General Computing Executive Commentary

  1. Are You Putting Technology To Good Use? 4 Tips To Help Your Manufacturer Clients Deliver IT Operations Efficiently

    Manufacturing requires precision, no matter what type of product is being developed. Yet in today’s technologically advanced world, many manufacturers are finding that their IT operations are not as efficient as they should be. And it seems like every day there’s a “new” product or solution that they must have to compete in the marketplace. This leaves operators wondering how and if they can improve upon some of the more critical functions with existing technologies. The answer is, of course, yes!

  2. 4 Ways Cloud SaaS Can Improve Your Endpoint Cybersecurity Business

    According to Forrester, global Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) revenues are forecasted to reach $106 billion in 2016, increasing 21 percent over projected 2015 spending levels. However, the tremendous growth of cloud SaaS technology also brings new security risks. Already porous network perimeters have become even more susceptible to vulnerabilities as a growing array of endpoint devices connect to the cloud.

  3. 6 Industry Trends MSPs Should Get Their Heads Around — Fast!

    Managed services providers (MSPs) have a responsibility to be up to speed on emerging industry trends and adaptable to new technologies. These activities are critical to ensuring that the MSP remains perpetually valuable to customers and profitable as a business. The challenge often lies in finding a balance between managing the business through multiple change cycles and maintaining control of all assets.

  4. The Verdict Is Out: Why Investment Opportunities Favor The Engineering Software Market

    Through leveraging our market knowledge, research data, and analysts whom understand the challenges and importance of buying and selling IT to support critical business processes, it would seem that investing in technology companies in recent years has once again become detached from the “fundamentals”; we are back to the casino game of “get in, watch carefully and then try to get out again at a point where the price is higher than you paid.”

  5. The Role Of Video In Your IT Clients’ Business Intelligence

    According to Cisco's recent Visual Networking Index Report, video is now the fastest growing type of data in the world.  The report estimates by 2019, nearly one million minutes of video content will cross the network every second. Of course, video generated by security and surveillance systems is included in these numbers. This represents an enormous amount of unstructured data – or Big Data – that can potentially be mined for business intelligence.  However, generating any kind of actionable information from endless amounts of video content can seem overwhelming, which is why surveillance video is often overlooked when it comes to Big Data and generating business intelligence.

  6. 3 Reasons To Add Data Governance And Security Solutions To Your Portfolio

    The IT industry is more aware of data security risks than ever before. Despite this recognition of the current reality, many organizations remain unprepared to properly manage sensitive data and reduce the fallout from breaches that may plague their teams in the future. No matter the size or scope of your company, one of the worst moments for an IT or security manager is the one that follows a data breach — especially if an executive is asking whether the company could have prevented the incident.

  7. Why Your IT Clients Need A HIPAA Risk Assessment

    If your clients deal with healthcare records of any kind for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) purposes, their business is considered either a covered entity or a business associate, and they should be preparing in earnest for Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA audits in 2015 and 2016.

  8. How Swipes, Taps, And More Can Protect Your IT Clients Against Online Fraudsters

    Do you know that every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen? There are several ways to combat this such as getting creative and random with passwords and PIN numbers, refusing to provide personal information over the phone, shredding receipts and bank statements, and keeping a close eye on credit card statements.

  9. How VARs Can Educate Restauranteurs On Business Intelligence

    Not long ago, restaurants were run mostly by intuition and personal experience. Restaurant operators would put a menu together, serve their customers and hope the customers liked it — using anecdotes as the metric of choice. They would estimate how much staff was needed based on their recollection of history, and hope the managers scheduled enough — but not too many.

  10. 3 Small Businesses That Used Cloud Backup To Defeat Ransomware

    One of hugely important benefits of cloud and hybrid backup software is the protection it provides your clients against ransomware. When a crypto virus or some other form of ransomware strikes, it typically locks up the user’s files and demands that money be paid for an encryption key.