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Running Hard to Stay in Place

April 23, 2019 No Comments

The fifth annual extensive study on third party risk, “Running Hard to Stay in Place,” released by Shared Assessments and Protiviti, is broken down by industry sectors and program maturity criteria. This year’s study has some very interesting findings. Read this article to find out!

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Challenges and Best Practices for Migrating to Windows 10

April 19, 2019 No Comments

With Windows 7 retiring in early 2020, organizations are beginning to feel the pressure to get migration projects completed. While Microsoft provides tools to automate each step of the process, many organizations, find the challenge isn’t in the upgrade of the operating system; it’s in the standardization of the user workspace once on Windows 10. A critical step in the migration process is ensuring all configuration settings, applications, printers, and security are set up in a way that balances IT’s need to ensure a protected work environment, with the users need to be able to work in that environment.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview with Ting!

April 17, 2019 No Comments

Ting, a mobile virtual network operator, launched a fiber-to-the-home symmetrical gigabit Internet in 2014 when it bought ISP Blue Ridge InternetWorks of Charlottesville, Virginia. Since then, Ting has launched similar fiber networks in a number of U.S. markets, including parts of Maryland, North Carolina, and most recently, Fullerton, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. IT Briefcase spoke to Monica Webb, Director, Market Development and Government Affairs, at Ting Internet/Tucows following Ting’s recent “lighting ceremony” in Fuquay-Varina, NC.

How to Evaluate the Potential Risks in an Open Source Strategy

April 15, 2019 No Comments

While the distinguishing benefits of open source software are increasingly (and deservedly) winning enterprise adoption, it’s still critical to understand that open source is by no means synonymous with risk-free. By embracing OSS, enterprises can leverage everything from mature solutions to the most cutting-edge tools, preserve their flexibility by avoiding the lock-in associated with proprietary alternatives, and greatly reduce costs by using software that is often free to use in and of itself. That said, adding major software components to enterprise architecture means investing time and resources, and making a commitment that oftentimes represents some level of risk.

How to Enhance Your Data and Analytics Process

April 10, 2019 No Comments

It isn’t always easy to keep pace with today’s high volume of data, especially when it’s coming at you from a diverse number of sources. Tracking these analytics can place a strain on IT, who must provide the requested information to C-suite and analysts. Unless this process can happen quickly, the insights grow stale.

How To Secure Your Data With A Remote Workforce

April 9, 2019 No Comments

Times are changing. We can see it everywhere. More freedom and choice exists now in how you run your business. Remote working can be an excellent change. Employees have a new sense of freedom while you cut down on the costs that come from running an office. Although you may trust your employees, there is one risk present when it comes to remote working: data security. If strict procedures aren’t followed, there’s the possibility of data breaches. That’s not something anyone wants to contend with.

Getting Started with Amazon Redshift – Best Practices

April 8, 2019 No Comments

Businesses are generating staggering amounts of data—and extracting the most value from this information is paramount. Amazon Redshift provides organizations what they’re looking for: Affordability and flexibility combined with a powerful feature set. Download our solution overview covering some of the best practices on loading data and making the most of Amazon Redshift.

8 Tips for Setting Up Continuous Integration in AWS

April 8, 2019 No Comments

When utilized together, Continuous Integration tools and AWS (Amazon Web Services) can be a killer combination for improving your processes and efficiency. That said, the whole process of getting various software programs to communicate and automating CI in AWS sounds pretty complex right? Not necessarily.It can be relatively simple to set up a CI/CD pipeline on AWS. This article will give you the know-how that you need to get started

Benefits of Cloud Computing for Businesses

April 7, 2019 No Comments

However, with thousands of these logs being created, they can often take up a lot of space to store. Instead of keeping them local on the computer, maybe companies elect to use cloud logging. This will allow you to securely access them anywhere, will reduce the need for physical storage is often more affordable. Also, these logs can be helpful both in terms of security and compliance, so keeping them safe and secure in the cloud is a good idea.

Next-Gen Storage: A Building Block for Digital Transformation

April 4, 2019 No Comments

Organizations today need to take an entirely different approach to data storage than they did in the past. The age of monolithic storage arrays of spinning disks in data centers is quickly fading away. Without reevaluating storage strategy, organizations might miss out on the true benefits of digital transformation.

