What a year! Looking back at 2016, these were a few of our favorite things:
7th GEN INTEL CORE PROCESSOR FAMILY:
The cloud isn’t only for computing and data. Communications in the cloud is taking off, too. Fast growth is expected in 4 main areas: cloud-based PBX, mobile applications, unified communications (UC) and contact-center services.
To measure this, No Jitter Research recently surveyed 255 enterprise communications pros and released its findings in a report, The State of Cloud Communications. Here’s your solution-provider summary:
The holidays are almost here, time to exchange gifts and maybe take time off and do some reading. Here are our suggestions for books published in the past year, titles any solution provider — maybe even you — should enjoy.
By Lawrence Levy
With PC technology lighter, thinner and more powerful than ever, what were some of the year's coolest devices?
To answer, we've picked a half-dozen of our favorites. In yesterday's blog post, we listed half of our list. Here's the rest:
HP Z2 Mini
What it is: A mini workstation for computer-aided design (CAD).
Announced: Nov. 15, 2016
PC technology has never been better. Today’s devices are thin and light, and very powerful. Solution providers, your clients have never had so many cool choices.
With 2016 winding down, here’s our pick of the half-dozen coolest devices introduced this past year:
HP Elite x3
What it is: Mobile 3-in-1 device combining features and functionality of a phablet, laptop and desktop.
Enterprise clients can be a fickle bunch. What’s coming next year?
Consultants at CSC, the big IT services and solutions company, think they know. They’ve just issued their predictions for the top 6 enterprise IT trends that will shape global business in 2017.
Here’s your solution provider’s summary:
Your clients have already heard about virtual reality (VR), but how about reality that’s “mixed” or “merged”?
If not, you’ll need to help them. Merged reality is a big concept now being promoted by Microsoft and partners including Intel, Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo.
Merged reality blends physical and virtual worlds. For example, you might augment a real brick-and-mortar office with virtual objects such as floating displays, maps, even avatars. To see and interact with these virtual objects in a real office, you’d need to wear a mixed-reality headset.
It’s time for all good solution providers to review the passing year’s ups and downs, and plan ahead for the new year.
But how do you plan for a future that’s uncertain and unknown?
Microsoft and IDC are here to help.
Think you’ve got your clients’ security taken care of? Think again. Several older cyber threats will still be with us next year. And several new ones are likely to emerge.
That’s according to cybersecurity supplier Trend Micro, which just released a report, “The Next Tier,” predicting the top security threats for 2017.
Raimund Genes, Trend Micro’s CTO, says: “Next year will take the cybersecurity industry into new territory.”
Small devices, that is.
Ultraslim and convertible designs will account for more than 60 percent of all notebook PCs shipped by 2020, market analyst firm IDC recently predicted. “We continue to see steady progression toward smaller desktops and notebooks,” said Loren Loverde, IDC’s VP of PC research.