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Technology Trends to Watch in 2016

Forbes recently put out a list of the top 10 technology trends for 2016 from Gartner. There were few surprises among them, as we live and breathe t

For IT leaders at small businesses, it is important to be aware of technology trends and continue to adapt business practices to suite the growing needs of a technology hungry audience.echnology every day, and see it evolve before our eyes.

In this article, we have picked five of those technology trends that everyone should be aware of moving forward through the New Year.

 

Lose Weight, Spend Wiser & Quit Bad Habits - Make a New Year's Resolution for Better IT in 2016

better-it-in-2016We’ve turned the page on 2015. With a new year comes time to reflect on what we’ve put behind us and the excitement that lies in front of us.

It’s New Year’s Resolution time. Your personal goals might be to lose weight, save money or curb your endless Netflix marathon habit. Now’s the time to make a change.

The same holds true for businesses. With a new year comes new budgets and new opportunity. Strictly looking at IT management, what are the things you want your business to focus on differently in 2016?

Above all else, you want your business to grow in 2016. Make commitment to seeing it happen by considering these New Year’s Resolutions for IT in 2016.

 

ThrottleNet Named Best In Customer Service by Small Business Monthly

 

 

 

 

 

ST. LOUIS, MO – – ThrottleNet, an IT firm based in St. Louis, MO, has once again been named one of the top IT firms in St. Louis by St. Louis Small Business Monthly, a magazine providing business ideas, strategies and insights for CEOs, CFOs, presidents, owners and other top executives to help them grow their companies. This is the sixth year in a row ThrottleNet has received this recognition.

Facebook at Work: Will It Work For You?

By George Rosenthal

Facebook at Work is a new version of the social network designed for business use. It is moving out of beta stage and could soon be readily available as a business tool for both large and small businesses.

Based on the Facebook personal platform, its goal is to enhance communication among colleagues and improve efficiency in the workplace.  By using the platform’s Groups feature, a company can reportedly cut down pointless workplace emails, eliminate long email threads, and provide a customizable place for conversations. 

The Internet of Things is beginning to look like a Lot This Christmas

internet-of-things-santaThis Christmas, something underneath the tree is bound to become connected after it’s finally unwrapped.

Experts expect 50 million connected devices to be sold during the holiday season this year. Light bulbs, coffee makers, thermostats, door bells, garage door openers and more have gotten quite the upgrade just in time for the holidays.

Last year, a box of light bulbs would have been considered as grand a Christmas gift as a lump of coal. Thanks to Philips Hue, light bulbs are actually pretty cool. Everything, and we mean everything is becoming connected. It’s not can a product become smarter, it’s when will someone make that product smarter.

When those packages, boxes and bags containing smart home solutions are unwrapped, there are plenty of considerations to make. You can’t just hand grandpa an Amazon echo and expect him to use it every day, or even know it does.

Here are some things to be aware of when gifting and receiving connected devices for the holidays.

What Star Wars Can Teach Us about Better Network Management

star-wars-network-managementIn case you haven’t heard, there’s a new Star Wars film coming out this holiday season.

Star Wars has been one of the most iconic cinema franchises of the past 50 years. What’s not to love? There’s action (countless light saber duals and battles), romance (Han Solo and Princess Leia), family conflict (Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father, after all), Political corruption, and an underlying plot of good versus evil.

Here are five lessons Star Wars can teach us about better network management.

 

ThrottleNet expects 24 new jobs due to Crestwood growth

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRESTWOOD, MO. — The Missouri Department of Economic Development today announced that a Crestwood-based IT company is expanding its presence in Missouri. ThrottleNet, Inc., has experienced an increase in demand for its services, prompting the company to project hiring 24 new full-time jobs within the next five years.

Touchy Subject: Touchscreen Technology Bringing the World to Our Fingertips

They can bring you a world of information and services at the touch of your finger. Touchscreens on electronic devices allow almost anyone to control and operate digital gadgets with a mere tap. Let’s take a look at how touchscreens work and the ways they are changing our present and our future.

 

Microsoft Lumia 950: It Could Be Better

The Lumia 950 is Microsoft’s attempt to turn your phone into something like a full-on Windows PC. It is built to move you to the next level of worker productivity. Unfortunately it comes up a little short.

The first Windows 10 device is designed to extend the benefits of the Windows experience

to the smart phone. The goal is to use the phone to power a desk type experience to a monitor. This includes syncing office documents and photos across all your devices and connecting with the Windows store so your favorite apps, game, music and video are all in one place.

On the plus side...

 

Gmail To Introduce Smart Reply

Everyone is looking to make everything a little easier. Sometimes, we can’t come up with the right words to say when responding to a simple email. “I wish my email would take care of itself,” you say.

Well, Gmail has listened, introducing a new Smart Reply feature set to roll out soon.

The latest feature in Gmail scans email specifically looking for messages that it thinks you need to respond to. Let’s say your wife emails you asking “what’s for dinner?” Gmail will come up with three different, short responses you can send automatically. Those smart replies could be “Tacos.” “Stop bothering me at work.” or “I don’t know, babe, maybe we should go to that nice restaurant tonight? J”

If you opt to select a Google-provided Smart Reply, you can of course add to it or edit after selecting your option. After all, a short one-sentence response may give the recipient the frame of mind that you didn’t care to take much time in your response.

Read our thoughts on the latest Gmail feature now!