The surprising state of the PC market in two charts

Reports of the PC’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Written off after a slow 2013, PCs fought back last year with sales growing 1 percent in the fourth quarter year over year. The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) offered further optimism, showcasing advances that could breathe new life into PCs, including new hybrid laptop/tablets, curved screens, and ultra-thin laptops with big boosts in battery life. Clearly, PCs aren’t down for the count just ....

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A new option for organizations considering Apple’s Device Enrollment Program

It’s the beginning of a new year, and organizations are rolling out new IT initiatives and goals for the next 12 months. If that means a migration to iPads or iPhones or a refresh of your current Apple devices, you have a new option on the table to quickly and efficiently deploy them under an…

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What retailers will be talking about at the National Retail Federation Big Show

Thanks to holiday shopping, retailers pull in 70 to 80 percent of their year’s revenue in the last three months of the year. While reports show sales were slightly down in bricks-and-mortar stores to start the holiday season, these stores still have a leg up on online retailers. But there’s no question that online shopping…

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How to determine if you qualify for Office 365 incentives

To help more organizations get started with their O365 subscriptions, Microsoft is now offering several financial “carrots” to spur deployment. New customers that purchase more than 150 O365 licenses from Sept. 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 are eligible for basic onboarding and deployment, as well as monetary incentives aimed to offset the full cost…

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Top 5 IT priorities in 2015

Gone are the days when the IT department could enjoy a healthy remove from overall business operations. Instead, today’s IT leaders are front and center — in boardrooms, sales calls, and customer meetings across the globe. This new role and visibility demands that CTOs and CIOs constantly shift and adjust their strategies, priorities, and tactics…

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What 1,000 days of solar power looks like

What clean energy benefits can you accomplish in 1,000 days? With the help of 3,000 solar panels installed on our company buildings and a set of green practices at our headquarters, we figured out the answer: Quite a lot, and with room to grow. Since its installation in 2012, SHI’s solar energy array has generated…

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5 last-minute gifts for the business traveler

The needs of working professionals that are frequent flyers are unique, so what’s the perfect gift for them this holiday season? Probably not more snack baskets of cookies, cheeses, jams, and chocolates. Instead, get a gift that every business traveler can use. What does a professional really need when they’re on the road? They need…

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IT time wasters: Failing to prepare for a software audit

If you’re like most organizations, it’s been a while since your last self-audit. A survey we conducted found that out of 102 IT admins and executives, 56 percent said their company hadn’t completed a self-audit in the past year. That doesn’t mean they’re more confident they’ll never see an audit. Almost two-thirds said they believe…

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A Sarbanes-Oxley deadline is a new chapter for technology asset management

Today marks a turning point for anyone responsible for managing technology assets. As of today, accounting professionals are obliged to put technology in the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) spotlight. Just about everyone has heard of SOX, the legislation passed in 2002 in response to notorious accounting scandals at Enron, WorldCom, and other public companies. The premise was…

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What the changes in Microsoft’s SPLA mean for you

For the second consecutive year, Microsoft will make price adjustments to its Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) in January. The SPLA, which enables service providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to offer hosted Microsoft software and solutions to their end customers, covers a wide range of products, including SQL Server, SharePoint Server, and Office. Starting…

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