Being a business owner is not an easy role. The success of your organization relies on the decisions you make, especially when it directly affects your financial outlook. From the small investments, like whether or not to provide a coffee maker in the break room, to the larger commitments, such as whether or not to expand office space, the pressure is on you to cultivate a thriving operation.
Virtualization is one of the ultimate buzz words in enterprise technology. The IT experts speak of it with a light in their eyes and enthusiasm. Every sales pitch mentions it at some point, and in all fairness, virtualization is a large topic with many exciting applications.
The simple truth is that enterprise operations require at least some level of virtualization, and taking control of your virtual destiny is extremely important. It’s also a changing landscape. Microsoft has introduced the Windows Virtual Desktop, and it’s the biggest change to the game since the PC. Maybe.
Part of keeping a budget is figuring out what parts of your business are pulling their weight and which areas can afford to trim some fat. For IT, that often comes down to equipment and services. If you’re spending money on something you don’t use, it might be time to cut it from your life. For too many businesses, fax machines sit somewhere in limbo. They still get used, but can you really justify the money? You’re about to get solid answers to that question.
There are always more numbers to crunch. In IT, particularly, you always have to weigh the costs of upgrades against expected returns. We always want new tech to pay for itself several times over, but that won’t happen unless upgrades are made with excellent direction. Usually, the biggest problem with new tech is that it is encumbered by old systems. All too often, upgrade plans overlook cabling infrastructure, and that gets expensive.
There’s a good chance you noticed CenturyLink’s big internet outage. It wasn’t a massive news story, but it was still a topic of conversations. Enough businesses in enough locations felt the pain that it was hard to make it through the event unaware. While it might put CenturyLink on the spot a bit, this is a great case study to examine how we plan for internet downtime and derive key lessons that can protect your business in the future.
There is a full-scale processor war happening right now. It started about a year ago, and the intensity has grown since. AMD and Intel have both made some exciting recent announcements. We’ll take a look at what is new and how you can benefit from the grueling competition.
No matter what kind of business you run, networking now lies at the heart of your success. From processing payments to securing world-changing research, there is no component of modern work that works independently of computers. That is exactly why it’s so important to build the right networking infrastructure from the outset. Under committing can push you into expensive upgrades while over committing is an obvious waste of money.
When you look at IT and enterprise technology, the need for new technology continues to grow at an exponential rate. Organizations have all kinds of technology, from software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), internet of things (IoT) and tech from the consumer side. These technologies from all different categories need to be organized and managed within your IT and operations department in order to control costs and afford new technology.
WHAT IS IT ASSET MANAGEMENT? IT Asset Management begins with a central repository for your IT inventory.
If you are working in retail operations or information technology, you fully understand that your job is never quite complete. As the retail landscape continues to evolve to meet the on-demand needs of your customers, operations optimization continues to top your list of priorities. Managing and directing operations requires an immense amount of organization, and with a tool for almost everything, organization is becoming an automated process.