General Computing Executive Commentary

  1. 4 Considerations For VARs Ready To Put Managed Network Security Services At Their Core
    3/6/2015

    VARs continue to be tasked with shifting their business models to keep up with the growing interest in “as-a-Service” solutions across the IT channel. The challenge today is developing the right strategy and identifying which specific managed services can increase business efficiencies and profits for the end user. VARs should keep their pulse on trends occurring around the Third Platform and the managed services opportunities that result from having billions of mobile devices deployed around the world, combined with the burgeoning amount of data being generated. Network security can be an attractive, if not imperative, starting point for VARs to offer managed services.

  2. Keys To Managing Customer Relationships
    3/6/2015

    The keys to managing customer relationships are the same as managing any personal relationship. It boils down to listening, being a good partner, having good rapport, building trust, being transparent, having integrity, and being there when someone needs you. A good customer-IT solutions provider relationship is like a successful marriage.

  3. How EMI And BI Drive Operational Performance For Your Manufacturing Clients
    3/6/2015

    To be able to leverage enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) and business intelligence (BI), it is importance to understand what each brings to the table for a manufacturer. Do you know the differences between enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) and business intelligence (BI)? Are they interchangeable? Complementary?

  4. 5 Reasons Your IT Clients Should Adopt A Business Rules Management System
    3/4/2015

    Today’s enterprise is working harder than ever for increased effectiveness and agility in business operations. The management of business decisions is a critical means to achieving these goals, and operations and IT teams should be able to quickly modify the business rules that affect decisions.

  5. Not All Of Your IT Clients Want The Cloud
    3/4/2015

    Cloud computing is the hot thing in IT and your clients might be hearing it’s inevitable. Marketers will try to convince your clients that their data should be in the cloud, sooner or later. Maybe. Maybe not.

  6. Ask Coach: How Do I Develop A True Leadership Team? Part 2
    3/3/2015

    Q: How do I develop a true leadership team? Coach: In our previous discussion on leadership teams, we examined how a diverse team enhances your ability to come up with innovative ideas or to solve complex problems. Just to recap, issues generally have three dimensions: tactical (task), relational (people) and systemic (big picture).

  7. The Transition From Entrepreneur To Leader
    3/3/2015

    Without a doubt the biggest challenges most small businesses face revolve around people.

  8. Selling To The Millennial Customer
    2/27/2015

    Many of us have owned our businesses for numerous years and come from the Boomer Generation. Boomers are frugal for the most part, and were raised with dial telephones, three-channel television, and in a single-income family.  We saved our leftovers, ate everything on our plates, and the stores were closed on Sundays. We grew up with a mindset of budgets, and when we got out of college it was the ‘70s. We listened to vinyl records, FM radio, and drove an American-made car.

  9. 3 Reasons Why Specialization Is Critical To Success
    2/27/2015

    You’ve more than likely heard the saying, “jack of all trades, master of none,” and while in most cases this applies to individuals, it can also pertain to businesses, including solutions providers and MSPs (managed services providers).

  10. 5 Opportunities For Independent Software Vendors In Education
    2/27/2015

    Technical advancements have completely reshaped the way we live and function today. These advances are an outcome of creative minds and innovative ideas stimulated by effective learning, imparted to a great extent, by our esteemed educational institutions. Interestingly, the education sector has always been notoriously slow to adopt new technology with very little changes made in the past so-many decades.

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