ECM Executive Commentary

  1. 10 Things Effective Leaders Do
    5/21/2015

    Here is a list of things I find effective leaders doing — and doing well. See how many make your list of accomplishments.

  2. The Biggest Threat To The Channel? Manufacturers That Sell To End Users
    5/12/2015

    The biggest threat to the channel is the same as it has always been — manufacturers. Businesses are constantly seeking growth and expansion. Part of this formula requires keeping investors and shareholders happy. The need for manufacturers to always have constant and accelerated growth has become the new normal but there are only so many ways in which this can actually occur.  Being a channel friendly company allows manufacturers to sell their products or services through the channel without dealing with end users.

  3. Trends That Are Driving Healthcare IT Revenue Opportunities
    5/7/2015

    Financial analysts have once again identified healthcare as a leading growth market for 2015. Government-driven IT requirements continue to push healthcare providers to comply, creating opportunities for VARs and ISVs to sell software, hardware, and services to a wide range of healthcare facilities to support their implementations.

  4. How To Choose A Business-Grade File-Sharing Solution
    5/7/2015

    Let’s face it, when it comes to file-sharing, there is a seemingly endless array of options, which can make it difficult for businesses to choose a solution that will meet all of their needs — especially when it comes to security and scale.

  5. 6 Reasons To Offer Financing To IT Customers
    5/7/2015

    Regardless of size, IT is a critical component to running a business. However, computers, servers and other IT equipment can get expensive. This often drives businesses to delay replacing hardware in order to reduce operating expenses. Yet, what if they didn’t have to pay for their IT purchases in a single payment upfront?

  6. IT Solutions Providers: Clarifying Your Personal MVV, Part 1
    4/28/2015

    It's impossible to lead others until you lead yourself. The core to self-leadership is clarity around your MVV (Mission, Vision, and Values). Note: This is the first in a three-part series on Clarifying your personal MVV. In May we’ll talk about personal Vision and in June we’ll look at personal Values.

  7. 5 Ways To Win The Best Employees In A Talent Shortage
    4/28/2015

    Talent. It’s hard to find and even harder to retain. The more specialized your field, the fewer qualified people there are to select from. And even if you’re fortunate enough to be located in a top tech hub saturated with talent—Silicon Valley, Seattle, Washington D.C., Boston, and Sacramento according to Forbes — you’ll have to work hard to keep competitors from luring away your best players.

  8. 25 “Leadership Learnings” To Help You At The Helm Of Your IT Solutions Provider
    4/9/2015

    I am blessed to be able to spend a lot of time with leaders from all over the globe. Over the years, I’ve collected some observations about the disciplines and habits they live by. Here is a compilation of things I’ve observed and learned as I’ve watched these leaders do what they do.

  9. 8 Top Traits To Look For In An Employee
    4/6/2015

    I am asked this question from time to time, and the quick answer reads a little bit like the Boy Scout credo: honest, thrifty reverent, etc. The full answer is a lot more complicated because the “perfect employee” is someone who fits into your organization and stays around for a long time as well. There is a great deal riding on your hiring, and companies that hire well typically thrive. 

  10. How To Quickly Integrate A New Salesperson Into Your IT Company, Part 1
    3/30/2015

    I was asked by one of our peer group members to provide some advice as it related to the hiring and onboarding of a new salesperson. The potential hire did not have an IT industry background.  So my advice to him was twofold, focusing around how to get the non-IT person up to speed and how to quickly integrate the new hire into their company.

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