Small businesses have edge with consumer trust

February 1st, 2017

Americans trust small businesses. In fact, they are three times as likely to express confidence in small business as they are in big business, according to a recent Gallup poll. With 68% percent (up 1% from 2015) of U.S. adults report having "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in small business, it gives them a huge edge over big business which dipped to 18% (down 3% from last year) in the poll for similar confidence levels.

Internet of Things: A convenience-risk balancing act

December 29th, 2016

By Larry Velez, co-founder and CTO

There is a subtle but profound paradigm shift occurring in technology. Cloud-connected hardware is becoming the preferred standard, replacing self-contained hardware. It’s the Internet of Things and it’s happening in just about every industry across consumer and enterprise solutions.

What’s the future of technology? Our top picks from Wall Street Journal’s 3rd Technology Conference

November 30th, 2016

WSJDLive 2016 was held in Laguna Beach, CA, October 24-26. Photo posted by Scott Austin, WSJ Tech Editor,from Wall Street Journal Twitter feed, 10/26/16.

Wall Street Journal’s much anticipated WSJ.D Live Conference brought together some of the most recognized influencers, thought leaders and innovators to unveil their top predictions on the state of technology and where it’s headed in 2017 and beyond.

Looking ahead to 2017: Microsoft to end support for Office 2007 and Exchange 2007

November 30th, 2016

Photo Credit: Microsoft.

As you budget for 2017, note that Microsoft will end support for several of their most prominent products in 2017: The final security updates for Windows Vista is April 11, 2017 for and Office 2007 ends on October 10, 2017. Support of Office Exchange 2007 servers will also end in 2017. (For a full list of the Microsoft products reaching the end of support in 2017 click here.

Budgeting for system updates and technology replacement

November 30th, 2016

Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) East 6.0 at the InfoAge Science Center. Photo by Dan Century, Flickr.

Top Tech Challenges for Nonprofits... This is the ninth and final blog (for now) in a series of articles addressing top technology challenges facing nonprofit organizations.

Enterprise Wi-Fi technology comes home

October 31st, 2016

Illustration: Sam Woolley,
Image from Gizmodo report, 6/10/16.

We have been touting the benefits of enterprise-class Wi-Fi networks (security, speed, coverage, reporting) when compared to consumer Wi-Fi options, but there is a whole new class of router systems coming out that are bringing these solutions home.