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

Mobility and Internet of Things Poised to Transform Healthcare

Compugen healthcare webinar
Hospitals are not the future of delivering healthcare. According to the Global Innovation Survey recently released by Intel, it’s clear that people are ready for a new model of healthcare, one that embraces technology allows them to take more control and rely less on physical facilities for treatment and care. Among the interesting findings of the survey: • 57% of 1,200 respondents said traditional hospitals are on the road to becoming obsolete; • 75% said  …>> more

How can we make business mobility = productivity

Man on a phone call at night
There is no question that laptops, tablets and smartphones have moved from personal communication devices to necessary business tools. The flexibility to be as productive on the move as in the office is too enticing to ignore. Today’s business person not only wants, but needs immediate access to the necessary information and tools to make decisions whether at a customer location, in the boardroom or at home. This push to effectively access and utilize data  …>> more

Dispelling misconceptions about Office 365

Did you know that… The annual savings of users who move their apps to the cloud is 21% (business insider) Cloud computing is up to 40x more cost-effective for small and mid-sized companies compared to running their own IT systems (Microsoft) CIOs will spend 59% more on cloud computing in 2014 (CIO Insight) Cloud software solutions are a big deal for businesses who are looking to their technology investments to help them be more effective, efficient and productive while keeping costs  …>> more

Blackberry blues and the future of tech in Canada

As one of the few Canadians attending a recent international IT meeting, I found myself on the receiving end of several expressions of condolences about the fate of Blackberry – some more sincere than others. I have to admit, both as a happy ‘berry’ user for many years and as a proud Canadian, to experiencing at least a twinge of sadness at the negativity that seems to surround this one-time flagship of our industry in  …>> more