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If you have any doubts that the world of PC design has stagnated - looking at you Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and whoever else is left standing this week - the current wave of crowdsourced projects in bringing hardware from ideas to reality confirms it. But it's an open question if crowd-sourced designs can be more than boutique experiments where major manufacturers fear to tread.
10/25/2016 5:08:41 PM
And the hits just keep on coming. In a new study, security firm ForeScout has shown that it takes fewer than three minutes to hack many common Enterprise IoT devices. This in-depth analysis shows the dangers posed by enterprise IoT devices, and seems to reveal that most can act as points of entry into critical enterprise networks.
10/25/2016 4:51:59 PM
According to Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the American engineer, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and management consultant, 94% of business problems are derived from processes, not the people who work within those processes. When you're locked in a never ending discussion with a coworker who just can't seem to grasp a new concept, this statistic may be hard to believe. But organizational and management theory have proven it to be true time and time again. For marketers looking to solve process-related problems (while also ironing out issues with individual performance), Agility offers enormous potential.
10/25/2016 4:49:20 PM
We as a society largely love streaming services. There's nothing quite like sitting on the couch on a Saturday afternoon, binging a whole season of your favorite show on Netflix or Hulu. People are willing to pay extra every month to gain access to original series, along with their favorite shows, commercial free. We love streaming, but don't often think about what goes on in the background. However, there is actually a lot of work that needs to go into marketing for these companies. This month, there have been some interesting trends in Netflix and Hulu's marketing tactics.
10/25/2016 4:42:31 PM
Creating content is only one of the steps that you need to take in the grand scheme. You also need to promote that content so it gets in front of the right person at the right time - only then can you hope to get prospects to act accordingly.
10/25/2016 4:29:41 PM
Want your IoT devices to last a billion years? Use an AA battery, or just suck the leakage out of your transistors, according to a new paper in the American Association for the Advancement of Science journal Science, published in the October 21 issue.
10/25/2016 3:52:56 PM
The hiring process is never a fun task. Not for those looking to land a gig, nor the ones who need to fill a seat at their operations. It can be a long selection process that, without careful attention, can cause more issues if the wrong candidate is chosen.
10/25/2016 3:42:23 PM
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced it will provide advanced automation and safety solutions to enable remote onshore operation for an unmanned offshore platform in the North Sea, reducing overall production costs and improving safety.
10/25/2016 3:38:18 PM
Technology has brought significant value to businesses in so many ways over the last few decades. Perhaps nowhere is it more apparent than in the capabilities of the cloud. Access to pay-per-use and pay-per-user models have enabled the smallest of companies to compete on more level playing fields with giants in their industries.
10/25/2016 3:34:56 PM
Technology is changing at a scary pace. But, what really haunts IT decision makers as they sit in front of their computer screens late at night? What new innovations will rise up to take over the underworld? The answers come thanks to a new survey of 511 U.S. IT managers from Finn Partners Technology Practice.
10/25/2016 3:20:22 PM
Organizations are faced with many data challenges, though two specific issues are top-of-mind for businesses of all sizes. The first is the enormous growth of data sources, and how this has made obtaining a unified view that can inform meaningful insights increasingly difficult. The second obstacle stems from this challenge - a reliance on IT departments to pull, maintain and analyze large disparate data sets, which is costing businesses time and money they simply don't have in an always-on world.
10/25/2016 3:15:09 PM
In late September, Yahoo revealed that state-sponsored cyberattacks compromised at least 500 million of its user accounts - the largest cybersecurity breach from a single site in history. The attacks prompted a renewed focus by the Obama administration on its fight against cybercrime that includes a new initiative and website called Lock Down Your Login.
10/25/2016 3:05:38 PM
Getting the attention of potential customers so you can pitch them is key to sales for so many businesses. So much so that companies today are even employing appointment schedulers tasked solely with scheduling potential leads to meet with sales team members to hopefully close a deal.
10/25/2016 3:00:01 PM
As the IoT develops, a combination of lower power devices and efficient power transmission will solve many of the access issues the industry currently faces. Helping get us there, Red Lion Controls, a communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking company, has announced three new additions to its N-Tron series of industrial Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) Gigabit products: NT24k-16TX-POE, 1008TX-POE+ and 1000-POE4+. These new POE+ switches and injectors are designed to offer customers additional PoE options that drive operational efficiencies while addressing industry demands.
10/25/2016 2:55:42 PM
As the world becomes more digital today, more customers than ever are seeking support via digital channels such as email, Web, mobile app, social media and text messaging. Contact center agents have been perfecting their telephone manner for decades, and now they're facing a new challenge: effective communication with the written word. An agent who does well on the telephone may need to brush up on written skills. We've gotten used to communicating via text, for example, with friends and family members. What works for personal communications won't work for business communications.
