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IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The Tipping Point – When Things Changed for Cloud Computing

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The Tipping Point – When Things Changed for Cloud Computing

with Shawn Moore, Solodev
In this interview, Shawn Moore, CTO of web experience platform, Solodev, speaks to IT Briefcase about the rise in cloud computing and the challenges cloud migration posed for businesses—particularly the enterprise. Read More >>>

Legacy Modernization: Look to the Cloud and Open Systems

Legacy Modernization: Look to the Cloud and Open Systems

On the surface, mainframe architecture seems relatively simple: A centrally located computer processes data through an input/output subsystem and stores its computations in memory. At the other end of the mainframe are printers and terminals that communicate with the...

Still keeping your hybrid power systems indoors?  It’s time for change.

Still keeping your hybrid power systems indoors? It’s time for change.

Mobile telecommunications network equipment is expected to work without issue 24/7. There is no compromise on this, which is why transmission equipment, BTS systems, RF equipment, etc., are designed, tested and built for operation in the most demanding...





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IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The Rise of Conversational Interfaces, Chatbots and AI Assistants

May 23, 2017 No Comments

with Michael Levine, PhotonIt’s time to rethink the future of human-computer interaction, which is enabled by everything from intelligent assistants, conversational interfaces, smart devices, and even immersive virtual reality. Read More >>>

How Analytics Can Play a Strong Role in Winning Customers

May 23, 2017 No Comments

The growth of business data will make investing in analytics no longer a choice. With plenty of cost-effective and easy-to-use self-service analytics solutions emerging, access to business intelligence and analytics will no longer remain the privilege of the few. Since this technology will be used extensively, there will be a need to simplify it and guarantee opportunities for users at all levels.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview with SIOS Technology: Machine Learning Applications in IT

May 19, 2017 No Comments

In this interview, Jerry Melnick, president and CEO of SIOS Technology, discusses how IT teams are adopting machine learning analytics tools to proactively fight application performance issues.

Complimantary eBook: CRM Buyers Guide 2017

May 17, 2017 No Comments

After narrowing down your set of requirements, it’s time to list vendors that address the technical issues, from database compatibility to response times. This informative eBook outlines the top questions to ask while evaluating the CRM vendor.

How to Do Graphic Work on a Budget

May 17, 2017 No Comments

The best way to bring traffic to your online platforms is by sharing visual content. Hiring a graphic designer to prepare your visual content may be too expensive, especially when running a startup. If you have basic graphic design skills, you can create amazing visuals without hiring a professional. You just need to subscribe to the right tools. Some of these tools do not require any knowledge in graphic design. You can follow the instructions and create appealing visuals within no time. The best tools with which to create visuals on a budget are outlined below.

Why Building a Website Does Not Guarantee Success

May 12, 2017 No Comments

There are very few businesses these days that don’t have some kind of online presence, whether it is a website or a social media page. The sad truth is that if you are not online, your marketing opportunities are limited. People do still read the local newspaper and pay attention to radio ads, but most of us turn to Google when we need the name of a plumber or the number for a local florist. Google has become our new BFF. However, it is important to realize that having a website is not a guarantee of success.

5 Reasons Why You Should Go for a Green Web Host

May 11, 2017 No Comments

Choosing your web host is never easy. There are plenty of things you need to take into consideration if you want to be sure you went for the right one. Of course, you’ll always want your web host to provide you with fast loading speeds and adequate storage. But what about your host’s environmental impact? There are hosting companies that put a lot of effort into being as eco-friendly as possible and going for one of them is always a good idea. Here are five reasons why this is the case.

What Machine Learning Can Do For Healthcare

May 9, 2017 No Comments

With the help of machine learning, some of the most exciting and promising improvements within the healthcare industry are just beginning to happen. In addition to helping healthcare professionals improve the diagnosis and care of patients, machine learning can also provide individuals with the technology to better care for themselves. As healthcare facilities and professionals work to apply these advances within machine learning to the healthcare industry, they can expect to see motivated patients, filled staff vacancies, improved facility efficiency, reduced money expenditures, and projected patient admissions.

Improving Return on Tech Investments

May 3, 2017 No Comments

In today’s business environment, technology is increasingly regarded as the critical factor to support a company’s growth and innovation. Get it right and the business is positioned for future success. Get it wrong and … well, you know. Unfortunately, you don’t need to look far to find numerous examples of failed technology implementations and tech investments that have generated little in terms of real business value or return on investment. The factor many of those failed implementations have in common is ineffective change management.

