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Data Center Shopping: Dig Deeper

Data center discussions inevitably come around to the issue of standards. And while I agree that standards, like the recently released SSAE 16, are good to consider when you’re data center shopping, you should never rely on a facility being “in compliance” as the exclusive determinate for your selection.

Standards should be the place where you begin your search. After you’ve checked off the boxes that ensure compliance with whatever standards your industry requires, dig a bit deeper.

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9 features to look for in Cloud HD video conferencing

Capabilities to Look Out For in a Video Conferencing Solution

The bad old days of video conferencing — when systems were complex, clunky, and costly — meant that a video conference happened only between two expensively-equipped conference rooms that left participants feeing disconnected from the conversation. Average participants (read: not those in the top executive suite) needed to reserve the video conference space, so meetings were rarely spontaneous.

Not surprisingly, video conferencing remained niched. Regular people (read: not top executives) found that video conferences were simply more trouble than they were worth.

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What would make you try a video conferencing solution?

Advantages of Cloud Based Video Conferencing Solution

As more and more workers function remotely and as travel budgets continue to shrink, the need for quality video conferencing from any device located anywhere has increased dramatically.

And yet the high price of hardware combined with the complexities involved with operation and maintenance have rendered traditional video conferencing solutions impractical for many, if not all, organizations.

It’s all been too costly to scale, too dependent on expensive QoS networks — and the need to reserve resources in order to conduct successful meetings has created far too much hassle.

What’s needed? Well, to begin with, a video conferencing solution has to be high-definition. It should be able to span mobile, desktop, room systems, and immersive telepresence environments. It should be easy to dynamically scale to changing business requirements and adapt to growth. And, of course, it should be simple to use.

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And now for the how of developing web and mobile apps

mobile application development icons

As I pointed out in my last entry, the ability to field web and mobile applications is quickly becoming a business necessity for even small enterprises.

If you’re lacking the substantial developer expertise needed to accomplish that — and most smaller and midsize organizations are — than your best option is to search out an accomplished web/mobile app development services provider.

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The why and how of developing web and mobile apps — first, the why (and just a teeny bit of how)

Need for Developing Mobile and Web Based Apps

The numbers are more than impressive: 4.8 billion mobile handsets currently in use — and 19% of those are smartphones, up 2% from just last year.

Then there’s the Internet, which now claims some 2.2 billion users, 1.3 billion of whom access it via some sort of personal computer (desktop, laptop, ultrabook, netbook, tablet).

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Are the applications you use endangering your business? A look at the solution

Application security scan

Hackers have many ways to exploit even the smallest vulnerabilities in your application environment and too often you’re compromised even before you grasp that there’s a problem.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. The solution is an application security scan conducted by a services provider adept at dealing with issues related to application development, support — and, of course, security.

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Are the applications you use endangering your business? A look at the problem

application security

With all the security your IT operations (should) have, you’d think this question would be moot — but it isn’t. The applications your business and your employees rely on could be time-bombs poised to destroy your ability to function.

That’s because the vast majority of applications used in business today are connected to the Internet, often in a variety of ways.

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A closer look at application support services — part 2 of 2

Time to evaluate your App Development services provider

Besides application security testing — which I’ll be taking a closer look at next time — I want to focus now on three capabilities that can make all the difference when it comes to getting the most from an application support services provider:

  1. Database performance and stability monitoring
  2. Beta and test environment architecture, and
  3. Documentation solutions

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A closer look at application support services — part 1 of 2

Application Development Support Services keeps customers satisfied

Given all the costs associated with custom application development, it’s too easy to overlook application support and maintenance expenses — but if you do, you’ll blow your ROI.

That’s why it makes sense to engage an application development services provider with app support capabilities that are both comprehensive and flexible. These capabilities — from database and application maintenance through the entire life-cycle of updates and enhancements — need to be customizable.

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