Profile of Paul Korzeniowski
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Paul Korzeniowski is a freelance contributor to InformationWeek who has been examining IT issues for more than two decades. During his career, he has had more than 10,000 articles and 1 million words published. His work has appeared in the Boston Herald, Business 2.0, eSchoolNews, Entrepreneur, Investor's Business Daily, and Newsweek, among other publications. He has expertise in analytics, mobility, cloud computing, security, and videoconferencing. Paul is based in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at [email protected]
Articles by Paul Korzeniowski
posted in March 2009
Small and medium businesses now have a wide variety of tools to collect network and systems management information. The challenge has become sifting through all of that data to pinpoint the source of any bottlenecks. One vendor has tried to address that problem.
Since going private in 2007, Avaya has made it clear that the companyï¿¼s future success would stem more from value added software than on its Voice over IP (VoIP) hardware. One of the key pieces in that transformation is an application designed to make different vendorsï¿¼ voice systems work together.
Smartphones have become all the rage among vendors as well as small and medium business executives. With Apple and Google garnering headlines from their devices, other suppliers have decided that they too would like to enter that arena. Dell is the latest vendor reportedly building a smartphone. Although the initial reports about its system have been mixed, its entry may have an impact on your business.
Technology is often a step or two ahead of an IT staffï¿¼s ability to control it. That has certainly been the case with some recent communications advances. Increasingly small and medium businesses are recognizing that they need to monitor their employeesï¿¼ instant messaging conversations, and in response, various vendors have been moving to deliver such services.
WiMAX, a next generation, broadband, wireless networking option, has struggled getting out of the gate. The technology has been hampered by fluctuating standards and roll out problems by key supporters, such as Sprint. Comcast, which has emerged as a leading small and medium business telecom service provider, could provide the wireless networking option with a needed boost.
Mobility has become the watchword for many employees at small and medium businesses. As they move from place to place, they often find themselves working with different devices, such as wired phones, cell phones, and computers. One vendor has made it simpler for them to access information with a new multi-system headset.
Email has delivered a tremendous productivity boom to small and medium businesses. But as its use has increased, it has become more difficult to manage. One of the industryï¿¼s leading networking companies has decided to throw its hat into the managed email security space, thus providing companies with more service choices.
They are expensive, costing a few hundred to several hundred dollars, each. Their screens can be small, and sometimes, their input options are difficult to maneuver. Yet, smartphones continue to gain popularity and account for a growing portion of the cell phone market, so your business needs to be ready to manage them.