According to Gartner, by 2016, 50 percent of large organizations will have internal Facebook-like social networks, and 30 percent of these will be considered as essential as email and telephones are today. Some of the leading benefits of social software include:
- Improving collaboration by opening communications and sharing of content, resources and activities, bringing geographically dispersed communities closer together
- Reducing inefficiencies by improving organizational awareness and reducing siloed communication stuck in email — reducing email volume overall
One of the most apparent holes in many organizations is not having a proper disaster recovery (DR) plan. In fact, a recent study by the Disaster Recovery Preparedness (DRP) Council highlighted these findings, noting that about three quarters of enterprises do not have proper procedures in place to survive an emergency.
Today’s workplace consists of an always-on, 24×7 workforce connected globally through the Internet. The new virtual workplace is powered by collaboration tools, mobile devices and cloud-based services.
April 8th, 2014 will bring a landmark change to the IT landscape with the end of support for one of the most successful operating systems in history: Windows XP. Most Microsoft products live on a 10-year support lifecycle, with five years of mainstream support followed by five years of extended support. XP has been supported a bit longer than the usual 10 years due to its success as a platform and the high number of organizations, just under 35 percent, that still maintain XP OS’s within their organizations. The end of XP support has significant ramifications to those with XP instances still in production, and organizations need to begin the process of planning to migrate off of the XP platform if they haven’t already.
With the release of SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online became an attractive collaboration platform for many organizations. Not only does the option of a hosted solution minimize infrastructure planning to simplify the deployment process, the latest SharePoint Platform also introduces a myriad of additional benefits that lead to increased user adoption and productivity whether deployed On Premise, Online, or in Hybrid.
One of the recent trends of wireless that most affects how we design networks is how many devices are connecting to the network. It used to be wireless was mostly used by guests. Organizations didn’t want guest users to plug into an Ethernet port on their network for various reasons. To accommodate those users, wireless was provided. Often, this wireless was segregated from the rest of the network.
Multiple windows are huge productivity killer for many users. Having to move from one application to another can cause confusion and inaccurate data entry, which leads to inaccurate forecasting and a decrease in revenue.
With Microsoft Dynamics CRM, you have a very “flat” user interface that displays all related information in one screen. This allows the user to update data on multiple layers, such as adding activities to an account without having to open a separate window.
Do you have malware on your network? What about remote access tools? Are machines on your network connecting to a botnet? What about users visiting malicious web site? How do you even know? Odds are your current tools are not giving you a complete story about the malicious activity on your network. A recent Solera Networks report stated it took on average 80 days to detect a malicious breach and 123 days to resolve it. That is almost 3 months before the average breach was even discovered and another month before it could be removed. Why is this the case?
I’m hearing more and more conversations on extending Layer 2 domains between data centers. While this sounds easy, if done incorrectly this could cause devices to fail (firewalls and load balancers) and asymmetrical routing problems in your enterprise. To avoid these problems you must understand how your customers communicate to the data center. Extending Layer 2 domains is just a piece of a puzzle or part of a solution. When making any core infrastructure changes its key to understand the big picture so you can architect the most successful solution. Let’s take a look at why you might want to extend Layer 2 domains and what is required.
89%, 80%, 77% and 97% are some really exciting numbers that HP wants you to know about.
What do they correspond to?
89% less energy, 80% less space, 77% less cost and 97% less complex.