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5 Ways Businesses Can Benefit From Moving Their Infrastructure to the Cloud

By on Nov 14, 2013 in Uncategorized |

It wasn’t really that long ago that companies relied on filing cabinets filled with hard copies of business documents as their primary source of data storage. Of course, the computer revolutionized the way that businesses manage their operations, and these days digital storage is the go-to method of keeping professional filing systems in order. That said, if you’re still using your own server banks to store your files on-site, you’re stuck in an outdated business model. These days, savvy enterprises are turning to cloud storage and the many benefits this online solution can offer. You’ll need to consider carefully whether moving your infrastructure into the cloud is right for your business, but here are just a few of the advantages you’ll want to consider before you decide. Scalability. Unlike other options, cloud computing offers you easily scalable solutions when it comes to storing, sharing, and otherwise managing data. Whereas additional storage on-site could require you to add hardware, ensure compatible software, and potentially even deal with issues caused by new additions to your system, the cloud offers virtually limitless options when it comes to expanding your online empire. This system is designed for scalability and getting more space is just as easy as ordering and paying for it. Reliability. Whereas servers can go down, denying you access to data and possibly even resulting in corruption or loss of files, the cloud is actually much more reliable. Because the cloud is so vast, you might have a hard time believing that the service is more reliable than the self-contained servers you’re used to. But this is hardly the case. In truth, these systems are equipped with multiple redundancies. With so much available space at their disposal, cloud network providers have no reason not to back up your data, more than once even, as a way to ensure that you never have to suffer a loss of data that could undermine your credibility or cripple your business. In addition, the systems are monitored, maintained, and improved as needed to ensure that the data you store there is always readily accessible and intact. Cost. If you’ve managed your own server banks for a while then you know the undertaking is not without expense. For one thing, there is the up-front price of hardware and software, not to mention the ongoing costs of maintenance, repairs, and expanding your storage as needed. Even housing servers is costly thanks to the issue of overheating that requires ice-cold storage facilities. Cloud networks, on the other hand, can save you money because they share resources, meaning that their costs per user are often lower than the piecemeal price each user would pay for their own system. Security. This has been the major qualm for most businesses interested in moving their operations into virtual space. But cloud security has improved over the last several years thanks to a few high-profile breaches that paved the way for upgrades. And often, information is spread across several compartmentalized areas to make it a lot harder to recover complete data packets. This means that thieves, hackers, and other malicious intruders will have a hard time accessing whole files without proper passwords. Ease of use. You have to admit that using a cloud service like Colotraq is a lot easier than housing and maintaining your own servers and software. The network provider will do all of the heavy lifting for you; all you have to do is pay the bill and use your cloud services as...

5 Soft Skills That Are Essential for Computer Engineers

By on Nov 5, 2013 in Uncategorized |

In today’s business world, soft skills are everything. No more are IT specialists and computer engineers just background faces in a business’ enterprise. These days, computer engineers are an essential part of the business. In some businesses, a computer programmer takes on many roles and one of those roles is meeting clients, which is why soft skills are even more important. Also, as more and more businesses move over to cloud based programs and other software platforms, you can bet that computer engineers will be around the office a lot. Here are five soft skills that are essential for computer engineers. Communication. Soft skills are critical for communication. When your computer engineer is meeting with clients or other partners of your business, it is critical that engineers have the right language to work with them in a way that puts your business in the best light. Not only that, but if employees in your business need programming help, having programmers that can communicate in a way that exchanges ideas and solves problems is critical. In today’s fast paced business environment, communication is everything, especially with computer programmers. Meeting clients. Client relations are an essential part of a business. However, if a client can’t relate or connect with a computer programmer, there is a good chance that the client may sever relations. The last thing you want is for clients to drop off your roster – all because they could not connect with an employee. The same goes for any partners or other people related to your business. When it comes down to it, K Alliance has some great tutorial videos to teach employees this crucial soft skill. K Alliance soft skill tutorials are easy to watch and follow, which makes it a perfect training platform. Ergonomics and usability. Most programmers can learn a program no matter how it is laid out. Programmers and computer engineers can also understand basic numbers as a platform. But what about the rest of us? When it comes to a business with a lot of employees, having the skill to lay out a certain program or platform that all of your workforce can understand is vital. This is why ergonomics and usability is important. But perhaps more importantly, computer engineers must have the awareness that usability is important. Teaching. Another important soft skill for computer engineers is the ability to teach employees how to solve problems and how to use certain programs. When it comes to teaching employees, it is critical that they know exactly how to patiently mentor employees – new and old – on how to use new software and platforms. When it comes to training employees, this is a critical skill for computer engineers to have. Management. In some scenarios, computer engineers must also have leadership skills. When it comes to leading a whole workforce on how to use a new platform, it is important that computer engineers are diplomatic and have patience. When it comes down to it, patience is critical as a manager and as a computer...

