Trends in the SMB Technology Space

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 […]

The People Challenge for the Midsize Organization

There are many challenges facing the IT function within the midsize organization. Actually, there are many challenges facing the IT function within all organizations but there’s a particular challenge facing the smaller organizations. The ultimate challenge for small and midsize organizations is finding the right mix of people and technologies for the things the organization […]

Big Data, People and the SMB

According to the  2014 IDG Enterprise Big Data survey, most large organizations today (almost 49% of survey respondents) claim to be well along the implementation path for big data initiatives and projects. Additionally, those large organizations are well ahead of their small and medium business (SMB) counterparts. There are a number of reasons for the […]

Two examples of data helping SMB’s

We often read anecdotal evidence of how companies and consultants are using big data to solve ‘big’ problems but it is rare that we see real world examples of the use of analytics and data to solve real-world business problems for small and midsized businesses. IBM recently reported on two examples of SMB’s using big […]

Data Discovery, BI and the SMB

A CIO I spoke with last week mentioned that she and her team are struggling with their BI solution today. The solution works perfectly for analyzing their ‘standard’ data and does its job as a basic analysis and reporting tool but it doesn’t do much for their needs in the ‘big data’ realm. Their current […]