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  • August 8, 2018

    Moving from manual processes to scalable alternatives can relieve a lot of pressure from your business. But making the move can still be a slow and painstaking process. When business is growing and you’re focused on maintaining your momentum, you don’t want to get sidetracked because your technology and tools can’t keep pace...View Post

  • August 8, 2018

    As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more and more embedded within our lives and businesses, it’s also changing the way teams across industries approach their work. In this post, we look at how the IoT is changing the nature of remote work and breaking down the divide between “the office” and “the field"...View Post

  • August 8, 2018

    One of the main reasons why business owners look for more capital is to expand – and ironically, over-expanding can lead to a whole set of problems. Yet a cramped, non-ideal workspace can actually cramp output. A recent study by CoStar Group found that buildings in Manhattan with best-in-class digital infrastructure were able to charge as much as $7.50 per square foot for office space rental...View Post

  • August 8, 2018

    We’re told we’re supposed to have an income source in retirement outside of Social Security, since those benefits alone aren’t enough to live on. For most of us, that means establishing a nest egg in the form of an IRA, 401(k), or both. But a large number of small-business owners have a different sort of backup plan for covering the bills in retirement: their businesses...View Post

  • August 8, 2018

    When you run a business, you do all that you can to save as much money as possible. Doing everything from reusing equipment to switching out the lightbulbs in your office will help you save money here and there, but it may not always be as much as you would like or need. There are quite a few other ways that you can save money as well including whittling down your staff, raising your prices, or otherwise pinching pennies – so to speak – in an effort to save as much as possible...View Post

  • August 8, 2018

    Almost every retailer out there will tell you they need to be more innovative, and that this is hard. Retail has long been an industry focused on buying low, selling high, and optimizing everything in between. Shifting to meet an expectation of providing content, services, experience, engagement and more – this is a big shift, and not easily accomplished...View Post

  • August 8, 2018

    The cities we live and work in are increasingly “smart.” The definition coined in an Intel-sponsored study by Juniper Research says that a smart city places emphasis on the use of digital technology, shared knowledge, and cohesive processes to underpin citizen benefits in vectors such as mobility, public safety, health, and productivity...View Post

  • August 1, 2018

    It’s that time of year again, when the world’s hackers come together to reveal their latest achievements and discoveries at BlackHat and Defcon. Thousands of hackers, researchers and industry leaders are converging upon Las Vegas, flooding their schedules with meetings and sessions...View Post

  • August 1, 2018

    Staying productive during the summer can be hard. From beach vacations to summer wedding season, employees have more demands on their time and a spike in distractions. Let’s be honest — it’s tempting to take a day off to head to the coast or have a long weekend just to be at home enjoying the good weather...View Post

  • August 1, 2018

    It’s summer time! The days are longer, temperatures are rising, and schools across the nation are officially on vacation. But while the books are closed, not all work is done – especially for IT administrators at the K-12 level. The public school system is changing at unprecedented speeds as new approaches to education transform learning....View Post

  • July 26, 2018

    Enterprises worldwide are expected to spend nearly 3.8 trillion dollars this year on IT. A major chunk of this is going to communication services and IT services, with a significant chunk also being spent on devices, enterprise software and data center systems...View Post

  • July 26, 2018

    One of this region’s most expensive disasters unfolded the night of Sept. 9, 2013, when over 10 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period, devastating Boulder, Colorado, and several other communities with flash floods and inflicting damage on nearly 20,000 homes and hundreds of small businesses...View Post

  • July 26, 2018

    Growing up, siblings Josh and Jessica Wile worked at the family store, Agway of Cape Cod, but didn’t feel any pressure to take over the family business from their parents. “Our parents were really great,” said Jessica Wile, now Jessica Thomas. “Our dad (was) so supportive; whatever we wanted to do is what he supported. They never assumed we would do anything. He’s always been so low-key”...View Post

  • July 25, 2018

    Many businesses face a dilemma. They need technology to run their business, but they’ve let themselves get so far behind that the price tag for their needed upgrades isn’t palatable. Alternatively, a business can be growing significantly and need a large technology investment to let it take the next leap forward. Both require significant investment...View Post

  • July 25, 2018

    From being a good corporate citizen to actively giving back to the communities where you operate, sustainability is an important corporate goal. For mid-size businesses, there are numerous ways to decrease your environmental footprint — and doing that often starts by looking at how technology and better policies can help...View Post

  • July 25, 2018

    Could the different vendors and partners you work with be creating security risks for your company? If you’re like many business owners, you may assume that since you’re investing in cybersecurity, your business is protected. In reality, unless you’ve taken a close look at the security policies of all your partners – from consultants who might access company information, to different products and services you purchase – you might be putting your company’s information in jeopardy...View Post

  • July 25, 2018

    One of the best practices in well run IT organizations is for CIOs and IT managers to evaluate the risk of data loss, and establish business continuity plans that outline backup and recovery along with their respective Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs). But first, information technology teams and business stakeholders must start with a common understanding of what RPO and RTO mean in terms of backup and recovery...View Post

  • July 24, 2018

    Although your business continuity (BC) plan might look great on paper, it’s essentially useless unless you’ve tested it. After all, do you really want to find out that your BC plan isn’t adequate in the middle of a Category 4 hurricane?...View Post

  • July 24, 2018

    Today’s robust economy is generating terrific revenues for all types of businesses, with small business optimism at a near record high as of May 2018. But seizing upon opportunities in a booming economy means facing the struggles and challenges that are part of small business growth...View Post

  • July 24, 2018

    There’s an old adage by Benjamin Franklin often used to describe resistance to change: “When You’re Finished Changing,” it reads, “You’re Finished.” That statement is just as true today as when he first uttered it centuries ago. People don’t like change. It’s hard, complex, and time-consuming. But often the end game is worth it...View Post

  • July 19, 2018

    I celebrated my first year business anniversary in January. Running an event company as well as a freelance writing business means I juggle a lot of responsibilities, and my first year was a 12-month-long learning experience. There was a lot of stress, a lot of tears, and the most money I’ve ever made in my life...View Post

  • July 19, 2018

    Working from home may sound like a relaxing alternative to an office environment. But some freelancers and remote workers in the region are turning to a different option: shared workspaces, which some say offer the best of both worlds...View Post

  • July 19, 2018

    There’s a misconception that to leverage machine learning you need to be a mathematical genius. In reality, most machine-learning applications use well-understood, well-tested, off-the-shelf algorithms...View Post

  • July 19, 2018

    If you hope to be competitive in the current marketplace, you have no choice but to start accepting credit card payments. However, many small businesses aren’t as prepared as they ought to be in order to manage this function...View Post

  • July 19, 2018

    What keeps IT leaders up at night? The answer is almost unanimous: security threats. Companies spend upwards of 10% of their IT budgets on security, yet the poor CIO still cannot sleep at night. Spending too much trying to prevent a cyber threat to the detriment of your restorative measures can leave you feeling like the little kid whose older (and heavier) brother keeps your end of the see-saw from coming back down (not that that ever happened to me)!...View Post

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