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  • IGEL Technology posts 70 per cent A/NZ sales jump

    By Brian Karlovsky | 30 March, 2015 13:31

    The emergence of Cloud has helped German thin client vendor, IGEL Technology, record a 70 per cent increase in sales across A/NZ in 2014.

  • IN PICTURES: 2015 Royal Easter Show, Sydney (+62 photos)

    By Mike Gee | 30 March, 2015 07:50

    The Royal Easter Show is on the face of it hardly a tech-heads dream but below the surface, of course, runs a rich vein of technology. In fact, technology is everywhere at the Show. From the rides to the fireworks to the special effects, the lights, even the precision driving, there is technology involved. And then there is the ubiquitous smartphone. It's everywhere you look. So without further ado, welcome to the Show. Photos of the night session by editorial director, MIKE GEE. Equipment: Canon EOS 6D DSLR full frame camera and Canon EOS 24-70mm f2.8 L lens.

  • 5 for 15: 65 interviews, 325 insights, still growing

    By Mike Gee | 26 March, 2015 11:37

    ARN's rich editorial initiative, 5 for 15, continues to draw significant comment from ICT industry thought leaders and provide massive insight for channel players as they delve into deliver thought-provoking and telling keys to the channel in 2015.

  • IN PICTURES: ARN Judges' Lunch 2015, 2/2 (+63 photos)

    By Mike Gee | 23 March, 2015 10:11

    The 2015 ARN ICT Industry Awards kicked off with the traditional opener, the Judges' Lunch, at the Ivy Sunroom. More than 110 industry leaders attended the event which featured an address by Hall of Fame inductee and Distribution Central MD, Nick Verykios, an introduction to ARN's latest event on the calendar, Edge (scheduled for July 20-23), by ARN president and publisher, Susan Searle, and a welcome and introduction to the Awards by ARN Associate Editor, Jennifer O'Brien. Here are some of the highlights. Photos by IAN SHARP.

  • INSIGHT: Smart Cities to use 1.1 billion connected things in 2015

    By James Henderson | 23 March, 2015 04:10

    Increasing urbanisation is putting "unprecedented pressure" on city mayors to constantly balance the challenge of resource constraints against environmental sustainability concerns.

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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.

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  • 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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