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  • ARN Insight Lunch Series: Transitioning your channel to the Cloud

    By Jennifer O'Brien | 17 July, 2014 11:39

    In transitioning to the Cloud partners need to focus on strategy and place their bets: decide what role they want to play, either selling services, selling a third party XaaS offering, rebadging an offering, or building and running their own XaaS offering.

  • Roundtable: Next gen firewalls - when old security isn't enough

    By Allan Swann | 12 June, 2014 12:42

    How can a reseller make the push to install what is, by some accounts, an essential part of any modern security infrastructure?

  • 6 dirty secrets of the IT industry

    By Dan Tynan | 27 January, 2014 21:11

    IT pros blow the whistle on the less-than-white lies and dark sides of the tech business

  • Gift Guide 2013: Audio gadgets

    By Keith Shaw | 18 November, 2013 12:28

    Music drives a lot of what we get out of our technology devices - if you can't hear the music from your device, or share it with others, it's just a bunch of ones and zeros sitting on a magnetic hard drive.

  • Gift Guide 2013: Photo and video gadgets

    By Keith Shaw | 18 November, 2013 12:27

    Like the world of smartphones and tablets, where there are so many choices and options that trying to highlight them all is an experiment in confusion, the world of digital cameras and video cameras presents a multitude of devices. For this wrapup, then, we're presenting a bunch of materials that the photographer and/or videographer would like to include in their arsenals, with a focus on things that let people watch videos or produce photos easier.

Interviews
Opinions
  • Surveys show that enterprises tablet use is on the rise

    By Brian Lawrence, CDW product manager – mobility | 23 July, 2013 20:30

    One in three U.S. adults now owns a tablet computer, up from 18% last year, according to a June 2013 study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. So what about professional use? Are tablets standard-issue employee equipment? To find out, CDW surveyed professionals from midsize and large business, healthcare, higher education and state and local government to see how these devices are affecting day-to-day productivity.

  • Smartphones need genius infrastructure

    By Andrea Bradshaw, senior director and general manager, mobility solutions, CDW | 14 May, 2013 18:08

    Until roughly six years ago, mobile computers and telephones were really separate things. "Mobile computing" meant laptops -- maybe with broadband wireless for some lucky executives. "Telephone" meant communication device. "Convergence" meant putting your cellphone into your computer bag to go through airport security.

  • Mobile is magic for small business

    By Jill Billhorn, CDW vice president, small business | 29 April, 2013 23:15

    With the increasing convenience and availability of mobile technology, small businesses are finding it easier to compete. The Small Business Mobility Report by CDW found that nearly all respondents -- 94% -- agreed that their use of mobile devices for work tasks has made them more efficient. This efficiency boost grants small businesses an opportunity to extend reach and increase productivity without emptying the piggy bank.

  • Data backup should never be Plan B

    By Mark Lafferty, Director, Systems Solutions, Servers and Storage, CDW | 25 February, 2013 12:00

    Data is more important to businesses today than it has ever been, doing everything from revealing trends in customer behavior to comparing sales performance across business units and regions. Comprehensive data collection provides the who, what, when and how associated with almost all organizational activity. This information is incredibly valuable to executives because it plays a critical role in strategic business decisions. As such, all businesses - big and small - must have a data backup strategy in place to protect against data loss.

  • Preparing your business for mobility

    By Howard Weiss, field solutions team manager, CDW | 25 October, 2012 20:49

    Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are in a state of transition when it comes to juggling network needs with mobile device use. A recent CDW report on small-business mobility found that more than three-quarters of IT managers have deployed smartphones to their workforce, and more than half have deployed tablets. However, many employees prefer using their own devices: Almost 90% of IT managers recognized that employees are using personal devices for work.

Reviews
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet (preview)

    By Elias Plastiras | 28 May, 2014 13:46

    Lenovo’s latest tablet for corporate users makes use of the Intel Atom (Bay Trail) platform and is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1. It’s a tablet with a 10in form factor and it has a 10-point, multi-touch display that uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology, and it serves up a Full HD resolution.

  • First look: Microsoft Office 2013

    By Serdar Yegulalp | 16 July, 2012 19:16

    The next revision of Office adds touches of Metro without itself being a Metro app

  • Microsoft raises the bar with SQL Server 2012

    By Barry Nance | 16 July, 2012 04:40

    While SQL Server 2008 was little more than a service-pack level upgrade, the 2012 version of Microsoft's database has a boatload of new features and delivers solid performance improvements.

  • How we tested Microsoft SQL Server 2012

    By Barry Nance | 16 July, 2012 04:40

    Virtually all our testing took place across 512Kbps frame relay, T-1 and T-3 WAN links. The test bed network consisted of six Fast Ethernet subnet domains linked by Cisco routers. Our lab's 50 clients consisted of computing platforms that included Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/Win7, Macintosh 10.x and Red Hat Linux (both server and workstation editions).

  • Review: Weighing Windows Server 2012

    By Oliver Rist | 27 June, 2012 10:13

    From network services and storage to virtualization and private cloud, the beefy new Windows Server leaves no server role unturned

 

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