Supply Chain Executive Commentary

  1. Tips For Solving Top Business Challenges Through Software Development
    9/7/2016

    Historically, software development projects would spend considerable time gathering tedious amounts of requirements from a group of business leaders before the developers write a line of code.  In this process, months can pass by before any tangible results begin to form. However, Agile was created to solve this problem. Agile helps to organize your development into smaller components so that developers can start writing code right away. Agile is effective because the business receives real and tangible results very early in the process. Because of its benefits, Agile enables the developer to meet timelines and expectations; therefore, we learned how to do it really well.

  2. Apple Upgrades And The Enterprise
    9/6/2016

    In advance of Apple’s upcoming press conference on September 7th, it’s a good time to take a look at recent announcements the company has made that are directly impacting the enterprise. Apple has been making clear and vocal shifts to increase its enterprise business over the past two years. The company now has partnerships with major enterprise players, including IBM (July 2014), Cisco (September 2015), and now SAP (May 2016). Not only do these partnerships strengthen Apple’s enterprise position, they also give the company access to hundreds of millions of potential enterprise customers.

  3. ISV Valuations: Exposing The Silent Power Play Between Integrated Software Vendors And Payments Processors For Ownership Of The End-User Relationship
    8/18/2016

    Valuations for ISV platforms with payments integration, and payments processing companies which have vertically integrated high margin, high growth software platforms with measurable EBITDA contribution, are on the rise. The level of M&A activity for both is striking.

  4. A Shift In The VAR Business Model To Account For Convergence
    8/16/2016

    Every industry is being affected by the convergence of technology in the marketplace as offerings broaden and shift to delivery as a service. According to Harvard Business Review, “IT-Driven innovation is reshaping industries and redrawing the lines of competitive rivalry.” By Seth Woodward, Sales Enablement Specialist, TBI

  5. The Process Bulldog
    8/15/2016

    The Process Bulldog is a lynchpin role at the heart of a healthy process culture. This role is the connection layer of your process governance structure —linking the vision of the leadership team with the creativity of the process owners and participants, the people who are involved in process challenges every day. Every organization needs one.

  6. How The Channel Can Still Go Global In Turbulent Times
    8/11/2016

    From intense policy and political debate in the U.S. to the effects of recent votes in Europe and rising debt levels in China, the path to going global for the channel has never seemed so lucrative. As someone with more than 15 years international experience, edgy resellers and IT service providers have been asking what one piece of advice I would offer to help in their global strategies. And, while this insight is focused on the IT channel, I believe these guidelines are applicable across multiple industries. So here it is: stay the course.

  7. Enterprise Mobility: Conquering The Battle Between Cost And Quality With Low-Code
    8/9/2016

    Enterprise mobility and the use of mobile applications to do mission-critical work are no longer new. Not at all. By Malcolm Ross, VP of Product Marketing, Appian

  8. Top 5 Issues To Consider Before Customizing Technology
    7/15/2016

    Customization used to be a bad word to many business owners. It was viewed as encumbering higher costs and depending on complex IT infrastructure. However, with the availability of more outsourced technology resources and the increased drive for innovation and marketplace gains, customization is becoming a more common business practice. By Kristen McAlister, President, Cerius Executives

  9. 10 Ways To Create And Retain Engagement With Process Improvement
    7/13/2016

    Is your business struggling to get staff involved in process improvement initiatives? If so, you can take solace in knowing you’re not alone. By Ivan Seselj, CEO, Promapp

  10. ISV And VAR Valuations Are Rising With Payments Integration
    7/8/2016

    Payments processors and service providers aren’t the only ones benefiting from rising valuations in today’s massive convergence of technology, banking, and payments. Though the payments industry has successfully leveraged synergistic value from the acquisitions of, and/or strategic partnerships with ISVs and VARs, there has been a similar effect evidenced on the other side of the equation as well.