We have been interviewing job candidates for a couple of openings we have, and it looks like there is finally a positive shift towards a growing talent pool. With the predictions of unprecedented new job growth in the region, many employers have been worried about a shortage of qualified employees, but the latest batch of resumes we have been reviewing include more out-of-town candidates than we have ever seen.
I am a big advocate of giving the gift of technology during the holiday season, and this year the choices are endless. So rather than making a list of items to consider I thought I would focus on what everyone has or needs — the computer and accessories.
I am addicted to the latest technology gadgets and trends, especially those that are tied to my personal interests like photography, digital entertainment, automation and business. It seems like I never get tired of trying to figure out what the next innovation will bring and how it will impact our lives and business. In that light let’s take a look at a few technology trends and see how they are becoming intertwined between work, home and each other.
Technology has provided the tools to do the basics better, faster and more precisely. But those tools are only tools and they require sophistication, user training and regular sharpening to do the job of running basic business functions and provide the data necessary to manage operations, sales and client satisfaction.
Many users found Windows 8 too difficult to use and never upgraded from Windows 7, even with the changes that were introduced as part of 8.1, adoption has been low. With Windows 10, Microsoft has brought back some of the familiar navigation, added an action center and provided new versions of bundled software including a new internet browser and Cortana, Microsoft’s version of a personal assistant popular on the latest version of the Windows phone.
We work with a lot of companies where technology decisions are made without the tactical advantage of a committee dedicated to defining and managing the many aspects of technology and how it impacts the business. I think it is more important than ever to gather the troops and work on business and IT planning as shared components to an overall company strategy.
There are lots of reasons to update your website but one of the most important is to keep it at the top of the search engine results when customers or vendors are looking for the products and services you sell. Today as much as 60 percent of web browsing is now done on mobile devices, smartphones, tablets and a wider range of screen sizes. Websites that are not built to accommodate these different devices don’t display content properly, often due to incompatible motion formats like Adobe Flash.