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Today more than ever, your employees need to be subject matter experts: experts in your customers’ organizations and challenges, experts in the latest technologies and services-based business models, experts in finding new sales leads — and experts in managing vendor relationships, sometimes in the face of channel conflict or inadequate support. In a business environment defined by increasing competition, rapidly evolving technology, lengthening sales cycles, and cloud-based disintermediation, the knowledge of your employees is your greatest sustainable competitive differentiator.

Anytime, Anywhere Communications: A Host Of Opportunities

For us veterans in the telecommunications game, we envisioned doctors guiding surgeries remotely, communities of students learning from teachers who lectured from a distance, and businesses producing with a workforce that connected and collaborated from any geography. There was virtually no limit to the potential we saw, nor to the future we set out to create. The destination was grand, but the pathway proved frustratingly narrow. The infrastructure at that time simply could not sustain the weight of our ambition. As a result, the anticipated rollout of these futuristic applications stumbled and faltered. Since then, these capabilities have greatly remained on the shelf — that is, until now.

Viewing New Trends Driving Backup And Recovery — No Hats Allowed

Three current developments in data protection give us a fairly clear picture of what the future holds for backup and recovery in IT. Consider these three advances the short, medium, and long views on trends that we will see ahead. Like most scenes, sometimes we see just those things we want to, but these three advancements will have unmistaken advantages. Do not bother wearing a hat, because the trend winds will blow them away. Your brain should be fine, though.

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As a new, lighter point of sale (POS) approach emerges, POS solutions no longer require PCs to operate. Depending on a system’s configuration, the new POS model can leverage thin clients such as tablets, handhelds, and IP-enabled cash drawers to bring flexibility and convenience to in-store transactions.

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September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), which is a great opportunity to talk to your customers and prospects about protecting their businesses.

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