Doing mobility right

Planning for an efficient, effective mobile infrastructure

Mobility Blog ArtToday – whether by accident or design – virtually every business relies on mobile technology to get through the workday.

From a small business owner’s smartphone, to a retail associate’s line-busting mobile point-of-sale device, to a web-enabled delivery truck, mobile technology is changing how and where work gets done. But making sure all of those devices deliver the expected return on investment is no accident. It takes sound planning and design, backed by coordinated implementation and management, to do business mobility right.

The Zones mobility practice is committed to helping customers take business mobility from ad hoc to advanced. It begins with solution architects, systems engineers and product specialists assessing an organization’s business needs and existing mobile infrastructure.

Often – and sometimes at surprisingly large organizations – the team will find that the mobile “strategy” in place is a loosely assembled bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenario, with the organization perhaps picking up the carrier bill for employees. While such a system may keep people connected, it’s probably costing more than it should, and it does little to keep their devices – or the organization – protected.

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UC systems are connecting the increasingly disconnected workforce

8-12-16_UC-Blog-graphic_800pxFor more than a decade, unified communications (UC) technologies from industry leaders like Cisco and Avaya have been helping businesses collaborate remotely while reducing telecom and infrastructure costs by merging voice and data into a single network.

Today’s on-premises and cloud-based UC platforms take savings and efficiency to a higher level, going beyond voice, email, web chat and instant messaging to include multimedia collaboration capabilities as well. Best of all, the cost of endpoint technology is coming down, enabling small and medium size businesses to deploy sophisticated UC systems more affordably than ever. Continue reading

Contact centers build solid connections

hp_windows_upgrade_3489896bWhen customers or prospects want to connect with your business, they want an immediate response and rapid results. It’s not always easy to keep up with those demands. Small companies can become especially frustrated because they do not employ enough workers to perform their routine duties effectively while interacting with customers at the same time.

Fortunately, there are solutions available to help people and businesses meet the challenge. Continue reading

Modernize your business with Zones Azure Complete

Zones-Azure_Complete-infographicPlanning and implementing a cloud computing platform can be complex and time consuming. Zones Azure Complete accelerates the adoption of your cloud computing platform, and allows you to discover new ways of optimizing the performance of your Azure environment.

Through a wide array of services to support your organization’s cloud-based functions, Zones Azure Complete provides help to enhance the utility and management of Azure in your organization.

Zones Azure Complete delivers best-in-class technologies and proven methodologies for thorough assessment, thoughtful design, seamless implementation, and consistent management of the Azure cloud platform. It’s an all-inclusive program that goes beyond cloud subscriptions to include reliable ongoing services for your cloud environment.

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The next wave of mobility

Keeping people productive – wherever they work –
is key to succeeding in today’s business climate

3.25.16-Mobility-Tablets_BLOG-HeroA decade ago, road warriors were well equipped with a laptop and a BlackBerry. Their counterparts today expect worldwide connectivity to the Internet for their personal inventories of notebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

Of course, the need of mobility isn’t limited to road warriors. Even at the office, workers expect seamless transitions between wired and wireless networks as they move about with their devices.

Because users expect to be able to work in any location – and in whatever way they want to work – they will create workarounds if you don’t fill this need. If your mobile strategy has grown organically on an as-needed basis, it’s likely that you’re not meeting users’ needs. If that’s the case, you may be encouraging workers to get “creative” to achieve their business goals. That creativity could end up compromising the security of your network and your business.

The good news is that it’s getting easier to meet expectations. The bad news is that easy solutions are not always the best solutions. Continue reading

Lenovo: Pioneering Mobility in Healthcare

Mobility in the healthcare space is trending upwards. Quickly. And it’s driving better patient care.

doctor-bedside-w-tabletA recent study conducted by the MetData group suggests that over 65% of physicians own or use a smartphone, tablet, or laptop for work. Another source finds that doctors are 250% more likely to own a tablet than the average consumer (Manhattan Research, “Taking the Pulse”). Sounds like mobile devices are practically tailor-made for professionals in the healthcare field …

And that’s why Lenovo solutions within tablets and laptops, which can place a wealth of information at the physicians’ fingertips, are helping hospitals and doctor’s offices improve patient engagement and outcomes. When healthcare providers need the right tool, in the right time, at the right place, and with better tools at hand, professionals can collaborate easier, achieve interoperability, share data securely, and move from patient to patient to deliver faster and continuous collaborative care. Consider the following: Continue reading

Go beyond deployment to true management

Get more, with Microsoft Office 365 and Zones Office 365 Complete

Zones Office 365 CompleteThe Microsoft Office 365 experience is collaborative, reliable, secure, and fast. It also eases maintenance and management. But it’s not always easy to deploy, and it needs ongoing management.

Planning and implementing an Office 365 migration can be complex and time-consuming. Then, there’s the regular and ongoing need to do things like manage mailboxes, provide end user support, and perform data backups and restores. Hiring experts in Office 365 features and functionality is usually cost-prohibitive and waiting for issue resolution is costly and hinders productivity.

Delivered through best-in-class technologies and proven methodologies, Zones Microsoft Office 365 Complete is an all-inclusive program that goes beyond cloud subscriptions to include reliable, ongoing services for your Office 365 environment.

“Zones has always helped customers with license provisioning and software migrations,” says Brent Swank, Zones director of Microsoft software. “Now we’re expanding our support services to calm the fears of moving to the cloud and afterwards provide consistent, reliable ongoing support to our customers.”

The Zones Office 365 Complete program is designed to be flexible so you can customize your packaged solution by choosing our services for each lifecycle phase: assessment, implementation, and management.

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Autodesk subscriptions give users greater access and flexibility

vsb_lt_global_campaign_lp_banner_twitter_440x220_2The software you need, when and where you need it

Through the Autodesk subscription model, individuals, teams and enterprises have more choices than ever before. Regardless of the size of your business – small, mid-size, or enterprise – Autodesk offers the flexibility to choose the subscription options that best fit your business needs. Now, you can Try out new tools without making a big up-front investment, and better manage changing software and budget needs. And with Multi-user access available for most products, more than one person can share software licenses.

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Up your mobile game

Perform a comprehensive operating system assessment

Mobility With every business becoming a mobile business, it’s important to guarantee that everyone – and every device – can connect and work as expected, wherever your team members need to do business.

Whether your business relies Windows or OS X, Windows 10 Mobile or iOS, or any combination of these operating systems, our mobility assessments provide deep visibility into your existing environment, and set you up for long-term success.

Zones can help you evaluate your infrastructure and design a robust single or multi-platform environment that ensures seamless notebook, tablet, and smartphone connectivity across offices, oceans, and operating systems.

Contact your Zones account executive or call 800.408.ZONES to request a comprehensive and affordable mobile infrastructure assessment today.

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A better way to buy, implement, and manage Office 365

Zones Office 365 Complete


Zones Office 365 Complete is a portfolio of services that support your organization – at every level.

Delivered through best-in-class technologies and proven methodologies, Zones Office 365 Complete is an all-inclusive program that goes beyond cloud subscriptions – delivering reliable, ongoing services to your existing Office 365 environment.

Assess. Implement. Manage.

Zones Office 365 Complete includes:

  • Cloud workshop and readiness assessments
  • Software landscape assessment
  • Managed cloud services
  • End-user helpdesk and break/fix support
  • Enterprise mobility management
  • Migration services and user setup

What’s more, you can customize your Zones Office 365 Complete packaged solution for each lifecycle phase: assessment, implementation, and management. Continue reading