5 Tips for Creating Long-Term Online Customer Engagement

By on Oct 23, 2013 in Business & Marketing |

As a business, it can be hard to know where the trends are going. It seems that anything could push a certain industry in one direction and then moments later it could get blown somewhere else. Indeed, e-commerce is a peripatetic industry. Fads, trends and styles come and go. The real question becomes: how do you create staying power while at the same time maintaing relevancy and customer engagement? The answer to this question is not so simple, because there are actually many answers. Moreover, one answer may work for one business and not another. It all depends on what industry you are in and who your demographic is. Here are five tips for creating long-term online customer engagement. Make sure that you create a brand identity that people can relate to. The more identifiable your brand is, the more customers will want to connect with your business. Many businesses exist behind a shroud and there is no definable identity with which to relate to. However, by creating a timeless identity, customers will time and time again be able to recognize your brand, which can be critical when there are so many other businesses to compete with. Make sure that you know exactly who and what your demographic is. Many new businesses may know who their demographic should be, but oftentimes, demographics change. A business that should belong to one demographic, could – all of a sudden – grow a whole other other demographic. So, it is important to not fight it, but to go with the flow and see where it takes your business. Next to setting up business directory software and creating your SEO initiatives, creating a strong profile of your demographic is vital. Without this profile, it will be hard to know what direction to take your business. Make sure that your representatives know that customer engagement is vital. By creating a culture of customer engagement, you can create stronger relationships with customers. The stronger the relationships is, the more likely customers will be loyal to your brand or business. If you have an online business with customer service reps, make sure that customer awareness and satisfaction are a part of the golden rule. When it comes to training new employees, customer engagement should be something that is drilled into the training process. Make sure that you have live response and chat services on your website. There are a number of plugins that you can download for your site that can allow browsing customers to live chat with customer service reps. Basically, some customers may not be so inclined to pick the phone and call if they have questions. Sometimes they just want to write in and get an immediate response. With a live chat service you can not only increase customer engagement, but also sales. Make sure that your social media campaign is a hub of activity. If you don’t respond and engage with customers on your social media platform, you will never connect with customers. Social media is the perfect controlled environment to market your brand and engage with customers, so it is important to never take it for...

