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How AI Can Give Your Business Real Intelligence

January 17, 2019 No Comments

Ever since E.M. Forster’s ‘The Machine Stops’, people have been dreaming of futures where machines, robots and AI can look after their needs – preferably in less apocalyptic scenarios. Although 2018 hasn’t yet yielded the flying cars promised by The Jetsons, there’s plenty AIs, widgets and bots waiting to help remove pain points from your home and business. The trick is being able to work out which ones suit your home and business’ style, and ignoring those which will only create a different kind of friction.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a Responsive Web Design

January 17, 2019 No Comments

Responsive web design means having a user-friendly website on all devices. Most online searches are now coming from mobile devices. Therefore, Google now considers a site’s mobile presence when ranking websites. If your website is not mobile-friendly, you will likely rank low in search engines. Therefore, it is a top priority to create a site that’s compatible with desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices.

Windows Safe Mode Is Still the Best Diagnostic Tool for System Recovery: Here’s Why

January 4, 2019 No Comments

It’s officially 2019 and Windows safe mode still remains the go-to tool for system recovery. This is a feature that’s truly survived the test of time. It’s available in all Windows operating systems right from the prehistoric Windows 95 to the latest Windows 10. This often begs the question why is safe mode still used by IT professionals for system recovery. After all, there are no shortages of third-party tools that can run diagnostic tests and perform everything from registry “cleanup” to freeing up the HD space by clearing out non-essential files

Why Cyber Security Is Essential To Your Business Success

January 4, 2019 No Comments

Cyber Security is an area that’s been growing bigger and bigger over the past few years, but aside from people who are completely in-the-know about what it is, it doesn’t seem like it’s essential to helping your business. After all, cyber security positions are currently one of the most in-demand positions across the UK, and it’s easy to see why; cyber crimes are at an all time high and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Because of that, more and more businesses are turning to cyber security specialists in order to help protect their businesses.

Next-Gen Storage: A Building Block for Digital Transformation

January 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.

Advice For Businesses Developing An App

January 3, 2019 No Comments

In a time where people are constantly glued to their smartphones, every business in all industries can benefit from having an app. While some will say that apps are only for bigger, household brands, this is not the case as even small companies can benefit greatly from having their own app developed. This is because it will put your brand at the fingertips of consumers at all times and keep you in mind even when using their device as they will see the icon each time they use their phone.

What is the Real Impact of Technology on Social Media?

January 3, 2019 No Comments

At present, it is impossible to live happily without social media. Social websites and applications have become an integral part of our lives, so the question is not if we use them, but why. The most popular reasons for using social media include keeping in touch, filling up time, and general networking. It is true that a significant number of people are leaving it, yet there is no reason to worry when it comes down to the digitally native generation. Social media is a relatively new technology, which is the reason why it is a little bit controversial. With time, social websites and applications will continue to grow and improve.

How to Make Your IT Company Greener and More Profitable

December 22, 2018 No Comments

When you run your own business, you have lots of factors to consider, but the main motivator and interest will be the bottom line. While you will have crunched the numbers for the products and services that you provide, businesses often fail to apply the same devotion to identifying how going green can help your profits grow. Making your business more sustainable can boost your business.

How To Utilise Technology To Manage Your Company’s Resources

December 19, 2018 No Comments

Every workplace must carefully integrate and balance numerous departments to ensure smooth operations. Even small businesses and start-ups face this issue despite the relatively small number of people actually working there. Many companies end up compromising quality of work as well as profits due to inefficient resource management, but thankfully changes can be implemented easily. Just a few tweaks to the way resources are utilised can make a difference to the bottom line and the happiness of staff. Below we take a look at how technology can be used to help manage any company’s resource more effectively.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Machine Learning: The Next Frontier in Data Protection

December 18, 2018 No Comments

Deploying machine learning as part an organization’s data protection strategy can provide the critical assistance users need to apply the proper safeguards to data they’ve created without adding friction to their day-to-day activities. Machine learning can go one step further and remove the user from the equation while increasing confidence in your organization’s ability to identify, contextualize and classify its unique data. In this discussion with Mark Cassetta, senior vice president of strategy for TITUS, we learn why machine learning can provide greater confidence in identifying and protecting critical data.

3 Surefire Tips to Improving Your Business’s Social Media Presence

December 14, 2018 No Comments

If there’s one thing that’s self-evident in the world of business today, it’s the fact that social media has become an important part of revenue generation and long-term growth. For these reasons alone, businesses will have to adapt to the need to build an effective social media presence. One thing’s for sure, customers also use social media to search for the solutions they want.

Benefits of Cloud Computing for Businesses

December 13, 2018 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.

SEO Tips for a New Website

December 11, 2018 No Comments

Starting a new website whether for fun or for business purpose can be exciting, fun, and challenging. Most people create a new website for business purposes and they need that website to help bring in sales. But where do you start? Some people are under the impression if you create a good website that is enough. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Although some websites can take months to develop promotion and marketing of the website will be ongoing and it can take six to twelve months to start getting traffic from the search engines.

How to Make a Successful Online Store: A Detailed Guide

December 6, 2018 No Comments

Running an online business is a great way to earn some money on the side. Statistics show that e-commerce sales account for 9.8% of total retail sales, with online retailing itself growing at an astonishing rate of 13.7% year-on-year. There’s never been a better time to start an online business. While running a successful online store has its appeal, it comes with its own set of challenges. There are lots of decisions to make and focusing your efforts on wrong areas can lead to wasted time and efforts.

