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The Future is Here: Smart Electronics Designed to be Worn

The Future is Here: Smart Electronics Designed to be Worn

In this program, Gartner analyst Angela McIntyre and Dr. Andrea Claussen and Thomas Claussen of ambiotex look at how measuring and combining heart rate variability, respiration, pulse and movement can make a huge difference for athletes and stress workers...

Federating Identities for a Successful Enterprise IdP Deployment

Federating Identities for a Successful Enterprise IdP Deployment

by Lisa Grady, Radiant Logic
When customers, employees, or partners log in—from any device—they expect a seamless experience and secure access to your resources. Organizations are trying to meet a number of benchmarks, not just in terms of security...

The New Rhythm of IT: 5 Hurdles to Overcome in 2014

The New Rhythm of IT: 5 Hurdles to Overcome in 2014

by Ken Berryman, BMC Software, Inc.
The Federal Reserve estimates that in 2012 one in six checks were deposited as a digital image rather than in physical form. For consumers, almost 50 percent of these image-based deposits were through...

Protecting Your Data at Each Step of the Networking Path

Protecting Your Data at Each Step of the Networking Path

by Bill Manning, APC by Schneider Electric
As the amount of business critical data grows, the importance of data availability surges – businesses simply cannot afford to lose precious data due to instances of downtime.
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Briefcase Highlights


SOCIAL BUSINESS

Five Critical Tips for Growing Your Social Media Fan Base

March 4, 2015 No Comments

Developing a fan base on social media doesn’t happen overnight. There are a number of critical components to getting your company noticed on social media quickly and effectively. Jenny Q. Ta, entrepreneur, social media expert and CEO of​ Sqeeqee.com, the first-of-its-kind Social Networthing™ site, offers five critical tips for growing your fan base on social media.

Microsoft Partners With N3 For Innovative Social Media Listening Program

February 25, 2015 No Comments

Leading global demand generation and sales execution firm N3 has been tapped by Microsoft for a multi-year contract to expand use of N3’s social media services. The program monitors mentions of the company and its products on social media channels, opening the door to direct engagement with customers. N3 will employ 50 experts to review user-generated content discussing Microsoft on Twitter and Facebook.

The Future is Here: Smart Electronics Designed to be Worn

February 23, 2015 No Comments

In this program, Gartner analyst Angela McIntyre and Dr. Andrea Claussen and Thomas Claussen of ambiotex look at how measuring and combining heart rate variability, respiration, pulse and movement can make a huge difference for athletes and stress workers and why wearable technologies are impacting the health, fitness and other industries.

Making the most of your Hybrid Cloud Migration

February 20, 2015 No Comments

By Dave Eichorn, Zensar TechnologiesEnterprises understand the value of hybrid cloud models to achieve a variety of benefits, including lower startup costs, simplified management, and flexibility to scale storage on an as-needed basis. In fact, according to Gartner, nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. Read More >>>

The Role of IT Departments in Small Marketing Businesses

February 18, 2015 No Comments

The marketing department has been the priority in most businesses for a long time. In addition, today’s digital world is changing the math and making the technical department. This is because traditional marketing is succumbing to data driven marketing. Digital marketing strategies have become the trend, and any business that needs to remain relevant must embrace the change. The merger between technology and marketing is making companies that want to boost profits or have a competitive edge make the IT department a critical player.

Clarizen Survey Reveals Workers Consider Status Meetings a Productivity-Killing Waste of Time

January 30, 2015 No Comments

On January 22, 2015, San Mateo, California based Clarizen, a leader in enterprise work collaboration software announced survey results that show status meetings undermine worker productivity with lengthy preparation requirements and distracted, multi-tasking participants. Three in five employed adults reported that preparing for a status meeting “takes longer than the meeting itself,” while more than one-third of those who attend status meetings called them a waste of their time.

