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Top IT Challenges Faced By Startups

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The allure of operating a startup in an emerging market is easy to grasp, but most entrepreneurs neglect the unique risks they’ll be facing. And that’s why they’re unprepared to take adequate measures when challenges arise. While the challenge of raising funds remains the top concern, IT challenges are another major consideration for all these startups. This is reflected in the news with headlines like “Are Indian online startups taking security for granted?” emerging frequently.

So what are the top IT challenges faced by startups in emerging markets? Let’s take a look:

Network Threats

It’s safe to say that most startups heavily rely on the health of their IT servers and network, and it is an eye-opening fact that downtime has become a major concern. Overlooking one or two loopholes gives adversaries the opportunity to enter your company’s network and wreak havoc.

And before you know it, all the customer data that you acquired in the first year is going up on the black market. Maintaining good network health is the key to preventing such mishaps.

Startups need to have pre-planned measures in place to safeguard their company network and maintain uptime. Ottawa IT support and reliable IT services in emerging countries provide companies with options such as network emergency response and server maintenance. These are the kind of services startups need to prevent and minimize network damage, especially if there’s no in-house IT support team.

Supporting a Remote Workforce

Startups in emerging economies are starting to embrace the concept of managing distributed teams, but they’re unequipped when it comes to supporting a mobile workforce. The founders are clueless about using the right tools to manage a remote team and often rely on legacy applications.

While they do use some decent applications like Skype, they’re not able to address the main challenges of leading virtual teams, such as getting coworkers to collaborate and overcoming cultural differences.

The solution? Keep yourself updated with the latest trends in remote working. A quick Google Search would give you plenty of ideas about which tools to use and for which purpose. You can even subscribe to newsletters to keep an eye on the developments that help address the challenges of managing a distributed team.

BYOD risks

Ovum conducted a research on employee BYOD use in emerging markets and found that 57.1% of full-time staffers use some form of BYOD in 17 different markets. The same report found that much of this activity is unmanaged, and 17.7% of the respondents said that their IT departments do not have the adequate knowledge to manage the trend. 28.4% revealed their IT departments completely ignored BYOD.

Unmanaged BYOD is a great risk to data integrity, and the repercussions of losing confidential information via a personal device can be dire from a legal and financial perspective. Therefore, startups need to understand how BYOD is happening in their firms, and create a risk profile to manage risks accordingly.

It’s also essential to write a BYOD policy that addresses the risks of bringing and using personal devices at the workplace comprehensively. It should address compliance aspects such as when corporate data should be deleted from a personal device and what type of encryption should be used when data is transferred between devices and company servers.

These challenges hinder the growth of startups in emerging markets, but steps in the right direction can streamline business operations and supercharge productivity.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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