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Smart Offices on the Rise: The Benefits of Integrated Intelligence in the Workplace

August 30, 2016 No Comments

The total market size of smart offices is expected to reach more than $43 billion by 2020 according to recent research by MarketsandMarkets. This growth in spending is designed to help companies improve efficiency, while also reducing overhead costs. Typically, IT spending has been reserved for maintaining legacy software systems and implementing cloud storage systems, but the relatively new technological concept of intelligent workspaces are quickly gaining momentum and helping making modern offices even smarter.

Need to Tame Your Active Directory Beast? Automate!

August 29, 2016 No Comments

Back in 1999, when Active Directory (AD) was introduced with Microsoft’s Windows 2000, “single-sign-on” and the “emerging Enterprise” were the hottest topics in technology. Since then, Active Directory has morphed into the main source of access, authentication and backbone of infrastructure and applications in Windows environments around the world. An estimated 95% of the Fortune 1000 use AD.

7 Ways to Make Your Website More Interesting

August 29, 2016 No Comments

Web design is as much of an art as it is a science. While your website can have immaculate coding, if it isn’t designed in a way to make it interesting to visitors, your site will quickly sink to the bottom of search engine results. Instead, you need to put some effort into making your website interesting for your target audience. Below are seven ways how.

Data, Backups, and You: A Cautionary Tale in Business

August 29, 2016 No Comments

Believe me when I say I’ve had my share of disruptions when it comes to operating an online business over this past decade. I’ve seen minor setbacks such as accidentally overwriting important files to catastrophic disasters like when my laptop bricked after falling out of my bag. When all of your work is done through a computer – it becomes apparent that you need to take precautions to keep your business files safe and sound.

5 Critical Services Every Business Owner Should Have On Speed Dial

August 25, 2016 No Comments

Launching a business is one thing, but keeping it running is a whole different story. The day-to-day operations of your business will generally run smoothly once you’ve become established in the marketplace but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t moments when things need to kick into high gear to get to the next level.

Quench Your Thirst for Innovation with Smart Vending Machines

August 24, 2016 No Comments

It’s peak summer season and vacationers are basking in the sun, soaking up rays by the pool and sandy beaches, with an ice cold drink in hand. While many of us are enjoying carefree vacation mode, sipping a cold libation on a hot summer day, resort hotels, airports, sports venues, health clubs, public transit stations and entertainment centers are busy as ever, actively replenishing their supply of cold beverages and snacks, to meet the increasing consumer demand during high season.

Benefits of a Hosted Desktop for Your Business

August 22, 2016 No Comments

If you don’t know what a hosted desktop is, you are not alone. A hosted desktop is a branch of cloud computing software that, according to Umbee Hosting: “Hosted Desktops are the future. With ever increasing internet speeds, they are becoming the better option for companies looking for greater central control and minimum hardware requirements at the client’s site; as all of the hardware is taken care of in the Cloud.”

Tips for Growing a Successful IT Business

August 22, 2016 No Comments

When it comes to Information Technology, the field is so broad and so varied that the average person isn’t quite sure what they are looking for when they need a professional. Are you in the business of telecommunications or perhaps your emphasis is on business administration or HR software? If you are looking to grow a successful IT business, the first step is probably going to be the most important and that is to define clearly what it is you do – and don’t do as the case may be. From there you can start working towards the ultimate goal of growing a successful and lucrative IT business in your niche.

Two Reasons Why IT Managed Service Partnerships Fail

August 18, 2016 No Comments

Businesses today can’t survive without a myriad of technologies. There are phones, mobile devices, desktops, servers, networking equipment, peripherals, software, security and websites that need to be in place just to effectively run a business. Years ago, small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) relied on the computer guy to handle just about all of their technology needs. Nowadays, technologies have become increasingly complex with many requiring specialized training in the technology itself just to understand the basics of configuration and effective management.

Three Practical Ideas That You Can Action Upon To Build Links

August 18, 2016 No Comments

As every marketer knows, it is extremely important to generate inbound links not only for directly generating inbound traffic but also to become more visible to search engines that factor in the number and quality of such links to arrive at a search page ranking. Among the more popular ways of creating backlinks is to promote guest blogging. Consistent blogging can lead to the generation of almost double the organic links that would have otherwise been generated.

7 Easy Mistakes to Make When Building a Website

August 16, 2016 No Comments

A newly launched website can have a lot of potential. Successful websites can make you a lot of money from ad revenue and allow you to sell your products to a worldwide audience. However, sometimes websites fail. Sadly, often the failure of such websites can be traced back to simple design flaws that should have been avoided. With that in mind, below are seven common web design mistakes you should try to avoid at all costs.

Beware of the Digital Skills Gap

August 15, 2016 No Comments

When it comes to navigating the digital shift, companies are blending people, disciplines and technologies in startlingly creative ways, and with good reason: it speeds the innovation that is at the heart of digital – and corporate – success. According to Cognizant’s recent survey of 420 decision-makers across the U.S. and Europe, conducted in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit, corporate leaders are investing in digital capabilities to generate higher rates of innovation, as collaboration and agility speed up the cycle of ideas inside, across and outside their organizations.

