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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Much of the above points toward a subjective assessment: Microsoft wants to make Windows cool. While features like BitLocker might be hip only for IT and the paranoid set, much of what's new with Windows 8 holds crossover appeal for home and work: sleek hardware, apps, touch and more. Does cool matter? Consider a Forrester finding that more than half of corporate employees think they have better technology at home than at work. It strikes me as likely that self-assessment is based as much on how that tech looks and feels as on what's under the hood. Does cool make money? Not necessarily, but happy and productive employees do.
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?