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Sep
20

Role of Technology During Natural Disasters

Mother Nature will always have her way with the world. While we can predict paths of natural disasters as they form, we cannot predict when and where they will develop and the amount of catastrophic damage they will inflict. On Aug. 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and the South Texas area and is already estimated to take the number two spot for the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history. With 27 trillion gallons of rain falling, it has caused great distress to residents in effected areas. Flood waters rose quickly and emergency personnel and volunteer groups performed thousands of rescues by boat and helicopter. Designated shelters were overwhelmed with evacuees, but Houston...
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Aug
31

Automated, Accelerated, Applied: How Machine Learning Can Improve Your Managed Services

For any company that relies on managed service providers (MSPs) to automate IT services and streamline operations, there are no two words perhaps more important to their future than machine learning. Machine Learning is the intelligent interpretation of high volumes of data by machines to make improvements without being explicitly programmed. Although machine learning is not a new concept to data scientists, the term has taken the business world by storm in the last several years, thanks to its increasingly wide range of applications. In fact, a Forrester brief states that machine learning investments should increase by more than 300% this year compared to 2016. As machine learning...
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Jul
12

Non-functional Testing Affects Your Bottom Line

Is there anything more frustrating than an app that crashes or a website that just wont load? Companies are well aware of how quickly a user will dismiss a product that doesn't work, and so employ Quality Assurance and Testing procedures to guard against failure. Non-functional testing plays an important role in today's software development, because it emphasizes not only on the essential functional capabilities of the application but also on other parameters such as performance, security, and usability. Non-functional testing demonstrates how well the product behaves. The ISO 9126 international standard lists six quality attributes for Software Systems, which are then broken down to...
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Jun
27

Cloud Security Is Extremely Important in Today’s World.

Most likely, you have a security system at your home or business. It probably includes an alarm system, cameras, or keypads. More sophisticated systems offer biometric registration to access various departments. A security system is there to add an extra layer of protection. While not perfect, it assists in mitigation of possible threats. In this sense, cloud computing is very similar. Although it is used to safely store data — adding a layer of protection — there are still potential security issues. Here is what you need to know about security systems within the cloud: It is a system, not a protocol. Your business should have a documented set of protocols you are required to...
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Jun
22

Why You Should Consider Infrastructure Innovation After the WannaCry Attack

The IT industry has had another wake-up call, and it is time to innovate your infrastructure to avoid another nightmare. Due to the international damage caused by the WannaCry Ransomware attack, professionals are re-examining their current technology infrastructures. Their goal is to protect crucial data while preparing for another large cyberattack. It is not matter of if this will happen again, but when it will happen. Ensuring data security is just as important as securing your physical infrastructures. It’s imperative you take precautionary measures to minimize risk and maximize protection. Here are a few avenues to consider: Move to the cloud. The WannaCry attack affected...
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Jun
5

Innovate Your Infrastructure

In the early years of the digital age, your company most likely purchased and managed all of its technology needs in-house. Over time, as the computing universe grew ever-more complex, you added new parts and programs to keep up with the developments and to maintain your competitiveness. As such, the complexity of managing of this universe became more complex, as well. The IT team could probably still handle it, with a little bit of outside help here and there. However, with the advent of cloud computing and hybrid infrastructures, it may be that your in-house team is struggling to keep up with it all. The complex web of legacy hardware and software programming that was supposed to...
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May
24

The Right Staff For the Right Company — How Do You Choose the Right Hire?

Employee replacement is expensive. Not only is your staff's work not getting done, but neither is yours as you focus instead on hiring and onboarding oversight. By some estimates, replacing an employee costs approximately one-fifth of that worker's annual salary. Keep in mind, although you cannot please every individual, a professional that feels appreciated, challenged, and well compensated is a loyal employee. A stable workforce saves your company money and maintains business continuity. Your enterprise can reap significant economic benefits over time by carefully hiring, training, and supporting your employees. Recruitment tools enumerate two critical steps in the hiring process:...
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May
5

Predictive Analytics Redefine Data Utility

Ensuring a healthy future depends on understanding the past: That’s the fundamental premise of predictive analytics. Data scientists collect and analyze raw data to find patterns and connections. They study whether past activities worked in unison and help decision-makers gather information to improve future operations. Predictive analytics could change how the world does business — and how you do business, too. As early as 1958, when FICO founders first used predictive modeling to assess credit risks, industry analysts recognized the benefits of using past information to formulate future strategies. Today, the internet generates massive data quantities for that work. For...
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Apr
13

5 Key Components to Consider when Choosing Software Solutions

Business owners often believe that purchasing off-the-shelf or pre-built software solutions will be cheaper and easier. However, that’s often a misconception: Finding a ready-made software solution that meets unique needs isn’t always as easy as clicking "buy." Some products may meet some needs while another meets others — but chances are there isn’t a single perfect solution. So, how can company leaders prioritize and figure out what’s most important in potential software products? As you research available out-of-the-box software solutions, cloud offerings, and hosted options to deploy in your environment, we suggest you consider these five factors for your company before...
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Apr
6

Get Your Head in the Cloud and Save!

Company leaders around the world are migrating to online cloud management solutions for good reasons: Not only has the cloud proven to be safer and more disaster resistant but it can also save business owners significantly over time. Additionally, Cloud giants such as Amazon, Azure, and Google have ramped up their market offerings, allowing greater customizations and options for consumers. According to a PC Magazine article, the cloud essentially means “storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive.” The cloud offers many benefits, including flexibility, disaster protection, data backup, and cost savings. For owners of large and...
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