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The future is automation, where Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things together will rule the technological aspects of our lives.

With the advent of Smart Watches, Voice Assistants and Smart Cars, the one thing we can be sure of is that the future will be full of similar devices which will make our life easier, our environment safer and the gadgets we use will be more personalized than ever.

These technological advancements will also bring tremendous change in various sectors, including Healthcare, Supply Chain Management, Automotive, Education and more.

According to research conducted by McKinsey, AI and automation will be responsible for boosting the global economy by increasing the productivity of businesses.

What is AI?

AI or Artificial Intelligence is the intelligence embedded in machines that are trained to impersonate human or animal intelligence, emotions and behavior.

In other words, AI is a computer program that is developed in a way so that it has its own thinking and learns from its experiments/experiences.

For example, Alexa is an AI developed by Amazon, which is built to work as a Virtual Assistant to humans. Alexa is trained to recognize human speech, understand instructions so that she can fulfill the directed tasks, for example setting timers, playing music, purchasing groceries, etc.

Fun fact: The world’s most famous Robot pet is Aibo — whose proud owner is Sony. This pet-bot is so smart that it can develop its personality with time, recognize faces, and communicate with humans using musical tones.

Types of AI

There are four types of Artificial Intelligence which are as follows:

These are the oldest forms of AIs that do not store memory or learn from past experiences/experiments.

They react to a specific set of inputs and do not improve their present operations based on their previous activities.

These AIs are an improved version of Reactive Machines and are capable of learning from their previously collected data.

Most of the present-day AI comes under this category. These AIs are trained with humongous data and use their memory from previous actions to define the solution for present problems. Chatbots, self-driving vehicles come under this category.

Theory Of Mind is a very advanced category in AI on which several studies are still going on. These are the types of AIs that we see in science fiction movies or shows. These AIs have the capabilities of understanding human desires, intent and form decisions based on the AI theory.

A booming field of research called Artificial Emotional Intelligence caters to these AIs. Hence in the future, AI machines might be competent enough to understand our thought processes and interact with us based on our emotions, beliefs, circumstances, etc.

This category of AIs will have self-awareness or consciousness and are the culmination of AI development.

AI evolution would have to reach this stage to have ideas of their own.

Fact: This advancement in the field of AI can be dangerous to the human race too, and many laws have already been proposed by many organizations so that human autonomy is respected over AIs.

Why AI is Important?

AI(s) will play a crucial role in our future because:

  1. AI helps in reducing human error and works with remarkable accuracy. This capability is very useful, especially in the field of healthcare.
  2. AI makes our life easier by adding intelligence to the devices we use. Most of the repetitive tasks like shopping, cleaning, etc., can be reduced with an AI-bot.
  3. This technology will make traveling easy for us as autonomous vehicles will make driving unnecessary.
  4. Virtual tutors can assist human teachers in catering to the individual needs of children in the education domain.
  5. AI virtual assistants will transform current customer service giving personalized help to customers and hence improving customer satisfaction.
  6. In the entertainment field, AI will make movies, shows, songs, and streaming feeds more customized for us, making our decision-making process easier.

What Is IoT?

The Internet of things is the interconnection of various physical objects connected to the internet who communicate with each other with wireless transmission of data. This sending and receiving of data don’t require human intervention.

These objects are embedded with sensors, actuators, software, etc.

The Internet of Things has been a pioneer in changing the way we communicate with our devices.

Let’s look at some figures.

  • Every second, 127 new IoT devices are getting connected to the internet!
  • The market for wearable devices boosted to 223% in 2015
  • 54% of executives who implemented AI and IoT in their business claim it has increased their productivity tremendously
  • Automotive IoT Market will be worth 541.73 Billion by 2025

IoT in Healthcare

The Internet of Things will play a prominent role in advancing Healthcare, and the revenues are projected to be a whopping 135 billion by 2025.

Fitness devices like fitness bands, blood pressure monitors, heart rate monitors will soon be IoT optimized so that the patient is treated timely.

Some other applications of IoT in the Healthcare domain are:

  1. Ease of tracking in necessary medical staff and medical equipment, especially in the case of emergencies.
  2. Real-time monitoring of people and generating alerts to the physician in case of any abnormality.
  3. Remote monitoring of patients by doctors so that patients don’t need to stay in hospital or visit the hospital frequently.

How AI Enhances IoT?

The Internet of things and Artificial Intelligence hugely complement each other. IoT devices collect huge amounts of data during operations with the help of their sensors which can be used by AI to improve the performance of the devices.

According to research, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are generated by IoT devices every day.

By being AI optimized, IoT devices can learn the pattern of the environment they are working in, detect anomalies, if any and also decrease downtime.

