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 wholly embraces the modern app paradigm made popular by Apple and Google. Sure, "app" is just a hipper way of saying "application," and Windows has always had those. But face it, most users now associate the word "app" with mobile devices and the corresponding ability to instantly download and run a wide range of software. Windows 8 and the new Windows Store will no doubt stock the games and other fun stuff favored by consumers, but it also has the chance to apply the app-centric mindset to real business tools. That includes services with crossover appeal such as Skype for Windows 8, as well as business-specific platforms like Lync and Sharepoint (which will have its own app ecosystem for Sharepoint 2013).
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?
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?