General Computing Executive Commentary

  1. Hiring In The IT Channel: Finding People With The Right Skills Is Just The Beginning
    8/21/2014

    Recently, I was having lunch with the CEO of an IT security company and we were talking about what she really needs in IT staff.  “Let me tell you what I don’t need,” she said. “I don’t need somebody who will work 9:00 to 5:00 and go home thinking that his or her day is done.  I don’t need somebody who is going to hide behind a computer. What I do need are people who will give everything they have to my company and my end clients.”

  2. Sales Is Still A Numbers Game
    8/21/2014

    But, the numbers that you need to monitor and measure have changed dramatically, and I do mean dramatically. Back in my early days of selling for IBM, one of our management's mantra was “calls plus presentations equals sales,” and that worked.

  3. The Way To The Cloud: 6 Ways To Find More Success In The Cloud
    8/21/2014

    When it comes to making money, the way we see and approach opportunities has a tremendous impact on our success. So it makes sense, then, that we take a look at how we should approach the cloud industry if we want to start really making money in the cloud. We scoured the field and found six tips that do just that.

  4. Channel Sales Vendor/Partner Relationships: What Vendors Want (Part 3)
    8/19/2014

    It’s not love at first sight. It is all about the relationship between the vendor and the partner if a channel sales partnership is to be successful. A better understanding of what a vendor expects from a partner helps the solution provider make well informed and prudent business decisions that have a positive and profitable impact on their organization.

  5. Advice After The Joplin Tornado: Put A Disaster Recovery In Place Now
    8/19/2014

    Late in the afternoon on May 22, 2011, an EF5 tornado tore a mile-wide swath through the southern part of Joplin, Missouri. It was the deadliest tornado in the U.S. since 1947 and has proven to be the costliest single tornado in U.S. history with more than $2.2 billion in insurance payouts.

  6. In The Fight For Power Backup, A Ringside Preventive Maintenance Plan Is Key
    8/19/2014

    In the case of a power emergency, businesses and other enterprises depend on uninterruptible power systems (UPSs) as an emergency power back-up solution. UPSs serve as the backbone that keeps critical systems up and running at all times. Downtime carries an enormous price tag, so it is important for IT resellers to emphasize a comprehensive preventive maintenance plan for customers to minimize interruption of operations. Without a detailed strategy, users are at risk of corrupted files, hardware malfunctions, and the inability to access the critical systems they need.

  7. 5 Must-Haves For Surveillance Solutions For Public Transportation Vehicles
    8/19/2014

    2013 marked the eighth year in row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems nationwide, and that number is showing no signs of slowing down. As ridership figures have grown exponentially so too has criminal activity, including crimes against passengers and employees, fare evasion, revenue theft by employees, and crimes against transit property such as vandalism and graffiti, all of which further complicate the role of the transit security official and transit system administrators.

  8. Does Your Brand Translate From Traditional To Online Media?
    8/14/2014

    As consumers move toward digital media for brand information, it’s the perfect time to reassess how a brand translates from traditional media to online media. A consumer’s opinion about any brand is shaped from the moment they enter the brand search term, or related keywords in any search engine — such as Google or Yahoo. The impact of these search results on the consumer perception of the brand is known as Search Perception Impact (SPI).

  9. Ask The Consultant: How Do I Manage My Energy To Sustain A High Level Of Productivity?
    8/14/2014

    My short answer is this: improve your focus, habits, exercise, nutrition, and sleep in ways that help you.

  10. How To Make Channel Incentive Programs A True Win-Win
    8/14/2014

    The speed at which technology is creating new products and services is increasing exponentially. For resellers — particularly those in the IT sector — this nets out to increased pressure not only to sell, but to stay abreast of a constant stream of technological advancements.

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