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Work-From-Home Networking Requirements, Part II

As COVID-19 continues to reshape the business landscape, there is a need for a unified security enforcement in WFH and Hybrid WFH situations. If the...

Work-From-Home Networking Requirements, Part I

Given that Work-From-Home (WFH) is will not be disappearing any time soon, business executives and IT executives must rethink their networking topologies with consideration...

Electric Vehicles Are the Future

California’s Governor Newsom just issued an executive order mandating that no new combustion engine vehicles will be sold in the world’s seventh largest economy...

Which Cloud Storage Service Is Best for You?

The cloud has revolutionized the technology industry as a whole—from huge enterprises using it to support their IT infrastructure to school-age children using it...

What COVID-19 Dashboards Have Taught Us about Interpreting Data

The pandemic of 2020 has been a historic and unprecedented event in many ways, not only as a health crisis but also as an...

A Winding Path

Not all business journeys are straightforward. Certainly, mine wasn’t.  I don’t recall aspiring to work in M&A or Private Equity early in my life. Very...

The Green Supply Chain Tsunami

Corporate America is embarking on the decarbonization of its companies and products. In a July 21, 2020 press release, Apple has committed to being...

Security Gaps and Requirements in the New Normal

Now that the work-from-home (WFH) environment is settling in as the "new normal" and will be with us for an extended period of time,...

Everyday People Make the World Go Round – Meet Art de la Nuez of Ultimate Software

“Everyday People, Make the World Go Round” Spotlight: Name: Arturo de la Nuez Title: Business Development Manager Company: Ultimate Software Major City Where You Work: Miami/Fort Lauderdale City Where...

Your Car Can Save You Money…No, Really!

My Oceanside, California, NextDoor neighborhood website has a constant thread of questions and answers about electric cars and installing solar power. These posts are...

The Realities of Corporate Social Responsibility

Over the last two decades, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a business priority. Some companies have wide-ranging goals, while others contribute directly to...

A Change Is Gonna Come

A sea change is happening at our national cash registers. Customers are moving past their practice of rewarding a company for doing good. Now...

Smart Cars, Smart Homes

My daughter and son-in-law own a smarter home. It has a 6.5 kW solar system which is connected to a Tesla PowerWall battery system....

We Have Smart Phones, Why Not Smart Buildings?

I love the scene in the movie I Robot where an actor tries to adjust the volume of a 1970s stereo system. She gives...

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida

Building Girl Scout Leaders Featured Company: Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Executive:  Lisa Johnson, Chief Executive Officer Business Address: 6944 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 33467   Girl...

Covid-19 Crisis Forcing Re-Thinking Business Processes

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing employees and employers alike to work from home – and all phases of the business process to go online.  The...

Giving Tuesday

A Global Generosity Movement GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. We're...

Mask Etiquette and Ingenuity in the New Normal

Masks have a long history of protecting people from the spread of disease.   During the Black Plague in the 1600s, doctors wore a hollow beak-like...

We’ve been lighting it up blue in April for Autism Awareness Month! [Video]

Their unique niche focus is on aiding young adults make the transition from high school to post-secondary education and gaining jobs. In recognition of April...

Everyday People, Make the World Go Round – Elaine Miceli-Vasquez

Everyday People, Make the World Go Round - Elaine Miceli-Vasquez Name: Elaine Miceli-Vasquez Title: Owner  Company: Hispanic Women of Distinction & We Do Events, Inc.  Major City Where...

Be Ingenious!

So, “What makes you ingenious?”   I’ve been fascinated by the word “ingenious” for some time now, because it describes a quality that applies to every...

Earth Day 2020 Path To Clear Skies Plus Economic Growth

On Earth Day 2020, due to self-isolating public policies, we see what our environment would look like if the world shifted from fossil fuels...

