chromologic LLC launched Covisus in 2015. (Naresh Menon, Ph.D., ABL-Health LA)

Elemeno & LCMC Partner to Support Frontline Staff in Louisiana

Elemeno Health and LCMC Health, one of the fastest-growing health systems in Louisiana, have announced a partnership to support neonatal ICU staff with just-in-time best practices, extending care standards from Children's Hospital New Orleans, and across the health system's birthing centers at East Jefferson General Hospital, Touro, and West Jefferson Medical Center. (Arup Roy-Burman, MD, ABL-Health OAK)

LigoLab & TestDirectly Featured in Industry Media

In LigoLab's Direct-to-Consumer Portal: An Innovative Solution for an Industry-Wide Problem, LigoLab goes in depth on its TestDirectly Direct-to-Consumer Web Portal, a cloud-based patient engagement tool that replaces paper forms and manual processes with an electronic workflow that entirely supports a case from specimen collection to the delivery of the report, and everything in between.
Also, find out how labs plan to use the TestDirectly Portal to comply with the 21st Century Cures Act in the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's article, The Lab Is Moving From a Black Box to a Smartphone App.
And, LigoLab's revenue cycle management module is featured in the New & Noteworthy section of the latest issue of MedicalLab Management. (Suren Avunjian, ABL-Health LA)

MedWand Wins "Best Overall Telemedicine Platform of the Year" Award

MedWand Solutions won the "Best Overall Telemedicine Platform of the Year" award at the Middle East HealthTech Innovation Summit / HealthTech Innovation Awards, organized by BII World.
Meanwhile, MedWand is participating in the Futures Exhibition at the Smithsonian in the Arts & Industries Building - both sponsoring and participating in special programs throughout, and likely beyond, the duration of the exhibition, currently scheduled to run into summer of 2022. (Bob Rose, ABL-Health OC)

PRODEO Co-Authors Article on Brain Health Innovation Market

Mark Heinemeyer, CEO of PRODEO, co-authored a recent paper in the Psychiatric Times, Avoiding a Brain Health Innovation Market Failure: Lessons from the Hype Cycle, which begins: "As brain health investing sees unprecedented growth and activity, how do we ensure a sustainable rate of progress going forward? An editorial in JAMA Psychiatry reported that in 2019 alone, venture capital companies invested a record-breaking $637 million in 60+ different mental health-oriented companies. This has accelerated further in 2020 and 2021. The whole VC field is booming, and beyond mental health care, investment in the broader field of brain health science and technology is also on the rise." (Mark Heinemeyer, ABL-Health OC)

SAVI Group Discusses Telemedicine and More

In The Continuing Benefits of Telemedicine, SAVI Group concludes that from improving communication to increasing access to valuable care, telemedicine is here to stay as support rises from various parties. Other recent articles from SAVI Group include The Benefits of Utilizing Digital Health Records. (Sumit Mahendru, ABL-Health OC)

Presentations Now Available to View On-Demand from ABL's 24th Innovations in Healthcare

On December 1st (SoCal edition) and 8th (Bay Area edition), ABL presented its virtual 24th Innovations in Healthcare event, and awardee presentations are available to view on ABL's Members Only site: go to abl.org, click on "Members Only" on the top far right, and then on "Presentations" in the red bar on the top left.

Growing Number of IT Leaders Now Seen as Business Partners & Trusted Advisors: Survey

Starting with the COVID crisis mode of spring 2020, and into the continuing disruptions of 2021, businesses leaned heavily on their IT leaders and staffs to stay in business, and hopefully, see growth. And IT rose to the occasion in a spectacular way. As a result, IT leaders became more intimately involved in the running of their businesses, well beyond the traditional roles of IT. That's the word from a recent survey of 1,000 IT managers and executives, released by Snow Software. IT leaders weathered the storm in 2021, securing their seat at the executives' table as business partners. In fact, 89% of IT leaders claimed that IT roles were undervalued pre-Covid - but are now viewed as essential - with 90% claiming they have become trusted advisors to the business, instead of a one-stop shop for technology. In fact, 83% of IT leaders consider themselves more of a business leader.

