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The big question used to be, what had crypto got in common with other tech? Today’s question for developers and business is, how we can jam all these technologies together to benefit the company and our customers or users.

Since the rise of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and hundreds of other coins, crypto has lived in its own bubble. One of ICOs, far-flung currency exchanges, GPU farms, mystery hacks and endless hype and mired by get-rich-quick scams.

To work alongside the regular IT world, cryptocurrency and blockchain need to prove their worth. Much credit will come from solutions to common technology issues. To that end, many crypto businesses aren’t sitting around hoping to be the next Bitcoin, but seek ways to add business value, while big IT brands are researching bolting blockchain into their products.

The New Face Of Crypto

Recently, Electroneum launched the first mobile miner, creating a user-friendly way for anyone to virtually “mine” a currency on an Android device. There’s no actual processing on the device, and there’s no need for a ludicrously priced GPU. With 140,000 users so far, the company is waiting for Apple to approve an iOS version before it pushes out new products and partnerships.

Going one step further, Worldopoly combines an augmented...

HP’s EliteBook x360 1020 G2 is a super slick convertible laptop featuring 7th-generation Intel Core processor choices, impressive security options, and an ultra-bright 12.5-inch display (there’s also a 13.3-inch model). HP pitches it as the world’s thinnest and lightest business convertible. The downside to all this tech loveliness is a steep asking price that starts at £1,282 and raises to £2,122 – serious money for such a small machine that’s not quite the perfect package.

Design

The most striking feature of the EliteBook x360 1020 G2 is its svelte design. The machine weighs next to nothing at 1.13 kg and measures just 13.9mm thickness. But it’s still an enterprise-friendly computer that’s MIL-STD 810G tested for shock and drop resistance, among other things. As the name suggests, its convertible design means it has four screen modes – tent, laptop, media, and tablet (keyboard doesn’t detach) – making it extremely versatile for content creation or consumption either at a desk, on the move, or relaxing on a sofa. It’s all-silver chassis looks fantastic (especially the speaker grates), the screen is razor thin (albeit still sporting a noticeable black bezel), and the large trackpad with silver highlights sets the machine off beautifully.

Spring brings a range of major vendor technology and developer events, showing off new products or features. Chatbot innovations are high on the list for the likes of Facebook, Google and others, and indicate exciting changes in how we interact with our robot friends.

The chatbot market is an interesting one. With specialist and niche vendors competing on an open field, where the major tech brands are scrambling to make an impact. Questions like, what should bots do? How should they react and where should the technology go all have different answers, depending on who’s talking.

But, the major players make the most noise and their recent events have created plenty of chatter about how chatbot technology will evolve to boost ecommerce and business.

Big Boy Bot Talk

Microsoft’s Build Event used to be home to all sorts of exciting hardware and Windows news. However, the company is rapidly transitioning to a software and services company, focused solely on helping businesses work smarter.

As such, its Azure-powered bot platform is a key component of current and future business plans. In a recent post, it cites “Conversational AI is the next user interface (UI) wave in computing. We’ve evolved from a world of having to learn and adapt to computers to one where...

Chatbots have a lot of hype behind them, which many businesses consider a good enough reason to ignore the technology as a fad. Yet, as the business benefits become clear, it is now time to seriously consider adopting a bot to help your customer services or internal productivity.

1. Chatbots Save Time & Money

Most businesses already understand that chabots operate 24/7 and can help rationalise, augment or replace existing customer support structures. Alongside those benefits, chatbots can make money for the business. They also help your workers save time. Support or help chatbots can solve lots of problems or issues without the need for human intervention, freeing up staff for critical tasks. When intervention is needed, they can send a string of messages to the right workers to respond to, allowing them to focus on specific issues that they can address, no more wasted time passing emails around and so on.

2. Messenger Services Are Where You’ll Find Your Customers

Even before chatbots, services like Instant Messenger and Facebook Messenger were hugely popular among customers, and are growing fast. With a bot, these platforms provide instant help and feedback to customers. There’s no waiting for an answer, and chatbots can be trained to learn what your customers are asking, and build suitable responses. In...

