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How Taking The Right Tech Steps Can Drive Success for Small Businesses

Looking for a boost to help your small business succeed? Then you should consider giving your small business tech a boost. Tech drives success for small businesses and organizations alike and can help you increase profits for your own business. To maximize your investment, you need to spend wisely on the right tech upgrades. That means you need to take the right steps to fund and find tech for your small business, which is where these tips will come in handy. 

Find Funding for Your Tech Upgrades First 

Some tech upgrades provide too much of an ROI for business owners not to invest in them. For example, if you own or operate an organization with a chorus, software like Chorus Connection can make managing that side of your business is much simpler. By streamlining tasks, this kind of tech can free up your time for other profit-boosting ventures. So where should you look for small business funding? Well, there are some small business lending options that could be a good financial fit, such as SBA loans, short-term loans, and equipment financing. You can use online guides to work through the application process. If taking out a loan isn’t a viable option you can also consider alternative funding methods, like crowdfunding and receiving a loan from family or friends to help with tech upgrades. 

Tap into Tech Upgrades That Create Profits 

Finding ways to boost profits can help businesses of all types succeed. You can definitely use tech to streamline your operations and make your business more efficient, which can positively impact your bottom line. Another way you can increase your sales and success, however, is to get your best customers to spend more with your small business. That’s where dropshipping can be a major win for your profits and margins. With dropshipping, you can list products, like clothing and coffee mugs, on your business website and sell those products to customers, but you don’t have to worry about creating additional warehouse space. You also don’t have to worry about paying for inventory upfront, which makes this perfect for any business budget.

Invest in Tech That Truly Fits Your Business 

There are so many business opportunities for more creative entrepreneurs. So whether your passion lies with directing children’s choruses or designing new video games, there’s a way to turn profits and generate income by doing what you love. If you want to help your creative business success, though, you really need to think of the ways tech can make the operations side of your business easier to manage. You’ve already read about how chorus management software can help certain small businesses succeed, but there are other tech upgrades that are more conducive to other types of creative business owners. For instance, if you are a designer, you can put project management software to work for your small business. This type of software can simplify communications and task management for you, your team and clients. 

Keep Yourself Updated on New Technology 

By now, you have a pretty good idea of how the newest tech can help your small business thrive. By investing in a digital transition strategy for your startup and developing a process for putting those upgrades to work, you are actively investing in the success of your business. This strategy can look different for each business, so you can decide what upgrades will have the most benefits for your goals. Technology changes and shifts on a constant basis, though, so once you implement those upgrades, you also need to be aware of new apps and tech that could benefit your business in the future. From cloud accounting to customer management, new tools are always being introduced, so be sure to stay in the know so your business can thrive. 

If you want to succeed in small business, you need tech. Not only do you need tech, but you need the latest tech to keep yourself competitive and make your operations easier to manage. Tech updates can have a positive impact on your profits, as well as every single area of your small business. So, make sure you know which investments make sense for your business. 

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Adapting to change

Get this – LOL Moment on my part:

I am a Linux Desktop user at home for almost two (2) years now. In this time I have a need to run virtual machines not only in my lab but on my workstation computers where I “need” to use an application that only runs under the Windows OS — More on why I don’t use “wine” or some other application emulator later.

ILike I’ve mentioned above, I’ve been using Linux and KVM to run VM’s. The reason why I choose this option was that I was unsuccessful in getting VMware Player to run virtual machines. I could install VMware player but machines just would not boot and I was presented with endless errors.

The error messages were cryptic and the solutions steps took me in circles with no resolve (kinda like working with some next-gen-firewall companies I know of).

Today, after a year I have discovered the reason why VMware Player wouldn’t work was a feature in my bios known as “secure boot” that was enabled. To my surprise; Disabling this allows for VMware player to run my virtual machines. Yes! Problem solved.

Lessons Learned: What I learned from this experience is that; Sometimes more that often when you’re lacking something that you have become accustomed to having – it creates innovation and forces you to grow.

That said, I am going to keep using KVM for my VM needs.

Keep Learning my Friends

Remote Desktop Services Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Is Found (CVE-2019-0708)

Microsoft has released a fix for a critical Remote Code Execution vulnerability (CVE-2019-0708) in remote desktop services that affects older versions of windows used by many organizations worldwide, most notably in the healthcare and finance sectors, but also others as well.

