The Postdigital enterprise report by Deloitte, outlines the core enterprise technology trends including analytics, mobile, social, cloud and cyber.
Unlike the past few years, social media technologies will be given a back seat as organizations return to the age old problem of business intelligence. CIOs will be asked to find alternative solutions to legacy reporting solutions which will provide decision-makers with a centralised hub of on-demand information
Global Study Finds Vodafone and HSBC Rank Most Active CE Companies in Their Respective
Industries; Apple Most Admired CE Company Overall
Sprint today announced the launch of Sprint Mobility Management, a comprehensive and cross-carrier suite of managed services that simplifies the complexities of mobility, helps businesses to maximize value for their mobile spend, and frees resources to be more productive and focus on the core business.
Sprint Mobility Management puts businesses in control with security and policy management, and delivers the visibility needed to make smart mobility decisions by providing them with access to three leading mobile solution providers – Bluefish Wireless, Manage Mobility and Vision Wireless – giving Sprint a portfolio of services that can be targeted to customers’ unique requirements.
Saba (NASDAQ:SABA), today announced the appointment of Shawn Farshchi to Chief Operating Officer. In this position on Saba’s executive team, Mr. Farshchi will lead Saba’s efforts to further innovate Saba People Cloud into a global, world-class cloud operation and capitalize on Saba’s next phase of growth and next generation Cloud solutions coming in the Fall.
As Chief Operating Officer for Saba, Mr. Farshchi will accelerate Saba as the leading People Cloud provider. Mr. Farshchi will bring his significant operational expertise to bear across Saba’s entire People Cloud product portfolio to develop and execute strategies and plans that strengthen and further evolve operations. He will have direct responsibility for the Company’s product development, product management, product marketing, cloud operations and customer support.
Mr. Farshchi brings over 30 years of experience leading, driving, and managing technological, organizational and cultural change in highly dynamic business environments. Most recently, in his role as Chief Operating Officer for Coremetrics (an IBM company),
Cisco WebEx offers Vendor-Neutral Training and Certification Helps Instructors Make Virtual Classrooms Engaging and Improves Student Outcomes
With more educators using technology to advance the classroom experience, Cisco today announced the Cisco® Virtual Classroom Instruction Specialistcertification, developed to build and validate the skills that educators and instructors need to effectively teach in virtual classroom environments.
“Our Virtual Classroom research shows that learning in an online environment is both less expensive and can be more instructionally rich than physical in-class experiences. Our research also demonstrates that what makes a great instructor effective online is the skillful use of collaboration tools. As job training and education continue to move online, this type of certification is an important offering.” David Mallon, principal analyst, Bersin & Associates
- According to the American Society for Training & Development, 37 percent of training in 2009 involved electronic technology, up from 15 percent in 2002,
Crowdsourcing is a way to access the collective knowledge of the masses to solve problems and complete projects in a cost-effective and efficient manner. It has greatly impacted the world of business since its emergence in 2006 when the term was first coined by Jeff Howe in Wired Magazine.
Wikipedia defines it as “Crowdsourcing is an online, distributed problem solving and production model. Problems are broadcast to an unknown group of solvers via the Web in the form of an open call for solutions. Users–also known as the crowd–typically form into online communities based on the Web site, and the crowd submits solutions to the site. The crowd also sorts through the solutions, finding the best ones.”
The incredible growth of Social Media has added a whole new dimension to Internet Marketing and became an integral part of marketing strategy of every major company. The world of social media is constantly evolving. New services and technologies are being added daily making it hard for most people to keep up the pace. Businesses of all size can no longer afford to ignore Social Media Marketing if they don’t wish to fall below the radar of their online audiences and lose to their competitors who are already deeply involved with social media strategies to engage with their customers.
Advertising and Marketing on the Internet: Rules of the Road
The Internet is connecting advertisers and marketers to customers from Boston to Bali with text, interactive graphics, video, and audio. If you’re thinking about advertising on the Internet, remember that many of the same rules that apply to other forms of advertising apply to electronic marketing. These rules and guidelines protect businesses and consumers and help maintain the credibility of the Internet as an advertising medium. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made this guide to give you an overview of some of the laws it enforces.
