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Virtually Real

Virtual Reality has already permeated the gaming world, but for business applications we are just now on the edge of possibility. Automotive, healthcare, tourism, architecture, military, retail, education, film and entertainment are all areas where VR is setting up to be a game changer.

Now is a good time to sit down and think long and hard about your business and where virtual reality may fit into it, either now or in the future. It’s not just for giant companies anymore! At the CES 2018 in Las Vegas VR was presented as the most dynamic and game changing business application since the personal computer.

Virtual Reality will advance the power of computing, making video and graphics more accessible, at lower price points and faster speeds than previously available. You won’t need to be a big business in order to reap the benefits of the developments. Time to hang on tight, it’s going to be a wild ride even here in the “real” world.

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To Partner or Not to Partner, That is the Question

When Amazon announced its purchase of Whole Foods Market many people were scratching their heads—how would this seemingly bizarre new partnership affect their grocery budget? Now that the purchase has taken its training wheels off and you can order your organic groceries from your laptop while sitting at home in your PJs, we’re wondering what other surprising partnerships could shake things up and make us wonder how we never thought of it before! Other recent team-ups include Taco Bell and Lyft joining forces to bring you straight to your late-night cravings, as well as the seemingly contradictory recent link up between USPS, UPS, & FedEx.  

You may find yourself wondering how partnerships between competitors work. In the case of the FedEx x USPS x UPS dream team these three competing companies have united to bring service to remote and underserved areas. If you live in an area FedEx or UPS do not service, your ordered items will be delivered first to your local post office, then your regular mail carrier will bring them to your door. It’s this type of teamwork that expands services and builds sales relationships—with new delivery options come increased sales—making the benefit outweigh the risks of working with a direct competitor.

Are there surprising partnerships lurking out there for your company? After seeing the success of these strange bedfellows, it may be time to consider companies that may have flown under your radar before.

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Don’t Let Power Problems Eclipse Your Business

With the great American eclipse just passed (hope you remembered your viewing glasses!) now is a great time to review your IT and power! California power providers had been working on a plan for two years to support the electrical grid when the eclipse took effect, in order to adjust for the substantial loss of solar power generation.  However, they still issued a warning that there could be potential power outages!

As a small business, you can’t afford to be caught without power; servers, network equipment, and other vital tech could all suddenly shutdown! Immeditaely causing you to lose money and productivity. Although the eclipse lasted for only for an hour or two, the damage to computer hardware and software comes from tech being suddenly turned off and the resulting spike in power when the grid comes back online.  

All your computer equipment should be protected by surge protection strips, but make sure you don’t go for the cheapest one you can find, as these offer little to no protection!  It’s best to get a surge protector that comes with a warranty to repair or replace equipment if damaged. Since turning off a server suddenly can corrupt operating systems and applications, your servers should have battery backup systems that automatically signal it to shutdown cleanly. 

Finally, now is a great time to double-check your backups! If the worst happens and your system is fried, knowing your backups are solid gives you the piece of mindto know you can get back to business quickly and with minimal loss. 

Remember, even though the Great American Eclipse has moved on, power problems are an ever present risk to your systems and your business. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care!

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