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What New Business Tech will we see in the New Year?

Can you believe it’s the end of the year already? Along with holiday parties, time off, potential snowfall, and spending time with family, one of the most exciting things about the end of the year for office workers is speculating what new tech will emerge in the New Year. Macro tech has been a trend for the past few years, and that focus on big data and mobility will likely continue through 2016. But CenturyLink has made some very specific predictions for what we will see next year, and now is a good time to take a look.

Hybrid IT
IT infrastructure has been a big point of focus recently as it plays a huge role in helping companies overcome the challenges of the modern world. Hybrid IT means continuing to outsource IT infrastructure and services while also maintaining some in-house infrastructure for ease of access and management. This means that it will be easier for businesses to decide how closely they want to be managing their IT and find a balance that works for them. Be sure to take a look at our providers (like Zultys) that do private cloud!

Continued Advancement of Private Cloud Data Centers
We have put a lot of work recently into creating bigger, better data management systems, and outsourced data centers (a.k.a Private Cloud) are quickly becoming an important brick in the foundation of many organizations’ technologies. Private Cloud or Virtual Data centers offer a flexible, scalable, and secure option that will soon be hard to surpass by any alternative. Expect to see more modular private cloud data center options popping up to increase flexibility and performance while also improving bottom line economics. If you’re looking to outsource your data center to a private cloud provider, Broadview is a great option.

The Internet of Things
A lot of the items in our day-to-day life are becoming ‘smart,’ from our thermostats to our slow-cookers to our garage doors. This is a trend that shows no signs of stopping. Soon, you’ll be able to control even more items in your daily life from your smartphone or computer. Cars will get smarter, phones will get smarter, your coffee pot will get smarter. And, most importantly, more big data will be produced and collected.

Cloud Security
As our technology improves, that also means that the technology being used by hackers is improving as well. There can never be too big of a focus on security, and as we move to the cloud, cloud security is becoming incredibly important. More and more cloud services companies are offering cloud-based security as one of their services, and using it to protect all facets of IT infrastructure. In 2016, we can likely see an explosion of cloud security focus.


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Cloud and Human Resources


Cloud computing is penetrating every corner of business, and this includes human resources. Human resources professionals can benefit greatly from effective communication, instant access to information and applications, and cloud-based systems. HR is often thought of as a pretty administrative job. With the implementation of cloud tools and resources, HR professionals can remove this administrative stress and instead turn their attention to the employees and the business. Here are some benefits of cloud computing for human resources:

Cloud Software for HR

There is a lot of HR cloud software available, and the best ones combine the many functions of HR into one central place. This software can help get a lot of tasks done, including tracking applications, searching resumes, generating reports, calculating payroll, tracking performance appraisals and maintaining data on current employees. This streamlines many HR processes, helping to boost productivity and communication. And the end environment remains familiar. Users might not even realize they’re working in the cloud.

Businesses and customers also get quick access to the software they need, as it can be installed company-wide in hours, rather than days. They will also receive access to the latest software updates automatically, which is a perk of a cloud software subscription.

Efficient Recruiting

Recruiting is a huge part of human resources, and today the pool of talent is increasingly competitive and complex. HR cloud solutions make it easier to create job postings and expand their reach to multiple platforms, while collecting candidate information. HR and talent acquisition professionals have to be able to grow their reach without needing to greatly expand resources. Luckily, cloud software can track, measure and report from various online databases that hold candidate information, helping HR professionals access more talent. And once they’ve accessed talent, big data can compare various candidates and provide both relevant and targeted results to HR professionals. This means that positions can be filled faster, reducing time between hires and costs of hiring.

A Mobile Workforce

You’ve probably heard it before, but we’ll say it again: cloud computing offers professionals the ability to access their data and applications on-demand via the Internet. This means they can work from any device, in any location, at any time. Yeah, that’s pretty hard to beat. This allows businesses to grow a mobile workforce. HR professionals can access their programs and data on the go. So if they’re off on a recruiting trip, these employees can still take advantage of cloud software and maintain communication with the folks back at the office.

An Affordable Solution

Cost concerns are always prevalent when considering new technology. Fortunately, cloud computing makes HR solutions affordable for any size business. The costs that often come with server space, extra in-house IT personnel, expensive software and licenses, and maintenance are eliminated. A provider like RapidScale comes in and manages the solutions, simply offering the business access to these resources.

Sophisticated Security

Like cost, security will always be top of mind when looking at new technology. Cloud security has greatly matured in recent years and HR professionals, who often work with sensitive information, get access to sophisticated security systems through their provider. Cloud provider’s depend on their reliability and reputation, so they go great lengths to ensure client information remains secure. This includes measures like in-flight and at-rest encryption, geographically diverse data centers, strong firewalls, 24×7 monitoring and support, strict SLAs, intense physical security and more.