Value of a Hybrid IT Environment
18 November 2014, 02:46 PMCenturyLink is a premier sponsor of the upcoming Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) Management Conference. The theme of this year’s event is Leading I&O: Delivering New Levels of Innovation and Productivity and will be held in Las Vegas on Dec 2-5 at the Venetian Hotel.
To exemplify how the data center is playing a leading role in innovation, I will be hosting a panel of our customers at the event titled “How IT is helping the Enterprise Revolutionize their Markets.”
Panel Topic and Guests:
The panel will address how our customers evolved their IT strategies to meet n...
The Week in Links: Retailers Look to Tech to Transform Shopping Experience
31 October 2014, 12:32 PMLike other industries, retailers are finding new ways to use technology to gain competitive advantage, particularly in the area of gaining insight to better target customers and improve the shopping experience. For this “Week in Links,” we’ll take a look at some of the latest in this retail IT News:
What Retail Stores Want to Do With Your Consumer Data
That online retailers monitor customers’ actions to better customize their offerings isn’t new, but traditional stores are starting to find more ways to use technology — such as store apps and Wi-Fi use — to track shopping activity and collec...
Expect Your Workday to be Ruled by the Internet of Things in 2020 [INFOGRAPHIC]
24 October 2014, 11:00 AMAs technology continues to evolve to support and create uses of the Internet of Things, it’s not hard to imagine — even predict — how businesses and their workers will come to depend on this interconnection among devices, users, and the Internet in everyday life.
In homes, cars, offices, stores and more, connected devices — an estimated 26 billion worldwide by 2020, according to Gartner — will have a wider influence on what we do, and how we do it.
Thanks to this interconnection, data will become ubiquitous. And more and better information will make devices smarter, having a big impact on b...
The MOOC Evolution: What’s New, and What We Still Have to Learn
20 October 2014, 11:13 AMWe’ve examined some important trends in schools and universities that technology makes possible. It’s time to take a look at another: Massive Open Online Courses, known as MOOCs.
These online courses, which made a big splash a couple of years ago — The New York Times even dubbed 2012“The Year of the MOOC” — have faced the initial hype and criticism that accompany big tech trends. And now the courses are in the midst of what some are calling MOOC 2.0.
Yes, university content is still organized and posted online, free and open to all. Many MOOCs include videos, readings, and forums that can p...
Managed Services and Office 365: A Better Working Environment
07 October 2014, 11:21 AMFor many businesses, managing a full complement of IT services in-house has become costly, complex, and inefficient. Companies of all sizes, in a variety of industries, are seeing the benefits of moving some or all IT functions off premises for a third party to manage.
Through managed services, businesses are able to keep IT costs in check, and technology — such as cloud, network, and data solutions — flexible and efficient. So business and IT leaders can focus on the big plans that add value to the organization.
Now, for many organizations, managed services make even more business sense: N...