Small Businesses Still Struggling to Find Ground Between New and Old Technology

Lets face it, no matter how much you might want to adapt a new technology, you probably won’t do it till you know how good it performs in reality. When it comes to making business investment decisions, very few opt to be early adopters, and the majority is reluctant to make to move. IT support companies in Toronto are usually the first to grab new technology, become IT asset inventory services experts at Recent survey shades more light to the topic.

Small Businesses Adopt New Technology But Rely on Tried-and-True, Survey Says

Small businesses are between the old school approach and the cloud when it comes to adopting new technology trends and business practices in the workplace, reports a survey released (PDF) today from Brother International, a global supplier of a variety of office equipment including printers.

Technology Adoption Survey

The survey, conducted by Wakefield Research, of 509 U.S. small business owners and decision-makers, reveals that, while business owners embrace new trends such as the use of cloud-based technology and the mobile, remote workforce, they still hold on to the tried-and-true when it comes to conducting business on a daily basis.

For instance, the survey shows that 58 percent of small businesses’ regular work tasks require employees to be physically present in the office. It also reveals that 91 percent have the standard office equipment — printer, scanner, copier or fax machine — and that they use the printer more than 10 times per day.

The advancement of cloud-based tools such as Dropbox and Google Drive are welcome among small businesses, however, and 21 percent of survey respondents plan to spend the biggest portion of their IT budget on cloud-based file sync and share technologies. Another 28 percent say their IT expenditure will go toward the purchase of mobile devices, to accommodate remote workers.

The real story here is that, for most small businesses, it’s not an either/or proposition. They can adopt the use of new technologies and still rely on the tried-and-true ways of doing business. Click to read full post…

Cloud technology, virtualization and advanced networking are the new frontiers of business technology, however without expert help there might be some complications along the way. Check out this checklist by Patrick McClory:

A Detailed Look at a Basic Cloud Migration Checklist

Whether the applications are commercial, off-the-shelf, or custom deployments, there are a number of things to consider as you migrate to the public cloud – from performance to service-level capabilities and service-level agreements (SLAs). Rather than over-complicate things at the outset, let’s start with a very basic cloud migration ‘pre-flight checklist’:

  • Identify areas where you can leverage higher-level cloud provider services like database, object storage, and other application-level managed services.
  • Understand and validate SLA requirements, Recovery Point Objective (RPO), and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) to ensure your needs line up with your cloud provider’s capabilities.
  • Find your single points of failure and make sure you understand what the overall impact will be when it fails.
  • Have a plan to mitigate risk before and after your migration.
  • Know when and how to optimize cost.

Let’s look at all of these in a more detail. First, while compute, network, and (block) storage are fairly ubiquitous elements of public cloud offerings, each provider offers their own set of more composed services. One very common offering is Database Management that includes automation around backup and recovery. These types of services can be novel, but they also have limitations. Click here to view full post…

Cloud technology has increased business productivity and efficiency for multiple industries, with proven track records of success. Check out this article, and see how cloud technology is being used in Health Care industry:

How the Cloud is Helping Veteran Health Care

As a managed services provider trusted by government agencies, Datapipe has stayed ahead of the technology curve to address challenges faced by the public sector. Currently, there is a substantial increase in military Veterans, which poses significant challenges to the Veteran Affairs (VA) health care system. The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system with more than 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million Veterans each year to provide exceptional care that improves health and well-being. To support the influx of new Veterans, the VA is now restructuring their organization to increase efficiency and capacity, and enhance the quality of care even more.

As a sponsor at this year’s recent VA Healthcare 2016, the Datapipe Government Solutions (DGS) team connected with senior Veteran healthcare officials and solution providers to discuss the latest developments, technologies, and strategies necessary to strengthen the VA Health Care system. Our team learned about how the VA Health Care system is working to become more agile, flexible, and innovative with the products and services they are using, not only to keep up with industry standards, but to become the Federal industry leader in the IT space. Click to view full post…