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Best Apps for Your Next Business Trip to Europe



Mobile World Congress Barcelona may have been cancelled, but business travel is not entirely out of the question. Those keen to meet partners and clients face-to-face can still venture a business trip to Europe to a less crowded venue. To make business travel enjoyable and slightly less stressful, Smart IT has compiled a list of mobile apps to “pack” on your next journey.

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Smart IoT: Industrial Internet of Things



Cloud and edge computing have allowed internet-connected appliances to create and permeate many industries. From smart home devices to the factory floor, the Internet of Things encompasses a myriad of application fields. Industrial process automation with the use of cloud computing gave birth to a new definition of IoT, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 
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What We Can Learn From Lemonade: an InsurTech Case Study



Insurance operators have been the slowest in adopting information technology and digital transformation. All the while the fintech space is bustling with innovative ideas and insurance development companies. Lemonade is one such new kid on the blog that has taken a technology-first approach in its business model. Something that older players lack. What exactly makes Lemonade so notably? Let’s have a look.

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WEF Report Summary: Information Technology for Sustainable Development



This post aims to summarize the key statements and results, as well as the proposals put forth in the World Economic Forum’s report Unlocking Technology for the Global Goals. The report zooms in on inclusivity, sustainability, and human-centered development against the backdrop of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Anyone who is not indifferent to how technology shapes and benefits the world around will this summary to be a useful overview and introduction to the full-length report.
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Best Books According to Smart IT Executives



Picking your next best read is no easy task. Whether you are looking for self help, feeling an urge for personal development, seeking knowledge to increase business savviness or simply making an investment into personal and professional growth — a book is your best friend. And yet, however many books you read, some leave a more lasting impression than others. To make things easier and start off your year in reading, Smart IT senior executives share their recommendations for their all-time favorite books.
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Why Use Python to Power Your Next Business Idea



Python programming language founder, Guido van Rossum, celebrates his 64th birthday today. The coding language developed by Van Rossum in 1990 remains popular to this day, 30 years after it was introduced. It tops the charts year on year and has one of the most active communities of coders and software engineers. This is an exploration of why Python sustains to this day and how businesses benefit from it.
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Using Company Directories to Choose the Right Technology Stack



To play a song, you need the notes, the musicians and the right instruments. To launch an IT project is no different. Except, the notes become the functional specification, the musicians become the software engineers, and the instruments become the technology stack. Whether you are looking for software engineering services or searching for the people, who will orchestrate the application development process, company directories can be the best place to start the search. 
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Blockchain for Business: Outsourcing Blockchain Development



Blockchain development is proclaimed to be the most demanded skill for 2020, according to LinkedIn research. High demand rarely means available human resources though. The information technology industry is experiencing a shortage of talent that knows its way around distributed ledger technology. So is it worth the effort to assemble a team in-house? Can, perhaps, the process be outsourced to a company offering blockchain development services instead?
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5 Podcasts for Tech Entrepreneurs



Approximately 165 million people, or 22% of Americans listen to podcasts on a weekly basis. While most prefer to listen to podcasts at home, it is highly likely that tech entrepreneurs, innovators and founders rarely have a minute to give their undivided attention to an episode. For those with a tight schedule, we have compiled a brief list of podcasts that provide insights into the world of business, management, technology or software engineering. If you have not stumbled on them already, these will be a useful addition to your podcast library to listen on the go or during a quiet minute or two.
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Smart IoT: What CHIP Means for the Internet of Things



The electronics space is already talking about smart cities, but the situation with smart devices in the home, especially over the issue of information security, remains shaky at best. About a month ago top tech companies announced a working group, named Project Connected Home over IP (or CHIP for short). The goal is to develop a unified network standard that will resolve current and future device compatibility, security and development issues across smart home IoT devices. What will this mean for consumers and developers?
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