Many companies are hiring IT pros now — but they’re having trouble finding people with the skills they need. Most companies plan to hire technology professionals over the next year, but they’re worried about finding talent, according to a recent survey released by the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA). Among the 1,700 executives polled, 63% said their organization [...]
A growing shortage of talent means that it could be difficult to beat out the competition for new employees — and that the margin for error in hiring decisions will be smaller than ever. To avoid missing out on top candidates and having to start the process all over again due to bringing in the [...]
Whatever disaster may occur, whether human error, theft, fire, defective components, or a system crash, having a remote backup of all of your important information ensures that it is safe, secure and easily accessible. Online data backup services have become more affordable, and service providers abound. Many online backup vendors offer similar functionality, but there [...]
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Enterprise investments in mobile automation are enabling field sales and service professionals to complete their tasks faster than ever before. But are their organizations getting paid any faster? If not, they are missing out on some of the lowest-hanging fruit on the mobile automation benefits tree. Click here to learn more!
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More small businesses are relying on virtual servers and desktops to help cut costs and improve the IT infrastructure. Are they prepared for the potential security risks of virtualization? The majority of small and mid-sized organization are already using some form of virtualization somewhere in the company, according a recent Cisco survey. Among the 150 IT managers [...]
As they do with most areas, companies must find creative ways to divide two scarce resources in IT: time and money. A new survey looks at what areas tech leaders are focusing on now. When it comes to managing their own time, the key for IT managers is finding a balance. That’s the message from [...]
As Small and Midsize Businesses (SMBs) struggle with the challenge of managing more data with fewer resources and limited budgets, the industry has responded with storage solutions that are either too small (low functionality and hard to deploy and manage) or too big (high capacity and performance with a high price tag). SMBs need the [...]
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Despite lingering concerns about the economy, most companies are planning to increase their IT spending in the coming year. Where do your competitors plan to send those extra dollars? In 2013, IT departments grew more than was originally expected, according to a recent survey conducted by the Society for Information Management (SIM). For the year, [...]
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Your company’s IT department has likely complained a lot about the ways employees put sensitive information at risk. But there are some security mistakes IT departments are making on their own, according to recent research. In a recent study, the Ponemon Institute looked at 60 organizations that had been hit with cyber attacks in the past [...]
Protecting Facebook privacy is getting tougher as new features and policies make it easier to find information on all users of the social networking site. Here are some tips you can pass along to employees to help keep them safe. When Facebook’s Graph Search was first announced earlier this year, many privacy experts warned of the potential [...]
When the economy is stable, a company’s IT organization may view Finance as just one of many internal customers competing for attention. But in the current recession, “the longest and nastiest since the Great Depression,” sudden shifts in revenue, costs, and the availability of credit can threaten even the most well capitalized companies. IT and [...]
As data breaches become a bigger danger for companies, individual consumers are suffering a lot of damage, too. And those risks are playing a big role in where people choose to take their business. Breaches are widespread and dangerous for individuals. In 2012, 16 million Americans’ records were notified by an organization of a data [...]
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We’ve written before about the money companies are wasting because they still pay for mobile devices that are no longer in use or are being used by people no longer with the company. Now a new report shows the number of those “zombie” devices is growing in businesses. When organizations decommission phones that had been [...]
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As we’ve discussed before, IT decisions are no longer made by only the IT department. Due to the consumerization of technology, Finance leaders and the heads of other departments are getting more power to choose where tech dollars are being spent. In order to make smart decisions, those non-IT leaders may want to increase their [...]
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There are many ways to offer training to IT staff members. Different skill sets often require different methods to get the full impact. IT training is a benefit that a lot of technology pros want from their employers. Things in the IT field change rapidly and it can be difficult to keep with new demands. Increased [...]
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IT security spending is up. But as recent research shows, hacker attacks and data breaches are more of a challenge than ever. CIOs and other IT professionals should be happy about one bit of news. It seems that company decision makers have gotten their message about why it’s worth putting more time and money into [...]
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Of course, no organization ever wants a disaster to happen. But failing to prepare can leave a company crippled — sometimes permanently. When facing disasters, such as extreme weather events or attacks or other man-made incidents, it’s important for companies to make sure they can continue taking care of business, or at least resume work [...]
Recruiting IT pros is tough right now, and the hard work continues long after a candidate accepts a job offer. The job of recruiting isn’t finished when a new person starts working — IT managers need to make sure those staffers like the place enough to want to stay. However, 20% of all employees quit or are [...]
Big Data has gotten a lot of hype from the tech industry lately. But for businesses that have made started implementing Big Data, are those investments paying off? Not yet, according to some recent research. Big Data projects can be difficult and costly — and not just in terms of the technology involved, but also [...]
Discover how to select technologies and develop policies for your BYOD program. Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) programs and policies empower people to choose the best device to get their work done, including personally-owned consumer smartphones, tablets and laptops. This white paper provides guidance for introducing BYOD to help people become more mobile and productive while IT adapts [...]
There’s a growing trend affecting most businesses right now: IT departments are losing control over how the company purchases technology, as CFOs and other non-tech executives get more sway. As that shift continues, both sides will need to obtain new knowledge and skills. Part of the power shift has to do with the rise of [...]
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The federal government’s IT strategy made negative headlines recently after the problematic launch of the new health insurance exchange website. Here are some of the lessons other organizations can learn for their own IT projects. When the website, HealthCare.gov, was launched on October 1, visitors encountered problems immediately. The biggest issues included: wait times up to 20 [...]
While many businesses are holding onto older versions of Microsoft Windows, some have made the jump to Windows 8. For either group, is it worth upgrading to the new version, Windows 8.1? Most observers agree the update, available for free to Windows 8 users, is an improvement over the previous version. Some of the Windows [...]
For a couple of years, many observers have been warning IT professionals and consumers about the impending threat of mobile malware, particularly viruses that attack Android devices. But are those experts — many of whom represent companies that sell mobile security tools — raising a lot of concern over an issue that doesn’t exist? A [...]
Before your company hires a potential employee, you should employ a few common pre-employment screens to verify information. Background checks are the most requested employment verification service. They will typically allow an employer to verify previous education, employment, credit report and civil records. Background check service companies specialize in distinctive fields, so make sure you [...]
IT security is a worthwhile investment for companies – and it’s only becoming more important as the cost of cyber crime continues to rise. As security attacks against businesses become more frequent, they’re also causing more damage. Cyber criminals are developing more sophisticated techniques and getting better at hiding themselves so they can steal more [...]
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There are many considerations businesses must take into account when developing a BYOD policy. One important thing to keep in mind: Make sure the policy protects the company from legal problems. Employees are bringing their own mobile devices into work, whether the organization has official rules regarding BYOD or not. Therefore, it’s important for companies [...]