Day: July 10, 2020

U.S. government may finalize ban on federal contractors using equipment from Huawei this week – TechCrunch

The Trump administration is set to finalize regulations this week that ban the United States government from working with contractors who use technology from five Chinese companies: Huawei, ZTE, Hikvision, Dahua and Hytera Communications, according to a Reuters report.

The ban was first introduced as a provision in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that prevents government agencies from signing contracts with companies that use equipment, services and systems from Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision and Dahua, or any of their subsidiaries and affiliates, citing national security concerns.

Contractors were given until August 13, 2020 to comply, but immediately began voicing concerns over the ambiguity of the law.

More recently, the National Defense Industrial Association, a trade group, asked the government to extend the deadline because it said many contractors are currently dealing with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, reported Defense News.

Another challenge for federal contractors

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SWOT analysis: Why you should perform one, especially during times of uncertainty

Understanding what your company does and doesn’t do well is an important part of developing a long-term, sustainable business strategy.

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SWOT analysis is a technique that can help determine your company’s strengths and weaknesses, even during times of uncertainty. Knowing where your company stands is the best way to move it forward. 

SEE: Return to work: What the new normal will look like post-pandemic (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
During times of economic crisis, conducting a SWOT analysis might seem unimportant. But the opposite is true. It can help you weather storms with more confidence and clarity. No matter the situation, knowledge of your company and its position in the world is the best step toward success. 

What is a SWOT analysis?

A SWOT analysis is a technique that helps companies assess their Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT). During times of crisis, SWOT analysis can become one

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Walmart lessons: Leveraging your “lazy assets” for more profit

The giant retailer is using its parking lots to host drive-in movies. What assets does your IT department have that could be used?

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A few short years ago, most pundits had written off Walmart, the giant retailer that revolutionized commerce but was being threatened and seemingly bested by Amazon. In the past few months, however, Walmart seems to have rekindled its competitive spirit, and has gained ground on Amazon in areas from providing a unique data center offering leveraging its stores, to local grocery delivery that has made a significant impact as millions stay home due to COVID-19.

SEE: How to cultivate an inclusive workplace for LGBTQ employees (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Recently, Walmart announced the rather brilliant concept of turning its parking lots into drive-in movie theaters. Initially, this might seem like an odd offering for a retailer, but on closer

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