The popularity of the Dropbox file storage service is creating more opportunity for partners since the expansion of its Dropbox Partner Network last November as well as the addition of Dropbox Enterprise to its product arsenal, which also includes Dropbox Business.
Thanks to its star turn on TV’s Jeopardy!, IBM’s Watson has become synonymous with cognitive computing, a technology gaining increasing importance and momentum in the enterprise. With more organizations recognizing the need to make sense of unstructured data, IBM in February launched three application programming interfaces (APIs) for developers to extend the capabilities of the Watson platform.
The integration of legacy systems into the cloud is not necessarily different or more challenging than moving any other application off-premises, cloud providers say.
Supply chain disruption has become a huge concern for the automotive industry. Suppliers operating in countries exposed to a higher risk of natural disaster face the fastest-growing business continuity risk when it comes to global sourcing, according to a report from BSI Supply Chain Solutions.
The ability to mask one’s identity online has gained attention in recent weeks since it was revealed the terrorists in the attacks in Paris used cybertools to communicate and keep their activities anonymous. France is now reportedly looking into banning the Tor browser, which lets users "defend against traffic analysis."
'Tis the season when retailers ramp up for increased sales and wrap up technology projects - but also a time when full-time employees take time off. In the meantime, critical back-end systems need to stay up and running. For many organizations, the go-to solution to this low supply and high demand.
The data center is transforming -- modernizing to meet business demand as technologies such as software-defined architecture, cloud and virtualization take hold. This modernization is also being driven by CIOs and IT executives taking a hard look at their computing needs.
Researchers hope to use three-dimensional printing (also known as additive manufacturing) to create replacements for human organs made from living cells.
If you're a small business owner, you may think the Internet of Things (IoT) has value only for large companies with big technology budgets. But the IoT is also creating opportunity for small businesses, helping them improve efficiency and create innovative products.
CBOSS, a payment processing service provider, hired integrator AdvizeX to deploy NSX, the VMware network virtualization platform, as part of a software-defined networking project.
Amazon Web Services has devised a stringent third-party audit process that channel partners must pass to become a designated Managed Service Partner. Here's how to make it through.
Organizations contemplating a move to cloud computing often eye private clouds, which offer some of the same benefits that public clouds provide, but for exclusive use by one business. While private clouds are not used as frequently as the public cloud, many reports show adoption is growing.
The managed print service market is in a constant state of evolution, and providers are keeping up by layering apps on top of print offerings as well as developing services for vertical or niche industries.
Moving business processes to the cloud is no longer a matter of if, but when. More enterprises are adopting a hybrid approach that blends private and public clouds. More than 65% of enterprise IT organizations will be deploying some form of hybrid cloud before 2016, according to IDC.
Channel partners, particularly those with IT security experience, may find new opportunities in the emerging field of breach detection technology.
Computer-assisted language learning systems are useful in helping address the basic aspects of language such as speaking, reading, and writing, but often we get tripped up in the intricacies of pronunciation.
While organizations increasingly are the victims of external hackers, many are finally realizing an uncomfortable truth: insider threats are and have long been a very real problem.
Best practices for focusing web design on the user experience as well as visual appeal
As if small businesses don't have enough to worry about when it comes to keeping their data safe from hackers, now they have to guard against internal threats to their networks as well.
Channel partners and vendors are capitalizing on SharePoint's weaknesses with alternative products and services. Learn about two enterprise collaboration tools that partners can leverage.
Hosted virtual desktops offer service providers a stronger client relationship and, potentially, a profitable line of business. Deciding how to enter the market, however, demands a thorough assessment of available options.
Not surprisingly, mobile security ranks among the top challenges IT faces when it comes to protecting small and mid-sized businesses. What is surprising, however, is that only 16% of SMBs worldwide responding to a recent Techaisle survey say they're prepared to deal with mobile security challenges.
While SDN market size grows, channel partners stand to benefit from the technology's ease-of-management features.
Google Nearline offers unique perks for channel partners that Amazon Glacier cannot, but deciding which cloud storage service to deploy for your customers depends on a variety of factors.
As software-defined networking continues its labyrinthine journey toward broad widespread deployment, industry observers say there is some jockeying for market position among the major networking vendors, but the OpenDaylight project appears to be gaining significant momentum.
Some companies are outsourcing cloud migration to managed service providers. These firms handle servers and other equipment, as well as hosted applications. They patch and update antivirus software, take charge of server upgrades, scale computing capacity and ensure business continuity.
What's the best way to tune Java performance? That's a complicated question, and RebelLabs has a ton of answers in its just-released sixth annual Developer Productivity Report.
Manage your own data center or outsource it? That's the question facing many companies as tech infrastructure begins to age.
Channel partners have an opportunity to partner with data center providers who offer data center as a service, or colocation.
MSPs looking for a new business venture have a couple of ways to enter the DaaS market: build their own infrastructure or partner with cloud vendors.
Women continue to be underrepresented in the channel and the broader STEM workforce, but are making inroads in telecom and managed services.
Security breaches are becoming almost regular news. With ongoing high-profile revelations about the likes of Home Depot and JPMorgan Chase having millions of customers' data hacked, such events are losing their capacity to shock. Until, that is, it happens to your business.
Getting on a reality business show is a dream come true--or a nightmare, if you aren't careful.
Security has typically fallen under the purview of IT, but it's time to elevate it to a C-suite level discussion. Seemingly every time we turn around there's something in the news or on social media about high-profile breaches.
Channel partners are developing services around Skype for Business, which they view as an important part of their unified communications toolkits.
As more companies recognize the need to break down the walls that divide software developers and IT operations, recruiting DevOps skills has become more critical, and DevOps recruiting has become more difficult.
Colleges and universities typically use the free version of Google Analytics to track how people interact with their websites, including where visitors are coming in from and the pages they're visiting,. but not enough schools are taking the time to glean critical information from that data.
