Sugging, also spelled SUGGing, is an acronym that stands for “selling under the guise” of research. Continued…
Quote of the Day
“The practice of sugging also undermines the value of true research which is an essential tool for the development of evidence-based policy and decision making.” – Jane Frost
Conducting technology market research for new techs, products
Find out how channel partners approach technology market research when considering adding a new technology or product as a business offering.
IT channel sales and marketing strategy for the digital era
Having an effective sales and marketing strategy is essential for every IT channel company in today’s world. Here are the ins-and-outs to get you started.
IT and marketing: working together for business success
The IT department builds things that scale and last, while marketing wants the next big thing – and needed it yesterday. How can heads of technology work effectively with marketing? Cliff Saran investigates.
Computer Market Research unveils marketing funds tool for partners
Computer Market Research introduces a tool for managing vendor-provided marketing funds; Ingram Micro expands its ProAV/Digital Signage portfolio; and more channel news.
Smartphones sound the death knell for outbound marketing strategies
The smartphone-saturated consumer market is slowly deflating outbound marketing strategies and telemarketing.
This is a performance-based marketing strategy in which one company pays another for referred business.
a. What is recruitment marketing?
b. What is affiliate marketing?
A hybrid WAN is a wide area network that sends traffic over two or more connection types. Continued…
Quote of the Day
“Many large organizations are moving away from exclusive hybrid WAN vs. SD-WAN choices and are deploying SD-WAN as part of their hybrid WAN options.” – Lee Doyle
Is it hybrid WAN vs. SD-WAN, or does SD-WAN help implement hybrid WAN?
It’s not a matter of hybrid WAN vs. SD-WAN. The two technologies can be used together to make deployment and operation easier.
SD-WAN-only devices disappearing as market matures
SD-WAN vendors are responding to customer demand with multifunction networking appliances. As a result, SD-WAN is vanishing as a stand-alone product in the branch office.
Is a hybrid WAN architecture right for you?
Hybrid WANs are growing in popularity. But what are the questions you should ask before deploying a hybrid WAN architecture?
What do I need to do to create successful hybrid WANs?
As the market for hybrid network services booms, the challenge of creating successful hybrid WANs grows.
SD-WAN makes secure networks possible in hybrid WANs
Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is helping enterprises maintain secure networks while embracing hybrid WAN architectures at the branch.
This authentication credential uses biometric data.
a. What is a possession factor?
b. What is an inherence factor?
A communication plan is a policy-driven approach to providing stakeholders with information. Continued…
Quote of the Day
“Every organization should implement a formal communication strategy in order to avoid ERP implementation “divorce court.” – Bill Baumann
Assemble your toolbox for distributed decision-making
A distributed decision-making model requires excellent communication so stakeholders can make the best decisions possible at any given time.
Do you need an emergency communication plan for business?
An emergency communication plan for business can save lives. Without planning, there are major risks to employees and an organization.
Why communication is critical to implementing ERP
Implementing ERP is a difficult endeavor, at best. That’s why your strategy needs to include a detailed communication plan.
The essential guide to ERP for small and medium-sized businesses
ERP can be an essential growth driver for small and medium-sized businesses. Here’s a guide to what it is, why you need it and how to buy it.
Business continuity planning steps to keep your organization running
These 11 business continuity planning steps provide a comprehensive look at what you need to ensure continual operation during an incident.
Organizational change management (OCM) addresses the people side of change management.
Digital disruption is the change that occurs when new digital technologies and business models affect the value proposition of existing goods and services. Continued…
Quote of the Day
“To thrive in today’s digital marketplace, companies need to push past doing one-off digital projects and metamorphose into ‘digital businesses’ — meaning they must use digital technologies to change not just processes but how value is created for customers.” – Marc Benioff
Digital disruption shapes big data infrastructure, data engineering
Big data infrastructure plans and data engineering processes are undergoing changes, both for digital disruptors and those they would disrupt.
Customer-focused strategy more key than digital transformation hype
Companies should ignore tech vendors’ talk of digital transformation and disruption and make purchases based on a fine-tuned customer-focused strategy.
Quiz: Are you ready for digital technology disruption?
Digital technology disruption is transforming entire industries. Take this quiz and see if your company is a leader or a laggard.
Digital business disruption roils the manufacturing sector
Annals of digital business disruption: David Foote follows the money and finds that hard-core manufacturers are coming to terms with the digital era.
Top 5 markets disrupted by sharing economy apps
Sharing economy apps can thrive and disrupt incumbent industries. Explore the five top markets that could become the next frontier of digital disruption.
Also called continuous improvement, this is best known for being used in lean manufacturing and lean programming.
a. What is kanban?
b. What is kaizen?
Microsoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that is part of the Office 365 suite of services. Continued…
Quote of the Day
“The Teams interface is much better suited to group, persistent collaboration, and it provides clarity around what so far has been a confusing array of Microsoft collaboration tools.” – Irwin Lazar
Microsoft Teams to replace Skype for Business Online
Microsoft will replace Skype for Business Online with Teams. By 2020, Teams will be the communications client for Office 365.
Symphony collaboration takes on Teams, Slack team messaging
Despite having less market share, Symphony Communication Services says it’s ready to challenge Microsoft, Slack. Symphony collaboration is popular with banks.
