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How to Tear Down Corporate Silos

October 5, 2015 No Comments

It has been reported throughout many different businesses how silos, no matter the size, can be detrimental to an organization’s ability to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Having silos in place can cause a barrier between the individual employee and senior level management. Often times, senior leadership can be completely isolated from lower management levels.

Top 7 Tools for Analyzing and Parsing Your PHP Code

September 30, 2015 No Comments

PHP is a powerful scripting language that is especially designed for website development. The scripting language powers everything from millions of simple blog sites to the most popular websites such as Facebook, Digg, and many others. Most website developers prefer using PHP language to other server side scripting languages such as Ruby and Python. The reason for its immense popularity in the online community is that it is open source and allows development of dynamic websites with flexible features and robust security options. There are so many different PHP tools available online that finding the best ones is a difficult task indeed.

Analytics Recruiting: A Balancing Act

September 30, 2015 No Comments

by Joe DeCosmo, Enova InternationalWhile many believe the analytics talent crunch is real, others think there’s more hype behind this story than substance. The need for this particular talent set is growing, but in some instances companies have scrambled to hire data scientists and analysts at all levels . Read More >>>

Critical Choices: Tips on Choosing the Best Management Institutes for IT Courses among Others

September 25, 2015 No Comments

The business industry in all its various facets is very competitive. New developments in technology, manufacturing, communication and law have made significant changes in the way we do business locally, nationally and globally.

Big Data, BI Tools and the Rebirth of the Insurance Industry

September 23, 2015 No Comments

Insurance is an industry already drowning in data. Some large insurance companies struggle to manage their in-house data as is, upgrading their internal data management systems every few years in hopes of finally getting it all under control. It might seem like they would be the last industry to welcome the era of big data, but think again. Just the opposite is true.

How To Effectively Protect Your Computer And Data From Malicious Software

September 22, 2015 No Comments

Attacks on business computers and data are more prevalent today than a few years ago. Hackers can use malicious software embedded in emails, websites and downloadable files to infect your computer, or to steal valuable financial information, business records, and research data. Therefore, protecting your companies network, computers, and mobile devices must be a top priority. Here are some things you can do to shield your business from hackers and malicious software.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Technology Recruiting with Bram Daly

September 22, 2015 No Comments

with Bram Daly, Alexander Mann SolutionsIn the below interview, Bram Daly, Information Technology Client Services Manager for Alexander Mann Solutions, shares insights on the recruiting process in the technology sector. He offers advice for companies looking to attract and retain top talent. Read More >>>

Drilling Into the Data Iceberg: How Unified, Intelligent Storage Can Fix the ‘Dark Data’ Problem

September 17, 2015 No Comments

by Mohit Aron, CohesityThis article will focus on a key data issue that companies today face: how to intelligently manage and use every byte of corporate data—even the vast stores of untapped data hidden beneath the surface. Read More >>>

Big Data Startup Aims to Shake up the Analytics Market

September 10, 2015 No Comments

Tweet SOURCE: Dataiku Big Data analytics is so popular as a concept right now that some Fortune 500 companies are bombarding the airwaves with commercials touting their capabilities. But for most, hiring the services of IBM Watson to bring sanity and strategic value to their data is beyond their means. Other software packages and services […]

Learning from the NYSE & United Tech Outages: Five Things to Ask Yourself About IT Automation

September 9, 2015 No Comments

It happened to the New York Stock Exchange, the Wall Street Journal, and United Airlines — all on the same day: technology outages that led to hours of downtime, numerous losses, and exasperating inconveniences for these companies, as well as their customers.

Growth of identity and access management explained

August 31, 2015 No Comments

The identity and access management (IAM) industry is currently one the fastest growing IT sectors with more than a 500 percent growth expected by the start of the next decade. This market expansion will likely remain steady as companies of all sizes, from small startups to large enterprise entities, are seeing and experiencing the benefits of these solutions. The (obvious) return on investment is evident, they are finding, and those from all industries including healthcare, education, the financial sector, government agencies, manufacturing and others, to name a few.

