VIDEO: The Internet of Things – How Big and How Soon?

The  Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to fundamentally change the way we interact with technology and the world around us. But lofty expectations can make it especially hard to separate hype from reality as the IoT revolution gets underway.

To get an honest assessment of where the IoT is at this moment, I sat down with Marc Jones, CEO of Aeris Communications. Aeris is focused on helping smart devices communicate over cellular networks, so they’re at... View Article

VIDEO: Business Applications for the Internet of Things

IoT business value screencap

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of my Top IT Trends for 2015, and with the universe of connected devices expected to surpass 26 billion by 2020, it may be the top trend for some time to come.  But the IoT is about much more than fitness trackers and intelligent smoke detectors; there’s massive business potential driving the growth as well.

So I’m kicking off a new series of video interviews about the... View Article

INFOGRAPHIC: Six Steps to Safer Social Media


Social media has changed the way we communicate personally and professionally. But as with all things related to technology, misuse of social can leave you vulnerable to malicious hackers and identity thieves.

With that in mind, here are six steps every user of social media should follow to reduce the risk of identity theft or hacking.

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We’ll be sharing more of these in the... View Article

DOWNLOAD: Avnet’s 2015-16 State of IT Security report


Although the number of highly-public data breaches feels smaller through the first three quarters of 2015 than it did last year, two indisputable facts remain:

  1. Large public and private organizations will continue to be high-value targets, based on the massive sets of customer and financial data they maintain.
  2. Malicious hackers and thieves will continue to focus their attacks on the individual employee to breach the company’s defenses.

Although hackers may view a company’s employees as the weakest link in the... View Article

Quote Us on That: Avnet’s Quoting Capability Gets an Award-winning Overhaul

Brian Chan, vice president of IT for Avnet's Corporate Service Group, accepts the 2015 CIO 100 award on behalf of the  iQuote team.

As one of the world’s largest global technology distributors, Avnet’s ability to efficiently quote and process orders is at the very heart of our business.

We offer more than 10 million products to more than 100,000 customers in 120 countries, supporting 36,000 orders per day. Our customers have told us that when it comes to delivering quotes for our customers and prospects, speed and accuracy counts.

The faster and more accurately we can deliver quotes, the more likely we are to fulfill our customers’ needs—whether... View Article