Organizations are uncovering more value from the data in their systems thanks to analytics tools that let them hone in on information to make predictions and better decisions.
Watchwith has built a cloud-based platform that lets TV networks and other content providers power interactivity through apps to further engage consumers while they watch shows, movies and commercials.
Trusteed IRAs can stretch assets over generations
Marketers use the most cloud apps in an organization, yet 98 percent of their apps are not "enterprise-ready" and put data at risk, according to a new report on app usage trends by cloud security company Netskope.
Boston's three public safety agencies are expecting to see significant improvements in response time and more efficient communications, thanks to the city's new computer-aided 911 dispatch system deployed earlier this month.
If you're a managed services provider who wants to deliver managed email, chances are you'll be looking for a partner. Seventy-one percent of managed service providers (MSPs) currently offer one or more forms of email hosting and another 14% are planning to do so, according to Techaisle.
Drones are on more people's radars lately-so to speak-and that got Babson College MBA candidate Abby Speicher and her business partners thinking about a possible opportunity: providing training to public safety departments related to these unmanned aerial vehicles.
Channel partners often lack a formal HR management system and may not employ the HR processes and best practices they need to manage rapid growth.
IT shops that want to use the cloud as the compute platform for some or all of their applications must first migrate those applications to the cloud. That task is easier said than done, and many companies are turning to channel partners for help.
The criteria for what makes for a great vendor aren't what they used to be. As partners refocus their businesses on enablement and offering services, they evaluate vendors for responsiveness, channel strategy and more.
Cut through the many acronyms in the mobility solutions market to identify and implement strategies that suit each of your customers.
To gauge the ability of professional graphic designers to do basic programming, Brian Dorn, then a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), asked a group of them to read and modify a piece of program code.
Electronics manufacturers are notorious for poor working conditions in overseas factories, but some have made strides toward being more socially and environmentally responsible, according to a new report.
The nascent field of network virtualization has yet to take off for most managed services providers (MSPs), but some observers say the maturation of VMware network virtualization software could boost the market's prospects.
MSPs look to grow business around hosted virtual desktops but face challenges in delivering their offerings. Find out if the technology suits your clients.
MSPs look to grow business around hosted virtual desktops but face challenges in delivering their offerings. Find out if the technology suits your clients.
Project management is a position many people segue into from other jobs within IT, such as business analyst, systems analyst or software developer, as opposed to being hired for the job at the outset of their careers, industry observers say.
iKeg, from SteadyServ, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) inventory and order management system is one of the latest entries on the market tapping into the Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon in the beer industry.
IoT opportunities exist for partners, but according to experts, taking the first step into the IoT space requires channel firms to embrace cloud computing, new partnerships, and IoT protocol. Some companies have already found success.
A team at Stanford University has presented a model of a monolith 3D stack that incorporates logic and memory together which, they say, can be mass-produced.
IT shops are looking mostly to their existing software providers for an assist when extending enterprise apps to mobile -- and finding compelling ROI along the way.
With the cloud brokerage market expected to reach $160 billion by 2018, traditional IT companies vie with cloud brokers to tap into the growing customer demand.
Colleges and universities miss a significant opportunity to capture the attention of their primary web audience-teens and young adults-when their websites aren't designed to perform well on mobile devices.
Python, an open source scripting language, has become the most popular introductory teaching language at top U.S. universities, according to a recent survey by Philip Guo, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Rochester.
Proponents of the teach children to code movement say the payoffs are immediate: Children learn a new way to express themselves, as well as problem solving and building block concepts at a young age.
Community banks embrace new marketing strategies to supplement traditional advertising
Much has been written about the promise of artificial intelligence (AI), which has made something of a comeback as business analytics began to take off. Now, a number of startups have cropped up to work on an AI algorithm technique known as deep learning.
If traditional distributors are to gain traction in the cloud-based IT economy, they will have to overcome competition from unexpected corners.
Channel partners with experience in software-defined data centers have a good opportunity to build integration services and consulting work around the VMware NSX architecture.
Getting ready for mobile really boils down to one thing - taking some sort of action and not letting fear or uncertainty overwhelm you. Yet many organizations aren't doing much and meanwhile, employees are increasingly using mobile devices to do their work. It's up to the CIO to step up to the plate
Adaptive learning technology, which produces a personalized training experience, is starting to find its way into the corporate space.
We all remember when cloud computing was all about migrating non-critical applications from on-premises to the cloud. Quick ROI, instant business and IT benefits!
Now the third phase has arrived.
It's no longer wise -- or safe -- for IT to stay entrenched in the old approach of merely deploying and maintaining a company's hardware and software. Technology has taken center stage in helping to transform a business and enhance its competitive edge.
Mobile platforms such as smartphones and tablets are convenient for workers who want to connect to their corporate network outside the office. However, this near-constant connectivity limits the control IT departments have over what employees do.
Any IT leader worth his or her salt is going to be constantly thinking about whether they are staying relevant to the business. Operating according to the status quo doesn't cut it any longer.
More and more businesses have their heads in the cloud lately, so it only makes sense that partners do too. But managed cloud services is different from managing on-premises systems, and some partners are finding themselves having to make adjustments.
As college and university professors continue to move from the traditional lecture format to a facilitated learning model, officials are rethinking the classroom setup. Students collaborate at tables while instructors move freely through the room. The lecturer's desk is no longer the focal point.
To make it easier for robots navigate non-standard landscapes, MIT grad student Julian Straub has developed an algorithm to identify the major orientations in 3D scenes.
Microsoft partners are looking to the vendor's big data tools, such as the Azure Intelligent Systems Service and Azure Machine Learning, to meet the needs of increasingly 'data-driven' customers.
