Xennials and Gen Z, our bridge to the future

The world wasn’t a safe place between 1978 – 1983.  We still let kids play outside till dark.  We didn’t have GPS.  There were no cell phones or websites.  Kid’s born between those years grew up on Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, MTV and HBO.  Our parents didn’t unite through Facebook groups, nor did they teach us about being “triggered” or “woke”.  We had nearly no rules, and endless freedom to do whatever we wanted.  Today, we talk to each other about how fucked up and funny things were when we were kids, but to our therapists, we just talk about how fucked up things were.  We lived in a world built by The Silent Generation, stolen by the Boomers, sold by Gen X and survived to tell the tale.  And now, like Obiwan Kenobi, we’re your only hope!

Computers. The Internet. Cell Phones. Social Media.

These 4 things caused the biggest shift in humanity…EVER. They’re the reason our kids have unhealthy interpersonal relationships and dopamine addictions.  They’re what empowers another generation to spread false information (or hate). They’re the catalyst behind almost every change to the world in the last 20 years.

Our link to a world prior to computers, the Internet, mobile phones and social media is dwindling.  Gen Z can only be bridged to the analog world by one micro generation.  A small group of people who grew up in a world without computers, lived through the digital transformation of the 90’s and were thrust into the workforce alongside ‘boomers and Gen X’ers.  Rejoice…Xennials are here to save the day. (We Hope…)

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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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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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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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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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15 Tips For Tracking And Correcting Your Company’s Tech Issues And Bugs

I’m a huge proponent of using Kanban boards to track active development efforts. They are clean, effective and allow for easy tracking of bugs and responsibilities. Beyond development, project tracking and ticketing systems like Jira or OTRS are must-haves. Ticketing issues and having a process is key to ensuring problems and bugs are addressed. Anything with reporting helps long term.

~ Tom Roberto

 

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