7 Apps All Entrepreneurs Need

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If you are an entrepreneur, business owner or small business owner, chances are you’re quite the busy person. You have items on your plate that range from managing your employees to meeting customers and posting on social media. While having a strong team behind you is crucial, making helpful apps part of your team is essential, as well. Here are 7 apps helpful to every entrepreneur, no matter your skill or experience.

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Bros Before Bros: Tech’s Diversity Problem

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There’s something to be said about the power and nature of diversity in an industry. It’s easy to generalize an entire group or demographic, but a lot of times, that’s how things naturally work out. For instance, the tech industry is primarily dominated by white males with a toxic masculinity behind their decisions and actions. This leads to the question of whether or not the startups and tech appearing in said industry are largely driven by these influential leaders. Would a female or African-American leader come up with a completely different type of device or platform, for instance?

More important to the systemic operation of the industry is how diverse individuals are treated and welcomed into the space. There are multitudes of stories and tales of sexual harassment, abuse and even neglect by influential professionals in the tech world. There are far-reaching implications for anyone working in the industry regarding these problems, but there’s another aspect of it all — though not necessarily one you may expect.

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The Cost of Connectivity

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Modern technologies have given rise to smarter, more efficient devices. Things like the Amazon Echo, for instance, will allow you to carry out a multitude of actions and interact with a variety of other smart devices. You can control all your smart home gadgets from Alexa with just your voice.

But as devices become smarter, the data they collect becomes both more sensitive and more dangerous. Consider a smart home thermostat, such as Google’s Nest. The smart thermostats have a unique feature that can control the temperature in your home automatically. It learns your preferences and then will adjust the temperatures itself based on your schedule. This is convenient for sure, but for the process to take place, a variety of data is being collected, parsed and processed.

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Edge Computing v. Cloud Computing

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The Internet of Things is expected to grow rapidly in the next year. In fact, predictions by Gartner say there will be 20.8 connected devices and used worldwide by 2020. From manufacturers to marketing professionals, everyone is jumping on board the IoT trend.

This growth has lead to a challenge with getting data processed from so many connected devices. To overcome that challenge, we have seen the growth of cloud computing and most recently the introduction of edge computing.

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Is Hybrid Cloud Computing the Next Move for Your Company?

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Hybrid cloud computing utilizes a mixture of an on-premises private cloud environment and third-party public cloud services, with workloads moving between the private and public clouds, adjusting based on changes in computing needs and cost fluctuations. Generally, the hybrid cloud provides businesses with increased data deployment options and superior flexibility to alternatives. The cloud computing environment offers a variety of benefits for many industries.

There are several reasons why hybrid cloud computing could be the next big move for the cloud.

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The Future of B2B Customer Service

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Business-to-business companies are typically not known for their customer service skills because they are often not deemed necessary in the B2B industry. However, B2B companies must also deliver a positive customer experience in order to be successful. According to an Accenture study, 80 percent of B2B executives believe offering positive customer service is directly connected to generating better business results.

There are many challenges B2B companies face when it comes to creating positive customer service. However, there are ways B2B can and will target customer experience in the future.

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How Blockchain Is a Knight in Shining Armor for E-Commerce

How Blockchain Is a Knight in Shining Armor for E-Commerce

You may have heard of blockchain linked with Bitcoin, one of the most well-known types of cryptocurrencies. The blockchain is a public record of recorded and confirmed transactions. Management of the blockchain occurs through a decentralized system of distributed nodes that each contains a copy of the whole Blockchain.

People have speculated how blockchain could become valuable outside the cryptocurrency realm — specifically, how blockchain and e-commerce could work together surprisingly well. Let’s take a look at why that’s the case.

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4 Healthcare Technologies Your Hospital Should Be Using — and Probably Will in the Future

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The health industry is full of gadgets and tech platforms that enhance patient care and ease the typical burdens felt by professionals who treat people in hospitals and similar settings. Below, you can get a rundown of some of the healthcare technologies you should already be implementing in day-to-day operations at your facility. They’ll almost certainly become part of your workplace in the future.

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2018: The Year of Augmented Reality

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Virtual reality (VR) is more popular than ever before. From video games to interactive broadcasting, mainstream consumers are enamored with the new technology — but it’s not the only form of supplemental reality that’s making headlines.

Instead of replacing their entire surroundings with a virtualized world, many are using augmented reality (AR) to add various fun, creative and useful digital elements to the real world.

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