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Posted By Steve DunbarWindows Embedded Lead, Northern Europe
Hello, blog readers! My name is Steve Dunbar, and as you can see from my bio, I am the business group lead for Northern Europe. The London newspaper The Times recently published a feature examining The Future of Retail, particularly how High Street brick-and-mortar operations are leveraging data to compete with online retailers to offer more personalization and lower prices. This conundrum was a core topic of discussion at a partner event I recently attended in Majorca, Spain, as it has a lot of relevancy to our own intelligent systems vision.
Toshiba Connect Europe 2013 (formerly IBM Business Partner University) is an educational business briefing and networking opportunity by Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions business (TGCS). The event provided insight into current issues facing retailers, and creative ways sales teams can craft and install intelligent business solutions to meet customer needs. Throughout the event, speakers and sessions reinforced the continued drive to work with partners to create solutions that integrate the various consumer touch points.
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Posted By The Embedded Ninja
Over the past year, one of the more prominent discussion points surrounding in-store devices has been the ability for a retailer to properly size their customers. When you think about it, sizing is a difficult situation that customers are faced with every time they shop. There’s the issue of determining your size, matching that known size to the fit of the clothes, and ultimately trying the clothing of choice on. And this assumes, of course, that what you want or fits is in stock in the store.
While this experience is indeed one that a retailer can capitalize on, it most certainly has the opportunity to distract a customer from experiencing other parts of the store, examining other products, and ultimately impacts the impression of the store. Ideally, sizing is either a non-event or one of the quickest and simplest things a customer has to go through – preferably once. From that point on, it’s just a matter of coordinating colors and styles vs. trying clothes on or trying to find a pair of pants that fit.
One of our ninjas, Eric Kamont, speaks of his experience with an interesting spin on sizing with an in-mall sizing kiosk from Me-Ality. As you listen to the story keep in mind the multitude of ways one could leverage the sizing data in BI analytics, customer loyalty, and feedback mechanisms into manufacturing and supply chain. Definitely try this one on for size.
* Updated 4/5/10 with clearer instructions for step 1*
In my last blog, I gave an overview of how AppLocker can help you lock down what applications can run on your Windows Embedded Standard 7 device. To demonstrate how AppLocker works, I’ll walk through an example of how to create a rule to block Internet Explorer from running. Here’s how, step by step:
1. AppLocker can be configured through wizards in the Local Group Policy Editor, which you can start by running “gpedit.msc”. AppLocker is located under “Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Application Control Policies” in that window. Navigate to the Executable Rules option in the navigation on the left. In the Action menu, click Create New Rule.
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Posted By Robert PetersonSr. Product Manager
We have been talking about the cloud and ways embedded device OEMs can benefit – but let’s specifically look at why Windows Azure is a great fit. Only Microsoft can provide a familiar, complete solution to help your business from device to cloud. In fact, for devices powered by a Windows Embedded OS, using Windows Azure has some distinct advantages:
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[The following article is authored by one of the Windows Embedded MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals). Our MVPs have a heavy background in Embedded systems and are a great repository of information on Windows Embedded products. We’re providing this space on our team blog as a service to our readers by allowing MVPs to share some of their knowledge with the rest of the community.]
It is one of the classic problems in an embedded project: After the successful boot process of the device and the OS one or more applications need to be started to do something useful on the device. This can get complex, because one might have applications that need to be started only once, some need to run all the time, but only in a certain user context and some should be running even when no user is logged on, to name just a few examples.