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A Latino Entrepreneur With A Vision

Latino entrepreneur John Cueva is a pioneer in holographic technology A pilot's multi-functional visor keeps pushing the boundaries of technology. This is how John's back story on how he got involved in the holographic optical industry

4 Questions For Perspective and Balance

Many surveys report the constant access to technology and the pressure to respond to and monitor it can be stressful. If you've gotten into the habit of prioritizing work over health or family, it's easy to remain in this mode. Balance…

3 Steps To Empower Your Sales Staff

Follow these simple backend techniques to streamline contracts and close more sales This July, I wrote a blog post about the role of the account manager in this digital era, and one key point covered was on "winging it" which is…

Blockchain – A New Small Business Paradigm

There are multiple new risk exposures that organizations will need to address before committing to any blockchain implementation. Small business owners and IT executives must ferret these exposures out and determine how they can achieve an…

Mobile Technology Serves Up Business

Whether used externally to reach customers or internally to keep in touch with employees, mobile technology is a boon to businesses of all sizes Mobile technology has become nearly ubiquitous, and companies would be wise to…

The Electronic Coupon- Technology Goes Local

Weigh the benefits of electronic coupons, are they all they're cracked up to be? Editor's note: The Electronic Coupon- Technology Goes Local is part four of The Small & Medium-sized business toolkit Part 1, Part 2, Part 3…

Hey It’s Spring Time for IT Planning

Spring is the perfect time to look at your long-term strategic IT planning With winter ending and spring coming, it’s time to start planning for the future. Tactical planning is good for the day-to-day challenges and…

The “Target” Lesson

Managing cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility from the small business owner to high level managers and board members Cybersecurity is not an IT-executive issue but a business fiduciary responsibility. Its failures can…

Staying Connected, Whether You Want to or Not

Always-connected smartphones have changed the way companies do business Pocket computing began years ago, thanks in large part to the popularity of Palm-like products. They allowed users to carry their contacts, calendars and…

2014: Technology and the Global Economy

According to the performance of three bellwether technology companies, it's clear the economy hasn't recovered yet, complicating companies' IT initiatives There will be a number of global economic headwinds in 2014 that will mean…

2013: Year of The Hack

The term “hack” has suddenly taken on new meaning—and it has nothing to do with computers You can become a “thought leader” (consider that a buzz-term) by coming up with your own buzzwords. Some may last, others may not, but it’s…

3 Steps To A Zero Energy Commercial Building

Lower-costs technologies will make zero net energy buildings more feasible in the near future. Remember December 4, 2013, in terms of your commercial building and its potential to achieve zero net energy (ZNE). This is the…

3 Marketing Resolutions for 2014

For a small business it’s often the simple things that count when considering your marketing efforts With 2014 fast approaching, you should take a second look at your marketing options. Even if you don’t change them, it’s…

Small Business, Smart Buildings

The technology mega-trends that are making smart buildings affordable for small businesses New code revisions are helping make zero net energy buildings a reality. The key components for reaching this goal are smart sensors and monitors;…

Healthcare.gov – An IT Teachable Moment

As a major IT system rollout Healthcare.gov should have included extensive testing to ensure proper functionality The failure of the healthcare.gov website boggles the imagination. Even today, the front-end shopping experience is…

Hispanic Business Technology And Innovation

Video perspectives on Hispanic business from visionary Irving Wladawsky-Berger, his insights on technology and innovation. In this video episode Irving Wladawsky-Berger shares his depth of knowledge on Hispanic business as…

For Small Business IT Is A Vital Agenda

A small business must keep up with changing IT technology to remain competitive Even though rapid technology change isn’t anything new (one can go back to the start of the industrial revolution to see how each…

Wearable Computers Are Coming

Today's wareable computers may not be ready to introduce into your business environment With the recent spate of new-technology announcements including wareable computers, it may be tempting to shoehorn the latest-and-greatest into your…

The Next Big Thing in Technology?

Three technology considerations- for your customers sake don't get caught up in the hype As I skim through multiple technology articles of the newly introduced Samsung smartwatch and ongoing drips of information regarding Google…

IT As A Savings, Not Cost, Center

9 goals to help business owners build a cost efficient and effective IT infrastructure Many business owners believe IT is a cost center and treat it as such. However, it should be viewed as a savings center and budgets…

STEM Benefits Small Business

Video- Tech visionary's insights on STEM and enhancements for small businesses. In this video episode Irving Wladawsky-Berger shares his depth of knowledge on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as related…

Big Data Analytics And Small Business

Video- Tech visionary's insights on how Big Data analytics benefit small businesses. Up until recently small businesses have been excluded from Big Data analytics. Advances in technology, pervasive of sensors and affordable applications…

Libraries Lead Collaboration for Small Business

New innovation spaces provide benefits to small business and entrepreneurs   From the Ancient Library of Alexandria to present day, libraries have long served as centers of learning. Now, with the rapid proliferation of the Internet,…

Mobile And Smartphones Advancing Business

Video- Tech visionary Irving Wladawsky-Berger discusses the importance of mobile and smartphones for small and medium businesses. Episode #3 Because the use of mobile technology and smartphones are growing at an exponential rate people,

The Changing Face of Personal Computing

Personal computing, mobility, tablets, cloud, BYOD, smartphones and other technologies are altering the way people work. In my last column, I wrote about the changing definition of Personal Computing. The PC isn't going away.…

Quick – Which Is The Better IT Buy?

