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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How to Factor Wearable Tech Into Your Company’s Future

It’s not news how BYOD has evolved from movement to mainstay in business. But what about BYOWD? That stands for Bring Your Own Wearable Device. And though it might not yet be an actual trend, it’s gaining momentum, as devices like Google Glass, the HC1 Headset, and Plantronics start becoming available — and may soon make their way into the business world for work use.

The “wearable technology” market is predicted to be a $12 billion sector by 2018, according to Business Insider. And ABI Research estimates that the global market for wearable tech in health and fitness could reach 170 million devices by 2017. These numbers show why it’s important for business and IT leaders to stay on top of this new technology now to be ready for the future.

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5 Top Tech Discussions at Interop 2013

The role of IT in businessIT securityBig DataBYOD and cloud computing, and networking and applications were all important topics discussed among the thousands of IT professionals who made their way to New York for the annual Interop IT conference last week. A host of workshops, keynote speeches, and in-person discussions with technology leaders and innovators gave attendees plenty of technical information to bring back to the office.

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3 Tech Trends Retailers Can’t Afford to Ignore

mobile-credit-cardLike other industries, retail is experiencing rapid technological change — change that, if disregarded, could have a negative impact on business. That’s why it’s so important for business and IT leaders to keep abreast of the latest in retail technology.

Let’s take a look at some of the important trends in retail IT, and how they can help businesses like yours see success.

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Healthcare Providers Take a Shot in the Cloud

TGSyringe-and-clouds-200x200Like businesses in a host of industries, healthcare providers have set their sights on cloud computing, hoping to gain competitive advantages and better serve doctors and patients by moving important data and operations to cloud-based systems.

In fact, the healthcare cloud computing market is expected to grow to nearly $5.4 billion by 2017, according to a recent study by the firm MarketsandMarkets. This growth in healthcare cloud is part of a larger trend in telehealth, which is predicted to grow by 55 percent this year.

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