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Software implementation is something that all businesses need to think about at some point. If you want to experience the true benefits of the technology you are introducing, you need to ensure that all your employees are on board and that they know how to use it effectively. With that in mind, read on to discover some top tips for successful software implementation.
Laptops have given way to tablets, and the encyclopedia has given way to the smartphone. Work has become so much more interactive and fluid. Connectivity means you’re only a click away from being part of a board meeting or sharing new ideas with your colleagues. The expediency of accessing different functions merely at the click or press of a touchscreen have activated avenues in which technology is simply irreplaceable.
There isn't really anything in the world that hasn't been almost entirely altered by the presence of the internet. After all, what was once considered to be something of a niche that was purely the realm of computer programmers and hackers in dusty basements, is now something that very few people in the developed world could hardly consider going without for even a few days. The idea of communicating with people over vast distances with no delay once seemed like something out of science-fiction, but thanks to social media it's so simple even your grandparents can make sense of it. People can shop for everything that they need, from food to clothes without ever leaving the comfort of their homes. Of course, with all of these changes in the way the world works, it was inevitable that the world of business would change as well. The problem that many businesses have is that they simply don't realize just how important it is to move with the times. They assume that the things that have worked in the past will continue to work now. However, that's simply not the case. Here are just a few things that you should consider updating in your business in the age of the internet.
The news broke last week that Apple was the first company in history to break the $800 billion dollar mark. Given Wall Street’s obsession with round numbers, the milestone immediately got investors wondering whether Apple had the ability to make it all the way to $1 trillion, become the first trillion-dollar company in history.
Of course, pundits waxed lyrically about the “core strengths” of Apple and spoke at length how, as a customer-focused company, it would always pull in big money. But a more sober consideration of the facts reveals otherwise.
Editors note: Sasha Horne is an award-winning journalist turned digital media entrepreneur. A former TV news reporter, correspondent and CNN Fellow now travels the world helping startups, brands, and entrepreneurs craft their digital presence.
As a kid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of my favorite cartoons. Raphael was my favorite turtle (always the prankster), but my favorite character was April O'Neill, the reporter for Channel 6 News.
From taking my dad's camcorder into the front yard to do "live" news reports to my 6th grade communication arts class where we produced our own television shows, for as long as I can remember my goal in life was to work in news.
Your office says a lot about your business. It contributes to the culture, let’s visitors know instantly what your business is all about, and determines just how productive - and ultimately successful - it is. If your business is going well and you’re thinking about upgrading your office space, then you’ll be presented with an opportunity to create a space that really sets your company apart from other companies. It’ll be your chance to take your business to the future, and to improve some of the practices that may be holding you back. Here are ten tips to ensure your new office is everything you hoped it would be and more.
Even for people who are somewhat well versed in the ins and outs of computing, the term cloud computing can seem confusing, sometimes referring to seemingly different things at once.
But while cloud computing can refer to a wide variety of configurations and implementations, there are a few things which are present in all cloud computing schemes.
The first is that the system is remotely administered and located. This adds a high degree of flexibility, which is what cloud computing is all about, at its core. Cloud computing also takes advantage of commodity hardware. This means that cloud data centers are able to easily acquire serious computing power. Their customers are then able to harness that computing power on an on-demand basis, allowing for lightning fast scalability that businesses, even ones without sufficient budgets to run traditional in-house IT departments, can take advantage of using the same kind of computing power that, in eras past, would have only been available to the largest companies.
There used to be a time when shopping online was a quick and easy way to buy what we wanted without having to leave our sofa. Increasingly, however, we are becoming more cautious to do so because of one word. Cybercrime.
Anybody who uses a computer is vulnerable to attack from hackers looking to steal our personal information. It doesn't matter how secure you think your computer is, those meaning to commit fraud will always find a way. Nobody is safe. Big name companies such as Sony have been the subject of several attacks when personal details from its customers were stolen. However, we shouldn't stop going online in fear of being attacked. For that reason, many people wouldn't leave their house either for fear of a mugger being around the corner. As with most things in life, we need to be aware of the dangers online and stay safe.
Every website is different in its own way but generally the process of building a website is more or less the same. If we deconstruct the web development process it could be broadly put down in 5 basic steps.
