IT industry expected to grow across all segments in 2015

Zack Nimtz

Organizations of all sizes and industries rely on numerous technologies on a daily basis to operate. A recent Gartner report suggested worldwide IT spending will reach $3.8 trillion in 2015, up 2.4 percent from 2014. The research firm noted, however, that this forecast is actually down from its initial 3.9 percent projection. Gartner attributed the rising U.S. dollar as a main factor behind this lower growth.

John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner, indicated the reduced IT spending outlook is not as significant as it may appear on the surface.

"The rising U.S. dollar is chiefly responsible for the change - in constant currency terms the downward revision is only 0.1 percent," Lovelock said. "Stripping out the impact of exchange rate movements, the corresponding constant-currency growth figure is 3.7 percent, which compares with 3.8 percent in the previous quarter's forecast."

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Topics: IT Services, Business Process Optimization

Automating Business Processes

Eric Huggins

A tremendous amount of change is happening in Information Technology right now. As predicted, 2014 has in many ways been the "Year of the Cloud"; here at Pinnacle, it has certainly been the year of Office 365. As of December, we have been involved in or have directed the migration of over 3000 seats of Exchange to Office 365. The range of customers ran from small businesses to Financial Services, from 10 seats to 400+, and locally owned to International operations.

In some circles, 3000 seats of Office 365 would be small potatoes - but to our customers, the decision to move core IT infrastructure to Office 365 was significant. Most of the discussions around Office 365 involved email - but most purchases also included Lync for instant messaging; SharePoint for file sharing and collaboration; and Yammer for community updates.

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Topics: Microsoft SharePoint, Development, Business Process Optimization, Office 365

The Fallacy of Planning

Lamar Miller

How many times have you started a project with a well thought out plan only to have the plan fall to the wayside shortly after starting it?

Here are a few reasons that cause us to deviate from the original plan:

  • Technical issues are uncovered and the plan has to be adapted
  • Developers or people that were excluded from the planning process have a better idea
  • Someone changes their mind
  • The team learns new techniques or finds new tools
  • Users provide feedback that doesn't align with the original plan
  • Something wasn't thought out well enough. Whose brain doesn't turn to mush after a full day (or more) of planning?
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Topics: Development, Business Process Optimization

Businesses hope big data results in clearer big picture

Zack Nimtz

A company's success is dependent on much more than just its service and/or product offerings. Firms with the right strategy and business intelligence tools can position themselves as leaders in their respective industries, rather than followers of the pack. In recent years, big data has emerged as one of the most influential trends impacting all market types.

A new Gartner survey found a vast majority - 73 percent - have already invested in or plan to invest in big data in the next two years, a 9 percent increase from last year. The percentage of firms with no plans to implement such projects dropped from 31 percent in 2013 to only 24 percent this year.

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Topics: Business Process Optimization