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For many years, I flew out to New York City and Las Vegas to attend the Interop. I know, it sounds pretty rough but I made the most of it. If you are not familiar, Interop is an annual  trade show promoting interoperability, IP networks, and emerging cloud computing technology.   

What could be worse than your software crashing during your holiday rush?

Having issues with your pawn software? You always need reliable software to run your shop, however, it is especially critical during the holidays. After all, 21% of annual retail sales came from the holidays in 2015, according to the National Retail Federation. This is why it is absolutely critical for that your software company invests in the most reliable services to protect your business. 

Business Spotlight: True Cloud Computing Amazon vs. Microsoft

Hey AWS... How is Business? Booming!

Do you use Netflix? If not, surely you know someone who does since they have 47 million subscribers in the US and 83 million subscribers worldwide. Last year, Netflix streamed 42.2 BILLION hours of content though AWS. Oh and by the way – they dominate internet traffic. In fact, last year they accounted for 36% of downstream internet traffic in North America. That’s more than YouTube, Facebook, iTunes and Hulu combined.

Build it, and the rest will follow... PawnMaster IGNITE

Having the largest customer base in the industry for many, many years (over 3,000 customers), Data Age / PawnMaster is proud to introduce PawnMaster Ignite. Ignite is the only true cloud based pawn software on the market. Data Age is known for building high quality, easy to use, "bullet proof" products. We have accomplished this by employing sound software development and testing processes. We don’t rush to market to capitalize on buzz words just to line our pockets and position our company, only to eventually get bought out. We have the resources, the firepower and the customer base, which could have seen us release a real cloud product six years ago. Cost, technology, and demand (among other reasons), saw us sit back and wait until the timing was right. 

Who is Securing Your Data?

When it comes to your business, the data you store and use for reporting is a key element to your success. Unfortunately, this data can also make you a target. Storing usernames and passwords, credit card information, etc., needs to be done with the greatest levels of security and know-how.  Names like “Amazon” and “eBay” instill confidence because they spare no expense to provide the best talent and technology money can buy. For decades they have been an everyday part of your personal and business needs with billions of dollars invested to make sure that your data is not compromised. 

Colocation and Cloud Computing Demystified

Over the past two decades, cloud computing, as well as colocation services have become so ubiquitous that many people started interchanging the two concepts. This blog attempts to explain the underlying differences and similarities between these often misused terms.

Cloud Computing 101

True Cloud, Hosted, and Co-location Services Defined

Just because you can access information online doesn’t mean that information lives in the cloud. If your technology provider claims to be cloud-based but isn't, you could be facing threats such as slow server speed, high costs of the infrastructure being passed on to you, downtime, or the ultimate nightmare – complete catastrophic data loss.

Our goal is to explain the difference in technology between true cloud computing as opposed to other means of server management. 

Why is Agile Methodology Important in Software Development?

Over the years Data Age has always been known as the technology leader in the pawn industry.  We invest a lot of time and resources to ensure every aspect of our clients’ business technologies are in place, updated, compliant, evolving and well-supported. We don’t rush our products to market to be able to capitalize on buzz words because this can be very costly to the end user and our first priority is putting our customers in a position for success. Having the right people and right processes ensures our company stability, and in turn, it ensures our clients’ investments are stable and profitable.

Why Cloud? Why Now?

Over the years, Data Age, with its PawnMaster product, has accepted and embraced the mantle of leadership in this industry when it comes to technology. As the number one software provider and most widely used software in the industry, it has and will always be our responsibility to keep the industry informed and educated to any technology shift or trends. With nearly 3,000 active clients, we have built a very stable, accurate, and highly effective software, which is extremely easy to use. Having tens of thousands of end-users in front of our software every day, we have been able to take ideas and suggestions and included them in new software builds. In addition to having world-class customer support, we have the absolute best software development team in this space, which can allow us to make enhancements very rapidly.

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