When's the Right Time to Embrace Innovation

We get asked about new technology products and innovations all the time. We also get asked whether and when clients should "make" the move. Sometimes the answers are easy. With others, how and when are not obvious. This article discusses an innovation that may be a while before it's in general use.

When is the right time to embrace innovations in technology? Today, tomorrow, or 2057? There really isn’t a specific time or universal formula that will reveal the answer to you, but with so much innovation happening on a regular basis, it’d be ideal to know exactly when and how to incorporate new technology at your business for maximum effect.

Don’t fret—we’re not here to crush the dreams of early adopters everywhere. Instead, take a look at what you can control to better time your adventures with “the next big thing.”

Do virtual currencies hold the answer?

Imagine a technology so disruptive it has the potential to change how you live—or at least how you spend. This exercise shouldn’t take much creative energy: We’re talking about cryptocurrency, of course. If you don’t have the slightest interest in cryptocurrency, don’t check out just yet—it can offer a surprisingly apt lesson in how to welcome innovations in technology, no matter the industry or vertical.

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Online Tax Filing Tips

It's that time of year again - tax filing season. More people are filing their taxes online than ever before.Unfortunately the "bad guys" know that and can create enormous havoc should they get hold of your information.Here are some basic precautions to take to keep you tax information secure.

Online fraud is a fast growing crime. The ability for cybercriminals to be anonymous and conduct their crimes from anywhere in the world makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for law enforcement to curb it.

As online fraud continues to grow, a number of American citizens might face this scenario: It’s tax season, and you are getting your paperwork together in order to file your taxes. During the process of filing your taxes you may realize that it appears as if you have already filed your returns for the year. It’s possible that someone has used your Social Security number (SSN) to file taxes. As for the refund you were hoping to get, it could be in the hands of thieves and fraudsters.

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What Girl Scouts Can Teach You about Blockchain

Having trouble getting your head around how blockchain IT works and why it’s important for business?

In order to help simplify things for you (and in the spirit of it being Girl Scout cookie season), let’s look back at a model that any former Girl or Boy Scout knows well: the fire triangle.

The fire triangle is a simple way of understanding the conditions to create fire. Specifically, you need heat, oxygen, and fuel combined in order for a fire to be able to start. Similarly, you can use this model to understand how blockchain helps create the conditions necessary for digital transformation to happen.

But first, the basics.

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Technology for the Younger Generation

Technology has transformed our world. All our young children now are "digital natives" not knowing a time before computers, smartphones and pads. How is education changing to meet the world we live in today?

Whether we like it or not, our kids are very dependent on technology. They were born with electronic devices around them and will rack up a lot of use-time prior to ever entering a classroom. Because of this, learning through technology has become vitally important to the next generation of learners and leaders.

Technology provides teachers with a multitude of resources that are not traditionally available to them. For example, instead of carrying multiple books to the classroom, a teacher can simply open an app. Another interesting method of utilizing technology in the classroom is by giving lectures through presentations. Presentations allow the use of audio/visual methods which can be very useful in explaining certain subjects such as science and geography. It also makes it much easier for teachers to get their points across to their students.

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The Mainframe Computer Isn't Going Anywhere - Except Maybe to Mars

 by Steve Moore, Senior Story Strategist, IBM

We'll admit it - some of us at The Computing Center are science and space geeks. So this article about how Mars exploration will essentially require taking mainframe level computer systems along with human spacefarers caught our eye. Also, look at the author's title - definitely cool!  If you're like us - read on! 

 

At the International Astronautical Congress in September, Elon Musk announced a vision to build a base on the moon in addition to his famous plans to build a permanent human colony on Mars. The announcement came with images of rockets, landing pads, refueling tanks and structures for human habitation. It’s an inspiring vision — but it can be easy to forget the individual steps it’ll take to realize the dream.

As Musk makes clear, long before SpaceX sends humans to the moon or Mars, they’ll have to send unmanned missions to establish the early infrastructure. In addition to propellant plants and solar panels, the early missions will almost certainly require systems for receiving, storing, analyzing and transmitting huge volumes of data. And with no humans on site to intervene, those systems will have to be incredibly robust, highly automatic, adaptive, self-monitoring and self-healing.

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