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Midsize Businesses’ Best IT Weapon? Managed Services [INFOGRAPHIC]

When it comes to IT, midsize businesses face a unique challenge: They require the capabilities of a large enterprise to keep a competitive advantage, but they must do so on increasingly shrinking budgets and with smaller staffs. In the face of this challenge, how can midsize businesses not just cope, but thrive? For more and more businesses, the answer is found in managed services, particularly cloud services. With cloud implementations, midsize organizations can:

  • Take advantage of industry-leading applications without the additional costs that come with a complex IT infrastructure.
  • Unburden IT staff from day-to-day tasks and focus on revenue-driving activities.
  • Eliminate the need to own and maintain redundant physical infrastructure for data backup and disaster recovery.
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More Money, More Performance: A Look at Business Cloud Spending

Business cloud users plan to increase their yearly spending on cloud programs by 8.6 percent, far greater than the planned 1 percent increase in overall IT spending. This was a finding for the Aberdeen Group in my January survey of a wide range of companies to learn more about their public cloud use.

But how they will spend that increase in their cloud budget?

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4 Business Tech Trends to Watch in 2014

2014ITPredictionsJanuaryYour 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:

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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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