General Computing Executive Commentary

  1. 5 Ways To Create Amazing Customer Experiences
    3/23/2015

    We live in an “always on” world, where information is constantly at our fingertips and the expectation for immediate responses is the norm. When customers contact a business, they don’t want to wait on “hold” while an agent searches for answers. If customers don’t get the service they expect, they hang up or click over to the competition. According to Forrester, 90 percent of customer service decision makers believe that delivering good service is critical to their company’s success. That’s why customer experience management, now more than ever, is a top strategic priority.

  2. 10 Ways To Protect POS From Malware
    3/23/2015

    While point of sale (POS) threats have existed for years, 2014 has set a dubious record, as criminals placed the POS system in the spotlight with a number of well publicized attacks. Their severity proves that the risk of becoming the next cyberattack victim has soared. Why should they attack your clients?

  3. The IT Services Provider Is Critical To SMB Success
    3/23/2015

    It’s a pretty bold claim, but true. Small-business success is at the core of economic growth. If they fail, we all do — the entire channel.

  4. Which Characteristics Do You Look For In An Employee?
    3/19/2015

    There are many reasons for hiring a new employee. Maybe your business is growing and you need addition resources to help with the increasing workload. Maybe you had someone leave your team or company and you are backfilling the vacant position. Or maybe you have the misfortune of having to let an employee go for whatever reason and now you are filling the position.

  5. Change Doesn’t Mean Doom For The IT Channel — But Scaring Businesses Off With The Idea Could
    3/18/2015

    The channel is constantly in a state of change, and with change comes uncertainty. Uncertainty drives fear and so with each change people are quick to identify threats to the existing model and ultimately the demise of the channel. 

  6. 4 Patch Management Practices To Keep Your Clients Secure
    3/18/2015

    As an IT professional, patching is both a mandate to secure systems with known vulnerabilities and a risk that can bring down those systems if you deploy a bad patch. In order to maintain the proper risk balance you should primarily patch to close vulnerabilities and, to a lesser degree, add new features to existing applications.

  7. How IT Solutions Providers Can Maintain A Quality Standard
    3/18/2015

    An intern working on a research project was asked by his professor to submit a report within a week. The intern did as directed but the report came back quickly with a question, “Is this the best you can do?” Knowing he could have been done better, he worked on it some more before submitting again. The professor returned the report with the same question. The intern amped up his efforts, started from the beginning, and worked on it feverishly.

  8. 4 Ways Retailers Can Leverage Big Data And Edge Analytics For Success
    3/18/2015

    Leading retailers are leveraging Big Data and edge analytics to improve customer experience and operational efficiency, while increasing sales. A tremendous volume of data can be generated every second in the retail industry, much of it from traditional sources such as transaction logs and inventory scans, as well as new sources of sensor data such as cameras in parking lots, sensors on shopping carts, beacons throughout the store, the retailer’s in-store Wi-Fi network, apps on consumers’ mobile phones and more.

  9. Why Digital Transformation Will Find New Value And Revenue In 2015
    3/17/2015

    In today’s digital world, solutions providers and enterprises face a two-fold digital challenge. Firstly, from end customers, whose spending patterns and expectations of service have dramatically increased by the digital revolution. Secondly, for both providers and enterprises, from the competitive threat posed by a host of “born in the web” startups, operating without the constraints of legacy business models or legacy technology.

  10. The ABCs Of Flipped Classrooms: What IT Solutions Providers Need To Know
    3/17/2015

    Over the last few years, the flipped classroom has rapidly gained popularity among teachers and school administrators. According to recent studies, one in three teachers are considering flipping their classrooms, with one in four school administrators interested in implementing this trend. This shift in pedagogy represents a huge market opportunity for IT solutions providers who will be called upon to help develop processes and implement the technologies that facilitate the flipped classroom for teachers, administrators and students.

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