In today’s business world, it really doesn’t matter how large or small your company is, or what industry it is in; the company has some sort of IT being used. Whether your company has a dedicated IT department or not makes no difference as IT tools are being used in all kinds of different ways and stages of production. Many companies actually rely on strong IT in order to conduct their everyday business.

So, what happens if it seems like your business is suffering from a high number of IT issues? If it seems as though they are constant and there is one thing after another, there’s a good chance your IT needs some attention. IT that has constant issues interrupts workflow and production and can end up costing the business money due to downtime and mistakes. Here are some ways that you can turn things around in your business and reduce the number of IT issues.

Make Sure You Have The Right People In Place

A good place to start is with your staff. If you don’t have the right people in place in your IT department, then it will be very hard for things to run efficiently. You need staff that understands today’s IT models and software for business, and also understands what your particular company’s goal is so they can...

Every industry continuously evolves as a result of technological advances, and the property industry is no different. The last twenty years have seen a huge amount of change as a result of the internet. These are just five ways the internet has seriously impacted the property market:

Online Estate Agents

The birth of online estate agents had a big impact on the traditional estate agency industry. Homeowners had been used to paying high street estate agents at a rate of around two percent of the sale price of their property. An average figure of £5,404 in 2016, according to Lloyds Bank.

When online estate agents came on the scene, and offering to sell your property for a flat fee, usually of between £300 and £1,500, you can understand why the public sat up and paid attention.

Online estate agents haven’t taken off in the way many people expected them to, and they’ve struggled to offer the level of customer service they initially promised, but their arrival has definitely stirred up demand for a new way of doing things.

Online Property Portals

Online property portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla have revolutionised the entire property industry. You can now search for a property in any UK location, see internal photographs, floor plans and energy efficiency information without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Today, automation is all around our homes. It controls our central heating, allows us to see who is at the door and even check in on our pets via mobile devices. As such, there is a natural assumption that robotics is also enabling businesses to have a similar consumerised experience in the workplace. However, the truth is, most businesses are still running on very manual and cumbersome practises.

Just how close is the current IT service desk to this in practice?

There is clearly a willingness for businesses to make the move to greater automation, where IT seeks to replace aspects of its traditional support to reduce costs and meet user expectations for a faster, predictable response.

Currently the evolution of the IT service desk is being driven by the emergence of different channels through which users can engage. Conversational technology can use real-time data analysis to create contextual conversations, which leverage previous interactions in much the same way humans do.

Chatbots, for example, typically solve problems through pre-defined rules in a decision tree and operate in areas of narrow expertise, where experts have defined the answer to common problems. Each conversation becomes more ‘learned’ and predictive with every interaction. This allows for personalised engagement, and with machine-learning in place, an automated and responsive process that extracts data stored in the cloud.

However, they are simply an engagement channel and whilst have the potential to be...

Cyber security is still a relatively new specialism and one that is changing all the time in response to the constantly evolving threat of cybercrime and cyber terrorism. Yet already there is a huge shortage of sufficiently skilled IT security professional, with around one million unfulfilled positions in the IT security sector (according to a report by Frost and Sullivan, this figure will reach 1.5m by 2020).

There are many reasons that individuals looking for a career in IT, might want to focus on going down the cyber career path. As well as an abundance of opportunities, salaries in cyber security roles are rising faster than those in traditional IT roles.

Cyber Security Jobs & Roles

Cyber security is a multidisciplinary field and knowing where to start can be daunting with so numerous job titles and specialisms out there. The main roles in cyber security can be broken down into a number of key areas, which I’ve outlined below:

Threat management and forensics: This area deals with identifying the root cause of a security breach by looking at the raw details as well as the business context and impact on the business/customers.

Risk analytics/management: Staff in these roles use their experience and knowledge to examine systems and identify any potential threats such as malicious intruders, malware, and denial of service attacks.

Policy making and strategy: Those in these...

While you may not have heard of remote telemetry units (RTUs), these contemporary devices are becoming increasingly commonplace in a host of industries including telecoms, IT and logistics. These devices also embody the principles that underpin the Internet of Things (IoT), as their essentially smart units that collate and transmit large swathes of data in real-time. Let’s clarify the precise definition of RTUs and its underlying technology, while also asking how they work.

