Helping Small Businesses Manage Big Inventories By Christopher Walljasper for America's Backbone Weekly Take the guesswork out of the stockroom. ...Read More »
Adobe MAX 2014 By Ko Maruyama This week was the kickoff of Adobe MAX 2014, which seems to be the most concentrated convergence of Adobe creative users from around the world. In this series of articles I'll just present some notes from the convention and my experience as an attendee, a user, a community leader, and a professional user of their software and services. In this installment, I'll give a few words about the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. I may be the wrong candidate, or the perfect candidate to write about this, because I am a Apple/Mac fan, but I'm going to write this piece, and a few to follow on the Surface Pro. ...Read More »
Content Insider #359 - Video Ready By Miles Weston If you want to see an industry that is dramatic state of change look more than your screen - TV, iPhone, iPad or computer. We say iPhone, iPad because people with those devices seem to be the heavy web/online users according to a recent Adobe report (but your devices may vary). The iPeople represent more than 50 percent of the online traffic - watching, listening to entertainment; searching for stuff; cruising the social media/web and having a ball. But most households and individuals still use their new Smart UHD TV set for major viewing and the devices to fill in the gaps, check out everything they might be missing. The balance of power is finally shifting to the consumer and her voice is being heard...loud and clear. People are really taking advantage of Chris Anderson's Long Tail entertainment options. ...Read More »
How Online Business Training Can Help You Stay Ahead By By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Tap into online resources to give you a competitive edge. ...Read More »
Show Me the Money: The Latest Business Technology Trends By By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly 4 ways to increase cash flow and efficiency using technology. ...Read More »
Content Insider #355 - New Bank By Miles Weston It's almost like when Apple sneezes the industry gets a cold. They aren't the biggest player in the industry, don't have the broadest product/service line but they are the most watched, loved, highly disliked around. I just find it interesting that in the world where tastes change so rapidly they do more things right than they do wrong and just keep plowing ahead. And the new relationships they seem to have in place (they never admit or deny just smirk) they could get the world to believe there really is a place for the mobile wallet in our daily lives. Boy that's gotta hurt a few Wall Streeters! ...Read More »
No Instant Success By Larry O Connor We love the observations of people "he's an overnight success" and "boy it must be great to be the big boss and give everyone orders." There's no such thing as an overnight success and it's tough being the boss and making people really believe the ultimate success or destruction of the company is based on how well they manage what they do and how they manage their failures because...they'll come. The CEO of OWC has some great advice for dealing with the challenges, the opportunities. ...Read More »
Content Insider # 352 - Living the Edge By Miles Weston Bet you think most of the companies you buy from only want profits and to have "Hi My Name is Anna" confuse you when you gripe. No they like to be liked on Facebook, their Twits' Tweets, Pinterest, LinkedIn, you name it just don't expect assistance after you like 'em. That's too dangerous. But there are some companies that talk to, listen to, help their customers. They get those five star awards based on customer surveys...see you really do count to a lot of folks. And we'll give you the inside story of why and how they do it!!! ...Read More »
Content Insider #351 - Next Gen Payments By Miles Weston England has announced plans to bring back the "good ol days" - The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire." No they aren't planning on occupying countries again. This time they've set their sights on being the global center for cyber money. You know it's the money that exists as 1s and 0s on computers somewhere that some people are accepting as cold hard cash. Actually it makes perfect sense because there's no need today for thousands of different currency with floating degrees of value being held by millions of yesteryear's banks. One currency worldwide to pay for stuff that's made all over the globe. Makes sense once you think about it... ...Read More »
Content Insider #350 - Peeking, Pecking By Miles Weston Social media is so much fun! It's a great way for friends, family to connect. It's almost as good as being there. That's why marketing folks like it...they can be right there on your device talking at you. Problem is everyone is listening in (or so it seems). I don't worry about the government folks. The folks down at BlackHat worry me...just a little. If you think your device - notebook, tablet, smartphone is ok, it probably isn't. ...Read More »
In a nutshell what is Hybrid cloud? By Sarah Lahav Hybrid cloud is an environment that utilizes both public and private clouds. This means that you can continue to manage some resources (such as storage of data) in-house and have others provided externally. Hybrid Cloud is generally a good option for those organizations that want to move to the Cloud but perhaps still have concerns over data security or sensitive operations. ...Read More »
Content Insider #347 - Moviola By Miles Weston Moviola was an early tool used to produce/edit films. It's faster, easier, cheaper today with advanced M&E cinematography solutions, techniques. Just ask the Cloud folks. Different story when you talk to the folks behind the camera and in front of the screen. The pressure is still on to do it faster, better, do it/save it once, keep it safe. The better/lower cost gear and solutions have helped a new breed of pro turn their ideas into visual reality for the world to enjoy. But some things remain the same - lots of talent/patience, no free time, loads of local storage (flash, HD). ...Read More »
