Many businesses use IT Management, ITM, Providers to optimize their technology. According to the Forbes Report, The State of IT Service Management, 56% of executives have found that ITSM is key to their cloud computing and big data initiatives. Finding the right fit for your organization can be a difficult process.
IT Management, ITM, Services can be used to develop a significant competitive advantage in today’s competitive market. ITM providers offer services that can greatly reduce costs and increase ROI, through infrastructure management, disaster recovery planning, and helpdesk support.
Last year data breaches rose a staggering 40%, with 37 million records exposed, affecting every market sector including the government, financial services, education, health, and businesses the world over. Arguably the biggest cybersecurity threat in 2017 is ransomware. There were a massive 638 million ransomware attacks in 2016, representing an increase of 167x over the previous year and showing no signs of slowing in 2017. It is clear to any tech leader that precautions are necessary.
We’ve all heard it said before, “If you aren’t paying for the product, then you are the product.”It seems the influx of freemium applications in recent years has given this saying a new level of meaning. What exactly is freemium? A combination of the words ‘free’ and ‘premium’, it is an internet based business strategy in which the publisher gives the core product away for free and sells additional features to a fraction of their following. An example of a successful freemium business most all of us are familiar with would be Skype. For no cost at all, a Skype user can make audio or video calls to other Skype users, place Skype conference calls, or instant message other users. However after one has become more comfortable with Skype, they might see the value in being able to make calls to landlines through Skype, sending SMS messages, or receiving voicemails. All of which are included in Skype’s premium paid services.
Welcome to 2017 and the next installment in our series on tech predictions for the year. You may have heard about the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The CES is one of the largest events showcasing the latest gadgets and advancements that will soon become available to the public. It’s become the first glance at the latest in Internet of Things. IoT is better known as all of the smart devices that are making your environment more connected to your phone or tablet. These items are growing in popularity, and items such as the Google Home Voice Command Device have even made the news. IoT are fun and advanced items, but are they for you?
HIPAA compliance is vital in the Healthcare Industry. Beyond the hefty cost of a HIPAA violation, the irreversible damage to an organization’s reputation can be even more devastating. An escalating number of healthcare providers are turning to a Cloud Hosting Provider to take on the accountability of their compliance.
7 Requirements to look for in a HIPAA Compliant Hosting Partner
As 2016 rapidly comes to an end, now is the ideal time to determine what role IT will have for your business in the next year. Whether you’ve exceeded revenue goals for 2016, or are eager to put this year behind you, one thing is certain: 2017 is almost here and changes are happening. Your budget may already be in the works for next year but we urge you to take another look in preparation for 2017. As industries evolve, technology continues to advance.
Here are four items your business can’t afford to miss in the 2017 IT budget: