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Don’t Let a Super Bowl-style Blackout Halt Your Business

For the millions of people watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, there were the usual sources of entertainment: the pageantry and commercials, a big lead closed and an almost comeback, and a flashy halftime show. But for business and IT leaders watching the big game, there was also a valuable lesson in the importance of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) plans.

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PaaS Rising: Is Your Business Following?

When you think of cloud computing and what it means for your business, what comes to mind? For some businesses, it means a complete outsourcing of hardware needs through Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). For others, it’s only using applications, like email, that are accessed over the Web, which is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

But businesses increasingly are turning to the middle of the cloud computing spectrum, applying solutions for developing and deploying applications over the Internet, such as virtualized servers and operating systems. This is Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and with its multiple benefits, it’s poised to be the next big model in cloud computing.

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Government Gets Social Part 2: Four Social Media Tips

Government institutions are using social media more than ever to communicate with constituents. We recently talked about why it’s so important: Because having direct communication with constituents can advance government effectiveness.

Since some organizations might just be getting started in taking advantage of social media technology and applications, we wanted to provide tips, as there is such a thing as “doing it wrong.”

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Government and Social Media: Not Just a Passing Trend

Social media isn’t just about being social anymore. Businesses aren’t the only one taking advantage of social media to communicate directly with their target audience to boost business. Government institutions of all sizes are getting in on the act, using social media tools to communicate important information to constituents and improve delivery of services.

Government adoption of social media is on the rise so much so that a recent report by the Partnership for Public Service says it’s “not just a passing trend,” rather, an important mechanism for advancing government effectiveness.

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Apps for Your Business

There’s no doubt that new apps are driving the future. But what do these apps mean for business and employee collaboration? And which ones will your boss ask you to use and master?

As we’ve talked about in past articles, in 2020 we won’t be talking about the cloud the same way we do today. Instead, businesses will be able to buy, configure and specify app performance based on the needs of the company. At the end of the day, it makes sense to get more familiar with the apps today, so you can be prepared for work tomorrow.

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What 100 Gbps Means for Your Business

It’s no secret that businesses are consuming more data than ever, thanks to the prevalence of cloud computing and mobile traffic. Add to that the ever-growing Big Data needs, and organizations are seeing unprecedented demands on their networks.

In its July 2012 Visual Networking Index, Cisco reported a rapid increase in networking demand from many sources but mainly streaming media. It also estimates an annual growth rate of 29 percent for IP traffic through 2016.

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Top Business Technology Resolutions for 2013

A new year is approaching, and with it come the inevitable conversations about resolutions. When it comes to IT, there are certainly some goals your organization will be considering for the next 12 months and beyond.

We’ve discussed a host of IT and business tips this year, and wanted to revisit some of the top best practices for your business to take advantage of in 2013.

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IT in 2012: A Look Back at the Top Trends

Though cloud computing dominated many IT conversations this year, there was plenty else to talk about in the tech world. And talk you did.

We analyzed the articles you clicked on, retweeted and mentioned on Twitter to come up with the top IT stories that you, the folks on the front lines, deemed most important in 2012 for business. Let’s take a look:

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