In 2012, a venture-backed, education-focused technology company called Coursera went live, founded by two Stanford computer science professors. Since launch, its online courses and degrees – offered in partnership with universities – have lured 26 million learners globally. In 2016 it launched a paid-for version of its online learning platform for corporate customers. That same The post E-learning is a clever business tool, but know the limitations appeared first on Small Business.
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Such imaginings often overlook robotics’ impressive potential for more practical, yet profound, applications – namely, those in the workplace. Beyond efficiency: The real benefit of robotic workers Robots, by their very nature, are built to be efficient and consistent, and many companies use robots to optimise their output. Understandably, this raises questions and concerns about The post Could robots reduce the risk of workplace injuries? appeared first on Small Business.
Selling as a trade has developed exponentially, from paper to spreadsheets to system of record to customer relationship management (CRM) software. The rise of CRM software in the early 90s was the first significant technology breakthrough in sales. The various attempts made towards the direction of delivery models – from on-premise and software-as-a-Service (SaaS) on The post Artificial intelligence: the next step for CRM appeared first on Small Business.
Choosing a point of sale (POS) system is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a small business owner. It can make a real difference to how much time you spend on processing sales, replenishing stock and even training your staff. But different systems suit different businesses. Some might be looking at sector-specific The post The essential guide to point of sale (POS) systems appeared first on Small Business.
Chatbots are everywhere. A recent Oracle survey reported that around 80 per cent of businesses will be using them by 2020. By this time, Gartner predicts that 85 per cent of customer interactions will be handled by a machine and Bill Meisel of TMA Associates has projected that chatbots will generate over $600 billion in The post Why your business needs chatbots to improve customer experience appeared first on Small Business.
IoT evolved in 2010 when dedicated servers and applications featuring IoT emerged to link daily-life devices with the internet for smart controlling. Wait! What is IoT? IoT is, basically, the exchange of data between devices that employ microchips to transfer data between several servers. It may be your smartwatch, counting the number of steps you The post Internet of Things (IoT) testing appeared first on Small Business.
Start-ups are appearing everywhere. Since the global recession, millions of people in the UK have decided that they would prefer to work for themselves rather than work for someone else. Despite improvements in the global and national economy, this trend shows no signs of slowing down. In 2015, 608,100 new businesses were incorporated, up 4.6 per The post Tech for start-ups: three IT essentials to help your new business appeared first on Small Business.
Despite their prevalence, SMBs have traditionally been under-served when it comes to cyber security options, especially in comparison to what’s available to larger organisations. Historically, cyber criminal activity has focused on consumers and large enterprises as the most lucrative targets. And while these audiences continue to be a focus, the number of security solutions available The post Improve your cyber security using the ‘Check and Change’ method appeared first on Small Business.
Yesterday was National MSP Day 2018, a chance to celebrate the difference that managed IT services are making to UK businesses. To help mark the occasion, the Barracuda MSP team launched The Evolving Landscape of the MSP Business Report, which reveals the vast majority of UK SMEs are now subscribing to some form of IT The post What difference is managed IT services making for UK businesses? appeared first on Small Business.
Headlines surrounding the imminent arrival of GDPR give dire warnings of the potential fines for not adhering to the new regulations. Additionally, there is a fair amount of conflicting information on what needs to be done to be ready for the implementation of GDPR and to comply with the new laws. It is important to The post Data protection officers, security issues and the positive impacts of GDPR appeared first on Small Business.