Everyday People, Make the World Go Round – Meet Angeles Valenciano, CEO, National Diversity Council

Everyday People, Make the World Go Round - Meet Angeles Valenciano   Name: Angeles Valenciano Title: Chief Executive Officer Company: The National Diversity Council Major City Where You Work:...

After the Crisis: Coronavirus Impact on Green Business Best Practices

Here are three green trends that will reshape the post-Coronavirus economy.   This third of the there part series addresses the sustainability as related to post...

Organizations that Make a Difference – Covenant House Florida

Organizations that Make a Difference - Covenant House Florida   Organization: Covenant House Florida Executive: Reneé Trincanello, Chief Executive Officer Address: 733 Breakers Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 Website:...

Digital Transformation Metrics

   Some think digital transformation is just an IT-related project without impact on the lines of business while others believe it is some form of...

When We Practice Corporate Social Responsibility, Everyone Benefits!

If you don’t already have a CSR strategy, now is the time to get started.   In today’s business climate, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is all...

“Sloppy New Year” for Startups: More Sameness, Tameness and Lameness? 

This New Years embrace customers, talk to them, and build something really great that customers will crave.   As a startup lifer who lost more than...

It’s That Time of Year 2020 Small Business IT Predictions

Four small business focal points of note for 2020.    The global economic and geopolitical environments will be more positive than negative for most countries, which...

Igniting Innovation- Small Business Owners Facilitating Flow of New Ideas

Igniting innovation Digital Business Transformation Part 2   Editor's note: this is part one of a two part article. Part 1:  Igniting Innovation- Digital Business Transformation In...

Igniting Innovation- Digital Business Transformation Part1

Innovation can come from anywhere or anyone and can lead to quantum gains in productivity or revenues.   Editor's note: this is part one of a...

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Bites British Airways

Companies are being fined for failure to detect and remediate persistent  data breaches.   The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation issued its first record-setting fine...

Eight Small Business Obligations Of Data Collection

Small business owners must take steps to safeguard personal Information. Editor's note: This is the second part of a two part article. The first part...

The Impacts of CA Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

Small businesses will have to address eight specific consumer rights.   Editor's note: this is part one of a two part article. The California Consumer Privacy Act...

20 years of Data  — Where have we been, where are we going?

Here are five best practices for the next two decades.   You’ve heard the statistics.  According to DOMO, Inc. (a computer software company), approximately 2.5 quintillion...

What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean for Business?

It means doing the right thing and building market share   Would you like to grow your revenues by 20%? Is your business caught in a price war...

Small Business Owners There Is No Upside to Windows 7

After 10 years of support, Microsoft will officially discontinue Windows 7 support on Jan. 14, 2020.   Microsoft has notified its users that support for Windows...

The Unintended Consequences of New Technologies

Four recommendations for a small company to mitigate risks.   Automating business processes and decision making helps businesses become more efficient, more responsive and reduces manual...

Tech CEO Updates: Preventing Ransomware and Other Malware Disasters

Latest hacking insights and five preventative measures for small business owners.   The Anatova, NotPetya/ExPetr and WannaCry Ransomware attacks that crippled hospitals, universities, manufacturers and government...

When Managing Data Words Do Matter!

In the end, words matter. The sooner you and your organization can identify, collaborate to define, document, integrate into your IT applications and educate your BI teams, the more successful you will be at managing KPIs that make a difference for your company.

Getting to Small Business Digital Business Transformation

Success will require a continued collaborative approach between the lines of business and IT to the creation of the new business model, its deliverables and processes, and finally, the implementations.

What Are the Implications of the CLOUD Act for Small Businesses?

Data belonging to non-U.S. citizens, companies, nationals are not included in this Act and are protected. For companies outside of the U.S. that use U.S.-based CSPs and have their data stored in the U.S., the U.S. authorities can only try to get access to your U.S. users’ or clients’ data.

Collaboration, Trust and Accountability- part 2

What's my role in a collaborative organization?     Editor's note: This is the second and final part of 6 Characteristics of a Collaborative Organization The trust factor Collaboration is...