CMOs face an uncertain future. Reasons why include the blurring lines of responsibility across functional groups and a fever-pitch pressure on marketing to demonstrate ROI, according to Lisa Nirell, chief energy officer of EnergizeGrowth, a Washington, D.C.-based marketing consulting firm.
Most college students take a breather at the end of the school year, maybe travel, see a part of the world. But Matt Guthmiller, a 19-year-old freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, plans to see the entire world this summer - from the cockpit of a small single-engine plane.
While channel conflict is nothing new, a 2013 study by industry group CompTIA found that six out of 10 channel companies said conflicts had increased in the previous two years, with 21% saying conflicts had risen significantly. Another 8% said they experienced no conflicts at all.
Matt Guthmiller, a 19-year-old freshman at MIT, is combining his passion for computer science with his love of flying by taking a 28,000-mile solo flight around the world later this month. If he succeeds, he will become the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe on a solo flight.
There's no escaping it: from retail to health care to utilities to transportation -- the number of connected devices is increasing every day and has the potential to transform and revolutionize how many industries work.
Technology comes second. First, Build support by selling your vision to staff and community.
See how schools are using Skype, Twitter, and other social media to create authentic learning opportunities.
With companies operating 24x7 and employees increasingly working from mobile devices, the pressure on IT staff to stay in touch even when they are on vacation is becoming almost an unspoken requirement.
You can't blame IT and business leaders if they're feeling a little paranoid about security these days. Headlines are rife with disastrous breaches
Electronics recycling (e-cycling) has come a long way since the 1990s, with far less hardware being tossed into landfills, or exported in containers to Third World nations where toxic components can pollute soil, groundwater, and (if burned, as often happens) the air.
The market for 3-D printing is booming, but consumer applications have room for growth
Facing "pretty serious shortages" in some allied health professions got officials at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston thinking: Why not train some existing employees so they could get high-skilled, higher-paying jobs?
Thanks to the cloud and proliferation of mobile devices, business units operating outside of IT's purview is growing.
Augmented reality (AR), a technology that superimposes computer-generated images on top of real-world views, is gaining traction as a useful training tool across a wide variety of employee roles, particularly where simulation, training, and skills development are needed.
The role of a vendor's channel account managers, or partner account managers, is to manage the relationship with channel partners, including growing revenue and negotiating contracts. Yet sometimes those relationships don't work as smoothly as they should.
Partners give their take on a range of Azure management tools that are offered by Microsoft, third-party vendors and the open source community.
IT channel industry workers in a variety of job roles are, by and large, satisfied with their salaries and careers. They're a highly compensated group, making on average more than three times the U.S. per-capita average and 21% more than the average IT manager at their IT organization customers.
Interactive content is giving marketers a new avenue to connect consumers to brands.
Zoe Youl has taken multitasking to a new level. The 24-year-old registered nurse is working toward a postgraduate certificate in intensive care, while at the same time keeping up with her required 20 hours a year of continuing professional development (CPD).
Just when you thought it was safe to assume the economy was looking fairly positive, a 2014 IT salary survey by Janco Associates and eJobDescription.com debunks that theory, with a less than rosy picture of the IT job market.
Burgers and technology are terms that usually aren't synonymous, but when The Habit restaurant chain wanted to ensure consistency in the quality of its food as well as enhance the customer experience, it was a tasty pairing.
The Windows 7 end-of-life date may not compel every customer to migrate operating systems -- however, for those who do decide to migrate, the transition should run more smoothly than the XP migration.
Stone Street Capital in Bethesda, MD, deployed a cloud-based gamification platform called Hoopla last year to incentivize sales people to record all activities leading up to a deal.
While many marketers still track conversions based on the last click, almost 54 percent of them are interested in implementing a different methodology, according to a just-released survey by Impact Radius of 146 high-ranking CMOs and company principals.
Deploying constituent relationship management systems across the enterprise to create the fabled "360-degree view of the student experience" and improve retention initiatives
For a 19-year-old-kid who just flew a small plane around the world - setting a record in the process - MIT student Matt Guthmiller seemed to have mixed emotions that his extraordinary six-week journey had come to an end.
With a focus on reducing concussions, a fledging company is rethinking some of the ways that football players' protective gear is used and assessed
Compared with the Windows XP transition, the migration from Server 2003 may be more laborious and complicated for solution providers. Adding to the challenges, customers' attitudes remain mixed -- despite Microsoft's looming deadline.
Banks are swapping teller lines and velvet ropes for digital kiosks and coffee machines.
For many men, shopping with their wives is akin to having someone scratch their nails across a chalkboard. Now there are apps that help compute whether online purchases are an appropriate fit and they are a win-win for consumers and retailers alike.
Marketers will have a laser focus on small and midsize businesses (SMBs) this year, with 70 percent of respondents in a newly released survey by the CMO Council saying the market is extremely important to their businesses.
As organizations look to modernize their IT infrastructure, data center choices are expanding. Cloud, colocation, modular, outsourcing, virtualization and more efficient servers are all vying for your attention, and figuring out the right direction is fraught with challenges, to say the least.
Seeing his mother struggling to complete a task while online banking one day gave Eyal Cohen an idea. Why not create pop-up balloons that would provide step-by-step-instructions? With that, WalkMe was born.
Solutions providers have traditionally marketed their businesses by promoting the vendors they specialize in. But as more companies find themselves increasingly turning to cloud services, providers are responding by seeking vendor products they can white label as their own.
As a newly minted Microsoft managed partner in the southeastern United States, IT solution provider eGroup is starting a new chapter in its relationship with the company. That relationship can be very valuable for Microsoft channel partners, but it takes work and requires a progressive approach.
New tools available to enhance business intelligence, data mining and analytics practices
Creating podcasts out of actual World War II-era events offers one example of a collaborative project that is propelling students out of their textbooks and into the real world.
With changes to the US healthcare system already underway, albeit at a snail's pace, it is now is the perfect time to examine how the regulatory and compliance landscape may change with it.
