Helping clients manage their technology for over 30 years.

Getting Information Technology to Work for Your Business

More than ever, the key to a company’s success centers on its effective use of information technology, so choosing the right providers is essential for today’s technology decision maker.

Yet the complexities of today’s technologies, the unending hype, and the ever-changing mix of vendors make it tough to navigate your way to the right partner.

So where to begin?

As readers of this blog know, I encourage clients to first examine their needs and goals. This is something you should always do before you ever purchase any technology product or service.

It’s also a good time to get solid, reliable advice from independent, vendor-neutral experts. Such experts can take a look at your current technology stance, listen to what you have to say about what your enterprise seeks to accomplish, and offer multiple solution scenarios to achieve those goals.

You’ll learn what technology capabilities are available to your business as well as what technology configurations can save you money — and what technologies your business may not even need.

It can be tough to get reliable answers to questions like “Will this service deliver the capability I require?” or “Will that solution scale with my business needs?”

An experienced technology advisor can help you get those answers and help you use information technology to stay competitive in these fast-changing times.

Staying competitive with tech customization:
Here’s what you need to know

There’s no question that information technology is changing the way everybody does business. I see this up-close daily as we help customers streamline IT operations as well as create and deploy innovative new digital capabilities.

What I’ve noticed of late is the buzz about customized development of software and platforms. This is certainly understandable: more than 70% of companies complain they can’t find the perfect system.
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Help with IT staffing:
When walking the walk really matters

IT-Information Technology Staffing Solutions from Quest

In my last post, I noted some recent research about the shortage of skilled IT talent and the challenges this poses to any organization trying to keep its information technology capabilities competitive.

Topping the list of skills companies struggle to acquire these days are those related to ‘big data’ — such as data scientist, data specialist and data architect — as well as information security and Java-related skills.
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Closing your IT skills gap in a gig economy

IT-Information Technology Staffing Solutions from Quest

Is your business one of the 43% with understaffed IT operations?

Recruiting IT talent has become a significant issue for most businesses; in many organizations, more than 33% of HR spending is allocated to IT staffing solutions, i.e., hiring and retaining IT talent.

Keeping IT talent has become a struggle, too; an annual turnover of 25% of a company’s IT staff is common — and surprisingly so, given that, on average, IT staffers report being approached by recruiters six times a month.

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As above, so below: Why the right healthcare IT consulting matters

Healthcare IT Solutions from Quest

If you work in healthcare IT, you’re probably feeling under siege from all sides — because the role of IT in healthcare is changing. Fast.

Given the current cost of healthcare in the US, it’s no surprise that IT would play a key part in what’s become a national priority: Create higher value at lower cost.

But that only intensifies the pressure …

Pressure comes from on high, in the form of new CMS rules (CMS, for the uninitiated, runs Medicare/Medicaid and pays some 40% of the nation’s healthcare bills).

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Desktop Virtualization Services: More Options Than You May Realize

As we watch dreams of mobility coming true around us every day, the appeal of desktop virtualization is obvious. Pile on seemingly perpetual Windows end-of-life concerns, and that appeal only grows.

VDI — virtual desktop infrastructure — enables enterprises to optimize costs by continuing use of legacy systems, while also running the latest applications and remotely publishing them to any device. Managing VDI is complex, however – the acquisition, care, and feeding of its infrastructure is costly and demands expertise many do not have.

Enter desktop virtualization services, which take VDI either wholly or partly into the cloud. Continue reading

The evolving benefits of DaaS

Advantages & Benefits of Cloud Services & DaaS

The traditional benefits of DaaS — an OpEx advantage trading upfront costs and endless management and maintenance hassles for predictable pay-as-you-go dynamic scalability — are gaining even more clout as DaaS solutions mature.

It’s been shown that desktops in the cloud pay off – and this trend promises to continue:
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Securing your app dev: a cloud + 6 tips

Cloud, Web & Mobile Application Development Company - Quest

In my last post, I focused on the extent to which today’s cloud app development centers on mobility, IoT (the Internet of Things), and the backend integration of it all.

While you were reading, you may have noticed that I didn’t mention cloud app security. That’s because I believe cloud app security —particularly the security of web, mobility, and IoT apps — deserves its own discussion.
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When app dev reaches the clouds: are you ready?

In many ways, application development in 2015 has left the building. I mean that figuratively of course, because these days, much of app dev is focused on cloud-based applications — and much of cloud application development has shifted offsite. Continue reading

Is your network management ready for the hyperconnectivity juggernaut?

Connectivity strength signal

As I noted in my last post, increases in both computing devices and IP traffic volumes put new demands on enterprise networks — and alters what’s required to manage those networks effectively. This juggernaut of hyperconnectivity is already underway:

  • By 2018, the average person will have five network-connected devices and networks will host four times more data traffic than they do now
  • By 2019, global per capita Internet traffic will stand at 37 gigabytes, up from 15.5 GB per capita last year

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