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How Organizations Can Fix the Cloud Skills Gap



Written by Sam Bowman

Cloud computing and technology are rapidly becoming the norm for business. The problem is that there is a serious skills gap between corporate IT personnel and cloud computing experts. Some might even say this gap is becoming a crisis. 

The need for seasoned, versatile professionals is gaining momentum while IT managers lack the training and motivation to expand their skill sets. The pool of available skilled cloud technology experts is very shallow, and this situation doesn't look like it will resolve any time soon. 

Although most companies are aware of the skills gap and the highly competitive marketplace, they don't know what to do about it. Many believe that this problem has held them back and made them less competitive.

The Future Of Website Personalization Moves With Cloud-Based ML Tools

Written by Paul Matthews
 

If there's a recurring trend in web development since 2015, that is definitely related to big data and its projections within the web development world. Website personalization or web personalization is a branch of web development which focuses on creating tools that, by reading big data, cookies and everything in between are automatically learning what a hypothetical user may want from a listing. Let's analyse how these tools are developed nowadays and why their cloud compatibility will be a major factor in the near future. 

What Exactly Is Website Personalization?  

Web personalization was born from combining UX-based strategies to some Python-based tools which were simply reading cookies. UX is a major part of the current web development industry and, therefore, this combination was big from its beginning. In 2019, web personalization is an industry which focuses on creating tools developed to tailor each catalogue, product description and general online portal to a potential customer by reading the big data associated with him/her. 

Cloud Technology and Trucking: How It's Improving Safety


Technology is constantly evolving, changing the day-to-day operations of numerous industries as it does so. Freight trucking is no exception, and fleet owners across the U.S. are implementing a variety of cloud-based technological advances in order to streamline their business and improve safety. 

Cloud computing, also known as software as a service (SaaS), allows trucking companies to overcome barriers such as fleet control and overhead cost. Using the cloud, companies can also improve safety on the road by monitoring speed and collecting various types of data such as maintenance information on their trucks and miles traveled. 

Thus, cloud computing is becoming integral to fleet management in our digital age. Real-time insight into trucking fleets can help trucking owner-operators reduce cost while improving efficiency and safety. But collecting data is only the first step toward a safer roadway. The data must be analyzed and patterns identified, a process known as predictive analytics. 

Cloud-Based Technology in Healthcare and Patient Care



The third leading cause of death in America is errors made during patient care in hospitals. Thankfully, doctors, support staff, and technology professionals are implementing systems to change that statistic. The use of cloud computing and AI is geared to reduce the number of mistakes and drastically improve patient care.

Currently, 83 percent of all healthcare organizations in the U.S. use some cloud-based technology. The majority prefer SaaS-based applications. Collecting patient data electronically makes it instantly accessible for review and analysis allowing for quicker and more accurate diagnosis. Additionally, keeping records in a cloud-based solution provides a single access point for all records. 

Medical cloud computing was designed to make lives easier and eliminate human error. However, this high-growth industry is also improving healthcare quality and changing how physicians, hospitals and support staff deliver their services.

Cloud-Based Technology Continuing To Positively Transform Legal Industry



Article Written by Sally Perkins

Enterprises can increase their revenue by 23% simply by relying on digital-first strategies that focus on achieving strategic business goals. Embracing digital transformation is an issue that has plagued companies in every single industry for over a decade now. One of the biggest aspects of this transformation is the shift to cloud-based enterprise solutions, and it's no different for the legal industry. As cybersecurity myths continue to be debunked and data privacy rules change for the better, law firms and tech-savvy clients alike are seeing the benefits of cloud-based technology and reaping the benefits of it, too.

Addressing Issues Of Data Security

Cybersecurity and data privacy are two of the most pressing concerns that companies in the legal industry have when choosing whether or not to adopt cloud-based technology. In fact, when asked about this problem, 66% of respondents said that security is their biggest concern regarding adopting an enterprise cloud computing platform. However, law firms all around the world currently operate under strict, often very specific data security processes developed to protect sensitive data. Seeing as this is one industry in which professionals are groomed, from the beginning, to protect data at all costs, it is becoming more and more recognized that firms that have transitioned to a cloud-based solution are becoming better equipped at mitigating the associated risks. From growth management to business continuity and even up-to-date compliance regulations, cybersecurity concerns are being toppled by numerous benefits to both lawyers and their clients. 