If you tried to contact 911 using a public safety smart phone app during Hurricane Sandy and were unsuccessful, there's a good reason: Most of these apps don't work.
Business types are finding all sorts of uses for social networks, but some say they are the ones who are being used.
Mozilla's anti-phishing capabilities resonated with Datamation's readers, who awarded it the product of the year in the anti-spam category.
Virtual course delivery is only one of many options afforded by an LMS, which allows educators to transfer online a host of educational and administrative tasks.
With the launch of the iPad Mini this week and overall tablet sales expected to skyrocket in 2012, industry observers say the time has never been more ripe to consider purchasing insurance for your devices.
The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have awarded a $21.4 million contract to security software firm Invincea, Inc., to secure Android-based smartphones and tablets for the military.
E-invoicing in the cloud is still going through some growing pains.
With BYOD initiatives firmly under their belts, enterprises are shifting their approach and are now focusing on using mobile apps more strategically to increase revenue, reduce costs, and gain a competitive advantage.
Conventional wisdom says that, due to its smaller market share, the Mac OS X is far less susceptible to security threats than its operating system counterparts. But times are changing, along with Apple's market share.
Biomedical information comes at health professionals in petabytes. The CDC is working on responding to potential terrorist attacks and natural disasters using Big Data and electronic health records to focus on bio-surveillance and disease outbreak prevention.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced a new line of Windows 8-based devices under the ATIV brand Wednesday, including the first publicly-revealed Windows Phone 8 smartphone.
Educational games move from margins to mainstream.
Augmented reality is gaining traction as a disruptive technology, especially in the mobile space.
Most people associate the Internet of Things with consumer products, such as refrigerators, thermostats, cars and wearables. But IoT has crept into the office, too. While there's a lot of value that can come out of IoT, these devices lack basic security capabilities. experts say.
Once primarily considered places for people online to chat, catch up and share photos, social networking sites now are an important tool for finding employment.
Electronic invoicing can be a 'no-brainer'
Fellowships and scholarships are tough to find, but they can help keep graduate students out of the poor house
In an age where people expect access to information anywhere anytime, it is critical for marketers to leverage the mobile channel to reach their customers and respond immediately.
The state of the economy ranked as the main challenge solution providers are facing, according to a recent SearchITChannel survey, but channel companies that are reinventing their businesses are finding they are able to differentiate themselves and experience growth.
Organizations switch to LCD monitors that perform head and shoulders above their older CRT counterparts.
Mobile payments at the point-of-sale are not quite ready for prime time, but they are coming. It is time to watch the area of near-field communications to evaluate how it will affect your business and your own shopping habits.
Why companies are turning to customers for help with design.
SAP has launched new enterprise resource planning (ERP) products geared at enterprises wanting to deliver speed and simplicity while considering adoption of SAP's Business Suite.
Your phone might soon be all you need to pay for items at the store. Mobile wallet service Isis will conduct its first trials at several retail stores in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City on Oct. 22.
Virtual worlds are finding a niche in the workplace for purposes such as training, simulation and prototyping
Virtual desktop infrastructure is not just for low-resolution desktops any more. VDI also delivers high-resolution, multi-monitor 3D desktops that are well suited for a variety of applications, while remaining a cost-effective solution.
iRobot, Humanistic Robotics, and QinetiQ’s robots track down lethal ordnance
Mobile developers are far more interested in developing apps for iOS than Android, according to a survey of more than 3,600 Appcelerator Titanium developers.
Verizon's LTE network is available in more markets and has a better reliability rate, however, according to findings by independent analytics firm Root Metrics
Ta ta to tapes -- if you've got the bandwidth
Now that cloud computing is no longer a novelty, enterprises that have decided to adopt the technology need to figure out whether to go with a public or private cloud infrastructure.
Advances in communication technologies have not only created greater opportunities to reach new markets and suppliers, but also a workplace that is becoming virtual, with team members located around the world.
Depending on who you ask, anywhere from under 10% percent up to 23% of businesses have mobile device-friendly websites. At the same time, right now 10% of all Web traffic originates from mobile devices - and one thing's certain: That figure is only going to grow.
It is not surprising some people might not want certain statements preserved for posterity, and that websites are updated and information altered; after all, the Internet is ephemeral by nature. Yet in doing so, we are doing a disservice to future generations.
Evernote made two key announcements at the company's second annual Trunk Conference on Friday in San Francisco.
In the ongoing battle between Apple and PC, there's been a major score - more frequently, professionals in media and entertainment are making the switch to PC.
Companies need to give employees ''some framework to set expectations, because there are practically no conventions.''
Telepresence takes higher education to a new level, making it possible for geographically dispersed faculty, students and expert speakers to see and hear one another as if they were in the same room.
The integration of two formidable trends in IT - social and mobile - is driving workplace collaboration and improvements to the technology that enables it, bringing the modern enterprise into the digital age.
Disaster planning is often overlooked and done haphazardly. Partnerships can ward off downtime.
smartphones or PDAs are helping mobile workers be more productive outside the office.
You know the saying that everything is for sale if the price is right, and managed service provider and VAR businesses are no exception. But there is much to take into consideration when learning how to sell a small business in the VAR and MSP space.
Some good starting points for those new to the discipline
Email-managment, filtering and archiving systems help companies retain messages and perform the appropriate compliance audits.
Tracking IT assets across a higher ed institution is tricky business. Depending on the college or university, it may be done by an internal audit group or IT, or a combination of both.
As organizations start to tackle big data issues and their computing needs increase, the demand for supercomputing capabilities is growing. Many of today's applications need much more computing capacity than in the past, in order to analyze and mine greater amounts of data.
Google has created a free, online spreadsheet that is in beta. Reaction from users.
A new template helps corporate customers hone in on their business needs before commencing a round of RFPs from vendors.
