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Janalynne Rogers

Business intelligence uses a variety of software tools to analyze large amounts of data that help you make well-informed decisions for your company. You can easily monitor sales, evaluate customer behaviour, analyze logistics, and find ways to improve employee productivity through the use of business intelligence software. An in-house IT department or a managed IT service provider can help you set up a business intelligence system that best matches the needs of your company.

Interested in learning more? Here are the top five benefits of using business intelligence software.

You have established policies and procedures that have been evolving with your business - you shouldn’t have to shove them into a one-size-fits-all piece of software. Bespoke software, like a good tailor, takes your measurements and customizes the results so they’re uniquely suited to meet your specific needs.  

Bespoke software development begins with a collaborative approach to define your needs and outline your requirements. Any reputable custom software company relies on open communication to keep those requirements top of mind throughout the development process. We’re on the same team - developer, customer, project manager, (really, any STEP employee) - and we solicit feedback throughout the process so a) there are very few surprises and b) your new software does exactly what you need it to do, for a mutually agreed upon reasonable price.

In recent years, there has been a dramatic growth in the use of 3D printing. It is forecast to become a $15.8 billion industry by 2020 (source: Wohlers Report 2019). This type of printing has changed the way individuals produce objects such as tools, toys, decorations, clothing, and even (although best left to medical professionals) 3D body parts. But what exactly is 3D printing?

Considered part of additive manufacturing, 3D printing is a process where something is created by adding layers. This allows people to make complex parts for cars, machines, and even airplanes more affordably. Prototypes are 3D printed in a fraction of the time and cost compared to standard methods such as molding, sculpting, and forging, which can dramatically reduce time-to-market.

Recent advances have resulted in smaller 3D printers which can be used in businesses and homes. To learn more about 3D printing and its implications, keep on reading.

How does your company’s IT strategy help you to succeed? Would it help to cut down on routine tasks? Could you benefit from a more formal strategy to help you to break away from the pack? Here are some of the best ways to leverage technology by working with a professional IT consultant who can ensure you have the technology you need, that it is set up correctly, that it advances your business, and that the system is robust and secure.

Having a strong technical core and a powerful internet presence can help you reach more clients while freeing up valuable resources, but it can also leave you vulnerable to attacks. Small businesses often struggle to balance the need for technology and the importance of security, and soon learn the value of turning to knowledgeable IT consultants with expertise in precision design and well-rounded tech experience. 

An IT consultant can help your business stay current or even outpace your competitors, but IT is in and of itself a very broad term. Here are a few descriptions to help you figure out which information technology skills are needed for the specific tasks that keep your business operating smoothly. 

Thursday, 20 June 2019 13:03

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Website

When people think of spring cleaning, they think of dusting and airing out their homes - as well as tackling any large cleaning projects they haven't done in a while. But when was the last time you gave your website a thorough cleaning? Or, have you never realized that such a thing needed to be done?

If the latter applies to you, there is no need to fret. Many professionals or business owners don't realize that websites can get old and stale, much like their homes do in winter. While once a year should suffice for your website's deep clean, it's a good idea to tackle this project any time there seems to be a drop in leads, engagement, or lead-to-customer ratio. Yes, an old website can cause a significant decrease across the board.

So, how do you spring clean your company's website?

It was not long ago that artificial intelligence (AI) was purely the stuff of science fiction. The entertainment industry has profited greatly from our natural tendency to trust new AI tech, with popular movies like War Games and the Terminator series painting a bleak, dystopian vision of the future. A future where omnipresent robots run wild and human beings are both expendable and subject to the will of sinister machines.

However, many artificial intelligence advancements have already been integrated seamlessly into our modern day-to-day existence. From nanobots assisting with medical procedures to complex traffic management, AI developers are devoted to using increasingly ubiquitous technology to improve quality of life.

Big Data sounds like a scary concept. The term tends to be met with mixed emotions, with many business owners interested in finding out how Big Data can help them grow. Yet, they may still experience skepticism, doubt, and a bit of justified intimidation.

Hopefully, what you find in this post will help shed some light on the issue. Big Data simply stands for large amounts of data collected from a variety of sources. Without going into technical details, here are some ways Big Data can be used to your advantage.

As technology improves and those advancements become more readily available, the number of people using voice search functions increases. Simply put, neglecting to optimize your site for voice search will inevitably cost you visitors. The optimization process is simple and provides a great return on your investment of time and effort. These five tips will help you improve your Voice Search Optimization (VSO) so that your site can be more easily found and navigated by anyone utilizing the voice search functionality of their devices.

The term "Internet of Things" (IoT) is not new. In fact, it has quietly become a part of our everyday lives at home and work. The Internet of Things is a network of connected devices that connect via the internet and exchange data.

Cars, phones, watches, washing machines, thermostats, household electricity meters, and just about any gadgets you can think of can be a part of the IoT. In 1990, there were only 300,000 devices in the world connected, including pioneering technologies like automated teller machines, which is a far cry from the estimated 17.6 billion connected devices in 2018.

Almost every day, there are new companies announcing IoT-enabled technologies. Here you will find an overview of some of the most popular applications of the Internet of Things destined to make your life easier.

If you use Google, chances are the technology giant is collecting personal data from you. However, many people don't realize that Google is far more than just a search engine. For example, Google offers digital services (like email) and technology products (like tablets and smartphones) that all collect data from users. In short, depending on how many Google products you use, the company could be collecting several types of personal data from you.

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