Supply Chain Executive Commentary

  1. Books Services Providers Can Reference Again And Again

    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.

  2. How To Prepare For The Next “D” In BYOD

    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.

  3. Ask Coach: How Do I Develop My Staff To Believe In Themselves?

    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.

  4. Why You Should Stop Using Unpaid Interns

    Interns have been used in many companies across almost all industries for dozens, if not hundreds of years. Many SMBs find the use of interns invaluable, as they can ease the burden of operations from both a staffing and financial perspective. Additionally, many interns gain valuable skills and connections as a result of their exposure to their chosen profession, and these are the “perks” many employers hang their hats on. 

  5. Put Your Customers In The Best Possible Position For Big Data Initiatives

    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.

  6. Channel Sales Vendor/Partner Relationships: What Vendors Want (Part 7)

    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.

  7. 5 Steps Toward Creating A Culture Of Innovation

    “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.

  8. Make 2015 The Year Mobile Productivity And Security Go Hand-in-Hand

    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.

  9. The Growing Importance Of A BYOD Policy — In Light Of The Growing Number Of Devices

    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.

  10. Internet Of Things: Hype Or Opportunity For Resellers?

    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.

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