Articles By Christine Kern

  1. Education Technology Spending Will Focus On Laptops, Tablets This Year

    A report from IDC has found that network and laptop purchases will spur educational IT spending to about $6.6 billion in 2015.

  2. Cloud Backup Can Help Mitigate Downtime, Losses

    An infographic from private cloud company SingleHop reflects the results of a study that shows that while enterprises may pay close attention to their servers, they are less likely to protect their endpoint data from downtime or loss.

  3. How OpenStack Can Work For DaaS

    More and more commonly, OpenStack is being utilized to manage large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources through a data center.  According to software company Leostream, it’s useful for virtual desktop environments as well: OpenStack, a free and open-source platform, is “changing the equation for virtual desktops and has the potential to turn VDI on its head.”

  4. Study Finds Inconsistent Use Of Project Management Tools Among Services Providers

    Almost 40 percent of project managers do not use project planning, tracking, or collaboration software, making it impossible to track the profitability of their projects, according to new study from AffinityLive.

  5. What VARs Need To Know About Their Customers' Business Labeling Needs

    A recent Loftware Enterprise Labeling Trends Survey has identified a number of key factors that are impacting supply chain strategy and ultimately labeling processes today. Labeling has become a mission-critical component in the current supply chain with global expansion of businesses. Among the trends that have been identified as affecting the labeling process are growing customer demands and evolving regulatory requirements. VARs need to be aware of these factors in order to better serve their customers’ changing needs.

  6. AIIM: Is The “ECM Era” About To End?

    Consumerization, the expansion of cloud and mobile capabilities, and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is creating an explosion of content and information that will require a new “post-ECM” Era by 2020. AIIM, the global community of information professionals, bases this conclusion on two new reports.

  7. NRF Supports Patent Reform Legislation

    The National Retail Federation (NRF) has announced its support for patent reform legislation introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck E. Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., that aims to help retailers guard against patent trolls.

  8. VAR Opportunity: Apple Pay Leads PayPal, Mobile Payments Use Grows, Evolves

    About 45 percent of smartphone users who are using mobile payment apps now probably are using Apple Pay, while 28 percent will use PayPal, according to a study from 451 Research.

  9. How Do Your Managed Services Performance Metrics Stand Up To Comparison?

    In an infographic, the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) presents benchmarking data from a number of managed services providers in order to establish an industry standard. By Christine Kern, contributing writer


  10. Data Privacy Is A Growing Concern Among IT Pros

    A study released by Dimensional Research has found data privacy is now a chief concern from the majority of IT professionals. “The State of Data Privacy in 2015” examines the increased significance of data privacy, IT challenges of managing privacy of sensitive data, and the impact of cloud technologies.

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