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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

The Hybrid Cloud Trend

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

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 and…
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Shadow IT solution

Shadow IT: How to Develop a Shadow IT Solution (Pt. 3)

  The second article of this series, “Shadow IT: Why it’s a problem,” explained why shadow IT is an issue for the modern day business and why it must be addressed via thorough analysis and strategic planning. Shadow IT is any hardware or software used within a business that’s not approved or supported by the company’s IT department. This part of the series will explain what companies can do to integrate…
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Shadow IT problems

Shadow IT: Why It’s a Problem (Pt. 2)

The first part of this series, "Shadow IT: What it is," reviewed what constitutes shadow IT and why it's used in the workplace.  As described in the preceding article, shadow IT is any hardware or software used within a business that’s not approved or supported by the company’s IT department. This portion of the series will cover not only the problems the unauthorized use of technology can create for an…
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Shadow IT trends

Shadow IT: Workplace Trends Explained (Pt. 1)

  In recent years, shadow IT trends have emerged as a common issue as businesses attempt to embrace technology innovations while maintaining network security. Shadow IT is any hardware or software used within a business that’s not approved or supported by the company’s IT department. Most companies are aware of the risks this ubiquitous technology entails, but many are oblivious just how deeply shadow IT is integrated within their business…
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cybersecurity threats

Future Impacts of Cybersecurity Threats on Businesses

In 2014, 71% of organizations reported to have been affected by a cyber security attack. Phishing and malware scams have proven to be two of the top threats impelling businesses to attempt to safeguard their network security. The methods hackers are using to fool victims into doing things such as clicking on a malicious link or downloading fake software are becoming increasingly more difficult to identify as threats. As 2016 commences,…
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disaster recovery and business continuity

The Difference Between Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

Disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) are often confused by businesses as being the same. However, it's important companies understand the difference between disaster recovery and business continuity to ensure they are well prepared if a disaster occurs. Essentially, both preventive strategies cover how employees will communicate, where they will work, and how they will continue working in the event of an emergency. According to the U.S. Small Business…
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