More and more people dissatisfied with their careers are hitting the books for new and different degrees. How to make the switch?
Which apps are making money? It's no secret app revenues vary across mobile platforms, but there are factors that determine how much money an app makes. Here are some tips, along with a look at who the top-grossing developers are.
Hosted applications are helping many companies get a new lease on software without any of the installation, cost headaches.
As agencies ramp up telecommuting, safeguarding federal assets remains an IT priority.
Schools eye thin clients and cloud computing as a way to reduce costs and ease maintenance.
Intellectual-property negotiations move from the back room to the auction block.
The Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson celebrates 150 years of the church building in Hudson, and what keeps it alive.
food assmbly business takes the time and worry out of dinner preparation
Spam can be a drain on productivity. Managed service providers are one way to take on unwanted e-mails.
Rust costs companies billions of dollars a year. It can be prevented.
Pricing and the ability to get more bang for the buck are among the factors driving enterprises to eye the use of solid-state drive (SSD) technology for their data centers.
Robots ready to help kids diagnosed with autism, attention issues, and even those who suffer from abuse and behavioral disorders.
The latest tablets are suitable for advanced computing tasks
As boomers move toward retirement their financial needs will be shifting. Older clients are changing their focus from asset accumulation to asset protection, and local banks are learning that they need to grow customer relationships and third-party partnerships.
When the need came to increase data storage capacity at United Water, officials wanted to make sure that all of their mission-critical data would continue to flow steadily.
'Tis the season for websites to crash and burn. Here are some strategies used successfully by retailers to make sure they don't go down. Ever.
Media and entertainment companies need efficient data storage to compete and thrive, since they produce and archive hundreds and hundreds of hours of video content. As such, it should come as no surprise that they need a reliable, efficient and highly available storage system that provides massive scalability and data integrity. In this age of high-resolution, digital, file-based workflows and tremendous media growth, selecting the right storage platform is crucial to their success.
As several recent, private sector breaches have illustrated, personally identifiable information, or PII, is not immune to cyber threats. Cyber threats have the attention of government watchdogs as well.
Secure identity provider HID Global announced Tuesday that it has completed two pilot programs that enable employees to open doors using NFC-enabled smartphones.
As with cloud computing in general, there are pluses and minuses to consider.
Business-class travel is growing more luxurious and more costly. Is it worth it?
Mobile is gaining momentum as the next go-to channel for marketing campaigns, with 80 percent of smartphone users indicating they are very receptive to receiving location-based text messages from marketers.
IT can help sales and marketing groups explore and use new 3D tools
The issue of how to keep computers cool generally calls to mind the techniques used in enterprise data centers; that is where energy has traditionally been concentrated, so to speak. Yet, improved cooling from the inside out is crucial to reducing the carbon footprint of computers.
The head of marketing for one of the world's largest point-of-sale systems providers said he doesn't believe near field communications (NFC) will gain significant traction in the near term and will be just one payment option for consumers.
Some simple but crucial ways you can set yourself apart from the tech pack.
The government shutdown is over and the country is no longer in a state of limbo, but the future of supercomputing in the United States remains up in the air.
Is your district ready for server consolidation and virtualization? Here is a must-consider checklist to get you started.
A biometric banking encryption device offers a new way to conduct transactions.
For many fast-growing businesses that reach a certain data threshold, it can be difficult to figure out whether a data center solution is the right answer - and at what cost.
The technology to combat computer hackers is improving, but the most potent weapon is still the individual company's adherence to best practices.
A home-office staple finds favor with Corporate America.
You may not know these five products and services. You should.
Government organizations find that IP phones can cut energy use.
CTOs have learned that cloud computing is invaluable for many business processes, and political campaigns are no different. Cloud computing is playing a critical role in the race for president this year and even in other political campaigns.
A case study on how Farleigh Dickinson University upgraded its storage needs from direct-attached Storage (DAS) to a storage area network (SAN).
Typically, developing a software application for beta testing can take months, even with newer agile development methods. But application visualization can be done within a matter of hours to give users some insight into what that system will look like and how it will work.
It comes as no great surprise that advertisers display little respect for online banner ads. But don't write them off just yet.
Be prepared to fork over at least $100,000 for that in-the-same-room feeling
There has been a plethora of news stories about teachers and educators who have found their jobs compromised because of what they blog about or misleading information that shows up about them on the web.
Marketers, take note: Social engagement is not about the quantity of followers, but the quality and timing of your interactions with them.
The phenomenon of bringing your own device to work will this year move beyond the initial phase of workflow and personal productivity functions toward using apps that enable a variety of business initiatives
But will the machines and their ilk take away jobs -- even white-collar ones?
As each day passes, consumer mobile devices become more ubiquitous in the workplace. It is getting easier to use them at the office, too, as new apps for smartphones and tablets enable communications, business processes, and workflow. But with workers continuing to blur the lines between what data is personal and what is related to the business come a set of management challenges.
School districts are testing the waters with Google's Chromebooks, because the web-based laptops allow students to work anywhere, anytime.
Cash-starved developers, take heart. A new site has launched that claims to be the first of its kind dedicated to helping you find project funding.
It's no secret that people love the thrill of a contest. Whether it's scoring double rewards points for purchasing NFL-licensed apparel at Sports Authority, or being entered into a trip sweepstakes for liking the neighborhood grocery store on Facebook, game-based offers are seemingly everywhere consumers click.
Think the CMO is in charge of new customer communications channels, such as social media and mobile? Think again. More than half (58 percent) of C-level executives believe the CEO is responsible.
Move over desktops and laptops. Tablets are making big inroads in the medical profession.
The presidential candidates may disagree about Iraq, health care and taxes, but their campaigns demonstrate a clear consensus that the rise of Web 2.0 tools offers the chance to engage interested citizens, one market niche, one voter, one message at a time.