What Are Remote Telemetry Units?

Quite simply, an RTU is a smart device that monitors and reports real-time events as they occur at a remote site. This enables project and network managers to oversee multiple sites simultaneously, regardless of their purpose or geographical location.

There are also different types of RTU available, including basic models that control remote hardware using control relay contacts and protocol-based commands. The issue with this type of primitive device is that it can only report events as they happen, without negating the need to visit the site in question.

In contrast, most contemporary devices include advanced remote control capability, which delivers real-time reports while also enabling managers to complete a full, automated response. This makes for a far more efficient and cost-effective example of technology, and one that realises the fully potential of smart RTUs.

How Exactly Do RTUs Work?

In fundamental terms, RTUs collect diverse and large swathes of data from their local environment,...

Amazon is a great marketplace for sellers, but it can be difficult knowing where and how to start selling there, especially in a competitive online world where you’re competing with giants. Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) is a group of fulfilment solutions which empowers fast trade across Europe. By opting into FBA as a seller, Amazon will store, pick, pack, and deliver your products directly to buyers, eliminating significant hassle associated with selling.

This creates a fantastic opportunity for you to sell products, and considering most consumers shop online in today’s technological age, by utilising FBA you’ll be perfectly positioned for success. FBA allows you to generate more sales without investing in logistics, and can positively impact sellers of any scale.

To help you start selling on Amazon, I’ve created a simple step-by-step guide to using FBA effectively, which you’ll find highly convenient and suitable.

Sourcing Your Items

China is a great place to source products, since you can import great items at an affordable price. FBABee is a fantastic example, who offer a variety of sourcing solutions to increase your importing business, and facilitate the initial stages of the selling journey.

Creating An Amazon Seller Account

This is an easy process which simply requires filling in the necessary details. The one important decision to consider is whether you want...

Some of the technologies we use and now take for granted were unthinkable to most of us just five years ago. With that rapid change in mind, is it possible to develop an IT investment strategy when game-changing technologies can appear seemingly overnight?

Most SMEs just want their systems to work, of course, and have no interest in leading the pack when it comes to technology. The challenge comes if your competitors take advantage of new developments in a way that is disruptive to your industry – but this doesn’t mean you need to overhaul your whole IT strategy just in case such an event occurs. The best approach is to keep an eye on the trends and develop an infrastructure that suits your current business needs and has the flexibility to develop as your business grows or changes over time.

Scalability is the key to an IT infrastructure which supports future business growth whilst avoiding excessive redundancy. If you have your servers tucked in a cupboard or a small room and can’t easily make room for more in your office, or you’re tied to a strict cloud contract you might find it’s expensive and slow to support your expansion. Colocation gives you a secure location to store your hardware and the option to expand your requirement, all in the time it takes to purchase the additional server.

Security is another important element of your IT strategy...

Once a business owner grasps the fact that substantive company growth can be realised through the implementation of customised, cutting edge digital advertising strategies, it’s time to get the online optimisation process underway. Below you’ll find just a few of many online optimisation strategies that you can deploy to start building your company via the internet.

1. Start Creating Compelling Web Articles & Blog Posts

One of the best ways to put the online optimisation process in full effect is by creating compelling web articles and blog posts. Online audiences now have millions and millions of text-based materials to choose from when they enter the internet sphere. As such, your content needs to consistently stand out in a significant way that keeps your target audience interested in your brand. One great way to make your content stand out is by focusing on the implementation of information-rich, visually appealing infographics. The pie charts and bar graphs from these infographics will help people gain information quickly rather than finding it necessary to weed through your content for several minutes to find the data they want.

2. Don’t Overlook The Power Of Website Optimisation

In addition to creating compelling content, be sure to focus on website optimisation. Website optimisation is immensely important because when people find your product pages boring or see that your home page is not aesthetically appealing, they’ll likely wander away from your site and do...

One of the most commonly cited fears with the development of artificial intelligence is that AI will eventually replace human workers. From science fiction films that depict AI robots overtaking human civilisation, to misleading reports that predict a massive loss of jobs in the coming years due to businesses taking advantage of artificial intelligence systems and platform, there is certainly a well-documented human fear of becoming inept and incompetent as technology advances.

