economic slowdown


Cisco Embraces Save to Invest Strategy

Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) has come up with a new way to help its solutions provider partners address selling in the economic downturn. The “save to invest” strategy calls for solutions providers to help their customers free up technology budgets by first creating efficiencies from existing infrastructure. Put another way: If they are going to […]

Ask Steve: How Can Tech Help SMBs Weather Downturn?

It’s the economy. Enough said. Rough sailing ahead or partially clearing skies — either way, some fiscal and business prudence will us all help weather this storm. Q: Any suggestions for helping my five-location dry cleaning and self-service laundry franchise make it through tough times? — Merle from Albany, N.Y. No one should minimize the […]

Tech Sector Boost Expected in Second Half of 2009

Spending on information and communications technology (ICT) is likely to increase in 2009, but not until the second half of the year, according to new data from Compass Intelligence. US ICT spending is expected to grow more than 4 percent by the end of 2009 and growth is expected to continue to rise through 2013, […]

Enterprise Network Adds Down, Disconnects Up

The number of enterprises disconnecting network locations reached its highest level in six years during 2008, according to new research by Vertical Systems Group. In a survey of U.S.-based enterprise network managers, 14 percent reported they had eliminated one or more network locations without adding or moving others. This figure compares to only 9 percent […]

Slowdown? What Slowdown?

By Adam Edwards, President and Co-founder, Telarus Inc. Alright, maybe that’s overstating it a bit, but I’m having a hard time reconciling the news I’m hearing with the economic activity I’m witnessing. I read about record job losses, bank bailouts, auto industry bailouts, and the word I never thought I’d hear associated with current news […]

SMBs Plan to Boost Tech Spending, Study Shows

Though wary about current economic conditions, small and medium business don’t plan to slash their tech budgets. More than half (51 percent) of SMBs intend to increase their spending on IT and communications in the next 12 months; and 49 percent expect their tech spending to remain flat or to decline, according to a new […]

Economy Tests Accidental Entrepreneurs

They say these are challenging times, but I say this is the best time for good business owners and entrepreneurs to shine. Running and growing a company in any economy is challenging. Grow too quickly and risk running out of cash. Grow too slowly and risk losing top talent that wants growth and opportunity. Add […]

Editors Letter: Selling in a Slowdown

First, I am not an economist. But, like most of you, I can see the signs of economic slowdown in my own city. There are fewer people out in restaurants (when we go, which is less often) and the “for sale” signs in neighbors’ yards are growing roots. To find out how this state of […]

Selling in a Slowdown: Agents Help Customers Control Telecom Spend

As the economic forecast predicts more doom and gloom, customers will want to take control of their telecom spend. AOTMP’s Telecom Expense Management Market Landscape from Fall 2007 found that 71 percent of enterprises are seeking to reduce their telecom expenses. And, Gartner estimates that the TEM market generated revenue of approximately $600 million in […]

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