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Jul

2016

How to Leverage Private Clouds in Hybrid IT Transformations

Today’s business climate is increasingly competitive, with new players coming to market daily. Modern enterprises must stay agile if they want to remain relevant.

Most companies understand that becoming more responsive means implementing a hybrid infrastructure. While many agile, data-driven organizations have embraced cloud solutions in this mix, others struggle with cost and security concerns.

Successful digital enterprises realize that integrating cloud solutions is critical to a successful hybrid transformation. In fact, a 451 Research Group study found that 70% of organizations today leverage multiple clouds. Since there is no “one size fits all” approach, the blend of public and private clouds in a hybrid infrastructure depends on individual business goals and needs.

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Jun

2016

Transform your Business with Print Infrastructure

With the popularity of remote workforces at an all-time high and disparate teams worldwide, the way we consume technology, including print and imaging changes daily. Long gone are the days of hitting ‘ctrl Print’ to send a document to your dedicated desktop printer. Today’s workforces create and share digital documents via email, social networks and cloud services at a rapid pace.

These shifts in how we do business drive trends including major advancements in print management. In order to keep pace, enterprise organizations are implementing improved print strategies and print management resources faster than ever. In fact, aggregate enterprise spending on print hardware, software and services is forecasted to reach $160 billion by 2020.

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Jun

2016

Why Mobile Printing is Important in Enterprise Environments

With over 80% of Internet users surfing on smartphones these days and mobile device usage growing nearly 60% year over year, there’s no denying that technology drives our actions. Once seen as a distraction in the workplace, mobile devices are now advantages to companies with field sales and other positions that need quick access to information on the fly. This digital transformation is also being aided by the adoption of BYOD policies and fuels the need for mobility.

The downsides to digital mobility include complications associated with printing on the go. Laptops, phones, and tablets have an advantage in the field but when it comes to printing a contract for signature or a document needed to bolster a sale, print has been a recurring obstacle. Until recently, field staff and other mobile employees or those who prefer tablets to laptops lacked print capability options; but not anymore.

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Jun

2016

How to Reduce Enterprise Print Related Costs

According to Gartner, for every $500K in annual revenue, there’s an opportunity to cut print costs by 10% to 30%. With the worldwide enterprise print market exceeding $172 billion in 2015, the potential savings are enormous no matter the size of the organization.

The print cost reduction challenge

Historically, print purchases, management, and configuration were accomplished at the departmental level resulting in “printer sprawl” or “break-fix delivery,” as industry experts call it. In this scenario, equipment fails and is quickly replaced in order to prevent staff downtime, but there isn’t a cohesive strategy to inform buying decisions. With cohesion and strategy missing, the organization’s printer fleet adopts an ad-hoc appearance with a wide variety of manufacturers, vendors, and capabilities.

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Feb

2016

A Clear View of What You Can Achieve with Big Data

Big Data – what does it mean?  Ask 5 people, get 5 different answers as it means many different things to different people. I do believe in Big Data and the value that can be achieved as data driven decisions and applications create immense value by utilizing data sources to discover, present and operationalize important business insights.  However, what I am seeing in the marketplace is confusing as every tech company claims to have a solution for analyzing the huge amounts of data businesses create. I challenge this reality … Do these tech companies really know how to use this data?  Or are they jumping into the hype and creating what is now being dubbed “Hadumps” and “Data Swamps”?   

Here is my belief … data on its own is meaningless – period. The value of data is not the data itself – it is what you do with the data.  For data to be useful you first need to know what data you need, otherwise you just get tempted to know everything and that is not a strategy, it’s an act of desperation that is doomed to end in failure. Why go to all the time and trouble collecting data that you won’t or can’t use to deliver business insights? Focus on the things that matter the most otherwise you’ll drown in data. Data is a strategic asset but it’s only valuable if it’s used constructively and appropriately to deliver results.  


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