Managed Services Executive Commentary

  1. Four Steps To Casting A Clear Vision
    1/15/2015

    Vision casting is one of those topics that most people tend to run from. It seems mystical to many. The reality is that not only is it a discipline, but a very important skill to have and implement if you want to succeed both personally and professionally.  Scripture says it most clearly when it says in Proverbs 29 “where there is no vision, the people perish.” Many small businesses today flounder around because the vision has not been defined even by the leaders and certainly has not been shared with the team in a way that compels them to want to participate.

  2. Ask Coach: Tap Into The Power Of Your Team To Set A Strategic Path
    1/15/2015

    How do I set a strategic direction for the company? The “how” is a relatively simple process. The implementation of the process is the hard part — but more on that in a minute. Procedurally, I’d recommend something like the following steps:

  3. Your Top 5 New HR Habits For 2015
    1/14/2015

    Happy 2015!  The start of a new year brings so much hope, promise and excitement for us all, both personally and professionally. And while many business owners and managers have spent the last few weeks focused on strategically planning execution of their 2015 business plans, I would suggest few have given much thought to their HR strategic plans. So here’s my shortlist of HR “habits” every leader and company, big to small, needs to incorporate into their 2015 plan (and every year thereafter).

  4. The Next Frontier For Telecom Providers: Merchant POS
    1/14/2015

    Many industry insiders would agree that the past 15 years have represented a marvelous period for communications providers and VARS, who by many accounts, successfully led customers through a sometimes difficult — but ultimately beneficial — transition to emerging technology that has made an undeniable impact on business performance.

  5. Building A System In Support Of The IoT
    1/14/2015

    A man heads back home after jogging. A hallway door camera identifies him through face recognition and allows access to living quarters. As soon as he removes his shoe, embedded sensors transmits data to his mobile and a message pops up: “You have burned 500 calories today!” He rests on a couch and next beep sound on mobile alerts, “Oven preheat started. Breakfast ready in 20 minutes.”

  6. Israel’s Bookshelf: New Year’s Edition
    1/14/2015

    If I am completely honest with all of you, I buy way more books than I read. On average, I probably buy three or four books a month. In addition to those books, I normally get three or four a quarter sent to me from publisher and marketing friends in hopes that I will be part of the social media team that will help promote the book. I say all of that to make the point that the books that I suggest in this column are the ones that I don’t simply read, but that I engage with … books that significantly impact my thinking.

  7. 10 Predictions For Data Protection In 2015
    1/13/2015

    Here are ten data protection predictions for 2015 covering topics including tape backup, offsite disaster recovery, cloud backup, virtualized backup, and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS).

  8. Message To MSPs: Adapt To Survive
    1/13/2015

    In the managed services provider (MSP) business, moving upwards in operational maturity levels (OML) plays a key role in determining the MSP’s technology goals and partnerships. The journey from OML1 to OML5 that is from “Beginning,” “Emerging,” “Scaling,” “Optimizing,” to “Innovating” has been never been an easy task.

  9. Leveling The Online Playing Field: Providing Cloud Services For SMBs
    1/13/2015

    SMB Group research shows that the use of cloud business and infrastructure applications by SMBs was poised to grow from 33 to 44 percent through 2014. The cloud brings unprecedented cost savings and agility to SMBs, enabling these smaller organizations to automate time-consuming IT tasks and gain easy remote access to business applications and data.

  10. How To Make BYOD Security Easy For The User
    1/7/2015

    “Bring your own device” (BYOD) is an emerging trend in the IT industry. It provides an option for companies to allow their employees to bring their own devices like laptops and tablets to the workplace and enables the option for users to avoid the limitation of working only from the workplace — employees can choose to work from home with provided access. Most companies are moving to BYOD models since it reduces the cost of the company for device purchase.

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