The health care industry is undergoing digital transformation. The U.S. digital health market is expected to grow 26% annually until 2024. This steady growth rate is due to greater use of smartphones and monitoring devices by doctors and patients as part of mobile health (or mHealth) initiatives. The trend toward telehealth includes the use of video consultations to make diagnoses and prescribe treatment plans.Read More
The internet of things (IoT) is a relatively new technology trend, but it is steadily growing in popularity. Statista predicted that by 2025, the number of IoT devices worldwide will reach 75.44 billion. MarketsandMarkets forecasted that the IoT market will reach $561.04 billion by 2022.Read More
The education system in the U.S. is facing a financial crisis. Many school systems are underfunded. Teachers are underpaid, and they often need to buy school supplies themselves. When schools lack the funds for basic necessities, investing in the technology required to take advantage of innovative learning tools becomes a challenge.Read More
The manufacturing industry is undergoing a transition toward smart manufacturing. In smart manufacturing, business processes have become digitized. For example, companies rely on machine-to-machine communication through the internet of things (IoT) to make important decisions, maintain equipment, and monitor supply chains.Read More
Maintaining an on-premises data center can be a burden on companies. Organizations need to budget for the capital expenses of housing and provisioning hardware as well as the ongoing operating costs. The 2016 Data Center Industry Survey found that 50% of IT budgets are shrinking.Read More
In a surprisingly short amount of time, cloud computing has gone from being novel to commonplace. Today, almost every company uses cloud in some capacity. Even the general public has become familiar with the cloud through popular applications including Netflix and I-Tunes. As the cloud has gained acceptance, the ways of using it have evolved and expanded.Read More
Companies may move their data centers to a colocation site to save money or to outsource management and maintenance tasks. An ideal colocation provides affordable rack space, energy, and cooling for servers in a secure, state-of-the-art facility.Read More
In real estate, there is that old saying … how does it go again?
Oh, right. Location, location, location.
Location determines property value. It also determines the success of a business, especially in the B2C space. For instance, if you are a retail organization, being in the right place at the right time is critical for attracting potential customers and foot traffic.
However, given the digital world we work in today, is the way we perceive location changing?
I can understand location still being pretty essential for B2C retailers (even though online shopping has also changed the role of the brick-and-mortar shops, but that’s another topic for another day).Read More
Picture this scenario.
You are sitting at your desk, and send an instant message to a colleague that is working out of office. No response. Next, you try that person’s cell phone. No response again. Meanwhile, you simply need either a “yes” or a “no” approval to go forward with a project request. Simple, right? However, you’re already two steps behind in this wasted exercise. Your next move is to send an email. However, an hour passes by and you still haven’t heard from this person. Two hours later, you get an answer, and found out that the best form of communication would have been through text since your colleague was in a meeting with limited laptop access and couldn’t answer calls.
This, in a nutshell, is the type of runaround that takes place every day in office environments. And business professionals are all out of breath.Read More
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