How to Plan for Next Year’s IT Budget

Posted by Maura Mahoney on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The leaves are turning red and gold. Farmers markets are filled with crisp apples and festive pumpkins. The days are cooling off, and there is a smell of wood smoke in the air. These are all signs that fall has come to the Northeast. They are also signs that it is time for companies to start planning for next year’s IT budget. 

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How the Cloud Enables IoT

Posted by Maura Mahoney on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

Gartner has included the Internet of Things (IoT) in its list of Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2018. IoT will contribute to the emergence of digital twins. Digital twins link to real-world objects, providing information on the status of company assets. Information gathered from digital twins is then used to better manage, maintain, and repair equipment.

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Why Fiber Optics Are Ideal for Cloud Computing

Posted by Maura Mahoney on Tue, Oct 03, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Fiber optic technology is still underutilized, even though it represents the cutting edge in connectivitySeeking Alpha, a technology market news source, reported that only 11% of Internet connections use fiber optics. Cloud computing is one area of opportunity for fiber optic connectivity. 

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Why Migrate IBM i and POWER Applications to the Cloud?

Posted by Maura Mahoney on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Applications are the engines that keep your business running. They control business processes and help you interact with clients and customers. Developing applications empowers your company to innovate and compete. Analytics applications enable you to gain insights that drive key business decisions. For many organizations, IBM Power Systems applications provide additional advantages with their open source collaboration and cognitive analytics abilities. 

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How to Overcome Disaster Recovery Challenges

Posted by Maura Mahoney on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 01:31 PM

A formal disaster recovery plan is necessary to ensure your business can survive a crippling outage or breach. In fact, a recent study published by the Ponemon Institute found that companies with effective disaster recovery plans recover faster and lose less money when they are hit by a data breach. 

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5 Disaster Recovery Mistakes that Could Sink Your Business

Posted by Maura Mahoney on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

Images of the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma are stark reminders of the need for strong disaster recovery measures. Failing to adequately prepare for natural disasters, such as high winds and flooding, may mean months or years of recovery. Worse yet, many affected companies may never recover.  

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How to Protect Your Data from a Natural Disaster

Posted by Maura Mahoney on Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 01:53 PM

Images relating to the destructive power of Hurricane Harvey are jaw-dropping. Homes and businesses are submerged in water. Streets have turned into rivers, and freeways look like storm-tossed seas. In an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, FEMA administrator, William Brock Long, forecasted that recovery from Harvey will take years.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

Why the Cloud Is the Right Solution for Backup and Recovery

Posted by Maura Mahoney on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Business continuity is the key to customer loyalty. When companies experience downtime, employees can’t be productive and customers don't receive the support they require. Mission-critical applications cease working. Customers and clients lose confidence in you 

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Cloud

Why Speed Is Important in Higher Educational Technology

Posted by Maura Mahoney on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 @ 04:20 PM

Higher educational institutions are using technology not only to maintain records and document research but also to transform the way students and professors interact. E-learning initiatives like open online courses have expanded access to education, as well as the reach and longevity of professors’ work. The Next Web, a technology news source, reports that Coursera alone has 20 million students registered in courses at 140 universities all over the world. With technology, universities can personalize education, encourage collaboration, and link campuses.

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Topics: Network

What You Can Learn From Recent Data Breaches

Posted by Maura Mahoney on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 @ 03:53 PM

As high-profile companies continue to experience data breaches in 2017, common attack vectors are emerging. A closer look at some of the worst breaches shows that employee negligence and weaknesses in point of sale (POS) systems are common problemsThe success of cyberattacks on other companies should serve as a powerful lesson for your business. Examining these attacks may prevent your business from making some of the same mistakes.  

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Topics: Security