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Separating Fact from Fiction About Cloud Technology: Part 2

It might seem like every company on the planet is migrating to “the cloud” – but does that mean every business should be connected to the cloud? Is cloud computing right for every company – or have its benefits been overstated? In Part 1 of “Separating Fact from Fiction About Cloud Technology,”  we examined some of the logistical features of cloud computing that make work easier for people, such as being able to connect remote teams and giving startups and small companies more affordable access to big-company business services. Part two of this series is going to look at the technical features of cloud computing, as we take the time. Read More.

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Separating Fact from Fiction About Cloud Technology: Part 1

Is every company on the planet really migrating to “the cloud” – that magical place where data and applications live, so we mortals can have instant access to everything from trivia facts to client databases on our phones and laptops? Cloud computing has gone from being a trendy novelty to a necessity – even a way of life. We connect to the cloud every time we check social media, use GPS, or work on projects in Google Drive or Office 365. Cloud computing is popular, because it has some clear advantages for businesses and even makes day-to-day life a little. Read More.

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Georgia Concrete Companies Receive New Tax Breaks

Two months ago, the Georgia legislature approved several bills offering tax breaks and incentives to concrete businesses around the state. In particular, House Bill 247 adds concrete mixing businesses to Georgia’s sales tax exemption for manufacturers. While this is good news for the state’s concrete companies, claiming these sales tax exemptions might be complicated. Eligible businesses could miss out on many of the available tax breaks by failing to submit the proper paperwork. If paperwork is submitted, the forms could be inaccurate, causing lost opportunities for additional tax savings and increased audit exposure. If you have a concrete business in. Read More.

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Data Will Lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Part 2

No one denies that data’s role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and in our daily lives in general) is growing. In Part 1 of “Data Will Lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” we examined how data is actually one of the major components shaping this industrial revolution. Data is both measuring human behavior and influencing it at the same time. That data-technology-human connection: Disrupts which jobs have priority in modern manufacturing (think: data analysts and coders becoming possibly more influential and indispensable in the daily process than manual laborers) Helps business leaders make better, more informed business decisions Reveals misconceptions or misinformation that. Read More.

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COTS Software vs. Custom Software: Every Startup’s Dilemma

There are two sides to the commercial off-the-shelf (“COTS”) software versus custom software dilemma that startups and growing businesses face. On one hand, using COTS software can help your business become operational faster and usually more economically. You license some software. You install it. You go. Or perhaps you access it via “the Cloud” if you subscribe to a software program that enables user access via a software as a service (“SaaS”) model. If commercially available software meets your business process support requirements and suits your needs, then COTS software is a great option. If it’s something popular, like Microsoft. Read More.

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Data Will Lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Part 1

Technology is a critical component in the next industrial revolution – the one that’s happening right now as you read this article. But, technology doesn’t rule the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It’s not going to take over manufacturing and replace all the workers with robots. What will define and shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution is data. Technology defined the Second and Third Industrial Revolutions in that it made our jobs easier, so we could be more productive. This time around, the technology is different. Not only is it evolving at a much faster pace that’s unparalleled in the history of human. Read More.

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