Top IT Predictions for 2014

It’s that time of year again – businesses around the globe are busy preparing for 2014. After reviewing multiple research documents released by industry leading companies, such as Gartner, IDC, CA Technologies, and CompTIA, we’ve compiled a list of the top I.T. predictions for 2014.

  1. Security: In a survey conducted by CompTIA, it was revealed that businesses are funnelling resources into better security, and that 56% of CIOs have indicated that IT security is their top priority. As the number of devices used by employees increases (driven by BYOD – bring your own device) it is getting increasingly difficult to protect company data. Factor in the technical advances made by cyber criminals, who are finding more and more ways to get around security barriers, and you’ve got a real problem on your hands. There is a delicate balance between enabling and protecting the business, and IT members will need to find the happy medium.
  2. Outsourcing IT: Several companies are either planning or rolling out programs and technology trends such as cloud computing, mobility, and big data. This combination of multiple technology trends, in addition to the increased adoption rate of these technologies by enterprises, will contribute to a IT skills shortage. For many companies, change is occurring fast, and they don’t have the in-house resources or expertise needed to implement their plans. In order for businesses to obtain the full benefits of these technologies, they will need to employ outsourced resources.
  3. Data Centre Utilization: Businesses of all sizes are quickly filling up data centres across the country. Best advice – get in while you can. Data centres are comparable to a finite resource – once they’re full, that’s it. And as the demand for data centre services increases, so can the price. Several smaller businesses perceive data centres an inaccessible – believing that the costs will be too high – but that’s not the case. There is a variety of data centres across the country, ranging in price, size, and security level. Still don’t think your company needs data centre services? Check out our post on the Top 5 Benefits of Using a Data Centre for Business.
  4. The Internet of Things: We’re on the brink of the Internet of Things (IoT). Currently, many companies are aware of IoT, but haven’t yet explored the possibilities of an expanded Internet. As a result, several businesses are not operationally or organizationally ready to employ IoT. However, Gartner predicts that companies will be using 2014 to prepare for IoT by utilizing data centre resources, adopting a variety of data management software, and ensuring the right employee resources are in place. IoT is not restricted to any particular industry, and with the advent of massively connected devices, businesses now have access to more information than they actually act on. Gartner’s prediction focuses on the “opportunity to build applications and services that can use that information to create new engagement models for customers, employees and partners”. This means that IoT is set to become more user friendly and accessible – so you had better start preparing for it.
  5. Software Defined Anything: Gartner predicts that software spending will increase by 25% in 2014. Software-defined anything (SDx) is a collective term used to define the growing market momentum for software systems that are controlling different types of hardware. More specifically, it’s making software more “in command” of multi-piece hardware systems and allowing for software control of a greater range of devices.

Reviewing the five top IT predictions listed above, there appears to be three things in common; businesses will need to manage a vast amount of data, businesses will need a reliable Internet connection, and businesses will need to act fast. So if you haven’t solidified your 2014 IT plans, or if you have – and it doesn’t include at least one of the items listed above, then it’s time to hustle.

Blog Author: Vanessa Hartung

TeraGo Networks Attends iTech Summit

This year, TeraGo Networks was pleased to participate as a sponsor as well as an exhibitor in the 2012 iTech Summit, which is Canada’s largest conference dedicated to IT infrastructure technology, services, and education. This was a great opportunity for us to speak with IT Professionals about the concerns, pain points and opportunities they face in their business today.  This type of ongoing dialogue helps us to ensure that the products and services we offer are always meeting the needs of the marketplace.  We were also able to network with other professionals and discuss the latest technological innovations.

Members of our account executive team were present at the show to provide attendees and other show vendors with information specific to TeraGo Networks. Meeting with prospects in person is one of the best ways to assess their current needs and determine which one of our services can best contribute to the success of their business.  Introducing ourselves to fellow vendors is a great way to build partnerships and provide our customers with innovative technologies. Below is a short video of our visit to the Toronto based iTech Summit trade show on May 17, 2012.

In late October, we will also be attending the iTech Summit trade shows being held in Western Canada. Participating in multiple shows across the country also provides us with the opportunity to discuss the specific needs and requirements that are explicit to each individual region. If you missed us in Montreal and Toronto, then be sure to visit us at the Edmonton or Vancouver iTech Summit trade shows.

For event details, please visit the iTech website by clicking here.

