Three tech trends that will change the business of technology in 2014

The last few years have been tough on tech companies; more than 30 percent of the value-added resellers and solution providers that were in business a couple of years ago are no longer operating. By way of reference, this figure is double the traditional attrition rate that comes from businesses going bankrupt, being acquired, or just shutting down to pursue other opportunities. The economic downturn did not make matters easier, and integrators and manufacturers have had  …>> more
BY JAY PARKES, DECEMBER 17, 2013
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

Bringing new value to healthcare IT

IT as an essential part of health technology
It is a continuing source of professional satisfaction for me to see my company committed to helping customers transform their thinking and their IT infrastructure to focus on generating true business value. As a result, I couldn’t help but notice when the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently introduced the Health IT Value Suite. I’m taking this as a positive sign that, unlike many other industries, the healthcare sector has decided it’s time  …>> more
BY DEAN REID, DECEMBER 3, 2013
FUTURE THINKING, MANAGEMENT

What happened to innovation in IT?

Today’s IT department is under considerable pressure to do things differently and strike a balance between meeting the needs of the organization and the changing expectations of users. What has made IT successful in the past may no longer be adequate. Pressure from within IT persists as management continues to struggle with the age-old conflict between just keeping existing systems running smoothly and the need to generate value for the business (e.g. by deploying new  …>> more

The IT Cheshire Cat

Remembering the glory days of innovation in corporate IT For lovers of Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat has special appeal. Distinctive among Wonderland characters, the Cat is enigmatic creature that maintains a cool, grinning outsider status. The Cat appears and disappears at will, at times revealing only its toothy grin as evidence of its presence. Innovation within the Information Technology department, it seems, is like the Cheshire Cat. It appears and disappears  …>> more
BY JOEL DOUCETTE, JANUARY 14, 2013
CLOUD COMPUTING

Cloud + IT department = innovation hub?

‘Cloud’ is certainly a buzzword right now – and for good reason. It offers IT the greatest potential it’s had in a long time to be an innovative contributor to the business it supports. Historically the IT department has been a bottleneck for implementing change and has faced challenges with costs, agility and time-to-market. It simply takes too long to get a business idea into production. If 85% of the time is spent maintaining the  …>> more