Supply Chain Executive Commentary

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. The ABCs Of Flipped Classrooms: What IT Solutions Providers Need To Know
    3/17/2015

    Over the last few years, the flipped classroom has rapidly gained popularity among teachers and school administrators. According to recent studies, one in three teachers are considering flipping their classrooms, with one in four school administrators interested in implementing this trend. This shift in pedagogy represents a huge market opportunity for IT solutions providers who will be called upon to help develop processes and implement the technologies that facilitate the flipped classroom for teachers, administrators and students.

  5. Ask Coach: What Sharing A Bathroom With 4 Women Taught Me About Family Strategic Planning
    3/16/2015

    Q: How do I do strategic planning with my family? Coach: Have you ever shared one bathroom with four women? I have. It makes for an interesting study in human relations and tests communication and mutual respect like no other situation I know.

  6. Keeping Your IT Clients’ PLM Grounded As Cloud Adoption Becomes More Mainstream
    3/10/2015

    There is a lot of talk about cloud computing today and its exponentially growing presence among enterprise technology, particularly product lifecycle management (PLM). While PLM “in the cloud” is available today, its adoption can be slow. PLM provides a central and secure location to track and manage product data throughout the product lifecycle including: component data, bill of materials (BOMs), product documentation, engineering changes and revisions, as well as quality and compliance information.

  7. How Do You Use “Subconscious Metrics” To Validate Identity?
    3/10/2015

    Identity theft is the most common consumer complaint in America, as chronicled by the Federal Trade Commission’s annual report.  Consumers were already a bit wary about the safety status of their online and store accounts — and then the data breach tsunami hit. Many household names were tarnished due to inadequate defense strategies to combat the innovative minds of cybercriminals.

  8. 5 Reasons Why Rebranding Is Necessary
    3/9/2015

    In every company there comes the day when the shiny luster has worn off its branding and a company starts to wonder if the brand is doing more harm than good. Even industry giants rethink their brand: Pepsi has rebranded 11 times, Apple has done it three, and Starbucks, four.

  9. Keys To Managing Customer Relationships
    3/6/2015

    The keys to managing customer relationships are the same as managing any personal relationship. It boils down to listening, being a good partner, having good rapport, building trust, being transparent, having integrity, and being there when someone needs you. A good customer-IT solutions provider relationship is like a successful marriage.

  10. Advantages Of Simultaneous Bluetooth And Wi-Fi Connectivity In Mobile Printers
    3/6/2015

    ISVs and VARs should consider wireless printer selection as an integral part of the IT solution design and development process to ensure meeting varied connectivity requirements.

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