invisionAZ and AZ-VC to Host Tech Innovation Summit at the WM Phoenix Open

invisionAZ, the Arizona-based organization focused on fueling the state's technology ecosystem, and AZ-VC, the largest Arizona-centric venture capital firm, are proud to present the 6th Annual Tech Innovation Summit, taking place on February 8th, 2023, in the 17th Hole Skybox at the WM Phoenix Open. invisionAZ aims to accelerate the growth of Arizona's vibrant … [More]

Hesitation Hampers Marketers in Media Marketing 

by Mike Hunter

The media marketing and advertising landscape has become much more fragmented, unpredictable and vast with the rise of digital channels. The amount of consumer choices, heightened expectations for personalization, and the need to optimize based on real-time data insights make managing campaigns and achieving desired outcomes challenging today. New research from the Chief … [More]

Ensure AI Use in Business Is Ethical and Responsible

by Christophe Bourguignat

Artificial intelligence is an amazing tool to improve efficiency and speed up processes but, when not used properly, can cause more damage than good. With this in mind, how can companies ensure they are using AI ethically and responsibly? Tip #1: Biases in AI are not always where we might think they are. When most people look for biases in AI, it’s usually focused on … [More]

Dark Web Trend: Consumer Breaches Decline but Data Threats Remain

by Mike Hunter

According to Dark Web Monitor data, 62% of its users have had their data breached on the dark web. In 2019, around a third of breaches affected more than 1M users. In 2020, this percentage dropped to 18%. In 2021, only 10% of breaches affected millions of users. In 2022, this number is even smaller — 7%. “On the one hand, this is great news. On the other hand, we don’t see … [More]

Phoenix-Based Software Firm Launches New Metaverse Products Division

Founders Workshop, a 14-year old digital product and software development firm in Phoenix, has announced the formation of its new Metaverse Workshop division and the hiring of Julian Reyes as Chief Metaverse Officer. Metaverse Workshop will deliver business consulting and product development around a variety of emerging technologies related to the Metaverse, Web3, and … [More]

SEMICON West Shifts to October in 2024, Begins Annual Rotation with Phoenix in 2025

A fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 50 years, SEMICON West is moving to Phoenix for a five-year annual rotation starting in 2025 and shifting from its longstanding July event dates to October beginning in 2024, SEMI announced today. The event, North America’s premier microelectronics exhibition and conference, will be held again in Arizona in 2027 and 2029, … [More]

Scottsdale-Based Fleet Service Management Co. Snags ‘BIG Innovation’ Award

GPS Insight, a leading provider of SaaS-based fleet and field service management software solutions, announced it has been named a winner in the 2023 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group. GPS Insight offers a unique intersection of fleet and field service management software solutions, transforming the way organizations operate on the road and … [More]

Goodyear-Based Tech Co. Provides Vital Staffing Solutions to Carriers Nationwide

The process of hiring replacement drivers has been made significantly easier and more efficient through an on-demand app created by F|Staff, a Phoenix-based CDL operator staffing company. This app, which is now available on both the App Store and Google Play, is a resource for both carriers who are looking for replacement drivers, as well as drivers who are looking for work. … [More]

How Much Is Tech Actually Costing You? Understanding the True Cost of Ownership

Many companies use the latest technology to be as efficient and competitive as possible, but research indicates a good number of them may be wasting money on tech. One study by Gartner, a global research and advisory firm, found that companies spend $13,000 per employee annually on software as a service (SaaS), but $4,000 is unnecessary due to overlapping solutions. Ben … [More]

Intel Extends Performance Leadership with World’s Fastest Mobile Processor

At CES in Las Vegas, Intel announced its 13th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile processors that bring superior performance and experiences to mobile platforms. Intel introduced 32 new 13th Gen Intel Core mobile processors with a rich suite of features and capabilities for all laptop segments. “The 13th Gen Intel Core mobile processor family delivers unrivaled, scalable performance for … [More]

Cyber Attacks: Data Breaches vs. Social Media Takeovers

by Mike Hunter

Seventy percent of small businesses believe they are ready to protect against a cyberattack or recover from a data breach. This fact is among the findings in the 2022 Business Impact Report recently published by the Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC), its second annual report on the impacts of identity crimes and cyberattacks on small businesses and … [More]

Blockchain Enables Trust in Smart Contracts

by Cooper Weissman

WeiDev is a software development firm specializing in blockchain development. Blockchain development is the creation of products or applications that use blockchain technology to increase security or transparency. The blockchain network is most easily articulated as a system that records information that is nearly impossible to change or hack. Many people have tried to create … [More]

Maintain Vigilance for Ransomware

by Brian Dunagan

We must remain vigilant and always be thinking about how to handle the next wave of cyberattacks. While external bad actors, ransomware and other malware, are the most common threats, malicious or even careless employee actions can also present cybersecurity risks. In other words, it is virtually a given that at some point most will suffer a failure, disaster or cyberattack. … [More]

Into the Metaverse

by Mike Hunter

In Into the Metaverse, Cathy Hackl, a globally recognized futurist and one of the world’s first chief metaverse officers, shares her insights on what companies need to do to harness the next iteration of the internet: the metaverse. If the internet was first used to connect us to information and then developed into a social media forum to connect people, then Web3 — which … [More]

Scottsdale-Based Nextiva Names New Channel Chief

Nextiva, the future-of-work software company helping sales, service, and marketing teams achieve higher productivity and deliver better customer engagement, announced Olen Scott has been named its new Channel Chief. This move signifies dedication to the channel ecosystem and partner success for Nextiva, which brings together business communications applications, intelligence, … [More]

Spotlight: Rapid Growth, New Investor Funding, and a Total Rebrand Highlight Qwick’s Landmark Year

Qwick, the technology-enabled leader in staffing for hospitality businesses and freelancers, reports fantastic strides at the close of a year accentuated by huge company milestones. Amid significant achievement in 2022, Qwick remains laser-focused on freelancer and business-partner success as it works to end understaffing in the hospitality industry. Through … [More]

New App Connect Experts for Workers’ Comp Claims to Employers and Insurance Carriers

Medplace, an app that connects hundreds of practicing physicians to organizations for medical peer review, case review, and expert witness testimony in all 50 states, announced a new workers' compensation case management platform that helps get Arizona workers back to work. The new app is for Arizona employers, insurance carriers, and legal counsel that need an … [More]

Industry-Led Semiconductor Action Plan Released, Arizona Taking Center Stage

A diverse coalition representing industry, academia, and states released a much anticipated blueprint for increasing U.S. competitiveness in the semiconductor industry and strengthening supply chain resiliency. The National Semiconductor Economic Roadmap (NSER) is a ten-year, industry-led action plan that focuses on driving semiconductor innovation across four domains: … [More]

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