Public Cloud Services: From Novel to Necessary

Email. Smartphones. Tablets, Wi-Fi. Over time, products and services that we once considered cutting edge have become staples of our everyday life, tools we depend on to get the job done.

And now, the cloud is no exception.

In a recent Aberdeen Group study, all respondents revealed that they have deployed at least one public cloud service as part of their IT infrastructure, and 60 percent have done so for more than two years.

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Elevate Your IT Potential With Managed Services

Every business strives to become more efficient, and the challenges to reach greater efficiency are growing every year, as managers are being asked to do more with less.

Smaller budgets. Fewer resources. Shrinking timelines.

As you’ll see in the following articles and infographics, many companies are finding improved efficiency — and significant savings — by outsourcing some or all of their IT and communication services.

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Why Creative Crowdsourcing Is Good For Business

crowdsourcing200You see it every day on your online networks…

A business contact asks for recommendations for an open position. An old college buddy asks for restaurant suggestions in a popular city. A parent at your child’s school asks for summer camp reviews.

There’s a name for this type of request: crowdsourcing. And it’s not limited to people in your social networks. This method of seeking resources from the masses is part of a larger trend — one that enterprises are adopting to drive innovation and boost business.

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Rethinking the CIO: From IT Leader to Business Leader

CIO-Innovation2014RESIZEForget the old notions of what a CIO should be.

That’s because in today’s technology-reliant business environment, the role of the CIO is evolving. CIOs and aspiring CIOs — thanks to the rise of cloud computing, mobility, Big Data, apps, and other technology — are in prime position to grow their leadership roles and really make a difference in the business.

Two particular areas of opportunity for CIOs are innovation and operations. Let’s take a look at why these areas are so important.

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Top 5 Things To See At Interop Las Vegas

Interop Las Vegas, the annual technology expo and conference featuring informative panels, educational demonstrations, networking opportunities, and a host of speakers, starts today and goes all week.

What’s the latest in appsinfrastructuremobilitycloud and virtualization, security, and SDN? You can learn that — and more — at the conference.

To help you ensure you get the most out of your time in Vegas, here’s a few experiences you won’t want to miss this year:

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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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6 Cloud Tech Considerations for SMB IT Professionals

In the first post of our series, we simplified the business considerations used to choose a cloud provider.

Now, let’s focus on the relevant technological issues that should be part of your decision making process.

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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:

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