In addition, 94% of IT managers consider innovation as top priority for their organization, though 71% say IT spends too much time reacting to problems instead of innovating. Top priorities for IT leaders next year are adopting new technology to improve day-to-day operations (30%), reducing IT costs (28%), and improving customer service and satisfaction (28%). (https://www.zdnet.com/article/technology-leaders-influence-in-their-businesses-grows-beyond-expectations/ )

'War for talent' rises toward top of C-suite risks for 2022

Attracting and retaining employee talent - a challenge intensified by the pandemic - is among the top concerns of business leaders looking ahead to 2022 and the next decade, according to a global survey of 1,453 C-suite executives and board members by Protiviti and NC State University. Succession challenges and the ability to attract and retain top talent vaulted to the No. 2 ranking of business risks, up from No. 8 a year ago, according to the survey. Leading the list of risks for 2022 is the impact on business from pandemic-related government policy. (https://www.ciodive.com/news/talent-war-rises-toward-top-business-risks-2022/611447/)

Log4j: Why this massive security flaw is impacting nearly the entire internet

A major cybersecurity vulnerability is impacting nearly all of the internet, sending everything from financial institutions to government entities scrambling to patch their systems, before cybercriminals and nation states can launch cyberattacks. Known as the Log4j vulnerability, the flaw impacts a piece of open-source logging software that allows developers to understand how their programs function. The idea is to help companies understand potential bugs or performance issues in their own software.

But Log4j, which is part of the software offered by the open source Apache Software Foundation, can be exploited to allow attackers to take over the computers and networks of any organization running the program. Patches have already been released, but applying them is a different story. Organizations, whether government or private, are notoriously slow when it comes to updating their software. The fear is that the flaw could be used by attackers to take remote control of any unpatched system and use them as their own. That, experts say, could give cybercriminals the means to do everything from stealing user data to taking control of real-world infrastructure. (https://www.aol.com/finance/log4j-why-massive-security-flaw-222332054.html)

CISA, White House urge organizations to get ready for holiday cyberattacks

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the White House have released warnings to companies and organizations across the country, urging them to be on alert for cyberattacks ahead of the Christmas holiday. CISA has released "CISA Insights: Preparing For and Mitigating Potential Cyber Threats" to provide critical infrastructure leaders with steps to proactively strengthen their organization's operational resiliency against sophisticated threat actors. In a recent letter, White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger and National Cyber Director Chris Inglis said there are typically breaches around national holidays because cybercriminals know that security operations centers are often short-staffed. (https://www.zdnet.com/article/cisa-white-house-urge-organizations-to-get-ready-for-holiday-cyberattacks/)

New White House policy gives agencies 24 hours to assess cyberattacks of potential national security concern

The White House has enacted a new policy requiring the FBI and other agencies to help US officials quickly assess whether a cyberattack "rises to the level of a national security concern" that could hamper the provision of key services such as fuel or food, according to a National Security Council memo obtained by CNN and two US officials. The NSC memo in some cases gives US security and intelligence agencies just 24 hours after they learn of serious hacks to deliver initial assessments to senior White House officials on the severity of the situations. The goal is to more quickly determine whether a ransomware attack, for example, might affect multiple sectors of the economy - and if the government may need to mobilize backup supplies of commodities, as it prepared to do after a ransomware attack on a US pipeline operator in May. (https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/10/politics/white-house-red-line-policy-cyberattacks/index.html)

IBM and Samsung say their chip breakthrough could give phones 'week-long' battery life

IBM and Samsung have teased a new vertical transistor design "breakthrough" they reckon could transform the semiconductor industry and give Moore's Law a few years' more life. The companies hailed the vertical transistor design as a major benefit to smartphones because it could reduce energy use by 85% compared to finite or fin field-effect transistors (finFET) used in today's chips. (https://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-and-samsung-say-their-chip-breakthrough-could-give-phones-week-long-battery-life/)