Facebook, General Data Protection Regulation, Privacy and You

Small business owners and IT executives must create and execute a plan that enables them to be competitive in the digital world while satisfying PII requirements – or alternatively, executives will have to gird themselves for potentially dealing with a materially significant risk exposure.  

5 Demographic Megatrends To Drive Business Success

What you sell, who you sell to and how you sell it is being disrupted by these megatrends.   Five demographic megatrends are now driving business...

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Where in the World is Your Data?

Small business owners and IT executives should build a transition roadmap that addresses their business model, business partner, service provider and internal communications, as well as culture, governance, processes, and security both on-premise and across all of their business partner and cloud ecosystems.

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 acceptable risk exposure level.

Small Businesses Offering Wi-Fi Services – at What Service Level?

Small business owners need to treat the decision to provide Wi-Fi services to its customers like any other business decision.

10 Critical IT Security Protections EVERY Business Must Implement

Own a small business? These ten critical IT protections are essential.   Robert Mueller, the former FBI Director is quoted as saying “There are only two types...

2018 IT Predictions- From Product Centric To Customer First

The digital economy will disintermediate every industry over the next few years in every geography.   Unlike the past few years, there will be global economic...

A Breakthrough Business Idea In 21 Days? How to Improve the Odds

Four big ideas around learnings and creative thinking methodologies.     Over breakfast a number of years back with Bryan Mattimore, I shared an increasingly gnawing concern with an innovation doctor...

Where Are the Hackers? How Can We Live Without’em?

There are three or more separate steps in getting the technology security right.     Owen Davis spoke at my Columbia B-School Lean LaunchPad class a few...

The Future of Teaching, Curation of Meaningful Learning Experiences

Content creation requires insights, relevance and the ability to anticipate future interests.     As Clay Shirky has famously pointed out, publishing is no longer a job or an industry,...

When Dealing With Technology and People Over 50

Five things we can do to help those over 50 with a difficult technology situation.   It seems every child is born with the ability to instantly understand...

Small Business Owners Need Minimize Data Exposure Risks Now

What happened with Equifax...important insights on cyber attacks and other security breaches.   It's Groundhog Day again. Another day, another massive cyber security breach. With all the...

Inner Knowing for Entrepreneurs- Accessing Solutions to Your Business Problems

No matter how technical and complicated a problem, small business owners have a universal source of information.   Consultants are expensive. When you contract a consultant, you...

Passwords – New Simplified Rules

Small business and IT executives should update their password methodologies to incorporate the latest NIST thinking.   The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) thorough...

10 Step Business Requirements to Protect Customer Data

Federal government (FTC) holds businesses liable for failing to protect customer data   FTC– Converting Data Breaches to Intrusion Disruption Irony of ironies: the federal government that exposed millions...

Making Money In The Climate Change Economy

The Business Culture Of Being Cheaper, Easier, Faster and Healthier- 3 questions defining business culture success   The world is getting warmer due to human pollution. So what? Is...

IT Tech CEO Shares 5 Steps to Minimize Risks of Malware Attacks

Malware is a major threat to every organization here are some important preventative measures.   Editor's note: This is part otwo of a two part series. In...

Tech CEO on Preventing Ransomware and Other Malware Disasters

The hacker designs his malware to go after known flaws in the most common platforms.   Editor's note: This is part one of a two part...

Three Consumer Groups Driving America’s Food Revolution

Three consumers groups, with their own individual agendas, are in active revolt against unhealthy foods.     Look no further than soda sales to see how large...

Four Steps to Leverage Technology and Fuel Business Growth

The way you leverage technology produces dramatically different results in company growth.   My company is a Managed Service Provider, or MSP.  As an MSP, we...

3 Need to Know Programs on Cybersecurity From the SBA [video]

Given the uptick in security breaches, here are three notable cybersecurity best practices from the SBA.   Small business owners need to educate themselves on core cybersecurity best...

