The technology industry has exploded recently. This has created a swarm of entrepreneurs who are trying to copy the success of the giants before them. Sadly, few make it as big as Google or Apple. And there is a fundamental reason why. They do not differentiate themselves from the market properly.
When you think of ecommerce, you probably think of industry giants like Amazon. Companies that have the funding to spend millions on advertising, marketing and offer prices that drastically undercut smaller upstart retailers. These huge companies are dominating nearly every industry they enter with no one to challenge them.
With the holiday season behind us, e-commerce and retail companies are recovering from the accelerated pace of their peak season. The National Retail Federation found that more than 154 million consumers shopped or planned to go shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend alone. Out of this number, around 40 percent shopped in-store. With this type of traffic, retail companies need to know that their systems will be able to handle high traffic loads.
If you’ve worked in IT for very long, you’ve seen a lot of changes as businesses have started the journey to cloud. As an IT professional, you have a choice. You can fight the change (good luck with that!) and try to keep all technologies on-premise, or you can accept the change and help your company make a successful transition.
These are the best of times and the worst of times for IT managers. On the one hand, newer technologies like cloud, flash storage, and converged and hyper-converged systems provide compelling on- and off-premise choices for optimizing IT infrastructure and workloads. On the other, the number of choices and the complexity of the decision-making process present a variety of hurdles for busy IT teams, frustrating efforts to use these new platforms to create leaner and more agile IT environments.
People outside of the business world imagine success as something similar to winning a lottery. You make your moves, your competition makes theirs and someone has the winning ticket. However, nothing can be further from the truth. There is a reason why some businesses make it and others don’t and this reason is the difference in their efficiency.
“Life comes at you fast,” says the Allstate spokesperson, especially when you’re on the road with several thousand pounds going many miles an hour. When life comes at you fast and you’re looking down the barrel at an accident that can hurt you, a pedestrian, or the passengers of another car, you go with your gut instinct. If bad things happen, you chalk it up to the best decision you could have made at the time.
In the last decade, enterprise technology leaders have routinely been given the mandate of understanding their organization’s business operations. That seems reasonable, as the purpose behind most technologies is the support and improvement of business outcomes.
Holiday shopping is not an elaborate affair any longer. It takes place in a matter of a few moments. Today majority of the shoppers stay away from visiting different malls, instead, they are looking for the best discounts and offers and turning to their cell phones during the festive season. Statistics reveal that though 90 percent of festive sales happened in stores, around 56 percent of them were influenced by your mobile.
Ever since the dawn of mankind, proper orientation was one of the most important things for the survival and growth of our species. We had to memorize where that clear water stream, that herd of buffaloes and that hazelnut tree were in relation to our home. Today, things have only changed in form, but not in their essence. People living in major cities can rarely memorize all the addresses, which means you are bound to get lost every now and then even within your comfort zone.
Do you want to go it alone and start your own IT business? It’s a daunting prospect, especially if you come from a technical rather than business background. However, many technical experts have made the transition from working in IT to becoming a business owner with relative ease. You can do the same, but there are certain factors you need to consider before you take this step. Below are some of the most important things you need to do before you can create a successful IT business.
IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Evolving the Enterprise with the Service Desk and Improved Workflows through IT Service ManagementDecember 26, 2016 No Comments
with Nancy Van Elsacker, Top DeskIn this Interview, Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord, president of TOPdesk US, discusses the value of IT Service Management within the ever evolving IT Enterprise. Read More >>>
To many people, social media platforms are an integral part of everyday life. And businesses are listening, with more and more enterprises turning to social media in a bid to widen their client base. But, for businesses to take full advantage of social media, they need to keep abreast of emerging trends. Here are some of the biggest social marketing trends that dominated 2016.
In September 2014, Apple made encryption default with the introduction of the iPhone 6. Then, in February 2016, a Los Angeles judge issued an order to Apple to help break into the encrypted iPhone belonging to a terrorist involved in a mass shooting. Apple had used some of the strongest encryption technologies and practices to protect its users and their data. The encryption technology did not discriminate between lawful and unlawful users. While there were many sides to this issue, it surfaced many important debates on security, privacy, and civil rights.
with Alexander Vityaz, CorezoidIn this interview, Alexander Vityaz shares his thoughts on effects that current advances in FinTech are having on the industry, as well as the challenges that lie ahead. Read More >>>
In October 2013 the world saw Google indexing applications for the first time. This was published for a limited set of publishers for the next eight months and then expanded for public use in June 2014. Google had set up the search indexing in such a way that even if a person/user did not have a particular app, related searches would automatically recommend him to install it. After almost a year, in May 2015, iOS support was integrated to Chrome and finally in October 2015 Google announced app indexing extensions for Safari.
