Posted on Jul 1 2013 - 8:50am by John Peters
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The smartphone effect Smartphones are taking over the world. Sales of the devices outstripped PC shipments in the second half of 2010 and have maintained momentum ever since. As consumer smartphone adoption accelerates, smartphone apps are selling in ever greater numbers. According to a new report from Juniper Research, more than 31 billion were downloaded to mobile devices in 2011. By 2016, it predicts...

Posted on Jun 1 2013 - 8:52am by John Peters
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  In our Voice over IP feature on page 29, 3CX channel manager Steve Corrigan makes the point that today’s economic climate is making people open to new ways of doing things; and that the need for economy and efficiency makes managers and directors ‘more happy to take a perceived risk’ on the new, whether that be VoIP telephony, SIP trunks, cloud computing or social media. The benefits of these...

Posted on May 1 2013 - 8:52am by John Peters
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Fear and inspiration As a great salesman, salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff knows how to motivate an audience. His presentation on ‘the social enterprise’ at this year’s Cloudforce conference was a classic of its type, mixing fear and inspiration in equal measure (see page 11 for more details). Many will have left the auditorium believing totally in his vision and impatient to start integrating...

Posted on Apr 1 2013 - 8:55am by John Peters
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Blurred boundaries… Our cover story this month is all about the ‘consumerisation of IT’ and the blurring of distinctions between the devices we use in the home and those we use in the office. One of the main drivers for this trend is the need for integrated communications involving social media, video, audio, text and messaging. Consumer devices are considered to be leading the way in this...

Posted on Mar 1 2013 - 8:59am by John Peters
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Shoot the messenger For the millions of UK workers who spend some of the week working from home, school holidays are a mixed blessing. More time to spend with the children, but also more competition for bandwidth. In this household, the first day of the holidays is no longer heralded by the thunder of feet overhead and entreaties to come outside and kick a ball, but by a deadening silence. All that...

Posted on Feb 1 2013 - 8:02am by John Peters
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A swipe at apps This month sees the launch of Sharp’s new range of colour A3 MFPs (see page 33). Colour touch-screens have been a feature of office copiers for several years, but Sharp’s are notable for being the first with ‘fingerswipe’ technology that lets you manipulate thumbnails by sliding, swiping, twisting and stabbing your finger on the display. A second Apple iPhone-like feature enabled...

Posted on Jan 1 2013 - 8:05am by John Peters
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Just keep talking Just back from Barcelona where I attended Photizo Group’s European Managed Print Services (MPS) conference, which you can read about in great detail in the next issue of PrintIT. The keynote address was given (without notes) by motivational speaker Peter Sheahan. His subject was how to prosper and seize business opportunities at a time of rapid change. For those present, the change...