Transform your business in 2023 with UC Riverside’s no-cost technology consulting program: TACIES

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Mar 28, 2023


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  • UC Riverside’s consulting program is for small businesses to help transform them in 2023.
  • The TACIES program explores cutting-edge technologies to help boost the productivity of businesses.
  • The consultation program covers data analytics, 5G and IoT, Cybersecurity, and Automation/Robotics.

In today’s rapidly evolving tech-driven world, there is a rising demand for digital transformation consulting companies and programs. Based on research, the consulting market is expanding at an annual rate of 7.5%, reaching a valuation of $11 billion by 2026. UC Riversides’ no-cost technology consulting program for inland empire small business owners will help transform your businesses in 2023.  

The TACIES program stands for Technical Assistance for Covid-Impacted Inland Empire Small Businesses. The consulting program will help explore the state-of-the-art technologies that can help boost your productivity that grows your competitiveness. 

What is the TACIES program about?

The program covers four tech areas without any individual costs. They provide valuable insights and consulting services on topics relevant to the first 50 small businesses that qualify during the selection process. Let’s delve into these game-changing technologies for your business to get a better understanding of the TACIES program: 

Data Analytics

Existing enterprises usually have unutilized customer data and executive information. These act as golden mines for increasing revenue and marketing opportunities. The power of consumer data is to get ahead of the competition by predicting market trends that allow businesses to help serve the target audience best. 

Small businesses overlook data analytics, thinking that these aren’t necessary for the growth of a business. Data analytics help improve efficiency by supporting customers and predicting outcomes. Small businesses remain relevant and competitive by using data analytics tools.

5G and the Internet of Things (IoT)

The globally connected enterprise market requires internet tools like 5G and IoT to focus on improving mobile marketing, sensing systems, real-time data collection, and connecting with a bigger pool of potential end buyers. 

With the help of 5G and IoT, small businesses help get more profound real-time knowledge resulting in more efficient production, maintenance, and fulfillment. IoT will inevitably impact how human resources are allocated.


Data traffic travels over numerous internet servers and is hence vulnerable to cyberattacks, resulting in the breach of critical consumer-centric information. Therefore, integrating cybersecurity and data privacy algorithms protects your business’s data integrity. 

Cybersecurity is crucial for resolving financial losses, protecting against loss of productivity, and providing legal liability. There are numerous ways to make your networks safe, like using firewalls, network segregation, email security, and data encryption.

Robotics and Automation

Conventionally, numerous business operations were performed manually, making handling data sets a highly tedious task. Hence, with the help of cutting-edge tools like Robotics, these systems are being converted into automated processes. Emphasis is being laid on collaborative robots (co-bots), which can work alongside human partners and improve productivity in logistics, laboratory processes, agri-related processes, and much more. 

There are numerous differences between traditional industrial robots and co-bots. Industrial robots are difficult to set up, use high-level programming expertise, and have expensive space requirements. In contrast, co-bots have a fast set-up procedure, use straightforward programming, and have limited space requirements. 

How To Apply?

The TACIES program provides free 6-8 hours of consulting on one of these topics relevant to your needs. To apply for the TACIES consulting program:

  1. Go to the official website of UCR, Office of Technology Partnerships. You can also click here to go to the website. 
  2. After watching the video narrations, click the Apply Now option on the website. Or you can also click here to go to the apply now page. 
  3. Choose your preference for the consulting offering and fill out your contact information. You also go through the process on the page to get an idea of when the team will reach you with their response after your acceptance or rejection.


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