Audit and Optimize your ERP for a Stronger Bottom Line

The past five years have brought incredible advances in every industry. This rapid growth in technologies such as cloud deployment, machine learning, AI, and IoT have changed the way companies do business. It’s both a blessing and a curse; modern digital tools simplify processes and increase productivity. But the rate of evolution means legacy systems have quickly become outdated. It’s ...

Outsourcing vs. Insourcing Your IT support: A Cost/Benefit Analysis

If you’re like most small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), you probably have your internal resources stretched in order to maximize your profitability. It can be easy to think that the more you do in-house the more cost savings you will realize, but it isn’t always that simple. When it comes to IT services, all SMBs should consider outsourcing tech support. ...

Strategic Device Integration for Small and Medium Sized Businesses

Technology has transformed the way almost everyone does business over the past decade. One prime example is the wide use of smartphones, tablets and portable point-of-sale systems to conduct business and stay connected on-the-go. And although the benefits associated with these and other integrated devices can be tremendous, it is important to remember that the safety and reliability of data ...

Understanding the Differences Between Business Intelligence and Business Analytics

Although they are certainly similar, most IT experts would agree that business intelligence (BI) and business analytics (BA) are not the same. The differences are pretty nuanced and both are highly data-driven processes, but as a general rule business intelligence uses data to evaluate what has already happened whereas business analytics uses data to anticipate future trends. More specifically, business ...

Technology Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) – What to Know

What You Need in a DRP to Ensure Business Continuity Every business needs a technology disaster recovery plan (DRP), but before you can generate a detailed template with actionable disaster recovery strategies and procedures, it is first important to understand what that really means. Every business needs a technology disaster recovery plan (DRP), but before you can generate a detailed ...

Fighting Crime using Big Data, Analytics and the Internet of Things

In a day and age where your thermostat, house alarm and refrigerator are all internet enabled, it should come as no surprise that street lights, traffic signals and other public safety technologies are quickly joining the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution, too.  One prime example is GE’s recent partnership with ShotSpotter to create smart street lighting technology, as part of ...

Keeping Company Assets Safe in a Mobile World

Gone are the days where employees sit at a desk and only have access to company data from a secure desktop computer in their office. And while there are countless advantages associated with the modern mobile business environment, there are also risks. Here are some best practices to ensure your sensitive data remains safe and protected. Educate users. It sounds ...

Initial Coin Offerings: The Future of Startup Funding or Risky Businesses?

In the wake of the Bitcoin explosion, the next hot topic in the world of cryptocurrency is the initial coin offering, better known as an ICO in blockchain-based business circles. While the end goal of an ICO is more-or-less the same as a traditional IPO in that it is a way for startups to raise capital, that’s where the similarities ...

5 Tips to Avoid Blacklisting

There’s no faster way to kill an email marketing campaign than getting blacklisted. And even if your intentions are good (we assume they are) that won’t matter to the automated SPAM filter on the receiving end that is designed to make snap judgments about incoming email. Here are 5 easy tips to ensure your emails don’t get blocked, even if ...

5G: The Next Frontier in Wireless Technology

You’ve probably heard your wireless carrier talking about how 5G is coming soon, but what does 5G really mean? 5G stands for “5th Generation” technology, and although it could be a year or so before we know exactly what all will be included in the full 5G experience, as the standard won’t be set until sometime in 2018, but we’re ...