How to Modernize Your Website to Ensure It Belongs in 2019

April 3, 2019 No Comments

Staying on top of web design trends is very important for improving user experience and the overall effectiveness of your website. However, trends come and go, so it’s vital to know the difference between something that will become outdated in several months, and a design that will make your website look fresh and modern for at least several years. Some of the following design trends have recently come into the spotlight, while others have been around for a couple of years now, and they’re not showing any signs of decreased popularity.

Big Data in 2019: Trends to Watch Out For

April 1, 2019 No Comments

This 2019, big data will continue to be bigger. More and more organizations will realize its benefits, prompting the management to make it a part of their spending, making it a necessity and not a luxury. With this, keep on reading and we’ll look at some of the big data trends that you should watch out for this year.

UI Testing as a Part of the Product Development Cycle

March 27, 2019 No Comments

No site development is considered complete without UI regression testing. Checking if the page layout is accurately matching the original mock-up is not so easy, because you need to check every element, image, and header. Moreover, testing of mobile and tablet versions requires even more attention.

7 Ways Technology Has Impacted Modern Education

March 26, 2019 No Comments

There have been many technological advances over the last decade that have improved many areas of life, both professionally and personally. With the invention of the internet in the 21st century, as well as the developments of mobile devices and computer software, the way we learn has been transformed. Long gone are the days of pen and paper; now the use of technology is engrained within modern learning methods.

How to Become a Senior Software Engineer

March 21, 2019 No Comments

If you’re a software engineer developer, coder or programmer with some years of experience behind you and you’re trying to take your career to the next level, you can’t sit around and wait for someone to present you with an opportunity. Software development and engineering is a competitive and fast-moving industry and to be seen as ‘senior,’ you need to put in the effort to stand out from the crowd. There is a huge amount to learn in the field of computer science and programming, and it’s impossible to know everything all the time, but there are key areas you can focus on to ensure your skills stay sharp and you develop the soft skills needed to progress in your career.

Overcoming Roadblocks to IT Transformation

March 21, 2019 No Comments

IT teams today are faced with two equally challenging strategic transformation missions. On the one hand, they’re charged with spearheading digital initiatives that will drive business growth, efficiency and competitive advantage. On the other, they must execute IT modernization projects to keep pace with technology changes that have upended both the infrastructure and the management of the data center. Progress can be slow on both fronts.

Online Marketing Tips for Growing Your Small Business

March 21, 2019 No Comments

Establishing a strong presence on the digital domain is vital for burgeoning brands that are looking to expand their reach. By implementing sound digital marketing tactics, this is made possible. Navigating the ins and outs of online advertising is no easy feat, but with keen insight and guidance from 5-star internet marketing agencies like LD Sydney SEO, propelling to the front lines of search engines is simple. Here are some savvy online marketing tips to heed if you’re a small business looking to thrive on the Web.

4 Surefire Tips to Prequalify Your PPC Traffic and Improve ROI

March 14, 2019 No Comments

In a perfect world, click-through rates and conversions should be directly proportional. But a quick SEO audit on your website often tells a different story. Although the CTR may be high, the number of conversions doesn’t meet your expectations. This can be a challenge if you are looking to improve your business activities online. A high CTR may help you reach more customers, but unless they turn into paying customers, the CTR is basically useless.

Technology Your Business Can Benefit From This Year

March 12, 2019 No Comments

There’s no escaping the fact that technology is now the primary driver of all business ventures. From marketing to accounts, the latest and greatest examples of IT in the workplace can improve productivity, security, and even boost profits. Knowing which technologies are useful and which are nothing more than a flash in the pan trends is absolutely vital. The problem for many is that tech is covered in the media with sensational headlines and bold claims that often have very little bearing on reality.

The Role of Technical Analysis in FX Trading

March 6, 2019 No Comments

The role of technical analysis in FX trading varies from market to another. The currency market tends to be influenced by technical analysis. Forex trading is all about making currency exchange predictions. To be successful in this market, you need to make the right predictions with very minimal errors. There is no way a trader can make correct predictions without identifying market trends and that is where technical analysis comes in. Price trends in the forex market make use of charts and technical indicators for prediction.

