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  • October 31, 2018

    Digital transformation. A full 99% of enterprises are already doing it. But as a midsized firm, you’ve probably wondered what your peers are up to. You’ve been hearing about larger businesses deploying cloud, mobility, big data, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and the list of what they’re using to perform digital transformation goes on and on...View Post

  • October 30, 2018

    Between October and the end of December, we have the holiday season, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and more...View Post

  • October 30, 2018

    The modern consumer wants a frictionless shopping journey. Retail brands are feeling the pressure from consumers to make the purchasing process more convenient and are coming up with new and innovative ways to create easy, efficient ways of shopping...View Post

  • October 30, 2018

    ‘Back to school’ is a groove that many of us fall back into long after we’ve graduated and moved on. We think of this time of year as an opportunity to focus and work diligently to achieve what was set out as objectives for the year … all in the final four months...View Post

  • October 30, 2018

    For a tradition that only dates to 2010, you have to hand it to Small Business Saturday. The unofficial shopping holiday now has 70% awareness amongst U.S. consumers, with 64% of survey respondents indicating that their primary motivation for shopping on the day after Black Friday was to support their local community...View Post

  • October 30, 2018

    The way in which we all, as individuals, consume data and communicate in our personal lives drives a new expectation of availability to communicate in different ways, and businesses must maximise on the benefit of that to provide the same ‘always connected’ experience in our working environment...View Post

  • October 30, 2018

    A study released by IBM and the Ponemon Institute last March found that 77% of businesses worldwide do not have a consistent incident response plan that they can apply in the event of a data breach. Instead, these corporations rely solely on informal or department-specific damage control strategies...View Post

  • October 30, 2018

    Small Business Saturday is one of the top five shopping days of the year. Falling on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, this shoppers’ holiday offers a much more leisurely pace than the Black Friday Smackdown. By shopping locally, you might run into a neighbor, discover a shop or restaurant that’s new to you and get home with a sense of satisfaction in supporting your community. It’s a good thing...View Post

  • October 30, 2018

    Spear phishers are zeroing in on small businesses just like yours, and they’re becoming more and more convincing...View Post

  • October 30, 2018

    Americans love plastic, especially when it comes to shopping. 78% of consumers say that they would rather buy with a card than cash, and doing so typically leads to a larger purchase...View Post

  • October 30, 2018

    Cybersecurity is a top consideration for today’s IT managers and business leaders across organizations. According to the FBI, victim losses for internet crimes topped $1.7 billion in 2017, and those numbers are on the rise. Ransomware, corporate data breaches, and email and phishing schemes top the list for threats companies are constantly preparing for...View Post

  • October 30, 2018

    In today’s digital landscape, cybersecurity is a top consideration for companies. It’s not enough to have a strategic plan and monitoring tools in place. IT managers and business leaders need to keep a finger on the pulse of the latest developments, from emerging threats to new resources that can keep your business one step ahead of the competition...View Post

  • October 25, 2018

    Like our stores, offices and homes, the modern campus is a digital hub that connects students and professors and helps create an optimal learning environment. As we encounter new ways to use technology in the classroom, it’s interesting to see the real reasons why colleges and universities are adopting or expanding technology...View Post

  • October 24, 2018

    It’s the 65th anniversary year of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the perfect time to take a look back at SBA success stories. While the SBA is synonymous with small business, some of today’s biggest companies started out as small businesses. As financing continues to be the biggest challenge for small businesses, the support of the SBA, and its diverse loan programs, is particularly relevant for the growth of businesses...View Post

  • October 24, 2018

    “People talk all the time about how successful people ‘find out who their real friends are’ when they hit the big time,” a mentor of mine told me. “But almost nobody talks about how successful people treat their friends when they hit the big time.”...View Post

  • October 24, 2018

    More women around the world are patenting their inventions. That’s what the World Intellectual Property Organization reported earlier this year on World IP Day. Of the 243,500 international patent applications published in 2017, 31% included women – nearly 10% more than a decade ago...View Post

  • October 24, 2018

    The title of this post may suggest that most retailers aren’t already in the thick of planning, but from working with a lot of retail clients, I know better. Those plans may not be complete yet (are they ever?), but you’ve started to map out how you’re going to execute on great year-over-year growth, produce record levels of sales and keep newly acquired customers coming back in the new year...View Post

  • October 24, 2018

    If cyber attacks seem to be escalating, it’s because they are. Every day seems to bring news of yet another major data breach, and increasingly it’s happening to big companies that you would expect to have watertight information security...View Post

  • October 24, 2018

    In just a few years, the sharing economy has risen from being a mere novelty to becoming the new way of doing business for several industries. Companies like Uber and Airbnb have both proven that tech companies can challenge well-entrenched traditional institutions. Uber has grown to become a $62 billion company with talks of an initial public offering by 2019 already moving through the grapevine...View Post

  • October 23, 2018

    It’s unrealistic to think that you can completely avoid cyberattacks and data breaches, so it’s vital to have a proper data recovery plan in place. You can also tighten your defenses significantly by ensuring all of your network devices are properly configured, and by putting some thought into all of your potential network borders...View Post

  • October 23, 2018

    Yael Rozencwajg recently had an experience that was unusual for a woman in tech. Speaking at a conference for executives in the blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) space, Rozencwajg found herself explaining the digital ledger system that forms the basis of blockchain technology to about 200 people, most of whom were white, male CEOs. “There was a lot they didn’t know,” the founder of startup Blockchain Israel tells Fast Company...View Post

  • October 23, 2018

    Their paths to IT were seldom easy or direct but five women tech leaders advised others to claim their own seats at the table and make room for peers, at a recent panel discussion in Denver. The event, “We Are All in IT Together,” was part of the 19th annual Colorado Digital Government Summit on Oct. 1 and convened technology officials from a variety of levels...View Post

  • October 23, 2018

    When it comes time to make a change to the structure of your business debt, you have a few options available to you as a small business owner. Each aims to make your debt less of a burden over time and reduce the overall cost to you. If evening out your cash flow or knocking a bit off that lifetime cost of your loan (or loans) sounds appealing, you may want to consider either consolidating or refinancing...View Post

  • October 22, 2018

    Today, we live in a world where everyone and everything are connected and it is this interconnectedness that has brought extraordinary enhancements to our professional and personal lives. The...

  • October 18, 2018

    If you run a business where you are the sole employee, you still have to treat your business finances like a business. That means keeping good financial records and tracking payments you make to yourself from the business...View Post

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