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How forward thinking cites are using the Internet of Everything to fix their economies

Chicago was recently announced as the host city for the Internet of Things World Forum this autumn, following Barcelona’s excellent performance as host last autumn. This forum is important because it’s already way more than just another collection of business types in a hotel.

It’s increasingly relevant for cities to want to host this event. Yes, the conference revenue is useful, but more than that it is an opportunity to showcase your city as forward thinking. Barcelona as host was a great example.

It’s fair to say that despite recent optimism, the world, and especially Western Europe and North America, is still recovering from the financial earthquakes of five years ago. Government deficit is everywhere. The response to the crisis in most western economies has been a series of austerity programmes, with social and other services being cut whilst taxes slowly rise. Everybody has been feeling the pain. Spain was one of the hardest-hit European economies. In Spain, youth unemployment exceeded 50%, with serious concerns in some parts of the country about the potential for social order breakdown. Read More »

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Every Great Project Starts with a Plan

Planning for IT Growth Improves Results and Keeps Costs Down

As we get to know each other you’ll find out that I’m a HUGE foodie. I love to cook and I drive my family a crazy with my cooking shows, recipe books, and celebrity chef sightings. But I think the thing I drive them most insane with is my ridiculous Ratatouille doll (2007, Disney Pixar cartoon). If you touch his nose, he talks. And the first thing he says every time is:

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Is Your Company Too Hard to Work For?

For the last couple of years almost everyone with a job has felt lucky to have it.The economy has absolutely forced companies to make cutbacks, hold off on investments and squeeze more productivity from their staff.Every small business owner I know feels personally responsible for the well-being of their employees, as if they were family.I”m betting you made sacrifices in your business to keep employees.And your employees likely responded with support.We all knew that times were tough and that’s the way it was.But it seems times may be changing. Read More »

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