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The Next 100 Years: Technology Predictions

technology

When predicting technology within the next century, one can easily identify future tech based on current trends. However, some of these “future technologies” may already exist today. 

 

In every technology prediction, there are a few no brainers.

 

We know, for example, that military funding will continue unabated so it’s logical to predict that more advanced weapons will be developed. Space-based technology will expand. And new military bases will be located on our moon, distant planets, or orbiting “Battle Stars” (that’s for you Star Wars fans!)  Read more

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This Brand-New Market drives Industry Consolidation

Selecting Renewable Energy High Above The Clouds

Large companies are taking advantage of this emerging market, and changing the landscape of industry consolidation.

 

The fundamental drivers of industry consolidation range from harnessing growth and taking advantage of market opportunities to tax and expense savings; to environmental factors, such as global warming; to financing opportunities, such as strong company stock or low cost financing. 

 

Putting aside the other benefits – especially tax and expense savings – exploiting market opportunities is a major driver for industry consolidation. Today the environmental health and safety (EHS) industry is consolidating and it’s all about market opportunity. Read more

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SaaS: Why it’s time to throw out the Kitchen Sink

SaaS

 

SaaS should be a competitive advantage for your organization that can drive productivity, lower costs, improve transparency, and increase workplace contentment. So why is it right for you?

 

Our COO and Head of Sales Kevin Loos wants you to ditch the archaic legacy system and join the SaaS movement. He explains in his post below why it’s time “to throw out the kitchen sink!” Read more

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Internal Advocates: Why they’re the Future of Tech

internal advocates

 

Internal Advocates: a company’s best customers, the ones that tell all their friends to use your product are the future of business. Here’s why:

People need some necessity, or incentivization to buy and consume products. If a service or item doesn’t address a need, then it needs to provide a delight experience of some sort. If a company masters the process, then they will reap a great reward: internal advocates. These are customers that tell all of their friends and family to use your product/service on their own accord. These are the customers that will change enterprise in the tech world for a myriad of reasons:

You can share from anywhere — How easy is it for someone to send you a video on social media? Or give you a restaurant recommendation through an “instant enterprise” app, like Yelp or FourSquare? Contemporary society has become one where content and services can be sent from person to person in seconds. In a world that is saturated with tech services, how will yours become “sharable?” Queue in the Internal Advocates. When you have a following or a group of people who love your product, you can imagine the outreach can be immense when combined with instantaneous sharing features. You have viral-like advertising, and you don’t have to pay a cent to do it.

Customers become “hobbyists” —

Waze is the paragon example of building a strong community of internal advocates. They have thousands of volunteers that update their maps, giving their platform extremely powerful data. That is because these people love the features of the tech, and can do things to make it even better. Waze gets production from people who aren’t even on the payroll. This applies to Reddit as well: you have users that monitor, organize, and evaluate sub-communities on their platform because they truly enjoy the information sharing capabilities of the Reddit platform. These people are also paid $0.00, as the user moderators, or “mods,” volunteer.

The most powerful mutually beneficial relationships —

Ultimately, internal advocates build an extremely positive relationship with the technology/companies they are using. Since they trust you to give them an intuitive tool or service, they provide legitimate feedback on how to advance your services and advance your business as a whole.

A company’s customers become data points and don’t have to second-guess what works, and what needs to be built, as mysteries about product usage vanish. A system of interaction is created,where you have all the information needed to provide an awesome service and your customers have their needs met to the point where you’re recommended by them constantly.

You need a fanbase to become a rockstar. Time to build a following.

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Three Reasons why you should consider Clean Energy

clean energy

Clean energy has grown exponentially in the last decade and a half, maybe it’s time to consider new ways to power your buildings.

 

In recent years, clean energy/renewable energy has made large strides in market growth, consumption, and implementation in how people power their buildings. If you’re a property manager, here are three reasons why you should think about using clean energy in the future. It’s not a decision that has to be made today, but it is one that should be considered.

 

Here are some simple, but worthwhile reasons, why it’s time to start thinking about renewable energy:

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These 3 Companies Leverage Tech in the Right Ways

Tech Companies that Leverage Modern Technology

We live in a tech world, and there is a difference between having technology, and properly leveraging it in the most effective ways.

 

We’re inspired by lofty goals and ambitious undertakings. After all, when people take on problems bigger than themselves, they propel all of us—as a species—forward. For these reasons, we’ve been contemplating the organizations which are making the biggest impact on today’s world, and which we’d bet on for tomorrow’s.

 

Our top three are as follows: Read more

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Boston 2016: A Great Bet for Building a Business

Panorama of Boston Harbor and Financial District in Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston has always been noted as a wonderful place for innovative businesses, now see why that will be the case in 2016.

 

(CAUTION: OPEN LOVE LETTER TO OUR CITY AHEAD)

 

When we founded CrowdComfort, we knew the city we chose would become an integral portion of our identity, as well as a hotbed of influence for the organizations we’d work with during early expansion. To this effect, Boston became an inevitable choice for a few reasons: Read more

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Startup Talk: The Top Six Reasons Why Several Fail

 Reasons why a Startup will fail

Currently, we live in an American entrepreneurial age, where innovation and big ideas can produce big rewards. However, a startup has a 10% at surviving; here’s why —

 

Startup culture is incredibly tantalizing to entrepreneurial, adventurous, explorative, daring, creative, and innovative minded-people in America and beyond. The idea of building a concept, selling that concept, and of this from the ground-up is as close to the American dream as many will be nowadays. While several startups have had tremendous success and profitability, only 1 in 10 will succeed. A startup’s success is determined by several, very different factors that are the difference between a startup’s success and failure. 

 

Here are the top six reasons why startups fail:  Read more

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Your 2016 Tech Convention Calendar (1/2)

Tech Convention Calendar: Attend in 2016

We’ve often discussed the merits of staying on top of new technology, facility management trends, and innovation within the field. And, of course, there’s no better way to condense those goals into big gulps than via annual convention.

 

Here’s your comprehensive list for the first half of 2016: Read more

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Broadcasting Solutions vs. Building Solutions

Find Solutions, not Problems

The Instant Enterprise Economy offers people a way to instantly broadcast their opinions, but what about a way to instantly build solutions?

 

Applications, digital tools, social media, social networking, and similar platforms have created a way for people to instantly connect, and instantly complain. For example: Yelp, the controversial app Peeple, have the ability to positively and negatively approve their experiences. However there isn’t a surefire way to instantaneous solve, or delegate solutions with these tools. So let’s understand, and learn how to build solutions, instead of simply broadcasting distaste.  

 

Enter, The Human Sensor Network:  Read more