For example, MindAI is a thermostat that learns how you like your room temperature and learns how you adjust your temperature in a day. After learning your behavior, it adjusts the AC without your intervention so that you get maximum comfort. If it wasn’t AI optimized, this thermostat would have run your AC at a fixed temperature which you would give as input.

Other benefits of AIoT or Artificial Intelligence Technology (AI+IoT) are:

  • Analysis of data so collected is optimized and acts as feedback for future operations.
  • Increases autonomy of the devices since they AI embed them, thus learning previous patterns
  • Decreases the downtime
  • Increases efficiency and effectiveness of processes
  • Provide more operational insights

Role of AI in IoT Security

With the growing number of IoT devices, Cyber Attackers are working on ways to penetrate these networks to get access to crucial data. The attacks on these vulnerable IoT devices can be dangerous to organizations that are dependent on them.

That’s where Artificial Intelligence comes into the picture.

According to research conducted at the University of District of Columbia, the application of AI in deploying security to IoT will help us in realizing its full potential.

But how will AI help in providing security to IoT devices and networks?

AI will help in monitoring the network continuously. The patterns of the previous attacks will help AI in understanding what future attack scenarios might look like and hence create solutions to resolve them. This is called predictive analysis, which will help to combat modified security threats.

Hence equipped with previous data AI can enhance the security aspect of the devices. AI will also help in monitoring these devices without human interference and hence automate the process.

How AI and IoT are Changing Digital Word (Technology)

The following graph will help you in estimating the growth in the market which AI and IoT, when blended together, will capture, clearly in the coming future, both technologies together will be dominating the Tech Industry.

AI and IoT together (or AIOT) will set the foundation of the automation world as we will know it. With the capability of IoT devices to capture huge amounts of data from the environment and the Artificial Intelligence model’s ability to extract valuable information from IoT — together they can implement better solutions.

The two technologies together will change the business scenarios around the world.

Fact: AI and IoT together are projected to reach a market size of 16.2 Billion with a CAGR growth rate of 26 percent.

Here are some ways through which we can analyze the impact AIOT will have on our business industries:

  1. Businesses who implement AIOT will have the edge over their competitors since they can get more detailed insights that weren’t known before.
  2. Hiring processes will become more structured and faster. The process of recruiting can be very time-consuming if done the traditional way. Background check, searching specific skill sets and experience, analyzing the person’s behavior becomes easier with AIOT involvement.
  3. Most of the industrial tasks will become automated, safer and more accurate.
  4. These technologies make it possible for businesses to do the processing in the IoT devices themselves, therefore, increasing the security of data and saving time.
  5. Consumer behavior patterns can be traced, and the purchasing power of the targeted consumer can be analyzed easily.

In conclusion, the businesses will become smarter, faster and their scalability will become easier.

Examples of AI and IoT in Action

Smart Home is the umbrella term for various technologies which make a person’s life easier, safer and digitized at home. All the devices we use at home, be it Television, washing machine, air-conditioner, microwave or even our simple door become smart once they are connected to the internet.

These appliances can be equipped with various AI technologies, for example, voice recognition, face recognition, etc., so that they add more value to our lives and hence making it easier.

Smart Speakers have made a good place in the market, with AIs like Alexa, Siri and Google already becoming household names. Smart homes can also help us be energy efficient and make our environment safer.

Driverless cars are probably the most popular AIOT technology out there. Google Self-Driving car name Waymo is still under testing and will be launched soon.

Following are some of the benefits these cars will provide:

  • These driverless cars are connected to each other and hence communicate crucial details to each other, for example, traffic lights stats, road congestion, etc. This helps in saving fuel of the vehicle and hence reduces emissions.
  • Since these vehicles are connected to each other and to the internet, they will always strive to find the optimum way to reach the passenger and to his/her destination. Hence saving passenger’s time as well as reducing traffic.
  • These cars will enhance passenger’s experience while traveling and also increase the safety parameter since the chances of error are very low when compared to human drivers.

Wearable technologies like Smart Watches have become very popular. These watches track your sleeping patterns, heart rate, exercise routine continuously and give you an analysis of your health.

In healthcare industries, wearable technology is being researched so that they can alert the patient, their family, or doctor if any abnormality is found in the body function. The wearable helps in wasting no time for treating the patient.

Though not extensively, AIOT has started making an impact in the agriculture domain too. Farmers have started adopting precision agriculture which uses AI technology to help them keep a check on diseases and pests that attack plants.

Some AI models help in forecasting the seasons and upcoming weather patterns, which help the farmer make better planning for a good quality harvest. Drones enabled with computer vision, and deep learning are used by farmers to analyze the areas of farms that can be improved further.

