Channel partnerships, like many relationships, begin with a great deal of enthusiasm. Sometimes it’s a summer fling, other times it leads to long-term commitment, but how do partners know when it’s truly a match made in heaven? As competition in the managed services sector heats up, today’s MSPs know their continued success depends on more than just offering superior services to their clients.
It’s very much still the early stages, but make no mistake about it: the Internet of Things (IoT) will be a permanent, ubiquitous fixture within our everyday lives, providing us a new world of connected and intelligent devices. By Marcio Saito, CTO, Opengear
Cluster computing is achieved by connecting a group of computers in a dedicated network so they can act like a single entity. By J.O.S. Svendsen, Corporate Communications Manager, Milestone Systems
Never before have modern organizations been hungrier for data. Business leaders in a wide variety of market segments seek out information gleaned from network devices and systems to achieve more informed decision-making and make sense of what is occurring at any given time.
Companies are always looking to be on the cutting edge of technology and boast “the next big thing.” Right now, that means cloud computing. In particular, a lot of businesses want hybrid-cloud environments in their organization. According to Blue Coat, three of four enterprise companies are adding cloud-based solutions to supplement their on-premises web, data, and network security deployments.
For fellow MSPs, the technology solutions we choose to provide are the lifeblood of our business. Selecting the correct ones is often a make-or-break proposition, and this is perhaps particularly true when it comes to ensuring client data is secured as part of the service offering. By Terry Cole, Founder, Cole Informatics
A new generation of IT personnel and contact center managers is coming to the forefront. Young, technologically-savvy professionals are taking leadership positions in the field, so it’s only natural many of these individuals focus on the concepts they were raised with: instant gratification, gratuitous rewards, and plug-and-play technologies.
The manufacturing industry has always been on a quest to reduce cost, increase productivity, and minimize waste. Over the years, business strategies that have attempted to achieve this trifecta of manufacturing goals have come and gone. The Lean concept was one of the first that helped companies successfully streamline operations. It was followed by Agile which, as its name suggests, went beyond reducing waste and increasing efficiency to add flexibility and versatility to manufacturing capabilities, helping companies not only run leaner and meaner, but with an increased agility to help them quickly respond to market changes and competitors.
The demise of the IT guy has been predicted for at least 10 years. The thought was as everything started moving to the cloud, there wasn’t going to be much left to do for the IT guy. After all, if all an IT guy did was babysit and maintain physical servers, and if those servers were migrated to the cloud; then why do you still need an IT guy?