6 E-Learning Apps for an Optimum Online Learning Experience

December 5, 2018 No Comments

In today’s day and age, it makes more sense to whip out your phone and learn about events happening around the world than to open the TV and wait for the news. With over 2.5 billion people owning or using a smartphone, it’s easier than ever to send, receive, and access information regardless of location. Almost everything can be solved using an app, from shopping from your couch to learning new skills while commuting or simply enjoying a walk in the park. Given this situation, most online courses platforms offer apps that make access to knowledge smoother and faster.

Vlogging Tips for Beginners

December 3, 2018 No Comments

What should you know to start on a travel or lifestyle video blog? How do popular YouTubers make travel videos the best that they can be? Is it about the camera they have? Or the content they create? What tricks should you know to enhance your channel too?

Ways to Increase Sales in Your Online Store

November 28, 2018 No Comments

Selling items online is efficient since people don’t need to leave their homes to start purchasing. You can set up a website where they can find information about your company and pick the items to buy if they see something interesting. The only problem is that given the popularity of online stores, you might have lots of competitors. If you can’t entice enough people to buy your products and services, you will be left behind. These are some practical ways to increase your sales when selling items online.

Benefits of Online Training for Employees and Businesses

November 27, 2018 No Comments

Apart from the nature and size of your business, moving on with highly professional and well trained employees is one of the vitals for optimistic development and growth of the business. Keeping them well-versed with latest market trends, business technologies and models can be another great step to keep your business moving towards the chosen destination. Thanks to the latest technology and innovations, online training is a plus point for business organizations and companies to help their employees learn new business related things even when they are performing assigned duties and tasks.

Contract Management Tech Tools You Can Use to Save Time Today

November 27, 2018 No Comments

Contracts particularly need to be managed well, so you don’t end up with any legal or other issues down the track. Thankfully, though, you no longer need to spend hour upon hour handling contract management. Due to the advancement of technology, there are many excellent low-cost software programs and apps on the market to make this business task quicker and simpler. Read on for some tools you should know about, plus tips to help guide you to selecting the right option for your needs.

Tips for increasing brand visibility on Instagram

November 21, 2018 No Comments

Have you wondered how other brands are increasing their Instagram visibility? Do you wish to get there as well? All you need is the right pictures and tactics. That should get you stronger on Instagram. Instafollowfast.com is clear proof that Instagram might be everything you need you to get more traffic.

Governments of the Future: IT in Service of Governmental Institutions

November 19, 2018 No Comments

Digital transformation trends are continuing to change various industries in the world and it’s safe to say that the latest achievements in technology are literally revolutionizing government institutions. Federal, state and local governments are relying on modern technology to provide their citizens with better living conditions. In fact, these entities realized that things like the internet of things and automation can improve not only the lives of their citizens but almost every other aspect of life such as workplace efficiency.

7 Reasons to Invest in Custom Mobile App Development

November 16, 2018 No Comments

It is becoming increasingly common for today’s businesses to make many of their services available online. From providing customers access to FAQs to offering a way to make purchases online, even the smallest shop understands the importance of doing business online. However, most small businesses also understand just how beneficial mobile apps are and if you have any doubts whatsoever, here are seven reasons to invest in mobile app development for your company.

The Benefits of Using an Industrial Computer

November 13, 2018 No Comments

In many different industries such as medical, food and pharmaceutical, industrial computers are vital to help with everyday tasks that your standard computer just would not be able to do. Below, we are taking you through the many great benefits of using an industrial computer and why your business needs one.

Getting Started with Amazon Redshift – Best Practices

November 13, 2018 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.

How to Enhance Your Data and Analytics Process

November 13, 2018 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.

Expert Tips For Maximizing The Power of Amazon Redshift Spectrum

November 13, 2018 No Comments

Amazon Redshift Spectrum is revolutionizing the way data is stored and queried, allowing for more complex analyses and better decision-making. This fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud allows organizations to run complex queries on data stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Help increase performance and potentially reduce the cost of your queries with Amazon Redshift. Download your complimentary ebook and get ten valuable tips on using Matillion ETL for Amazon Redshift.

HIPAA Compliance Checklist for the Digital Transformation

November 7, 2018 No Comments

Since Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996, healthcare organizations have been required to ensure the privacy and security of all medical records. However, the world has changed greatly since HIPAA’s inception, namely through the digital transformation. To keep operations more organized and agile, the healthcare industry has traded paper for electronic processes.

Best Practices for Blended Workforce Management

November 7, 2018 No Comments

As the U.S. freelance economy continues to grow, businesses are forced to find efficient ways to manage a blended workforce comprised of different types of talent, including freelancers, full-time employees and vendors. As work is being completed by a variety of different parties, it’s integral to identify solutions that streamline the entire blended workforce management process. Ultimately, by simplifying the process of managing a blended workforce, companies will be able to focus on what really matters – revenue and growth.

SD-WAN vs MPLS: Which Delivers the Most Business Value?

November 5, 2018 No Comments

In short, SD-WAN and in particular premium cloud-based SD-WAN (a.k.a. SD-WAN 3.0 or SDWaaS / SD-WAN as a Service) offers a set of compelling benefits to most enterprises when compared to SD-WAN. While this piece will stop short of saying MPLS is going the way of the horse and buggy, it will explore the real business benefits that enterprises that adopt SD-WAN can expect to enjoy.

Infinite Scrolling, Pagination Or “Load More” Buttons? Usability Findings In eCommerce

November 2, 2018 No Comments

Pagination is by far the most popular loading method to show new items on a site. This is due to the fact that it ships in almost all e-commerce platforms by default. But the usability tests have found that “load more” buttons added to lazy-loading was a superior integration. It resulted in a more seamless user encounter.

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