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  • April 23, 2018

    Cyber attacks happen every second across the world, to businesses of every size in every sector. Headlines broadcast a new cautionary tale every day, making it clear that even for companies with security measures in place, all it takes is a single employee error or a small crack in the armor to bring about a breach...View Post

  • April 23, 2018

    As if ransomware, phishing and all other manner of ways hackers are trying to steal things wasn’t enough, it appears government has a new type of attack to worry about: cryptojacking. And the problem is, it’s a particularly difficult one to defend against because it’s hard to even notice it’s happening...View Post

  • April 18, 2018

    As many as 66% of healthcare organizations are updating their technology networks and systems driven by patient needs, healthcare efficiency and cost containment. Healthcare costs are soaring. National health expenditures in the United States accounted for $3.2 trillion in 2015—nearly 18% of the country’s total GDP...View Post

  • April 13, 2018

    The mission of the educational system is to provide students with the best possible start in life. Giving the students the best start in life also means protecting their identity and data. Whether in higher education (colleges and universities) or in K-12 environment (public or private schools), the goal stays the same: educate the students...View Post

  • April 13, 2018

    So you’ve made the decision to grow your business – congratulations! Now get ready for the next challenge: how to scale your business for growth. Even if you manage to sell like crazy, you’ll soon have another problem: you have to be able to deliver to all those new customers...View Post

  • April 12, 2018

    You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the hybrid cloud, and that it’s hugely popular among businesses of all sizes and throughout all industries. You’ve been told your business could significantly benefit from it. So what’s the draw? What’s really going on...View Post

  • April 12, 2018

    Several years ago, Alan Hackney, former CIO of John Hancock and now Health Information Technology Officer for the State of Connecticut, told me that “CIOs were becoming the orchestrator of business services versus the builder of operational business services...View Post

  • April 11, 2018

    When the internet allows us to see granular data on our spending, monitor home security from afar, and even track the movements of our pets, it’s absolutely logical that we should want more control over something that’s steadily costing more each year – our energy consumption...View Post

  • April 11, 2018

    Running a small business is a lot of work. Finding a way to streamline business processes will lighten the load. The good news is you don’t have to spend a bundle on specialized software that helps you manage and improve your business – you might already have access to business apps that provide the features you need...View Post

  • April 5, 2018

    For manufacturers, technology is moving fast. We welcome it. As a business we are about driving change. New technology is what makes us successful. But there are risks. The fourth industrial revolution brought by data and connectivity creates a great need to compete with big disruptive technologies otherwise we will fail, with terrible consequences for the next generation...View Post

  • April 5, 2018

    For prospective small business owners, getting a new company off the ground may seem to be an intensely complicated endeavor. Though there’s no question that the process can be long and detailed – requiring research, analysis, funding and planning – it can be beneficial for the entrepreneur to focus on the basic concept of simplicity...View Post

  • April 5, 2018

    When you’re an entrepreneur, you become part of a world that seemingly places great emphasis on getting big. Talk to any entrepreneur and they’ll share with you their grand plans for their businesses. They’ll tell you about how they came up with their concept, how little sleep they’re getting, how “disruptive” their product/service is, what VC they just met with, and other similar stories of their alleged successes...View Post

  • April 4, 2018

    A business’s long-term success and momentum are ultimately derived from its customers’ satisfaction. No matter if a company is B2B or B2C, they must cultivate strong relationships that incentivize customers to come back repeatedly. For consumer-facing businesses especially, the experience should be the focal point of any interactions because a positive outcome, no matter if it results in a sale, will likely translate to a better reputation, stronger loyalty, and hopefully drive results with word-of-mouth advertising...View Post

  • April 4, 2018

    Grand Rapids, Mich., has redesigned its website, and in doing so, officials are hopeful that sometime soon the government will never have to talk with its citizens again. That is unless, of course, the citizens actually want to talk to their government. Basically, in redesigning its website, Grand Rapids has made it so that 240 municipal services that used to require in-person appearances, letters or phone calls can now be done entirely online, at any time of day and from any location...View Post

  • April 4, 2018

    The city of Baltimore, which searched nationwide before plucking its new top tech executive from the private sector late last year, hopes to realize a first later this year under his direction – creating an enterprise-wide road map for information technology (IT) modernization...View Post

  • April 3, 2018

    Everything we buy involves choice, so we have to make a selection and what we choose depends on decision-making styles. Even if there is only one product of its kind available, only one person delivering a specific service, we still have a choice—buy it or forget it...View Post

  • April 3, 2018

    Meetings pose an ongoing challenge for business leaders. The goal is to lead meetings more efficiently. However, that’s easier said than done. Although they’re a necessary part of effective communication and collaboration, meetings can easily become a drudgery for attendees. For years, interoffice meetings meant handing out a paper-based agenda...View Post

  • April 2, 2018

    Think about the tools you use to manage your business. According to research from Applied Business, nearly three-quarters (73%) don’t use resource planning and workflow management software, with 67% not using a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) application. More worrying is that the research reveals that small businesses are often prone to errors with the systems they do use, which has a negative impact on their overall profitability...View Post

  • March 29, 2018

    Big data it is often hyped, but I encourage taking a more realistic stance. I’ve seen many organizations attempt to adopt big data solutions and ultimately fail. I fear these missteps may eventually sour the market on adopting big data solutions. This would be unfortunate, because I view big data as a transformational capability, an essential part of a new IT infrastructure...View Post

  • March 29, 2018

    Cyber threats can affect anyone in a company, so cybersecurity shouldn’t be one group’s responsibility. To reduce the risk of cyber threats, all employees must contribute to the company’s overall safety. Security awareness sets the foundation for making everyone cyber-aware...View Post

  • March 29, 2018

    Many security breaches occur due to stolen employee login credentials. Employees often use weak passwords, like “password” or “123456,” that other users can easily guess. With the rise of cybercrime targeting small businesses, your organization should be using two-step verification to prevent these potential hacks...View Post

  • March 28, 2018

    Do you use your smartphone for both business and personal calls, and share a single number? I did. When I first started freelancing I set up a separate business line in my home office. But over time, I communicated with my clients more often by email and from my personal mobile phone, and less from my office phone...View Post

  • March 28, 2018

    In the public sector, emerging tech isn’t about having the newest or the best. In fact, it’s quite the opposite in most cases. Governments, strapped by tight budgets and glacial procurement processes, are typically the last to have the newest stuff and are forced to be creative with what’s around them...View Post

  • March 27, 2018

    When 17-year-old Journi Prewitt noticed her cousin wasn’t interested in reading, she was determined to inspire her. And as the avid reader and aspiring entrepreneur realized more young children held that same lack of interest, she came up with a way to empower young girls and boys of color to embrace their heritage and learn to love reading, too...View Post

  • March 27, 2018

    In November 2016, 10-year-old Jack Bonneau from Broomfield, Colorado, appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank to pitch his lemonade stands and marketplace startups. Bonneau asked for $50,000 for 10% equity in his business...View Post

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