Author Archive: Alex Espenson

The hype surrounding cloud computing is not easily dismissed, especially considering how many businesses are adopting it for their operations. The benefits of the cloud are by now well-documented, helping companies become more productive, reach news levels of capabilities, and save on costs in the long run. All of these advantages are impressive enough on their own, and cloud adoption levels reflect how much faith businesses are putting in the technology.

Your business could be so much more successful than it is now. You may be a great owner, but you probably haven’t tried all the simple ways to make your business better. Simple doesn’t mean easy. These tips require a lot of hard work and effort on your part. But if you follow these eight tips, you will certainly make your business leaner and meaner.

There’s a lot of concern about whether or not organizations will feel the effects of an IT talent shortage over the coming years. I wish I could offer a glimmer of hope, but unfortunately, many are already feeling these effects. In fact, there’s been a talent shortage in the IT field for quite some time. Even back in 2012, Ben Rooney of the Wall Street Journal wrote on the small number of workers within the field of big data. That hasn’t changed, and isn’t exclusive to big data analytics.

Prominent tech bloggers, hackers, crackers and even government officials are warning that the warfare of the 21st century won’t take place on the battlefield, but on the servers and mainframes of corporations, banks and governments around the world. The expenditures reported by the Pentagon have seen continual increases in budgets to protect against cyber warfare attacks. In 2013, the Pentagon had a budget of $3.9 billion. In 2014, the budget grew to $4.7 billion. Now finally, in 2015, the budget is estimated at $5.1 billion.

The rate at which technology increases is sometimes frustrating. Of course, it’s nice to have new things that work better and faster, but it seems like the moment we finally understand one technology, it’s replaced by something else. We’re constantly having to learn and further our understanding.

As far as business trends go, few have had as big of an impact as big data. Thanks to recent advances in big data analytics, companies of all sizes now have the same opportunity to gather data, study it, and figure out the best ways to use it for growing their businesses. As a result, more companies than ever before are using big data, but as exciting as this prospect is, the results have been mixed.

The promise of the Internet is of a world that is freely connected. The reality is that the Internet must do business with the physical world, and in that world the hardware that runs the Internet can find itself within any number of legal boundaries. The United States, in addition to being the headquarters of some of the world’s largest telecoms, also plays host to a significant portion of the Internet’s backbone. This means that legal decisions covering Internet usage in the US have the potential for world reaching consequences.

Regardless which side of the isle you stand politically, you can be rest assured that the passage of net neutrality is a positive for you, and your ability to access the Internet like you have since the 1990’s. The Internet is turning into a business tool with everything from cloud computing to premium Internet providers. When you break this entire issue down to its bare bones, the only businesses that are going to be hurt by this ruling are the major Internet service providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast. If you’re not one of them, then consider the passage of this new FCC regulatory law a major victory.

When running your small business, you probably hear all the time about moving over to big data and shifting everything over to the cloud as it is easier for you to run and operate. Now, it might be true that just dumping everything you have over to the cloud is easy, but there are are right and wrong ways to approach business process management (BPM).

Technology is essential for businesses that want to gain an edge over competitors in today’s world. Computers and the Internet have now brought in a new era that relies on data to make profitable business decisions in the competitive environment. However, many business owners neglect to take advantage of these new technologies because they believe that they are only available to large corporations.