The Olympic Torch is Burning, But Survey Finds IT Pros Are Still in Training

August 11, 2016 No Comments

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London was the most watched television event in U.S. history. NBCUniversal aired 3,500 hours of programming across its multiple TV channels and websites. Sounds like a huge number – until you compare it to this year’s Summer Games in Brazil. By the time the Olympic flame is extinguished, there will have been 6,755 hours of programming. Roughly two-thirds of those will stream online via websites and mobile apps. IT organizations can expect a lot of that online viewing will occur over their enterprise networks. And yet, many are not ready.

5 Essential Ways in Which Remote Desktop Technology Is Changing the World of Business

August 10, 2016 No Comments

The 21st century has long recovered from the dangerous side effects of the industrialization era in the workforce and is headed to a more comfortable work environment and benefits. Luckily, it won’t be just about the ordinary office routine any longer. The latest working trend is embracing a more unconventional type of job, which is working remotely. The facts show us that 3.7 million Americans are already constituting a strong remote workforce. It’s beginning to look a lot like the future.

IDC Report: Achieving Flash Storage Nirvana

August 10, 2016 No Comments

This IDC Flash discusses Nimble Storage’s introduction of an all-flash array (AFA), the AF-Series, as an addition to the company’s already very successful CS-Series line of hybrid-flash arrays (HFAs), on February 23, 2016. This Flash discusses Nimble’s entry into the AFA space and updates IDC’s view of the company’s competitive position in the overall enterprise storage market, based on this announcement.

Whitepaper: Can Machine Learning Prevent Application Downtime?

August 10, 2016 No Comments

Business users expect immediate access to data, all the time and without interruption. But reality does not always meet expectations. IT leaders must constantly perform intricate forensic work to unravel the maze of issues that impact data delivery to applications. This performance gap between the data and the application creates a bottleneck that impacts productivity and ultimately damages a business’ ability to operate effectively. We term this the “app-data gap.”

eBook: Overcoming the Obstacles to the All Flash Data Center

August 10, 2016 No Comments

Achieving the all flash data center is like climbing a mountain: it takes planning, organization and hard work— but it doesn’t have to be painful. If you’re ready to set out for the summit, keep reading.

Why a Bad Corporate Branding Management is Killing Your Business

August 8, 2016 No Comments

In today’s world, no business, whatever form it takes, can survive without brand management. This key marketing field works with creating a strong and earnest end image that the outside world sees as a reflection of your company. Everything that can send a certain message to the public is a part of brand management.

The Path to 2020: Marketers Seize the Customer Experience

August 2, 2016 No Comments

Analyst ReportDownload this report to learn about this transformation and hear perspectives from CMOs at Georgetown University , JPMorgan Chase, Philips, Pure Storage and Unilever. Read More >>>

Working from Home the Smart Way: 3 Tips to Unify the Workforce

August 1, 2016 No Comments

Just past the halfway point of 2016 and the workforce is continuing to see the number of remote employees increasing. In fact, currently, 3.7 million employees work from home at least half the time and 80 to 90 percent of the US workforce prefers telecommuting part time. As this employee preference continues to grow, businesses looking to retain top talent are revisiting their work from home (WFH) policies with as many as 54 percent of respondents according to a Wainhouse Research report commissioned by Epson planning to adopt enticing WFH initiatives.

Three Key Ways Big Data and HPC are Joining Forces

August 1, 2016 No Comments

Big data is becoming much more than just widespread distribution of cheap storage and cheap computation on commodity hardware. Big data analytics may soon become the new “killer app” for high performance computing (HPC).

Bell Centre Case Study: The World’s Third Largest Event Center Scores Big with Fans

August 1, 2016 No Comments

To support fan engagement, meet the demands of event organizers and performers, and enhance digital advertising opportunities, Montreal’s Bell Centre turned to a stable, flexible and powerful networking solution from Avaya. Read this case study to learn more.

VIDEO: Stryker field sales teams can focus more on the customer and selling with IBM SPM solutions

August 1, 2016 No Comments

Stryker is able to better manage incentive compensation for its US based sales representatives so that they can focus more on the customer, selling, as well as strategizing.

VIDEO: IBM partnered with OpenSymmetry to provide AAA NCNU with IBM Sales Performance Management software

August 1, 2016 No Comments

The AAA with the help of IBM business partner OpenSymmetry implemented cloud-based IBM Incentive Compensation Management software.

Getty Images – Building a foundation for strategic compensation planning

August 1, 2016 No Comments

To protect its position of strength in the industry, Getty Images knew it had to get more strategic to overcome the cost-consciousness of certain companies and move into bigger and more profitable opportunities.


August 1, 2016 No Comments

Managing B2B sales professionals grows more complex every year. The influx of mobility, social media, and analytics in recent years provide both challenges and opportunities in nurturing an ever-changing workforce increasingly comprised of Millennials.

ebook: Sales Performance Management (SPM) for Dummies

August 1, 2016 No Comments

This book can help you understand the importance of SPM, key components of an SPM system, and the guidelines to evaluate the best SPM solution that fits your organization’s needs.

Engagement Everywhere

July 29, 2016 No Comments

Two out of three executives under the age of 35 are frustrated by technology at work. Find out how else the digital revolution is impacting businesses.

Customer Engagement: From Interactions to Relationships

July 29, 2016 No Comments

This Aberdeen report details how “best-in-class” firms are achieving greater customer retention and annual growth as a result.

Building a Borderless Business

July 29, 2016 No Comments

Empower your employees to help grow revenues, improve customer loyalty, and boost productivity.


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