The demand on the wireless local area network (WLAN) is growing -- and organizations should consider cloud-managed Wi-Fi, which shifts IT responsibilities to the cloud, from provisioning to troubleshooting and configuration. Indeed, cloud-managed Wi-Fi is one of the
The prospect of a security breach is a fact of business life. Just consider a couple examples from recent months: a simple phishing attack conned a payroll employee at Arizona-based supermarket chain Sprouts
In 2014, Gartner reported that the average cost of network downtime to an enterprise was $5,600 per minute. And even if the network isn't completely non-functional, high latency can potentially impact productivity, especially
Canadian businesses are struggling with spiraling costs to maintain and update IT infrastructure because of the growing demands of mobile connectivity and increasing numbers of tools required to ensure an efficient, secure network.
Securing the network has always been a challenge, but it’s only getting more complex, thanks to the rise of cloud applications, programmable networks and bring-your-own-everything. The Enterprise Connectivity Series Future-proofing your business For
Join Jim Love, CIO & Chief Content Officer, ITWC and guest expert Dave Gendron (strategic alliances director at Ceryx Inc.) for a timely and informative webinar that will explore the challenges and potential solutions in moving to a cloud-based security architecture.
Collaboration and Innovation: Driving Business Success
Recent studies have concluded that investment in collaboration pays dividends: Companies that implement technologies, which drive workforce collaboration and support flexible work schemes, can reap the benefits of greater innovation.
Join Jim Love, CIO, ITWC and his special guest Steven Van Binsbergen, Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Rogers as they explore why companies are re-thinking Unified Communications strategies and implementation, driving productivity, cost reduction, employee engagement and retention.
It’s not headline-making news that the way people work has changed dramatically over the past decade. But with changing demographics — including more millennials entering the workforce — and the rise of disruptive
Not long ago, using a personal smartphone or tablet in the workplace was a contentious issue. Nowadays, it’s becoming the norm, and any IT department hoping to clamp down on the bring-your-own-device trend
Picture unified communications (UC) as the passing lane: a fast-driven convergence of technologies and applications that reduce the typical roadblocks to efficient communications. Now picture your business accelerating into this new digital space with
Unified communications (UC) is a double-edged sword. Done right, it can enhance and improve communication across a company, with customers and suppliers. It can save money, improve productivity, and enhance employee engagement by
Published on: March 31st, 2016 Lynn Greiner @lynngr
Unified Communications (UC) may be as transformative as mechanical printing when it comes to changing the face of business and improving the way we exchange information. The Enterprise Connectivity Series Future-proofing your business
Today's users don't sit still for long. And, when on the move, they expect to have connectivity to whatever resources they need to do their jobs. The old-fashioned fixed wired network connection just doesn't
Published on: March 10th, 2016 Lynn Greiner @lynngr
It’s exciting to promise employees a seamless business environment that incorporates video conferencing, VoIP telephony, mobility and collaboration capabilities. It may be equally exhilarating to promise the senior team that this new move
Published on: March 3rd, 2016 Robert Dutt @robdutt
The venerable Skype consumer instant messaging and audio/video chat has received a corporate makeover. Microsoft, which has owned Skype since 2011, has introduced Skype for Business as the new presence, instant messaging and
When people think of Microsoft Office, they often equate it with Windows only. Once, that was true, but no longer. Microsoft now provides Office for multiple platforms and operating systems, making it much
An Office suite is a must-have for most business users, and most businesses choose to provision Microsoft’s Office 365 for their employees. The suite includes a number of different applications and, while you
Contact centres are expensive. Not only is there a huge cost in office space, furniture, electricity and other necessities, there's the cost of acquiring, managing, and running the computing infrastructure to power the
Last post, we talked about session initiation protocol (SIP), the application level protocol that allows IP-based endpoints to find each other and connect. Its companions in the application level of the networking stack
As new technology has brought forward new methods of communication, it has also introduced complexity and communications silos. By treating communications as data, unified communications can bring it all back together – and
Anybody remember Lily Tomlin’s telephone operator shtick, or am I just betraying my age? The Enterprise Connectivity Series Future-proofing your business The bit, which began on the 1960s sketch comedy Laugh-In and was
How does your Internet of Things (IoT) Strategy Stack Up?
Join Jim Love, CIO of IT World Canada and Eric Simmons, General Manager, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), Rogers , for an interactive webinar as they look at the development and execution of an IoT strategy in the Canadian context.
