Supply Chain Executive Commentary

  1. 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.”

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Vital Steps For Sales Success In 2015
    1/5/2015

    This article is going to address some numbers that most salespeople and business owners overlook. But, these are truly the vital numbers, or metrics, that will spell tremendous success for you and/or your team in 2015. Most of us recall the old mantra of “calls plus demos equals sales.” And, that’s true, but it is not as effective a philosophy today as it was back in the last century.

  5. IT Security Should Be The Top Priority For MSPs
    1/5/2015

    To completely secure a customer’s computing environment, managed services providers (MSPs) must first secure their own. It sounds obvious, but for many MSPs, practicing what they preach isn’t a high priority. 

  6. Will 2015 Mark The End Of The Backup Appliance?
    12/30/2014

    And, if so, what does that mean for your margins?

  7. Ask Coach: What’s The Process Behind Developing A Leadership Team?
    12/23/2014

    How do I develop a true leadership team? Well, that’s a topic that could consume an entire library of books! That said, let’s see if we can’t whittle the topic down to a manageable scope. Beginning with the end in mind … effective development always starts with defining success. Said differently, ask yourself if you have a clear sense for what a real leadership team looks like?

  8. Books Services Providers Can Reference Again And Again
    12/23/2014

    As we wrap up 2014, I wanted to give my Service Manager Brethren a few of the books that have helped me in an operational or managerial capacity over the last 15 years. Some of the books are pricey and are more like text books than typical business book fare.

  9. How To Prepare For The Next “D” In BYOD
    12/18/2014

    A few years ago BYOD (bring your own device) was just an IT buzzword, and now it’s part of everyday conversation. References to BYOD today revolve around personal smartphones and tablets but the rapid introduction of new consumer technologies, like wearables, are changing the notion of what the “D” in BYOD stands for. BYOD today isn’t as much about the device, but more about securing the data, via apps, on the device. Businesses need to start thinking now about how the rise of wearable technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) will affect their approach to BYOD.

  10. Ask Coach: How Do I Develop My Staff To Believe In Themselves?
    12/18/2014

    How do I develop my staff to believe in themselves? I am going to answer this question with some lessons I learned from my father and a swamped canoe. Before I tell my story, I want to remind you of the challenge you face.

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