Stories by John Brandon

Three smart tablets for business pros on the go

Tablets are taking over the enterprise. According to a recent IDC report, PC sales will drop by an all-time year-over-year record of 10.1 per cent. That's a nose dive by any standard.

Written by John Brandon09 Jan. 14 15:17

3 Powerful Laptops Built for Serious Business

Looking for a laptop with serious processing power? put three high-end laptops -- the Soni Vaio Flip 15, the HP ZBook 15 and the Acer Aspire V3 -- to the photo- and video-editing test to see which offers the best bang for the buck.

Written by John Brandon08 Jan. 14 13:53

4 Tech Innovations That Improve Data Center Scalability

In today's business environment, companies are expected to grow quickly. This means their data centers must grow quickly, too. These four technological advances will help firms scale up -- and down, when necessary -- so growth doesn't turn into a bad thing.

Written by John Brandon10 Dec. 13 15:38

5 world problems too big for big data

Despite advances in computing power, storage and analytics technology, some challenges are still too big for big data. Here's a look at five such problems -- and what it will take to solve them.

Written by John Brandon01 Nov. 13 10:59

5 Ways CIOs Need to Prepare for Obamacare

Healthcare reform in the United States focuses mainly on providing coverage to the uninsured, and odds are good that your company offers health insurance to most employees. However, there are still reporting and security requirements you'll need to deal with -- and you'll have to be a vocal leader to make sure these tasks are a high priority.

Written by John Brandon26 Sept. 13 12:59

6 Social Media Management Tools Ready for the Enterprise

Social media is playing a growing role in corporate marketing campaigns. These six tools will help you launch, track and analyze campaigns across a variety of social media services -- including some you might not expect.

Written by John Brandon23 Sept. 13 13:35

5 reasons you can finally ditch BlackBerry

BlackBerry 10 smartphone sales have been disappointing, and this month the company announced that it's essentially up for sale. Bad news aside, five key industry trends suggest that BlackBerry's purported advantages no longer matter.

Written by John Brandon27 Aug. 13 10:43

6 Meeting Avatars and Apps That Will Simplify Your Day

Does the technology that's supposed to make your life easier only make things more complicated? You're not alone. These six apps will juggle your schedule, check the weather and remember that it's your wife's birthday.

Written by John Brandon26 Aug. 13 13:18

5 Ways to Track In-Store Customer Behavior

There's a fine line between tracking the behaviors of customers in your brick-and-mortar store and spying on them. The technology discussed here uses data from customers' smartphones in conjunction with opt-in apps to offer patrons deals and show retailers what's happening in their stores.

Written by John Brandon31 July 13 13:42

How to solve 4 impending Windows 8 problems

Enterprises have been slow to adopt Windows 8 - and when they have, they've encountered migration, usability, security and hardware issues. Luckily, these challenges aren't impossible to overcome.

Written by John Brandon11 June 13 13:50

6 Practical Predictive Analytics Tools

Most analytics tools put data in an historical context. That's all well and good, but if what if you want to use past data to gauge future performance? That narrows your analytics options. These six tools will help you make practical use of your data in order to make business decisions.

Written by John Brandon30 May 13 12:53

5 Cool Corporate Retreat and Training Centers

It pays to get the staff out of the office every once in a while. These five example highlight facilities offer amenities that work well for training, team-building, relaxing or letting loose.

Written by John Brandon18 April 13 15:51

6 IT Security Innovations to Keep You Ahead of Attackers

Hardly a day goes by without a new security threat emerging. Traditional security tools aren't always up to the task of keeping sensitive business information in safe hands. These six innovations will help you stay a step ahead.

Written by John Brandon26 March 13 14:16