Surely you know the parable. One guy builds his house on rock. It's tough,
it's expensive, but the house is secure and it lasts. The other guy
constructs his home on sand. Easy, cheap ... but then it slides into the
ocean. Everything's lost.
A story to encourage children to work hard? Perhaps. But a surprising number
of new businesses are building their online futures on foundations that are
just as unstable.
Free ... and worth every penny
Too many otherwise sensible business people see an offer for free web hosting
and leap at the "opportunity." Some think that adding a top-level domain name
makes it okay: that it hides the underlying weaknesses.
One way or another, they won't stay hidden for long. The host might employ
the term "free," but you can be sure it expects to profit. At best, that host
will start you for free but the service is so restricted you simply h... (more)
With a wealth of technology and online resources, many people are ditching
the traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle and opting to become entrepreneurs. Unlike
businesses of the past, where a large financial investment was required to
get off the ground, today's startups can get the ball rolling with limited
They can also operate with a high level of efficiency and often compete with
much large larger companies. One of the top resources that is fueling
startups is cloud technology. Below are some ways that entrepreneurs can
benefit and why this technology is so advantageous.
Over the course of the past decade, there's been a lot of hype pertaining to
the_ Internet of Things (IoT)_ and how China leads the U.S. in this
technology -- yet many who are active on the Internet are still unaware of
In its simplest form, IoT is an evolving wireless network of objects and
devices that will eventually all be connected with each other. Using RFID,
Bluetooth, GPS and other emerging semantic technology, and working in tandem
with cloud computing, Web portals and back-end systems, in essence our
"things" will be be able to "talk" with each other.
If you're running a small business, it can sometimes seem that creating a
website and handling online marketing consume an awful lot of your time.
You may also be getting bombarded with emails warning that your SEO is
inadequate, your security isn't up to scratch, or you'd be doing much better
business on the Internet if you used the help of someone from the other side
of the globe.
When you're dealing with pressure from customers on the one hand, and
suppliers and bankers on the other, it can seem like the best course is to
get your website finished and forget about it -- thankf... (more)
Data management is undergoing a major shift as more and more enterprises are
discovering the benefits of Big Data and venturing headfirst into a dynamic
new era of innovation and data explosion. Today, there are more opportunities
for businesses to gain insights from valuable data than ever before, but they
must embrace change to do so.
Organizations across the world are embracing this change and beginning to
implement Big Data programs. However, with an overwhelming array of moving
pieces to consider, some remain puzzled as to where to start. Well, here's
some valuable advice o... (more)