Firms are discovering what works -- and what doesn't.
As if it weren't enough of a challenge dealing with the BYOD phenomenon on top of corporate-issued smartphones in the enterprise, now mobile device management (MDM) plans need to be re-examined as iOS and Android are being widely embraced--while Blackberry use is on the decline.
telepresence is the new videoconferencing. It gives busy business executives the ability to conduct business without having to travel.
Users report significant ROI as ERP and CRM on the cloud become A 'significant' trend.
Mobile connected devices are the most sought after gifts this holiday season but when it comes time for out with the old, in with the new, BYOD workers need to deal with the data still sitting on discarded devices.
An independent study on mobile device management (MDM) finds that although smart phone penetration continues to rise in the workplace, so too does the annual IT labor cost.
Microsoft issues its monthly security updates, including two critical fixes
Shopping apps like Catalog Spree and Google Catalogs are changing the way consumers view and use traditional product catalogs. But while the apps promise spiffy features, convenience, and even eco-friendliness, industry observers say the experience is neither perfect nor has it reached critical mass in terms of page views.
Reaction has been lukewarm to the news that Apple has removed its 39 laptops and notebook entries from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), a voluntary registry promoting greener electronics, of which it is a founding member.
By 2020, school will be less of a citadel than ever, and kids will be doing more and more of their learning in the real world.
Just as thin clients move computing power from a laptop into cloud-based servers, robots also no longer need to carry around information or handle processing-intensive tasks such as vision recognition internally, which means they can be built lighter and at less cost.
The University of Arizona and other early adopters see 10 Gig-E top-of-rack switches as the answer to bandwidth requirements.
Supply chain disruption has become a huge concern for the automotive industry. Suppliers operating in countries exposed to a higher risk of natural disaster face the fastest-growing business continuity risk when it comes to global sourcing, according to a report from BSI Supply Chain Solutions.
Portability, cost and functionality are making businesses take notice of netbooks for their field and remote workers.
The hybrid cloud model offers a flexible way to meet clients' IT needs. But there are several factors channel partners should consider when building a hybrid cloud environment.
Security software provider Sophos has introduced an enhanced version of its Mobile Control product, which it says provides improved risk mitigation features, including the ability for IT to remotely wipe a corporate device if an employee leaves a company or does not comply with its security policies.
Some 20.5 million new jobs will be added to the U.S. economy by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in health care, construction, education
and computer and information technology. More high schools are recognizing the need to start training students in these fields early.
Automation is a must for managing a hybrid cloud environment. Channel partners are tapping commercially available products and homegrown capabilities to get the job done.
A host of innovative technologies can increase student engagement and problem-solving skills and build confidence.
There is no contest: it costs $400 a day to operate a seaglider robot vs. $40,000 a day for a research ship
The fundamental friction between sales and marketing is alive and well: A new study of senior marketing executives by the CMO Council issued marketing failing grades in a number of areas related to customer information systems.
Watching television has been a social activity since its inception. Now add to that the enormous popularity of consumer social networks, along with the rapidly growing use of mobile devices--smartphones, tablets, and ultrabooks--and the convergence of all channels appears inevitable.
A four-year struggle over jurisdiction between Massachusetts and New Hampshire was something Lisa Archambault of Townsend never anticipated when she filed for divorce and custody of her son.
Making the move to VoIP can be expensive, but users say the flexibility and additional features are worth it.
IBM created a lot of buzz when its Watson computer debuted on the game show Jeopardy! The episode demonstrated the notion that a computer could challenge humans by understanding natural language and answering questions on a variety of topics.
Keeping up with pre-teen traffic for "Camp Rock" made relying on a build-out and load balancing of physical servers impractical. Virtual servers, content delivery network helped save the musical.
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The overall jobs picture is bleak, but for unemployed IT pros willing to consider consulting, opportunities (and paychecks) may abound.
The good news is companies are becoming increasingly familiar with predictive coding, but the more unsettling news is they are facing up to $20 million in annual e-discovery expenses.
Pretexting, the art formerly known as social engineering, involves gathering an individual's personal information under false pretenses. And it's not just a problem at HP.
Dell recently rolled out a program that will allow U.S. customers to trade back eligible equipment they have purchased from the company - as well as from IBM, Microsoft, HP, Sun Microsystems and Cisco - in exchange for a fair-market-value rebate toward the purchase of new hardware.
With the number of mobile devices in enterprises on the rise, it has never been more important to have a thorough and updated bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy in place.
In a move seen as industry changing--if not a surprise--Verizon Wireless subscribers soon will be able to use wireless services on up to 10 devices under a new plan the company announced.
Students use Kinect to design games and experience virtual worlds.
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Like everything else, video is going mobile. Mobile video starts on smartphones tripled year-over-year from 2011 to 2012, according to a newly released report by Adobe Digital Index.
Some phishing attempts are truly ethereal: near flawless representations of official communications. Others, however, are mere mortals. And then there's the absolutely absurd. A look at the pantheon of scammer emails
Among the factors to consider, as companies ponder Windows 7 migrations, is whether to run a 32 bit or 64 bit version of the operating system. We look at the reasons why and what companies are saying.
For users who want to retain the touch and feel of a traditional keyboard on their touchscreen device, Tactus Technology has unveiled a tactile layer component that creates dynamic physical buttons that rise out of the surface of the screen
Software requirements can’t be too vague, but they can’t be so detailed that nobody can read them, either. The people charged with gathering and documenting software requirements may have the best of intentions. But more often than not, the final product is either lacking in detail or way over the top—and not what the end user wanted.
Anyone who creates software for mobile devices has to weigh the time and resources available to support multiple platforms. Recent research shows that the Apple iOS devices are still garnering more attention â€“ and development time â€“ than Android or other alternatives. But it depends which survey you read.