However, more serious research find that AI is already creating more jobs that it replaces. One recent report finds that by the year 2020, AI technology will contribute to the creation of 2.3 million jobs, which is half a million more jobs than the 1.8 million jobs that are set to become obsolete due to the advancement of this technology.

Artificial intelligence, then, instead of replacing jobs, is actually replacing old and outdated business models. Just as the arrival of the tractor fundamentally changed how agriculture was done, AI will continuously push industries to change the way they do business. Those businesses and individual workers that willingly embrace the possibilities and challenges that come with intelligent automation and machine learning technology are thus better positioning themselves to benefit.

One of the most exciting yet demanding changes to businesses and the workplace is through the creation of the digital workforce. Instead of an office of cubicles with employees...

As the competition in business is increasing, the scope of improvement is also increasing. 2018 has already started, so did you try anything different this year to improve your business? If your answer is no, then my friend the chances of increasing your business profit levels is also no!

“Continuous growth is better than delayed perfection.” is the motto you need to follow for your business. There are always new ideas you can come up with to make your business better. Let us take a look at the ways you can improve your Distribution Business this 2018.

1. Automate All Your Processes

Technology is managing most of the parts of our life, so why not the business. Investing in technology may seem expensive at first but is profitable in the long run. There are a lot of software present for managing different tasks for your business. We are listing the best ones suiting your needs:

EMERGE App is a complete e-commerce management software beneficial for both offline and online distribution business. Using this app you can manage everything, from purchasing to delivery.

Here are some ways EMERGE App can help in improving your business:

  • Chances of human error are removed 100%- Features like barcode scanning, tracking expiry dates of products, detailed reports of all the inventory in the warehouse, and many more...

Brands and marketers are in the best possible position to take advantage of chatbots. They have accessible stories to tell, and a license to have fun with a powerful communication tool. According to chatbot platform SnatchBot, brands and marketers represent the sixth most common business use case. Certainly, they are the most exciting, with plenty of buzz around chatbot launches and most likely to generate any press or positive vibe.

What most brands aren’t saying is how well their bots perform, either in terms of meeting general expectations or hitting a set business goal. This lack of knowledge may hold back many brands from going beyond experiments, but it should not be too long before breakout cases highlight distinct value and benefits that others will wish to replicate.

Where The Brands’ Bots Are!

From Facebook to Twitter and other touchpoints, bots represent the perfect host. With 24-hour availability, access to much of a company’s knowledge and, if crafted properly, the ability to represent the brand with humour, awareness and skill across a brand’s fan base. From the likes of Nike (create a style of sneaker) to Heineken (a big sports fan), the BBC to Vogue and Starbucks to LIDL, they show various successful ways to run a bot.

Starbucks’ bot helps you order coffee, keeping things simple. LIDL’s can help recommend a...

Organisations are pressed into needing a way to gain visibility and control across their hybrid infrastructures – an approach that provides the CISO with actionable insights to minimise the attack surface while meeting the reporting requirements of the boardroom.

The hybrid cloud is real, and in fact, 81% of enterprises are adopting a multi-cloud architecture, spanning on-premise and one or more public cloud providers. And this won’t go away anytime soon, with about 1/3 of workloads remaining on-premise in 2025, sometimes the most critical, according to 250 CISOs and team members polled in March.

But there is a problem. A good 77% of IT personnel identify security as still a barrier to adoption, and almost the same number of people cited a lack visibility across their hybrid cloud.

The top two concerns identified were verification that public cloud accounts are secure (69%) and confirmation that workloads in the cloud are secure as well. This lends credence to the reality that both account and workload security are critical.

Security is still a key issue and barrier to adopting a hybrid cloud architecture, with specific concerns including increased complexity (55%), a lack of visibility into cloud endpoints (32%), difficulty instituting security controls (37%), and a clear need for more assessment tools (29%).

62% use separate tools to secure their on-premise and cloud environments, and less than half of respondents currently use a security solution spanning on-premise and...

