Protect Against the Top Three Financial Scams in Arizona

by Robert Gibboni

The typical business loses 5 percent of its annual revenue to fraud, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Financial statement fraud causes the greatest median loss, with an average of $975,000 per scheme. As a financial institution concerned with protecting our customers from scams, we bring experience in identifying scams and preventing being… [More]

Address the Risk of Data Breach

by Mike Hunter

More than 90 percent of data breaches worldwide involve small and medium-sized business organizations. Data breaches result in increased global economic debt — and the reality is, hackers attack anyone, with few to no exceptions. The governing body of the payment card industry (PCI) is the Standards Security Council that includes the major card brands,… [More]

Personalized Systems Enhance Fire Safety

by RaeAnne Marsh

Technology has advanced the fire alarm industry from blaring horn strobes to intelligent voice communication. The trend is to provide more information and give directions, replacing the traditional “make a lot of noise and flash some lights to drive everybody away from the fire,” says David Burns, production manager with Siemens, a multifaceted engineering company.… [More]

AC in e-Commerce

by RaeAnne Marsh

“E-commerce dominates our buying patterns now,” says Erik Bryan, founder and owner of, observing that Amazon has changed the way people buy. “People want simplicity and affordability, and want what they want now. Bringing air conditioning to that platform was only a matter of when.” Buying air conditioning units over the Internet has already… [More]

Tee Time Mobile-ized

by Mike Hunter

Folla Media LLC, a Scottsdale-based holding company of leading golf brands, has launched Golfpay, a golf reservation app that offers golfers a new way to book their tee times. The Web-based app is the first in the world to allow golfers to pay and check-in from their phone, creating a time-saving, hassle-free experience that is… [More]

On-Demand Access for Homebuying

by Mike Hunter

Real estate company Opendoor has launched an app for iPhone and Android that gives homebuyers instant access to hundreds of homes for sale in the Phoenix area. With a few taps, buyers can find homes that match their criteria, view home details, and instantly take the next step of visiting homes on their schedule. Opendoor… [More]

The Costly Truth about Cloud Divorce

by Michael Cocanower

When it comes to storing data in “The Cloud,” most business executives sign with a provider, never thinking about divorce. But what happens when you want to leave or move to another provider? What are the risks associated with that split, and how costly can it be? While cloud divorce may seem fairly new, it’s… [More]

UAT Reinstates a Virtual Reality Degree

by Mike Hunter

The world of Virtual Reality has been around for decades, and the University of Advancing Technology was the first university in the nation to offer a fully accredited degree for it. While the initial VR degree offering, created in 1991, may have been a bit before its time, the Virtual Reality bachelor’s degree is back… [More]

Camelback Corridor Attracts San Francisco Tech Company

by Mike Hunter

Technology company Zenreach has opened its first major office outside of its San Francisco headquarters at Biltmore Center on the northwest corner of 24th Street and Camelback Road. “This makes a major win for Phoenix and the Biltmore Center property,” says Ryan Timpani, Vice President with Colliers International in Greater Phoenix, which represented property owner ViaWest… [More]

What Employers Need to Know about the ‘Dark Web’ 

by Karl Volkman

Have you heard of the “Dark Web”? While you might not consider yourself a “techie” person, it is crucial to keep abreast of what employees might be doing on their work computers. And this includes accessing the Dark Web. It might sound like a mythical creation from a sci-fi movie, but it is actually an… [More]