An increase in the number of remote and branch offices is a sign of positive growth for companies. From an IT management perspective, however, it can be a huge challenge, especially when it comes to ensuring limited downtime.
Social media, once largely off- limits in K-12 schools, is now being embraced by teachers and administrators for its ability to enhance learning, much to the delight of students.
With some 243 million Americans--or 77 percent of the U.S. population--expected to own mobile phones by yearâ€™s end, mobile advertising is the next logical place for companies to spend ad dollars.
Card-linked marketing (CLM), in which consumers receive targeted advertising through their online and mobile bank statements and cash-back offers based on purchase history, is a "suitable replacement" for traditional marketing strategies, according to a newly released survey by Cardlytics.
Any way you look at it, 2003 was a real bad year for network security. Although corporate concern over cyber threats jumped dramatically, so too did the number of cyber attacks against companies and their machines.
Cloud-based security has gained mass appeal for businesses small and large, and channel partners are taking notice.
In this three-part handbook, we provide a range of tips and insight on the cloud-based security market and the areas in which channel partners can develop business practices. First, we'll give you an overview of the trends and opportunities in cloud-based security and where partners can add the most value to their customers. You'll then learn about how partners can capitalize on security services and how vendors can support these efforts. Finally, we offer a case study that illustrates how managed service provider Internet & Telephone has evolved to meet the demands of the security market.
Organizations find themselves pondering data center growth when they expand their operations or perform equipment refreshes. Among the options vying for their attention: finding a partner for colocation, retrofitting an existing data center or building a modular facility.
Managed service providers are reselling security as a service offerings from third-party providers to expand their service portfolios in the IT security arena.
Strategic alliances with your channel peers could be the key to expanding your business. However, it takes more than a handshake to create a successful partnership.
Financial vertical specialization is a potentially rewarding pursuit for managed services providers willing to make the investment.
As baby boomers retire, an influx of millennial workers are entering the workplace. Now representing one in three American workers, evolving business practices to accommodate this generation is a must for the survival of legal firms.
From a sensor that alerts you when you leave a window open at home to one that tells your insurance company how fast you drive, Internet-connected devices are entering every aspect of our lives.
Cyber breaches make headlines and capture attention. But as organizations focus their energy and resources on preventing and minimizing external data breaches, other security best practices can get overlooked.
Just as colleges are looking for ways to integrate technology into classrooms to increase student engagement and collaboration, this move toward expanding the functionality of mobile devices is gaining steam. The technology exists—challenge is more a matter of melding it with the business strategy, industry observers say.
Channel executives contend workspace as a service offers the ability to support BYOD environments and provides a less jarring shift to the cloud than desktop as a service.
In the relatively mature managed print service space, printer security creates a compelling differentiator, experts say.
Many organizations remain puzzled about how cloud computing should integrate with their overall business objectives, creating an opportunity for cloud providers to step in and help.
The term "smart city" has come to mean different things in the tech lexicon, but it is most meaningful in use cases that improve services and quality of life for its residents. Global cities including Singapore, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona, and Rio de Janeiro—and smaller ones like Bristol in the U.K. and Jakarta in Indonesia—have deployed projects that improve air and traffic quality, and experts say they are ahead of the curve in their smart city efforts.
Technologies are helping municipalities deliver services more efficiently and, in the process, allowing them to become more transparent and open.
Technical issues like network availability and stability usually pale in comparison, say IT execs from the likes of GE, UPS and Merck.
What is the difference between iBPM and BPM? Is iBPM simply an extension of the old BPM ways, or is truly something unique?
Before MSPs take on HIPAA compliance work, experts advise they understand the regulatory framework they're subject under, obtain certifications and mitigate the risks.
HIPAA business associates can expect more compliance penalties in 2017. MSPs should take steps to ensure they are meeting the requirements.
Erroneous sales data may pose potential conflicts between some vendors and their partners; however, most vendors seem more interested in keeping the peace.
These days, you can swipe your credit card at a restaurant table, avoid long lines at the cash register and conduct the transaction in the clothing aisle — all thanks to mobile checkout.
Channel partners can capture a slice of the growing IoT managed services market if they can overcome the steep learning curve.
Managed services providers are seeking the right mix of automated tools to boost efficiency, optimize business processes and reduce the cost of delivering services to customers.
When Facebook announced in April that companies could start using its Messenger mobile app for free, it set off what is looking like The Year of Bots 1.0, as a number of companies have started experimenting with how bots and chatbots could fundamentally change the way their communications and customer service are handled.
The explosive growth of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and data analytics technologies may transform business productivity, but they’re also spurring concerns about IoT security. These devices are showing up in corporate conference rooms, offices and building camera systems — and security experts say the industry isn’t doing enough to protect them.
It’s common for mobile and internet service providers (ISPs) to put data caps on companies, causing users to experience slower connections once they’ve gone over their limit. The process is also known as data throttling. Another practice is for ISPs to charge more after a customer has exceeded their limit for each gigabyte of data used. Some ISPs may even cut off a customer’s service altogether.
With the ability to deliver systems faster, cheaper and often of better quality, DevOps and agile teams are gaining momentum in many organizations. According to Gartner, DevOps was “by far the most popular search term on Gartner.com related to IT operations in 2015.”
As the cloud matures, some partners find it advantageous to verticalize their offerings to specific industries.
Technologists are always looking for ways to simplify the IT environment and network operations so they become more efficient, and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) may just be the "it" technology of 2017.
Channel executives are responsible for making tough decisions that impact the fates of their companies. We asked a few company chiefs to name the top influencers that shape their leadership.
Secure Designs encountered Seceon while on the hunt for the right SIEM tool. Seceon's Open Threat Management fit the bill and paved the way to a strategic partnership.
Machine learning projects are creating a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' for partners. Get ready with the right range of skills and experience to take part.
