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  • 6 Ways Small Businesses Can Improve Network Security

    6 Ways Small Businesses Can Improve Network Security

    It’s amazing the influence technology has. All these new gadgets have made our lives easier in so many ways, but they have also dramatically changed the cultures that embrace them. For example, digital theft is becoming a more common threat than physical theft.

    We’ve heard examples of large corporations having their customer information hacked, or even celebrities having their personal photos stolen. And while we think criminals would only go after the big guys, small businesses aren’t in the clear. Without massive IT budgets and industry professionals, their networks are often left unprotected and become easy targets for intruders.

    So what can small businesses do? How can they improve their network security without spending so much that it draws away from the normal day-to-day operations of their business? Here are 6 simple tips small businesses can follow to avoid attacks and keep their data safe.

    By Rick Delgado
    Posted December 02, 2014

  • The Weather Channel is using Drupal and Acquia Platform

    The Weather Channel is using Drupal and Acquia Platform

    When I talk about Drupal, information technology and the weather all in the same breath, I'm known to be very enthusiastic and opinionated in such discussions. I can't help myself. I'm biased toward Drupal as it is one of my favorite content management systems. I'm also a former meteorologist working in information technology for a very large organization that is heavily involved with the weather. Needless to say, a year or two ago when I heard that The Weather Channel started using Drupal to meet the needs of it's customers and meteorologists, it caught my attention. I think the use of Drupal is a win-win for everyone around and given my background, I wish my own employer had adopted a similar solution.  I think organizations miss out on a lot when they don't utilize open source or even proprietary systems in favor of an in-house CMS.

    The news keeps getting better for Drupal fans. This week both Acquia and Mediacurrent announced that The Weather Channel is standardizing on the Acquia Platform for Weather.com. Weather.com started using Drupal last year to increase the agility of its content creation and publishing. Now, the company has moved the entire website, which serves more than 20 million pages of content, to the Acquia Platform, which brings together Drupal and Acquia’s solutions for digital engagement and experience management. The team at Weather.com worked with Acquia and digital agency partner Mediacurrent for its site development and migration from its legacy web content management system Percussion.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted November 21, 2014

  • How Big Data is Changing Talent Recruiting

    How Big Data is Changing Talent Recruiting

    Big data is essential in helping recruiters assess candidates quantitatively, and find those candidates who can thrive in any environment – and make smarter decisions about who will be a good fit. So what does “big data” mean when it comes to recruiting?

    By The Talent Tribune
    Posted November 20, 2014

  • How Apple Pay Differs From Other Mobile Payment Services

    How Apple Pay Differs From Other Mobile Payment Services

    You better get used to paying with your phone. It’s already a popular method of making purchases in places like Japan and even some countries in Africa, but in the United States it hasn’t caught on quite as quickly. While so-called tap-to-pay methods have been around for a number of years already, Apple’s recent announcement of their own mobile payment service, called Apple Pay, has sent a new wave of excitement through the technology community.

    Services like Google Wallet and CurrentC are certainly not new, but overall adoption and acceptance has been sluggish. Apple Pay might be just the thing to propel mobile payments to widespread popularity. But how does Apple Pay compare to other services that already have established methods and techniques? Read on to see how Apple Pay might completely change the game and if it could end up being one service you want to use.

    By Rick Delgado
    Posted November 19, 2014

  • The How Much Does a Website Cost Infographic

    The How Much Does a Website Cost Infographic

    Over the years, I've talked about building a range of simple websites for personal use to implementing very complicated proprietary and open source enterprise content management systems. What I haven't talked about is the cost of building and maintaining those websites. Honestly, I've been too embarrassed for how little I spend and too stunned by the price tag for what the big companies pay for their websites. Who Is Hosting This? sent us a graphicthat we thought represented the typical costs small to medium size businesses can expect when building and hosting their new websites. So good was the infographic that we decided to post it here.

