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Why Enterprises Everywhere Need to Pay Attention to Google’s New Apps Deal

Posted by Davide Petramala on Mon, Oct 26, 2015

Whether or not you’ve heard about the deal Google revealed this week regarding its productivity suite Google Apps for Work, allow me to fill you in on the details...

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Topics: Google Apps, cloud computing, Cloud Apps, Productivity

The Benefits of Embedded UC&C for Finance

Posted by Lee Ho on Thu, Jul 16, 2015

The financial sector is no exception when it comes to the powerful impact that cloud computing and unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) can have on internal operations and workflows. From credit card companies to banks to insurance agencies, let’s take a look at a few key benefits of embedded UC&C for finance organizations:

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Topics: mobile, cloud computing, embedded communications

Easily Shifting from On-premises to Cloud Communications

Posted by Diane Lai on Wed, Mar 25, 2015

While some organizations—like many in healthcare, finance and government—must migrate to cloud more slowly due to regulatory compliance requirements, your organization may be one of many that can start making small yet impactful steps towards cloud communications today. After all, one of the best advantages of the cloud is that, unlike physical on-premises equipment, there is no full rip and replace needed. This makes it easier than ever for business owners to start transitioning processes to a secure, trusted and more cost-efficient cloud-based environment.

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Topics: technology ROI, cloud computing, hybrid communications

Three Ways to Improve Your Enterprise Collaboration Strategy

Posted by Diane Lai on Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Winter is in full swing here at our North American headquarters in Ontario, and we're curling up under cozy blankets and reaching for mugs of hot cocoa. But don’t let your team fall into a winter working stupor as the cold closes in. The New Year is upon us and it's time to rev up your team to hammer away at your new2015 business goals.

 If you’re getting the sense your team members arefeeling sluggish, here are threeways to light a fire under them to keep them engaged and workingtogether: 

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Topics: cloud computing, hybrid communications, enterprise mobility

Not Surprisingly, Cloud Computing Expected to Lead IT Spending for 2015

Posted by Diane Lai on Fri, Jan 16, 2015

The cloud computing market has been experiencing explosive growth. As a matter of fact, Gartner expects the cloud to represent the bulk of IT spending by 2016. It comes as no surprise, then, that cloud was listed as an anticipated top 2015 IT expenditure by respondents to an annual forecast survey commissioned by Computerworld.

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Topics: technology ROI, cloud computing, hybrid communications

SMB Cloud Computing to Double by 2020: What You Need to Know

Posted by Diane Lai on Fri, Dec 05, 2014

Right now, 37 percent of small businesses have implemented cloud technology to stay competitive. This number will more than double by 2020, to 78 percent, according to a new study by Emergent Research. This increase will be driven by a shift in how small businesses use the technology within the constraints of the economy. Emergent breaks down these users into four categories that describe their cloud usage:

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Topics: mobile, cloud computing, collaboration tools

Cloud Computing Now Free for Startups with Google's Help

Posted by Diane Lai on Fri, Nov 21, 2014

In a previous post, we discussed how cloud computing supports the growth of SMBs. For a startup company, developing such an infrastructure can be a complex stumbling block. Its product—its “baby”—is ready to be born, but the team may struggle with bringing a fledgling business into the stressful environment of application, database and storage server complexities. Now, an assist—in the form of a gift from Google—will allow these entrepreneurs to focus their energies on building products without worries about infrastructure.

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Topics: technology ROI, Google Apps, cloud computing

Work Smarter in Google Apps with Maven Wave and Esna

Posted by Lee Ho on Tue, Oct 14, 2014

There’s a distinctive chill in the air and we’re already seeing Halloween candy on shelves, which can only mean one thing—autumn is upon us.

The season is off to a great start for us here at Esna, where we just this month revealed our new alliance with fellow Google Apps partner Maven Wave, a cloud solutions developer and business intelligence firm. This partnership will enable us to enhance the effectiveness of Google Apps users within their critical business processes. Benefits can include: better streamlined communication with browser-based Gmail, seamlessly synched meetings through Google calendar, improved project management with Google Docs, and bolstered brand awareness via Google Sites.

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Topics: business phone systems, Google Apps, cloud computing

SMBs Value Cloud Computing as Key Driver for Business Growth

Posted by Lee Ho on Wed, Sep 24, 2014

Migrating to the cloud does not come without its pain points for pioneers. In fact, some of the top challenges they face include understanding cloud pricing, performance and receiving technical support, according to a survey of more than 400 IT professionals by Enterprise Management Associates. Moving workloads to the cloud, it turns out, is not as simple as plug and play; proper integration strategies must be accounted for.

