Supply Chain Executive Commentary

  1. MSP Sales Teams Are Not Just From IT Backgrounds Anymore

    I read an interesting interview by Jill Konrath of Brent Adamson, coauthor of “The Challenger Sale.” In the interview, Mr. Adamson talks about some of the research they have done around the point in the sale when the purchaser engages with the supplier.

  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. 3 Reasons Home Health Spells Opportunity For VARs

    These are challenging times for home healthcare providers. Reimbursement is declining as the healthcare industry shifts from a volume-based, fee-for-service approach to a value-based, accountable care model.  This transformation accelerates pressure on home health providers to operate more efficiently, deliver better patient outcomes and market themselves to hospitals as trusted partners. At the same time, providers have to comply with a constantly growing number of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) mandates.

  4. 6 Tips To Help Provide Your IT Clients With Safe Remote Computing

    As a provider of IT services for a variety of businesses, I have witnessed a myriad of Internet vulnerability issues, especially as more and more work is performed on the road. My company, Synametrics, provides software solutions that help companies share their valuable, often crucially private information both securely and efficiently. But these tools must be combined with user vigilance.

  5. Will Intelligence-as-a-Service Be The Next Opportunity For Solutions Providers?

    To say that the cloud has taken the world by storm wouldn’t do the technology justice. In the span of only a few years, cloud computing has become an indispensable tool for most businesses and other organizations. There are many reasons for the growing phenomenon, but perhaps the biggest one is the cloud’s versatility.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 6 Uses For IoT Sensors In Equipment Manufacturing

    It seems you can’t read any technology-related news these days without hearing about the potential of the Internet of Things to revolutionize the way we engage with the world. The reason? It’s a really big deal! The IoT promises to be the most disruptive technological advance since … well …. the Internet.

  10. Leadership Lessons Learned By A Systems Integrator On A 7,500-Mile Rally To Mongolia

    The most important leadership lessons come from the least likely scenarios. I’ve found this to be true throughout my career as an entrepreneur and executive, and it’s part of the reason I’ll spend a few weeks this summer driving thousands of miles across Europe in a tiny car I rescued from the scrap heap.