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  • September 14, 2018

    When driving, it’s important to keep your eyes on the road and maintain a clear view of where you’re headed so you can avoid obstacles and arrive at your destination as quickly as possible. This same philosophy is a driving force at Visteon, a firm that designs and manufactures vehicle cockpit electronics, connected car solutions and an autonomous vehicle platform...View Post

  • September 13, 2018

    Imagine for a moment a world without grocery stores. I suspect you’ll find it difficult to do, and with good reason. For most, our earliest childhood memories include being placed in a shopping cart and then whisked through the aisles of our neighborhood grocery store...View Post

  • September 13, 2018

    In 1982, Linda and Gregory Coles were struggling to find a sitter for their 18-month-old daughter. After a year of searching, they just decided to open their own daycare and founded A Child’s Place in Queens, New York, in 1983. Thirty-four years later, they were ready to retire. “We were going to sell the business,” Linda says...View Post

  • September 13, 2018

    At the end of May, Sears Holdings announced the closing of 48 Sears locations and 15 additional Kmart stores – a continuation of the slow death march we’ve seen from the retail giant over the past several years. Sears serves as a harbinger for retailers in an age of digital disruption – it’s adapt or die for small and large retailers alike...View Post

  • September 13, 2018

    Mom-and-pop businesses take a devastating financial hit after a disaster. Inventory loss. Food spoilage. Temporary closure. Companies may spend weeks or months replacing flooring, walls, retail cases and equipment, and then reopen with immediate financial obligations to suppliers and staff, while competing for customers who are also suffering and are now focused on need-based purchases...View Post

  • September 12, 2018

    WILTON – The robot navigated the last leg of a winding course set in the middle of the Cider Mill School library. With bated breath, 9-year-old Liam Pierson and three classmates watched to see if their programming skills held true. As the robot crossed the finish line, the team of third-graders let loose shouts of excitement. Nearby, a smile broke out on the face of Jason Greasley, the school’s library media specialist...View Post

  • September 12, 2018

    Enough cannot be said of the importance of business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) planning. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), more than 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster. And only 29% are still operating after two years...View Post

  • September 12, 2018

    There’s a sense in many offices that Wi-Fi represents a great break for freedom – as if your old Ethernet infrastructure was some kind of authoritarian dystopia. There’s something romantic in that idea, but it’s apt to turn sour when the realisation dawns that an overloaded or poorly configured wireless network can be every bit as flaky as a wired one...View Post

  • September 11, 2018

    Labor Day has come and gone. That can only mean one thing: It’s kickoff time for professional football. To field a pro team takes a large organization beyond the men in cleats. Data is collected and deployed on and off the field and often must be accessed from across the country on road trips...View Post

  • September 10, 2018

    Navigating transitions is a life skill. We all face major and minor transitions, from changing schools to moving out on your own, or having children. Ideally, each transition is an opportunity to improve and grow stronger. This holds true both in life and in business...View Post

  • September 10, 2018

    We rarely get advance notice that a disaster is ready to strike. Even with some lead time, though, multiple things can go wrong; every incident is unique and unfolds in unexpected ways. This is where a business continuity plan comes into play. To give your organization the best shot at success during a disaster, you need to put a current, tested plan in the hands of all personnel responsible for carrying out any part of that plan...View Post

  • September 10, 2018

    The “Internet Trends Report,” which Mary Meeker releases at Silicon Valley’s annual Code Conference, is one of the tech industry’s most important documents. As a former Wall Street securities analyst turned venture capitalist turned partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meeker is well-known for providing accurate, highly valuable insights on the digital market...View Post

  • September 10, 2018

    A friend of mine, Wendy Volhard, recently sold her pet food business, Volhard Dog Nutrition. Since I’ve been writing about entrepreneurship for women over 50 lately, the passing of Volhard’s baton got me thinking about the question of how women should prepare to sell a business...View Post

  • September 5, 2018

    The term sheet is one of the most critical documents an entrepreneur can ever design or sign. By this stage you’ve put in a ton of sweat equity, honed a product, crafted a successful pitch deck and aced investor meetings. The rest of your life, the dreams you have for your startup baby, and how much you are going to enjoy growing this company is going to rely on these terms and what comes next...View Post

  • September 5, 2018

    With thousands of other online startups on the market, it’s important to get your business out there and fast. However, as with many great projects, the first steps are the hardest. A good place to start is selecting the right business telephone system for your business. It might seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but the right phone system will benefit your online startup right out of the gate...View Post

  • September 5, 2018

    Phil Tomassini is retiring as Chief Information Officer for PennDOT. He headed IT there for 7 years, capping a 35 year state digital career. Gov. Tom Wolf added economic-development and emergency-prep agencies to Tomassini’s load as part of an IT consolidation last year...View Post

  • September 4, 2018

    Today’s digital economy mandates a digital business strategy for processes, products, customer relationships and innovation as I wrote about in the first blog post in this series...View Post

  • August 31, 2018

    It’s always awesome to meet so many smart and interesting people here at industry events like VMworld. With so many great conversations and sessions, and an exhibit hall filled with amazing demos, attendees have so much to absorb...View Post

  • August 31, 2018

    This year’s conference has been a tremendous one for the CenturyLink team. We started the week announcing the Catalyst Club, have held countless customer and partner meetings, and we’ve had great engagement from VMware professionals at our booth throughout the event...View Post

  • August 30, 2018

    It’s been a fantastic week in Las Vegas for VMworld 2018. CenturyLink has had a tremendous presence at this year’s show, and it was a great opportunity to share our story. It was also nice making so many new connections with a lot of very smart people...View Post

  • August 30, 2018

    Poonen kicked his key note off on a high note quite literally, as he played the keyboard alongside the live band! He interviewed some of VMware’s key customers and partners like Brink’s Company and National Commercial Bank of Jamaica, who are redefining their digital business strategy centered around the power of software-defined technologies in storage and networking...View Post

  • August 30, 2018

    The unified communication and collaboration (UCC) market is seeing a dramatic shift towards cloud-based solutions, with unified communications as a service (UCaaS) leading the way. The global user base of cloud UCaaS has now surpassed 43 million, with new users estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% from 2016 to 2023, according to analyst firm Frost & Sullivan...View Post

  • August 30, 2018

    From 1995 to 2000, the number of independent bookstores dropped 43 percent, according to the American Book Association. Part of that was the rise of chain bookstores such as Barnes and Noble or Borders (which closed in 2011). Another part was the rise of Amazon’s online platform. Yet data suggests a renewal for independently owned bookstores...View Post

  • August 30, 2018

    Predictive analytics. What a dry, geeky term. Yet it is igniting a true revolution in consumer marketing. You’ve personally already experienced it firsthand when you’re shopping on Amazon for a printer cartridge, and it suggests you might also need a ream of paper. Or if you use a travel app like TripAdvisor to book that dream trip to Hawaii, and you may be told you’d like Bora Bora, too. Or, enjoy listening to Beyonce on Last.fm...View Post

  • August 29, 2018

    Central to this message is the idea of being empowered. Empowered to experiment with new development ideas. Empowered to extend your execution venues out to the edge. Empowered to collect and manage your data where and when you need it. But this message of empowerment goes beyond the purely technical...View Post

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