PopMuse: Using Technology http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Find Accelerators and Startup Hubs That Support Young Businesses https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/06/find-accelerators-and-startup-hubs-support-young-businesses%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/06/find-accelerators-and-startup-hubs-support-young-businesses%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E at BizTech Magazine For young businesses, accelerators, incubators and startup hubs are often a vital bridge to success, providing entrepreneurs with everything from affordable shared office space to the mentorship of experienced executives and access to capital. Yet most of these organizations work behind the scenes, gaining little notice from the public whose local economies they’re helping to support. Business accelerators, often run by universities, investors or private-public partnerships, can be found all around the country. Here’s a guide to some of the most well-regarded: MORE FROM BIZTECH:�Tech-loaded accelerators support startup success. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Summer 2020 https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/magazine/issue/2020/5/summer-2020%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/magazine/issue/2020/5/summer-2020%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E at BizTech Magazine http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Q&A: Businesses Need to Find Qualified Candidates for Tech Jobs in New Places https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/06/qa-businesses-need-find-qualified-candidates-tech-jobs-new-places%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/06/qa-businesses-need-find-qualified-candidates-tech-jobs-new-places%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E at BizTech Magazine The tech talent shortage is very real — and may be worse than most people think. In one survey of more than 3,000 tech leaders, 65 percent said hiring challenges are hurting the industry. In a conversation with BizTech, Susanne Tedrick, a cloud platform technical specialist with a major �technology company and author of the new book Women of Color in Tech, argues that l�eaders need to get more creative in their recruiting strategies and do more to s�upport the success of a diverse workforce. BIZTECH: Are businesses doing enough to recruit diverse workforces into technical jobs? TEDRICK:�They are definitely doing more than in the past. Businesses understand the s�trategic and financial imperative, and they are doing more with diversity and inclusion programs.The problem is they don’t go far enough. At times, the effort comes off as a marketing ploy versus something that’s meaningful. I applaud the fact that they’re putting more into these programs, but more needs to be done. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The Simplicity of HCI Helps Businesses Manage Rapid Growth https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/05/simplicity-hci-helps-businesses-manage-rapid-growth%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/05/simplicity-hci-helps-businesses-manage-rapid-growth%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E at BizTech Magazine When Scott Barnhill started his job at NetDocuments in January 2016, the company was experiencing exponential growth. The cloud-based document management and productivity platform wanted to be best positioned for the future. “I knew that the infrastructure I had wasn’t going to sustain that kind of growth,” recalls Barnhill, who is senior vice president of cloud operations for the company. Like many growing organizations, the Lehi, Utah-based NetDocuments turned to a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), which replaces compute, storage and networking hardware with an integrated software-defined solution combining all three. A big draw is its scalability: Administrators can seamlessly ramp up HCI to accommodate organizational growth. “We’re getting far more value for the money,” Barnhill says of NetDocuments’ Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure. “The load on our platform has doubled every 18 months. I can’t imagine dealing with that the way we were doing it before. We would have run out of data center space. Instead, we actually grew our company but shrank our data center footprint.” LEARN�MORE: Find out how small businesses use HCI to get more from each IT staffer. HCI Supports Growth for All Organizations HCI is a good choice not only for gr�owing companies but for growing infrastructures. Rather than making a major capital expenditure amid other growth-related costs, organizations can start with a small HCI investment: a cluster of a few nodes that includes the compute power, storage and software to manage it all, says Sebastian Lagana, research manager for the infrastructure systems, platforms and technologies group at IDC.� If they need more power down the road, they can buy more nodes. “It’s a lot more bite-sized, and it has everything you need in one box,” Lagana explains. Smaller organizations don’t even need to invest in a full-scale HCI appliance to get started. “You could buy a certified general purpose x86 server, put a VMware vSAN license on it, and now you’re operating HCI,” he says. “If you have the appliance, it’s a little more elegant way to do it, and you’ll get more feature functionality out of it. But if cost is a big driver, using a certified server will work and follows a similar purchasing�cycle as just going out and buying a general purpose x86�server.” http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Will Contactless Payment Become the New Normal for Retailers? https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/05/will-contactless-payment-become-new-normal-retailers-perfcon%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/05/will-contactless-payment-become-new-normal-retailers-perfcon%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E at BizTech Magazine With conditions improving and stay-at-home orders easing, retailers are beginning to open their doors again. But it’s not business as usual. Owners and operators must now balance shoppers’ concerns about safety against sustainable sales potential. How do they ensure customers feel confident in stores while delivering