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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Cloud Makes it OK to Fail

As we’ve discussed before, the role of the CIO is constantly evolving in today’s tech environment, but so is business as a whole. So, how should business leaders position their organizations for success in this increasingly cloud-prevalent world?

For a company to thrive, it must seek agility and innovation. We know those are business buzzwords but they are important when it comes to the business environment we will enter over the next few years. Agility will be important to integrate technology, and innovation will be needed to make organizational changes that blend information technology more closely with the lines of business.

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How Will Technology Impact Your Business in 2020? [EBOOK]

Human-like technology. The potential downfall of the data center. Hyper-personalization of data. These are some of the responses IT leaders gave to us when we asked, “What will business technology look like in 2020?”

In 2020, tech experts say, computers could learn from experience, much like the human brain. The end of the data center as we know it might arrive. And technology will know the most important things about us to help us become more productive.

Download the Business Technology Ebook

In our new ebook, Business Technology 2020, the experts — who represent organizations such as Intel, IBM, Frost and Sullivan, Aberdeen, ATLANTIC-ACM and Current Analysis and more — also cover topics that include the cloud, health care, cognitive computing and the role of the CIO, giving a holistic preview of how technology will impact your business in and leading up to 2020.

Download it today!

Do you agree with the experts’ predictions? How do you think technology will impact your business/role in 2020? We want to hear from you! Join the Twitter conversation by following us @CenturyLinkBiz and by using the hashtag #biztech2020.

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