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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SMBs everywhere have seized upon the ability to work whenever and wherever they want. But Windows shops have had limited options for true mobility in the past. The lack of a viable Windows tablet, in particular, meant using iPads or Android devices. The Windows 8 family -- Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows 8 Phone -- and the hardware that runs on it creates the opportunity for mobile SMBs to standardize on a single platform. What's more, that platform was visibly designed with mobile users in mind.
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?
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