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From Tactic to Strategy: The 2011 Cloud Computing Tracking Poll

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CDW’s first Cloud Computing Tracking Poll surveyed 1,200 IT professionals in U.S. organizations to determine where organizations are with cloud adoption, what benefits are driving adoption, what challenges still hinder progress, and recommendations for how organizations can successfully implement cloud computing. In the survey, we defined cloud computing as a “model for enabling convenient, on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned.”

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2011 Video Conferencing Straw Poll

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Video conferencing is quickly becoming a necessity for day-to-day business operations: at a moment’s notice, businesses have the same benefits of an in-person meeting without any of the associated planning or travel costs. For IT managers, the key to leveraging this collaborative technology is to justify the investment to senior management. CDW’s Video Conferencing Straw Poll surveyed 631 IT managers at businesses to understand video conferencing adoption, examine key drivers and identify implementation challenges.

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Point, Click, Talk: The 2011 Unified Communications Tracking Poll

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Unified communications – the convergence of enterprise voice, video and data services and software applications to achieve greater collaboration among individuals or groups and improve business processes – can reduce operating costs, increase productivity and facilitate decision making. CDW-G launched the annual Unified Communications Tracking Poll in 2009 to monitor attitudes, approaches and progress toward the adoption of unified communications (UC) technology.

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Elevated Heart Rates: EHR and IT Security

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Many healthcare organizations are driving to implement electronic health records (EHRs) during 2011 in an effort to capture early-adoption incentive payments. Patients have a stake in this transition because as more information becomes digitized, new processes, technologies and policies will be required to protect their information. EHRs are not inherently less secure, but they do have different security requirements.

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2010 Physician Practice EHR Price Tag

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With Meaningful Use incentives scheduled to start in 2011, physician practices are actively assessing the costs and benefits associated with implementing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution. To aid these analyses, CDW Healthcare surveyed 200 physician group practices not currently using an EHR to establish the current infrastructure, EHR plans and expected impact of adoption.

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2010 Energy Efficient IT Report

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Now in its third year, the 2010 Energy Efficient IT Report studies marketplace attitudes toward energy efficient IT, identifies successful cost-saving measures and examines barriers to the widespread adoption of energy efficient IT. The 2010 report finds that more organizations have or are developing programs to manage and reduce IT energy use. Rebounding from the budget troubles of 2009, IT managers rate energy efficiency as a top priority now that the economy has improved.

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2010 CDW Business Continuity Straw Poll: Resiliency Plans Don’t Align with Reality

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IT networks are mission critical and support nearly every function of businesses today. Damage or disruption to the network can have an immediate and lasting impact on the business – from customer and employee communications to lost productivity and data. CDW’s Business Continuity Straw Poll surveyed 200 IT managers at medium and large businesses to understand how network disruptions impacted their business and how they plan to avoid future problems through better business continuity and disaster planning (BC/DR).

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2010 CDW-G 21st-Century Campus Report: Campus 2.0

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Now in its third year, the CDW-G 21st-Century Campus Report examines the role of technology in higher education. CDW-G surveyed more than 1,000 college students, faculty and IT staff to understand their perceptions of campus technology. While the 2008 report provided a baseline for campus technology use, and the 2009 study examined how student needs are changing, the 2010 report focuses on what colleges are getting right, and how they are incorporating new tools into interactive learning experiences.

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CDW-G 2010 Government Virtualization Report

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Federal, state and local agencies are turning to virtualization to reduce operating expenses and energy consumption and to streamline IT operations. To understand the state of virtualization within these agencies, CDW-G surveyed more than 600 Federal, state and local IT managers regarding the state of client, server and storage virtualization. With year-over-year findings for Federal government and new insight into state and local government virtualization, the 2010 Government Virtualization Report identifies adoption status and trends, key barriers and recommendations for successful implementation.

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2010 21st-Century Classroom Report

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The 21st-century classroom leverages technology to engage and empower teachers and students. To understand how close we are to that goal, CDW-G surveyed more than 1,000 high school students, high school faculty and district IT staff members from around the country – representing rural, suburban and urban schools of all sizes – about how technology is used in their schools.

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2010 CDW Security Straw Poll: Data Loss Is Corporate Enemy Number One

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As demonstrated by recent news, data loss and other threats continue to weigh heavily on IT executives’ minds. CDW’s 2010 Information Technology (IT) Threat Prevention Straw Poll investigates IT security pros’ view of current security threats and the measures businesses are taking to prevent or mitigate them.

Against the backdrop of widely published security breaches, CDW surveyed 200 IT managers within medium and large businesses to investigate their impressions of security threats, and importantly, the preventive measures they are taking.

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From the Phone Line to the Bottom Line: 2010 Unified Communications Tracking Poll

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Unified communications – the convergence of enterprise voice, video and data services and software applications to achieve greater collaboration among individuals or groups and improve business processes – can reduce operating costs, increase productivity and facilitate decision making. Based on the findings of CDW’s 2010 Unified Communications Tracking Poll, Unified Communications (UC) technology is delivering on its promise: 71 percent of organizations that have fully implemented UC and track return on investment (ROI) say that ROI has met or exceeded their expectations.

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CDW Server Virtualization Life Cycle Report: Medium and Large Businesses

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The Server Virtualization Life Cycle Report provides a snapshot of the state of server virtualization in medium and large business organizations. The report highlights signs of approaching market maturity, based upon adoption rates and preparedness, and identifies current obstacles to broader use of virtualization.

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CDW-G Federal Cybersecurity Report: Danger on the Front Lines

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The Obama administration’s Cyberspace Policy Review brought cybersecurity to the forefront of the presidential priority list. To better understand cybersecurity threats and help identify the path to security, CDW-G conducted an online survey of Federal civilian and Department of Defense IT professionals on the front lines, who confront cybersecurity incidents day in and day out. The 2009 CDW-G Federal Cybersecurity Report identifies cybersecurity threats agencies face each day, steps Federal IT professionals are taking to combat them and finds opportunities for improvement.

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Upwind in the Storm: CDW Report on Small Business Resilience

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The CDW Report on Small Business Resilience examines management and information technology (IT) infrastructure factors that contribute to business resilience against the backdrop of the current recession. It also examines the steps small businesses are taking to lessen the economic downturn’s impact, including staff reductions, saving money during good times, adjusting marketing investments and cutting expenses quickly.