While the cloud model is gaining popularity as a business communications solution, there remain a number of key objections that can postpone or disrupt cloud migration. Some of the common objections revolve around uncertainties related to cost, time and the scope of implementing a cloud-based solution. When making the decision to upgrade, it’s helpful to weed out some of the misconceptions floating around. So here are a few of the big ones.
Gartner’s forecast of a 75 percent BUILD-NOT-BUY rate for digital business applications raises the question of how IT executives keep their hard-won seats at the table. The success rate of software development projects hovers around 65 percent. That’s an F.
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Don't Be Caught Short
There's an old business adage, penny wise and pound foolish, that never seems to go out of date. The reason is simple - it's as true today as when it was first written. At present, many managers of older unified communications systems are hesitant to invest in new equipment, citing budget as their major concern. If this sounds familiar, then it's time to analyze the cost of remaining static versus the value of moving the company forward.
The whole B2B and B2G sales game has changed. Business and government managers are ever more reluctant to meet with sales people just to hear their pitches. Those meetings used to be appealing to managers to help them stay abreast of what was happening in their environment, highlight popular new solutions and, in light terms, let them know if they were keeping up with other organizations.
We’ve been struggling with our ERP system for several years now. It’s one of the more popular, cloud-based COTS that is “designed” for businesses of our size and scope.
Outdated Technology May Be Limiting Performance
Changes in business technology are so fast paced and constant that staying current can seem futile if not impossible. As a result, it's tempting to conclude that when something's not broken there's no need to fix it. Why commit scarce resources to upgrade or replace a phone system that appears to be functioning? The answer is really quite obvious - you don't want your company to lose its competitive edge. What's less obvious is determining whether your company's performance is being held back, either by technological limits or outdated contractual obligations. What follows is a brief guide to help assess whether your current phone system is inhibiting productivity and future growth. How do you know if your phone system is obsolete? Consider these technology and cost factors.
Having grown up immersed in technology, today’s students are digital natives. In fact, with 75% of kids under 8 having their own mobile device, these young minds crave interactive learning environments in their classroom. Unfortunately due to budget constraints, on average, there is only one working device per 4 students in schools across the United States. To engage modern learning styles, school districts, educators and IT professionals are working together to raise student achievement through the implementation of 1:1 classrooms. The result of these blended classrooms prove to be cost-effective, manageable and very powerful and the benefits are many, as digital learning not only helps students build lifelong 21st Century skills but gives schools new and improved ways to achieve goals in support of core district curriculum.
In Search of Secure Mobility Solutions
Organizations have to face the fact that mobile computing is so much a part of modern culture, both at work and at play, that providing security against all threats is more of a dream than a reality. Businesses are adapting to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) world because it has the potential to raise productivity and because a millennial workforce demands it, but the dangers are just beginning to be understood.