Tesla to Use AT&T Service in Connected Cars

By on Oct 23, 2013 in Uncategorized |

If you’ve never heard of the company Tesla before, as the world continues to be more eco-friendly, we’re pretty confident that you will. That’s because Tesla is a car company that specializes in making electric vehicles. It’s for that reason that we’re not surprised about a recent announcement that AT&T has made regarding a partnership that it’s made with them. Just as cell phones have gone from basically being a one-purpose device (something that we can make and receive calls from) to a handheld computer (thanks to the technological advances of smartphones), there is a lot of media pointing to the fact that cars are making quite the transition as well. No longer is it simply a vehicle to get us from Point A to Point B. Thanks to Google, there will soon be cars on the market that will be self-driving and thanks to communication giants such as AT&T, there will also be cars that will have a connection to the internet too. As a matter of fact, that is what the partnership with Tesla is all about. Soon, all of the Tesla cars will be connected to AT&T. How will that be possible? Well, the plan is that each car will have a modem inside of it along with a SIM card so that AT&T can keep up with real-time data such as radio signals and safety diagnostics along with the Tesla car owners’ driving habits. But that’s not all, consumers will also be able to access a screen that will provide them with the opportunity to use applications such as checking the weather and also connecting to the internet. This means drivers will be able to hold hands-free phone calls and conference meetings while passengers can surf the internet. Although this is a big move for AT&T, for those who have been keeping abreast of their acquisitions, this probably does not come as much of a surprise. Currently, they own General Motor’s OnStar system (which they actually took from their communications competitor Verizon) and they are also partners with Sirius XM (they have some of their communications connected to North American Nissan models). All of this on top of the fact that they have recently invested in M2M-focused center that will be known as The Foundry of Atlanta has caused many people to speculate that AT&T’s partnership with Tesla may be more than what initially meets the eye. For the record, a spokesperson for AT&T said that there is no “bells-and-whistles” to the deal. It’s a simple communications one in spite of the fact that neither company has provided many other details, thus far, than that. One thing that we can know for sure though is that whether AT&T decides to partner with more automobile companies or even invest in technology provider businesses like ISG, it’s full speed ahead for AT&T and cars. The way that we’ve known them, will never be the same. As many car commercials have predicted for years, vehicles are becoming more than a transportation device; they are truly becoming a driving...

SpaFinder Helps You Get a Dose of R&R

By on Oct 10, 2013 in iPhone Apps |

Most modern adults lead far busier lives than previous generations. With many homes requiring two incomes in order to stay afloat these days, the separate spheres of work and home of old, whereby men went to work and brought home a paycheck and women ran the household and raised the kids, are a thing of the past. No longer are these duties split between the sexes now that both adults in the home have to hold a job and bring home the bacon. As a result, each spouse (or parent) must now take on the duties of both breadwinner and homemaker, leaving little time for personal pursuits like hobbies, down time, or sleep, just for example. Add to that the competitive job market, which means most people are willing to work overtime and weekends in order to keep a job, and the stress level can be astronomical. The point is that you could probably use a dose of rest and relaxation every now and then. And with a handy application like SpaFinder on your iPhone, you can get just what you’re looking for with ease. Whether you’d rather unwind with a massage, a facial, a scrub, or a seaweed body wrap, just for example, there are no doubt a number of spas in your area that can cater to your every need and offer you the type of pampering you prefer. But if you’re going to shell out the money for an extravagance like a day at the spa, you want to make sure that you’re getting your money’s worth. So you might not feel comfortable flipping through the Yellow Pages and heading to the spa nearest you. You’ll probably want to comparison shop for services, pricing, and of course, customer reviews. SpaFinder provides all of this and more in an application that’s free to download. You can certainly start by seeking out spas that are closest in proximity to your current location (home, work, etc.), but you can also search by a number of criteria, including location (such as zip code), specific treatments you’re seeking, and price, just for starters. Your results will populate on a map (or in list form, if you prefer) and you can select tagged locations in order to get more information, including basics like address and phone number, as well as directions, an overview of the business, a menu of services, pricing information, reviews, and even deals, discounts, and specials being offered. But it gets better than that. Once you’ve found day spas in Needham, New York City, or your local region that seem appealing, the app offers you the option to book an appointment with a few simple taps. All you have to do is hit the “book now” button and enter information as prompted to reserve your preferred appointment time and date at the spa of your choice. And with new discounts being offered all the time, you’re sure to find a great deal on whatever services you’d like to try from spas that come recommended by other users. In short, it’s a great way for the harried, modern adult to get away from the stresses of work and home life for a little while and procure a little much-needed pampering. The fact that SpaFinder streamlines the process means your stress-free experience starts the minute you decide to search for a...