Networking Articles

  1. Education IT News — February 21, 2014
    2/21/2014

    In support of education technology, Google invests in cloud-based education software. Also in the news, a data breach at the University of Maryland affects 300,000 people, and a survey shows taxpayers are willing to pay more for schools to have faster broadband service.

  2. Putting the $1 Trillion SMB Market Into Perspective
    2/21/2014

    After covering the IT industry for 13+ years, I’ve had the privilege of talking to hundreds of VARs, MSPs, and other channel IT professionals. It would seem sometimes that the market must be saturated with resellers, but a study by analyst group Gartner reveals just how big of an opportunity that exists within the SMB market in particular.

  3. Beware Of “Careless Users In The Cloud”
    2/20/2014

    A services and solutions provider surveyed 1,000 full-time workers in the United States and Canada and found employees who use cloud-based apps have some bad habits that could result in security breaches and data loss. As you create cloud-based solutions for your customers, you should advise them to be aware of employee practices that could undermine data security.

  4. Government IT News For VARs — February 19, 2014
    2/19/2014

    In the news, local and state government organizations begin to look at the demands data center consolidation, mobility, security, cloud computing, and Big Data will have on their IT departments. Also, writers share insights from the IBM Center for the Business of Government report, “Realizing the Promise of Big Data: Implementing Big Data Projects.”

  5. Field Service IT News For VARs — February 18, 2014
    2/18/2014

    In the news, 2013 ended with increased M&A activity, snow plow fleets are finding value in GPS tracking this winter, and diesel prices are forecast — now a little higher — for 2014 at $3.83. 

  6. The ASCII Group CEO: Businesses Change … Business Stays The Same
    2/18/2014

    Despite all the changes the IT channel has seen over the past three decades, basic principles that govern business practices still prevail. The ASCII Group is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and founder, chairman, and CEO Alan Weinberger says throughout the group’s history, he has seen that conducting business ethically, forming partnerships within the channel community, and achieving a work-life balance have continued to be keys to success.

  7. Education IT News For VARs — February 14, 2014
    2/14/2014

    While winter weather interrupts school systems across the country, technology steps up to help parents track their children’s school buses. Also, Utah presents its technology plan, and MOOCs set sights on high school classrooms.  

  8. Healthcare IT News For VARs — February 14, 2014
    2/14/2014

    In the news this week, a study shows about two-thirds of physicians would not buy the same EHR system again, and a study shows reported healthcare data breaches have increased by 300 percent since 2005. Also, DARPA is looking for researchers from universities, government, and private industry to propose how to build a mechanism and add data mining to ongoing research into the biology of cancer and signal pathways for cancer cells.  

  9. 2014 IT Channel-Specific Event Calendar
    2/14/2014

    One of the best ways to learn is to speak with peers and share your best and worst practices. The best place to do that is at industry events. In addition to networking, conferences are also great places to partake in top-notch industry-specific education on technology, sales, and marketing. If you're not an events kind of person or company, you're missing out on huge growth opportunities.

  10. It’s Time To (Re)invest In Expertise
    2/13/2014

    CompTIA recently released its IT Industry Outlook 2014, a 41-page report chock-full of very interesting information relevant to the IT channel. If you’re a CompTIA member, get your free copy now. Apart from a bunch of data that points to growth and opportunity for solutions providers in 2014, the report contains a thorough overview of the most significant trends to watch this year.