Recent Insight into Analytics in the Cloud

January 26, 2015 No Comments

by John L. Myers, EMAAs we enter the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, many organizations are recognizing and utilizing cloud infrastructure as a way to implement their analytical and business intelligence requirements. Read More >>>

5 Ways DocOps Will Help You Globalize Your Business

January 23, 2015 No Comments

by Rob Vandenberg, LingotekIn yet another case of “what you don’t know actually can hurt you,” DocOps is the latest process poised to up-end your content-management world. If you haven’t heard of this DevOps adaptation, you need to, especially if you hope compete in the race to globalize. Read More >>>

Office Network Planning: Connect Your Business To The Future!

December 30, 2014 No Comments

Office network planners face many challenges. The Internet is now for merchants a major component of daily business and for consumers an increasingly convenient market for products and services. Telecommuting is on the rise as employers seek to lower costs and workers seek home-based alternatives to traditional commutes that consume so much unproductive time. Network planning for the constantly increasing data traffic driven by these developments should consider wiring hardware and computing software for foreseeable future needs.

Protecting Card Data: Going the Extra Mile for Security

December 18, 2014 No Comments

IT professionals working for merchant organizations face specific security and compliance requirements beyond those of other industries. For instance, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) has established scores of requirements to ensure a consistent framework for payment card data security in a merchant’s environment. Though merchants are required to comply with these standards, compliance in itself does not make for a complete security strategy.

SpoofedMe Social Login Attack Discovered by IBM X-Force Researchers

December 4, 2014 No Comments

Social login is a popular mechanism that offers a convenient way for users to quickly gain access to their Web accounts without the need to enter per-site credentials, allowing for a cohesive and integrated Web experience. It works by letting a user log in to cooperating sites that support social login by using their existing external account as an identity provider (such as a Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn account). One can recognize a site supporting social login by the “Sign In With Facebook/LinkedIn/etc.” button.

What’s in Store for 2015 – Technology Edition

December 4, 2014 No Comments

by Dan Pickett, nfrastructureWe predict that through next year, technology will only continue to become “consumerized” as devices become more connected, everything becomes software-defined and the Internet of Things becomes completely engrained in our everyday life. Read More >>>

Hiring the Right People for Your IT Service Desk

December 3, 2014 No Comments

By Arvind Parthiban, ManageEngineHiring people for a service desk is a major challenge but an important one. Without good people, even the best processes and tools will fail to deliver high quality services and support. So where do you start? Planning a recruitment process is critical to helping you find the right person quickly. Read More >>>

How Retailers Can Still Improve Security before Black Friday

November 17, 2014 No Comments

Each year, retailers hustle and strain to get their online and in-store merchandise ready to entice shoppers for the annual Black Friday rush. Their main concern, of course, is whether this season’s merchandise will prove popular. But what might get overlooked, is whether they’ve done enough to ward off the worst kind of shopper: the Cyber Hacker — who preys on stores at peak holiday season and can cause serious financial and reputational damage.

Security Best Practices for E-Signatures

November 17, 2014 No Comments

By Michael Laurie, Silanis TechnologyElectronic signatures are a critical technology for new business process improvements in industries such as banking, insurance, real estate and healthcare. With security understandably being a top concern for those looking to implement a cloud-based e-signature solution, it is not enough to simply look for one that is ESIGN compliant. Read More >>>

Cloud is SMBs Competitive Edge

November 13, 2014 No Comments

In today’s small business world, the common reasons why businesses fail are out-of-control growth, poor accounting and operational inefficiencies. Small businesses are constantly dealing with inefficient back-end processes that result in increased costs – as well as reduced employee productivity and revenue. Because of this, often times small businesses find it difficult to take on new projects as they do not know their financial standing, availability of resources or their pipeline in real-time.

Delivering Next-Gen Customer Experiences: How to Quickly Build the Apps Your Business Needs

October 31, 2014 No Comments

As customer-focused executives, you understand all too well that success today is based on delivering great customer experiences. Increasingly, this means that you need next generation applications to support new processes, products/services and even business models. These applications aid a variety of functions, including serving customers across channels, assisting with sales and marketing operations, supporting customer communities, and enabling e-commerce and other digital services.

