healthcare IT

Tech Data’s Commitment to Helping You Succeed in Healthcare IT is Highlighted by Top 25 Ranking from IDC

The reseller community has to confront many challenges on a continual basis but it also has a unique view to see firsthand the kinds of issues and pain points that end customers face daily in the healthcare industry. It’s one thing for partners to talk with customers in the comfort of their offices to determine these issues, but it’s a whole other thing for partners to be right there in…

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vulnerability assessment

Vulnerability Assessments vs. Penetrating Testing. Is there really a difference?

Puzzled on Services? Fit the pieces together with vulnerability assessments and penetration testing. Growing businesses come with more opportunities for security breaches, the need for your customers’ to understand the differences between a vulnerability assessment and a penetration test becomes a necessity.  Some will say that there is an overlap and similarities between these, however, the opposite could not prove to be truer. To put it simply, a vulnerability assessment…

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IoT Conversation

How to Have an IoT Conversation with Promising Return

As our world of physical devices and data exchange becomes more and more connected, business processes are rapidly changing.  We are entering a new era of computing technology called the Internet of Things (IoT.) Like many of the disrupters of the past such as virtualization and cloud computing, IoT presents many challenges to both end-user customers as well as the channel.  It shifts the players and standard conversations of Information…

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bdaas data analytics

BDaaS: Not just another “As a Service” for Cloud and Data Analytics

The popularity of “as a service” offerings continues to grow, and it seems like you can pretty much find anything as a service—there’s almost an “aaS” for every letter of the alphabet. One you may know in theory but not necessarily by name is “BDaaS,” or Big Data as a Service also considered to be data analytics managed services. While Big Data continues to flourish in the global market, solution…

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mobility for financial services

Leveraging Mobility and Connectivity to Change the Financial Landscape

The evolution of financial services is moving toward a digital strategy for customer engagement, transactions and customer services. There is a growing pressure for financial institutions to enhance their mobile capabilities as consumers increasingly adopt mobile banking and payments. When it comes to payments, I’m sure many of us are already experiencing the convenience of scanning our phone at the register to pay for our Starbucks instead of digging for…

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data analytics

Data is the New Currency. Are You Prepared to Invest?

Data is, and will continue to be, at the core of our digital world.  Considering data as a currency not only validates the importance of data, but strategically shows a smarter use for it.  Actionable insights from unified data are key for advancing digital experiences and improving business decisions.  However, critical data is often found outside a company’s firewall or sometimes lost within an organization’s internal silos. It’s as if…

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Application Programming Interfaces

The A-B-C’s of Application Programming Interfaces (API) and why you should take notice

Spurred by innovation in mobility, cloud and big data, a business without a mobile footprint can be left “in the dust”. Every application that touches a person will need to be available on a mobile device. Application Programming Interfaces (API’s) have become the route to gain more adoption from developers and services from outside the company. But what exactly is an API? A more textbook definition of an API is…

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digital transformation in retail

The digital transformation of retail drives opportunity

Retail’s “Big Show” (the National Retail Federation Conference 2017) has come and gone.  Having attended the show a dozen plus times in the past 20+ years, it’s been amazing to see the transformation in the show as retail itself has transformed.  My early NRF memories were of point of sale and supply chain vendors exhibiting products to support store and warehouse processes.   Mobile bar code scanners in the warehouse and…

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data archiving

The difference between backing up and archiving data – and why it matters to your customers

As your customers’ businesses continue to grow and accrue new data, they must also address the need for long-term storage that’s secure and efficient. Many organizations will look to backup certain files, but it’s important to note that backups are ideally used to address short-term (less than 90 day) needs. Backups provide copies of data files in the event of system failures and disasters. Most systems create multiple copies of…

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IoT Technology

5 steps that will take your IT solutions company from 0 to 60 in developing IoT technologies

In just a few short years, Software Productivity Strategists, Inc. (SPS) transformed from a company selling technology that was becoming obsolete to an innovator in Internet of Things (IoT). As the vice president of Innovation at SPS, I wanted to share the story of how we embraced a solutions-based approach to transform ourselves; one that creates and delivers IoT based applications for our customers.  You can do it too with…

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Internet of Things in 2017

Is IoT the killer app for cloud computing?

After having started the first class on cloud computing at Stanford in 2010, I also started a cloud computing class at Tsinghua University in China. The Amazon team was kind enough to give me $3,000 worth of AWS time for the students to use. I showed up in class and told them $3,000 would buy a small server in Northern California, Virginia or Ireland for 3.5 years (they looked bored)….

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IDC insight released detailing benefits of Tech Data’s acquisition of Avnet Technology Solutions

There’s often a misconception that major change is a bad thing because the old way is “how we’ve always done it.” That’s one of the reasons why people feel uncertainty when it comes to acquisitions. In fact, they can be and usually are a positive event, particularly when the companies combining capabilities and talent are viewed as complementary to one another. By now you’re probably aware that Avnet is selling…

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big data analytics

Big data in 2016 vs 2017 – What’s changed and what’s to come?

Last year, I gave a presentation to industry executives where I discussed my five big data predictions for 2016. I don’t make a lot of predictions personally, but I enjoy understanding the merits of why others would do so. I thought it would be interesting to revisit these thought-provoking predictions and posit some thoughts of my own for 2017. #1: The rise of the Chief Data Officer By now we…

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government technology

New Year, New Administration for the US Public Sector

Well, we made it through 2016 and there’s no looking back as 2017 has started off with a bang. With a new Administration we are sure to have another whirlwind year – and hopefully one that accelerates necessary Federal IT mandates. Like I mentioned before the holidays, we did see some promising movement in 2016 – the MOVE IT Act, the first-ever Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy and 4,388 data center…

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