Starting with collecting information, working on website layout and design to content generation and coding. Conventionally, coding is the most important aspect of website development. It is the core tech part of web design which gives the website its look and interactivity. Once ready the website goes for testing, review and launch and finally it requires continuous support and maintenance to be a fully functional and current website.
Let’s take a look at these stages of web development process in detail.
Do you know how to keep a remote team in line? Having a virtual crew can do wonders for helping to bring together the most skilled individuals from far-flung reaches of the globe to build your operations, particularly for tech and development focused businesses.
Expanding the pool from which you draw increases the likelihood that you'll be able to find the skills you need, but having a team that's spread out also presents unique management challenges. No matter your team's focus, there are a few common-sense tips that will help make you all more effective.
As all small business owners know, there are bumps in the road, many of which don't appear until AFTER launching your venture.
Whether its a fashion blog or an e-commerce site, here are some principles to set in place to ensure your biz stays afloat past launch.
The business world is highly competitive. Companies crumble, and new companies rise from the ashes. That’s how the cycle works, and the vast majority of businesses do fail in the first few years. Why is this? Because people dive in without a plan, or the market changes and their plan fails to change with it. If your business is starting to struggle in the face of changing times and you’re not sure how to adapt in order to regain your initial triumphs, here are some tips to bring the spark back to help your organization move forward.
Today, more than ever before, businesses of all shapes and sizes are reliant on technology. With so many business-critical resources wrapped up in tech, it’s never been more important for business owners - particularly from small enterprises - to understand the impacts that could happen when things go wrong. In today’s guide, we’re going to take a look at some of those impacts - and how to reduce their effects. Let’s get started with some of the basics.
Form and function are something that need to be balanced in the home, and this is where the newest smart products can come in. Not only do they look great, but they also perform functions that we wouldn't be able to get from a normal device. Read on to find out more.
By today’s standards, most people have some understanding of how to operate and search for content, both informative and entertaining, on the internet. This has allowed a web revolution, and most of the practical applications you could want a business or service to operate can be found online. It’s for this reason that there’s an ever growing responsibility to learn how to best practice safe internet habits, and teach those to your children.
Due to the universal accessibility of the internet, it’s bound to attract people of both good and bad temperament. Unfortunately, viruses, phishing schemes and methods of ‘hacking’ can leave your computer, and by extension your information, in harm's way. Taking the correct pre-emptive measures to stop this from happening will allow you to actuate your plans for viewing the content you want to see online safely.
This article is geared for those who aren’t familiar with safe internet practices, or those who are who would like to expand their ‘safety arsenal’ online and teach that to those around them.
Optimizing your startup should be a priority. You see, by making your business more efficient you essentially stretch every penny, utilize every skill and give every employee a purpose. It’s not difficult to optimize a business, but it does take a wake up call for someone to realize that something in their business isn’t working as intended.
It’s easy to forget something in your business, such as neglecting to update a software package that could save you money in the long run due to new features. Similarly, while personnel issues are tough, especially in the startup world, leaving a disruptive employee in your workforce can taint the well, crippling your business in the future.
Technology is all about making something happen in a new and innovative way. It allows us to find solutions to problems. Sometimes we didn’t even know we had a problem until somebody invented a way around it! It’s about creation and development and betterment. No wonder so many awesome tech inventors are considered to be the world’s best entrepreneurs.
It takes a sharp and savvy mind to be that good. Could you do it? Even if you have little to invest except a few hopeful ideas, you too could create your own tech company.
Editors note: This is a guest post from Digital Diplomat Mohd Sohel Ather. Want to write for us? Join our squad.
Today, there are lots of enterprises that are implementing mobility as a central focus in their digital revolution across various worldwide industries. As per the recent EIU study, there are four out of five respondent businesses, who are investing deeply in mobile technology as a part of their digital strategy for the future.
Do you know why mobile app popularity has been sharpened? It has led various app developers to discover various methods and technologies to meet this growing demand. Cloud Backend-as-a-Service can successfully fill this nagged, serving numerous valuable points.
Building a successful business is about far more than the products or services that you offer, it’s about ensuring that every cog in the machine moves as it should do. This means that you don’t just need to think about your own productivity, but also the performance of your employees.
A productive team of employees can help your business to soar with success. However, a team of employees that aren’t performing as they should do can harm your business. As the owner of your business, it’s your job to ensure that your employees are doing what they are paid to do and are performing as they should be, helping to grow your business.