When server comparison-shopping the answer may surprise you. Many executives purchase equipment based on initial hardware purchase outlays rather than the total cost of ownership (TCO). This can be a fatal financial flaw. The premise of…

An Entrepreneur’s IT Right Hand

The Chief Information Officer Must Be A Risk-Taker Too This is the last part of a series on the entrepreneurial CEO from The Gartner Group. Don’t miss: Part 1: Risky Business and Part 2: Defining Victory The entrepreneurial chief…

5 Key Small Business IT Managed Benefits

IT managed services providers keep your computer system healthy, and often with cost savings If your IT consultant still visits your office frequently to do routine maintenance on your computers, you may be overpaying for unnecessary…

Ready for the New Era of Data?

New data types will present opportunities and challenges for your business EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part one of a three-part series. When computers were first invented, they processed numbers. Today, your cell phone processes

Lights On

A Solar Light Bulb Brightens Far Corners Of The Globe Martin Gonzalez holds a Nokera bulb in his store in La Mesa, Colombia. Cover photo credit: Courtesy Nokera Martin Gonzalez had been selling Nokero light…

15 Reasons it Makes Sense to Lease IT

Asset ownership can be a disadvantage, look at the value of leasing There has always been resistance in a number of IT organizations to equipment leasing. Business and IT executives frequently believe that their corporate financial…

Rethinking Customer Engagement

Learn from healthcare's example and refocus on customer relationships One of the things enabled by social media is the ability to develop deeper and stronger relationships with one's customers. Social network platforms provide a forum

Big Data

Use it before it buries your business! The internet enables 2.9 million emails to be sent every second. Each day, Google processes 24 petabytes (that’s one quadrillion–much larger than the national debt).  Although your business may

Windows 8 Represents a Radical Change

Given anticipated updates a steep learning curve may be in store for Microsoft users on Oct. 24. In my last article, I introduced many of the innovative improvements in Windows Server 2012 (WS2012). But business people care

Backing Small Business Up in the Cloud

Concerned about keeping your data accessible in the event of a computer problem? Cloud-based backup and disaster recovery services use snapshot technology to restore data quickly and efficiently and provide business continuity …

The Face of Latina Entrepreneurs

Short takes on two Latinas who have persevered Editor's note: This is the first installment in a series engaging real Latina entrepreneurs and capturing insights on what it takes to make it in today's competitive landscape.

6 Benefits of Moving Anti-Spam to Cloud

Moving email and anti-spam to the cloud offers advantages for small businesses Editor’s note: This article is part of a series. In a previous article, author David Streit explained the origins of cloud services and the…

Tech Tools For Success

Technology Is Your Tool For A Better Business Technology is just one more tool for business. But it’s a tool that can enhance every aspect of your product and the customer experience, according to Irving  Wladawsky-Berger.

Why You Need the Cloud

Time to outsource IT and get down to business. The best analogy is to electricity, and the way it was delivered 100 years ago compared to today. Companies used to generate their own power, first with steam…

Social Success Strategy

Listen. You need to know what your customers are saying. A successful social media strategy means getting close to your customers. In a nutshell, the road map that I and many others recommend has five iterative steps: 1. Listen 2. 

The Best of Times

Innovative Technology Opens Doors to Entrepreneurs Editor's Note: This is the second in a three-part series based on an interview with Irving Wladawsky-Berger, former vice president of IBM, chairman emeritus of the IBM

The Price of Privacy

How You Collect and Use Data Can Make Or Break Customer Loyalty In 1999, then-CEO of Sun Microsystems Scott McNealy made an outrageous comment during a product launch. "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it,”

IT Disaster Tales

Backing up data is easy. Not doing it can be a catastrophe. I provide computer support and infrastructure services for small businesses in New York City and New Jersey. I often get frantic calls from

The IT Guy

MicroTech’s Tony Jimenez built an army of information technology contractors When Anthony “Tony” Jimenez launched MicroTech (www.microtech.net), the Army veteran never dreamed he would be offering advice…

The Visionary

Irving Wladawsky-Berger’s long road from Cuban émigré to Internet pioneer Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part series based on an interview with Irving Wladawsky-Berger, former vice president of

7 Mistakes to Avoid

Avoid these too-common errors as you rev up your business. When running a business, it's easy to get caught up in day-to-day concerns and lose sight of the big picture. Here are some costly yet all too common mistakes to