Technology Key to Retailers’ Happy Holidays

holiday-imgWe recently discussed how important infrastructure technology can be to a retailer’s bottom line, especially during the busy holiday season.

But other tech trends are significant as well, because they give retailers an edge when it comes to connecting with customers. Let’s take a look at some of the ways retailers are using the latest in technology to boost business:

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Creating a Business Continuity Plan

You’ve been hearing for years about how drafting a business continuity plan can keep your business going when an emergency strikes, or when Mother Nature wreaks havoc.  It’s on your “to-do” list, but somehow, it always gets pushed behind some more immediate need.  Frankly, the last thing you need is to read another article telling you why it’s so important. We thought it would be more helpful to give you some simple tips to start pulling your plan together.

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Business Cloud Deployment: Does Size Matter?

Cloud computing is and will have an extensive impact on the IT infrastructure of companies of all sizes.

I’ve come to this conclusion thanks to my extensive research as a Senior Analyst with the Aberdeen Group. And after a survey of a wide range of companies in January, we’re able to see an even clearer picture of how the public cloud is being used.

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Introducing Ethernet, 40 Years Later

You use Ethernet connections every day, but you may not be aware of their history, or the role they play in computing. The technology originated 40 years ago and has been evolving ever since.

Ethernet enables devices and computers to transfer and share data, so you and your employees can stay informed, collaborate, and do your jobs. In a rapidly changing technology world, Ethernet, 40 years later, is still around and evolving because it works so well and does so much for its users. Take a look at this infographic to see how Ethernet technology benefits your business.

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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.

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Outsourcing Rising: More Businesses Delegating IT

The past few years have seen more businesses turn to cloud computing for more IT services. So it was only a matter of time before this trend pointed toward an even bigger change in the way businesses handle IT: wide-ranging outsourcing.

Expect to see that come to fruition in the next five years, when about 70 percent of all business IT infrastructures will be outsourced. This is according to the latest Global IT Leadership Report from Savvis, a CenturyLink company.

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Protect Your Data – or Pay the Price [INFOGRAPHIC]

There’s a reason security is such a big topic among IT and business leaders. The potential loss in money, proprietary and personal data, time, and reputation from a security breach is just too significant to ignore.

Whether your organization is a large enterprise or a smaller business is of little concern to attackers. If you have information of value — and what successful business doesn’t? — it is in danger of a security breach, Harry Sverdlove, CTO of security firm Bit9, said at the recent Interop conference in New York.

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Top Financial Firms Begin Applying New Tech Trends

banking-technologyWe’ve talked before about how Big Data and other technology trends have helped businesses in the financial industry see gains and stay competitive.

Indeed, “there’s a lot of opportunity to apply new data sets and new algorithms,”Rod Bodkin, founder and CEO of Think Big Analytics, tells InformationWeek. “Fundamentally, we see Big Data coming in and letting people solve problems that were never before solvable.”

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