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 a provider to entrust with your business critical information and applications is a hard one. But we’ve simplified it for you.

This blog series will focus on the two basic lenses you should use when examining cloud providers: First, the business perspective, and second, the technology perspective.

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10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Techie at Heart

valentinetech2014It’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:

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Strata 2014: 6 “Don’t-miss Sessions,” to Further Your Tech Strategies

Developments in Big Data, and its implications on technology like data visualization, the Internet of Things, and wearables, come about every day. For business and technology leaders, it’s important to learn as much as possible about these trends to be able to make the best use of them and see the most gains in their organizations.

At the Strata conference next week, these and other important data technology topics will be front and center. The idea is to give participants a better understanding of how they can tap into the power Big Data for real-world business uses and results.

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What Netflix Can Teach Other Businesses About The Cloud And Big Data

Cloud and VideoCompanies of all sizes have been moving more IT services to the cloud and trying to mine Big Data for business gains for the past few years. But one organization has pushed the envelope of cloud and data so far, it’s changed an industry.

Netflix, with its “all in” cloud approach and revolutionary Big Data strategy, has provided a model for success. And now enterprise and IT leaders in a range of industries can learn from the entertainment giant to adapt its lessons to their own businesses.

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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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