    Much of the statistics came from Which Web Design Company. WWDC maintains a database of over 7000 web design agencies world-wide, and provided them with the average starting cost statistics for web development used in the graphic below. Whatever your costs and whatever you decide, assuming you're working with reputable companies, the bottom line is that you get what you pay for. That's not a threat, but just a reality of the market.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted November 18, 2014

  • Bryan Ruby: Social Media Killed My Family Website

    Bryan Ruby: Social Media Killed My Family Website

    For the first time in 15 years, my family doesn't have a website to call their own. In January 2000, I registered the domain Bryansplace.com. This was the first website I ever built outside of work and it became a sandbox for me to express my interests as well as a way to seek personal growth. From handwritten HTML pages into Frontpage to a number of CMSs, the software and content at Bryansplace evolved as my life evolved.

    Bryansplace.com was the website where my girlfriend and I announced our marriage to the world. As a married couple, we eventually publicly announced the birth of our son via the site. This domain was the site where I talked about camping, computers, and my latest beer recipes. It wasn't all about me either. My wife showcased her photography for the first time online via  our family website. This was also the website my son learned how to navigate the Drupal content management system and talk about his gaming skills. Bryansplace.com was synonymous with "family news". Despite how much I valued the domain, last week I unceremoniously killed the website.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted November 15, 2014

  • The Challenges of Bringing BYOD to the Military

    The Challenges of Bringing BYOD to the Military

    While improvements are still needed, the military does appear to be intent on implementing BYOD. There are definite benefits to an organized BYOD strategy, and the military wants to make the most of it while technology continues to advance. As long as security is improved and costs go down, personal devices will likely be part of the military sooner rather than later.

    By Rick Delgado
    Posted November 14, 2014

  • Retention Science: The Impact of Big Data

    Retention Science: The Impact of Big Data

    The world of e-commerce is tough, and it’s only going to get tougher as more and more companies shift away from traditional brick and mortar stores and go with online enterprises. Because of the increase in competition and products offered, it’s more important than ever that companies get their marketing strategies right. And in a world filled with so much noise from email, social media, apps and the like, that too is getting more and more difficult. Not only is it harder than ever to get a customer's attention, but it’s also harder than ever to keep them coming back to your site/store. With big data technology and programs like Hadoop Hive, however, it’s becoming much easier.

    By Gil Allouche
    Posted November 10, 2014

  • End of Life for TYPO3 CMS 4.7 and 6.1, Eyes toward TYPO3 CMS 7

    End of Life for TYPO3 CMS 4.7 and 6.1, Eyes toward TYPO3 CMS 7

    TYPO3 has announced the discontinuation of TYPO3 CMS 4.7 and TYPO3 CMS 6.1. Both versions reached their end of life in in October 2014. Their latest versions are 4.7.20 and 6.1.12 which were released two weeks ago mark the last ones in these branches.

    TYPO3 is encouraging its users to upgrade to the latest LTS version TYPO3 CMS 6.2, which they believe serves as the best basis for existing and new sites running with TYPO3 CMS. Only recently has TYPO3 updated their release cycle process which also gives us a glimpse of what to expect with TYPO3 CMS 7 and beyond.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted November 08, 2014

  • Examining the Two Most Touted Benefits of BYOD

    Examining the Two Most Touted Benefits of BYOD

    Bring your own device (BYOD) may not exactly be new, but many companies are still trying to figure out if it’s the right move for them. While roughly half of all organizations have instituted some kind of BYOD policy, that still leaves the same number looking at their options and wondering if allowing employees to use their own devices for work is really worth it. There are many reasons BYOD may be adopted, but the two biggest benefits cited by BYOD supporters are the increases in employee productivity and overall job satisfaction. But do employees who use their own devices actually get more work done, and does it also make them happier while on the job? A careful examination of the claims is necessary, especially for those businesses still on the fence about making BYOD a part of their operations.

    By Rick Delgado
    Posted November 05, 2014

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