AI sensors are helping farmers in deciding which herbicide will be best suited for a particular weed and also help in determining the accurate quantity needed. This helps in reducing the excessive use of herbicides in plants which is beneficial both for the environment and human consumption.

  • STRENGTHENED RISK MANAGEMENT

Businesses use IoT and Artificial Intelligence together to mitigate the risks, learn from them and prepare better solutions in the future. AIOT helps them automate the process, and AI models with their unlimited learning capability are efficient enough to handle modified attacks.

IoT devices help the companies to not be totally dependent on a central processing system cloud. Since most of the processing and analysis takes place in a distributed manner, the risk of a data breach or data exposure reduces to a great extent. This also helps in reducing the time of the processing.

Many banks have adopted artificial intelligence to make decisions on fraud faster. These technologies also help in providing better insights into tradings, stock markets, and predicting financial markets and hence reducing the financial loss for the organizations.

Conclusion

The future will belong to those who adopt AI and IoT to scale their businesses. Companies like Amazon, Tesla, Google, and Apple have already started harnessing the benefits of AIOT.

The Internet of Things helps in collecting, processing, and analyzing data at every step and hence provides valuable insights into these processes. The implementation of the results from these is faster than the traditional methods, thanks to the continuous learning of Artificial Intelligence models.

These technologies have already made an impact on consumers’ lives which we can see with the increasing popularity of smart speakers, smartwatches, smart vehicles, etc.

Together these technologies will be responsible for the digitization of all the sectors and bring tremendous changes in our lives through automation.

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Modules of Microsoft Dynamics 365


Have you ever wondered how certain businesses manage to stay ahead of the curve no matter how many pandemics hit? Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a cloud-based solution that combines ERP and CRM to offer the full power of innovative technology. One of its primary benefits is the seamless connectivity across your organizational systems that makes data siloes a thing of the past. In addition, it has predictive intelligence that enables businesses to preempt challenges and predict changes in the market.

A successful Microsoft Dynamics 365 implementation can take your business to new heights.

APPLICATIONS OF MICROSOFT DYNAMICS 365

 Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a cloud-based platform that combines CRM and ERP systems. It unifies the prime operational areas in a business such as finance, supply chain, retail, HR, Sales, customer service, project operations, field service, marketing, and the entire gamut of operations, through CRM, Finance, SCM, and Business central applications in the platform. These applications can talk to each other and thus help implement best practices as per customer requirements.

Dynamics 365 ERP

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software manages and integrates business processes end-to-end. An ERP implementation optimizes modules such as Finance and Operations, Retail, Human resources, Supply Chain Management, and more:

  1. Finance and Operations: Dynamics 365 Finance automates financial processes and provides better planning tools for back-end operations.
  2. Human Resource: It is an end-to-end employee management platform that handles complex HR functions and saves time, money, and resources.
  3. Retail: The retail industry benefited the most from the ERP implementation as shopping became digital.
  4. Supply Chain Management: A cloud ERP provides the data necessary to monitor supply chain activities and helps companies to keep expenses in check.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 implementation has become a top priority to most SMEs because of its capabilities to digitally transform organizations.

Dynamics 365 CRM

A Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution serves as a single application to host all the tools of the prime business operations such as Sales, Marketing, Field Services, Project Service Automation and Customer service.

  1. Sales: Dynamics 365 delivers sales process automation for access to insightful customer data and a complete picture of each prospect’s journey.
  2. Marketing: combine sales and marketing modules to automate business processes and to maximize ROI.
  3. Customer Service: Dynamics 365 records all customer communications across several channels, which makes it easy to create more personalized communication strategies with customers. It helps organizations to create, manage and track cases and see them to their logical conclusion.
  4. Field Service: Built-in intelligence resolves service issues and reduces operational expenses.
  5. Finance and Operations: Microsoft Azure caters to unique business requirements across industries and helps businesses thrive in challenging economic conditions without infrastructure worries.
  6. Project Service Automation: Optimizes project management and predicts the profitability of ongoing projects.  

With AI and powerful intelligence tools, Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 CRM implementation has helped countless companies across multiple industries grow their business.

HOW DOES DYNAMICS 365 WORK?

A Dynamics 365 implementation enables enhanced performance with advanced features and robust architecture. It integrates seamlessly with financials and business management solutions that are comprehensive and easy-to-use.

