IT in Manufacturing Hit Hardest by Recession according to Effectiveness Index Survey

November 18, 2009 by · Comments Off on IT in Manufacturing Hit Hardest by Recession according to Effectiveness Index Survey 

Webmaster ToolboxHOUSTON – An ongoing survey of IT effectiveness for small and medium businesses has released preliminary analysis of how the recession has impacted IT projects in various industries. Survey results indicate the manufacturing industry has been hit hardest, with 66 percent of respondents delaying, halting or cancelling IT projects, and a like number reducing capital expenses during the past year. The Manufacturing industry is followed by Communications at 55 percent, Wholesale at 52 percent and Service Providers at 48 percent. The computer industry appears to be least affected among survey respondents, with only 33 percent indicating IT projects have been delayed or halted due to the recession.

The free IT Effectiveness Index (ITEI),, provides an online benchmarking tool for small businesses to audit their IT effectiveness. Upon completing the ITEI survey, participants are automatically entered to win a Dell Netbook computer, and each receives a follow up email with peer comparisons based on their company size and industry. Read more

The Planet Takes Sponsorship Role at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

July 8, 2009 by · Comments Off on The Planet Takes Sponsorship Role at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 

The PlanetWeb Hosting ToolsHOUSTON – The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced its participation at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference from July 13-16 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The Planet is a bronze-level conference sponsor and will showcase its hosting partner and IT infrastructure solutions at booth 436. The company will also have a second point of presence at the Microsoft Software-plus-Services Pavilion, booth 1009.

Conference attendees who stop by The Planet booth can enter to win one of two grand prizes. The first-place winner receives six months of free service on a Dell PowerEdge R710 server, complete with two 2.4 GHz Intel Nehalem processors and 6GB of RAM (a $2,940 value). The second-place prize is a free Storage Cloud account for six months, which includes 100GB of cloud storage and 250GB of bandwidth (a $465 value).

The Planet will also host the IT Effectiveness Index at its booth, an online survey that lets small- and medium-size business owners see in real time how their IT system performance compares to industry peers. Microsoft is one of nine survey sponsors.

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SMB IT Effectiveness Survey

February 17, 2009 by · Comments Off on SMB IT Effectiveness Survey 

Webmaster NewsHOUSTON – A group of companies with a primary focus on small- and medium-sized businesses today announced the formation of the first industry coalition to measure the IT effectiveness of SMBs around the world. The Information Technology Effectiveness Index – ITEI – provides business owners and IT executives with a free online benchmarking tool that uses a methods-based framework to compare the effectiveness of their IT systems with companies in the same industries and peer groups.

Participants who take the 12-question, 10-minute survey receive an immediate and confidential score, accompanied by a detailed report with consultative suggestions about how to improve their IT processes. In December, the ITEI Partners will publish the SMB IT Effectiveness Index Annual Report, which will be provided free-of-charge to survey participants. Read more