Supply Chain Executive Commentary

  1. How To Quickly Integrate A New Salesperson Into Your IT Company, Part 2
    3/30/2015

    In the first part of this series, I shared some strategies around onboarding a salesperson into a new industry.  This article will focus on the second question of how to immerse a new hire in your company culture and expectations.

  2. How IT Solutions Providers Can Strategically Plan A Benefits Package
    3/30/2015

    All IT companies are facing a shortage of qualified workers, and this is especially true for SMB owners.  It seems as though the “big boys” have the competitive edge when it comes to compensation packages, perks, and benefits. In addition, the changes brought about via the Affordable Care Act have frustrated many employers, forcing them to reevaluate their benefit packages by dropping some benefits, adding additional benefits, or modifying the plans themselves.

  3. Stuck On Your IT Services Business Strategic Plan? How A Coach Can Help Jump Start Progress
    3/24/2015

    I heard Verne Harnish speak at a conference a few years ago.  He said many great things but the most impactful (to me at least) observation he shared was around coaching.  He shared how Tiger Woods, who at this point was at the pinnacle of his career, was impacted by a coach.

  4. IT Solutions Providers: Which Lake Are You In?
    3/24/2015

    When I was in college, I spent my summers working at a YMCA camp. I was responsible to keep all the trails, playing fields, and general areas mowed. I also did some general maintenance stuff around the camp as well. Occasionally, I would get to do some work down by the lake. It was here that I would witness hundreds of kids get in a canoe, many of them for the first time.

  5. The IT Services Provider Is Critical To SMB Success
    3/23/2015

    It’s a pretty bold claim, but true. Small-business success is at the core of economic growth. If they fail, we all do — the entire channel.

  6. Which Characteristics Do You Look For In An Employee?
    3/19/2015

    There are many reasons for hiring a new employee. Maybe your business is growing and you need addition resources to help with the increasing workload. Maybe you had someone leave your team or company and you are backfilling the vacant position. Or maybe you have the misfortune of having to let an employee go for whatever reason and now you are filling the position.

  7. Change Doesn’t Mean Doom For The IT Channel — But Scaring Businesses Off With The Idea Could
    3/18/2015

    The channel is constantly in a state of change, and with change comes uncertainty. Uncertainty drives fear and so with each change people are quick to identify threats to the existing model and ultimately the demise of the channel. 

  8. How IT Solutions Providers Can Maintain A Quality Standard
    3/18/2015

    An intern working on a research project was asked by his professor to submit a report within a week. The intern did as directed but the report came back quickly with a question, “Is this the best you can do?” Knowing he could have been done better, he worked on it some more before submitting again. The professor returned the report with the same question. The intern amped up his efforts, started from the beginning, and worked on it feverishly.

  9. 4 Ways Retailers Can Leverage Big Data And Edge Analytics For Success
    3/18/2015

    Leading retailers are leveraging Big Data and edge analytics to improve customer experience and operational efficiency, while increasing sales. A tremendous volume of data can be generated every second in the retail industry, much of it from traditional sources such as transaction logs and inventory scans, as well as new sources of sensor data such as cameras in parking lots, sensors on shopping carts, beacons throughout the store, the retailer’s in-store Wi-Fi network, apps on consumers’ mobile phones and more.

  10. Why Digital Transformation Will Find New Value And Revenue In 2015
    3/17/2015

    In today’s digital world, solutions providers and enterprises face a two-fold digital challenge. Firstly, from end customers, whose spending patterns and expectations of service have dramatically increased by the digital revolution. Secondly, for both providers and enterprises, from the competitive threat posed by a host of “born in the web” startups, operating without the constraints of legacy business models or legacy technology.

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