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The most successful solutions of tomorrow will be built by creators who understand that their customers are not smiling while using their app; they are annoyed, and waiting to curse and uninstall it when it takes two taps instead of one to get what they want.

Marc Ragsdale

The Successful Agency of Tomorrow

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The amount of software-based solutions required to meet our business objectives is accelerating, but the process is far more difficult than it should be. Customers have spoken: they want rapid engagements leading to quick solutions. It’s upon the agencies to build a more efficient process with better outcomes.

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VesselWise Goes Live

By Blog, VesselWise

VesselWise is now Live for users with its first set of features. The functionality will allow vessel owners, captains, crew and other onboard guests to capture issues on the vessel on the go. This is the application’s entry level functionality and will focus on real-time collaboration in the identification and resolution of vessel-related issues.

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We’re ripe for something truly disruptive.

Marc J Ragsdale

The Tyranny of Design

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What makes great a software product? Is it about how well the user interface represents a company’s scheme of colors and its brand; or is it how it lets users interact with it in a seamless way? That’s a no brainer, you’d think — most of us would say the latter.

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Digital Rights

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In my previous two articles (see The Digital Body, The Essential Digital Body Parts), I used the analogue of the digital and physical universes to define and understand the “digital body”. The analogy is useful because we really do seem to inhabit two distinct dimensions; the real one and the digital one.

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The Essential Digital Body Parts

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In my previous article, The Digital Body, I introduced the idea of thinking of our digital universe as a parallel to our physical universe. At the core of this theory is the need for a consolidated digital body; a vessel for engaging in the digital realm similar in function to our body in the physical.

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Technology needs a social mission

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The technology world has given rise to many successful entrepreneurs over the past few decades. As the information technology sector boomed, we saw the rise of many large corporations. AT&T’s Bell Laboratories introduced the C programming language and the UNIX operating system.

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VesselWise iPad App on iTunes

By Blog, VesselWise

VesselWise is an end-to-end, cloud-based, mobile-enabled platform for the management of all types of marine vessels. VesselWise will provide functionality for the various actors involved in the operation, management, acquisition and utility of vessels, including boat owners, captains, dealers, manufacturers, surveyors, contractors, brokers and more.

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Digital body

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As physical beings we rely on our bodies to engage with the people and the world around us. Our bodies, as vessels in the physical universe, comprise the instruments and gauges we need to make sense of the world we inhabit.

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Websites are a transitional form only and will not be around in ten years. Further, the race to capture generic data and erect a paywall around its use will seem outdated. Data will be librerated from these restrictive formats and distributed and consumed as necessary.

Marc J Ragsdale

Prospus Has a New Logo

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With crisp, modern lines and edges, Prospus aims to draw attention to its vision without losing its established brand identity. The new logo represents not only Prospus’s clarity on the future of technology, but its intent to impact it.

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If We Could Get a Virtual Lego

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Anyone who grew up with Lego is sure to appreciate how innovative it is. Now imagine the application of lego-like mechanics to the software world. The fragmentation and inconsistency of our current digital landscape can only be overcome with a truly universal, modular software system. What if we could combine individual software Legos to create a consistent digital universe?

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Robots Versus Humans: Who’s the Boss?

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The debate over whether or not we will ever achieve complete human–robot symbiosis continues. While we can imagine many possibilities, the reality might be that human and robot intelligence will never be comparable. Humans will ultimately control robots, and although robots may grow to be our greatest allies in the future, they won’t ever actually threaten our existence.

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F*ck It. Rebuild It.

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Tech disruption promises to improve many aspects of our lives, but our current crop of software is not entirely capable of leading this transformation. A decade-long growth opportunity lies ahead, but first, software itself must evolve in order to transform other industries. Incremental changes will only take us so far.

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We need Commodity Functionality, core functionality that enables communication, collaboration and creation should be public domain; in order for software to evolve, we have to escape the limited function, shrinkwrap mindset where companies rush to market with incremental or insignificant changes upon existing functionality packaged to sell.

Marc J Ragsdale

Individual Architecture

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Enterprise architecture has been widely used by governments as well as private businesses across many industries. With our personal and social lives becoming more and more digital, the principles of enterprise architecture may hold the key to improving our everyday lives. Can we create an individual architecture?

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Are We Trying Too Hard to Look Disruptive?

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Every aspiring entrepreneur wants to change the world. We often feel inspired by business icons, worshipping them like heroes, and given their example, we tend to paint unrealistic portraits of entrepreneurial success. But have we really been inspired to improve human lives, or are we just chasing personal glory?

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A Digital Workforce for the Digital Economy

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Automation is driving many remarkable changes across organizational functions. As an outcome of improved business processes, customers reap great benefits in the form of improved products and services. The future of digital business ultimately promises to be highly advantageous for society, yet amidst the broad positive change, negative impacts on the workforce also emerge.

