7 Steps to Support CIO Efforts to Manage Shadow IT

The origin of rogue information technology – technology selected and paid for by employees for business use – may be the assumption on the part of business people – the money making arm of a company —  that the cost of acting as a supplicant to bureaucratic IT — a service arm of a business — is too high. That or the fact that it’s sometimes difficult to convince business people that IT has their best interest at heart. But regardless of the rational for the adoption of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, employee use of third-party apps and services, and personal mobile devices in a corporate facility places a company and its assets and operations at risk.

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5 Ways a Small Business Benefits from Its Leader’s Listening Skill

Business schools dot the country’s landscape for one reason:  to create effective leaders. These schools teach leaders to exhibit confidence, omniscience and competence, but what about listening? This trait is perhaps the most difficult of all leader attributes to acquire in part because as a leader listens, he admits that he may know less about building a sustainable business system than his title suggests. Consequently, listening is an expression of moral humility that can move a company’s center of gravity away from financial and operational theories to alternative sources of wisdom … namely a company’s stakeholders. Here are five practical benefits of doing so.

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The Three Cyber Crimes Every Business Owner Must Understand

News of hacking and cyber crimes is in the press every week, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. For every high-profile corporate case you read about, there are thousands of cyber crimes committed against smaller businesses. The rapid rise of this form of criminal activity means every business owner must understand the main threats and take action to prevent them.

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Tampa Aquarium – Shark Dive

Got a chance to check the shark tank in the Tampa Aquarium this weekend it was a really cool experience.

The Dive with the Sharks program makes you the star of the show and dispels the commonly held myth that sharks are man-eaters. Dive with theSharks educates, inspires and facilitates a greater understanding of these amazing animals through a personal interactive experience!

Family and friends view the divers during all phases of the dive from the exhibit gallery. The Florida Aquarium dive master reserves the right to deny any guest diver the opportunity to leave the shark cage if the safety of the guest diver or the animals in the exhibit are in jeopardy.

You can get more information here.

Affiliate Websites: Creating Added Value to Appease Google

Some SEOs claim affiliate websites are dead now that Google is cracking down on backlinks. However, you can still build a great, successful affiliate website as long as you create a quality site and follow Google’s guidelines. Here are some tips for building a strong affiliate website presence that can rank well in search engines.

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10 Interesting Facts about Small Businesses in the U.S.

When you think of U.S.-based businesses, companies like Apple and Google often come to mind. However, one could argue that it’s the smaller businesses, defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees, which drive the U.S. economy. Here are 10 interesting facts about small businesses in the United States:

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3 Ways to Connect Your Data Center or Office to Azure

With the growth of popular public cloud options like Microsoft Azure and the off-site movement of services that are typically hosted on premise like Active Directory, establishing a reliable, secure connection to off-premise services has become increasingly important.

There are three primary ways to establish secure connections to Azure. Below, I’ll outline the differences, strengths and weaknesses of each.

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Choosing the Right WordPress Theme

Thanks to the spread of technology, the world has become more connected than ever before.  With that connection comes near-limitless communication — and by extension, the chance to bond with others hundreds of miles away.  The internet and myriad websites, including those made by WordPress, make that bonding process inevitable.  To be fair, that depends on the quality of the platform; while WordPress can make it happen, choosing the right WordPress theme can decide a site’s fate.

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Why You Should Turn Off Your Timeline on Google Maps

It can be hard to gain any real perspective on the whole data privacy debate unless you have a few real-world examples of how allowing large corporations access to personal data can go awry. Google Maps and Google Location Services are a case in point.

If you have a smartphone, you probably have Google Maps on it. When you use it for the first time, you get asked in passing if you’d like to turn location history on. Most people will turn it on without a second thought. What it does, though, can be startling to anyone shown the results.

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