Does My Company Need Any Software?

March 5, 2019 No Comments

More and more firms are hiring IT companies to provide various solutions to business. The truth is that those who want to keep up with time, are obliged to keep up with technologies. No matter whether you are selling bread or own a hotel, your business will be successful with certain IT solutions. Computer programs dramatically ease our life. No matter whether you need to find online PDF to Word converter, you click here and your problem is solved in a minute. Still hesitating whether you need any software to use?

Starting Your Own E-Commerce Business: A Mini Guide

March 5, 2019 No Comments

Starting a business is easier than ever thanks to ecommerce. You now do not have to rent out a retail space and pay what can amount to tens of thousands of dollars in rent every month. You can instead pay off your operating costs and take the rest home as profit. You could operate entirely from your house, too, and still make a killing. Of course, there is one hiccup to this genius business plan.

Improving the Security of Your Wireless Network

March 1, 2019 No Comments

There’s no doubt that businesses today need wireless networks. Aside from providing customers with internet connectivity, businesses also use them to enhance their productivity. Still, online threats are becoming more and more sophisticated as technology continues to evolve. Security is becoming more crucial now than ever, so businesses will need to know how to keep their networks safe from ad-hoc attacks, denial of service attacks, and other strategies used by ill-intentioned individuals or even organizations.

Arms Race in Mixed Reality: How it Shapes Our Lives and Whole Industries

February 27, 2019 No Comments

Mixed Reality teams handle software development for two platforms – HoloLens and immersive VR headsets. Virtual distributed teams, and those who hire them for staff augmentation, need to have expertise in building the software, APIs and core blocks within Windows Mixed Reality. Picture it: You are in an office 30 years ago and you need to onboard a new team member. You rush around to organize a decent workspace, which typically includes a chair, desk, and if a company is cool enough – a basic computer.

Ecommerce Trends You Can Expect To See in 2019

February 25, 2019 No Comments

Ecommerce has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with reported global ecommerce revenues of $2.8 trillion in 2018, a little more than the GDP of the UK in the same year. What’s more, this growth is projected to not just continue, but accelerate, with estimates that the global ecommerce market will reach $3.5 trillion by the end of the year. There is no denying that this sector is highly influential internationally, and has important implications for many businesses, not just those who are directly involved in ecommerce.

Getting More Girls Into Tech: ‘’She Can STEM’’ and Beyond

February 22, 2019 No Comments

This is one of the statements behind the Ad Council’s “She Can STEM” campaign, which was launched this week. Created in partnership with Google, Microsoft, Verizon, IBM, and GE, as well as a number of organizations (such as Black Girls Code and Girls Who Code), the ad campaign seeks to tackle one of the root causes of gender disparity in STEM-related industries – the lack of female role models and mentorship.

5 Email Marketing Strategies You Haven’t Heard Before

February 21, 2019 No Comments

Ecommerce is a lucrative industry to be in, especially if you know how to play the game right. On the other hand, it’s a highly competitive area too. Giants like Amazon and Ebay have pretty much occupied the whole of the market, while newer small, but efficient players are emerging on a daily basis. You might wonder – how can I get through all of this competition and reach the client?

Top 5 Ways to Market your Blog in 2019

February 18, 2019 No Comments

These days launching a blog is easy and doesn’t take any significant amount of technical skill. However, it takes more than a functioning site and ability to write to make your blog successful. In order to monetize your blog or gain any kind of significant credibility you have to take the tie to effectively market your brand. In this article we give you the top 5 ways to market your blog in 2019.

AI Takes On ATO: OneSpan Risk Analytics

February 14, 2019 No Comments

Account Takeover (ATO) and New Account Fraud (NAF) are the top two types of fraud challenging financial institutions and the financial/merchant ecosystem. In the U.S. alone, ID fraud accounted for $16.8 billion dollars in fraud losses in 2017.

Tech and Airlines: Digital Booking, Information, and What You Need to Know

February 14, 2019 No Comments

The airline industry is growing each year, and that means that it is developing parallel with the latest technological solutions. By chance, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing, packed into one bot, has changed this industry entirely. The implementation of chatbots, as well as RPA and other modern solutions, facilitated all processes in the airline industry both for employees and travelers.