Windows 8 adoption carries some possible trouble and many potential benefits for small and midsize businesses. Use these factors to decide if it's worth the risk.
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Windows 8 offers a number of security improvements, but the most appealing for SMBs might be BitLocker. BitLocker's hard-drive encryption isn't new, but Windows 8 makes it more accessible for SMBs. That's because it's now included with Windows 8 Professional, the entry-level business edition. (BitLocker was limited to Ultimate and Enterprise editions in Vista and Windows 7.) That's particularly useful for the smaller companies that are unlikely to deploy the enterprise version of Windows. In short, BitLocker enables users to encrypt all of the data stored on the hard drive, reducing the risks associated with losing a business laptop or other hardware. BitLocker To Go offers similar protection for USB drives and other removable storage media.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?