Of course, that’s easier said than done, isn’t it? Knowing how to ensure that your team of employees are performing as they should be is no easy task. Did you know that by utilizing certain pieces of technology, you can help to improve employee performance and make monitoring your team's progress easier? For all the best methods of improving employee performance, read on.
The internet often gets a bad rep. Parents worry that it’s ‘dumbing down’ their kids. And, they can hardly talk. But when you break these accusations down, there’s no factual basis. You could argue that language usage suffers because of abbreviations on social media, but that’s as far as it goes. And, with people correcting grammar mistakes at the drop of a hat, even that seems like a stretch. In many ways, the reputation comes from fear that we spend too much time online. Where knowledge is concerned, variety is a good thing, isn't it? Someone who undertakes different activities is surely in a better position to attain knowledge. That may have been true once, but the internet offers us all the opportunities we want. And, they're all in one package.
It’s time to stop seeing the internet as a knowledge sapping beast.
Instead, we should embrace it as a well of learning opportunities. No one can deny that the internet can teach us in a huge variety of areas if we use it right. And, use it right we should. If you’re fighting against the idea that the internet could help your brain, instead of rot it, here’s a low-down of a few of the benefits.
It wasn’t long ago that all of our homes played host to big, ugly boxes from companies like HP and Dell that we called “computers.” We accepted them because they were so useful despite the fact that they clashed with our interior decor.
Then along came a company called Apple and changed all that. Apple and its enigmatic founder Steve Jobs proved that tech products didn’t have to be ugly boxes. They could be sleek and sexy and objects we were proud to own. Before long, practically every other company in the world was trying to do the same - appealing to aesthetics rather than mere function.
Nobody really managed to pull it off. Nokia tried with its Scirocco, but the phone was little more than an overpriced 8310 with a metal backplate. Then HTC came along with the HTC One nearly a decade later, promising to redefine design in the mobile space. It did a good job with its outward facing speakers, but it was still playing second fiddle to Apple’s iPhone. In fact, it’s only recently with the release of the Samsung S7 Edge and S8 that we’ve seen serious competitions from Apple’s rivals.
What this all essentially means is that fashion and tech are on a collision course. Already the market for fashionable tech products is expanding thanks to companies like Dulccio. But we can expect a lot more growth in the sector as consumer electronics are seen less as “tech” and more as accessories.
A business owner’s worst nightmare is to see the business they built from the ground up be taken from them by a larger corporation. It is their nightmare to see the business they have poured their heart into be taken over by a franchise. It is heartbreaking to see their business become one in a chain, rather than one on its own. Sometimes, however, a business ends up in a position which makes this fate an unavoidable one. Sometimes, for whatever reason, a business is drowning and the only way it can be saved is if it takes hold of the support offered by a chain company. And once a business takes this support it is a part of the chain company’s tide. If you don’t want your business to be swept up with this tide in the future you have to shore it up now. A few ways to do so can be found below.
For businesses, whether small or large, the main strategic focus is on market survival. For many, this means beginning in a position to compete with organizations of various sizes and capacities at the lowest possible cost. Running a highly competitive game at a low cost is never a simple task, but it helps businesses to shift their attention to essential obstacles on their growth journey: Time. Time is the main issue when it comes to running a successful business, especially because wasting time may be synonymous with productivity loss or even missing a market opportunity. In the great scheme of things, time remains a key priority of the business world. The best way to address the time pressure is to embrace smart tech and strategy in the professional environment. Beware, this doesn’t mean that purchasing the latest laptops and smartphones is the way forward. But it is about thinking differently about technology – if you’ve heard of the Millennial’s tech-savvy mindset, it’s exactly what you need. A smart business uses technology to save precious time to its human capital.
Technology seeps into every corner of our homes. Whether it’s the smartphone in your side pocket or the digital security system in your front hallway, small and large gadgets alike are unavoidable in the modern age. Of course, there’s a difference between necessary tech and fun tech. Perhaps you’ve always wanted a room in the house which could just be your room or at least a room which could be a form of escape after a long day at work. You’d fill it with all the coolest gadgets and forms of entertainment to create a proper chill zone.
Still, it’s hard to turn an idea into a reality. Creating a fun tech zone in your house will require space, and you might be struggling to think of where to begin. If that is the case then here are some top tips and tricks for creating a tech zone in your home which might prove to you that you don’t need to be a millionaire and you don’t need lots of space to do so.
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