The possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT) has pushed programmers, developers, scientists, and tech experts to create amazing new items and revolutionary new services. Some do it for the potential cash rewards; others do it for the scientific and technological breakthroughs sure to come. For whatever reason, the IoT will likely shape our future in the coming decades, often in exciting and fascinating ways.
Building a company for the purpose of selling it is a proven strategy for a fast payoff. Like any asset, the more attractive a business is to potential acquirers, the more likely it will be purchased. Focusing on the key elements that larger brands examine when they consider an acquisition is crucial for obtaining the best price and for establishing a corporate brand that distinguishes itself from its competitors as a valuable asset. There is a strong argument that can be made for preparing to sell your company from Day 1 by strategically positioning your company in a growth industry where merger and acquisition activity is likely.
Conducting regular information technology (IT) risk assessments is no longer an optional part of business operations for companies today. However, risk assessments are only as valuable as the processes used to conduct them. In this post, learn five ways your IT security risk assessment can go wrong and what to do to remedy each.
Trust can be a fickle thing. As the saying goes, trust takes a lifetime to build but only a moment to ruin. In the business world, trust can certainly be hard to come by, especially when information and data valuable to the success of a company can easily be stolen or misplaced. This is the thought on the minds of many business leaders as they contemplate adopting the cloud for storage, computing power, and big data analysis.
After conducting indoor tests for several months, Walmart recently asked U.S. regulators if it could test drones (a.k.a. “unmanned aircraft systems” or UAS) for home delivery, curbside pickup and checking warehouse inventories. The news came as no surprise to anyone. Walmart’s been investing heavily in its e-commerce capabilities — too heavily for some investors’ tastes, in fact — in an effort to make up ground on Amazon and Google, both of which are already deep into the drone development process.
With the 2015 holiday shopping season now upon us, it’s “go time” for retailers across the country — an opportunity to put their carefully crafted holiday plans into action and deliver on their bottom-line expectations. That includes e-commerce retailers, which continue to claim a growing slice of overall retail sales. Last year alone, online holiday sales rose 15% over 2013 figures, including increases of 32% on Thanksgiving, 26% on Black Friday, and 17% on Cyber Monday.
Insurance companies need to adjust their methods for charging for claims in a way that is in line with the current markets. When a company gets hundreds of thousands of records, a system to manage, filter and process those records becomes essential. This is where Big Data comes in. By creating a platform that can quickly analyze large amounts of data, insurance companies can make more effective claims and ensure greater profits.
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the cloud price wars have flared up once again. After taking a brief hiatus amidst nervous tensions, competition between cloud computing vendors has reached a fever pitch in the past month. The cloud price wars (sometimes known as the “Race to Zero”) aren’t exactly a new phenomenon. For years, cloud competitors have sought to outdo the others by continually slashing prices on their cloud services. Much of the fight has centered around cloud storage, with lower and lower prices seen with surprising regularity.