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  1. Salesforce is one of the fastest-growing, most in-demand skillsets today. From software developers, to solutions architects, to project managers and marketing and sales professionals, Salesforce skills pay off for a wide array of roles.

    If you’re looking to land a new job, earn a raise or secure a promotion, Salesforce certification is a great career move, says Meagan Humphrey, director of sales operations at IT recruiting and staffing firm Mondo.

  2. If you have ever been tasked with having to negotiate a better deal with Microsoft, you have most likely stayed up many nights trying to figure out how you were going to successfully spin a 20 percent annual increase. I am no longer surprised when I hear stories of significant and unexpected increases being positioned during renewals.

    It is not hard to figure out why this is so often the case. When it comes to many of the core products Microsoft sells (Office, Windows, etc.), there is still a limited set of viable alternatives (Google is certainly starting to make things interesting) and Microsoft is already very much entrenched within the company that has been using its solutions for the past several years. This makes it far too complicated, if not impossible, to even start to consider moving away from Microsoft. 

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  3. Insurance companies are like the late Rodney Dangerfield: They get no respect. After all, insurance is only truly appreciated in the event of a life-changing incident, such as a car accident or a health scare.

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    (Insider Story)
  4. Restaurant chain TGI Fridays is rolling out a customer offering at its restaurants that none of its competitors has — at least for now. It’s an artificial intelligence-driven virtual bartender where guests can access an app from a smartphone or tablet and take a short quiz on what they’re in the mood for, the occasion, and their tasting likes and dislikes. The virtual bartender then suggests a unique libation. Perhaps most appealing of all, it can speed the process of ordering a drink at a busy restaurant.

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  5. Communication is the bedrock of all social behavior. And multilingual communication — what linguists call code-switching — is the human norm. The British Council, the United Kingdom’s international cultural arm, has referred to recent surveys indicating that the majority of humanity is multilingual. The Linguistic Society of America reports that there are upwards of 6,000 languages worldwide, and humans have worked hard to accommodate this diversity. In Novi Sad, Serbia, for example, the sign to the mayor’s office is in the four official languages of the city: Serbian, Hungarian, Slovak, and Pannonian Rusyn.

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