Lenovo and Brightpoint North America are now distribution partners and the strategy is tied to meeting user demand for better and easier business mobility. "This is all about the growing convergence between wireless mobility and PC technology," said Jay McBain, Lenovo's director of small to medium-size businesses.
The European Union and IBM are partnering in a research effort focused on helping businesses, big and small, better understand the value and process of cloud-computing systems. The Artifact-Centric Service Interoperation effort will include the development of a computer-science model that will streamline separately managed e-services into a central platform, which the group believes will advance cloud development.
An IBM report indicates there's a sea change happening when it comes to data-center design as companies strive to contain costs and get 100% utilization. One of the best strategies is to take a modular approach that allows for growth but in an efficient capacity, IBM says. If done right, enterprises can save 30% in operational costs over the data center's lifetime.
Money and resources typically constrain security initiatives for small to medium-size businesses, but a survey shows spend on security is increasing as is awareness of security issues. According to a CompTIA report, security budgets will increase by 20% during the next year. "Smaller businesses have ignored security in the past, but -- because of some major breaches -- they are more cognizant of what it is today," CompTIA spokesman Steven Ostrowski says. "Even the smallest business can put a security policy in place," he said.