We’ve talked a bit about the Internet of Things (IoT) in terms of what technologies and trends are driving the market: Huge volumes of information are being collected, whether in structured or unstructured
The recent hack of a Jeep Cherokee, in which security researchers took control of the vehicle from ten miles away, controlled windshield wipers, entertainment system, steering, transmission, and even disabled the brakes, causing
Published on: September 28th, 2015 Lynn Greiner @lynngr
In Israel, connected cows give four times the milk of the average bovine. In Northern Canada, mines run safer and save millions on energy due to sensors tracking both employees and environmental conditions.
Published on: September 24th, 2015 Robert Dutt @robdutt
We've all seen the predictions. Gartner says that the Internet of Things (IoT) will have 26 billion units installed by 2020, and product and service suppliers will pull in revenue exceeding $300 billion
Published on: September 21st, 2015 Lynn Greiner @lynngr
Join IT World CIO Jim Love for an informative webinar covering Business Resumption and Disaster Recovery. We will cover the basics of Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) from the perspective of both large and small companies.
There’s nothing like a major electrical outage or natural disaster to forcibly nudge CIOs and other executives to ensure disaster recovery and business resumption plans are up to date and effective. Unfortunately, while
A business continuity strategy is an expensive proposition. In a previous post, we discussed how duplication of data and processes, the need for geographic distance and high-speed connectivity pile up costs, and how
When disaster strikes, it's important to get operations going again as quickly as possible. If that doesn't happen, chances are the business will fail; the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency says that forty
Published on: July 29th, 2015 Lynn Greiner @lynngr
We all hope that we'll never need to use them, but disaster recovery and business continuity plans are a critical part of any organization's strategy. The Enterprise Connectivity Series Future-proofing your business Without
Published on: July 28th, 2015 Lynn Greiner @lynngr
While some may use the terms interchangeably at times, disaster recovery and business continuity are most definitely not the same thing. You need to understand the differences, and you need both plans in
You’ve made the business case for your business continuity plan, management is on board and your funding is in place. However, your work is just beginning. The Enterprise Connectivity Series Future-proofing your business
One of the problems with today's data volumes is, well, today's data volumes. There's so much of it, it's virtually impossible to sort out what's mission-critical, what's important, and what's merely there. The
Published on: July 20th, 2015 Lynn Greiner @lynngr
Whether you are a cloud skeptic, an early adopter, or somewhere in between, this webinar is for you. Participants will learn how businesses today are leveraging the cloud and essential elements of a cloud strategy.
The benefits of moving to a cloud computing hosting provider can be enticing – a more resilient IT infrastructure, moving the expense from your capital expenditure budget to your operating expenditure budget and
In conjunction with mobile technology, cloud computing has cut the chains between today’s business worker and their cubicle, enabling them to be as productive away from the office as they are within its
No one likes to think about the worst-case scenario but, for a good IT department, business continuity considerations need to be baked into every software and infrastructure decision they make. Luckily, cloud computing
How will you prepare for BYOE? What are its benefits? What are the impacts on security? What will happen to organizational policies and structures? Are there actual use cases of BYOE in companies today? Join Jim Love, CIO, ITWC and his special guests for an in-depth and interactive discussion on answering these questions and learn more about BYOE.
As soon as mobile devices penetrate an organization, regardless of whether they're company-owned or brought in by employees, there's a new chink in the corporate security armour. Data is no longer protected behind
Published on: April 26th, 2015 Lynn Greiner @lynngr
Whether businesses like it or not, bring your own device (BYOD), sometimes referred to as the consumerization of IT, is firmly entrenched in many companies. Employees are bringing their own phones, tablets, and
Published on: April 22nd, 2015 Lynn Greiner @lynngr
While users and executives were early advocates of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, many IT departments resisted the pressure. Now, solutions are emerging to address their primary concern: the loss of
The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) revolution isn’t coming soon. It has already swept through the enterprise and is firmly entrenched. Users want to work on a device that has a user interface that suits them,
Connectivity is crucial to many modern businesses. Whether it’s desk phones, mobile phones, or high speed Internet access, these connections are how businesses find, sell to, service, and support customers. But for businesses,
Published on: April 2nd, 2015 Robert Dutt @robdutt
In metropolitan areas, we're spoiled by the wealth of cellular coverage available. We have both local carriers and national carriers, all of whom blanket population centres with signal. The Enterprise Connectivity Series Future-proofing
Published on: April 2nd, 2015 Lynn Greiner @lynngr
Businesses can’t afford to have their travelling employees go off the grid. When travelling abroad though, accessing the Internet can be a challenge, from slower connections and pricey roaming charges to a greater