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  1. Our Most Popular Blog Articles of 2019

    It’s a good time to review the most popular blogs over the last year now that 2019 is coming to a close.  While this blog has provided perspective on technology challenges, WingSwept has spent much of 2019 focused on big-picture business topics.  The most popular topics were split down the middle, with two focused on…

  2. Should I Use Consumer Class Computers for My Business?

    Disposable Technology Is Expensive It seems like nothing is built to last anymore.  Incandescent bulbs, if you can get them, last around 1,500 hours.  But an incandescent light bulb built in the late 1890’s has been turned on for nearly every minute of the last 119 years, and it’s still going strong.  The same goes…

  3. Who Provides IT Help to Businesses?

    If you have more than a handful of employees, the odds are good that you will have to turn to specialists to address your technology needs at some point.  Depending on how extensive your technology needs are, you’ll likely solve this problem using at least one of three providers: fee-for-service, internal support, or managed IT…

  4. Three Signs an Employee Isn’t Contributing To Their Full Potential

    Successful businesses set goals.  Most employees know whether they are meeting company expectations based on important metrics.  They can take the form of sales goals, billable hours, customer problems resolved, deliveries made, or something else entirely.  These metrics help businesses ensure that employees are contributing to the company, but they don’t necessarily ensure the employee…

  5. Managed IT Services Contracts and Crooked Mattress Stores

    Mattress stores are finally getting their due punishment.  Ten years ago, you could barely find a mattress online.  Today 12% of all mattresses are sold online by direct-to-consumer companies like Casper, Purple, Helix and many others. Maybe mattress stores will disappear. Certainly, nobody will miss the mattress store sales model.  They intentionally change names of…

  6. A Quick Word About Your General Liability / E&O Insurance

    Every business needs general liability insurance.  It’s affordable, and it protects you from losing your life’s work due to a single rare event.  Professional services companies also need professional liability (E&O) insurance for the same reasons. Neither of these insurance policies, however, typically covers cybersecurity threats.  Strong network security can reduce the threat of cyberfraud,…

  7. In the Business of Losing Money?

    It hasn’t been a good year for large companies going public.  When Lyft went public in March at $72, it’s price immediately fell through the floor, and it’s currently sitting at $40.  Uber went public in May at $45, and it’s currently sitting at $31.  Peloton dropped 11% on its first day.  WeWork announced an…

  8. The Undying Business System Revolution

    Have you heard about Agile?  It’s the hot new business system, replacing Six-Sigma as the most sought-after resume tag.  When it comes to successful businesses, it’s out with the black belt, and in with the scrum master.  Like most business systems, Six-Sigma was doomed to eventually fall out of vogue; after all, Six-Sigma took over…

  9. Data Sprawl (and Why Your Business Needs Zoning Regulations)

    Houston is famous for having no zoning regulations, and it leads to some pretty odd scenes.  While there’s something to be said for freedom to do what you want with your land, it’s hard to look at a skyscraper right next to a single-family house and wonder if that’s really the best scenario for anyone. …

  10. Three Ways Around the Hiring Challenge

    If you’ve hired anyone recently, you know that hiring isn’t fun right now.  Unemployment is under 4% in the Triangle.  Unemployment hovers just above 200,000, a historically low range.  Some industries have even tighter employment markets than these numbers.  If you need a skillset, then the people with that skillset are working for somebody else…