Executive Resources

Uncomplicating Unified Communications for SMBs

Source: Ziff Davis
Unified communications (UC) has been making its way into the enterprise for years, but uptake has been slower in the SMB space. Many SMBs are concerned that UC is too expensive, too difficult to set up and maintain—or, worse, they are simply baffled by UC and its benefits. This white paper demystifies UC so that SMBs can gain a competitive advantage and differentiate themselves in a marketplace once dominated by large enterprises.



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The Wizards Behind Google Apps: Advice for Admins From Admins

Your organization’s IT staff is crucial to the successful implementation and maintenance of Google Apps. In this white paper, learn how to help your IT department get ready for the move to Google Apps and hear from a variety of IT specialists that have already been through the transition process. Read first-hand accounts from IT experts about the collaborative and financial benefits of switching to Google Apps’ cloud services, the ease of the data migration process, and how to use Google Apps Directory Synch (GAPS) to configure and synchronize accounts. Learn details on how to protect your data with the use of Google Vault and other third-party services to monitor data storage and further secure your information. An overview of mobile device management is also provided.

No transition is problem-free, so this Google Apps guide offers a comprehensive list of other helpful resources for reference, if any issues present themselves during transition and training. Ten time-saving tips for setting up efficiently are also included. Google Apps recommends starting by slowly introducing Gmail and Drive across your organization, adding and expanding Google Apps tools with the success of this base introduction. Learn how your IT department will save time as cloud-based software improves rapidly, adding and improving features on a monthly basis with little interruption to your organization. Following the guidelines in this white paper, you’ll ensure the smoothest possible transition to Google Apps.

The C-Suite's Guide to Moving to Google Apps

Google Apps can help improve your business, but it’s important for the C-Suite to prepare for the switch by developing an implementation strategy before the actual switch to Google Apps occurs.

This white paper provides answers for the common questions that may arise before you make the change to Google Apps, and addresses specific areas of concern that each member of the C-Suite might have before and during the system changeover. Learn how to deal with potential issues such as access and security controls, recurring costs, how software as a service (SaaS) functions, and how browser-based access will allow for easier telecommuting. Read in depth about how Google Apps will help your organization with compliance, archiving, document management, and what updates for data sharing and terms of service operations really mean for your business.

Each of the CIO, CFO, CLO, and COO members of the C-Suite may have their own concerns, specific to their areas of expertise. These are addressed as well. Potential and projected overall benefits to each member of the C-Suite as a result of Google Apps implementation are also highlighted. Read this Google Apps white paper as the first step to facilitating a smooth transition. With the development of a strategy across the C-Suite, you’ll maximize the benefits of Google Apps for your entire organization.

Buyer’s Guide to Enterprise Collaboration Solutions 2015

The increased mobility of the workforce is changing the way we work. Business users want the flexibility to share and collaborate on content that drives their business while IT needs to ensure the security of that data, no matter where it goes. An effective enterprise collaboration solution must consider people, processes, and technologies to be effective, but where to begin?

This buyer’s guide offers help on how to develop your organization’s collaboration solution requirements with regard to:
• risk management—avoiding data breaches and loss of information that can result in non-compliance
• business productivity—allowing for secure collaboration while enabling teams to work anywhere on any device
• IT efficiency—supporting the full breadth of external business content requirements while integrating with existing applications and protocols

The guide offers a comprehensive approach for your enterprise collaboration solution evaluation process by examining the details of what you need to take into account, including evaluating solution support for enterprise file sharing, infrastructure, and extended collaboration. The guide also gives suggestions for the key capabilities and support you need to demand from your solutions provider.

The buyer’s guide is divided into requirements categories, including application security; infrastructure security; process security; integration, usability, and content management; mobile devices; information rights management; compliance reporting; and support requirements. Each section has key criteria for you to consider during your software evaluation, as well as questions to ask a solution provider.

This document can help you select a secure collaboration solution that gives your organization control over your content both within the company and beyond corporate boundaries. Download the guide to find out more.

Web-scale 101: From Hyper Convergence to Cloud Infrastructure

Learn the new approach to data center infrastructure and how it could influence your business.

Some questions this web-scale guide delves into include:
  • What is web-scale and what are its key characteristics?
  • What are the potential benefits to enterprise IT from web-scale?
  • What are the different approaches to bringing web-scale principles and technologies into enterprise datacenters?
  • Are web-scale principles essential to designing hyper-converged solutions?

The VMTurbo Cloud Control Plane: Software-driven Control for the Software-defined Data Center

The software-defined data center has the potential to extend the agility, operational, and capital benefits of virtualization throughout the data center stack. This paper outlines the need for software-driven control—the intelligence or “control plane” that can take advantage of the new software-defined capabilities, enabling enterprises and service providers to achieve the true potential of software-defined flexibility.