By now, most savvy organizations have figured out that they have to embrace digital transformation to provide a good customer experience. One of the keys to making this transformation possible in the enterprise is ensuring your business becomes more agile. But many businesses find that figuring out how to make the change can be elusive.
In the past, IT service managers might have gotten away with storing important info in their brains; today, having solid MSP documentation is essential to growing your business.
Supermarket retailers are increasingly testing out new technologies to create a better digital shopping experience beyond their point-of-sale (PoS) systems. Smart grocers are innovating and offering customers more digital functionalities so they can glean granular insights about and add to the shopping experience.
The overwhelming pace of technological change can leave CIOs and high-level IT managers with little time to think about IT learning opportunities that can help them keep up with the latest trends in mobile, cloud, analytics and digital technologies. Luckily, summer is an ideal time for executives to explore different learning opportunities.
Companies are not just talking about the importance of engaging students in computer science and learning to code; they are doing something about it. In March, the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) rolled out its micro:bit computer to almost one million middle-school students in the U.K., for free.
Managed service providers are reselling security as a service offerings from third-party providers to expand their service portfolios in the IT security arena.
Those who have lived through previous hurricane seasons and experienced the pain of lost data, know that backup is crucial, and that you shouldn't underestimate the value of being prepared for a natural disaster.
When you adopt cloud services, some of your data is inevitably out of your direct control. Here's what you need to know.
When the time comes to discuss artificial intelligence (AI) integration in a particular business unit, you’d think the chief information officer (CIO) would be the obvious go-to person — but it’s the chief data officer (CDO) who should be on your radar. AI activity often falls under the care of the CDO because it involves using data, technology and analytics to make informed research and product decisions.
Disruptive technologies have become commonplace in the software industry, and lately, artificial intelligence (AI) is on many companies’ radars.
Preparing higher ed faculty to embrace all capabilities of today’s learning management systems
The rise of cloud computing adoption has given way to a countertrend: reverse cloud migrations. Service providers discuss the factors driving their customers' unclouding projects.
Software costs don't end with purchase and installation. Here's what to think about when considering an enterprise-wide deployment.
For decades, scientists have worked toward the 'holy grail' of finding a cure for cancer. While significant progress has been made, their efforts have often been worked on as individual entities. Now, as organizations of all kinds seek to put the massive amounts of data they take in to good use, so, too, are the health care industry and the U.S. federal government.
Channel partners active in hyper-converged infrastructure see an expanding set of use cases, although mission-critical applications may lag behind other HCI candidates.
Partners may pursue a number of business model transitions over the course of their business lives, including resell to services, services to managed services and MSP to cloud.
Vology has used a combination of acquisitions and organic growth as it transitions from a product-oriented approach to an IT services provider business model.
Teacher training in today's on-demand world means online.
Software defined networking is on channel partners' radars right now and while SDN is a nascent technology, it is one that observers say will change the face of networking.
Someday, in the not-too-distant-future, a robot could potentially be performing your liver transplant or take out your appendix – or at least portions of it, thanks to the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR), which is so far revealing in tests the ability to sew more precisely than an experienced surgeon.
For higher-education institutions, which have data policies dictating what information can and cannot be moved off-premises, a new data storage and processing solution may seem increasingly appealing: the hybrid cloud. This model, which offers a blend of traditional IT, public and private resources, enables schools to keep sensitive data on-premises and internal IT staff to be more efficient at meeting demand for computing power.
With summer travel season in full swing, it’s imperative for airlines to have scalable infrastructure and solid business continuity processes that ensure they can handle downtime events. Though airlines are under considerable pressure to keep costs down, they also need to stay current with the latest technologies, such as the cloud, big data, virtualization and mobility. A scalable IT infrastructure may be the best option for airlines, as it will afford them greater flexibility and responsiveness, enabling them to better serve their customers in the event planes are grounded.
Much has been written about how cyber security risks are on the rise and becoming more complex, and how organizations are grappling with warding off attacks while staying in compliance with regulations. Enter managed security service providers (MSSPs), which are often billed as the panacea that helps enhance an organization's security operations.
No longer do traditional IT services fall solely under the purview of on-premises data centers. Workloads are increasingly being transferred to the cloud in order to meet changing business requirements and achieve greater agility and flexibility.
Channel partners can make arguments for the integrated security suite and the best-in-class point product method, but the decision ultimately rests on a customer's specific needs.
IT departments are no strangers to disruption. But how can they keep pace with accelerating technological advancement while maintaining core operations?
Keyword search is becoming obsolete as a new subset of cognitive computing emerges: cognitive search technology. This innovation makes search more intelligent by delivering the most relevant information to natural-language queries within large data sets.
With the rapid pace of change in technology today, it’s not easy being a chief marketing officer. Digital disruption is impacting every industry, and CMOs are under pressure to keep up in order to provide personalized customer experiences.
As cloud use matures, more companies are considering scaling back and starting a reverse cloud migration process. Here is one IT officer's 'unclouding' experience.
Not surprisingly, mobile security ranks among the top challenges IT faces when it comes to protecting small and mid-sized businesses. What is surprising, however, is that only 16% of SMBs worldwide responding to a recent Techaisle survey say they’re prepared to deal with mobile security challenges.
Security has typically fallen under the purview of IT, but it’s time to elevate it to a C-suite level discussion. Seemingly every time we turn around there’s something in the news or on social media about high-profile companies like Target, Sony Pictures, Home Depot and JP Morgan Chase experiencing data breaches -- making them almost commonplace and lowering their shock value as a result. Yet, that’s a compelling reason why organizations need to come together and discuss how to protect their network infrastructure. I
Expand your MSP security portfolio by offering security awareness training, an important layer to clients' overall security initiatives.
The non-profit Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) issues a semi-annual study on Trends in IT Security, which looks at what is happening in the security market and ways end users and channel firms should be adjusting to the new security reality. A look at what the channel needs to know