Julie Sartain

Julie Sartain

tech journalist

JD Sartain is a technology journalist from Boston. She writes for PCWorld, Network World, CIO, & several other tech magazines.

Articles by Julie Sartain

Feature

How a B2B company got its tech groove back

Upgrading a bunch of legacy systems meant winning back market share for an industrial supply company. Here are the lessons it learned.
July 16, 2015
How a Hybrid IT Cloud Service Helped Findly Reach New Heights
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How a Hybrid IT Cloud Service Helped Findly Reach New Heights

When social recruiting firm Findly acquired an on-demand talent communications company its client base doubled overnight. IT execs knew a serious infrastructure change was in order. Here’s how a hybrid cloud solution addressed Findly’s new needs.
February 18, 2015
How an MSP Can Help Your Company Get Its Groove Back
How-To

How an MSP Can Help Your Company Get Its Groove Back

Managed service providers (MSPs) are rapidly becoming the gold standard for outsourcing the day-to-day management responsibilities and operations of corporations worldwide, so the IT staff can focus on R&D, new products and better customer service.
January 26, 2015
How RMS Put Its Catastrophe Modeling Software in the Cloud
Feature

How RMS Put Its Catastrophe Modeling Software in the Cloud

After hosting its software on Amazon Web Services, risk management firm RMS decided to move to a private cloud. The decision paid off, largely because RMS got a little help from its friends.
October 27, 2014
Feature

Next-Generation Video Surveillance Comes to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office protects one of the country's fastest-growing areas. Video surveillance systems in its jails couldn't keep up with the growth -- or the times. Find out why the department turned to fully integrated security controls and big data storage.
September 24, 2014
News Analysis

Health Apps Ready to Collect Your Vital Signs, Wellness Data

Samsung, WebMD, Apple and Google are all getting into the health application game. The aim is to help consumers see all their health and wellness data in one place – but will all that information be too much of a good thing?
July 15, 2014
News Analysis

Will the Internet of Things Become the Internet of Broken Things?

Fifty billion devices will connect to the Internet in the next few years. It's up to vendors to make sure they do, in fact, connect to the Internet -- and provide reliable data, security and customer experience. Otherwise, analysts warn, the future may bring an Internet of Broken Things.
April 17, 2014
News Analysis

How the Internet of Things Drives CRM Investments

Customer relationship management will be at the heart of companies' digital initiatives for years to come, Gartner says. What's more, the billions of devices connected on the Internet of Things are joining cloud, social, mobile and big data technologies as the fifth driver of CRM investments.
April 3, 2014
News Analysis

Global Mobile Data Traffic to Surpass 15 Exabytes Per Month by 2018

A recent report from Cisco predicts that global mobile data traffic, which hit 1.5 exabytes per month in 2013, will be 10 times as high by the end of 2018. Smartphones will drive the bulk of this traffic growth, but the Internet of Things will also play a role.
March 27, 2014
News Analysis

Gigabit Internet Service Providers Challenge Traditional ISPs

Companies such as Comcast and Time Warner don't think the United States is ready for -- or even needs -- gigabit Internet, but Google Fiber and a host of independent initiatives suggest that they are faster and cheaper.
February 18, 2014
News Analysis

Smart Cars Are Getting Smarter, But the Ride Isn’t Perfect

The cars of tomorrow will listen, talk, entertain, protect, get energy from the sun and even drive themselves. Not all carmakers plan to take the same road, though, and some face more potholes than other.
February 11, 2014
News Analysis

What the Internet of Things Will Mean for CIOs

Estimates suggest that as many as 50 billion devices will connect to the Internet by 2020. Surveys say enterprises are giving the 'Internet of Things' a cold shoulder, though, citing security, cost and integration concerns.
February 3, 2014
News Analysis

Cloud Traffic Poised to Quadruple by 2017, Challenge CIOs

A recent report from Cisco Systems suggests that global cloud traffic will reach 5.3 zettabytes in 2017. That's more than four times the traffic seen in 2012. Analysts and vendors say this will have far-reaching implications for enterprise IT.
November 27, 2013