10/25/2016 2:52:37 PM
When the cloud was first introduced, a lot of companies were wary about putting it to use. The concept was kind of hard to grasp, and people didn't know if they liked the idea of their information floating around in the cloud somewhere. Years later, companies are finally starting to feel more confident in making the decision to move information to the cloud. However, as more and more organizations adopt the cloud, they will undoubtedly be faced with security challenges.
10/25/2016 2:52:29 PM
While most workplaces today have employees who span generations - from Baby Boomers near retirement age through Gen-X and to younger Millennials beginning their careers - the contact center has traditionally attracted younger workers. For many managers, this means managing workers who are largely millennial. This could have implications for managers, since management styles that worked for previous generations of employees may not work with today's young people.
10/25/2016 2:49:03 PM
Such solutions provide employees and partners with the tools they need to get their jobs done without relying on insecure applications they access individually over the Internet, as GENBAND explains in a video on its website.
10/25/2016 2:46:30 PM
Are you looking for the latest in real-time communications software solutions for your company?
10/25/2016 2:26:02 PM
Rapid time-to-market is increasingly important in the rollout of new applications and services, or to put it in simpler terms: everyone wants to be first.
10/25/2016 2:08:45 PM
As the Internet of Things (IoT) develops and evolves across the globe, the competition between communication protocols grows increasingly heated.
10/25/2016 2:01:39 PM
In Ocean County over the weekend, a car accident caused a power outage that not only shut off the lights, but also stranded riders at Six Flags Great Adventure. The car crash occurred on Route 537 in Jackson Township and knocked out power to the area Sunday afternoon, according to a post in the Patch. All guests were safely unloaded from the rides at the amusement park during one of the park's busiest seasons.
10/25/2016 1:59:04 PM
Leading IoT event highlights the trends, case studies and complexities of connected buildings and cities
10/25/2016 1:58:15 PM
When examining cybersecurity budgets, government leaders and financial advisors would be more effective if they applied basic value-management to their processes. A recent breach exposed over 21 million Office of Personnel Management records involving federal employees. Much of this was personal information on staff with sensitive security clearances. According to government CIO Tony Scott, drawbacks in the federal funding plan were partly to blame.
10/25/2016 1:54:40 PM
The good news is that the rate of hospitals electronically sending, receiving and finding key clinical information to and from providers inside and outside their systems increased from 2014 to 2015, according to a data brief issued by the Office for the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
10/25/2016 11:54:39 AM
8x8 offers its cloud-based communications software and services to enterprises that wish to replace their on-premise private branch exchanges (PBXs) or begin using contact centers and conferencing software in a hosted environment.
10/25/2016 11:36:38 AM
Last week's wave of worldwide DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks through the use of unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices is both disturbing and revealing. Disrupting prime-time access to e-commerce and social media sites has some near-term implications, but also signaled the launch of an arms race between bad actors and the White Hat community - with the future of the IoT clearly between them. In the long run, the White Hats will win, but the question is how long it will take them.
10/25/2016 11:29:23 AM
Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based investment firm, announced this week that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Masergy Communications, Inc.
10/25/2016 11:11:58 AM
When it comes to running a successful VoIP operation, having the correct tools and solutions in place is key to success. Front-facing customer service and engagement as well as solid business process and operations are critical, but won't count for much if technology fails.
10/25/2016 11:04:43 AM
Glue Networks this week at the Open Networking User Group event in New York is demonstrating how its Gluware orchestration platform can configure switches in a multi-vendor data center environment and allow for the seamless migration from physical appliances to virtual network functions.
10/25/2016 10:52:11 AM
Mobile wireless access solutions provider Blue Danube Systems Inc. this week issued a announcement noting that it has been recognized by both EE Times and Fierce Wireless for its innovative technology.
10/25/2016 10:48:53 AM
Drone technology is now being researched for adoption by everyone from Amazon to UPS, fast food franchises and medical services to name a few. As these companies try to find the best solution to deliver the products they are offering, a key piece of technology is essential to guide the drones to their destinations with great accuracy and reliability. This technology is Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) modules. The three new miniature GNSS modules just released by OriginGPS have the latest location and communications technology to ensure drones never get lost.
10/25/2016 10:42:05 AM
It's a great time to be a part of the RingCentral team. The company has seen massive success lately. A few months ago, it was named as a Leader in Gartner's Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) category of the Magic Quadrant study, and now it's even in charge of all the communications for the Santa Clara school district. When companies like Gartner recognize companies, other organizations pay attention. The same is true for Frost & Sullivan, which is why it's so exciting for RingCentral that it was just named the winner of the 2016 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year.