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The Basics of Boat Maintenance

By Blog, VesselWise

As a boat owner, you understand that your boat requires a lot of care. The safety, integrity and market value of a boat depends on how well it is maintained. Regularly checking your boat can keep issues in check, but it is also important to occasionally get your boat thoroughly surveyed by a surveyor.

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In order to realize true freedom of information, data and information privacy needs to be built-in, from the very beginning.

Marc J Ragsdale

The Case for New Builds

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A new build project requires a great deal of planning and execution. Depending on the size and type of yacht and the requirements of the buyer, a new build project can take anywhere from a few weeks to many months—or even years.

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New-Boat Surveys and Why You Need Them

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We discussed the need for used-boat surveys and what goes into a pre-purchase survey in an earlier blog post. We also addressed in our other blog posts why getting a new-boat survey is just as important as a used-boat survey. Now let’s delve a bit further into new-boat surveys and why they are important.

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The Reality beyond the Fantasy of Human–Robot Symbiosis

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Although robotics and artificial intelligence software continue to mature, we are still far from a true symbiosis between people and machines. In 1960, J.C.R. Licklider wrote about the possibilities of human–robot symbiosis in his classic paper, “Man–Computer Symbiosis.” Over half a century later, let’s consider how far we have come and explore the future of human–robot symbiosis.

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Out with the New, in with the Old

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If you’re purchasing your first boat or trading up from your current boat to a larger one, one of the first things you’ll consider is whether you should buy a brand-new boat or a pre-owned one. A lot of the people buying yachts over 30 feet tend to be long-time owners

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Understanding Used-Boat Surveys

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So, after months of searching, and perhaps years of planning, you have finally found a boat that you like. Now you’re just a few steps away from owning it. But before you go ahead and sign a purchase agreement in a rush to get sailing, there are a few tasks remaining that are extremely critical for you to complete.

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The language that will take us to the future needs to be based on real-world symbols, enabling more rapid development.

Marc Ragsdale

Making Your Boat Ownership Experience More Fun

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We have all heard two of the most common aphorisms about boat ownership. The first is, “Boats are holes in the water, into which you throw money.” And the second is, “The two happiest days of a boat owner’s life are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell it.” Although these sayings may have little truth,

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Helping Delivery Captains Deliver Smiles

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Delivery captains carry great responsibility. Owners place a lot of trust in them to safely deliver their newly purchased boats. A skilled and reputable delivery captain will want to ensure that the client’s newly purchased boat is delivered quickly with no (or minimal) mechanical or cosmetic damage.

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Yacht’s the Way to Go!

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Yacht ownership requires a lot of planning and management. If you are a long-time boater, you already know this and if you’re planning to buy your first yacht, you’ve surely already figured it out through your research.

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In order to meet the digital demands of the next generation of software users, we need to transform software from the ground up. The current paradigm needs to change.

Marc J Ragsdale

Creative Design Proficiency

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An average user will probably visit half a dozen or maybe tens of sites a day (or a few dozen, if you’re in the web business), but only a few sites are not immediately forgotten. Which ones stick in a user’s mind is something that will usually be decided by him or her within the first few seconds spent on the site.

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Net Neutrality

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On February 26, in a 3-2 vote, the American Federal Communications Commission voted to reclassify broadband internet access as a “telecommunications service” under Title II of the Communications Act, subject to tough new rules designed to preserve internet openness in the U.S.

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Living a Digital Life

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Digital technology is rapidly changing the way we engage with one another. Disruptive technologies such as mobile, cloud, analytics and social media are altering traditional engagement models. With technology becoming increasingly democratized, human–technology interaction and customer experience take center stage.

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Net Neutrality for Now

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On February the 26th, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the approval of open Internet. “In a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission voted to reclassify broadband internet access as a ‘telecommunications service’ under Title II

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VesselWise: 2015 Beta Release

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Following the Fort Lauderdale, Florida trip in October and November 2014, development of the VesselWise application is continuing in full swing. While attending the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, members of the VesselWise and Prospus teams met with many key prospects and potential users, informing a development process that was already underway.

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Software is about relationships.

Marc J Ragsdale

Wearable Tech: How Ready Are We to “Wear IT”?

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With so much happening in the technology world in early 2015, we already have a lot to look forward to. Continuing research and development in the field of new-age, disruptive IT is fueling increased hype among analysts and enthusiasm in the consumer market, with wearable tech being one of the most exciting emerging segments right now.

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Prospus Gives Its Own Site a Cool New Makeover

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Prospus unveiled its new face this month. We gave our website a new, refreshed look and had great fun doing it, like we do with every other project! We have developed hundreds and hundreds of sites for our clients, but updating our own site was a rather challenging proposition—being our own client didn’t seem to be all that easy, we must admit!

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