Tech Pros: Boost Your Skills With These 14 Resources

YouTube is one of my greatest resources. It is truly the wealth of human knowledge, in full-motion videos that are searchable and easily consumed. Nothing compares to real people sharing wisdom and opinions for all to see and comment on. It’s what we should rely on as the default means of record-keeping. Nothing else compares.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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14 Expert Tips For Choosing A Secure Messaging App

Look for open-source and end-to-end encryption. The most popular options are Signal and Wickr. I prefer Wickr because of the company’s mission statement and longevity in the space. Knowing that the source can be independently reviewed is massively important. It’s also important that the end-to-end encryption is designed in a way that makes use of keys, hashing and more advanced cryptography.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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16 Industry Pros Choose The Coolest Cutting-Edge Tech

The Lenovo Duet is one of the biggest leaps in tablet/ChromeOS and desktop computing in a very long time. It gives us a glimpse into what is to come from Microsoft and Apple. It perfectly merges the portability of a mobile device, a simplified/connected operating system and the power of desktop publishing. Over time, I believe this is where computing is going, and Windows 10X is the next leap in that adventure.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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11 Ways To Address Security From The Start Of Your Tech Project

When looking at a product, you should always be designing for set functionality, like an appliance. When the environment is static, it’s far easier to have strong security. Open-ended functionality, open architecture or long lists of variables end up crippling security protocols and create a breeding ground for hacks and potential security breaches. It’s not bad to be locked down and static.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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15 Tech Leaders Share Their Favorite Apps And How They Impact Their Daily Lives

There’s no better pleasure than flipping through an endless magazine of personalized news, articles and information. I find myself gaining new interests and more information by using Flipboard during downtime than I ever could with social media apps. For my money, Flipboard is king when it comes to news aggregation, user experience and a pleasurable interface.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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13 Challenges Tech Execs Are Facing (And How They’re Overcoming Them)

The use of automation through technology, data science and AI makes employees and entire business units more effective. Knowing where and when to apply these tools is important. It’s also important not to dilute your brand or value-add by overusing automation. Far too many companies overly automate, reducing their potency by not staying true to their customers or mission.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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15 Onboarding Strategies To Get Your New Tech Team Member Up And Running

Creating a company culture that supports helping each other and identifying ways of improving allows new people to rapidly learn from their mistakes. It also allows new personnel to have face time with different departments and different individuals as well as involvement in the processes and workflows of different co-workers. Culture is everything. It allows questions to lead directly to solutions.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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Should Everyone Learn To Code? 15 Tech Pros Weigh In On Why Or Why Not.

Learning to code is like learning a language. It’s necessary in some situations, and handy from time to time. Learning logic is more like learning to communicate. It’s not the same as coding. Far too many technologists fail to understand how computers and code work, which is far more fundamental than the language itself. Understanding logic is not coding, but not addressed by far too many folks.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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13 Bad Practices That Create IT Bottlenecks

Far too often, the workflow is overlooked in an organization. Following the flow of information from the beginning to the end leads to understanding where complexities are hiding and where bottlenecks in process and access live. IT folks either create bottlenecks in this workflow because of ignorance or reduce bottlenecks because they focus on workflow and how to simplify it for each business unit.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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13 Ways Edge Computing Can Benefit Businesses

IoT, digital signage and the IP fabric that is assembling for retail and enterprise are built for edge computing. The business of tomorrow will rely on data mining and the collection of data points into the trillions. Edge computing allows businesses to aggregate this data and make use of cloud service in tandem with on-premise equipment and sensors to collect real-world data without opt-in.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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