General Computing Executive Commentary

  1. The IT Services Provider Is Critical To SMB Success

    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.

  2. Which Characteristics Do You Look For In An Employee?

    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.

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

    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. 

  4. 4 Patch Management Practices To Keep Your Clients Secure

    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.

  5. How IT Solutions Providers Can Maintain A Quality Standard

    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.

  6. 4 Ways Retailers Can Leverage Big Data And Edge Analytics For Success

    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.

  7. Why Digital Transformation Will Find New Value And Revenue In 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.

  8. The ABCs Of Flipped Classrooms: What IT Solutions Providers Need To Know

    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.

  9. In WebRTC-Based Software Development, Verticalization Is The Name Of The Game

    There has been a trend in software development over recent years to build products with graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that are a lot more, well, graphical. In an effort to make these experiences more attractive and inviting to users, designers started taking their cues from the gaming world, swapping out verbal descriptors and text-based identifiers for visual equivalents in the form of images and icons. Intuitiveness was the game plan.

  10. Your Customer’s Big Data Is Getting Bigger: Help Them Get The Basics Right Today

    The promise of Big Data is that it will reveal insights into a company’s marketing, customers, and products that will help drive big sales. That’s why many of your customers have embraced the Big Data trend to grow their market share and stay competitive.  So where do you, as a reseller, come in?

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