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Topics: cloud computing, better collaboration, better customer communications

Top 3 Motivators For Your Cloud Adoption Strategy [Infographic]

Posted by Sindi Markette on Tue, Aug 26, 2014

We’re all hearing how enterprise cloud adoption is on the rise. But what exactly does that mean? To help answer any burning cloud questions you might have, we put our heads together and came up with a set of impactful statistics that speak to not only who is adopting the cloud, but why you should consider going all in with your cloud strategy if you haven’t yet. These statistics are presented in our latest Cloud Adoption infographic below. 

For starters, 45 percent of enterprises worldwide are now running production-level cloud computing applications. Research also shows that 29 percent of North American enterprises and 27 percent of European enterprises are in the discovery and evaluation phase of cloud computing. Across the board, a large chunk of global enterprises have factored a “formal cloud computing plan” as part of their overall IT business strategy, with the majority saying they would recommend cloud computing to colleagues or peers.

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Topics: cloud computing, collaboration stats, Infographics

IT Budgets Continue to Increase With a Focus on Cloud Computing

Posted by Diane Lai on Thu, Jul 24, 2014

Business leaders, decision makers and IT executives are continually working to manage, define and improve their organization’s IT impact. And according to the results of InformationWeek’s 2014 IT Budget Survey, they’re doing just that.

The survey shows that 32 percent of participants—an increase from 30 percent last year—say that 10 percent of their organization’s operating budget is spent on IT. Cloud computing tools and technologies remain a large part of these operating expenditures, with 39 percent of participants saying they have or are currently investing in cloud. This is a notable increase from the 28 percent of respondents who made the same claim in 2013. 

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Topics: technology ROI, cloud computing, unified communications

Unified Communications Helps You Stay Productive with World Cup Fever

Posted by Jacqueline Frankish on Tue, Jun 24, 2014

Businesses may be concerned about the impact the World Cup is having on your employees' attendance and productivity this summer. But we say: Use the tournament as an opportunity to boost morale.

Many of your employees are likely to want to follow their team's progress throughout the World Cup between June 12th and July 13th. The match schedule takes no account of working hours, with games being played at 1pm, 3pm, 6pm, 8pm and 10pm throughout the tournament.

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Topics: cloud computing, unified communications, Telecommuting

Getting Management Onboard with Telecommuting

Posted by Diane Lai on Thu, Jun 05, 2014

A manager’s inclination is to want their employees nearby. After all, close proximity makes for better collaboration, easier monitoring and better peace of mind. 

But what if that’s simply not feasible?

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Topics: cloud computing, Geo-location Technology, Telecommuting

Navigating the HR Ecosystem with Social Business Tools—Part 2

Posted by Lee Ho on Thu, Apr 17, 2014

The human resources (HR) department is in many ways the foundational basis of an organization, and we all know what can happen if even so much as a crack is made in a supporting pillar. Driven by such technologies as cloud computing and unified communications, the evolution of today’s work processes and strategies has posed some notable challenges for HR execs and teams. But social business is here to help overcome them. 

Of course, you can’t nurture a workforce, improve morale or cultivate a long-lasting team of collaborative business leaders without solid on-boarding tactics in place (something discussed in part one of this series). But this is only the beginning. Here’s how your HR team can bring the recruitment process full circle:

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Topics: cloud computing, unified communications, Human Resources

Navigating HR with Unified Communications and Social Tools—Part 1

Posted by Lee Ho on Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Whereas sales and marketing departments are constantly strapped for time and trying to make deadlines, the human resources (HR) department is tasked with fostering the leadership and culture of the organization as a whole. It’s because of this that HR should be armed with the biggest decision makers and the strongest working strategies possible. But the rapid proliferation of such things as social media, cloud computing and unified communications has thrown some HR teams for a loop. 

As the world becomes increasingly saturated with digital technologies and new-aged working models, those HR teams who still abide by age-old tactics will inevitably fall off the grid. If you feel like your department is on its last leg, consider the many social business tools and strategies at your disposal. As a recent Intec infographic shows, social business helps support every stage of the HR ecosystem: attracting, on-boarding, sharing, engaging and fostering. Here’s how your team can get started:

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Topics: BYOD, cloud computing, unified communications

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