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Dec 4, 2012

Is your IT Infrastructure ready for on-demand mobile access?

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Anytime, anywhere access is becoming the standard. According to Forrester Research, nearly 60% of all corporate employees share, access and manage content outside the office – with their laptop, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android and more. Indications are that number is only going to increase. Just take a look at an infographic on working from home. Now, 83% of over 1,000 surveyed earlier this year about their remote work habits spend at least part of the day working from home. And, not surprisingly almost 90% consider collaboration software mission-critical or very important.

Implications abound for those in the IT industry. For example, if you manage your company’s internal network, making your IT Infrastructure compatible with the telecommuting revolution may be at the top of your list. Fortunately, flexible IT Infrastructure solutions are paving the way to support increased demands for anytime, anywhere access.

In an article from Tech Republic, Mark Samuels writes that flexibility is key to keeping pace with an ever-expanding array of employee mobile devices. He quotes David Moloney, principal analyst at Ovum, “Apps are cascading through the organization in every way, from workflow and testing to e-commerce and billing. CIOs now have to deal with the interconnectedness of machines. And it means IT leaders are looking for more flexibility and responsiveness in the networks that their businesses use.”

Solutions like cloud, managed hosting, content delivery and the combination of the like are among the tools available in the IT professional’s arsenal that make this flexibility a reality. With the right blend of solutions and a partner that can accommodate each, the possibilities are endless.

So as we come to the close of 2012, what are you planning for 2013? Are you creating a modern mobile strategy? Discover how platform flexibility plays a role by watching our video below.

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Sep 12, 2012

Machines aren’t taking over – smartphones are

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The good news here is that while smartphones may be taking over –– they are making us more efficient humans. No, we can’t fly, yet with a smartphone you can do just about anything else. CNN.com kicked off a month-long series on Monday called “Our Mobile Society” and it got me thinking about how quickly technology is changing and impacting our daily lives. According to the article, 68% of us sleep with our phone at our bedsides, text is the currency of modern conversation and in 2011 there were 6 billion mobile subscriptions with a worldwide population of 7 billion. Smartphones? The article also said it’s estimated that 5 billion people will own one in five years.

Like smartphones, cloud computing is rapidly changing the way we access data. We know that the cloud is here to stay and that it’s not some nebulous “pie in the sky” technology. But it wasn’t long ago that we were so convinced. Businesses are turning to the cloud for everything; from customer relationship management to highly specialized industry applications. Here’s some of the latest cloud technology news:

What other “new” technology will be making its way to becoming a part of our every day lives? And more importantly, how do you and your business keep up? If your business hasn’t adopted cloud yet, it will likely do so, and if you are looking for some help, read our new eBook: Five Key Steps to a Successful Cloud Takeoff.

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