  • Connects Internal Teams to a Unified Solution: Dynamics 365 easily integrates with other Microsoft business applications such as Office 365 and Outlook, operations that run on Azure, and third-party plug-ins. Additionally, the entire Microsoft suite of business applications shares the same UI. Dynamics 365 can also be integrated easily with other 3rd party applications using available APIs.
  • Enhanced Communication: With a cloud-based business platform, employees can work from anywhere and anytime, regardless of network accessibility. Employees can stay connected to Dynamics 365 and operate on web browsers available across several devices.
  • Highly Scalable: Microsoft Dynamics 365 implementation services use simple yet flexible low-code custom tools to customize views, reports, forms, workflow, and security. It also combines data with AI to produce insightful results. Power users of the application can develop low-code/no-code based apps that help in day-to-day business.

HOW TO GET DYNAMICS 365 FOR YOUR UNIQUE BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 provides different deployment productivity tools. Experienced implementation partners can help you leverage these to their fullest potential. Dynamics 365 professionals are essential to analyze business requirements and ensure a smooth implementation. Be sure to select and evaluate the right partner who can fully understand your business challenges. 

HOW MICROSOFT DYNAMICS 365 BENEFITS YOUR BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Modules of Microsoft Dynamics 365

Dynamics 365 suite of applications includes the following modules:

Dynamics 365 for Marketing

Acknowledging the need for a new Dynamics marketing platform, Microsoft set out to build a new cloud-based marketing automation platform. Here’s what it brings to the table:

  1. Know your leads better: It shares the entire Information about your leads from every part of your business
  2. Personalization and Branding: It helps you develop a coherent brand by providing an easy-to-use email editor, personalized customer journeys, and coordinated information on leads common to different departments.
  3. Insights and actionable feedback: The data analytics feature provides extensive insights about the performance of your marketing strategies.
  4. Configuration and expansion: Basic functionalities of Dynamics 365 can be easily customized and there are several third-party tools available to leverage its benefits.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales

Dynamics 365 offers actionable insights, better customer engagement, and collaboration capabilities. Benefits of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales:

  1. Efficient sales processes – Increase the work efficiency of your sales team by automating sales processes.
  2. Scalable CRM platform – The cloud-based CRM system provides the flexibility of processes across teams and departments.
  3. User-friendly application – A user-friendly and intuitive user interface enables you to work with more productivity.
  4. Unified systems – All customer processes in one system help you track the entire customer life cycle and offers all customers’ data in a single source.
  5. Fully integrated Power BI solution – The Power BI integration gives you access to intelligent and handy dashboards and reports that save you from cumbersome manual data entry.

Dynamics 365 Business Central

Business Central is an ERP platform that can harmonize your business and offer you a holistic view of your organization. Dynamics 365 Business Central is now seeing a 200 percent annual user growth across all industries because of its numerous benefits.

  • All in one flexible and secure solution
  • Financial and project management
  • Helps control costs
  • Most powerful ERP to increase sales and customer service
  • Simplify supply chain optimization

Dynamics 365 for Customer Service

Dynamics 365 Customer Service enables companies to offer better customer support and have a clear understanding of their requirements. Furthermore, its artificial intelligence and automation features help businesses prevent and solve complex problems anytime, anywhere and provide personalized services that help strengthen business bonds.

  • Engage with customers across several channels and devices.
  • Helps businesses meet and exceed increasing customer demands.
  • Easily integrates and connects with other applications.
  • Artificial intelligence provides brilliant customer insights.

Dynamics 365 for Field Service

Dynamics 365 for Field Service enables companies to exchange critical business-related data easily to smooth operations. It deftly manages intra- and inter-team communication and coordination. Built-in intelligence preempts challenges and seamlessly solves them in advance, increasing productivity. In addition, it offers a holistic view of user records and helps personalize customer experiences.

  • Offer a self-service portal and proactive updates to customers
  • Predictive analysis of data resolves problems in advance.
  • No-code visual editors and flexible tools seamlessly manage end-to-end operations
  • HoloLens mixed reality headsets provide maintenance services anytime, anywhere. 

Dynamics 365 Project Automation

It helps plan, execute, and keep track of projects and manages tasks and resources accordingly. In addition, the Project Automation module optimizes project management to keep your time and budget in check. Its advantages include: 

  • Increase productivity
  • Operate in a modern, agile, and flexible platform
  • Intuitively predict project profitability
  • Unified system for project sales, resourcing, delivery, and billing teams

Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

Finance and Operations apps are enterprise resource planning (ERP) software built on the Microsoft Azure platform for medium and large-sized companies. They offer complete custom ERP functionality for organizations to help them thrive through the tides of changing economic times. They benefit businesses in the following ways:

  • Optimize and automate business processes
  • Plan your finances with ease
  • Make better business decisions with real-time data
  • Deliver exceptional end-to-end customer experiences

Dynamics 365 Commerce

This module combines in-store and back-office operations. It is tailored for the retailers and helps them create innovative shopping experiences. Dynamics 365 Commerce enables customers to enjoy both online and offline shopping experiences. Some of its most prominent features include:

  • Brilliant shopping experiences increase customer satisfaction, brand loyalty, and ROI.
  • Adapt to increasing customer demands and manage multiple stores in a unified platform.
  • Intuitive customer insights help increase profitability.
  • Drive innovation with a flexible application that easily integrates with other services and applications.

