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How Businesses Should Adapt to the Consumerization of IT

June 15, 2015 by Vishal Gupta

Think about how many of your employees use their personal devices for work. How many use their cell phones to check company email? How many use personal computers to work on files during a business trip? If you estimate at least half, you’re not far off. In fact, across all industries, about 40 percent of employees use their personal devices for work-related purposes.[read more]

Is Nepotism Undermining Your Business Technology Innovation?

June 5, 2015 by Kyle Cebull

Every now and then I run into a large organization who is using a “friend” or “family member” for their technology. Every time I encounter this, I get a little worried for the company. Sometimes it’s great to use someone you know. But when it comes to your technology, it’s not necessarily a good thing. Why is that?[read more]

The Outline for Your Next IT Strategy Meeting

April 10, 2015 by Kyle Cebull

Game plan.

You invest a good percentage of your earnings each year into your technology. From workstations to printing equipment, servers and infrastructure, training and new applications – technology is the backbone of your organization. So, technology planning? It’s even more important. You need plans in place to properly accommodate your growth and streamline your workflows and processes. What does that require?[read more]

What Does the Modern IT Team Look Like?

April 10, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

The modern IT team.

IT teams are evolving. The old model of a Finance/IT Director supported by Infrastructure and Application managers, with a host of network engineers and developers, is changing to meet new challenges. In most organizations, IT used to be almost entirely about finance: sales, cash flow, payroll and purchasing. Organizations often developed their own software and built their own networks.[read more]

Top Technology Considerations When Opening a New Office

March 25, 2015 by Kyle Cebull

New office?

A little overwhelmed? It’s a lot to do and by no means is this an all-inclusive list of considerations. When it comes to the expansion of your organization you shouldn’t leave it in the hands of a single technology resource or administrative role. Make sure that you engage a professional to help you plan strategically for the long term and choose the technology infrastructure, phone service, hardware, software and manage all the details.[read more]

Managed Services: Freeing Corporate IT for Business Strategies

January 31, 2015 by Julie Hunt

Managed services.

New trends in technology have helped drive a profound change in IT strategies to focus more on business productivity and aligning IT with overall corporate strategies. The CIO and IT teams are transitioning to allocate more resources to strategic initiatives that directly impact the bottom line, leaving the inward focus on IT productivity a thing of the past.[read more]

Can Enterprise IT Borrow from Lean Startup Thinking?

January 23, 2015 by James MacLennan

Eric Ries.

The enterprise shift to “consumerization” is more than just the desire to use my iPhone and upset my work-life balance. It’s something akin to instant gratification – people have ideas about how information can augment, automate, and transform how they transact business, connect with customers, and comprehend the activity that surrounds them.[read more]

Top 5 IT Resolutions for 2015

January 8, 2015 by Kyle Cebull

IT resolutions.

Resolutions are easy to make and harder to achieve. It’s not enough to just say that you’re going to improve your technology. It’s time for a new frame of mind. It’s time to explore productivity, efficiency, backup, security, mobility and how new and emerging technologies can help you reach your business goals.[read more]

Top 3 Worst IT Suggestions Ever

August 25, 2014 by Kyle Cebull

Bad tech advice.

Bad advice runs rampant in the tech industry. It’s given by in-house techs, reactive support companies and one-man shops all the time. The truth is, though, that these suggestions aren’t just bad, they’re downright damaging. Sure, a simple suggestion sounds harmless enough – but backing up your data the wrong way could lead to hundreds of thousands in lawsuits.[read more]

Translating the Geek Speak: Is It Time to Dump Your IT Company?

August 18, 2014 by Kyle Cebull

Your IT company?

Not every executive is as technically savvy as the times require. Even the most technically savvy organizations need a way to stay competitive. Emerging cloud technologies, new applications, mobility and other technologies mean that executives and businesses have to rely on their IT partners to guide them in the right direction.[read more]

Contrary to Popular Belief, Cloud Computing a Boon for Professional IT Jobs

February 20, 2014 by April Sage

Cloud computing a boon for professional IT.

In the course of compiling press releases and client profiles, numerous organizations have told Online Tech that moving to our encrypted, enterprise-class cloud has freed up their own IT staff to spend more time on projects with a greater direct impact on the success of the business.[read more]

Marketing and IT Get Together: The Elephants in the Room

October 13, 2013 by James MacLennan

Half depressed, half bemused, I decided to jump in to the conversation with what I thought was a constructive search for some common ground. I think that there is a great potential for Marketing and IT to help each other by matching their unique strengths to their counterparts’ weaknesses.[read more]

Big Data Is More Valuable with Kapow

March 23, 2013 by Mark Smith

Big Data and Kapow/shutterstock

Using information from applications and services across both the enterprise and Internet just got simpler with the release of Kapow Enterprise 9.2. I examined the technology at the Kapow WoW user conference, and spoke with a broad range of companies that use Kapow.[read more]

Big Data and the Wizard of Oz Syndrome

March 19, 2013 by Rick Sherman

Big Data blunders

The technology hype cycle, which reminds me of The Wizard of Oz, is a contributing factor in blunders made by businesses initiating their first Big Data projects. I’ll suggest, based on my experience helping clients, why enterprises make these blunders.[read more]

Big Data Analytics: The Four Pillars

March 13, 2013 by Tony Cosentino

Big data analytics is being offered as the key to addressing a wide array of management and operational needs across business and IT. But the label “big data analytics” is used in a variety of ways, confusing people about its usefulness and value.[read more]