IndependenceIT Receives Patent for Provisioning Virtual Resources in a Mixed-Use Server Environment

May 3, 2017 No Comments

IndependenceIT, the company that unifies cloud, application and data management for IT administrators, today announced that it has recently received an Issue Notification from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, indicating the patent for the “Provisioning of a Virtual Resource in a Mixed-Use Server” has been approved as United States Patent No. 9,612,861. The technology provides IT administrators with the ability to unify control and coordination of data center assets for greater IT flexibility and bottom line savings.

6 Technology Trends that Will Transform the World of Real Estate in 2017

May 1, 2017 No Comments

The internet has already altered the real estate market by moving listings online and allowing people to read reviews of real estate agents they’ve never met. Up to this point, the internet has only altered the traditional way of running a business, such as online ads replacing those in print magazines. New technologies are going to truly upend the real estate market. Here are six technology trends that will transform the world of real estate in 2017.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The Tipping Point – When Things Changed for Cloud Computing

May 1, 2017 No Comments

with Shawn Moore, SolodevIn this interview, Shawn Moore, CTO of web experience platform, Solodev, speaks to IT Briefcase about the rise in cloud computing and the challenges cloud migration posed for businesses—particularly the enterprise. Read More >>>

5 Principles of Awesome Brand Design

April 28, 2017 No Comments

There’s no need to say that design plays a crucial role in building a brand for your business. And if you manage to get it right the first time, you’ll be saving yourself a lot of time and money. Still, there will be times when you’ll have to refresh your brand and make it keep up the pace with current brand design trends. No matter if you’re developing a new brand or updating an existing one, having these 5 awesome brand design principles in mind can be very helpful.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Combating the Employee Threat to Data Security

April 28, 2017 No Comments

with Cam Roberson, Beachhead SolutionsIn this interview, Cam Roberson, Director of the Reseller Channel at Beachhead Solutions, shares his perspective on how device security technology is addressing this need across industries. Read More >>>

Emojis Increase App Notification Open Rates by 85%

April 28, 2017 No Comments

Are you adding emoji’s into your app notifications? If not, you are likely missing out on a great deal of opens from your users. According to the recent Mobile Marketing Trend report released by Leanplum and App Annie, emojis increase open rates in push notifications by 85%. Emojis are more popular than ever. Last year’s emoji report revealed usage numbers of 92% of the world’s population use visual icons at least several times a year.

Deep Learning and the Future of Business

April 27, 2017 No Comments

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been regarded as the stuff of science-fiction movies. From self-driving cars to image classification and face recognition, AI has transformed machines into self-thinkers, replete with human-like intelligence and reasoning. Deep learning, a subset of AI, has allowed for several practical applications of AI in our daily lives. Gaming has been one of the foremost areas where deep learning has made a huge impact: 2016 saw the defeat of South Korean Go master Lee Sedol by Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo program. Deep learning even promises to transform global businesses.

Can’t Miss! Tech Forum in Boston: Accelerate Time-to-Strategy Execution

April 25, 2017 No Comments

Join bpm’online on May 11-12 in Boston, MA to hear from key industry experts, learn best practices and success stories on how to leverage intelligent tools to adapt and transform your business faster.

It’s Time to Look to Technology to Improve Business Performance

April 24, 2017 No Comments

No matter how you look at it, performance is a key issue when trying to justify your bottom line. In fact, one of the key obstacles to greater profitability is performance. While we’d like to blame high overheads, the cost of supplies and equipment and a million other little things, a lower than usual profit margin can almost always be attributed to poor performance. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always refer to your employees and it doesn’t always refer to your administration. Sometimes the very platforms you are using in both your front and back end are not performing as they should! If you are looking to grow your bottom line, especially in an ecommerce setting, it’s time to look to technology.

Innovation at the IDB: Digital Transformation as a Vehicle for Development

April 19, 2017 No Comments

Change is never easy and it’s viewed by many as an even bigger challenge in public sector and inter-governmental organizations. This common perception was highlighted for me when I decided to join the Inter-American Development Bank. I was very excited about the IDB’s vision to improve lives across Latin America and the Caribbean, but most of my friends warned me that I should prepare for a bureaucratic structure and a strong resistance to change.

