business intelligence

Humans and patience needed to make AI work for small business

Frustration and “inflated expectations” confront many business managers who try to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) into their operations, according to MIT Technology Review. “Despite what you might hear about AI sweeping the world, people in a wide range of industries say the technology is tricky to deploy. It can be costly. And the initial payoff is often modest,” reports the Review. So what does it take for AI to be successful?

What is AR and how can it help my business?

Augmented reality (AR), the lesser known cousin to virtual reality (VR) that became famous – or infamous – for creating Pokemon Go zombies, is rapidly expanding into business applications, however, there is a big difference between the two, especially when considering their business applications.

What keeps small business owners awake at night?

In a recent survey of more than 1,100 U.S. small businesses, Wasp Barcode Technologies produced a State of Small Business Report that reports on some of the distinct challenges that small businesses face in 2016. Inc. summarized the report which shows some of the top challenges for small businesses include hiring new employees (50 percent), increasing profit (45 percent), employee healthcare (43 percent), growing revenue (43 percent), and cash flow (36 percent).  

The Internet of Things and business technology

There's been quite a bit of buzz lately about a company called Twilio, a San Francisco-based start-up launched in 2007 by Amazon.com veteran Jeff Lawson and software developer Evan Cooke. Twilio’s technology is credited for shifting the world of telecommunications away from hardware and carriers and toward a software-based model. Tech experts point to Twilio as a harbinger for the future of business technology.