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Tech Gifts for 2017

Here we are again with another year passed and another holiday season coming up and leaving you scratching your head about what to buy that family member who embraces technology. It’s not always easy when your passions differ from those raised in the digital age, so we are here to provide some guidance on some interesting ideas for the tech lover in your life.

Survey Processes – Keep it Simple

Employers and employees alike enjoy knowing when they have done a good job. One of the best ways to gauge your customer’s satisfaction is through customer feedback questionnaires. However, not all questionnaires are created equally and the method in which you survey clients can have a large impact on the percentage of completed questionnaires you receive.

Net Neutrality

In the next few weeks the FCC will vote on continued existence of Net Neutrality, the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally with respect to access and transport speeds. A vote against it could create a situation where consumers might be taken advantage of by internet bandwidth carriers based on the type of websites and webservices they access.

The Exponential Impact of Quantum Computing

As we navigate our way through the information age and into the next iteration of wherever it is that technology takes us, we often wonder what technological advancement will move us beyond the limitations of binary computing. For years the function of computing and data processing has been performed in binary which most people are familiar with, but what is the next leap? The Quantum leap?

In what can be described as a technological arms race of sorts, are a number of companies investing deeply into developing the first quantum computer.

Sales and Service – Finding a Balance

Running a professional services company requires vigilant attention to your customer base and the ability to balance onboarding of new customers while ensuring there is no regression of your services to existing customers. Bringing on new business can be a stress on your team while they work to support existing clients and thoughtfully incorporate new customers into your service model.

Managing Vendor Relationships

Throughout my years in Information Technology and technical sales I've had a love-hate relationship with vendors; mostly hate. However, as I've come-up the power of leveraging vendors has helped transform our business for the better. Companies who value and cultivate their vendor relationships are better positioned to expand their marketing efforts, stretch dollars and differentiate from the competition.

The Exponential Growth of Technology

Bought a new PC in 2015? Throw it away. Bought a TV last year? Now it’s obsolete. This is the messaging we are hearing all the time. First it was 720p, then it was HD now its OLED and UHD. There were single core processors then dual-core and now the standard is six cores or more in processing power for your computer, but where does it end? When should you buy the new PC with the latest processor?

Trying to keep up on the latest industry trends in the tech world is akin to watching human evolution occur over the course of days instead of millennia, in that it is moving so fast you hardly notice the changes.

The Importance of IT Audits

We audit our bank accounts, our children’s homework, the people we work with and the companies who we interact with, but how often are you auditing the technology that is keeping your business operational? Making sure our businesses are running at peak efficiencies is what we go to work every day to do, but some of these things are being left unchecked and can leave you in a very vulnerable position.

It Takes More Than a Password

Have you ever logged into your home computer and noticed the search history from your phone was also showing up in your home internet browser? More and more, companies like Google and Microsoft are requiring you to have a user account for their browsers in an effort to link your browsing preferences across various devices and provide a synchronous user experience.

Security Vulnerabilities in the Workplace

In today’s advancing technology landscape things are changing so quickly that it is becoming impossible for the uninformed to stay ahead of it. The challenges that people are facing today are unlike any they have encountered in the past. Those who wish to cause harm within our businesses and personal lives are getting smarter and more effective.