SMBs using artificial intelligence now more than ever before, study says

Using artificial intelligence

More small- and medium-sized businesses are using artificial intelligence (AI) while they scale up, according to a new study by UpCity and Pollfish: “Insights: 46% Of SMBs Are Using AI While Growing Their Team In 2022.” Here’s what they found. Artificial intelligence use is on the rise in small- to medium-sized businesses, according to the…

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A top place to be a woman in tech? Cincinnati

View of the Genius of Water statue at fountain square in Cincinnati.

The Queen City is ranked No. 9 in the SmartAsset Best Cities for Women in Tech – 2022 Edition, released June 29. Other Flyover cities in the top 15 were: Durham, N.C. (7) and Nashville (tied for 11), though Cincy was the only city considered to be in the Midwest. With perfect timing, Cincinnati is also…

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Tech Trends Radar: How Flyover Country is addressing food insecurity with technology

While we love to be forward-thinking about the latest software or tech gadgets, right now, many people in the U.S. are actually worrying about how they’re going to feed their families – literally. Thanks to supply-chain delays, critical shortages in basic necessities such as baby formula and feminine hygiene products, grain shortages from Ukraine, and…

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Forbes: Northwest Indiana is becoming a hard tech corridor

Northwest Indiana is becoming a hard tech corridor

A writer for Forbes recently discussed the emerging “Hard Tech Corridor” of Northwest Indiana, from Indianapolis to Lebanon to West Lafayette. The area is already ripe for tech with the help of Purdue University and reasonable access to larger cities such as Chicago and Detroit. But the potential for growth is enormous. Indianapolis already has…

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Trending cities: Big tech wins in Columbus

Columbus Innovation

If you haven’t visited Columbus, OH lately (or ever), you’re in for a treat. The city is exploding with smart city initiatives, new businesses, and its tech scene. Columbus is the second-most populous city in the Midwest. This shouldn’t be surprising—Columbus has been on the move from the get-go. Shortly after the town was laid…

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Tech Trend: Driving the business forward with outsourcing

Flyover Future Puddle Hops

IT leaders outsource business functions for a number of reasons: to drive efficiency, to free up the internal team to focus on innovation, to meet tech needs until internal skill gaps can be closed, and so on. Business functions that are outsourced run the gamut from web and mobile app development to software maintenance to…

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Tech Trend: Growing tech talent in Flyover Country

According to Gartner, businesses believe a shortage of talent to be the biggest obstacle standing in their way of adopting new tech. A lack of talent availability was cited far more often than other barriers this year, like implementation cost or security risk. Flyover Cities are not taking this lying down, as many of them are…

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Tech Trend: Big tech moving data centers into Flyover Country

  A huge trend we’re seeing from the big data center industry has been a midwestern crawl run. Google kicked off the Midwest data center boom with its 2007 announcement of a new facility in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Over the last decade, that data center has grown, with well over 1 million square feet of…

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Silicon Prairie: Tech giants and burgeoning startups in KC

Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri’s nickname is the Heart of America because its location is near both the mean center of the United States population and the geographic center of the 48 contiguous states. The city has more than 100,000 net-tech employment, and grew 1.7% year-over-year in 2020, ranking it third in tech job growth, after Austin…

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Tech Trend: A gateway to new tech and world-class research in St. Louis

For much of the last 20 years, tech startup success was often tied to Silicon Valley. With the pandemic, however, came a geographic equalizer, making the location of a company’s headquarters matter less. Now metro areas in the heart of the U.S. are positioning themselves to become the next major tech hubs. Last week, we…

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Tech Trend: Ann Arbor’s upward trajectory

Ann Arbor, MI

Funding is trending up in key Flyover Cities, a testament to the intentional innovation development in the region. One of those cities is Ann Arbor, more specifically Washtenaw County, which is home to the sprawling University of Michigan. As the home to nearly half of all high-growth tech companies in Michigan, Washtenaw County boasts a…

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Flyover companies improving education through tech development

Flyover Future Puddle Hops

Technology touches just about every aspect of life, including education. Although school systems took advantage of technology during the pandemic to continue classes with students, we’re referring to EdTech companies that are making software to enhance, and sometimes equalize, the educational experience. Mastery Portfolio, located in Columbus, OH, makes a standards-based software called MasteryBook, which…

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Tech Trend: The fight for top talent requires new tools

It’s hard to overvalue the hiring process. With many IT pros moving inward from the West Coast, the war for tech talent is at an all-time high. CIOs need to be prepared with a game plan for attracting the best talent in a candidate-driven market. That includes having a strategy for differentiating between the candidates…

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Tech Trend: Technology solutions for nonprofits

Software Engineering

Nonprofit organizations have unique CRM needs. They don’t have customers and they’re not selling products in the strictest sense but they need to be able to manage their accounts and asset valuations, along with extra layers of compliance. And, of course, with limited budgets, many of them have to find ways to raise money while…

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Tech Trend: AdTech

Flyover Future ITSR

Last year was a record year for digital ad spending and it is expected to keep growing, according to Forbes. Facing competition from all over, companies are under pressure to get better ad placements and to deliver the right content to the right person. Adtech provides comprehensive behavioral data that can be used to target…

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Tech Trend: Automating the hiring process

HRTech

  Don’t miss must-read news about tech trends that will affect your IT strategy. Our Tech Trend Radar section covers topics, such as cybersecurity, data management, talent development and more. Automating the hiring process By its very nature, IT is adaptive. Constantly changing tech and corporate pivots require an IT manager to be at the…

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