Dynamics 365 Human Resources

Microsoft Dynamics 365 implementation for Talent empowers the HR team to hire, train, and retain employees who accelerate results. It integrates with Office 365 and LinkedIn to find the right candidate for the business. It helps the HR team manage the entire recruiting and onboarding process and automates routine tasks such as tracking attendance. It provides the full information employees need in a single, easily accessible portal:

  • Payroll, budget, and tax return management
  • Create employee profiles
  • Holiday and absence tracking
  • LinkedIn Talent Solutions

STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS OF IMPLEMENTING MICROSOFT DYNAMICS 365

Implementing Process of Dynamics 365
Implementing Process of Dynamics 365

Step 1: Business Process Review

Careful evaluation of current processes is essential to implement Dynamics 365 without disrupting existing processes. It is the primary step toward a successful implementation.

Step 2: Dynamics 365 Review

Understand the features, functionalities, and capabilities of Dynamics 365 to plan implementation costs, identify performance gaps, and zero in on processes that can be automated.

Step 3: Create a Data Migration Plan

Create a robust data migration plan to ensure a smooth implementation process. Before migrating data, eliminate redundant, inaccurate information to ensure high-quality information and optimum value from your new ERP system.

Step 4: Test Extensively

Test the implementation using a sample database, check whether integrations are in synchrony, and validate system output. Test extensively to identify and weed outperformance or data accuracy issues before rollout.

HOW MUCH DOES A DYNAMICS 365 IMPLEMENTATION COST IN 2022?

Different components affect the price of a Dynamics 365 implementation. Therefore, organizations must consider the cost of the implementation including people resources. 

Ongoing costs can include solution version upgrades and ongoing application maintenance. 

DYNAMICS 365 IMPLEMENTATION COST

Microsoft Dynamics 365 has Three Licence Types to Choose From:

a) Essentials: $70 per user per month

This license entails the following:

  • Financial Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Jobs/Project Management
  • Warehouse Management 

b) Premium: $100 per user per month

This license comprises the following: 

  • Everything in Essentials
  • Service Management
  • Manufacturing

c) Team Members: $8 per user per month

This license is open to the following: 

  • Read anything within Business Central
  • Update existing data and entries in Business
  • Approve or reject tasks in all workflows assigned to a user, with the limit that approvals and rejections can only update data in records that BC team members can access.
  • Create, edit, or delete a sales or purchase quotation
  • Create, edit, and delete personal information
  • Enter a timesheet for Jobs
  • Use Power Apps/Power Automate Use Rights with Dynamics 365 license

Dynamics 365 Finance – $180 per month per user

Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management – $180 per month per user

Dynamics 365 Marketing:

  • $750 per month per organization (A minimum of ten users)
  • $1500 per month per organization (Less than ten users) 

Sales Professional plan –               $65 per user/month

Sales Enterprise plan –                  $95 per user/month

Microsoft Relationship Sales –     $162 per user/month

Customer Service Professional plan –       $50 per user/month

Customer Service Enterprise plan –           $95 per user/month 

These plans come with a 30-day free trial, and many of the paid features are not available during the trial period. Microsoft Dynamics 365 allows users to buy add-on apps that can precisely help organizations meet their business requirements.

INDUSTRY EXPERTS, YOU CAN TEAM UP WITH

Selecting the right Microsoft partner for a smooth implementation and integration is important. DemandDynamics is a trusted Microsoft Gold certified partner that has worked with numerous companies for Dynamics 365 implementation and migrations. It has been providing Microsoft services for years through various business sectors. Its On-Demand Services are popular with clients for its ability to meet technical, operational, and financial goals.

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Aishwarya is a Senior Writer at DemandDynamics with a passionate interest in Tech. She authors content that helps companies stay updated about Microsoft Dynamics 365 products. Off the job, she is a traveler and an avid reader.

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Proctoring plays the utmost importance for an LMS. With the implementation of LMS, learning becomes more accessible. Online learning is taking place worldwide. Meanwhile, it’s stressful for educators and learners to keep pace with it.

Secure testing and exams seem challenging to handle in a learning management system. Proctoring software is an intelligent solution for live monitoring of the candidates and secures tracking of tests and other necessary verification.

With increased interest in online learning globally, proctoring software is the need of the future.