consistent transaction volumes? Retailers face an uphill battle: As noted by The Washington Post, while more than half of Americans are still making trips to the grocery store “and feel comfortable doing so,” 67 percent say they would be uncomfortable shopping at a retail clothing store, and 78 percent won’t be heading to sit-down restaurants anytime soon. While industry-specific challenges — such as creating safe procedures to try on clothes or handle the deluge of dirty dishes — will require tailored responses from relevant retailers, payment is a universal concern. Many shoppers and employees are uncomfortable handling cash, and while they may prefer debit and credit cards, there’s an even better option: contactless payment. The infrastructure for this technology has rapidly evolved over the past few years, but implementation remains with early adopters. Yet current market conditions may provide just the push this no-touch process needs for the move to mainstream. Here’s what you need to know about how it works, where it doesn’t, what it requires and what’s next for contactless customer transactions. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Cisco Live 2020 https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/ad/cisco-live-2020%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/ad/cisco-live-2020%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E at BizTech Magazine http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Cisco Live https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/events/cisco-live%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/events/cisco-live%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E at BizTech Magazine http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Cisco Live 2020: What to Expect at the Virtual Event https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/05/cisco-live-2020-what-expect-virtual-event%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/05/cisco-live-2020-what-expect-virtual-event%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E at BizTech Magazine They can’t attend in person, but Cisco Systems’ thousands of customers, employees and other stakeholders will still have an opportunity, beginning June 2, to learn how to use the company’s technology to drive business outcomes and solve today’s unique set of problems. With large in-person events shut down for the time being, Cisco has adapted its flagship customer event, Cisco Live!, into a virtual affair, condensing the conference from the usual four-plus days to two and focusing the content squarely on more than 40 webinarlike sessions. BizTech will be covering keynotes and other sessions, interviewing thought leaders and discovering Cisco’s latest tech offerings. Keep this page bookmarked�for articles and videos from the�BizTech�team. � http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Tech-Loaded Accelerators Support Startup Companies’ Success https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/05/tech-loaded-accelerators-support-startup-companies-success%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/article/2020/05/tech-loaded-accelerators-support-startup-companies-success%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E at BizTech Magazine Embarc Collective nurtures the growing tech startup community in Florida’s Tampa Bay area as it works to turn the region into the next hotbed for technology innovation. To do it, the nonprofit has built a state-of-the-art facility that is giving the area’s startup ecosystem a major boost. The startup hub’s new 32,000-square-foot headquarters, opened in January, features private offices, collaborative workspaces and conference rooms where startups can work and learn from mentors, experts and each other. It also has a cafe, a library and a 250-person space for hosting communitywide events. “Tampa is going through tremendous growth and has all the makings of a thriving startup market,” says Embarc Collective CEO Lakshmi Shenoy. “The facility allows our members to build their companies, learn and collaborate. It’s also a central landing zone for the community’s activities around entrepreneurship, innovation and technology.” The renovated, century-old brick warehouse in downtown Tampa features a content creation studio for recording videos and podcasts and videoconferencing equipment for meetings. “We make sure our members have easy, remote access to their investors and customers, wherever they are,” Shenoy says. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Comprehensive Security: IT and Business Leaders Get on the Same Page https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/resources/white-paper/comprehensive-security-it-and-business-leaders-get-same-page%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E https://biztechmagazine.com/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/resources/white-paper/comprehensive-security-it-and-business-leaders-get-same-page%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E at BizTech Magazine Whether your users log in remotely or from the office, security remains critical to ensuring a safe and productive work environment. But often, protecting your data and systems is easier said than done. While there’s no one reason that organizations might struggle to manage risk, a lack of alignment between IT and business leaders will make any security obstacle —�whether it’s tied to resources, regulations or information silos — that much more difficult to overcome. Open communication is key to bridging the understanding gap and paving the way for a proactive, comprehensive security approach that empowers business goals. That means technical and nontechnical stakeholders must come together to explore their organization’s needs, goals and challenges from all sides. This infographic outlines key ideas that can help guide conversations between IT and business leaders. It includes: Data and talking points about the likelihood and impact of a breach Explanations of how top-priority security solutions support wider objectives Additional considerations, such as common security obstacles High-priority action steps for IT and business leaders Print it out, share it with your colleagues and reshape the security discussion at your organization. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/