Below is a recap of this week’s blog posts including funding to reduce climate pollution, how cloud computing saves time, energy and money, whether or not the rise of AI is a good thing or bad and the benefits of partnering with a woman-owned business.
Industry standards are changing around the world, and more businesses are striving to reduce their carbon footprint. The U.S. EPA recently announced $250 million in funding to help state and local governments develop plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each state, including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, will be eligible to receive up to $3 million in planning grants, and 67 of the most populated metropolitan areas are eligible for $1 million in planning grants.
As the central hub for all company data, data centers function as a company lifeline and are critical to the continuity of daily operations. For this reason, they are among the most important assets a business owns and should be taken care of accordingly. Data centers house IT hardware and software such as routers, switches, firewalls, storage systems, servers, and application-delivery controllers. Data centers are one of the most expensive pieces of hardware a company can own, and transitioning can become a headache.
The idea of AI was first conceived in the first half of the 20th century with movies like The Wizard of Oz and Metropolis and has since grown into everyday terminology. AI is used for anything from autonomous vehicles and personalized learning, to voice assistants and personalized shopping. However, as popular as AI is becoming, many are more concerned with negative ramifications.
WBENC is an annual conference for women-owned businesses that allows business owners nationwide to network and build relationships with other female entrepreneurs. This year, WBENC occurs March 20-23 in Nashville. Partnering with women-owned businesses provides opportunities for companies to achieve diversity and innovation in this progressive era.