Infographic: How Big is a Gig?

August 31, 2015 No Comments

If you need to send a file to someone, size is usually a big concern. Will it take forever to send or slow down my company’s network? Signiant specializes in developing software for fast and efficient large file transfers. And, after over a decade of moving extremely large files for their customers — from the high resolution footage of feature filmmakers to the huge data sets of life science researchers — they’ve found that it’s often difficult to relate to the full scale of data sizes being transferred over the Internet. Signiant made this infographic to help put a single gigabyte of data in perspective, illustrate some of the largest file types they see, and show some of the various options for moving large files around.

Why You Should Embrace Virtualization

August 31, 2015 No Comments

Virtualization touches all of the main corporate technology disciplines, from networking to cloud computing, and is therefore a crucial skill for IT practitioners. The latest trend powered by virtualization is “software-defined everything,” which in turn is challenging IT practitioners to adopt new software-related skills, such as scripting, packaging, and API programming. Ultimately, embracing virtualization is about so much more than understanding virtual machines and if an IT practitioner fails to grasp this industry’s evolution, and adapt, then they potentially risk facing a challenging future in the technology industry.

7 Tips for Cloud Preparedness

August 31, 2015 No Comments

September is National Preparedness Month, which in part, is designed to help businesses plan for and protect against natural or human-caused disasters. Certainly, CISOs and information security pros working in the healthcare industry know that the importance of preparedness extends to the management and security of networks, systems and assets. Aggressive cloud adoption in the U.S., in particular, requires awareness of a specific set of challenges and opportunities in order to build a secure and resilient cloud program.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The Value of a Two-tier Application Strategy

August 31, 2015 No Comments

with Rahul Asthana, KenandyIn this interview, Rahul Asthana, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Kenandy, speaks with IT Briefcase about why some enterprises pursue a two-tier application strategy and how they transition fully to new systems. Read More >>>

5 Steps to Enterprise-Wide Automation

August 25, 2015 No Comments

For many years, IT has been a gatekeeper. When anyone wanted new server capacity, additional storage, a password reset, or a new application deployed, they had to come to IT to get the job done. The processes and friction IT put in place to manage the demand led to IT being seen as a barrier, rather than as a business enabler. IT was not focusing on the experience, the perception but only on the technology. In recent years, things have started to change. For instance, the public cloud has made it relatively easy for end users to provision their own computing capacity on demand, and outsourcing has created profound competition for internal IT departments.

Infographic: 6 Steps to Disaster Recovery Preparedness

August 25, 2015 No Comments

Expedient’s new guide, 6 Steps to Disaster Recovery Preparedness, outlines key ways that IT leaders can prepare for a disaster before it strikes. More than 70 percent of companies are not currently confident in their ability to restore data in the case of an outage. Collectively, companies cited $754 billion in data loss and $954 billion in downtime in 2014. Are you really ready for disaster recovery?

Why Analytics is So Important to a Business

August 25, 2015 No Comments

The majority of business owners are somewhat familiar with analytics, and most analytic services such as Google Analytics, Facebook Insights and YouTube Analytics are free to use. However, not all businesses are aware of just how useful analytics can be. When using analytics it’s important to realize that they are an effective way of gaining inside knowledge regarding your audience and your brand and company’s marketing campaigns. No company can afford to ignore analytics as the data gathered from them is a legitimate way of tapping into the minds of your consumers. Many business owners agree that the time spent checking their analytics throughout the day could be the most important fifteen minutes or so that they spend.

How Mobile SEO Differs from Desktop SEO

August 25, 2015 No Comments

It’s a matter of fact that many businesses today overlook the impact that mobile browsing has on them, and many are not putting any plans in place for the future when most online activity is likely to take place on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Although a few businesses are taking advantage of this today rather than waiting until they have no choice, and to them it may not seem like there’s much of a problem. However, providers of SEO tools that we all use appear to be under the impression that the market is not yet asking for tools and features to track the impact of mobile on social revenue and search. Perhaps the reason behind this is that marketers aren’t fully aware of the differences and impacts.

