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As we head into the new year, check out Tech Provider Zone’s 10 most popular blog posts of 2017.

1) SMB tech market is hot — and getting hotter

Who thinks so? Only Office Depot. It’s paying $1 billion to buy BizBox, a subscription service offering tech and business services to owners of small and midsize businesses.

Microsoft thinks so, too. Its survey of SMB owners finds 90% of them planning to hire employees in 2018, and nearly 40% intending to add new products or services.

2) Research roundup: Wearables, jobs, software, robots

What’s going on with wearables, enterprise software, commercial robots and automated services? Here’s your tech provider’s summary of some of the latest market research and surveys.

3) Voice-controlled smart-home tech - it’s time to listen

The human voice was 2017’s cool new user interface.

The technology is being led by consumer devices for the home, including Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomePad. But how long can it be before voice-controlled systems enter the workplace?

4) Ransomware: Smart ways to win the war

Yeah, ransomware is scary. But there are new ways of fighting back. Check out the latest tactics from cybersecurity experts at big-league consulting firm Deloitte.

5) Lenovo’s cool meeting-room system is the talk of the town

Called the ThinkSmart Hub 500, Lenovo’s system has attracted a major buzz. It’s a plug-and-play system, perfect for those who just want to get down to business.

And the system’s tech specs are impressive. They include an 11.6-inch touchscreen, 360-degree mic array and speakers fed by a Dolby Audio Premium sound card. Get talking!

6) Sales growth: Here’s where the experts see it coming

There is growth in this seemingly sluggish tech market — but only if you know where to look for it. Learn where top industry watchers see the new hot spots emerging.

7) How do you pay for digital transformation?

A survey of CEOs finds digital transformation projects can actually be self-funding.

The question is How? The answer could be a game-changer for your customers.

8) Private clouds: Not just for big business anymore

Explore the serious benefits even medium-sized businesses can enjoy from private clouds. Download this Intel infographic to learn more about the big benefits.

9) Video: Getting more women into the channel with Intel

Women are making progress in the IT channel. In this short video, Donna Shepard, executive VP at M&A Technology, is one of them. She’s also an Intel Technology Provider board member.

But there’s still lots more to be done, Shepard says. For example, she’s the only woman on the ITP board. “Now is the time,” she urges, “for the women to step up and be part of our solutions.”

10) Coming soon: The autonomous AI-driven data center

That’s what HPE promises with its cloud-based AI platform, known as HPE InfoSight. It’s a recommendation engine for the data center that uses machine learning to predict and prevent a wide range of problems.

Even better, HPE says, InfoSight can help lower your data-center customers’ operating expenses for storage by up to 80%. That’s insightful.

 

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Advanced Technologies