SHI sets new revenue record while navigating changing IT landscape

Earnings-releaseIn the past 12 months, the IT landscape has been remapped in both technical and business terms. Cloud, on-prem data center, and hybrid infrastructure have presented customers with more IT options than ever before. Meanwhile mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures consolidate some vendors while creating others – often in the same marketplace. Still, SHI marches forward.

Driven by strong partner performances, SHI’s first half revenue came in at $3.3 billion – a 12 percent year-over-year increase. SHI recorded growth across its enterprise and commercial, public sector, and SMB sales divisions, and saw $400 million in revenue from emerging partners, many of which focus on cloud-based technologies that continue to challenge the traditional IT playing field. Continue Reading…

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Here’s what you need to know before your business buys a drone

DRONELike the Pony Express 150 years ago, the Drone Express may change the way you get mail and packages. Of course, the Drone Express is still a few years away, but drones are allowing organizations to think up new ways to conduct business.

Insurance companies, for example, rely on drones to inspect houses for damage; government engineers use them to examine buildings, bridges, and railroads; utility companies check phone lines with drones; and law enforcement and fire departments employ drones to scope dangerous scenes like burning buildings or forest fires.

But as you consider how drones can help your own business, there are a number of issues and regulations around commercial drones to know and address before your first flight. Here are the most important ones to consider to ensure your drone launch lifts off successfully. Continue Reading…

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You asked, we answered: Explaining 6 questions about warranties

warrantyWarranties get a bad rap. The common – and often incorrect – refrains we hear are that warranties are too expensive, too weak, and just ineffective. Warranties, relegated to a subsection of a larger contract, are glossed over in many transactions.

But warranties are more than fine print. Organizations buying hardware – everything from laptops to networking components to servers – should pay close attention to standard and expanded warranty options. Are they always necessary? Maybe not. But warranties are akin to hardware insurance, protecting investments for organizations of all sizes.

Still, many IT professionals are unsure of what their warranties entail. We’ve assembled six questions we’re often asked about warranties below to strip the terminology down to the basics so you can easily decide what you need and what you don’t. Continue Reading…

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