What is an LMS?

LMS stands for Learning Management System. A Learning Management System is a software application that offers a digital learning platform.

It includes the management of all factors of a company’s many training programs.

LMS consists of tracking and reporting, learning programs, educational courses, documentation, administration profile, user information, etc.

Moodle, Blackboard Learn, Docebo, etc., are examples of LMS.

About Proctoring Software

Before we discuss other details, let us first understand what proctoring is about?

Online proctoring software is an integrated platform that preserves the online exams’ righteousness by offering the tools that check the identity and behavior of the exam-taker. Furthermore, this software allows the instructor to create online exams and tests in the learning management system with specified rules and security testing to avoid cheating.

It helps keep the online exams’ integrity. Online proctoring software monitors using audio and a webcam. It’s beneficial for the identification of any suspicious activities in LMS. It comes with ultimate features and functionalities. Below are the mentioned features of this software.

Ultimate Features

Many features play a vital role in proctoring for LMS. These features are as follows.

Features of Proctoring.

Multiple Device Detection

There are various types of devices available to students as well as instructors. These devices consist of cellphone, tablets, smartphones, laptops, etc. Unfortunately, few proctoring services have reached the point where they can detect multiple devices.

This feature helps prevent other cheating and other doubtful activities. In addition, this feature acts as a bonus point for the instructors. Thus, the multi-device detection feature plays a vital role. It will be interesting to see how further changes and updates take place in the future — also — how the new updates will pan out with additional new functionalities.

There are endless features of proctoring software in the field of technology.

Quick Implementation in Voice Detection

Another feature that shows the advantage here is voice detection. An excellent online proctoring software has the ability of voice detection.

It adds another step in protecting the verification and prevents the cheating process. In addition, the software includes voice detection AI that proves as helpful in reducing false flags. Over-flagging causes stress for not only students but for the instructors too.

The use of robust AI by proctoring allows a stress-free environment for both parties. Among many features of proctoring, voice detection is the major one that is fruitful in Learning Management Systems.

Data Security

Regarding online learning, data security is the top-most priority for any user or in any technology practiced. It offers the privacy of students’ data.

Careful monitoring of a student’s data privacy profoundly impacts students, instructors, and institutions. For proctoring services, protecting the data and maintaining data privacy remains the top-notch priority.

The privacy policies followed tell about the why and how the data privacy needs to follow-up. Data security and privacy are essential because they prevent hacking and leaking of information.

No one wants to see the loophole in protecting the user’s privacy. Thus, the system needs to follow this in Learning Management System Platforms.

Identity Verification

Another essential feature that falls in this category is identity verification. Many proctoring software comes with the feature of identity verification. Identity verification is critical to record the exam-taker’s identity and track fraud activities.

Moreover, identity verification plays a crucial role in proctoring. This ultimate feature makes the proctoring stand apart in the services.

Ease of Use

Another essential feature that falls into the category is ease of use. Most proctoring software comes with the feature of simple working and is easy to handle.

Common Types of Online Exam Proctoring

Online exam proctoring categorizes into four common types:

1. Lockdown Browser – Lockdown browser helps forbid the students from using other websites, browsers, or any applications while taking a test. It stops other functions and keyboard shortcuts as well.

Working on the lockdown browser takes place via the integration with the LMS, and it stops exam-takers from accessing browsers, websites, functions, etc.

2. Live Proctoring – Live proctoring doesn’t include the services like automated proctoring. In general, in this process, live remote proctors keep a watch on students during the examination.

Its working takes place by live remote proctors keeping an eye on students when students sit for the online tests. If any issue persists, remote proctors can intervene. After completion of the examination, live remote proctors make a report of the exam and send the recording to the instructors for further review.

3. Automated Proctoring – Automated proctoring uses AI-related technologies to keep the tracking of students in an online exam.

It works by inspecting the students using AI technologies in the online exam. Then, the recording session review takes place and reports to the instructor.

4. Blending Automated Proctoring and Live Online Proctoring – It offers the advantages of automated as well as live proctoring. But, again, it depends on the institution or organization to decide the standard method that suits them.

Importance of Proctoring for LMS Integration

Now, after looking at the in-depth detail of the online proctoring software.

Many questions arise like:

  • Why is proctoring necessary for Learning Management System integration?
  • How does it act as a fruitful software system for LMS?
  • Or what is the need for online proctoring software in LMS?

Proctoring does consist of great importance for seamless LMS integration.

Online proctoring software is essential and is the need in Learning Management Systems because LMS is a vast platform that consists of its reaches worldwide.

Within incremental increase in the number of Learning Management Systems — online proctoring software is a requirement for them. Proctoring software targets the academic integration, helps scale online programs, provides data protection for suspicious activities — and shows progress in students’ success and improvement.

