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Here are the top IT news stories from last week, as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo based IT Professionals to read and provide value to them as they continue to help Buffalo flourish in IT. We provide IT Resources and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

IT Investment Uptick Triggered By Productivity Goals

A recent Deloitte survey indicates businesses are investing more in IT platforms and services that can drive productivity. Specifically, these firms are using IT to increase productivity while they focus on technologies such as cloud and analytics. Businesses are recognizing the value of early investments in cloud computing, social, mobile, and data analytics as these firms seek to improve productivity, according to a Deloitte and OnResearch survey of 500 mid-market executives. Increased productivity ranked first of all the reasons companies have for…Read More

How the Cleveland Browns Made Their Wi-Fi Network Ready for Game Day

Even though the Cleveland Browns were already halfway through their season last November, the team’s IT Director Brandon Covert walked through a sold-out FirstEnergy Stadium before a game and felt some opening-day jitters. After several months of installing Wi-Fi access points throughout the stadium, Covert was about to discover whether the venue’s new wireless network could handle the crush of game-day fans — smartphones and tablets in hand. He and his team of IT staff and consultants hiked around the main concourse, and up and down each level…Read More

Amherst Alarm pushes ahead with plans for new HQ

The quest by Amherst Alarm Inc. to build a new headquarters appears to have moved closer to reality. Following a meeting with the Amherst Industrial Development Agency’s directors, it looks as if the company will be filing an application for tax breaks and incentives for the $3 million project. The IDA directors may consider the formal application when they meet next month.Amherst Alarm is planning to build a new headquarters and operations center that will be 77 percent larger than its current corporate home base on Lawrence Bell Drive. Read More

New law in Mass. attempts to raise IT pay for women

Women who work in information technology are paid less than men — that much is clear. The problem is why, and whether IT managers can fix it. The Census Bureau, in a report this week, found that women who work in IT were paid, at the median, $10,000 below men in 2014. Similarly, IEEE-USA found that women’s salaries trailed men’s by an average of $13,635 in 2014. Although that deficit was down from $16,500 in 2013, the gap remains wide.he gender wage gap is no secret, but employees are often prohibited from discussing their salaries and…Read More

Buffalo unemployment in July under 5 percent again

For the third consecutive month the unemployment rate in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls market stayed below 5 percent. The state Department of Labor reported Tuesday that unemployment locally was at 4.9 percent compared to 5.7 percent last July. That jobless figure was last matched in 2007. The lower unemployment rate comes as the labor market around Buffalo continues to incrementally rise. Among other Upstate New York cities, Albany posted an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in July. Rochester and Syracuse were each at 4.7 percent. Read More

(Part 2) How to Build an IT Support Infrastructure for a Small Business

Are you having trouble getting your IT Support Infrastructure setup? Do you find there are too many decisions to be made with not enough time to research all of them? Below is PART II of our helpful guidelines to making sure the IT side of your small business hits the ground running. Allowing your employees to have more flexibility as far as where they work and when they work has become increasingly popular in the past few years. Less time spent commuting to and from the office, and more time spent at home with friends and family, can help keep morale high among employees. Read More

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