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Augmented and virtual reality mean business: Everything you need to know

Overhyped by some, drastically underestimated by others, few emerging technologies have generated the digital ink like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality(MR). Still lumbering through the novelty phase and roller coaster-like hype cycles, the technologies are only just beginning to show signs of real world usefulness with a new generation of hardware and software applications aimed at the enterprise and at end users like you. [1] [1] By Greg Nichols on ZDNet

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Data storage: Fuel IT Transformation in a Flash

Your organisation’s ability to compete and thrive in today’s digital landscape relies on the IT infrastructure supporting it. Business innovation requires IT Transformation. And successful IT Transformation requires a data centre infrastructure that’s always on, always available, and always fast. It’s what your customers demand, and business leaders expect. Dell EMC’s All-Flash data storage solutions enable effective IT Transformation by accelerating performance, handling mission-critical and unstructured data workflows, and delivering measurable gains in storage cost and efficiency. Users can expect…

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Retro technology still makes sense for some IT projects

For many years my grandmother prepared Thanksgiving dinner, and the piece de resistance was her mouth-watering turkey. She made the bird in a very old Nesco. Nobody knew how old the roaster was, but my guess is that it was manufactured in the 1930s or 1940s. Today, my sister still has that Nesco and faithfully prepares the traditional turkey recipe each Thanksgiving. There is a lesson from the Nesco that applies to technology, too: Sometimes, retro solutions are the most effective…

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Robotics in business: Everything humans need to know

One kind of robot has endured for the last half-century: the hulking one-armed Goliaths that dominate industrial assembly lines. These industrial robots have been task-specific — built to spot weld, say, or add threads to the end of a pipe. [1] [1] By Greg Nichols on ZDNet

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Hyper-converge. Hyper-simplify.

Forward-thinking IT leaders know that they need to modernise infrastructure to enable future innovation and maximise results. A transformed IT infrastructure allows your business to seamlessly invest in the new digital products and services it needs to grow and compete in today’s digital landscape. Like cloud, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is a core element of IT Transformation. It reduces data centre complexity, increases scalability, and greatly simplifies management. The beauty of HCI is that it brings computing, storage, networking and virtualisation…

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4 tech developments that will impact every business this year

Digital technology is rapidly changing the business environment and customers’ needs—and understanding and addressing these shifts will be essential for every business to ensure its success into the future, according to the Vodafone Trends Barometer 2018, released earlier in July. [1] [1] By Alison Raymone on Tech Republic

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Cloud: A critical foundation for future innovation

Your customers demand better, faster, more secure services. Your employees want smarter technology and automated processes, with the flexibility to work remotely. And your competitors are a greater threat than ever as they become increasingly responsive, agile and efficient.   It’s clear that if your business is going to stay in the game, your people need to innovate. And in order to innovate, they need a platform that can handle their ideas, one that can flex and grow with the…

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How to build a business architecture for your big data

IT executives define big data architecture in terms of where they process and place their data, whether data is in-house, in data marts, in public clouds, etc. But there’s a second meaning to big data architecture that needs considerable attention: How are you architecting your data for the business? [1] [1] By Mary Shacklett on TechRepublic

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The five vectors of IoT progress

How can companies best take advantage of the internet of things (IoT)? That’s likely to become an increasingly common question as more enterprises deploy an array of sensors and connect a variety of products — in hopes of gathering huge volumes of useful data. [1] [1] By Bob Violino on ZDNet

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On 17 March First Technology, in partnership with Extreme Networks, hosted an exclusive breakfast event at Shimmy Beach Club’s Heineken Lounge. The Impact of Wireless Technology While wireless technology has been around for a number of years, the advent of smartphones, tablets and high-speed wireless internet access has put the importance of this technology at the forefront of business growth. A ...

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