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STI’s President and CEO Elizabeth Glasbrenner is one of several purpose-driven business leaders featured in the Small Giants Community’s series Stepping Up, which highlights how leaders and businesses are working through the COVID-19 pandemic.  The core values of the people and the organizations are…
As the world deals with COVID-19 and all the ramifications of this pandemic from a health standpoint, it is critical that each business continues to stay vigilant regarding cyber-security defenses. Keeping your eye on the ball is becoming increasingly difficult as businesses scramble to…
I’ve always had an affinity for helping people. I observed my own parents’ proclivity toward service and the compassion and empathy that guided their actions. I learned at a very young age that people give to people. I learned at a very young age…
We are excited to announce that STI is now Certified Evergreen®. “Evergreen™ companies are private, profitable, enduring, and market-leading businesses that make a dent in the universe. They put their purpose and people first and avoid decisions that impose a growth-at-all-costs or exit-oriented mindset,…
Alexa skill to provide customers with voice-activated account information Little Rock, Ark. – Southern Bancorp Bank (“Southern”) today announced the launch of “Southern Bancorp Voice Banking for Amazon Alexa,” as a free, optional feature for customers. Developed by Arkansas-based Smiley Technologies, Inc. (STI), a…
The chaos and chatter around recent “hacker” attacks in the US and abroad are louder and more confusing than ever. And unfortunately, the reporters who communicate the events back to us typically do a horrible job describing the real problem. They skip the hard…
By now, you have heard about the Southwest Airlines major network outage that happened this year. The outage lasted about 12 hours and 2,300 flights were canceled, which caused a waterfall of customer service and logistical problems. A critical piece of networking equipment failed…
Smartphones and tablet devices have empowered users who are constantly on the go in many ways. There are applications, or apps, to assist users fulfill virtually any need. These utility and entertainment apps almost always receive a welcoming response from the user community. There…
If you think about data processing – it’s really just input of data that creates output of data.  The input has to be easy and the output has to be able to reach the bank employees, bank management and the customers in a clean,…