December 9, 2009

Sell your CIO on helpful technologies

Exploiting available business services in the cloud also make nice gifts, especially for CIOs who got burned deploying expensive business applications that yielded little ROI. Todd Swank, vice president of marketing for Nor-tech in Burnsville, Minn., suggested pitching Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite.

Deploying Microsoft's hosted messaging and collaboration services decreases Nor-tech's need to manage hardware and software on premise. Microsoft also offers administration center and sign-in services, Swank said. "Because Microsoft hosts the services, it reduces your company's need to maintain IT services on site," he said. Swank has not sold any yet but expects to. "I think this is going to be huge in 2010."

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