Understanding the student’s needs and providing them with a convenient online exam experience is essential for all Learning Management Systems.

For the peace of mind of administration and faculty, the proper online exam proctoring must-have software selection.

With well-crafted policies, universities and colleges can maintain their reputation.

But as the interest in online exams is increasing, the LMS platforms need to stay one step ahead in the fastest advanced technologies and keep their reputation on the line according to the industry standards.

Thus, proctoring plays a crucial role in seamless LMS integration.

By selecting the right proctoring software, prevention of cheating takes place, and online courses are provided without degrading their quality.

Right proctoring software system offers the students two key things- the first one is academic rigor, and the second one is convenience.

Requirement in LMS

For those students who remain part of digital programs, online exams are necessary for them to take. In such a scenario, services like proctoring offer the students the convenience of taking their exams anywhere and prepare them for this.

In LMS, it increases the chances of student success. Besides, it provides a stress-free environment for the students, faculties, and administration. Thus, proctoring is essential for LMS platforms.

Also, it is the ultimate need of the future. It is important and helpful in maintaining the integrity of the Learning Management Systems.

Did you know that the federal government’s 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act depicts that the higher education institution with Title IV funding needs to verify the online students’ identity by using at least one mentioned below method:

  • New technologies that verify identity
  • Online proctoring services
  • Secure login and password

The points mentioned above show the importance of proctoring software for LMS platforms.

Working on Proctoring Software

Now, we have a deep understanding of the online proctoring software. But, first, let us understand the working of proctored software.

The software is dynamic and reliable. In general, the whole architecture is operated using a cloud-based system.

It is hard to imagine the working of an online proctoring software without a cloud-based system.

Moreover, there is a rise in online learning programs. Thus, online proctoring software is much dependent on the cloud-based system.

In the beginning, proctoring starts with the authentication process. This software examines the authentication of the examiner.

Also, the proctoring software can terminate the questionable behavior during the examination.

The software “reads” the photo identity of the students while taking any test. Once the proctors authenticate students’ identities — the student can begin the test.

The next step consists of monitoring the candidate during an exam. Again, it comes with an algorithm beneficial for monitoring the exam-takers and flushing out a suspicious activity or doubtful cases.

Last but not least is the data storage and review step. The examination audio and video recording take place, and the information is stored on the cloud. Once the exams are over, you or your team has the choice to recheck the cases.

Conclusion

These steps make proctoring available for those in need who could not access help with their learning programs in any other way — and is essential for LMS platforms.

It is interesting to note about more features it adds in the future. Online Proctoring Software is essential for the LMS platforms and is a current need in online learning. This system and its software have been needed for a long time and will stay in the education industry and be improved both now and into the future.

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How to Tackle Your 5 Toughest Summer Goals

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You can still enjoy your summer.


Now that we’re in June, summer has officially arrived — and it’s moving faster than anyone can imagine. So have you accomplished your toughest summer goals?

I know summer is a popular ‌time‌ ‌to‌ chill and ‌hang‌ ‌out — whether‌ ‌by the pool, the beach, or attending concerts with friends. ‌‌‌But, unfortunately, summer isn’t about all those things, even though I love them.

Instead, be thinking about your summer‌ ‌goals — specifically, the goals you want to achieve by fall. Have you worked out your personal, professional, and academic progress goals?

Even though summer is often the season of reflection, refreshment, refocus, and rejuvenation — it’s also a great time to explore and try new things. And, because you have more availability thanks to vacations or summer breaks, you can actually focus on your goals. ‌

Thanks to the warm weather, you’ll also have more energy and a better mood. As such, you’ll be able to start tackling your dusty, and un-completed bucket list.

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Tackle Your Five Toughest Summer Goals

Tackling your most challenging summer goals is not easy, especially when you want to be outside and have fun in the sun.

Use these tips to tackle your goals and still enjoy the dog days of summer.

1. Setting forth the goal.

Summer goals are no different from any other goals. ‌The first step is to make‌ ‌a‌ ‌list. To not feel overwhelmed, your list should be lean and mean. In other words, prioritize the things that have value.

Planning your goals is also essential. ‌Holding yourself accountable is also crucial. ‌Writing down your goals helps you do‌ ‌this.

“Vividly describing your goals in written form is strongly associated with goal success,” writes Mark Murphy, founder of www.LeadershipIQ.com. “And people who vividly describe or picture their goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to successfully accomplish them than people who don’t.” This is thanks to external storage and encoding.

Best of all? You can refer back to this whenever you need it.

