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The term “cloud computing” was first coined in the mid-1990s. Now cloud computing is a pillar of the modern business landscape. In 2018, enterprises spent an average of $3.5 million on cloud apps, platforms, and services. Today, IT departments allocate more than 30% their budgets to cloud computing, and nearly 80% of enterprises have a portion of their enterprise computing infrastructure in the cloud. All of that activity in the could needs to be monitored….  MORE

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If you haven’t met your daily requirement of learning exactly what a new acronym means, here’s one for you: OTT, which stands for Over-the-top media services. Wikipedia provides a clear definition: “An over-the-top (OTT) media service is a streaming media service offered directly to viewers via the Internet. OTT bypasses cable, broadcast, and satellite television platforms, the companies that traditionally act as a controller or distributor of such content.” All which is a complicated way…  MORE

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They say that whatever happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But no matter what one experiences in America’s gambling capitol, today’s technology will soon create memories much different than in years past. At least, the memories of when people go to casinos. That’s because casinos have to adjust their business model to adapt to new clientele. Slot machines, for example, have long been a driver of a high profit margin (as much as…  MORE

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Five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, I think it’s safe to say that most of us have adjusted to spending the majority of our time at home. We cook more. We read more. We’re not as restless as we were during the first weeks of the lockdown. We’re using telemedicine to communicate with our doctors. Video meetings – with colleagues, family members and friends – have transformed from novelty to the norm. Outside of our…  MORE

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By now, we’re all familiar with how the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted business as usual. Closed offices, remote workers, distribution cycles out of whack, massive lay-offs, and an unclear future. In short, we’ve seen a break in business continuity. That term – business continuity – is rarely brought up, but it’s a fitting linguistic lens through which to view the state of industry. Business continuity means maintaining critical business functions during any crisis, be it…  MORE

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For years, we’ve heard how 5G will be the Next Big Thing. 5G was supposed to alter our lives in ways we couldn’t imagine. And after all the hype and a few false starts, 5G has finally landed. Or, at least it’s really close to it. So far, based on tests and limited availability, we’ve seen mixed results. We’ve witnessed 5G with incredibly fast speed that was accompanied by limited range and inconsistent coverage. We’ve…  MORE

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The combination of cloud computing and streaming media is meeting the on-demand content needs of today’s users. That’s why network performance is so critical. Providers not only require networks that supply high levels of uptime, those networks must also be built with latency considerations in mind. Until recently, this has been a challenge, especially when attempting to provide low latency services to markets that lack the proper infrastructure for high-performance networking. Fortunately, edge computing solves this…  MORE

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Welcome to Retail 4.0

May 27, 2020  |  BY

For decades, retail executives made business strategy decisions based on current trends, industry experience, and pure instincts. But Retail 4.0 has completely altered that approach. Everything is different. Now, consumers demand personalized service and customized offerings based on their past shopping behavior. The reality of omnichannel means consumers expect an exceptional experience anywhere they shop, be it in the store or through a device. On top of that, retailers must contend with consumers that have…  MORE

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