Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. Coach’s Corner: Great Expectations
    6/29/2016

    Dear Coach: I struggle with some people on my team not living up to expectations. It’s as if they are not even listening. I’m really getting tired of this and ready to clear the decks and start over. Am I being too hasty?

  2. Cyber-threats In 2016: Evolution, Potential, And Overcoming Them
    6/29/2016

    The contemporary business environment is essentially a small subsystem in the larger cyber world. Every enterprise, no matter how technically progressive or apprehensive about technology, is connected to and handles different streams of data. The current IT landscape is highly disruptive, but it does promise better business outcomes for those who are Internet of Things (IoT) ready and prepared to embrace Big Data. However, there are some apprehensions about this more connected, omnipresent, and easily accessible data — it opens many doors to hackers, creating room for Cyber threats to seep in.

  3. Why The Time Is Right For The Global Telecom Industry To Engage MSPs
    6/28/2016

    According to Garter’s 2016 CIO Agenda Survey, CIOs expect digital revenues to grow from 16 to 37 percent in the next five years, and public-sector CIOs predict a rise from 42 to 77 percent in digital processes. What this means is — with very few exceptions — businesses of all types are feeling the impact of consumer demand for digital services, and are looking to digital to extend the way their business interacts with its consumers.

  4. Protect Yourself From Cybercrime: 6 More Best Practices To Implement Now
    6/27/2016

    As discussed in Part 1, most companies have by now at least a basic awareness of the need to take action to reduce their vulnerability to cybercrime and to prepare for the possibility that they will suffer a cyberattack. In that article, we outlined six of our 12 best practices for addressing and responding to cyber risks. In Part 2, we will discuss the remaining six.

  5. Prepare For The 4 D’s: A Business Legacy Conversation
    6/27/2016

    Part of planning and preparation means being ready for the unexpected. There are four D’s that can drastically reduce the value of a company.  It is true for a sole owner, but obviously the likelihood increases with more people involved.

  6. Preparing For The Unexpected
    6/24/2016

    Dear? Is that a deer?  Legacy Planning – Preparing for the Unexpected.  What to do now?

  7. Exploiting Windows Vulnerabilities Shows No Sign Of Slowing: The 6 Major Threats To Watch
    6/24/2016

    Recently, I wrote about the continuing threat Windows users face. Despite the major advances Microsoft has made in terms of increased security safeguards available in the latest release, Windows 10, there are millions of PCs still running older versions of the popular operating system which are highly vulnerable and susceptible to external threats. Of the many flavors of Windows still widely used, Windows 7 remains the most popular version of the operating system and where cyber criminals continue to focus much of their efforts.

  8. Uncovering Business Insights Through Cognitive Search
    6/23/2016

    Big Data. It’s among the most pressing challenges — and opportunities — for today’s solution providers. Enterprise data, be it structured in databases and enterprise applications or unstructured textual data from documents (including contracts, letters, emails, newsfeeds, websites, and more) or videos and images, contains a wealth of content that, if searched and analyzed with cognitive intelligence, can deliver valuable insights for the customers you serve.

  9. What’s Your Number? A Business Value Conversation
    6/22/2016

    In the April HTGWAY, I talked about two legacies that we’ll leave as business owners – a personal legacy and a business legacy. Both are critical and obviously related. But let’s focus on the reality of how most of us view our business in regard to provide a legacy – it is a major (if not the major) source of funding four our retirement and future. It’s that simple for most, if we miss in creating enough value in our company we will fall short in having enough dollars to fund our lifestyle in retirement the way we wish it to be.

  10. How To Overcome HSM Cost Objections
    6/22/2016

    Cryptographic keys truly could be called the keys to an organization’s digital kingdom and that’s why they must be protected, both at rest and in use. Hardware security modules (HSMs) were created to do just that. HSMs act as both a locked box and a secure management platform for cryptographic keys — because the fact is, however powerful and flexible a crypto system may be a breach of cryptographic keys destroys its integrity. Consequently, HSMs have become the default foundation of security for any modern crypto system.