General Computing Executive Commentary

  1. Why Your Customers Need Modern UTM
    5/5/2014

    The days of feeling secure by simply performing packet inspection at your network edge are long past. These SPI (stateful packet inspection) devices or firewalls were the first generation of network security that many of us first experienced in the late 1990s. In the first half of that decade, we also saw a parallel rise of devices and/or applications that performed more complicated duties such as IDS and IPS (intrusion detection and intrusion prevention).

  2. The Channel Success Triangle: Staff, Customer Base, Product Focus
    5/5/2014

    The biggest threats to a channel-focused distribution model come from the same “value” elements manufacturers and vendors rely on when choosing a channel model in the first place. Value-added resellers (VARs) provide folks like STORServer some very specific capabilities that are essential to success at the end of the sales process. I call these value features, the “channel success triangle.”

  3. Millennial Generation Clients: How To Speak Their Language
    5/2/2014

    The Millennial Generation is made up of more than 80 million Americans from their teens to their early thirties, making it larger than any other generation. This means that millennials, otherwise known as Generation Y’ers, are the largest group of consumers, and they’re a force to be reckoned with. They grew up surrounded by connective technology and, as a result, have come away with an eagerness and a curiosity that some view as entitlement and others view as progression.

  4. 4 Reasons To Transition To Solutions "Born In The Cloud"
    4/30/2014

    SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) and cloud are clearly the future of IT. Senior executives understand as well as IT professionals that applications and services deployed in the cloud deliver tremendous benefits in the form of increased agility and faster time-to-market, in addition to the well-documented OpEx and CapEx benefits.

  5. 3 Steps To Improve Partner Communication
    4/28/2014

    Manufacturers rely heavily on their channel partners for business success. This is especially true in the high-tech industry, where two-thirds of all sales flow through indirect channels. IT vendor-partner relationships thrive when lines of communication are open in both directions.

  6. 5 Things To Look For In A Partner
    4/25/2014

    Many companies today credit at least part of their success to strong and meaningful partnerships. These strategic alliances can help drive growth and profitability and allow businesses to gain a competitive advantage by accessing a partner’s resources, such as technologies, marketing support, and capital.  

  7. 5 Elements Of A Partner Program That Will Help You Achieve Your Goals
    4/23/2014

    Selecting the right partners is critical as resellers look to strengthen and grow their businesses. And while you may find that all partner programs have some similar elements, you’ll also quickly learn that each program is very different.

  8. Five Things an MSP Needs To Know About Nonprofits
    4/22/2014

    The 1.5 million registered nonprofits in the US can be a rewarding vertical for MSPs to explore in their market. With some research and planning, nonprofits can be a satisfying and profitable addition to your client roster. Working with nonprofits devoted to solving today’s substantial issues can engage the hearts of your employees, boost your reputation with current clients and elevate your standing within your community.

  9. 6 Critical Pressure Points Of Healthcare Network Security
    4/21/2014

    Today, even the smallest healthcare organization is a technology hub. Multiple IT systems connect providers to patients, medical specialists, online resources, and external providers and staff are increasingly equipped with mobile devices to support their work within and outside the facilities. The regulatory environment is stringent, and new state healthcare exchanges place additional security and privacy pressures on healthcare organizations.

  10. A Reseller's Guide: Unique Challenges Of Network Management In The University Marketplace
    4/17/2014

    Universities and colleges are besieged by a growing number of wireless devices and increased demands on the capacity of the network. Resellers need to serve as partners as these universities struggle to find the right balance for providing service and containing costs.

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