Finally, a winner to the “Give the Cloud” Giveaway has been announced! On the morning of January 12th, on WBIR News Channel 10, Claris Networks was proud to reveal that the Knoxville community voted for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
! Of the four non-profits in the finals (Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, Knoxville Christian Schools and Emerald Youth Foundation) Big Brothers received the most votes.
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ will receive a high-tech makeover including 3 years of cloud computing services to make their office and branches technology work as smoothly as possible. Essentially, this is $200,000 worth of IT services for Big Brothers. Their current IT budget, they say, will go toward redoing the Big Brothers website and expanding services toward children in the community.
Claris Networks has been named to the Fast Growth 100, a list of the fastest growing members of the IT channel. Among those receiving the award, the average growth rate was nearly 200%, with many growing thousands of percentage points over previous years. Aside from being an honor for Claris Networks for some very hard work, it shows how far advanced much of East Tennessee is in its adoption of technology. Tucked away in the south is a growing region of business owners who see the competitive advantage of cloud computing and managed services. Removing the risk of owning and managing IT, their move to the cloud has freed resources, streamlined IT budgets, shaved capital investments and improved the end-user experience for much of the region’s businesses.
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By 2020, most, if not all, information technology support (IT support) will be outsourced to external companies who manage an organization’s IT needs, according to Jason Bloomberg
, technology maven at ZDnet.com. The collapse of enterprise IT is just one of his predictions in a recent article. Tracing his finger along the route the IT services industry has taken the past few years, he notes the exponential leaps in cloud computing adoption, outsourced network support and managed services among small to medium-sized businesses. From there, Bloomberg lifts his gaze out a few years and plants his finger on 2020. There, he says, lies “the collapse of enterprise IT.”
Until someone invents an invisible tethering device, there is the chance you could leave your fancy new iPhone on a table somewhere and walk off. It sits there, its fingerprint resistant, 960-by-640-pixel resolution display shining tantalizingly. The temptation is too strong. Somebody nabs it and runs. You return, but it’s too late. Your beloved device is in the hands of another.
Apple’s current technology offers the phone-scorned a few options in this scenario, like remotely wiping your sensitive data. New Apple patents take anti-theft technology a step further, helping you actually identify and catch the thief.
Tuesday we held the second meeting in our three-part series on social media for small to medium-sized business. Bill Piper with Claris Networks
and Katie Granju of Ackermann PR
shared their experience and fielded questions about social media and Search Engine Optimization. We've included the slides from their presentation below.
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