IT Management

Should You Still Be Spending Money on Faxes?

Should You Still Be Spending Money on Faxes?

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.

How Hyperconvergence Is Changing Everything

How Hyperconvergence Is Changing Everything

There is a new, growing trend in the world of IT. Hyperconvergence is a word that is gaining steam and getting many IT managers excited. It’s a new approach to managing data centers that is so revolutionary, even small businesses are getting into the game. Take a minute to learn about hyper-convergence. It might be just the hook you need to transform your own tech infrastructure into something more powerful, more competitive and more affordable.

5 Tips for Shared Work Devices

5 Tips for Shared Work Devices

Technology runs the workplace. There’s no escaping it, but allowing technology to run over the workplace is expensive. There are always more devices, tools and apps that feel like they can help. Eventually, you have to focus on reducing your IT spending.

One way a lot of companies achieve that goal is by utilizing shared devices. If one computer can server two employees, it seems like an easy opportunity to save money. If you have shared devices, and virtually every workplace does, you might benefit from a few tips that can improve on that sharing. Here are five.

Negotiation Know-How: Optimizing Your IT Operational Costs

Negotiation Know-How: Optimizing Your IT Operational Costs

Your work involves negotiating software and cloud contracts. You’re aware that time limits can press operations managers to sign contracts as they receive them, and that this, in turn, can lead to unexpected costs…

*Based on the Gartner report, How to Optimize IT Costs.

5 Tips to Optimize Performance Without Buying New Hardware

5 Tips to Optimize Performance Without Buying New Hardware

It’s a frustration we’ve all experienced. A computer, phone or tablet starts getting slow. Sometimes it happens way too soon. Other times we’re trying to hold onto ancient tech because we don’t want to spend money on new stuff. In any case, there are always things we can do before we commit to purchasing hardware. These five tips can help you address performance issues without spending a penny on equipment.

5 Better Ways to Compete for Tech Talent

5 Better Ways to Compete for Tech Talent

Unemployment is pretty low right now. While it impacts industries differently, there’s no question that tech talent is in high demand and low supply. It’s a veritable dog fight out there right now, and if you want to get top talent instead of settling for leftovers, you need a better game plan. These five ideas will help you reimagine recruitment and find different ways to convince great technologists that they should be working with you.

How to Recruit, Develop and Retain IT Talent

How to Recruit, Develop and Retain IT Talent

With the increasing digitalization of the business world, IT has become an ingrained aspect of every business strategy. As such, it should come as no surprise that the demand for top tech talent is at an all-time high, forcing employers to become more creative and determined in not just recruiting new IT talent, but in also developing and retaining new and existing IT talent. The following is a look at a few key strategies companies can employ to improve their own recruitment and retention numbers:

What the Century Link Outage Tells Us About Enterprise Internet

What the Century Link Outage Tells Us About Enterprise Internet

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.

Why Every Company Needs a Crisis Response Plan Especially in IT

Why Every Company Needs a Crisis Response Plan Especially in IT

Crisis is a broad term, and it can apply to too many scenarios. Despite that, the best response to pretty much every problem imaginable is to keep channels of communication open. The best channels will of course depend on the situation, so you want to investigate the integrity of all of them.

You need to have a clear picture of what can and will knock out your email, hard-line internet, cellular connections, cans with strings attached to them and anything else you use to stay in touch within your business and with your clients.

5 Money Traps for IT Departments

5 Money Traps for IT Departments

It seems inevitable that someone who is not an expert in IT will have at least some responsibility of overseeing IT costs and spending. That’s just how things go. What is vital when this occurs is to ensure that anyone in charge of finances has an opportunity to understand some of the unique ways IT costs impact ROI. With that in mind, these are the five of the most common IT-related money traps that hurt businesses in every industry.

How to Bridge the IT Talent Gap in the Best Way Possible

How to Bridge the IT Talent Gap in the Best Way Possible

As jobs in the US are growing at an exponential rate and more demand is being placed for skills in cybersecurity and IT talent, the race is on for HR managers to find the ideal workforce for these roles. But as more baby boomers are retiring, the talent gap continues to widen. The most recent Manpower Talent Shortage Survey shows talent gaps in U.S. companies that are as large as 32 percent, particularly those in the construction, healthcare, and manufacturing industries.

Few things hinder a company's functions faster than significant talent holes. This widening gap is challenging HR managers across the country to think outside the box to find new methods for solutions. A few of them from experts in the talent search field is below.

What We Can Learn From the Girl Scout STEM Initiative

What We Can Learn From the Girl Scout STEM Initiative

You have undoubtedly heard of gender gaps in STEM fields. It’s apparent enough that most people working in IT can relate on a personal level. Rather than look at political debates and government programs, we’re going to focus on the idea that private investment in STEM-related programs for girls and young women is a surefire way to help bridge that gender gap and help introduce a large number of new people into these industries.

If you really want to stopper the talent gaps in IT and computer science, getting young women excited about the fields is probably the easiest route to take.

The Processor War is Heating Up

The Processor War is Heating Up

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.

5 Ways to Analyze Finance and AP Operations

5 Ways to Analyze Finance and AP Operations

From virtual manufacturing breakthroughs to cybersecurity protocols, breakthrough technologies have no surprise become important for more industries in the business world than in past years.

Adapting to new technologies is an essential process for many companies to evolve, but when does it become necessary to implement them? At what point do you know when investing in new parts or processes steps away from an unnecessary expense and becomes a financial asset? This helpful tool for financial leaders will give you the clues to identify opportunities to enhance your company's financial portfolio and performance for a better return on investment. Let's review.

Managing Software Release Cycles: Quality Advice, Tips, and Tricks

Managing Software Release Cycles: Quality Advice, Tips, and Tricks

Effective and efficient management of a software release cycle is pertinent no matter the industry your company is operating in. For now, let's take a close look at what happens during the release management process as well as a close view of ITIL V3 Compliant best practices. Since the creation of ITIL, this approach has become widely accepted as an effective form of IT service management for organizations all across the globe.