- Advertising must tell the truth and not mislead consumers.
- In addition, claims must be substantiated.
In today’s competitive business environment, no company should remain ignorant of their competitors and how they operate and market their business. Obtaining information on the businesses you compete with allows you to always be a step ahead of them. You will be able to determine their strengths and weaknesses and use this knowledge to your advantage.
Monitoring your competition is essential for developing business strategies which will allow you to achieve the competitive edge, and fortunately, there are many online tools available to do competitor espionage through some simple and most importantly, legal techniques.
There are tools that you can use to learn about, for example, traffic volume of your competitor’s website, details about their domain, mentions on social media sites, or receive alerts when they are mentioned in the press. Although this information may seem trivial to some, every little detail on your competition counts as it allows you to compare your performance with theirs. Many of these tools are available for free, so you’ll only have to invest some time.
Registering a business is a step one when starting a new business. It is necessary for legal business operations.
Registering a company involves filing paperwork with the government to obtain certificates, licenses and permits for work. Business registration encompasses everything from obtaining a tax ID and naming your business to applying for local business licenses.
Business registration is not a one-time activity. This is something you need to do throughout the life of your business. Many licenses and permits require annual renewal, while others are re-filed whenever your business changes its legal structure or location. Also your business registration may need to be re-filed if you change or expand business locations.
It is very important for a company to have a clear picture about their customers’ perspective on their business, their products and their services. Your can gather all the information you need around your customers’ buying habits, their likes and dislikes by conducting a customer survey. Some businesses choose to hire market research companies to conduct surveys for them, but this option can be expensive, especially for startups and small businesses.
The cost-effective alternative are web-based surveys. There are survey solution providers that even offer set of services for free, or provide free trials. Many of these services also offer analysis tools that are very easy to use so that you can interpret your results quickly and efficiently. Customer surveys can provide you with the knowledge necessary to make the right decisions about modifying your services, developing new products or changing customer service strategy.
Wall Street Reform and army of lobbyists seem to be far from everyday life of ordinary people and even from their finances. But it isn’t really so. One area of reform where it is easier to see the connection and direct impact on lives of American citizens is the consumer financial protection agency. This agency’s responsibility is to make sure that all financial firms play by the same basic rules of the road and to make sure that lenders deal squarely with people, with terms laid out in plain English, without using hidden fees to fatten their profits.
Last week the Senate wisely defeated a massive Republican amendment that would have decimated this agency in one fell swoop. But now the lobbyists are working overtime to insert specific loopholes in the bill. The good example for this is, already spoken about in these circles, the lobbyists’ push for an auto lenders loophole, and the push against such a loophole from military families who are too often targeted by their deceptive practices. Now there are efforts to insert this loophole headed toward the Senate floor.
Globalization and technology enabled businesses to reach professionals from distant countries and assemble teams that can collaborate and work together on projects in a virtual environment. Virtual workforce can help companies of all sizes to improve efficiency, reduce travel and overhead costs, and lower the investment on infrastructure. Web-based collaboration tools are making this working model easier, but people who are responsible for managing the remote workforce are facing a big challenge to get the best results out of their employees.
Leading teams that work off site demand some extra skills and effort to establish good communication, keep employees motivated and productive, and build trust in order to get the job done.
Hiring the independent contractor is one of the most accepted business practices all around the world. This kind of contract provides many advantages for companies since it is much cheaper. This way Employers can save as much as 30% on wages by avoiding payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation coverage, and benefits they provide for regular employees.
Some of the independent contractors even work for one company for years. Now both the IRS and state agencies across the country are redoubling efforts to uncover long-term “temps.”
Negative online reputation can seriously impact your business, and it can start building up from seemingly benign things such as negative reviews on local search sites. A good referral from a satisfied customer can result in new business, but negative reviews can distract many customers from your business and damage your brand reputation beyond repair. These things can happen over night, and that is why it is very important to manage your online reputation and regularly monitor what is being said online about your company. There are many tools, such as Google Alerts, that you can use to track the mentions of your business’ name online.