Selected Potential Blockchain Solutions and Use Cases

There is no doubt that blockchain solutions offer better options in certain use cases.   Editor's note: This IT Blockchain article is part two of a two part...

IT Insights- Why Blockchain Adoption Is a Slow-Go

How a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of ordered records.   Blockchain has the potential to be a solution for a set of use cases but...

Smart Factories Create Manufacturing Jobs That Tax Policy Can’t

How can America keep its lower consumer prices and win back global manufacturing leadership?   The global supply chain has taken a lot of political hits....

A Best Practice for Innovative, High-Tech Affordable Health Services

Manufacturing the Preventive Medicine Program (PMP) Container in the São Paulo, Brazil   Editor's note: This is part two of the two part series  on Thinking Inside...

Thinking Inside of Brazil’s Health In a Box  

Brazil’s Center for Integrated Education and Health- A look into innovative healthcare delivery.    Going Global: Part 1 As the Center for Integrated Education and Health (C.I.E.S.) Brazil organization enters its...

Microsoft’s Office 365 Installations Are Exploding

Why 365? There are five reasons for small business owners and IT executives to consider moving to Office 365.   Microsoft's Office 365 installations are exploding – with expected...

Have You Prepared Your Business For The VR Sales Revolution?

5 areas identified where virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) could radically impact your business.   Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies are...

Looking Forward on 2017 Tech Trends Disrupting Small Businesses

There are 10 primary trends small business owners need to consider when evaluating long-term strategies.   Outside of the U.S., which will be experiencing strong economic growth...

Should I Move My Small Business to the Cloud? – Part 2

There are more cost effective, stable, and scalable options available than ever, but it's all in the details.   Editor's note: This is part two of...

Is Your Company Fast Enough To Succeed In 2017?

Speed, connectivity and creative destruction defines 21st century business success.   Think Yellow Cab. One minute they have a near monopoly in what they called the cab...

Should I Move My Business to the Cloud?

Three options to provide a clear picture for Cloud newbies.    If you are a business with a server or several servers who is facing a network upgrade,...

Six Steps For Growing Green Profits [Video]

The proof is in. Sustainability sells. How does your business use sustainability to grow business results?   Did you know that today over a dozen companies...

Delta Down and Cloud Outages…What Happened?

Getting all parts of the airline back to normal from the glitch.   On Aug 8, 2016 Delta Airlines experienced an extended six-hour outage, which some...

Small Business Checklist for Successful Data-Systems Back-Up

Backup technology has greatly evolved within the last few years, and there are many options available that are cost effective, and easy to manage.   This...

Backing Up Data – Do You Know What You Don’t Know?

Backing Up Your Business Critical Data and Systems – Are you backing up all of your data?   Editor's note: This is part one of a two...

Millennials and Bikes Lanes Key To Small Retailer Sales Success

How bike lanes make bricks and mortar retailers compete for internet customers.   Three quarters of retails sales growth during the 21st century has been through...

Five Ways Smart Buildings Grow Profits

This emerging mega trend that will reshape how businesses make money.   Smart buildings use the Internet of Things (IoT) plus artificial intelligence (AI) to increase...

What Is the Fintech Revolution and How Will It Impact Small Business?

Fintech is redefining lending but how will it affect your small business? Three trends...   We are in the middle of the Digital Revolution, and it has now become...

Security and the Cloud: Perils and Protections for Small Business

Small business owners and IT executives and security personnel must address the key security challenges.    External cloud solutions can be more secure than internal ones or...

Critical Business Data- Measuring What You Manage

Your critical business data provides business insights into operations and emerging new business opportunities.   Peter Drucker, a respected management consultant, is quoted as saying, “You...

The Tail Wags the Dog- Death by Cloud- Part 2 [Video]

Cloud critical success factors...no Cloud is an island.   Editor's note: this articles is number two of two in the series. The prceeeding piece was Death by Cloud,...