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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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The COVID-19 pandemic has been tragic. We’ve lost many lives, and we all face the unknown every time we leave the house. From that perspective, the growth of specific technologies should be one of our last concerns. But the Law Of Unintended Consequences often bring a silver lining. In this case, the forces of living with COVID-19 has accelerated the development and commercialization of many emerging technologies. And thankfully, these technologies will not only keep…  MORE

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Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. With the coronavirus pandemic affecting every human being and business on the planet, we’re seeing changes to how we work that will surely outlast this health crisis. For example, these days, instead of new hires being walked over to their desks, many are being handed laptops and instructions for accessing VPN and videoconferencing systems from home. In some cases, the new employees get the laptops and instructions sent to…  MORE

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Networks are the lifeblood every 21st century enterprise. Networks connect cloud applications, data, IoT (Internet of things) solutions, ecommerce systems, digital marketing mechanisms, employees, customers, and all of all other elements that comprise today’s business landscape. But often the needs of networks exceed what the traditional networking model can supply. The truth is that networks, ironically, can stall innovation rather than foster it the way they are intended. As an example, look at the ever-growing…  MORE

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Unless you’ve been living deep in the Amazon jungle, you know how the world is now more connected than at any time in history. Technical advances, data sharing, and the massive digital transformation of corporations has sped up communication and created seamless connections between millions of people. But as much as we reap the advantages of this new order, we also have to contend with the negative ramifications on cyber security. Because wherever there’s sensitive…  MORE

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