Great advice for CIO’s on Twitter

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Over on the Enterprisers Project, David A. Bray, the CIO of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), was recently interviewed about his use of Twitter.  The interview is a very nice read about how one CIO uses Twitter to engage and share information. What I found most intriguing about Bray’s use of Twitter is that he’s not following […]

Reinventing a Small Business with Simple Technology

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Last year I helped a friend of mine reinvent his business. The funny thing about this “reinvention” is that we didn’t really do much more than change his approach to using technology. My friend owns a plumbing company that has been in business since the 1940s and has been passed down to him from his […]

Mobile Connectivity and Your Business

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I’d like you to do a little experiment with me. I’ve got a little thought experiment that I’d like to run past you Imagine being a small business owner today. Maybe some of you are small business owners so it’ll be very easy to imagine. Now, imagine that you are looking to expand your business. […]

Trends in the SMB Technology Space

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I just finished reading a report from SMB Group titled “Vendor Strategies to Bring Game-Changing Technology Trends to SMBs”. The report is a pay-per-access report but I received a copy from IBM to review and I’m happy I got to see it. The report describes research performed by SMB Group into how small and medium […]

Tapping into the power of others

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Last week, I read with interest the announcement that IBM was opening up their Watson computing platform to outside organizations and developers to use to build upon the cognitive computing and natural language processing of the platform. This is a big step for organizations of all sizes, but especially those in the small and midmarkets. […]

The Future of Managed Services Providers (MSP’s)

Managed Services Providers (MSP’s) have been around the IT space for years. Most small and medium organizations have experience have experience working with MSP’s in IT, finance, HR and other areas of the business. The role of the MSP is an important one in the small and medium business (SMB) space. An MSP provides the […]

Transitioning to the Cloud

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Many Small and Mid-sized Businesses (SMB’s) have moved to the cloud for a portion or in some instances, all, of their IT application needs. Most transitions to the cloud that I’ve been a part of started with moving websites from an internal server to a cloud based hosted provider. This transition of hosting websites to […]

Small Business and IT

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I’ve written before about the constraints that hit small businesses when it comes to IT.   Constraints are everywhere, but one area that I’ve always found them is within the technology / IT space of small businesses. On a previous article titled Small Business CIO – Manager of Constraints, I discussed the development of options for […]

Is Big Data too big for small business?

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Big Data.  Two small words with huge meaning. Do a search for “big data” on Google and you’ll find over 23 million results. Do a book search on amazon for ‘big data’ (affiliate link) and you’ll get over 5,000 results (I’m actually surprised the number is that low). Big Data has a few different connotations.   There are […]

More touchscreens in the enterprise?

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Are you ready for more touch screens in the enterprise? Windows 8 is an operating system built for touch.  Whether its running on a PC, tablet or phone, its been designed around the touch being the main form of interaction. We already use touch screens regularly with our phones and tablets but how would they […]