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More than ever, technology plays an integral role in retail success. The systems, software, and platforms a retailer decides to employ can make the difference between a thriving enterprise and a failed business. That’s why it so important to know which technology is legitimate and which is merely hot air. No one can claim to know for sure which trends will be the next big thing, and it’s good to stay away from those reading…  MORE

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To say that companies ask a lot from their IT departments is the ultimate in stating the obvious. Not only are they responsible for keeping employees up and running, they’re essentially in charge of keeping the business up and running. They do so much, it’s surprising we haven’t yet put them in charge of making the coffee. That said, we do need their help with another task – one’s that’s worthy of their expertise: To…  MORE

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In software development circles, there’s an issue that everyone acknowledges, but is never (or rarely) actually discussed. It’s how products often get into customer hands with bad code. A new report shows that over 80% of applications come into the world with insecure code. By no means is there anything malicious behind this lack of quality control. Developers typically face arbitrary deadlines set by the sales and marketing departments. They want the product completed fast…  MORE

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For years, the IT department was perceived as the people who merely made sure that computers worked and that the network stayed up and running. Those in the know, however, knew that IT had a much more strategic role. In fact, over the past 10 years, IT has rightly been given a seat at the table where key business decisions are made. But with higher respect comes increased competition for the best technical talent. Companies…  MORE

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In 2011, the world was introduced to something called Siri. We were dazzled by a newfound ability to use our smartphones with our voices instead of with our fingers. Ten years later, voice assistants have evolved beyond what we could’ve imagined when we were first introduced to Siri. Amazon, Google, and Apple now have their own versions of voice assistants, and it seems like everyone has (or is planning to get) a smart speaker. Experts…  MORE

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Ever since the dawn of the industrial revolution, the office became the standard location for where most people did their jobs. At some point, some employees were able to work at home. Today, post-pandemic, we now have the hybrid workplace, which means splitting your time between remote work and office work. And while hybrid work is becoming common for many industries and company departments, it’s a special challenge for IT departments. That’s because IT leaders…  MORE

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COVID didn’t just change where we perform our work, it (most likely) permanently altered how we work. The question is, where do we go from here? Leaders are scratching their collective heads trying to figure out the future of their workforces. While many companies will allow employees to keep on working remotely full-time, others prefer the concept of hybrid work. Which means, some days you come into the office, some days you work from home….  MORE

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These days, companies can no longer remain competitive just because they have innovative products or services. They need the right data to make real-time, informed choices on the entire lifecycle. In this way, any business is only as good as its data. The trick is transforming that raw data into analytics – to provide decision-makers with actionable knowledge to enhance workflows, boost marketing and sales programs, and understand customer behaviors. But to get the most…  MORE

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