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August 25, 2015

6 Tech Topics Business Leaders Should Be On Top Of

To stay on top of the game, business leaders should be keeping up to date with hot tech topics that could affect their business greatly. Knowledge is power, and that power can lead to success, so it’s important for IT leaders to stay informed. Here are 6 tech topics IT and business leaders should keep in their arsenal.

Cloud

The cloud has been a hot topic for many years now, but it’s a constantly evolving service that is still being discussed. There are so many facets to the cloud conversation, from private clouds to public clouds, as well as debates about the advantages versus disadvantages to using the cloud.

Software-as-a-service

Software-as-a-service as a topic is coming back full force. It is when software is offered at a subscription basis, at very low start-up costs, and is centrally hosted. Not much new information or technical advancements have been mentioned but it still remains an important topic to look out for and can have great implications for your business.

Mobility

Since the adoption of the 5th generation of Wi-Fi technical white paper, mobile has been a hot topic for IT professionals. Phase 1 is an enhanced Wireless-N spec with faster speeds, and Phase 2 (upcoming) will include new features like beamforming and multi-user MIMO. Along with these new developments, topics to stay informed on are how to manage your wireless infrastructure, the need to develop tools to monitor it, and being prepared for future growth.

BYOD

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is another topic that’s been around for a while but it’s still widely debated. Should companies allow it or prohibit it? What are the advantages and disadvantages of letting your employees choose which device they work on? There are issues concerning security, productivity, mobility, cost, and much more. With all these questions, there still seems to be no answer, other than “it’s up to the company.”

Internet of Things

There is concern about the Internet of Things: connecting almost any device to your company network. This concept can make certain IT admins uneasy. However, having smart equipment that can use the Internet to collect statistics to inform users more efficiently can help you do your job better.

Big Data

Big data is the concept of large, aggregated data sets that can be used for predictive modeling, for example. External big data will occupy your Internet connection, but internal big data will occupy your server space. Your company has to learn to understand how this will affect your environment.

Stay Informed, Be Successful

There are of course many other tech topics you can read up on to stay informed, but these are just a few that will help you stay ahead of the game. The more you know, the better you and your company can be.

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