First flexible & washable battery developed

Researchers have created what could be the first battery that is both flexible and washable. It's part of a growing number of innovations in gadgets you wear, including smartwatches and glasses. A new kind of flexible and washable battery could power future generations of wearable gadgets. The battery has several ultra-thin layers of plastic to create an airtight, waterproof seal. The research team made the essential compounds - in this case, zinc and manganese dioxide - stretchable by grinding them into small pieces and then embedding them in rubbery plastic or polymer. So far, the battery has withstood 39 wash cycles, and the team expects to improve its durability further as they continue to develop the technology. (https://www.lifewire.com/the-future-of-wearables-is-washable-5213285)

Toyota earmarks $70 billion for EVs, BEVs

Toyota announced it's investing $70 billion in electric vehicles, predicting that about a third of its car sales will be battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2030. Half of the funding will spur development of BEVs, with 30 in total envisioned by 2030. (https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/toyota-says-have-30-battery-electric-line-up-vehicles-by-2030-2021-12-14/)

2022: A major revolution in Robotics: the near future of automation is nothing short of astounding

While self-driving cars have grabbed all the headlines, the work happening at the intersection of AI, machine vision, and machine learning is fast becoming the foundation for the next phase of robotics. By combining machine vision with learning capabilities, roboticists are opening a wide range of new possibilities like vision-based drones, robotic harvesting, robotic sorting in recycling, and warehouse pick and place. According to Pieter Abbeel, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley, where he is also the director of the Berkeley Robot Learning Lab and co-director of the Berkeley AI Research lab, "we're finally at the inflection point: The moment where these applications are becoming good enough to provide real value in semi-structured environments where traditional robots could never succeed." (https://www.zdnet.com/article/2022-prediction-a-major-revolution-in-robotics/)

Metaverse needs much more chip power, says Intel exec

Intel will release a new series of graphics processors starting in the first quarter of 2022, and says will power the metaverse. Intel's Raja Koduri, who leads Intel's Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group, said in an exclusive interview that the computing power of today's chips will need to improve 1000-fold to power the metaverse. Coined by Neal Stephenson in the 1992 novel Snow Crash, the metaverse is a next-generation immersive internet experienced through augmented and virtual reality. (https://qz.com/2101581/intel-is-ready-to-talk-about-the-metaverse/)

MGM lets potential employees try out jobs in VR before signing on

MGM Resorts is letting applicants try out casino and hotel jobs in virtual reality before signing on, Business Insider has reported. It's part of a new effort to reduce employee attrition during the "great resignation" that has caused labor shortages in the US and elsewhere during the COVID-19 pandemic. The casino and resort group is using headsets from a VR company called Strivr that specializes in virtual training for industry health and safety, customer service and more. The idea is to let employees experience typical job activities so that they know what to expect. MGM plans to use the headsets at its offices and possibly career fairs, starting in January. The idea is to let potential customer service employees experience key aspects of the job, both positive and negative. (https://www.engadget.com/mgm-is-letting-potential-employees-try-out-jobs-in-vr-before-signing-on-101720483.html)

Apple builds new team in Southern California to bring more wireless chips in-house

Apple Inc. is hiring engineers for a new office in Southern California to develop wireless chips that could eventually replace components supplied by Broadcom Inc. and Skyworks Solutions Inc. The company is seeking a few dozen people to develop wireless chips in Irvine, where Broadcom, Skyworks and other companies have offices. It's part of a broader strategy of expanding satellite offices, letting the tech giant target engineering hotbeds and attract employees who might not want to work at its home base in Silicon Valley. The approach also has helped Apple further its goal of making more of its own components. (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-12-16/apple-builds-team-in-new-office-to-bring-wireless-chips-in-house)

Holiday Zoom backgrounds for your virtual social gatherings

Add a touch of the holiday season to your virtual social gatherings with this selection of holiday Zoom backgrounds: https://www.zdnet.com/pictures/holiday-zoom-backgrounds/

207 East Memory Lane
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone: 714-245-2400 | Fax: (714) 245-1428
Email: [email protected]

Copyright © 2021 Adaptive Business Leaders Organization. All Rights Reserved.