The next step is to choose a deadline. ‌By setting a deadline, you will remain‌ ‌on‌ ‌track. Deadlines also keep you accountable and motivated.

Last but not least,‌ ‌make‌ ‌this‌ ‌list‌ ‌visible. ‌Put it somewhere you can see it daily, for example, on your fridge, computer, or calendar. ‌Daily reminders will ensure that you stay on track.

Another option? ‌Write‌ down your‌ ‌goals‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌journal. ‌Then, you may reflect on them or make any necessary changes at the end of the day.

2. Change your mindset about summer and goals.

Instead of treating this transition period as a break, see it as an opportunity for change. ‌This mindset will make a huge difference.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change,” said Dr. Wayne Dyer, an‌ ‌author‌ ‌, and‌ ‌motivational‌ ‌speaker. ‌Think of the summer as a time for a change, as well as renewal. ‌Thinking about Summer less traditionally can be the key to starting and completing even your most demanding ‌goals.

It’s no secret that our minds are strong. ‌But, if you place your mind in vacation mode, you’ll think, “let’s take a break.” ‌But, on the other hand, setting your mind on a time for change sets your attitude to “what’s next.”

Even better? Consider adopting a freedom mindset to align with the Fourth of July. ‌Essentially, this growth mindset allows you to break free of‌ ‌whatever‌ ‌is‌ ‌holding‌ ‌you‌ ‌back. To develop this type of mindset, be a little selfish by turning down requests if they interfere with your priorities.

3. ‌‌‌Establish monthly, weekly, and even daily goals for yourself, and check in periodically throughout the process.

“Truthfully, goal setting is easy,” writes Nicolas Cole in Fast Company. “It’s the accountability side of things people struggle with.”

“Instead of thinking about your summer as one massive chunk of time (90 days), try to visualize your summer as three separate chapters (June, July, and August),” Cole suggests. ‌Then,‌ ‌divide each of those chapters into smaller chapters‌ ‌(Week‌ ‌1,‌ ‌Week‌ ‌2,‌ ‌Week‌ ‌3,‌ ‌Week‌ ‌4). “And then within those sub-chapters, really internalize each day that makes up each one of those weeks (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7).”

The next step is to set micro-goals ‌for‌ ‌each by asking:

  • By the end of June, July, or August, where would you like to be?
  • To get there, what goals must you achieve?
  • Next, what can you do to break down those goals ‌into‌ ‌weekly‌ ‌milestones?
  • Finally, can you break down each of those milestones ‌into‌ ‌daily‌ ‌micro-milestones?

“The more you can help yourself see the next step in front of you (as opposed to the entire three-month journey), the more likely you are to remain consistent and connected to the process,” Cole adds.

4. Don’t fall into a summer slump.

There is no secret that productivity is at an all-time low during the summer months — ‌especially‌ ‌in‌ ‌July‌ ‌and‌ ‌August. ‌According to Captivate Office Pulse’s study, productivity drops by 20 percent during the summer months. ‌In addition, attendance dropped by 19 percent and work turnaround time increased‌ ‌by‌ ‌13‌ ‌percent.

There are several reasons why. For starters, people are on vacation. Maybe your gym buddy is out of town, meaning you don’t have someone to hold you accountable. Perhaps you can complete a project at work because your collaborator is out of the office for a long weekend.

We also tend to develop serious cases of FOMO. Why focus on your goals when you want to be at the beach with your friends? And, of course, as already mentioned, there’s the weather.

How can you prevent falling into the summer slump? Well, you could look for inspiration. Maybe reading a book while chilling by the pool. Perhaps, you could schedule a walking meeting with a mentor or someone who pushes you.

Or, you could take a class or attend events to learn new skills to help you reach your goals. And, if the workplace is quieter than usual. Primarily — making plans and the steps to achieve them.

5. Make keystone habits a part of your daily routine.

In the summer, you have many chances to improve your life. For example, let’s say that you want to prioritize your health. ‌Incorporating healthy practices into your daily summer routine could transform these seasonal habits into second nature before frost and cooler weather set in.

For example, studies show that spending time in nature lowers stress, heart rate, and blood pressure, all risk factors for heart disease. The summer months are a great time for friends and family to enjoy sports such as walking, swimming, biking, and hiking. ‌Incorporate outdoor activities into your family’s weekly schedule by setting aside time for them on the calendar. What’s more, this can reduce your screen time usage.

If you want to achieve your goals, you should instill keystone habits.

In his book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhig aptly describes the keystone habit. As the cornerstone of any structure, the keystone holds everything‌ ‌in place. ‌Additionally, keystone habits encourage the development of other good habits while helping eliminate bad ones.

If you develop keystone habits, you’ll be able to achieve your goals while also improving your time management.

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