Helping clients manage their technology for over 30 years.

Minding the IT talent gap

IT Integration

For a while now, organizations large and small have struggled to find and retain the IT skillsets they need. Two years have passed since Gartner noted, “Talent has now been recognized globally as the single biggest issue standing in the way of CIOs achieving their objectives.”

If your experience suggests the IT talent gap has intensified since 2016, you’re not alone. Among North American IT decision-makers, 75% say they face a skills shortage, and few expect it to ease over the next two years. Continue reading

Achieving business continuity:
7 strategic best practices

IT Integration

When it comes to risk management, best practices begin with best strategies:

1 Take the time to realistically assess your enterprise’s vulnerabilities
In one recent survey, increased reliance on technology itself and increasing business complexity ranked second and fourth as drivers of increased risk. Continue reading

Risky Business: What’s lurking in your risk landscape?

Risky Business: What’s lurking in your risk landscape?

Businesses have always faced risks. In the 1920s, shopkeepers in small Midwestern towns were issued surplus World War I rifles so they could run into the street and shoot skedaddling bank robbers.

But risks evolve, as do the ways any given risk may impact your business. Continue reading

6 ways Europe’s new data protection rules can impact US businesses — Part 1

10 networking capabilities to look for in your services provider

I’m here to ping you about GDPR.

That’s the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation — due to take effect on May 25. If this sounds like just another set of data privacy rules that someone else, not you, has to worry about — don’t be fooled.
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10 networking capabilities to look for in your services provider

10 networking capabilities to look for in your services provider

The right services provider can ease the burdens of sustaining your network performance. But take care in choosing one. You can start by asking and answering whether the services provider you’re considering can…

1  Scale in tandem with your business?
Meeting both your current and (often unexpected) future needs requires a services provider that’s been successful at combining breadth and depth of capabilitiescloud as well as managed services; data centers, co-location, and network operations centers; vendor-neutral needs assessments; and diverse professional services. Continue reading

9 best practices that can boost your enterprise network performance

IT Integration

To achieve the network performance your business needs now and going forward, consider implementing these nine best practices:

1      Plan for continued bandwidth growth
The embrace of 5G mobility, the internet of things (IoT), video conferencing, collaboration tools, etc., means network bandwidth demand will keep growing. You’ll need to anticipate and budget accordingly.
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Technologies transforming network performance

IT Integration

In my last post, I described four challenges to network performance that your enterprise needs to overcome network complexity, achieve network visibility, and stay competitive — growth in data traffic and data speed, the arrival of 5G, intensifying network complexity, and heightened risk of security breaches.

So let’s look at some the key technologies that address these challenges, often by working in concert:

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Four challenges to your enterprise network performance

IT Integration

The ways we use and communicate information are changing so fast that it can be tough to keep your enterprise network at the performance levels the business needs to stay competitive. So I’m going to warn you about four challenges to network performance you cannot afford to ignore:

1      Growth in data traffic – and data speed

Annual global IP traffic is increasing by 24% per year. Yearly data traffic will hit 3.3 zettabytes – that is, 3.3 trillion gigabytes – by 2021, up from “just” 1.2 zettabytes in 2016.

Meanwhile, broadband speeds will nearly double by 2021, reaching 53.0 Mbps, up from 27.5 Mbps in 2016.

2      Arrival of 5G

Game-changing fifth-generation (5G) Wi-Fi is nearly upon us with such capabilities as… Continue reading

It’s 2018. Here’s what to look for now in a managed/hosted services provider

IT Integration

In my last post, I listed five ways that managed/hosted services providers can help power the IT-driven competitive advantage organizations need. Here’s what those providers must deliver in order to…

1      Flexibly choose and integrate customized IT solutions

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How managed/hosted services can deliver competitive advantage

IT Integration

It’s pretty easy these days for your IT operations to feel a bit out of control as you field all those demands to deploy IT resources in the cause of creating competitive advantage.

Your budget doesn’t budge much, but the demands certainly do. Throw more workloads into more and different clouds while somehow also adequately overseeing and supporting all those cloud, managed, and co–location services. Accelerate application development. Achieve greater scalability. Ensure that your enterprise data–as well as access to it–is always sufficiently secure.

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