Steve Francis

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Opportunities Abound for Solution Providers - Featured Image

Opportunities Abound for Solution Providers

Transformation emerges in the world of IT.
Information as a Service Makes Health Care More Agile - Featured Image

Information as a Service Makes Health Care More Agile

Health care organizations are experiencing deep changes because of today’s rapidly evolving business environment. They have to simultaneously contend with increasingly complex government and industry regulation as well as emerging technologies.
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The Real History of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is often discussed as being integral to many information technology solutions.
Cloud Connections Evolving with Third-Party Data Centers - Featured Image

Cloud Connections Evolving with Third-Party Data Centers

 Data center usage has been increasing over the last few years, add to that a crazy number of As-a-Service options growing in popularity, all this has enterprise companies clamoring for third-party data center solutions to power a wide range of projects and applications. Alcatel Lucent, an international telecommunications company, has projected a 20% annual growth rate in the number of metro areas with cloud data centers and a 60% annual growth rate in the total number of data centers, each year through 2017.
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5 Ways to Validate a VoIP Purchase

Marketing allows a business to bring in new customers, but what about current ones? 
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IoT Brings Channel New World of Opportunity, Challenges

"Everything that can be connected--will be."  Connected devices are predicted to grow astronomically in the near future. At ChannelCon 2014, a panel discussion revolving around the topic of the Internet of Things and the ensuing paradigm shift revealed the exciting future for the channel's role in IoT.
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PBX Market Has Large Pockets of Opportunity

The future looks bright for the PBX market.
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Hybrid Cloud Solutions Make Disaster Recovery a Breeze

Whether caused by tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, or fires, disasters can throw communities into chaos. For businesses, major natural disasters can cause outages, data loss, and failures that can have international impacts.  Protecting business applications against such disasters is a top concern. 
Data Centers of Tomorrow Will Use the Same Tech as Phones - Featured Image

Data Centers of Tomorrow Will Use the Same Tech as Phones

More computing power does not equate to a need for larger data centers.
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Using Big Data to Optimize Business Operations

Get to know the multiple, varying industries that showcase potential cost and efficiency improvements made possible by proper use of big data. Information is given on suggestions for data collection and optimizing that collected data. This article helps highlight the rise in big data and the importance it holds for all businesses, large and small, in the future.
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Data Center Infrastructure Management Market

The global Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) market is estimated to grow from $307 million to $3.14 billion by 2017. The driving forces behind this market are largely availability and sustainable IT. DCIM enables organizations to analyze and verify if their business needs are being met by their data center as well as giving insight into operational needs of the data center.
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New Technologies Lead to Evolving IT Departments

Technology solutions are rapidly evolving, which leads to IT departments needing to change or adapt to a broader scope of responsibilities. The IT department is being integrated into the overarching business strategy for most companies. This can lead to challenges for IT professionals throughout all verticals and business sizes.  A recent study done by Protiviti, a global consulting firm, of over 1,000 CIOs, IT VPs, and IT Directors found that many professional faced similar challenges.