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Is IT Underappreciated? See The IT Workplace Issues That Made Survey Respondents Say Yes

it-workplace-issuesThere are plenty of IT workplace issues that can cause stress for professionals every day.

Juggling multiple projects at once, creating short-term solutions to fix pop-up issues, training employees who just don’t get it and feeling let down when those same employees fail to follow the rules.

Those are all IT Workplace issues that can make a professional question why they went into IT in the first place – and if they are truly making an impact on their organizations.

A survey released by Kensington in the UK detailed some of the common barriers and frustrations IT professionals deal with on a daily basis – leading many to believe their work is underappreciated.

Business Process Improvement Through Automation: 10 Tasks Better Left to Robots

business-process-automationSometimes, the most monotonous tasks are also the most essential to everyday business.

Luckily, business process automation can make almost anything less time consuming, stressful and repetitive. Automating business processes allows you to shift your focus towards more important tasks with the added benefit of improved accuracy.

If automating business processes is on your mind this spring, here 10 business process automation ideas to start thinking about: 

Technology Detox: Benefits of Unplugging from Technology

technology addictionTechnology addiction is no laughing matter and can actually be harmful to your health.

Don’t get us wrong, we love IT, and feel information is valuable to our daily lives, but with anything in life, it is to be enjoyed in moderation, and everyone can benefit from unplugging from technology.

Technology companies are well aware of our culture’s overindulgent tendencies, otherwise the Internet of Things and Wearables wouldn’t be met with as much excitement as they have been.

Technology is everywhere, and it’s not going away. While this is a good thing, it’s important to find a balance between your unplugged life and technology consumption. It is possible to curb your technology addiction. Below are some helpful tips to help you unplug for a few hours each day – to improve your health and clear your head.

The Dangers of the Rogue Employee & Weak Network Security Policies

Usually, the big data breaches involve experienced hackers in foreign countries, but your company’s biggest threat to its network security policies may be the guy who sat next to you. The guy who just had his personal belongings packed. The guy who just left the office kicking and screaming before peeling out of the parking lot.

Your ex-coworker. You know him as Bob. Your company may soon know him as their biggest nightmare; the rouge employee.

Intermedia just released a great infographic and study featuring some shocking statistics about employee data theft and what companies can do to protect against a rogue employee like Bob. 

The report looks at Bureau of Labor statistics and labor turnover in the professional and business services industry, and looks at the amount of information some 923,000 people who left their jobs in November, 2014 took with them.

How to Stop Online Ads That Follow You Around the Internet & Save Christmas

You just bought your wife a nice Christmas present online. You’ve followed through with your purchase and can kick back to enjoy a nice, steaming mug of hot chocolate while basking in your accomplishment. She asks to use the computer. No big deal, right?

While online security is a big concern consumers have during the holiday season, as more than 44% of holiday gifts are purchased online, your biggest security concern may be ads that follow you around the internet and keeping them from the person you love the most.

During the holiday season, online marketers are beefing up their personalized retargeting efforts, utilizing the Google Display Network to target past visitors who have viewed product pages or have added those products to their online carts.

Personalized retargeting ads can appear just about anywhere, as retailers and their marketing partners are creating ads that follow you around the internet and buying up space on all kids of websites, including social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Three Important Benefits of Virtual CIO Services

virtual cio servicesNot all small businesses can afford to carry a dedicated Chief Information Officer on payroll. While many small businesses do realize IT is important to their day-to-day operations, the IT department is often one person wearing many hats, including the role of a CIO.

Wearing many hats can make the life of an internal IT person very hectic. First it’s an issue with the server. Then it’s trying to resolve an issue with an employee’s workstation. Then it’s tracking down a license to add a necessary software component to another employee’s workstation.

At the end of the day, this model isn’t efficient.

Outsourcing Pros and Cons: Reasons for and Against Outsourcing the Software Development Cycle

outsourcing pros and consOne of the biggest questions startups have is whether or not to outsource the software development cycle. There are plenty of outsourcing pros and cons to weigh and consider when making such an important decision for your business. After all, you want personnel who know software engineering inside and out, but also want the software development cycle to have a positive effect on your company’s bottom line.

These are some outsourcing pros and cons to consider when making this important decision for your business.

Here's Why Your EMR is Slow

 


Are you a healthcare provider with multiple locations and wondering why your Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system is getting bogged down or even come to a crawl?

Aaron Oliver, Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss why many EMR systems perform at extremely slow speeds at remote or satellite offices.

 

Why The Smartwatch Is a No-Brainer for Business Use

 


Many of the tech giants are quickly introducing their version of the smartwatch. First it was Samsung. Now it's Google which has just announced "Android Wear", a version of their operating system designed specifically for wearable devices.

Google has apparently crafted the system especially for smartwatches. Motorola and LG have revealed their own versions of Android Wear wrist devices and more are about to follow.

 

Why do Computers Crash? Top 5 Reasons Your PC Might Crash

Computer crashes can be triggered by a variety of issues. Here are the top five issues we found recommended by ComputerTips.com. Luckily, these are relatively easy to fix!

Computers crash for a variety of reasons. Random computer crashes are both frustrating and difficult for an average user to diagnose, but underneath the surface of a computer crash are five likely culprits examined examined in this article powered by ThrottleNet.