Content Insider #346 - Finding Channels By Miles Weston Aereo couldn't convince folks it was an innocent TV antenna or simple OTT (over the top delivery service) so now they're going to put on the lipstick of the cable companies...yeah lotta love there! But NBD because there is plenty of stuff - good, bad, mediocre - streaming over the air and the new (gettin cheaper) 4K Smart TVs are ready for the streams. Don't wait till Black Friday the deals are out there now (and you're right they will be even better) so couch potato it and brag to all your friends, neighbors. It's real, it's really available, it's really good. ...Read More »
Content Insider #344 - Engagement By Miles Weston Interesting how publicists have claimed social media as their domain to influence tons and tons of folks and to "shape" their company's image. Problem is folks didn't simply Like or retweet, they asked questions. They asked for assistance and they asked for advice. They checked other people's experience with the product and the company. All of a sudden it got outta hand because people were talking, comparing notes and even checking while they're in the store with their mobile device to make an informed much for simply following the company's marketing messages. It's a community...not marketing/communications tools. ...Read More »
How to Turn Shadow IT into a Business Opportunity By Sarah Lahav Business employees are racing to use cloud apps, and IT departments seem to be losing control over the process. Employees love that they can use Dropbox, Evernote, Asana and Google Drive without any intervention from IT, but this so-called "shadow IT" comes with risks. It's too easy for people to make bad technological decisions and put sensitive data where it does not belong. However, if an IT department approaches this situation the right way, they can identify huge opportunities to satisfy end users and add value to their business. Shadow IT happens because employees want something IT isn't providing. ...Read More »
Ripple Creative Group Turns to NVIDIA Quadro and PNY Communicating what's in the mind's eye of an architect or interior designer can be daunting, especially for large, unusual, or groundbreaking projects. Ripple Creative Group has built its business around visualizing building and real estate projects in such exquisite and accurate detail that anyone can see what the built project will actually look like. Their latest project, using one massive file for design and edits, not only let Ripple achieve the 100% paperless design/build process criteria for the ABC Green House virtual tour, it completely revamped the way they work, establishing a more efficient graphics pipeline that has become their new standard. ...Read More »
Americans Unhappy, Reports Reveal By Jackie Ruka America may be a wealthy country, but it's apparently not a happy one. Reports uncover strong majority of Americans are unhappy in their current jobs and that many professionally successful people-and those with notable wealth-are actually not happy; To help turn the tide, Gross Domestic Happiness (GDH) expert cites 10 scientifically proven strategies fostering professional workplace achievement, personal well-being, and national economic growth. ...Read More »
Into the Breach By Theodore Kobus and Pamela Jones Harbour Today's breed of hackers - many with global networks and substantial financial resources - have proven remarkably deft in getting around cybersecurity sentries. And regulators want to see more than the use of encryption or data tokenization as a valid defense. To be properly on alert - as well as compliant with federal and state privacy laws - companies need to conduct periodic cyber-risk assessments, prepare risk management protocols governing data integrity, and educate employees about best practices for safekeeping sensitive information. A business that doesn't fully understand its risks can't know which new system to acquire, or who should be tasked with overseeing its privacy function. ...Read More »
Content Insider #337 - Myths, Folklore By Miles Weston Bet you think you're the only person who isn't binging on your TV/video content on your phone, tablet while you're in the office, bathroom, classroom, store, wherever. You probably believe the telcos and anywhere we deliver TV folks. Of course you probably watch the show "Once Upon a Time" and believe it's reality TV...WRONG! Truth is folks have their devices with them in front of the big 4K set but they aren't watching something else they're getting a deeper, richer experience by getting info about the actors, plot, behind the scenes, costumes, plot and if the production/ad folks are really good how you can find out about and buy products. That should be enough to keep you busy and glued to the sofa. ...Read More »
Content Insider #335 - BYOC By Miles Weston It all seemed so innocent. Boss liked your iPhone, iPad you were flashing around the office - envious even. He wanted to be hip so he said throw out the black things and let folks use the device(s) they're more comfortable with. So democratic (also a little cheap). He knew you'd have your personal/business devices with you all the time, everywhere so great more work outta ya. But you also like using those fluffy, box like clouds for storing stuff - photos, videos, notes. He didn't count on you putting your proposals, presentations, contracts, business stuff up there also where the bad guys/gals lurk. Now there's heartbleed and malware everywhere and everyone's stuff is up for grabs. And there's no turning back...crud!!!! ...Read More »
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