Jun 20, 2012

Trends…shmends and then again, that depends


Trends are popping up everywhere. In fact there is even a crowd-sourcing website that tracks them whether tech, culture, design, lifestyle or pretty much anything else you can imagine. Just the nail, hair, color and fashion trends for Spring 2012 are overwhelming – one could go broke trying to keep up. One of 2011’s crazes in small business trends was blow-dry bars…yes…blow-dry bars, as in a trained professional who “wets and dries” your hair for $35 a pop. And, it’s a trend that’s sticking around due to success, which according to BusinessWeek “has led to a veritable blowout war on the streets of Los Angeles.” In fact, shops now have opened in Dallas, Scottsdale, AZ, New York, San Francisco and Atlanta, in addition to the several that started it all in Brentwood, West Hollywood and, of course, Beverly Hills.

Then there are housing market trends and financial trends resulting in a plethora of websites such as LearnVest — featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and CNBC, and named by Time Magazine as one of The 50 Best Websites of 2011 — which targets women and assists with personal finances, budgeting and more.

This all leads me to my mash up for the week: According to a recent article citing an IT-Director.com report, “virtualization, cloud computing and other solutions are creating an environment in which companies have to rethink their disaster and data recovery strategies in light of new IT trends. More and more companies are rethinking their business continuity plans given the current rise of cloud computing, virtualization and big data, which have created a situation where organizations are handling much larger quantities of data than ever before.”

If you happen to be one of those who is sorting through the IT trends and solutions to help manage it all, you may want to check out another recent blog post: Build, buy, colocation or cloud.

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