Topic: Tech Tips

Some Business Applications are Just Not Ready for the Cloud

Come one, come all to the cloud.

That’s been the prevalent refrain in business technology for the past few years — and many companies have made the move.

But even though relying on cloud computing for IT services can and does offer a host of advantages, like agility, mobility, and automation, some businesses might find that some applications are better suited to staying on premises for now.
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Top 10 SXSW IT Talks for Business Leaders

South by Southwest Interactive, the annual gathering in Austin, Texas, of thousands of business, technology, marketing, and creative professionals to learn, share, network, and, well, party, starts Friday.

This year, topics important to business and IT leaders, such as Big Data, mobility, the Internet of Things, and wearable technology, will all have a big role in the conference, with various sessions devoted to exploring the technologies behind them, as well as important use cases for enterprises.

To make your SXSW planning easier, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the most important sessions for enterprise technology leaders like you to attend. Read more…

Don’t be Disappointed by Big Data

Because it can benefit business at nearly every level of operation — organizational efficiencies, development, customer interactions, and management processes — Big Data is here to stay. For Big Data to live up to its big promises, however, businesses must take steps to ensure that they have the right strategies and technologies in place to gather, store, and analyze the massive amounts of information they collect. Read more…

6 Things SMB Owners Should Consider When Choosing a Cloud Provider

You’ve done your homework and now you’re ready to take advantage of the cost savings and simplicity of the cloud. Now it’s time to decide which provider best fits your needs. With the number of options in the market, selecting … Read more…

10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Techie at Heart

It’s often the case that those who love technology, love new gadgets — and love showing them off and putting them to use, especially at the office.

That can mean challenges for business and IT leaders, who must be prepared for even more BYOD than they’re already seeing. But it can also mean opportunity, as early adopters often help companies take advantage of technology and new devices to achieve greater efficiency and other benefits.

For these early adopters, the official holiday of love is a chance to get and give the top new tech toys. Let’s take a look at some of the trends your tech-loving Valentine is sure to appreciate: Read more…

4 Business Tech Trends to Watch in 2014

Your business planning for 2014 has probably been in full swing for a while now, and no doubt, technology initiatives are playing featured role. That’s the forecast from IDC in its “Worldwide Predictions 2014” report, which says global spending on IT is expected to reach $2.1 trillion next year, up 5 percent.

But do your plans include the specific tech trends that are expected to have the biggest impact? Let’s take a look at four to keep in mind as you continue mapping out your 2014 initiatives: Read more…

As Black Friday Nears, Retailers Look to Tech to Help Boost Sales

For retailers, the most wonderful time of the year is here. And this year in particular is shaping up to be extra special, with Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday predicted to break online sales records.

According to the Adobe Digital Index, which uses data from half a trillion visits to more than 2,000 retail sites over the past seven years to make its forecast, the three big holiday shopping days will bring in about $5 billion for retailers. Read more…

More Mobile, More Apps: Is Your Business Ready?

We’ve known for a while now that mobility is a force in the enterprise — the rise of BYOD and app development are evidence. But the numbers are pointing to something even stronger: Mobility as a mainstay in business.

Consider that this year, U.S. adults will spend almost half of their overall media time — 43.6 percent — with digital. Of that time, 19.4 percent will be spent on mobile, compared with 19.2 percent on laptops and PCs,according to a July study by eMarketer. Read more…