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Category: Convergence

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Feb, 15

Digital Business Trend Promises Big Disruption And Opportunity, Says Gartner

A few months ago analyst group Gartner unveiled “Predicts 2015” a series of research papers that reveal top predictions for IT organizations and IT users for 2015 and beyond. Among the dozen categories captured, there is a blanket theme tying them together, which is the relationship shift between humans and machines due to the emergence of […]

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Feb, 13

Sometimes Following The Herd Is A Good Idea

SMB owners are flocking to leverage cloud computing, and for once, I think being a follower is a good thing. The reasons are simple: if you’re running an SMB, it is all about cash flow. So many businesses stall out just as they get started because of the investments needed to start a business – […]

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Jan, 13

Banks Finding Success In The Cloud

I always try to share interesting cloud success stories when I find them, especially when the success is in a vertical where many of you work, such as this one: banking. In this online article from American Banker’s Bank Technology News, the success story is all about how the National Australia Bank (NAB) is using […]

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Dec, 12

The BYOD Movement Expands

The potential around BYOD will continue in 2013, with many of your customers demanded device management as well as access control and security support as they struggle to grasp and control the influx of devices into the workplace.  Obviously, with cloud and mobile device management platforms just starting to hit the market, solution providers should […]

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Dec, 12

What Will Your Business Look Like In 2013?

The strategic team at Ingram Micro Cloud has helped me out as we look forward to 2013, providing me with a laundry list of their predictions around cloud in the coming year. One theme running through their bullet points is opportunity for cloud sales in the channel. The team advises that as businesses, particularly SMBs, […]

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Dec, 12

Locking Up The Cloud – Beyond Data Security

As one of the leaders in the cloud, Rackspace has amassed an impressive amount of insight on cloud, hosted infrastructure, hosted storage, security and more. The vendor also has one of the most informative blog series I’ve found when it comes to best practices in the cloud. This blog, The Many Faces of Cloud Security, […]

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Dec, 12

Your Customers Don’t Even Know What’s In The Cloud

Let me set the scene: You are a solution provider, let’s say a managed services provider, supporting an SMB with about 150 seats. You secure their on-premises data, monitor their infrastructure, run their BDR, and are helping them prepare to take some content to the cloud. Then suddenly, that customer’s sole IT guy says: I […]

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Dec, 12

What Are CIOs Thinking About Besides Cloud In 2013?

Big data. Infrastructure. Hybrids. Virtualization. Mobile. Cost savings. All that is good news. That old adage – with mystery comes margin, should be top of mind for successful solution providers in 2013. All those challenging technologies that CIOs are fussing and mussing with, they are complex. They stretch the capacity of most IT departments, but […]

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Dec, 12

Geek Predications For 2013

Now and then you have to stop and think: Wow. Technology, for all its ins and outs, has made unbelievable strides forward in the last handful of years. From smart phones to Wi-Fi to iPads … and, of course, cloud. In Fast Company last week, there was a really cool article on the digital trends […]

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Dec, 12

Cloud Predications Continue …

Not to be left behind, Forbes has rolled out its predictions about cloud computing in the coming year. Interestingly enough, I think nearly all of these predictions herald great opportunity for the channel, but see what you think: More Hosted Private Cloud – Somewhere between complex private clouds and Amazon will evolve a new option: […]

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