In business for more than 40 years, CDS Office Technologies got its start in the copier business and has stayed strong through the years by adapting quickly to the changing high-tech landscape. It made its mark as an early leader in personal computing in the 1980s, becoming one of the largest U.S. resellers for Panasonic word processor technology at that time. Next, it rode the wave of Novell local area networks, forging new ground in business computing.
After the town of Crown Point, IN built a new courthouse complex, the historic courthouse, under the leadership of the Crown Point Courthouse Foundation, was transformed into a three-story mix of retail, offices, ballroom function space, and a still-functioning courtroom. Security for the remodeled historic courthouse remained standard lock and key, and that’s where the problems began.
You have implemented an employee policy and procedure manual, checked it off your “to-do list” and now have not looked at it again. The very document that was created to protect you in employment matters can quickly become a liability if not regularly reviewed and updated. Let’s consider some of these policies and current requirements.
At first glance, it seems like the requirements for mobile POS installations are easy: a wireless network, a few mobile devices and a point of sale package are all that’s needed to start ringing sales. This may be true, but the best VARs know that there’s a lot more planning that goes into these installs than just those two elements.
Mid- and large-sized video solutions (16 video channels or more) today are universally specified for lower total cost of ownership than analog CCTV due to shared/consolidated infrastructure, common off the shelf hardware, Power over Ethernet and improved forensic video coverage, scalability and more. It only remains to compare small analog and small IP video systems for cost – and that paradigm is shifting more in favor of IP thanks to continued innovation.
It was the deal that almost got away. A department store chain in the New York metro area had decided to buy inventory-tracking handheld computers from a competitor of systems integrator tekservePOS. But through teamwork with data-capture solutions vendor CipherLab and multiple meetings with the customer, tekservePOS persuaded the retailer to change course. The result was a $100,000 installation to manage inventory processes at the retailer’s 100 locations.
"Cloud computing" is one of the most heavily used buzzwords in technology today. The term achieved mainstream adoption around 2006-07 spurred on by the launch of Amazon Web Services, and prominent usage by Apple, Google, Microsoft and many other Web 2.0 technology providers. But in reality, the concepts and base technologies underlying cloud computing originated in the 1950’s and 60’s when mainframe computer manufacturers started offering time sharing services to expand the reach of business automation to companies that couldn’t afford their own mainframe computers.
Business executives are challenging their IT staffs to convert data centers from cost centers into producers of business value. Data centers can make a significant impact to the bottom line by enabling the business to respond more quickly to market demands. This paper demonstrates, through a series of examples, how data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software tools can simplify operational processes, cut costs, and speed up information delivery.
Both hot-air and cold-air containment can improve the predictability and efficiency of traditional data center cooling systems. While both approaches minimize the mixing of hot and cold air, there are practical differences in implementation and operation that have significant consequences on work environment conditions, PUE, and economizer mode hours.
As IP-based surveillance systems continue to gain ground, we can’t help but be reminded of the challenges IP telephony – or VoIP – faced 10 years ago.