3 takeaways on the future of IT from Dell EMC World

iot-presentationDell and EMC’s merger was the largest ever in tech, and created the new Dell Technologies. We finally saw the “super” IT company at last month’s Dell EMC World (formerly Dell World), the first public event since the merger was completed in September.

And it was huge! With more than 6,000 attending from more than 80 countries, Michael Dell seized the opportunity to promote the world’s largest IT hardware manufacturer.

I spent three days at Dell EMC World 2016, and saw Dell Technologies’s vision of the future. Not surprisingly, a lot of its focus narrowed in on data, and how the future of IT is reliant on data collection, storage, and analysis. But while new technology will guide us through the next 15 years, some of the old is here to stay – at least for now. Continue Reading…

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Here’s what happened when Avenue, a clothing retailer, turned to tablets to increase sales

retail-tabletsIt’s a bricks-and-mortar retail reality: You can’t stock everything, and that means you lose sales when a customer is looking for a style or color you don’t have.

This is the story of how Avenue, a specialty clothing retailer, bucked that trend with tablets. Continue Reading…

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3 educational technology resources to help any new teacher

educationYour millennial teachers are important assets. They love collaborating and sharing ideas. They’re masters of technology. They’re flexible, authentic, and always seeking new ways to engage students.

But they fall prey to the same challenges facing every new teacher: classroom management, lesson planning, and one-on-one interaction with students, among others.

As technology drives new teaching strategies and learning opportunities, it also gives new teachers better tools to save time, spark student interest, and measure their progress. Let’s look at three tech resources designed to help any young teacher. Continue Reading…

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3 health care IT trends that could shape your next technology purchase

healthcare securityHealth care is in the midst of unprecedented change. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the shift to electronic medical records (EMR), and the country’s increased focus on wellness have shaken up the industry, leading to more accessibility for patients, widespread data sharing, and greater dependency on cloud technology.

Yet health care continues to be one of the most outdated industries when it comes to IT, making it difficult for health care IT managers and directors to find the best technology for their needs.

There’s already been a shift from buying to leasing, as the rate of technology innovation leads to more turnover. What other trends can you expect to play a role in your next technology investment? Here are three of the biggest concerns to think about before your next health care IT purchase. Continue Reading…

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How modern Windows device management solves IT’s imaging problems

mdmIT might long for the days when employees worked on one desktop computer. Too bad the ‘90s are over. Today, employees use multiple devices that should seamlessly integrate with each other and the rest of the environment.

That’s easier said than done, especially for IT managers who are still imaging and deploying devices like they were five years ago. The process can be lengthy and complex, and presents challenges for organizations of all sizes.

But new tools simplify the process, and one that’s getting more and more attention is Windows 10’s modern device management. Here’s how it works and how it can make your life easier. Continue Reading…

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7 electronic recycling resources for keeping hardware out of landfills

recycle Only 12.5 percent of e-waste is recycled— let’s change that.

The world’s largest IT hardware manufacturers all have recycling programs. You just need to know where to look. All of these programs strive for the same goal: Safely recycle or dispose of IT hardware and e-waste, saving it from landfills. Many businesses that sell IT equipment, as well as some states, run e-waste recycling programs, too.

Every program is a little different, depending on the manufacturer. So here are the recycling programs from six of the largest IT manufacturers, plus SHI’s “one-size-fits-all” approach to asset recovery. Continue Reading…

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Don’t lose sensitive data to phishing attacks. Here’s how to educate your employees.

cyber criminalWhat’s the most dangerous security threat? The one your users fall for.

Many of these threats rely on our psychology to trick us into handing over access to valuable and sensitive information. Put another way, criminals use our willingness to help, submission to authority, or ignorance against us. Continue Reading…

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