The Reality of Starting a Business in 2019

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If you’re planning on starting a business, you’re in excellent company: there are nearly 30 million small businesses in the United States. New businesses face modern challenges: marketing in the age of social media, navigating current regulations and securing funding when more than 600,000 new small businesses open shop each year. If you want to start a business, you’ll need to be prepared for the challenges faced by small businesses in 2019.

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Will Smart Cities Redefine Urban Energy?

Most of the world’s population lives in cities. These centers of socialization and commerce have always been where progress and technology happen. However, as smart city projects take off all over the world, these urban areas will become even more convenient, comfortable and efficient places to live and work.

Among the many changes comes a different and more robust type of electric grid and energy economy. We’ll need to contemplate several changes to how energy is generated and delivered as smart cities come online, with all their connected infrastructure, sensors, digital services, smart cars, companion apps and more. Here’s a look at how smart cities will redefine urban energy.

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How to Solve Your IT Team’s Biggest Issues

Technology is supposed to get easier to use over time, right? So why is it that information technology (IT) teams are continually overworked and playing catch-up?

For one, newer and better technology means that we’re trying to do more and more things. That opens the door for more to break, and when things break it lands in IT’s lap. Also, many teams are getting smaller as technology is (allegedly) becoming more plug-and-play. So how do you remove the roadblocks your IT team faces and allow them to do more with less? Here are a few things you can try.

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Data’s Continuous Role in the B2B World

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Data is now the key to nearly every business process, operation, and design. There’s just no way to thrive without it, and more importantly, without real-time data that allows for near-instant reactions and decisions.

Most discussions about data center around the B2C space, however, barely touching upon B2B as an alternative. We know what successful and valid B2C data looks like because we’re constantly hearing about it. B2B, on the other hand, is still a mystery in many ways.

Not anymore. This quick guide is going to explore the various types of B2B data that are important to day-to-day operations, as well as where it comes from and how it can be leveraged.

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The Future of B2B Payments

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The modern digital transformation is so appropriately named because it’s affecting everything. From retail transactions and customer service tools to data-heavy operations like analytics, nearly every industry is seeing quite the evolution. It’s about more than just going digital, too: It’s about upgrading the convenience and efficiency of various operations or processes.

Banking and finance is certainly no exception. Consumer-facing services in conventional banking are evolving to be more mobile-friendly and online. Enterprise-level financing and accounting are seeing a similar change.

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Job Search Tips for Recent IT Grads

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Graduation day can come with a harsh reality: You’ve got to find a job. If you’re smart, you’re reading this before that fateful day comes. Even if you are reading this after the fact, this simple advice will help you turn the corner from academia to business.

Today’s job market is thirsty for technical people, so don’t get downtrodden if the first few applications you submit don’t yield an offer. If you need some inspiration for new ways to get exposure to potential job opportunities, try a few of these ideas.

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From AI to Amazon: The Digital Transformation of the Food Supply Chain

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If you expected the food and beverage industries to be exempt from digital transformation, you’re in for a surprise. Technology is rapidly changing every industry and the supply chains which support them — and that includes how we purchase and distribute food. This is a look at just a few of the technologies changing this industry forever and for the better.

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5 Ways to Foster a Culture of Change

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There’s a classic philosophical thought experiment called the “Ship of Theseus.” If the owners have replaced all the sails, all the masts and every plank on every deck, is it the same ship it used to be?

A study from four years ago found that 90 percent of company owners expected their organizations to do more changing in the coming five years than they had over the previous five. How much different do you think those companies actually are today? How many of them made good on their promise to change with the times?

You don’t need to become a “Company of Theseus” or pursue change for its own sake. But meaningful, deliberate and incremental change is the stuff that magic is made of. So how can you build your culture around it?

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9 Ways to Get Millennials and Gen Z to Take Your Surveys

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At this point, it’s safe to say that the younger generations — including millennials and Gen Z — are quite different than those that came before.

In fact, they can be so different at times, that many organizations, businesses and parties have trouble understanding what they want and what they might resonate with. That’s why it’s incredibly important that we’re able to garner a supply of feedback from younger audiences.

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