Big data technology is maturing, and more organizations are dipping their toes into the big data pool and coming away with new insights about operations, customers and markets. Big data analytics is proving its worth with businesses of all sizes in all industries. The value of big data is that it can integrate almost any form of data set—structured SQL, unstructured data sources such as email or social media content and more—and it can reveal patterns and behaviors that were undetectable using data warehouse technology. However, as with any analytics, the answers are only as good as the questions. For big data to be valuable, you have to start with the right use case to define the parameters of the question to make sure the findings are valid. It’s often the reseller’s job to help customers create big data use cases that deliver ROI.
As 2016 winds to a close, value-added resellers (VARs), manufacturers and customers alike are starting to look ahead to the new year. Pro AV is one of those markets that continually evolves, and the next 12 to 18 months will certainly continue that trend.
With Ingram Micro announcing the expansion of its Ecosystem of Cloud to include new cloud delivery platforms at Cloud Summit 2016, many channel partners were eager to learn more about the capabilities of each platform, including the Ingram Micro Cloud Store.
The healthcare industry can be a challenging market for selling video surveillance technology. Hospitals, health clinics, and doctor’s offices must carefully balance the need for physical and cyber security with concerns over patient privacy, federal and state regulations, and other constraints.
It has been almost shocking how quickly computing tasks that were once handled exclusively at the hardware level have been made possible on the software level. For instance, only a few years ago, an enterprise data center could demand many physical servers. Now, thanks to advances in virtualization, the number of physical servers that an enterprise needs has been drastically reduced, and the benefits have been obvious. The amount of financial resources that businesses have to invest in physical servers has been drastically reduced, and so has the amount of office space that businesses have to dedicate to them.
Did you know the number of active Visa chip cards in the United States now exceeds the American population? The total also tops the next two largest markets in the world—Brazil and the UK—combined.
According to the IDC FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2017 Predictions, third-platform technologies and services will drive nearly 75 percent of IT spending by 2019. The third-platform technologies (cloud, mobile, social, and big data technologies) have matured to the point where they have transformed the world in which businesses operate.
Unified Comm & Collaboration
As business processes and needs evolve, applications are often improved and spread through an organization using business integration. Business process integration (BPI) is often implemented through an array of technologies that increase the flow and exchange of data betweent different applications, people, and business processes within, across, and beyond an organization. BPI gives organizations the opportunity to become more productive and efficient while still utilizing existing solution investments. Resellers can best assist customers with the integration of business applications, processes, and information internally or with partners, suppliers, and clients, as long as they have extensive knowledge and experience with applications, mobility, cloud solutions, data, Web services, service-oriented architecture and any other pertinent integration touch points.
Many SMB owners have a tendency to downplay the impact of IT downtime. They think it can only cost them the loss of a few hours of productivity, when in fact having systems go down can cause a lot more damage. Here are several risk factors they should take into account.
For large retail companies and big box retailers, the cybersecurity lessons of the past several years came at great cost: severe brand damage, millions of dollars in lost revenue and, in some cases, the jobs of several highly placed executives. But their losses are your retail customers’ gains. Now that retail cybersecurity is top of mind, make sure your customers in this space are taking the right steps to prevent costly security breaches.
You know that guy who walks around wearing a mullet and that girl whose cell phone still has an antenna? That’s a great metaphor for how a lot of businesses approach their IT security. In other words, some people are still trapped in the past and desperately in need of a makeover.
In a recent blog, we talked about how the hyperconvergence market has exploded within the past couple of years and will reach $5 billion within the next three years.
Windows Server Migration
Over the past several years, Microsoft has been beating the drum, waving the flag, and blowing sirens in order to broadcast upgrading from Windows Server 2003. The advantages are numerous and so are the risks of continuing to operate this server release after July 14, 2015, especially now that we’re past the end-of-life-support deadline.
The way people sometimes talk about cloud storage, you would think that every enterprise in the world was moving all its critical data to the public cloud. The reality is, well, more realistic. The cloud is not a panacea, but a mode of storage with its own benefits and downsides. By incorporating the cloud—be it public or private—into a well-planned and -architected backup solution, you can leverage what the cloud has and work around what it does not have.