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Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn and bolster social media presence

On Monday, June 14, 2016, Microsoft announced its plans to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in cash. The deal is scheduled to close by the end of this calendar year and both companies expect the merger to enhance their growth and competitive position within the business sphere. LinkedIn’s CEO, Jeff Weiner, will retain his role, and report to Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella. Microsoft says LinkedIn’s unique brand and culture will…
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Wearable technology and business: How wearables will change the way we work

Smart phones and tablets have nearly all of the capabilities of the wearable device, causing wearable technology to encounter some resistance from mass-market consumers. However, wearable devices have proven to be especially helpful for enterprise use. Wearables can be devices or equipment one wears on a lanyard, attached to one's belt, as a wristband, as glasses, and so on. Wearables can do everything from measuring heart rate, to displaying a…
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Wears the risk: The future of wearable technology and data security

  Wearable technology trends are spreading rapidly as the devices have begun to serve functions that extend beyond basic fitness and sleep monitoring. Consumers spent more than $2 billion dollars on wearable technology in 2015, and this number is only expected to rise in the coming years. According to eMarketer, 81.7% of U.S. adults will be using wearable devices by 2018. It’s predicted this technology will make its way into…
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Aldridge Examines Top Five Technology Trends for Growing Businesses Already Shaping 2015

Aldridge expects businesses to derive greater strategic value from the cloud, frequent security breaches will signal a new normal and prompt businesses to redouble their security protocols, cloud-based services and apps driven by employee behaviors will force companies to adapt, and the advantages of IT outsourcing will grow in value due to economic realities. By Mark Glowacz of Aldridge In the 1980s, when “Back to the Future Part II” looked…
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Understanding BYOD technology

  Bring your own device (BYOD) platforms are becoming ever more popular as individuals incorporate a variety of personal devices into their work environments. The integration of these devices into the business world provides a number of advantages such as increased mobility, efficiency, and accessibility to employees. However, these benefits are accompanied by elevated security risks and blurred lines regarding data ownership and legal responsibilities. Members of your organization are likely…
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Cloud services are gaining popularity among CPA firms and law firms

Cloud services are gaining traction among law firms and CPA firms as security becomes less of a concern. Cloud hosted applications can provide your firm with unique methods of collaboration at low-cost, affordable rates for nearly any size organization. The adoption of cloud services has become increasingly popular in the last decade as organizations demand more efficient means of storing, sharing, and accessing information. Data stored via the cloud is essentially…
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5 Ways To Use Wearable Tech In Business

Entertainment features such as apps, music, email and messages are conveniently just a glance away on a consumer’s wrist now, so it was only a matter of time before companies discovered ways to creatively make the technological jump from the fun to the profitable. Businesses are using wearable tech to create more efficient work environments, happier customers and a better bottom line. Here are five ways you can get in…
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How The Internet of Things Is Changing the Way We Do Business

A car that keeps you connected, refrigerators that speak to you, smart electric meters. These sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but they’re the new reality in a booming Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is an ecosystem of information--connected devices that bring the virtual world into our realities--and it’s changing the lives of consumers and companies more and more each day. Here are five ways the IoT could…
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How to Grow Your Business in the Age of Cloud Technology

At Aldridge, we have been in business since 1984. We’ve seen the growth of technology, and we’ve watched as many Cloud tools have become available for small businesses, not just the huge corporations. With the growing use of these tools, there also comes the growing requirement to make some changes. The growth of the cloud technology, like email, has obviously been a highly effective Cloud tool that is now the…
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Understanding the ‘Cloud’ – A Guide to Cloud Computing

This nebulous term can mean a lot of different things. In a broad view, the Cloud is everything that you access virtually. For example - you are reading this article in the Cloud right now. You’ve virtually accessed our website through a cloud system called the World Wide Web. Your email account is in the ‘Cloud’. Your social media platforms are in the ‘Cloud’. If you just got a Skype…
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