10/25/2016 10:31:04 AM
The completion of Dell's acquisition of EMC resulted in creating the largest privately-controlled tech company. When the deal was finalized, Dell EMC announced it was looking to solve complex problems across a wide range of growth industry sectors, including hybrid cloud, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, platform-as-a-service, data analytics, mobility and cybersecurity. To that end, the company just announced the first line of products to help its customers with their IT transformation for a fully digital business.
10/25/2016 10:28:58 AM
Vendors in information and communication and technologies (ICT) have embraced cloud computing, which has resulted in the delivery of more services with cloud capabilities. For Sonus Networks, a global provider of secure and intelligent cloud communications, the improvement of its PSX and EMS platforms with cloud optimization will make these solutions ready for real-world cloud deployments.
10/25/2016 9:55:13 AM
Telecommuting is a privilege increasingly afforded to many in today's workforce. It has become a reality thanks to stronger Internet connections and new technologies that make it possible to do just about everything you could from a desk at a brick and mortar location.
10/25/2016 8:56:41 AM
The availability of smart mobile devices, video communications and cloud technology has introduced collaboration software solutions that bring these technologies together seamlessly. The latest version of Pexip's Infinity software platform has some new features designed to take advantage of cloud infrastructures. Infinity V13, will, according to the company, enable fully automated resource cloud bursting to Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is part of the more than 20 new enhancements and features added to the new version.
10/25/2016 8:51:09 AM
Haven't you ever wanted to watch someone's every move and know exactly where they are at all times, but didn't because it's, you know, illegal? No? Me neither, then. Well, now you can - at least with your pets.
10/25/2016 8:44:41 AM
A lot of the talk about Connected Transportation and Supply Chain in the IoT focuses on cars and trucking, but that's literally missing the boat... and trains. Well, now there's some great news from the rail in the UK.
10/25/2016 8:41:26 AM
The best work, traditionally, in counterintelligence has of course come from military efforts during war time. Well, not any more. Now, private firms looking to keep secrets safe from competitors and rivals are trying (with varying levels of success) to develop protocols that would make Enigma look like a child's puzzle.
10/25/2016 8:39:00 AM
A super group has formed to help keep food super safe. In a recent announcement, ARM, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions and Zebra Technologies said they will work together to create and offer a next-generation food safety solution.
10/25/2016 8:35:52 AM
How do you use analytics across your organization? Do you look for information on your client base, adjusting products and processes to better meet demand? Or, maybe you get more value from data available on market potential, repositioning yourself as needed to attract more clientele. The HCM expert may be looking to do something very similar, only with human resources in mind.
10/25/2016 8:31:40 AM
Do you remember when video calling was first introduced? The concept was an exciting one in the 1980s, although most of us didn't have a desire to ensure we always looked perfect each time the phone rang. Fast forward to 2016 and the capabilities of video conferencing are beyond what we could have imagined before, and many of us are embracing the opportunity.
10/25/2016 8:26:45 AM
As I've written again and again, consumers don't trust the IoT. The recent Mirai and SSH problems have thrown that into stark relief, and now there's some evidence (other than the flat sales figures) that shows I'm probably right.
10/24/2016 4:53:19 PM
The launch of the iPhone 7 and T-Mobile One bolsters revenue growth in 3Q16
10/24/2016 4:33:43 PM
The customer experience is becoming more complicated. It's not enough to have what customers need, when they need it. Today, you must be able to create the personalized experience that evolves along with the customer. At the same time, you have to do so efficiently and through streamlined processes or you can't effectively compete. In banking, this is tough without real time communications.
10/24/2016 3:41:55 PM
When you spin up a public cloud computing server, the easiest thing to do is to leave it running. In fact, it's easy to forget it's running at all. Until you get the bill. There are many good reasons to avoid this set it and forget it approach to cloud management.
10/24/2016 3:33:20 PM
Businesses and governments are rushing to go digital. They want to find ways to make money and grow from the merging of mobility, big data, cloud, collaboration, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Enterprises hope to ride the digital train to new markets. Governments prize digitization's capabilities to transform communities. The same goes for criminal enterprises. Of all the challenges in this vast digital transformation, two are most pressing.
10/24/2016 3:22:32 PM
Talk to an experienced call center agent, and he or she will likely have a plethora of stories about managers and their management styles. Chances are good some stories will be recounted with respect, and others will be nightmare boss anecdotes. The manager is the point around which the entire contact center pivots, so getting a manager to adapt his or her style to the tone of the organization is critical.
10/24/2016 3:00:27 PM
The wholesale VoIP solutions provider suggests that leaders who step up to the plate and prepare their businesses for IoT will experience more than just better opportunities throughout the enterprise. Leaders will also get the chance to reimagine business outcomes like never before, fostering a culture built on collaboration and innovation.
10/24/2016 2:53:44 PM
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