Why Creative Crowdsourcing Is Good For Business

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crowdsourcing200You see it every day on your online networks…

A business contact asks for recommendations for an open position. An old college buddy asks for restaurant suggestions in a popular city. A parent at your child’s school asks for summer camp reviews.

There’s a name for this type of request: crowdsourcing. And it’s not limited to people in your social networks. This method of seeking resources from the masses is part of a larger trend — one that enterprises are adopting to drive innovation and boost business.

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Rethinking the CIO: From IT Leader to Business Leader

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CIO-Innovation2014RESIZEForget the old notions of what a CIO should be.

That’s because in today’s technology-reliant business environment, the role of the CIO is evolving. CIOs and aspiring CIOs — thanks to the rise of cloud computing, mobility, Big Data, apps, and other technology — are in prime position to grow their leadership roles and really make a difference in the business.

Two particular areas of opportunity for CIOs are innovation and operations. Let’s take a look at why these areas are so important.

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Top 5 Things To See At Interop Las Vegas

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Interop Las Vegas, the annual technology expo and conference featuring informative panels, educational demonstrations, networking opportunities, and a host of speakers, starts today and goes all week.

What’s the latest in appsinfrastructuremobilitycloud and virtualization, security, and SDN? You can learn that — and more — at the conference.

To help you ensure you get the most out of your time in Vegas, here’s a few experiences you won’t want to miss this year:

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Some Business Applications are Just Not Ready for the Cloud

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Come one, come all to the cloud.

That’s been the prevalent refrain in business technology for the past few years — and many companies have made the move.

But even though relying on cloud computing for IT services can and does offer a host of advantages, like agility, mobility, and automation, some businesses might find that some applications are better suited to staying on premises for now.

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6 Cloud Tech Considerations for SMB IT Professionals

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In the first post of our series, we simplified the business considerations used to choose a cloud provider.

Now, let’s focus on the relevant technological issues that should be part of your decision making process.

To learn more about CenturyLink Cloud Services, visit www.centurylink.com/small-business.

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Top 10 SXSW IT Talks for Business Leaders

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South by Southwest Interactive, the annual gathering in Austin, Texas, of thousands of business, technology, marketing, and creative professionals to learn, share, network, and, well, party, starts Friday.

This year, topics important to business and IT leaders, such as Big Data, mobility, the Internet of Things, and wearable technology, will all have a big role in the conference, with various sessions devoted to exploring the technologies behind them, as well as important use cases for enterprises.

To make your SXSW planning easier, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the most important sessions for enterprise technology leaders like you to attend:

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Don’t be Disappointed by Big Data

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hand swiping ipadBecause it can benefit business at nearly every level of operation — organizational efficiencies, development, customer interactions, and management processesBig Data is here to stay.

For Big Data to live up to its big promises, however, businesses must take steps to ensure that they have the right strategies and technologies in place to gather, store, and analyze the massive amounts of information they collect.

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6 Things SMB Owners Should Consider When Choosing a Cloud Provider

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You’ve done your homework and now you’re ready to take advantage of the cost savings and simplicity of the cloud. Now it’s time to decide which provider best fits your needs.

With the number of options in the market, selecting a provider to entrust with your business critical information and applications is a hard one. But we’ve simplified it for you.

This blog series will focus on the two basic lenses you should use when examining cloud providers: First, the business perspective, and second, the technology perspective.

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10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Techie at Heart

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valentinetech2014It’s often the case that those who love technology, love new gadgets — and love showing them off and putting them to use, especially at the office.

That can mean challenges for business and IT leaders, who must be prepared for even more BYOD than they’re already seeing. But it can also mean opportunity, as early adopters often help companies take advantage of technology and new devices to achieve greater efficiency and other benefits.

For these early adopters, the official holiday of love is a chance to get and give the top new tech toys. Let’s take a look at some of the trends your tech-loving Valentine is sure to appreciate: Read more…

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Strata 2014: 6 “Don’t-miss Sessions,” to Further Your Tech Strategies

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Developments in Big Data, and its implications on technology like data visualization, the Internet of Things, and wearables, come about every day. For business and technology leaders, it’s important to learn as much as possible about these trends to be able to make the best use of them and see the most gains in their organizations.

At the Strata conference next week, these and other important data technology topics will be front and center. The idea is to give participants a better understanding of how they can tap into the power Big Data for real-world business uses and results.

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