Mobile commerce transactions will reach 3.2 trillion by 2017. In the United States, 73% of internet users make online purchases, while 85% of UK internet users shop online. 80% of German internet users engage in mobile commerce. Businesses need to take this seriously.
Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, specialists in secure IP infrastructure solutions, looks at five key IT security trends and solutions for 2015: 1. Rise in security breaches The current high level of security breaches, from the largest organization down to the smallest, will continue unabated. What will also grow in 2015 will be the acceptance that security breaches are pretty well unavoidable for the majority of organizations. Companies will need to change their approach to security…
Companies and their IT departments must focus on proactive techniques in order to meet future security risks head on. Relying on traditional preventative software alone can no longer be a company's only option when it comes to data breaches and other malicious network security attacks.
Technology is getting faster and smarter. Computers are now able to recognize and learn patterns, and make decisions in real-time. Their improved analytic and decision-making abilities allow them to outperform humans in areas such as medical diagnoses, legal recognition and customized marketing campaigns.
The era of big data has only furthered the usefulness of computers. Marketers now have massive amounts of customer information at their disposal. Using big data analytics allows markers to gain deeper insights and create more detailed models to improve marketing strategies. However, this isn’t an easy transition. Traditionally, marketers had pieces of information about their audience and ads, but mainly relied on intuition when making decisions and building business strategies.
Ultimately, the problems that the post-holiday period creates are not enough to stop companies from adopting BYOD policies. Dangers certainly exist when it comes to security. However, with a strict and well thought out policy, many companies will be able to avoid any serious threats. In the end, the potential for savings as well as employee satisfaction and productivity will drive greater implementation of BYOD in the future.
When you think of all the major technical trends discussed lately you may have noticed another one beginning to throw itself into the conversation, virtualization. While virtualization has been around for more than a decade, we're only just beginning to unleash its true potential.Organizations who prepare themselves now will have a head start, which in a fiercely competitive environment, can mean everything.
When it comes to BYOD security, your company would be better off looking on the inside and focusing on your employees. BYOD still has a lot of benefits to offer, but companies need to go the extra mile in educating and training employees to better handle the numerous security risks they could face. Enforcement of established BYOD guidelines is another excellent way to address security. Only then can businesses proceed to grow with more confidence in tackling whatever threats come their way.
For the moment, wearable is still sitting on the tarmac, getting ready to take of. We should see even more devices next year, but it’s more than likely we won’t reach an age of wearable adoption until we develop personalized gadgets that solve new problems.
A new UK study from Searchmetrics, the leading global enterprise search experience optimisation platform, highlights four key considerations that digital marketers should focus on to help their websites achieve and maintain high rankings within Google UK searches. The findings emphasize the need for relevant content that comprehensively covers the topics that target audiences are searching for, as well as the importance of a strong technical site architecture, backlinks from other sites and visibility on social media.
We are a now generation. We don’t like waiting for anything, whether it’s our microwave dinner to finish, the red light to change, or our YouTube videos to buffer. Not surprisingly, this impatience translates easily from our personal lives right into our professional lives. What’s true at home is just as common in the office. For example, with smartphones and cloud computing, we expect to be able to communicate with anyone and access information from anywhere. Technology has increased our collaborative abilities, leading to quicker turnaround times, shorter deadlines and heightened expectations.
With business, speed can mean everything. Not in the sense of rushing projects, which could lead to sloppy work, but being reactive to the needs of customers. If you can quickly ascertain what they’re looking for, and provide it first, you’ll find yourself well ahead of the competition. It’s because of this that big data has become such a popular and rapidly growing trend. The wealth of information created everyday can help businesses learn important insights and make decisions to improve future outcomes. However, while all this information is available, businesses often struggle to manage or process it in a timely matter in order for it to be relevant. In such a fast-paced world, how can businesses find the right piece of information before they lose their short window of opportunity?