Storage Executive Commentary

  1. Keys To Identifying Cloud Deployment Initiatives With The Best Chance For Success

    The decision between cloud and on-premises models for enterprise solutions is not an easy one for most organizations. The gradual mainstreaming of cloud puts pressure on IT to consider alternatives from many perspectives, and on IT leaders to evaluate what model best suits their needs, while also being affordable.

  2. What To Consider When Planning Your Business Exit Strategy (Part II)

    In the first post of this series, I talked about the financial preparation required to maximize your outcome when you exit your business. Of course, that assumes you will sell or value the company at exit.

  3. 4 Things SMBs Are Looking For From Their Software And IT Solutions Providers

    Small and mid-sized business (SMB) owners have a lot on their plates, many taking on roles typically outsourced or assigned to an employee such as human resources, marketing, and business development. One of the most vexing roles for a business owner to take on is IT administrator. IT is evolving at the speed of light with new technologies being introduced every day. While a small business owner may be an expert in his or her special craft, they may lack the expertise to research, understand and implement the myriad of IT solutions critical to operating a business today.

  4. 3 Qualities Of An IT Solutions Provider That SMBs Want

    Small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) are faced with an ever-growing list of technological challenges. A few of those challenges are keeping IT systems humming, deciding which technologies to invest in, and keeping up with the latest technological developments that impact their business.

  5. Ask The Consultant: How To Have One-To-One Meetings That Matter To Your IT Solutions Provider Team

    In business, we often talk about mission, vision, and values to our teams and the importance of ongoing discussions and communications around those major themes. 

  6. Just Own It: Can Self-Leadership Work In Your IT Solutions Provider?

    In the ultimate move toward self-leadership in the workplace, Zappos (among others) recently announced they were eliminating managers in an effort to keep things less corporate.  In a movement called holacracy, teams are expected to know what needs to get done and do it, focusing on the relationships rather than the individual to meet objectives.

  7. 3 Things Small Businesses Want From Their IT Providers

    The IT services market is a unique one, and the SMB niche within it is even further refined. Small and medium-sized businesses have far fewer resources (and minimal manpower) when compared to their enterprise counterparts — and traditionally, these restrictions have prevented smaller organizations from gaining access to emerging technologies and infrastructure solutions.

  8. Disaster Strikes: 3 Critical Factors That Should Be A Part Of A Recovery Plan

    In the darkest days after a tornado in early May damaged 30 percent of Van, Texas, (a city outside of Dallas) residents were provided some relief when the Van High School “Vandals” baseball team beat North Lamar High School to go on to the state semifinals for the first time in program history.

  9. What IT Solutions Providers Need To Know About Bitcoins And Cryptocurrency

    Bitcoins are a form of cryptocurrency, meaning they do not have a physical representation. Instead they are stored in an online exchange in anonymous wallets. They can be transferred anywhere in the world via the Internet. They can be paid from anywhere, to anywhere with total anonymity. The long and short of it is: They are the ideal form of payment for illicit activities and hackers.

  10. What To Consider When Planning Your Business Exit Strategy, Part I

    One of the areas I spend considerable time on is helping business owners prepare for and then complete an exit from the business they often founded and have worked in for decades. Let’s get one thing straight:  It is a big deal for an entrepreneurial owner to exit his or her business. In fact, it is a very big deal. The saddest call I receive comes from a small business owner that has worked in their company for decades. It was their creation, and they have poured sweat and blood into building it to where it is today.