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September 14, 2017
Connecting API’s (aka: Application Program Interfaces) has been a complex and almost secret tomb reserved for the savviest of developers to make a labyrinth of systems work together. The new trend is to open up API’s and make connectivity to various partners, technology platforms and ecosystems more democratized. This ‘opening’ provides new access for developers throughout the development chain to have standardized access to systems. Opening API’s allows for a smoother, faster way to integrate systems so everything works seamlessly together. It also promotes sharing across enterprises as thought leadership and innovation are often fortunate outcomes of…
September 7, 2017
Mobile-focused development has eclipsed the desktop and is delivering a big impact on many aspects of business communications and corporate design. From website to platform UX, the mobile experience is becoming the most important tool for managers and business owners. The background check industry is no exception – mobile is here to stay. Candidates, HR professionals, and hiring managers can all benefit from the proliferation of mobile devices. Smartphones and tablets bring a host of changes to the digital world, and it’s imperative that you tailor your offering and platforms to meet the needs of both desktop…
August 29, 2017
If you put yourself in the shoes of a candidate facing a background check, you could empathize with it being a pretty stressful experience. Even among the most pure and innocent of applicants, there is always a risk that an error was made along the way that could yield a negative result. While candidates certainly have the right to request their background check report, it’s typically not something they ever consider. Generally, if an applicant makes it to the point of consenting to a background check as a condition of employment, it’s usually a formality. The candidate…
August 17, 2017
A recent survey by Tecmark in the UK revealed that the average smartphone user completed over 220 tasks on their device each day. This is compared to an average of only 140 tasks completed on their desktops. Smartphone users are also utilizing their mobile devices early in the day – often before they even get out of bed; to check the weather, answer emails, and review job opportunities. And it’s also the last thing they do at night which adds up to over 3 hours and 15 minutes of mobile phone use each day on average. If…
August 16, 2017
Investing in technology upgrades is easy to put off, but dated hardware and software comes with its own set of consequences. Sticking to the old ways of doing business can send you (and your costs) careening into a bottomless pit of tech despair. Maintaining legacy systems is often “just something that you do” to keep your operations running, but old technology can have a creeping effect on your business. Operational efficiency isn’t the only casualty – you can lose your best people to newer, savvier firms with the latest tech, and worse, lose customers to more innovative,…
August 10, 2017
Change at the corporate level is often fraught with anxiety, dread, and procrastination. Office anxiety can reach a fever pitch before and during the change management process. As a leader, it’s your job to help your staff, clients, and other stakeholders accept and embrace change in your organization. Motivation is Key When people understand something, they are much more likely to embrace any change. It’s easier to quit smoking when you understand the health and social impact of your behavior. Corporate change is no different. It’s your job to effectively and accurately communicate not only the change…
August 4, 2017
In today’s vast technological marketplace, you are no longer shopping for hardware, you are shopping for an ecosystem. To get what we mean, let’s break this down to an item we all know of, a tablet. When you are shopping for a tablet, it is not all about the hardware. Yes, you want the tablet to have a powerful battery, and to not die under pressure, but more importantly, you want a tablet that has an ecosystem that fits your needs. If you are buying a tablet for reading books and magazine articles, for instance, the Amazon…
July 25, 2017
Clicking with Calvin Click, User Success Manager at deverus With 11 years under his belt at deverus, Calvin has played many roles; developer, tech support, customization lead, and project manager to name a few. Calvin was recently put in charge of the user success team and is now stepping into his expanded responsibilities in what he calls, “The Go-To Guy”. As deverus has grown, it became apparent that tapping Calvin to be on the front lines with customers was a natural next step. “He literally knows the answer to everything, can fix or troubleshoot anything, and knows…
July 18, 2017
Director James Cameron produced the blockbuster Titanic with icebergs that sat high in the water for maximum dramatic effect for movie audiences. In reality, icebergs conceal 95% of their mass below the waterline. The “icebergs” in your industry are the same as the real-life ones – lurking below the surface, waiting to cause massive damage if you fail to navigate around them in time. They seem innocuous until you look under the surface so it’s important to keep a watchful eye for any indication of trouble on the horizon. Massive disruptions are out there, and it’s up…
July 12, 2017
In today’s background check marketplace, it is extremely easy to get pulled away and distracted. There are so many options beyond the simple background check, and so much pressure for speed and automation, that we often find ourselves forgetting about the engines that make our business hum. Background checks are complex, but what goes into them is often taken for granted. This is why it is so important to embrace the concept of platform partnerships, rather than the dated notion of vendor relationships, in order to enable you to focus on your core business. With this in…
June 29, 2017
One of the fundamental truths for any business is that in order to be successful, they must understand their customers, as well as their potential customers and stay current with emerging trends. Today’s technology allows consumers and businesses alike the greatest amount of opportunity to reach potential customers and partners. This is, unsurprisingly, due to the sheer number of mediums with which a person can connect with one another. The rate that technology is advancing and being utilized is at an all time high. The rise in the gig workforce has reinforced the importance of the user…
June 26, 2017
As technology firms continue to develop new and exciting applications to streamline and drive business forward, the inevitable result is a proliferation in the number of platforms used by businesses. Companies have spent billions of dollars and countless hours in an effort to merge multiple software platforms and get them to work together in one cohesive, centralized home. With the rapid advancement of new platforms, it’s clear that multi-platform operations are here to stay and successful integration and adoption is key. The challenge for managers and users will continue to be the ability to maximize productivity without…
June 22, 2017
Legacy systems are a continuing source of frustration for IT managers and business owners, and it often seems impossible to overcome the challenges of upgrading and migrating existing IT infrastructure to newer, more powerful systems. Where do you even start? The following tips will help you break down the barriers of transitioning or complementing your legacy systems to take advantage of new technology. Make a Plan and Stick to It It doesn’t matter what legacy problem you want to tackle. They exist in every business, so you’re not alone. The first step is always the planning phase.…
June 20, 2017
Many industries are experiencing rapid changes in response to advanced technology, and the world of recruiting and HR management is no exception. What we see happening in the background check industry as it relates to Applicant Tracking Systems is a call for the industry to stand up and take notice—and take control. Since utilizing Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) is now the standard for HR, there is downward pressure on background check companies to up their game. The industry has been competing on both price and ability to integrate with the ATS world. The reality is that price…

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