Top Five Considerations for Successfully Deploying Data Centres in Emerging Markets

August 25, 2015 No Comments

When traveling across sub-Saharan Africa, commodities that are essential for life – such as water and electricity – are often in very short supply. But even in the remotest of villages you will regularly encounter plenty of people using mobile phones, and mobile cell towers are continuing to pop up all over the continent at a staggering rate.

Hadoop May Fade, Big Data Will Endure

August 24, 2015 No Comments

If you are an IT manager, the number of Big Data products contending for your attention these days is simply mind-blowing. Hive, Impala, HBase, MongoDB, Cassandra, Drill, Redis, Couchbase, Aerospike, Flink, Spark, Tez, YARN, Mesos, Pig, Storm, Heron – If you haven’t heard all these buzzwords yet, rest assured that you will soon. How do you choose the right platform to solve your Big Data problem?

How To Use Social Media To Leverage Your Content Marketing Output

August 24, 2015 No Comments

Content marketing has been the buzz phrase many marketers have been using for the past few years. Many brands and businesses are now fully on board with producing content – to mixed results. However, those that have succeeded with content marketing all have one thing in common. Each of them has leveraged their content with social media. The question for today is – how, exactly, do they do this?

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The Customer Experience Gap – A Q&A with IBM’s Hannah Egan

August 21, 2015 No Comments

with Hannah Egan, IBM CommerceIn this interview, we posed several questions to Hannah Egan, Product Strategy Specialist, IBM Commerce and she helped us understand the changing customer experience landscape and offered some useful tips. Read More >>>

The Numbers are In: IoT is Helping us Reimage the Way we do Business

August 18, 2015 No Comments

Once simply conceptual, the Internet of Things has finally made its way from the IT department to the Boardroom – and it is having a major impact on the bottom-line. From R&D to marketing and customer service, the possibilities for modern business to successfully integrate IoT are endless. And decision makers are finally seeing that by investing time and money into these programs, their business is gaining a competitive advantage.

The Future of Mobile Microsoft

August 18, 2015 No Comments

In recent years, Microsoft’s hustle to compete with newer, more flexible technology innovators like Google, Apple, and Samsung has resulted in a handful of enthusiastic projects. However, despite Microsoft’s unchallenged supremacy in computing, Microsoft phones are few and far between. Windows 8, the operating system for the mobile era, was beautiful and seamless on touch devices, but wasn’t perfect. Though a few of their tablets, including the most recent Surface Pro 3, have earned top reviews, most Microsoft users prefer true laptops — and continue to reminisce about the powers of XP.

Why Standard Data Centre Designs Do Not Work

August 18, 2015 No Comments

Fast deployment time compared to traditional brick and mortar facilities is one of the biggest advantages of prefabricated data centres. Time can be saved in many areas of a project. However, when it comes to the actual initial design phase of a data centre, it simply does not pay to take shortcuts.

White Paper: How BYOE Drives Value for Unified Communications

August 17, 2015 No Comments

This White Paper has been produced to explain the nature of BYOE (Bring Your Own Experience) and demonstrate how it can make Unified Communications more valuable to the business as well as more relevant to your employees.

3 Hot Buttons for Hosted Unified Communications

August 17, 2015 No Comments

J Arnold & Associates monitors the communications technology landscape extensively, and has identified three “hot button” trends organizations need to know when selecting the right communications technology.

The Top Ten Requirements for a Unified Communications Solution

August 17, 2015 No Comments

Early adopters who want to update their original UC solution or first time UC buyers may find it difficult to keep up with evolving UC feature sets, so this document will offer an overview of the current “top ten” requirements to consider for a premise – based UC solution.

Top 5 Software Solutions for Improved Business Performance

August 11, 2015 No Comments

Just like any other tool, ensuring your business has the right software to meet its needs can make the difference between accomplishing what you want — or watching tasks linger undone on your to-do lists. For a long time it was a sad fact that most of the top software companies focused on big enterprises, instead of small businesses. This meant most of their solutions were unaffordable or full of features smaller firms didn’t need, or both.


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