For some businesses, making the transition into a fully digital company is part of their normal business strategy. Tech companies, for instance, have no choice but to keep up with the times, and that requires the digital transformation. Other companies that might not have tech ties, however, may find transitioning into a digital business to be a significant challenge. By Rick Delgado, contributing writer
Customization used to be a bad word to many business owners. It was viewed as encumbering higher costs and depending on complex IT infrastructure. However, with the availability of more outsourced technology resources and the increased drive for innovation and marketplace gains, customization is becoming a more common business practice. By Kristen McAlister, President, Cerius Executives
When I first started managing, I thought a lot about myself: how I was doing with my team, how I didn’t want to be a terrible manager, things I could do to become a great manager. Yet when I first started out, the advice I got was “it’s not about you anymore.”
Demand for copy paper is expected to drop by nearly a quarter in the next decade, following a 3.3 million ton drop in the last four years. Yet the demand for documentation, particularly in the healthcare, legal, and financial services industries is more prevalent than ever. So there is a growing need for digitization as well as for systematic and efficient filing, storage, and retrieval. By Tim Wacker, technical writer, NBN Communications
If you’re like most employees in the workforce, there are likely people with whom you have trouble working. Although worker traits are as deeply embedded in their personalities as they are capable of causing employee infighting and lowered morale, many disagreements arising in the workplace stem from a far more surmountable issue: the communication barriers imposed by outdated or inefficient technology.
One of the benefits of having been in the sales coaching, consulting, and training business for the past 40 years is that I've had an opportunity to see a lot of so-called magical solutions come through our industry. There have been training programs with hypnotic closes associated with the program. There have been all kinds of gadgets and devices intended to help salespeople sell more.
eFolder has found that, despite the clear demarcation between the needs of “casual” users and working professionals, especially in security and collaboration, many businesspeople still select consumer-grade file sync services because they don’t understand the key differences between consumer-grade and business-grade file sync solutions.
To remain in business as long as East Texas Copy Systems (ETCS), which was established in 1945, you have to be vigilant of industry trends and embrace change. During the 2008 recession, ETCS unquestionably demonstrated these abilities, first by recognizing that copier, printer and paper usage were on the decline. And, secondly, noting that if it wanted to remain relevant, it needed to become an expert in selling the systems and solutions that were replacing its former office staples.
Knight Office Solutions (KOS) got its start more than 25 years ago supplying and servicing HP ® printers for its customers in the San Antonio, Texas region. Established in 1989, the company saw early success as an HP reseller and service partner, later adding other copier manufacturers into the mix, and opening a second location in Austin.
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is the way in which companies store and organize their documents and other content. It covers the management of all forms of information within an organization, from paper to electronic documents, email, and more. It encompasses the functions of records management and document management along with document conversion processes. Other aspects of ECM include capture, scanning, digital asset management (DAM), search, web content management, and collaboration.
The purpose of ECM is to manage the full information lifecycle, from creation through archival and disposal. ECM solutions are available on-premise as an application on an organization's network, as a service (software as a service or SaaS) where data is stored in the cloud, or as a combination of the two known as a hybrid solution.
ECM aims to increase organizational efficiency and reduce costs by allowing anyone in the organization to easily manage many documents from any location. ECM can simplify the storage, retention, version control, security, and regulatory requirements and provides superior control when compared to paper records by allowing organizations to set access levels and put viewing and editing restrictions on specific documents. In addition, by digitizing documents organizations reduce the risk of them being lost, stolen, or damaged.
For Business Solutions magazine readers who couldn’t attend Channel Transitions West on April 29, 2014 in Santa Ana, CA, Jake West, who manages Mercury’s business development team, shares in this video what he discussed with conference attendees, including finding recurring revenue streams for your business.
Todd Haugland, lead sales engineer for GFI MAX, discussed tools for managed services providers with conference attendees at Channel Transitions West on April 29, 2014 in Santa Ana, CA.
Michael Wong, systems engineer at F-Secure, summarizes what he discussed with conference attendees at Channel Transitions West on April 29, 2014 in Santa Ana, CA.
For Business Solutions magazine readers who couldn’t attend Channel Transitions West on April 29, 2014 in Santa Ana, CA, Doug Hall, business development director of AIM, the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility, shares on video what he discussed with attendees at the conference.