Connectivity in a cloud based world – do you have a single point of failure?

Recently I have been curious about how businesses are connecting to cloud service providers such as Microsoft Azure and AWS.  Like you, I am overwhelmed with cloud marketing initiatives from vendors that expound on the virtues of migrating to the cloud, hybrid IT, and cloud first messaging – to name a few.  There is a lot of information readily available about consuming cloud infrastructure, platforms, and services.  It occurs to me that how we connect  …>> more

Having an Engaged and Productive Workforce Today Requires a Modern Workplace

When I started out in my journey into the business world some 35 years ago, there was so much rigidity and process rigor in everything. There were dress codes like always wearing a suit (not a sports jacket) – you were expected to wear a shirt and tie. The expectation was a minimum contribution of 8:00am to 5:00pm, working under tight management supervision and rigorous reporting of activity. Everyone had a designated desk or workspace  …>> more

Agility and the Modern Workspace

It is all hands on deck as we dive deeper into a customer centric paradigm shift. So fire up your deck at the inflection point and make a little runway for your transformative change agents to pivot, segment, and come up with a solve. And if you didn’t understand that, you are part of the 99.99% who are equally baffled. Over the past two decades, the office place, and our perception of what is “ideal”  …>> more

Making the Move – When Companies Shift to a New Digital Home

by Jamie O’Brien Moving, in whatever context, is always fraught with unexpected variables, whether it is moving to a new physical home, or to a digital one. Every business, from time-to-time, has to move from one digital home to another as computer operating systems (OS) change and evolve. Over the past quarter century this has meant moves from Unix, DOS, or Windows 3 to Windows NT, 95, 98, or XP, then to Vista, 7, and  …>> more

Want to win in retail? Here’s what you need to know

The retail landscape is more crowded than ever before. Competition ranges from digital stores that can ship to any geography and market, to out-of-country retailers setting up shop locally. With so many choices available to today’s consumer, a retailer must adapt to evolving consumer expectations in order to compete and attract consumers. For most retailers, competitive positioning is based on their brand strategy along with how they engage with customers. Some drive business by cutting  …>> more

Why It Might Be Time to Let Go of Your Wireless Network

Wireless Network
BYOD means mobile devices are flourishing and adding to headache of keeping networks secure and optimized. Cloud-managed wireless ultimately benefits both IT departments and business operations. Outsourcing IT functions and adopting managed services are standard operating procedure for many enterprises to streamline costs and increase business agility. Now the impetus and technology is available to farm out your wireless networking infrastructure. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon is reason enough to offload elements of your wireless network.  …>> more