Fishing for Data in a Digitalized Tourism Industry

October 22, 2014 No Comments

By Yves de Montcheuil, TalendAmong the most digitalized industries, travel and hospitality is changing fast. Travel agents, airlines, airports, hotel chains – the entire industry is fishing for value in a seemingly-unlimited ocean of data. Read More >>>

The Internet of Things Won’t Take Off Until These 3 Things Happen

October 15, 2014 No Comments

by Rob Vandenberg, Lingotekf your smartphone can’t read your mind yet, it will soon. Innovators and early adopters are sprinting towards the dream of a connected world, connecting everything from cars to toasters. Their exuberance is contagious. Read More >>>

Open Source Allows Businesses e-Commerce Ease

October 15, 2014 No Comments

73% of respondents in a survey conducted by Mashable do “at least half of their shopping online,” and 66% “prefer to shop online vs. in-store.” With trends towards online shopping ever increasing, it’s more important now than ever to implement an e-commerce platform with your brick-and-mortar store.

Federating Identities for a Successful Enterprise IdP Deployment

October 15, 2014 No Comments

by Lisa Grady, Radiant LogicWhen customers, employees, or partners log in—from any device—they expect a seamless experience and secure access to your resources. Organizations are trying to meet a number of benchmarks, not just in terms of security but also productivity and simplicity for your users. Read More >>>

The New Rhythm of IT: 5 Hurdles to Overcome in 2014

October 8, 2014 No Comments

by Ken Berryman, BMC Software, Inc.The Federal Reserve estimates that in 2012 one in six checks were deposited as a digital image rather than in physical form. For consumers, almost 50 percent of these image-based deposits were through mobile devices. Read More >>>

eCommerce Survey

September 30, 2014 No Comments

As the Web continues to “go mobile,” online retailers pursue the promise of m-commerce. However, it’s difficult to satisfy the needs of mobile users. Instart Logic, with a 2014 Ecommerce Survey, reveals three sizable gaps between what retailers know works, and what they’re actually doing.

Guiding Customer Relationships with an Integrated IT Approach

September 29, 2014 No Comments

by Dennis van der Veeke, SDLThere is no denying that brands have taken an increased interest in technology for marketing efforts. In fact, Gartner reported earlier in the year that 81 percent of organizations now have the equivalent of a chief marketing technologist position. Read More >>>

Why VMI is the future for our BYOD Generation

September 24, 2014 No Comments

While many approaches are being used to control the impact of the mobile age on IT, VMI technology shows your organization can both embrace and thrive in this new world.

Protecting Your Data at Each Step of the Networking Path

September 18, 2014 No Comments

by Bill Manning, APC by Schneider ElectricAs the amount of business critical data grows, the importance of data availability surges – businesses simply cannot afford to lose precious data due to instances of downtime. Read More >>>

Panaya Enables Greater Agility in ERP Changes with Big Data Analytics

September 18, 2014 No Comments

Panaya is proud to announce the launch of Panaya CloudQuality™ Suite, a cloud-based SaaS that provides a suite of services needed to deploy changes in ERP systems. From day-to-day changes to the most complicated upgrades, Panaya CloudQuality™ suite applies big data analytics to predict what will break, how to fix it and what to test for every change made.

The Four Phases of Cloud Optimization

September 12, 2014 No Comments

with Joe Kinsella, CloudHealthSeveral years ago, I joined a company in the middle of a frantic architectural transition that prioritized speed over cost. During my first few months, I watched our Amazon Web Services bill creep from $100K per month to over $350K. Read More >>>

How far is too far when it comes to outsourcing IT?

September 8, 2014 No Comments

with Mike Decker, Annese & Associates, Inc.With more than 25 years of IT experience, perhaps I can shed some light on strategies for IT outsourcing, but first let me frame my point of view. With a BS in Telecommunications, I started my career inside a NOC located in the basement of a major bank in Buffalo, NY. Read More >>>

8 Things You Need to Do Before, During, and After Migrating to Office 365

September 4, 2014 No Comments

with Robert Berlin, OneLoginWith Windows Server 2003 hitting its end of life next year, the push is on for even faster migration. But the path is a complex one, and careful planning will be your best friend. Having spent a number of years helping customers along this road, here are my top tips for a safe journey. Read More >>>

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