Small businesses are the backbone of our country. They are what make our communities great, and have a great deal of economic impact. But, many small business owners haven’t fully embraced that “thing” we are on hundreds of times a day – the Internet. Companies like Amazon are crushing the little guy by making online commerce easy, leaving small businesses in the dust. Part of the reason for this is poor design.
With global consulting firm Bain and Company forecasting $300 billion in business opportunities by 2020 for the IoT sector, many are looking to expand into the industry. One startup that just moved from California to Reno is hoping to get into the lucrative market by helping aspiring entrepreneurs create products with its prototyping kits and make the transition from concept to market a lot easier. “It’s so hard to design even a tiny circuit,” said Daniel Price, CEO and co-founder of Breadware. “The exciting thing about Breadware is that it’s similar to Wordpress or any other tool that enable people to be more creative without being experts in the basic technology.”
We are consumed with the Internet of Things, abbreviated as the IoT. The next step is the Internet of People (IoP). IoT has taken over significant mind-share and is being used by virtually every sector of technology. Sure, the proliferation of sensors, low cost radio chipsets and software stacks which can be implemented inexpensively are causing a Tsunami of entries into this niche. But be forewarned: Too many people will not use the gadgetry if it is at all necessary to install it with wizards and options.
Starting a new business is fun, but it takes careful planning to do it right. Even if you’ve been in business for several years, you may find this information useful. As a marketing consultant, I’ve been able to backtrack and fix some of the foundation issues for small businesses in order to help them grow. Many say they had wished they had called me sooner. My goal with this article is to help shed light on some of the most common mistakes I’ve seen over my 20-year career helping small business owners, and help advise small businesses on how they can avoid them. 1The good news is that small business failure has decreased in 2016 according to Entrepreneur. It claims some of the reasons are smarter small business owners and better business-management technology.
Right around late summer into early fall, we start receiving requests to assist customers in relocating their IT infrastructure in to new office facilities. They’ve outgrown their existing office space and are looking to upgrade into some new digs, or perhaps they had to downsize in to a smaller office. If your organization is in a similar position and looking for a new location or expanding in to an additional location, take care to go one step further and see which internet service providers (ISPs) are available before signing any agreements.
Many organizations are interested in providing Internet access for their customers, partners and vendors while maintaining the security of their own network. Now more than ever, people are using their cellphones for much more than talking. With over a billion smartphone users worldwide and corporate employees requiring Internet access to their phones, tablets and laptops, the importance of providing a guest wireless network is imperative.
Writing about technology is usually pretty easy since it changes so quickly and has such an impact on our daily lives. With a new year ahead I thought I would take a look at the hottest trends in technology. For business, the continuing growth of cloud services is a trend that is impacting the way businesses, clients and employees use technology. There are several trending opportunities that cloud services bring to business and these should merit investigation as part of your planning.