Supply Chain Executive Commentary

  1. Put Your Customers In The Best Possible Position For Big Data Initiatives
    12/16/2014

    In this article, John Gentry, vice president of marketing and alliances at Virtual Instruments shares challenges enterprises face when incorporating Big Data analytics, steps they can take to make sure their Big Data initiatives are the most beneficial — and ways IT solutions providers can help.

  2. Channel Sales Vendor/Partner Relationships: What Vendors Want (Part 7)
    12/16/2014

    It’s not love at first sight. It is all about the relationship between the vendor and the partner if a channel sales partnership is to be successful. A better understanding of what a vendor expects from a partner helps the solution provider make well informed and prudent business decisions that have a positive and profitable impact on their organization.

  3. 5 Steps Toward Creating A Culture Of Innovation
    12/12/2014

    “We value a culture of creativity and innovation.” These words, or something like them, appear in almost every company’s About Us or Corporate Culture page. Whether or not it’s true is an entirely different story, as everyone throws these words around so much they’ve been reduced, unfortunately, to inflated buzzwords.

  4. Make 2015 The Year Mobile Productivity And Security Go Hand-in-Hand
    12/12/2014

    There’s no denying the fact that we’re a society on the go — at work and at play. According to IDC, by the end of 2015, there will be 1.3 billion mobile workers. To put that number in perspective, Facebook just hit the 1.3 billion mark for active monthly users in Q3 2014.

  5. The Growing Importance Of A BYOD Policy — In Light Of The Growing Number Of Devices
    12/9/2014

    It seems like the phrase BYOD, short for “bring your own device,” has scarcely caught on, and now we’re in the position of needing another. Indeed, with the announcement of the eminently expected Apple Watch and the various and multifarious forms of Android Wear, it seems that wearable technology is finally ready to have its day in the sun.

  6. Internet Of Things: Hype Or Opportunity For Resellers?
    12/5/2014

    With the emergence of a new technology, hype often precedes true value. This fact could not be any more apparent than in the case of the Internet of Things (IoT). However, despite the hype, the opportunity offered by IoT is real. With myriad solutions available and no centralized distribution method or recognized central authority, the industry is ripe for resellers looking to bring order to the chaos.

  7. 5 Warnings About Jurisdiction And Cloud Storage
    12/5/2014

    Technology and law are two things that can never seem to get on the same page. Technology moves at such a rapid pace that the law can never seem to catch up. Now, mix in the advent of cloud storage and the complexities begin to mount. Cloud storage has spurned a global phenomenon where your clients data can be housed anywhere in the world. Without even knowing it, your clients data stored in the cloud can be subject to local, national and even international laws.

  8. Enterprise Labeling: An Imperative For The Electronics Industry
    12/4/2014

    The electronics industry today is characterized by an ever-sprawling set of global supply chains, causing an increase in disparate labeling systems spread across the enterprise with an ever increasing volume of duplicated label and redundant master data. This begs the question: how effective is labeling in the electronics industry today?  Can labeling be more optimized for large corporations with thousands of printers around the world?

  9. MSP Sales Teams: Not Just From IT Backgrounds Anymore
    12/4/2014

    The journey of IT companies during the last quarter-century has been an eventful one. At various times, they have been labeled — with varying degrees of accuracy — break-fix mechanics, troubleshooters, network technicians, and, most recently, managed services providers (MSPs).  The latter concept has driven a revolution in the space, along with the rise of cloud-based software services such as customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Many IT firms have now evolved into shops providing applications for nearly every business need, with a business model based largely on monthly subscriptions. 

  10. Hype Or Opportunity? 4 Things Managed Service Providers Need To Consider About The Internet Of Things
    12/4/2014

    In 2012, Chicago installed solar powered trash collectors in its central business district. Not only do the containers hold more trash because of the compactor, but built-in sensors expedite the process and alert the headquarters when they’re full. This greatly reduces the need for pick-ups, saving both fuel and labor costs. Philadelphia saved $900,000 using these compactors and went from 17 weekly pickups with 33 employees to five weekly pick-ups with nine employees. This scenario is the epitome of the “Internet of Things,” more commonly known as the IoT, where “things” talk to other “things” over the Internet.

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