The Intersection of CRM, CCaaS and Ecommerce

April 19, 2017 No Comments

A customer is four times more likely to go to a competitor if they have a service-related problem versus a price- or product-related issue, according to research from Bain & Company. Consumers today have very high expectations for brand communication in any and every channel they are on, and contact centers offer the perfect opportunity to strengthen communication standards. They are positioned at the center of where brands create and nurture customer relationships.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Should you put your “eggs in one cloud basket”?

April 19, 2017 No Comments

with Carson Sweet, CloudPassageIn this interview, Carson Sweet, CTO and co-founder of CloudPassage, has evaluated why a provider might push for one cloud environment deployment option and how secure migrated data might be in those environments. Read More >>>

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: IT and Procurement Should Partner Up As a Superpower

April 18, 2017 No Comments

with Chris Crane, Scout RFPIn this interview, Chris Crane, co-founder and VP of product at Scout RFP, explores not only why joining IT and procurement forces is a smart move for any business, but also some tips on how to bring both departments together to form the ultimate power couple. Read More >>>

Legacy Modernization: Look to the Cloud and Open Systems

April 17, 2017 No Comments

On the surface, mainframe architecture seems relatively simple: A centrally located computer processes data through an input/output subsystem and stores its computations in memory. At the other end of the mainframe are printers and terminals that communicate with the mainframe through protocols. For all of its apparent simplicity, mainframe architecture can be extraordinarily complex. Mainframes process thousands of transactions per second and require an extensive infrastructure to house and maintain them.

How Technology is Shaping the Future of the NHS

April 11, 2017 No Comments

Whilst the world’s attention has, in recent months, been focused on Donald Trump’s unswerving determination to repeal Barack Obama’s groundbreaking medical insurance legislation, Obamacare, it’s clear to even the most casual of observers that the UK’s own healthcare system is itself in a state of crisis. The NHS has both its critics and its supporters, but few can deny the fact that it is facing unprecedented pressures currently. Demands on staff are increasing, budgets are being slashed, and the UK’s population is becoming increasingly unhealthy.

Expanding your SMB

April 10, 2017 No Comments

Creating a successful business is difficult, and with 50% of all businesses failing, many prospective entrepreneurs are too afraid of the risks and end up sticking to their usual office routine. However, for those who see the potential perks of becoming their own boss, there is too much opportunity to miss out on. The lucky entrepreneurs will end up defying the odds and becoming successful with their SMB.

An Importer Of Record Ensures Your IT Equipment Arrives With No Hassles

April 10, 2017 No Comments

World-wide cloud-based service providers such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Netflix have been on the frontlines of technological innovation, spearheading video media and social media into the 21st century. Over the last decade, they have influenced the way in which current generations consume data, instantaneously and often. It is therefore crucial that the IT equipment enabling these companies to transmit their signals and satisfy this need is shipped with speed, supervision and care.

Advice From a Pathfinder: Digital Transformation Insights for Legacy Financial Institutions

April 6, 2017 No Comments

When I joined Ally Financial four years ago, we were still digging our way out of the after-effects of the economic downturn. Ally has its roots in the former GMAC, the General Motors subsidiary that for more than 80 years provided car buyers with financing through GM dealers. GMAC started a banking business in 2000, and in 2010 both the banking and financing businesses were rebranded as Ally Financial. In 2014, Ally became a publicly traded company. Along the way, the business was battered by the 2008 economic downturn, which forced us to cut costs and become more efficient in order to survive.

Is Amazon Go a sign of the downfall of a retail workforce?

April 5, 2017 No Comments

Amazon debuted its latest retail concept this week, a cashless and cashierless shopping experience. But what are the lastng impacts on America’s workforce?

Still keeping your hybrid power systems indoors? It’s time for change.

April 5, 2017 No Comments

Mobile telecommunications network equipment is expected to work without issue 24/7. There is no compromise on this, which is why transmission equipment, BTS systems, RF equipment, etc., are designed, tested and built for operation in the most demanding of environmental conditions.

A Silicon Valley Point of View on Workers Comp: The Technology Community’s Role

April 5, 2017 No Comments

Occupational injuries cost the United States more than $250 billion annually. That is nearly three times the financial impact of cancer. Yet to date, the technology and analytics community has largely underserved the challenges of effectively helping injured workers get back to being productive rapidly. Injured workers are being pulled into complex processes unnecessarily. Claims adjusters juggle many balls and are not able to focus their time on what they do best: being a trusted advisor to the injured worker.

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