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Steve Riat

Steve Riat is Director of Sales for Nex-Tech and works out of the Hays office.

Recent Posts

Tech Edge 4.0 - How'd We Do?

Posted by Steve Riat on Jul 5, 2017 1:19:57 PM

I am asked many times what Tech Edge is all about and the vision is very simple. To connect people with technology and give them an edge over their competition.

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Topics: Business Technology Watch, Telecom Industry

Why Care About the IoT for Your Business?

Posted by Steve Riat on Jul 5, 2017 1:17:52 PM

You may know by now I am a huge gadget fan and the IoT (Internet of Things) has fueled my gadget bug. From ChromeCast to the Nest Thermostat, I find it all fun to play with and there are some real advantages to the smart home. Until recently, I didn’t see the value to business. It was pointed out to me that the advantages of IoT not only can save businesses time and money, they can make a customer experience better or save lives.

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Topics: Business Technology Watch, Telecom Industry

I Am Too Busy to Read This Article (Then This Article is for You)

Posted by Steve Riat on Jul 5, 2017 1:17:19 PM

It seems that I have recently run into a lot of people who say they are too busy to get anything done at work or at home. While at the conference,  I had the benefit of seeing a presentation from Hardin Byars, a business coach and leader, that addressed this and gave a simple diagram that I think can help a lot of these people.

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Topics: Business Technology Watch, Telecom Industry

A Close Shave in Business?

Posted by Steve Riat on Apr 19, 2017 2:52:43 PM

Last week when I was getting ready one morning, I was using a rechargeable razor and don’t you know it, half way through the battery dies.  The razor I have is one that you can’t just plug it in and you are good, it must charge before it will work again.  The battery on this razor runs several weeks before needing recharging (Maybe even a month) so I tend to let it run low before charging, or I charge it before I go on a trip. 

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Topics: Business Technology Watch

Tech Edge 4.0

Posted by Steve Riat on Apr 13, 2017 3:20:55 PM

Tech Edge continues to mature and change just as technology changes.  As technology continues to change at an increasing speed, the one thing that is a continual challenge is connecting that technology with business.  For 2017, that is one of our new goals - connect this technology with end users to increase business productivity.  Not to worry, we will continue to have all the great items in tech that you have come to expect from Tech Edge.

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Topics: Business Technology Watch

5 Simple Things to Protect Your Online Identity

Posted by Steve Riat on Mar 13, 2017 3:49:43 PM

Daily, we see news reports about companies that are hacked and had information leaked.  While large companies that are compromised make the press, your devices could be compromised and take you quite a while to realize that the leak is your device.  I created this simple list to help mitigate your risks.

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Topics: Business Technology Watch

Tech Edge 2017

Posted by Steve Riat on Mar 13, 2017 3:37:48 PM

Every year we learn and get better.  And, 2017 is no different.  We will put on the best Tech Edge ever, including some of the best from the past:

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Topics: Business Technology Watch

Don’t Listen to Them, Keep it Going!

Posted by Steve Riat on Mar 13, 2017 1:20:32 PM

Recently, I flew out of Wichita Eisenhower Airport which is a great experience if you haven’t tried it.  Close parking, quick check in, fast security and you are quickly at your gate.  For this trip, I was flying Southwest Airlines which is known for their amazing culture and this trip did not disappoint. 

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Topics: Business Technology Watch

Having Fun in the Workplace

Posted by Steve Riat on Jan 12, 2017 12:56:38 PM

It is that time of year where you sit down and review 2016 and evaluate how it went.  Overall, I had a successful year.  From growing as a leader to gaining new skills, it was very productive.  Where I missed the mark is fun.   The question I began to ask myself is can you have a successful year if you didn’t have fun?  I believe the answer is No.

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Topics: Business Technology Watch

Servers Suck

Posted by Steve Riat on Nov 11, 2016 11:32:28 AM

I remember, almost 20 years, ago how excited I was to be part of a server deployment.  Cool new hardware, having to put all the parts in the box, operating system installation and configuration to the network (Some of you are thinking “Yeah, what fun?”).  That fun has now worn off to the reality of servers today:

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Topics: Business Technology Watch