Americans lose $160 billion by being stuck in traffic every year. All of this will change, though, with the prospect of driverless cars. Not only will these driverless cars save time and money, but proponents claim they will reduce accidents while allowing for a leisurely and productive commute. In this article, we’re going to take a look at these claims and in the process learn a little more about this new driverless car revolution that so many are talking about.
With so many different technology solutions now available, and new options being released every week, it can be tough for healthcare administrators, department heads, and other facility managers to keep up with the available IT that helps to improve healthcare, increase efficiency, and cut costs. As well, with lots of different vendors out there competing for your business (all of which typically have various types of services, price plans, and guarantees on offer), the decisions get even harder.
Heading into 2016, all anyone could talk about was big data. Industry executives and thought leaders predicted major advances in the space, and while 2016 did usher in some improvements to the technology, it failed to come close to the hype people built around it. While most organizations understood that they should be consistently mining and analyzing their data, they failed to understand the time and resources required to maintain the massive volume of data that was being generated.
Businesses that depend heavily on custom software, top mobile app developers may have to build applications for all diverse operating systems and devices. It is not an easy task to learn all the different coding languages, moreover, it is time-consuming and tedious to build the same app more than once to run on different OSes. While the smart mobile market is ruled by Apple iOS and Android OS, app makers who want to reach all the smartphone users cannot ignore other gadgets.
If anyone has doubts about just how important it is for customers to feel safe and secure while visiting a company’s web site, the numbers from Black Friday and Cyber Monday should convince them otherwise. More than ever, people are shopping, doing their banking, making travel arrangements, and conducting virtually all other personal business online. Unfortunately, that makes them attractive targets to cyber criminals.
Many CTOs and CIOs resist switching IT infrastructure service providers even when they know suppliers charge them too much, perform poorly, or mismanage the relationship. They fear taking on such a huge transformation. They fear the unknown obstacles that may come up, or the complex organizational support that must be gathered to make such a bold move happen. They fear the outgoing supplier may jeopardize the transformation, or that the new supplier may not be up to the task. Succumbing to fear carries its own risk—of missing the boat on the significant benefit to reduce cost, improve performance, and improve quality and user experience.
At a time of year when we’re determined to bring glad tidings to all and we’d like to proclaim that it really is “a wonderful life,” we also have to acknowledge that there are a few bad Santas lurking among the nice elves out there. These holiday hackers and cyber-thieves are intent on their own version of merriment – and if they manage to penetrate your cyber defenses the result could be a lot worse than the traditional coal in the stocking.
In many organizations, IT support seems to follow a corollary of Moore’s Law in which the number of support tickets — rather than the number of transistors — doubles every two years. Even companies that experience slower growth find that tickets ultimately proliferate and threaten to overwhelm their IT support teams if they haven’t kept their ticket management systems and processes up to date. You can avoid that fate by following the 10 steps below to keep tickets manageable, resolve them quickly and provide an amazing help desk and ticket management experience.
What are the specific ecommerce trends for 2017? The hunt for independency, the importance of larger volumes, and mobile engagement are some of the strongest trends as shared by four CEOs of leading Nordic ecommerce companies:
How do we move forward in a world where Moore’s Law no longer holds true? For five decades, Gordon Moore’s famous prediction about processing power doubling about every two years held firm. It was a reliable sort of constant as innovators continued to increase the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits. But all good things must come to an end, and Moore’s Law has been confounded by another, more immutable law: physics.
Organizations are harnessing mobile devices to change the way they work. To explore this issue, Deloitte recently released its 2016-2017 Global CIO Survey. The firm surveyed or interviewed 1,217 global CIOs, a process that helped shed light on a CIO’s ability to create value for the business. The survey noted that this digital shift requires large transformations in back-end technologies, legacy IT systems, IT culture, skills and capabilities – and that CIOs are better positioned than any other occupant of the C-suite to drive digital across the entire organization.
Which is the best platform to build an eCommerce website, is the principal thing that strikes your mind in the event that you are wanting to open up an online store. There is an extensive variety of eCommerce platform accessible today. The size and usefulness of a web based business eCommerce website is the deciding consider picking the right platform.
Download our new study to understand key findings from what your employees are doing and the data security risks that could occur when end users ditch their old phones for new ones this holiday season.
Retention is often talked about among IT professionals and organizations, given the ongoing transformations in the industry – which show no signs of slowing down. As outdated practices are replaced with newer technology trends, IT providers that aren’t agile enough to adapt their service offerings to the modern IT climate may get the boot from their customers. More often, IT providers find themselves fired for reasons related to the relationship, rather than the quality of the service itself.