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  • December 4, 2018

    With spiraling demand for services, rising expectations and significantly diminished budgets, leaders have faced a constant battle to deliver more and better with less...View Post

  • December 4, 2018

    For decades now, business intelligence – the strategies and technologies that organizations use to analyze and understand their data – has long been considered the domain of big business. While the technological advances of BI tools have allowed large organizations to leap forward in profitability and market responsiveness, most smaller organizations have sat by, often assuming that BI solutions were too costly, too cumbersome, or too advanced to be cost-effective for a business of their size...View Post

  • December 4, 2018

    When Jim Smith became the CIO of Maine in January of 2012, it was a traditional waterfall shop. But things look much different now...View Post

  • December 4, 2018

    Healthcare has long had an allergy to youth. Whereas the tech sector has embraced young founders, in biotechnology and health tech, gray hair is not merely an asset but a prerequisite. But as Forbes has tracked young healthcare entrepreneurs on our 30 Under 30 lists, we have seen that change...View Post

  • December 4, 2018

    Data analytics is becoming more pervasive as businesses dive deeper into their wealth of knowledge to become more productive, smarter and competent at making predictions. Large numbers of early adopters coming from banking, retail, healthcare and telecommunications businesses, and new entrants alike are using analytics to identify value creation opportunities...View Post

  • December 4, 2018

    Data security is a top concern for all organizations, but do you know how safe your professional communications are? Not just your emails – email encryption is the first rung on the security ladder – but other aspects such as voice messaging, video conferencing, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) based file transfers...View Post

  • December 4, 2018

    It took 2,200 miles by foot over 128 days. It took 500,000 up and down vertical feet from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mount Katahdin, Maine. And it took moments of crisis in the face of an extreme physical and mental challenge. But San Francisco-based tech entrepreneur Chris Gibson figured out how to successfully manage a really big goal without becoming overwhelmed...View Post

  • December 4, 2018

    Let’s be real. Navigating your career is challenging. There are so many moving parts and sometimes, you just need someone to show you the way. I certainly did not know how to create a resume, prepare for job interviews, optimize my LinkedIn profile and grow my network until I went to career workshops at my school...View Post

  • December 4, 2018

    Business plans have long been a critical document for new businesses. Are they still relevant? If so, what best practices and data can help you create a winning document that will help your business get the funding you need and ensure your venture lasts?...View Post

  • December 4, 2018

    Digital experience management (DXM) refers to the combination of strategy, technology, and processes to provide highly engaging and satisfying digital services to customers. In the private sector, DXM is seen as a competitive differentiator that results in high customer loyalty and higher revenues...View Post

  • December 4, 2018

    Where business is concerned, Dave Smith abides by the gospel of Charles Darwin. As the owner of Dave Smith Appliance Services, he’s learned that evolutionary biology is eminently relevant to appliance repairs. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives,” a poster in the company conference room reads. “It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”...View Post

  • November 26, 2018

    Creating and maintaining a budget is an essential small business task, but much like personal life, it is something that’s not done routinely. Proper budgeting is big-picture money management; it can help you stay on track or help you grow...View Post

  • November 26, 2018

    Whether you’ve overestimated income or underestimated expenses, the red lights are flashing, and horns are sounding. It’s a rotten place to be in, but it’s not necessarily the end of your business. Trust me, I’ve been there a few times...View Post

  • November 14, 2018

    The road to entrepreneurship is paved with failure. Phil Catron can certainly attest to that. Today he’s the CEO of lawn care powerhouse NaturaLawn of America, which licenses 90 franchises across 24 states. But before founding the company in 1986, he was just a guy without a job who couldn’t get his idea taken seriously...View Post

  • November 14, 2018

    In my previous blog I set out the case for digital resilience being a step up from cybersecurity and described the need to convince organizations of its importance in a business context. At its core, being digitally resilient represents a fundamental change in the way we understand digital technology, risk and opportunity...View Post

  • November 14, 2018

    My experience with technology company boards has been mixed. I’ve sat on founding boards and boards after Series A financing from institutional and corporate VCs, and public company boards. Many of the dot-com boards were thrown together overnight: at one point, I sat on eleven boards, which is of course ridiculous...View Post

  • November 14, 2018

    Many mid-to-large sized organizations and a fast-growing segment of SMBs have embraced and deployed one of the many single sign on (SSO) solutions available. In simplest terms, SSO is a session and user authentication solution allowing an employee to use just one login credential (Active Directory credentials or email/password) to access any number of web-based sites and services...View Post

  • November 14, 2018

    How important are those navigation labels at the top of your website? According to new research conducted by branding, design and marketing agency Tank Design, labels are essential – as long as you care about your customers finding what they’re looking for. After all, it’s not called “navigation” for nothing...View Post

  • November 14, 2018

    Do you know what’s on your office computers? Perhaps more to the point, how do you know? Such questions might seem rather pointed, especially when they’re being asked by a nitpicking professional such as an insurer or an accountant. But they’re ones that you, as an IT manager, should be asking yourself – rather than waiting for circumstance to expose any gaps in your knowledge...View Post

  • November 14, 2018

    In my experience, “If it isn’t broken, why fix it?” is the common train of thought that is shared between business owners in regards to their technology. I understand that decision-makers typically have countless other resources to manage and cannot be reasonably expected to stay up-to-date on the changing landscape of modern business technology...View Post

  • November 14, 2018

    Today’s competitive business landscape has companies looking to technology to find some advantage. Many are compelled to undergo digital transformation to become more efficient in their business processes. But even newer companies often struggle to determine what components ought to comprise their “tech stacks"...View Post

  • November 14, 2018

    Bumble has just announced a fund to invest in female founders, noting that last year female founders got just 2% of all venture capital funding. While this is great news, there is another industry bias worth exploring which is not about women founders, but products for women...View Post

  • November 14, 2018

    The Federal Reserve says that economic activity is strong, and the Labor Department reports that the economy keeps adding jobs across many sectors and unemployment remains low. Non-farm employment increased by 157,000 in July, led by professional and business services, manufacturing, healthcare and social assistance...View Post

  • November 14, 2018

    This week I spoke to two Salt Lake City entrepreneurs: The husband and wife cofounders of Parachut. Like me, their alma mater is Brigham Young University. The husband, Philip Niu, played BYU Football in 2003-2006. He’s an extreme wellness advocate, like I am, but unlike me, he stands 6’5”...View Post

  • November 6, 2018

    If you’ve not yet come across shadow IT, think yourself fortunate that you’re reading this. Shadow IT is a rapidly growing risk to all businesses when it comes to IT continuity and security, heightened by the increasing ease of adoption of cloud services. It’s likely to be already happening within your business; you just may not be aware of it yet...View Post

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