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In 2009,Yoram Solomon took a group of executives through a strategic planning process. Following the framework of The Alchemy of Growth, the goal was to identify what products or services does the company have in Horizon 1 (the "Cash Cow") and Horizon 2 (growth stage, although not profitable yet), and then plan the investment in Horizon 3 products, or "The Next Big Thing." To explain the framework, I used existing companies as examples. As we discussed Apple, one of the participants asked what I...

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You'd be surprised how many businesses haven't embraced it yet. Jenny Holt tells us how to transition to cloud computing technology. 

A picture of someone's head in the clouds

Cloud storage can improve business operations ranging from sales and marketing through to C-suite decision making. Yes, this also includes HR and L&D.

Implementation of cloud computing will also reduce costs. At the very least it improves information sharing and communication across verticals, between offices and departments, and between in-the-field staff/represent...

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For those ditching macOS for Windows 10

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Huawei has launched the Huawei Watch 2 as it takes another stab at the smartwatch market with a focus on fitness, looking to steal users from the likes of Fitbit and Apple.

The device comes in two variants - the regular Huawei Watch 2 and a "classic" version - and was launched at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Sunday.

Key features include:

         Ceramic bezel
  • A space for a SIM card meaning the device does not have to be tethered to a phone to use cellular functions like phone calls
  • Ru...
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With cloud usage maturing, the focus is turning to how companies can implement the ideal cloud provider strategy.

 

As we approach the end of 2016, organisations are forced to consider what the future holds for cloud computing. What balance of traditional infrastructure, private clouds, and public cloud services will IT departments hedge their bets on in the next three years? Even five years? 

With cloud usage maturing and companies relying more and more on cloud computing to drive innovation and k...

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Microsoft Cortana has been playing catch-up with Siri and the Google Assistant, but that’s about to change.

The company Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded in 1975 has made no secret of the fact that it intends to become an AI powerhouse. Many of the recent changes in Microsoft Office have been related to productivity automation. You can click a button to create a slideshow in PowerPoint, use the Editor feature in Word to improve your writing, and find out whether you spend too much time processing...

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You probably have a bunch of apps on your phone right now that can make much better quality phone calls than the regular phone app.

I'm not saying you've been missing out, as regular phone calls are fine, but I'm here to tell you there's something better that you've probably had for while without even realising it —  and they're free to use.

Of course, these apps use up a bit of your data, but you'd need to log some serious minutes when you're off WiFi to make any impact on your data usage. They'r...

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Attackers could theoretically leverage Skype to steal a user's passwords by collecting and analyzing the sound of their keystrokes.

The method of attack developed by researchers at the Sapienza University of Rome, University of Padua, and UC Irvine isn't like most sound-based keylogging efforts, which generally require that the attacker makes use of other connected devices, maintains close proximity to the target computer, or first infects it with malware.

Instead this attack relies on an actor re...

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MICROSOFT just added a useful new feature for Windows 10 beta testers that lets laptop owners customise trackpad gestures

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Microsoft has included the ability to customise gestures on the trackpad

Microsoft has included a new feature in the latest beta for Windows 10.

The latest version of the Windows operating system adds the ability to customise gestures on the trackpad.

Windows 10 already used touchpad gestures to great effect.

For example, a quick three-finger swip...

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Most businesses are familiar with the term ’The Cloud’, or are at least vaguely aware of it. Simply put, the Cloud is a gigantic network of Servers, each of which function differently and work in co-existence to provide a service or enable a programme to run.

A simple guide to the Cloud as a concept can be found at Mashable, which uses the example of Adobe’s Creative Suite as a service that uses the Cloud. Where once an individual, SME or Company purchased floppy disks/CDs to load Photoshop into ...

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