Are E-Scooters Vulnerable to Hackers?



Article Written by Avery Phillips
 

You've most likely seen small clusters of electric scooters cropping up on your local sidewalks, seemingly overnight. These cheap and effective forms of transportation are especially popular in urban metropolitan areas where the "last mile problem" affects the ways people move through their day-to-day lives. However, these scooters come with their own problems. 

Much like any type of new technology, cybersecurity concerns seem to only be addressed once they're raised as an issue. This means that the storage and transfer of user data may not be as safe as users think it is when they open the app to rent a scooter. It follows that if major corporate entities like Amazon or Sony can be hacked and have their information leaked, then naturally it can't be that much more difficult to hack into the tiny brain of an electric scooter - especially since people have already figured out how to gut their wiring and batteries. 

While scooters can be great tools for getting around, it's important to treat them with the reservations and caution that every new piece of technology usually deserves. There are still many bugs and user problems to be worked out as the scooter industry progresses. Here are a few things to pay attention to when it comes to your security and scooters.

How Mobile App Development will Change in the Next Couple of Years

Written by Paul Matthews

There have been a number of rapid developments in technology in the last 10 years that have allowed us to create previously inconceivable things. Robot "humans", driverless cars and a ride into space on a passenger aircraft - to name a few. One of those developments has been our smartphones, something that has now become an extension of our everyday lives.

Given the rate at which smartphones have drastically adapted in such as short space of time, it's only natural to look ahead and consider just how big a part they will play in our future. See below a list of predictions from mobile app development companies that we're likely to see sooner than you think: 

Utilising Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual and augmented reality has already started to infiltrate our lives, particularly in terms of gaming - take Pokémon Go for example. However, there's more to come from virtual reality and our mobile devices. Increasingly, companies such as Samsung, Apple and Facebook are looking into ways to create a more immersive world for better user experience. One in which we don't even need to look away from our screens. This, combined with the fact that Virtual Reality is developing terribly fast with the support of applications and technologies such as SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) is probably the biggest venture for what concerns the mobile development sphere. 

Higher App Security

Creating Truly Friendly Skies: The Cloud and Modern Aviation

Article Written by Avery Phillips

The cloud is everywhere in aviation. No, that doesn't mean a foggy takeoff from O'Hare - but big data might be the next big thing in getting planes off the runway safer no matter the weather. And it doesn't stop there. More data means more analytics capability, and that means more on-time flights, healthier cabins, easier loading and unloading, and more. 

The truth is, the cloud, big data, and predictive analytics are the backbone of modern aviation, customer service, and comfort. How does all of this work together to provide a better flying experience? How can airline manufacturers used this data to improve planes from the start? Here are a few amazing facts about the cloud and modern aviation.

Geospatial Technology To Make A Splash In 2019: Is there a smart city coming near you?



Written by Taylor Welsh

Before delving into the future of geospatial technology, we should first define it and gain an understanding of why it is so important.

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, geospatial technology is defined as, "a term used to describe the range of modern tools contributing to the geographic mapping and analysis of the Earth and human societies." What began with maps and cartography has evolved into advanced technology that allows satellites to use digital software to take pictures of the earth and combine this imagery with other data, such as socioeconomic and environmental factors that when combined tell the story of a specific area, country, or the planet.

We often interact with geospatial technology in some form or another every day, whether it's using GPS to find our destination, tracking a package through UPS, or checking in to a location on social media. Geospatial technology is already used in lots of businesses and industries, including urban and environmental planning, security and intelligence, risk assessment, utility administration, and logistics industries.

Driving Distracted in the Cloud(s)

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Modern technology has crept into our lives and become essential in so many ways. We are able to reach our children whenever we need to, can take quality photos at the click of a button, navigate to and from various destinations in an unfamiliar place, and text our friends about lunch plans all on one device. What's not to love? 

Although there are certainly oodles of benefits associated with our smart devices, we humans seem to have a difficult time discerning when these benefits are best put to use - especially when it comes to our devices and driving. Sure, smartphone apps including navigation features have revolutionized the ways in which we are able to get around in a new or unfamiliar area, and apps designed to help us find carpooling and/or taxi services have made our short commutes distinctively easier. But at what cost? 

Driving distractions associated with smart devices are skyrocketing, begging the question, why are we paying more attention to our devices than our fellow humans? Can technological advances, namely the development of driverless cars, help us kick back our distracted driving problems?