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  • IN PICTURES: 2014 WIICTA Judges' Breakfast

    By Mike Gee | 30 October, 2014 10:37

    With the 2014 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) event rapidly approaching, ARN hosted a Judges' Breakfast at the O Bar in Sydney. A lively discussion broached a number of topics relating to better work practices for both women and men in business and developed some key initiatives which will be revealed in forthcoming months. The 2014 Women in ICT Awards will be presented at special luncheon on November 27.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Impact Systems considers scrapping its channel-only model

    By Nermin Bajric | 29 October, 2014 10:50

    Impact Systems is prepared to abandon its channel-only business model and go direct if the pressure of a disproportionate market and lazy resellers continues to squeeze its bottom line.

  • Channel Dynamics turns 10

    By Jennifer O'Brien | 27 October, 2014 15:02

    Ten years ago, two eager and enthusiastic channel experts (with complementary, but completely opposite skills sets ) teamed up to form a partnership that today is reaping the rewards and leaving an indelible mark in the ICT industry.

  • Cloud wholesaler replaces networking hardware with Brocade rentals

    By Nermin Bajric | 27 October, 2014 12:24

    Cloud Plus is transitioning from Cisco to Brocade hardware for its datacentre and multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) to cater for an ongoing increase in network traffic.

  • IN PICTURES: Oki updates resellers at ChannelOne Dealer Forum

    By Nermin Bajric | 24 October, 2014 11:37

    The Oki Data ChannelOne Dealer Forum and product launch saw the vendor's executive series channel partners learn about its new line of enterprise-class A3 multifunction printers. Oki also updated resellers on its new channel program, marketing initiatives, and price repositioning of existing products.

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  • 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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