General Computing Executive Commentary

  1. 5 Network Security Market Trends That Matter For Managed Services In 2016
    4/28/2016

    It’s no secret organizations of all sizes are changing the way they run their businesses. The move toward a digital economy, combined with the need to always be on, means anything that can save time and simplify workflows is in high demand. Now, more than ever, seamless delivery — whether it’s music, email or network security — is where opportunity lies.

  2. 3 Ways IT Can Modernize Meeting Rooms With Digital Technology
    4/26/2016

    From energy companies to universities, the growth of the Internet of Things, mobile devices, and wearables presents new challenges and opportunities for IT departments looking to provide counsel on technology that is innovative, versatile, and collaborative. In the case of meeting rooms, digital devices that involve remote attendees and mobile capabilities are expected to grow. According to a Wainhouse research report, commissioned by Epson, nearly half of respondents expect the amount of huddle rooms to increase within the next two years.

  3. Why It’s Okay For CIOs To Make Decisions Based On Feelings
    4/25/2016

    One of life’s most hilariously, ironic aspects is that, wherever you go, you’ll notice personal exceptionalism is by far the most ordinary expression of human behavior. If you understand that concept to be true, then the self-assessment data gathered by the well-known leadership and management coach, Mark Goldsmith won’t surprise you either. By Ariel Amster, Qubole

  4. The Cloud Wars May No Longer Focus On Price
    4/22/2016

    The cloud wars are an ongoing battle for supremacy of cloud services. The competition is fierce and intense, as can be assumed regarding what is a multi-billion dollar market. Cloud providers come in many varieties, but the most popular are names known to most people and businesses out there. The likes of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and IBM all have products and services to offer and, for many years, much of the focus has been on slashing prices whenever or wherever possible.

  5. Redefining Technology Solution Providers In The Cloud
    4/21/2016

    Welcome to the brave new world that is cloud services, where there’s no such thing as business as usual. Small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) represent a significant section of most technology solution provider (TSP) customers, and those SMBs are turning to the cloud more than ever before. They are going to be asking you about the cloud and whether you can support their needs. If you aren’t prepared, you stand to lose big.

  6. Old School Ties Are Not The Fashion In Enterprise Mobility
    4/21/2016

    My lunch companion was the Director of Innovation at a large telecommunications company, a new role in the past two years which reflected a desire for effective change and the internal frustration that it was not being achieved. I just did not understand why he was not embarrassed — he had just told me he had not submitted our tender response to the CIO because, “It is hard enough getting proposals through IT so I only put up two proposals from two old school large logo IT vendors.”

  7. Breaking Into New Space, Out Of The Old
    4/19/2016

    Dear IT’ers, Everything I’ve done over the past 40 years with folks like you – business guys – had to do with the huge discomfort that comes from being asked to think differently than my audience is used to think.

  8. 7 Features Of A Top DCIM Solution
    4/18/2016

    According to IBM, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced each and every day from smart sensors, social media, texts, digital pictures and video, purchase and banking transactions, cell phones, and more. Now consider that all this data has to be processed, stored, and made available anytime, anywhere. Doing the heavy lifting to process all this information are hundreds of data centers. In a similar manner as IBM tracks all these statistics, data center managers must also track the statistics of their facility operations. This entails tracking all of their equipment and energy costs, as well as people and processes.

  9. Blue Skies Or Dark Clouds Ahead?
    4/14/2016

    Enterprise computing projects are moving rapidly to cloud-based solutions, and companies around the world expect 80 percent of their IT budget will be dedicated to cloud computing services by the beginning of 2017. This shift towards a cloud-first approach to enterprise services is being driven not just by improved agility and cost savings, but also by increasing trust in all things cloud, with 77 percent of organizations saying they trust clouds more now than they did a year ago.

  10. Arlin's Suggested Reading List
    4/12/2016

    These are the ten books I recommend as the foundation of a strong business library. While the Bible may seem like a strange first choice, I find that spending time in that book of wisdom each morning grounds me in truth and helps focus me on the things that matter. The other nine are important books that provide a broad base from which to build a strong business mindset.