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cost of IT outsourcing

What is the cost of IT outsourcing? How to budget and how to tell if you’re paying too much

Comparing prices is the first thing on a business's agenda when selecting an outsourced service. However, when it comes to the cost of IT outsourcing, there are a number of factors that can alter the terms and quality of a provider's offering, making it more difficult to compare rates across the board. As the old adage goes, you get what you pay for, and this couldn't be more true when…
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Common cloud concerns: Protecting data in the cloud

Protecting data in the cloud is one of primary concerns of companies looking to adopt the technology. Companies are often intrigued by the benefits the solution provides, but are reluctant to store their valuable data in the cloud. Essentially, if the business value of implementing the cloud offsets the security risks that accompany the technology, an organization should consider a transition to cloud computing. According to the FBI, more than…
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cloud security solutions

Cloud watching: Cloud security solutions to protect data

The Internet of things (IoT), development of mobile device capabilities, and shift in employee working habits are changing the way businesses store and share information. A primary contributor to this change is the increasing reliance of companies on cloud technology. A joint study performed by Emergent Research and Intuit predicts the percentage of U.S. small businesses that utilize cloud computing will increase from 37% to 80% over the next six…
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What is SaaS?

Software as a Service defined: What is SaaS and how can it help your business?

What is SaaS? The IT industry is evolving and a primary part of this evolution is the increasing emphasis on software as a service (SaaS) offerings. According to Gartner, the SaaS industry does not point toward signs of decline as its poorest segment is expected to see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.7% through 2019. Software as a service is a software distribution model where a third-party provider…
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HubDoc

HubDoc: Application of the month

HubDoc is a software as a service (SaaS) tool that eliminates the headache of managing recurring bills and monthly statements. Essentially, HubDoc allows businesses to avoid wasting time entering data and focus their efforts on more strategic, proactive tasks. The cloud-hosted application allows businesses to securely store and access their financial documents from one central location. HubDoc automatically extracts key data from bills, statements, invoices, and receipts and is available…
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wearable technology

Football players are wearing more than just uniforms

The 2016 NFL season will begin on Thursday, September 8th and kick-off will be accompanied by more than just screaming fans and cold beer. As wearable technologies progress, the devices are maneuvering their way into the sports world. Today's athletes are exposed to everything from specially-designed helmets to band-aid like wearable devices used to track temperature, heart rate, movement, and more. These innovations will allow coaches to more closely monitor…
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hybrid cloud

Cloud watching: The hybrid cloud trend (Part 1)

The rise of the cloud has spurred a drastic change in the way companies do business. Cloud computing has made significant strides since its launch in the late 1960s, but the technology has yet to reach its full potential. To stay ahead of the curve, organizations will be pressured to position their business to take advantage of new cloud innovations, such as the hybrid cloud, as they become available. The…
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IoT in the classroom

The future of IoT in the classroom: How traditional education is changing

Today's school settings differ significantly from the traditional pen and paper environments of the past. Now, you can walk into a kindergarten classroom and find many students who have their own cell phone or mobile device. A majority of the devices are connected to the Internet and as the Internet of Things (IoT) movement progresses, additional technology and applications will be integrated into lesson plans and activities in the classroom.…
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Children with computers

Teaching digital natives: How technology is changing the classroom

Today’s youth are often referred to as digital natives because of their familiarity with modern technology at such a young age. Look around almost any public place and you will see children handling cell phones, tablets, iPads, etc. While technology may be helpful when trying to keep young children occupied at the grocery store, its usefulness extends beyond entertainment. Digital devices have been integrated into classrooms throughout the nation. As…
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aldridge employees

Why work at Aldridge?

  Each business has its own unique team and culture. At Aldridge, that culture is one of open communication and growth. The dedication of the staff to their personal goals and the goals of the company as a whole has been a driving force behind Aldridge’s success. An atmosphere of freedom and independence permeates throughout Aldridge and employees are continuously encouraged to expand their skills to learn more about themselves…
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