16 Tips To Help Small Businesses Start Leveraging AI/ML

The best thing you can do is collect and refine your data lake internally. ML and AI are expensive and require knowledgeable programmers who will be needed for the long term. Until ML and AI become more commoditized, data analytics and automation are the first steps, but they require good, uniform data pools to pull from. Refining your data lake now will benefit the ML and AI tools you deploy later.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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13 Effective Ways To Improve And Expand Digital Payment Methods

Detach the reader from the pin pad. It should be possible to pay anywhere in a venue without the need for a full-fledged pin pad. Imagine restaurants with readers at each table or movie theaters with one at each chair. This would allow for immediate payment and decision-making beyond the POS. Cash wraps continue to plague the forward momentum of retailers. Decentralizing payments will be key!

~ Tom Roberto

 

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16 Effective Steps For Securing Corporate And Personal IoT Networks And Platforms

Many IoT platforms try to use their internet connections as a means of sharing connectivity with other devices or within their ecosystem. This tendency is riddled with ethical and logistical problems. IoT, by definition, is about the “thing” it’s performing, not the connection it inherently needs. Zero trust should be applied here, and the connection should be inaccessible.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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15 Pro Tips To Help Your Team Embrace A New Company Tech Tool

The most successful migrations I’ve seen occurred when new projects and work were fed only to the new tool. This method encourages employees to adopt the new tool and explore it while working on something real that impacts their daily lives. Demos, training sessions and fiction are fun, but nothing drives adoption like the need to continue working.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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16 Strategies To Ensure A Phishing Exercise Has A Strong And Lasting Impact

Employee education is paramount. Curricula provides a fun and entertaining approach to employee security awareness and training. If you can get your employees to engage in such a program, you’ll decrease your risk of security issues by a significant factor. Too many of these programs “over-tech” and overcomplicate the process. Curricula is designed for everyone and is a secret in my arsenal.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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Tech Experts Share 13 Essential Facts About Biometric Tech Everyone Should Know

Adaptation is the problem with all biometric technologies. Everyone wants something better than a password, but giving companies access to any kind of fingerprint, retina scan or facial recognition feels creepy and prevents 100% adoption in enterprise environments. If people don’t use the product, it’s not useful in the end. Biometrics needs to fix its image with the general public, not CTOs.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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15 Smart Strategies For Ensuring A Successful Red Team Exercise

The most common and worst threats usually come from internal employees and their lack of knowledge or poor processes. Exercises that focus on social engineering and are internal to the business allow you to see where your threats occur and how you might be able to educate your team to avoid future problems. You’d be shocked at how easy it is to target a company from the inside out.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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12 Essential Considerations For Small Businesses Thinking Of Hiring An ITaaS Vendor

How dependent are you on technology, externally? If your small business lives and dies by its technology infrastructure or systems, ITaaS is a recipe for disaster. In a small business, everything rides on revenue and an ability to pivot quickly. If you’re reliant on a third party, you must consider what would happen if you had extended SLAs or an onsite presence. You have to be agile today!

~ Tom Roberto

 

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Tech Pros: Power Your Career By Focusing On These 13 In-Demand Skills

Unlike automation, which solves repetitive or predictable issues, technology autonomy solves unique and unpredictable issues. We rely heavily on AI and machine learning to manage human error. Unfortunately, most products and specialists focus on data collection. Autonomy applies a much different approach than legacy automation. We want the technology to do the heavy lifting.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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14 Industry Leaders Share The IT Certifications All Tech Pros Should Pursue

Unifi UNS and UEWA certifications are terrific, modern approaches to wireless and network architecture. They blow away the legacy programs, which focus on theory rather than real-world use cases or examples. Ubiquiti understands its users and offers enormous value to its administrators and engineers across the globe. I would highly recommend newcomers start with an accessible, and valuable, resource.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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