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 […]

Big Data, Small Business

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. Big Data is a Big story these days and has been for some time. Big Data is a big business too….and will most likely continue to grow. Big Data is a topic that many in large organizations are talking about…as are many consulting and technology companies. HP, among […]

Disaster Recovery – are you prepared?

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The events in Japan over the last week are heartbreaking….but there’s lessons to learn from these events. Elliot Ross has a great post titled Disaster Preparedness And Recovery with some excellent links to a write-up of a first person account from Japan called Some Perspectives on the Japan Earthquake. In that article, a description was […]

Open Source, The Enterprise and The Community

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Rackspace has just announced their open source cloud platform, OpenStack in collaboration with NASA. While the open source world has been a viable area for quite some time, there seems to be a lot of talk these days of open-sourcing many things. Google has opened up Android, the Department of Homeland Security has just announced an […]

Small Business Technology Outsourcing

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I’ve been thinking about approaches to small business technology initiatives and whether it makes sense for small business to outsource a good portion of their IT infrastructure and platforms. Most of the things I’ve read on the topic of small business IT outsourcing has been fairly light in terms of advice for small business owners. […]