Every year the cybersecurity community gathers to share its collective wisdom on the threats we face and the innovative ways that we’re trying to get ahead of them. RSA Conference is an intense experience but – just like with endpoint security – once you analyse all the unfiltered data coming at you, you get a great insight into where security is headed and what your priorities as a network defender should be. So now that we’re coming down off the high of spending five days with 40,000 people who live and breathe security, what were the key themes and what should we be expecting over the next 12 months?

First is an observation about the way the sector is maturing. Back in the early days, and for a long time after that, security people were paid to not take risks. They were expected to operate as cautiously possible. That’s just not feasible any more. The pace of change in attack types, vectors, and volumes, plus the demands of users, means that if we’re going to have any chance of success, we need to start acting more like our adversaries and being more aggressive in our posture.

This was reflected in the approach of vendors on the conference floor as they showcased the latest technology to detect and mitigate attacks. They were getting a good reception from defenders who realise that they need to start moving at...

Today, the Ukrainian IT market is primarily an export industry aimed at selling software development services and various R&D projects. Therefore, the growth of the IT industry in the future will directly depend on the competitiveness of Ukrainian programmers in the international market. Let’s discover the main characteristics of the IT sector of this country, its trends, achievements and driving forces.

Main Facts About Ukrainian IT Sector
  • The market for Software Development. More than 3,000 service companies, more than 1,000 startups, about two dozen R&D centers, half a dozen profile associations and up to 15 IT clusters operate on the market. Several of the largest export-oriented companies feel quite confident in the market and have long-term development prospects. Moreover, according to Kyiv Post, 18 outsourcing companies were included in the list of the best high-tech companies in the world.
  • Export of IT-products and services. Ukraine is now the leading software development center in Eastern and Central Europe and is one of the largest exporters of IT products and services in the world. IT industry is one of the priority sectors for the export strategy of Ukraine.
  • Place in the world market of outsourcing. In Central and Eastern Europe, it is one of the most important countries – suppliers of outsourcing services. Meanwhile, the largest development companies working in Ukraine are struggling...

There are numerous reasons that aspiring entrepreneurs should study for a degree. Whether you are thinking about starting your own business or already have one, you will need to make a point of learning some of the reasons why you should go back to school. The right degree can enable you to create a successful, thriving business. If you want to increase your chance of success in the business world, you will need to consider the following reasons for doing so.

1. It’s Good For Networking

College is the perfect place to build connections that can benefit you later on in a very real way. Those who go to college are simply more likely to succeed for a variety of reasons, including the numerous connections they made while working towards their degrees. The more effectively you are able to network, the better your chances will be of running a successful business after graduation.

2. Acquire Business Knowledge

Going to college will afford you the opportunity to learn many valuable things about the business world. There are a lot of things that make an effective entrepreneur, and knowledge is definitely one of them. Taking even a few business courses at a college or university can go a long way towards making you a more effective entrepreneur.

3. You’ll Have A Fall Back Plan

Nobody who starts their own business plans to fail, but the reality is...

Today’s successful businesses find ways to implement cost reduction and efficiency without sacrificing business objectives. With the growth of automation services and more businesses turning to computers and software programs to perform administrative tasks, the emergence of robotic process automation (RPA) has introduced a tool that is positioned to exponentially change business processes.

RPA is growing consistently, making its way deeper into the administrative areas of many businesses. While it is true that this technology is essentially leading to fewer necessary personnel, when used correctly RPA has the ability to alleviate menial tasks and free up time for staff to work on bigger-picture items. Software developers, and the companies that purchase RPA software, are realising the tangible benefits of adapting these bots to become a true digital business.

Let’s take a look at three reasons developers will fall in love with RPA, and soon.

Error Reduction

Through the implementation of cognitive platforms, RPA software can directly simulate human decisions without human error. These systems also reduce the necessity of human intervention. If one step fails because a file is missing, it can adapt to choose an alternative task.

Developers ensure that each system is properly aligned, and actually create the interface that links the software sets together. This will help to improve not just efficiency, but the company’s bottom line as the RPA is integrated into the system. A substantial cost reduction can be realised with a decrease...