Worldwide IT spending is projected to rise US$3.8 trillion in 2014 according
to recent Gartner research, a 3.1 percent increase from spending in 2013,
which was $3.7 trillion. While not a huge jump in dollars, it does indicate
that companies have been conserving cash over the past few years and are
ready and willing to invest - albeit conservatively - with the recovery in
The promise of the Cloud has been validated and tested now over several years
and organizations are increasing budgets and plans accordingly, more liberal
spending is being seen by Cloud service providers who are witnessing an
uptick in demand from businesses that are planning to address outdated
infrastructure in 2014. Even organizations that are wary of significant cash
outlays are recognizing the long-term IT savings it represents and are
willing to take the steps to integrate solutions ... (more)
Last week, I talked about where you start to develop a UC strategy for your
organization. This week, let’s look at how the Cloud enables integration to
help organizations implement a successful UC solution.
To score the features and reliability that your business needs from a true UC
solution, different applications – some that your business may already use
and some that are new – need to be integrated. Interestingly, when asked to
provide a definition of UC, Evolve IP survey respondents used the word
‘integrated’ most often.
The challenge for businesses looking to deploy UC is t... (more)
The only tech term being tossed around more irresponsibly than “cloud”
these days is the concept of “Big Data.” This has led many small
businesses to consider what “Big Data” means for them. Big Data and small
business are, at first glance, an oxymoron. But, the trend toward wrestling
with and controlling Big Data does have some benefit for small businesses.
I was happy to help clear up some of this confusion when Small Business
Computing and Cloud Computing Journal tapped me for my view on what Big Data
means to the small business.
As I explained to Pam Baker of Small Business C... (more)
A few weeks ago, Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast, leaving devastation
in its wake. Thousands of people were without power, food, and water. It
quickly became clear that Sandy’s aftermath would bring life on the East
Coast to a standstill for days as the region began to rebuild.
Early estimates of the damage put the business loss associated with the storm
as high as $30 billion. But Grudi Associates, The John M. Glover Agency, and
many others weren’t a part of that group. Evolve IP’s redundant cloud
platform allowed them to run their businesses remotely as the storm raged o... (more)
If you’re a small business owner, one of the last things on your mind is
going green. Regardless of your politics, you probably don’t have time to
think about your eco-footprint, besides maybe using recycling bins. You’re
busy managing employees, driving sales, and improving customer service.
You’re also busy looking for ways to cut costs without cutting level of
service, your agility, or your competitive edge. There are myriad ways to cut
costs and many of them are probably on your radar. If the cloud is one of
them, you might already be familiar with some of what I’m about to t... (more)