General Computing Executive Commentary

  1. Hype Or Opportunity? 4 Things Managed Service Providers Need To Consider About The Internet Of Things
    12/4/2014

    In 2012, Chicago installed solar powered trash collectors in its central business district. Not only do the containers hold more trash because of the compactor, but built-in sensors expedite the process and alert the headquarters when they’re full. This greatly reduces the need for pick-ups, saving both fuel and labor costs. Philadelphia saved $900,000 using these compactors and went from 17 weekly pickups with 33 employees to five weekly pick-ups with nine employees. This scenario is the epitome of the “Internet of Things,” more commonly known as the IoT, where “things” talk to other “things” over the Internet.

  2. My Dog Doesn’t Understand Me: MSP Sales Isn’t An IT Job
    12/2/2014

    When you get a new dog, he doesn’t understand anything you say. “Not on the rug, Duke.” “Outside, Duke. Right now!” “ Let’s go for a ride in the car, Duke.”

  3. Keep Shadow IT From Killing Your Clients’ Businesses
    12/2/2014

    Data sprawl is bad enough. Having users decide on their own to implement IT solutions can kill a business.

  4. 3 Tips For Using Video To Benefit Your Company
    12/2/2014

    In any industry, all forms of content are important when promoting and marketing your business. Utilizing “free’” space, such as social media platforms, helps your company create a user-friendly portal from which to engage with customers and makes it easier to offer expert advice and support.

  5. Help SMBs Overcome Their Data Backup Ignorance
    11/26/2014

    The fact that you have so many customers who are not currently using your business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solutions and services must mean that they all have their data backup figured out, right? If your target market includes SMBs, that assumption is far from reality.

  6. Who’s WAN Is It Anyway?
    11/26/2014

    There’s a business challenge brewing in the mainstream IT channel that some are ignoring, others are talking about, and a select few have embraced — and turned into a new relationship and a revenue opportunity that keeps on growing. It’s focused on the wide area network (WAN), ties back to the local area network (LAN) and includes everything and everyone that wants to securely connect to both.

  7. 4 Ways To Optimize Data Protection In Virtual Environments
    11/25/2014

    When it comes to virtual machines (VMs), it’s no secret that a more robust backup and disaster recovery (BDR) approach is required — compared to what you might deploy in a traditional physical server environment. From data protection policies that are based on VM replication, to increased levels of performance to support database-driven business applications and higher I/O workloads, there’s a lot to keep in mind.

  8. What Banks Can Learn From Recent Data Breaches
    11/25/2014

    It’s good to learn from your own mistakes, but it’s better to learn from someone else’s. In the case of banks — and those in charge of their IT security — it’s much better to learn from the mistakes of JPMorgan and other recent high-profile victims, as opposed to making similar mistakes yourself.

  9. Don’t Throw The Data Out With The Bathwater: Why BYOD, MDM Security Policies Need A Revamp
    11/25/2014

    According to IDC there will be some 1.3 billion mobile workers by 2015 and as many as 328 million employee-owned smartphones on the job by 2017. Enterprise IT needs to seriously consider its bring your own device (BYOD) and mobile device management (MDM) policies to ensure that they can protect corporate data while also supporting their employees’ need to work when and where they want in the age of the mobile worker.

  10. Stop Training Your Sales Team!
    11/25/2014

    The headline of this article may sound like blasphemy from a sales trainer who has more than 38 years of experience training salespeople, but it is a heartfelt suggestion. When many CEOs and business owners see revenue problems, they default to a statement like, “Let's get some sales training going.” Whereas, in reality, I believe the same CEO will realize a far greater improvement when he/she trains their company to sell.

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