To obtain more information about how TeraGo Networks can help your business, please click here. We look forward to meeting you at the next trade show!

Invest in the Best

The adoption of new technologies by small and medium businesses is so important for their success, that even the Canadian government is supporting their implementation. On December 23, 2011, the Canadian government issued a press release outlining investment in their new Digital Economy Strategy.

The Digital Economy Strategy will be operating until March 31, 2014 as a means of increasing the productivity levels of small and medium sized businesses. By devoting financial support to the small and medium businesses of Canada, the government is contributing to the growth of the Canadian economy.

Not only are technical innovations important for businesses, but the government has also acknowledged the significance of technology by allocating funds to its adoption and use. If you are a business owner or operator, it is imperative that you take note of this trend. The use of technology by businesses is nothing new, but small and medium businesses don’t always have the funding to implement technological services. However, companies may not always account for the fact that their productivity levels may be hindered by the use of inferior technology.

The utilization of innovative technology ensures that small and medium companies are able to operate seamlessly by limiting slowdowns and interruptions. Having an internet connection provided by a network that is only available to businesses eliminates the slowdowns cause by sharing a connection with residential customers. The implementation of a redundant internet connection provides companies with peace of mind by ensuring that they always have internet access. If their primary connection is compromised, a redundant connection is able to take over and provide internet service until the primary link is restored.

These types of services are able to support business operations and provide them with the capability to maintain a consistent productivity level. This is important because a predictable productivity level allows for businesses to set standards and expectations. One of the goals of the Digital Economy Strategy is to improve the understanding of the link between digital technologies and productivity. TeraGo has previously acknowledged the importance of technological advances in 2010 by writing a paper in response to The Consultation Paper on a Digital Economy Strategy for Canada, which was presented by the Government of Canada. To review the document submitted by TeraGo, click here.

Small and medium businesses have been given a great opportunity to utilize innovative technologies through this government funded program. The fact that the Canadian government has an invested interest in the use of technology by small and medium business is an indicator of its importance. With the support of the government, and competitive pressure, it is more important than ever for small and medium businesses to take the necessary steps towards success.

To learn more about TeraGo Networks, and to view our current promotions, just click here.

To read more about the Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program, click here.

Get Up in the Cloud

Businesses are progressively demanding more from their broadband service providers as their companies grow and develop. In association with this evolution is the utilization of cloud computing, which allows businesses to offload the tasks of upgrading, running, and maintaining their IT services to a web-based service. By employing cloud technology, businesses are able to avoid costly and time consuming hardware installations. However, before a business can take advantage of cloud computing, they will need to have access to broadband services that can handle the high demands of this technology.

TeraGo Networks provides its customers with the internet technology required to take advantage of all that the cloud has to offer. By employing true symmetrical bandwidth, TeraGo customers are able to download and upload data at the same speed. This allows for businesses to move files around the internet without experiencing any significant differences in speed. Consistently high capacity data transferring allows for businesses to anticipate productivity levels and plan accordingly.

If a business is using a traditional copper or cable connection, they are likely to suffer from intermittent slowdowns in speed throughout the day as a result of increased internet traffic. In most cases, the reduction in internet speed is a result of residential customers coming online in the late afternoons. Consequently, business productivity takes a nosedive because they are sharing the same bandwidth.

Because TeraGo owns and operates its facilities-based network and only offers its high capacity broadband network to businesses, residential internet use does not interfere with business productivity. Additionally, the ability to manage a cloud-enabled system requires a robust and symmetrical internet connection that not all Internet Service Providers can offer.

The reality for many small and medium sized businesses is that they don’t have the internal resources to fund the installation of the IT hardware and software required to compete with big businesses. However, outsourced IT services do not need to be installed and are up-gradable on an as-needed basis. This allows for businesses to customize their internet connection to better serve their needs.

As the business environment rapidly becomes more dependent upon reliable and consistent internet access, it is imperative that Internet Service Providers are able to meet their needs. However, not all Internet Service Providers are prepared for the increasing internet demands put forth by their customers. TeraGo Networks is supplying their business customers with reliable, high speed, secure, and symmetrical bandwidth internet services. Cloud technology requires that a provider has a symmetrical and robust internet connection, and TeraGo Networks is able to meet and exceed these requirements.

To find out more about how you can take advantage of the TeraGo business-only internet connection, click here.

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