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As summer winds down to an end, it’s tough to forget that winter 2013-2014 was one of the coldest on record in parts of the country, according to the government’s official monthly climate report released recently. The cold and snow had a direct impact on the bottom line of many businesses as offices across the U.S. were shut down for days, resulting in business disruptions and revenue loss, especially if employees did not have the capabilities to work from home. Now, with hurricane season knocking at the door, we thought it was a good time to advise businesses to take a lesson from past experiences to minimize potential further disruption to come, with this three-part blog. While some industries simply cannot avoid losses due to severe weather, it is possible for many organizations to be productive and profitable even when workers can’t get to the office. Companies... (more)

Investing in Cloud: Getting the Most Bang for Your IT Buck

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 place. 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 provider... (more)

Unified Communications: Stop Trying to Wrestle the Elephant [Part 3 Take to the Cloud for Integration]

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)

Why should small business leaders give a hoot about Big Data?

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)

Public, Private, Hybrid, and Other Clouds

When I sat down to write this post, I did some prep reading to see what the bloggers I follow were saying on the topic. But by the third post, I was reminded that we (the tech nerds) are not generally helpful. Tech nerds talk and write in our own language. We write to look smarter than the next guy. We invent words to describe what we’re doing, and if these words catch on in the mainstream, we just invent another one to further confuse the issue. It’s at this point that the big box manufacturers and software companies adopt the word and modify it for their own nefarious intentions... (more)