As this vulnerability is placed at the pre-authentication stage and does not require any user interaction, it would allow an attacker to execute malicious code on the victim’s system. According to Microsoft, in order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would have to send a specially tailored request to the target systems’ Remote Desktop Service via RDP

To clarify the potential exploitation of this vulnerability, it’s suspected to show similar methods used by the WannaCry attack in 2017 that caused catastrophic disruption and sabotage to thousands of organizations across all industries worldwide.

What is Affected?

Those using out-of-support systems like Windows 2003, 2007, Windows Server 2008 and Windows XP are at risk from this vulnerability.

Those running Windows 8 and Windows 10 are not affected by this vulnerability due to these later versions incorporating more security updates.

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2019-0708

Ramadan, 2019

Ramadan commemorates when the sacred Quran was revealed to Muhammad.  At the spotting of the crescent moon, Muslim families and communities will honor this revelation by beginning a month of inward reflection, spiritual renewal, and prayer.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, recite passages from the Quran, and perform benevolent acts of charity and good will toward others.  By doing so, they develop a renewed sense of purpose in their own spiritual journey, deepening their appreciation for God’s grace and mercy.

Throughout this month, we all have an opportunity to reflect on the blessings we have been given and to work toward greater fellowship with one another.  Together, in the spirit of Ramadan, we can achieve a more harmonious and respectful society.

Oracle Java, requiring Commercial license

Using Java for your projects, and testing? You may have gone and updated recently and noticed the updated license terms.

On Windows
On MacOS

The new license permits certain uses, such as personal use and development use, at no cost. Those using this in the workplace, not so much.

Oracle is encouraging those downloading java from their site to read the updated FAQ.

If you are an organization used to getting Oracle Java SE binaries at no cost, you can simply continue doing so with Oracle’s OpenJDK releases available at jdk.java.net. If you are used to getting Oracle Java SE binaries at no cost as a personal user or for development use, then you can continue to get Oracle Java SE releases through java.com (personal users) and the Oracle Technology Network (“OTN”) (developers). Those wishing to use the Oracle JDK or Oracle JRE for other uses will require a Java SE Subscription

Is Java still free?

Oracle stewards the OpenJDK open source community and provides the latest stability, performance and security updates to the latest release. This includes patch updates, scheduled over a year in advance; additional updates when required; and two feature updates (which also include critical patch updates) each year under the new release cadence

What about updates?

You will continue to receive updates as before until at least December 2020. The auto-update mechanism will ask you to confirm that you understand and accept the new license before updating. 

What is personal use?

Personal use is using Java on a desktop or laptop computer to do things such as to play games or run other personal applications. If you are using Java on a desktop or laptop computer as part of any business operations, that is not personal use. For example, you could use a Java productivity application to do your own homework or your personal taxes, but you could not use it to do your business accounting. 

What if Java comes with software I installed?

Your application vendor may have an ISV agreement with Oracle to provide you with Java updates to run the application vendor’s product. If this is the case, you will not need a separate license from Oracle for Java running on the application. Please contact your application vendor to determine whether your application vendor is authorized to distribute Java to you with their application.

How to prepare?

If you are an existing commercial Java SE user, you should co­­­nduct an internal assessment of your current Java deployment and the commercial features you are using to:

  • Ensure you are compliant and properly licensed based on the number of desktops or servers where Java is deployed.
  • Determine whether switching to the new subscription model would be more cost-effective based on your current annual support fees with Java.

If you anticipate your requirements for commercial use of Java to grow, you may want to consider switching to the subscription model. If you decide to switch, you can use the processor (CPU) or NUP metric to determine whether the server or desktop-based subscription is best for your environment based on your licensing requirements.

Don’t think you’re a commercial user? Conducting an internal assessment may still be worth your time since organizations running the free version of Java SE risk being out-of-compliance which could result in significant fees if audited.

To be on the safe side, have your legal team confirm that Oracle’s Java licensing policies allow your organization to use Java SE without requiring the purchase of commercial licenses.

Not Sure what to do!

Step 1: Uninstall Oracle Java

Step 2: Visit https://openjdk.java.net/
Step 3: Continue working as you did before