Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 2

Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 2

In my previous post, I addressed four coding policies that almost guarantee a data breach. This post will cover five solution strategies to shore up your application’s security. The guiding principle to correct these flawed policies (see Part 1) is to change the priorities that direct development and support of software applications.…

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Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 1

Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 1

The recent data breach at Equifax is an unfortunate reminder of a long list of hacked sites (Target Stores, OPM, Sony, and others) that were caused by vulnerabilities in the application code. These companies seemed just as surprised as their customers by the attack and had to wonder, “how did this happen?” They did not need to look further than their own unintentional coding policies.…

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Top 6 Ways to Combat Change Fatigue

Top 6 Ways to Combat Change Fatigue

When I read Bill’s blog “Where’s the Snooze Button on Change?” I was inspired to write my own perspective on managing change. And then I hit my own snooze button a few times in the last few months due to some competing priorities. Change fatigue is real – and something I observe often at clients.…

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The Most Challenging Job in Retail

The Most Challenging Job in Retail

Having spent a dozen years in various retail leadership positions, I can confidently say that front line leadership (overseeing one store or multiple stores) is the most complex job. Today’s managers face a myriad of challenges: improving customer experience while overseeing a growing number of employees, effectively managing labor costs and turnover, implementing new technologies across a...

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Is Your Management Team Equipped to Drive Workforce Improvement?

Is Your Management Team Equipped to Drive Workforce Improvement?

Many companies look to increase the efficiency of their workforce through implementing new work methods, labor standards, and technology. However, a critical piece of the improvement process is often overlooked – performance management. According to Wikipedia, “performance management is the term used to refer to activities, tools, processes, and programs that companies create or apply to...

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For Amazon, 4 Reasons Prime Day Isn’t About “Deals”

For Amazon, 4 Reasons Prime Day Isn’t About “Deals”

If you’re like me, Prime Day gets you excited for a good deal. I’ll admit it, I spent a good 20-30 minutes scrolling through the upcoming deals and adding several to my “Watching” list. If you’re Jeff Bezos, you’re excited that Prime Day is going to increase Amazon’s market share even further… Here are four ways Amazon is using Prime Day to continue crushing competition: Increasing Amazon...

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How Mid-Sized Banks Can Compete in the Rapidly-Evolving Payments Industry

How Mid-Sized Banks Can Compete in the Rapidly-Evolving Payments Industry

As anyone who spends money knows, the way we pay for goods and services is shifting rapidly – many consumers are overwhelmed by the variety of options coming from financial institutions, merchants, fintechs, and even smartphone providers. To capture this lucrative market, the payments industry keeps sweetening the pot for consumers, and what were groundbreaking perks and features just two to...

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More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool

More Data, More Problems… Leveraging the Azure Import/Export Tool

In today’s market businesses are likely familiar with the enterprise services provided in Azure and have already started planning a cloud transition.  As Azure expands its core offering and more business transition to a cloud platform, the question becomes, “how does an organization move large amounts of data to the cloud, specifically to Azure?”  Introducing the Microsoft Azure Import/Export...

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Highlights From NRF 2017: Evaluate Your Retail Investments Carefully

Highlights From NRF 2017: Evaluate Your Retail Investments Carefully

Attending NRF’s Big Show 2017 provided me with the opportunity to see how retailers, specifically their operations, are evolving.  We are in the midst of a technology revolution!  NRF offered everything from robots enhancing the customer experience to wearable technology improving the effectiveness of in-store teams.  The pace of change in how retailers go to market (omni-channel retailing...

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CES, Augmentation, and What it Means for Customer Experience – Our Visit to CES 2017

CES, Augmentation, and What it Means for Customer Experience – Our Visit to CES 2017

Ah, CES – the only Consumer Electronics Show that matters (i.e., the most media coverage). Our visit to CES began with a simple inquisitive question of not only what’s the next thing that will be integrated into our daily usage patterns. Spurred by our burning curiosity, we resolved to arrive at CES on the closing weekend, only to be met with lights and displays of such ferocity that it begs...

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NRF 2017: Prepare for Change

NRF 2017: Prepare for Change

I recently attended the 2017 NRF Big Show, one of the largest retail industry events of the year.  Everyone from retailers to vendors to technology companies attends the event to learn about the newest trends in retail.  Attendees also get to learn about what some of the best in class retailers are doing and network with other professionals in the field. …

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