Could Microsoft Teams replace Outlook and Yammer?
Outlook email is a key differentiator for Microsoft when competing with Cisco or other UC vendors. But Microsoft Teams could replace Outlook.
Skype for Business users face Microsoft Teams migration questions
Five key questions loom for Skype for Business users considering a migration to Microsoft Teams, the vendor’s newly anointed communications client.
Skype for Business users wary of Microsoft Teams telephony
Skype for Business users have expressed concerns about deploying Microsoft Teams. In particular, they’re uncertain about telephony setup and controls.
This popular collaboration tool originally started out as a chat tool for a now-defunct gaming technology.
a. What is Yammer?
b. What is Slack?
A virtual storage area network (VSAN) is a logical partition in a physical storage area network (SAN). Continued…
Quote of the Day
“The first thing that you must understand about virtual SAN is that the phrase can mean different things depending on which vendor’s products you are using.” – Brien Posey
Does the virtual storage area network still meet organizational needs?
The virtual storage area network has overtaken Fibre Channel storage area networks and iSCSI, but the important question is: what’s next?
Virtualize workloads with virtual SAN and virtual Fibre Channel
Thanks to virtual SAN and virtual Fibre Channel, administrators can get the most out of their data centers with adequately sized, fault-tolerant physical storage.
Local storage solves some problems, creates others
Local storage can improve IO performance and ease network bottlenecks in virtualized environments. But, it also presents potential security and compliance concerns for clouds.
How VMware VSAN differs from a traditional VSAN
VMware VSAN, integrated into vSphere starting with version 5.5, pools compute and storage resources for easier provisioning.
Top tips on network virtualization and network function virtualization
Network virtualization and network function virtualization are the next logical steps in the evolution of virtualization — learn more about NV and NFV.
This provisions storage on an as-needed basis and can save businesses on up-front storage costs.
a. thick provisioning
b. thin provisioning
A dark post is an inexpensive sponsored message on a social media website that is not published to the sponsor page timeline and will not display in follower feeds organically. Continued…
Quote of the Day
“Increasingly, the processes involved in buying and placing ads are automated through programmatic advertising, which makes it possible to target the audience for an impression in the time it takes for a web page to load.” – Ivy Wigmore
Almost 90% of customers say social media availability affects brand loyalty
Customers expect to be able to contact brands via social media, with nine out of 10 claiming availability of a brand through their preferred social channel has an impact on their retailer loyalty.
How enterprises can take advantage of social media mapping
Businesses are increasingly using social media mapping to learn more about customers. Here’s how one company addresses the growth in social media channels.
Social CRM software is more than just a spin on traditional CRM
Social CRM software helps organizations better connect with their customers and create strong, personal relationships that help drive sales.
Data transparency is the lifeblood of new information economy
Companies may be making data-based decisions, but they often lack a key element — data transparency.
Bipartisan group launches effort to improve election security
A new project brings political heavy hitters together to improve election security.
This creature is used to describe an incident that occurs randomly and unexpectedly, yet has a major effect on operations.
a. What is a black swan?
b. What is a unicorn?
A qubit is a quantum bit, the counterpart in quantum computing to the binary digit or bit of classical computing. Continued…
Quote of the Day
“A useful place to start thinking about applications of quantum is wherever high-performance computing is used.” – David Schatsky
Microsoft bets on topological qubits as future of quantum computing
Read why Microsoft is placing its bets on topological qubits as the future of quantum computing and learn why CIOs should care.
Quantum machines: Are we there yet?
A who’s who of technology providers is working feverishly on quantum computing. Are we about to enter the age of quantum machines?
CISOs: Disruptive technology trends and how to prepare
CISOs and venture capitalists weigh in on which disruptive technology trends are changing security operations and how security teams should deal with them.
IBM develops quantum as a service
It’s computing Jim, but not as we know it. IBM starts the ball rolling on what it would mean to program a universal quantum computer.
China tests hack-proof quantum satellite communications
China has tested a prototype communication system that uses the principles of quantum mechanics to make it impossible for hackers to access.
This is the ability of a quantum system to be in multiple states at the same time until it is measured.
a. What is superposition?
b. What is entanglement?
Logistic regression is a statistical analysis method used to predict a data value based on prior observations of a data set. Continued…
Quote of the Day
“Machine learning — Amazon Machine Learning, in particular — is a step up from traditional analytics because it focuses on predictive and potentially prescriptive results.” – Alan R. Earls
Machine learning defies odds to aid asset management across industries
Machine learning’s promise of improving asset management is what keeps the spark going, says Saviant Consulting’s Yatish Patil.
Amazon Machine Learning platform packs punch but lacks tooling
The Amazon Machine Learning platform has several noteworthy limitations involving data storage, model tuning and detailed functionality
Machine learning platforms comparison: Amazon, Azure, Google, IBM
There are many machine learning platforms today, but choosing the right one is tough. Use this chart to learn about your options.
Amazon Lex flexes Alexa’s machine learning muscles
Amazon Lex, part of Amazon AI, removes restrictions on Alexa skills and enables developers to build apps that can understand verbal input from end users.
Machine learning use cases add up in AWS’ favor
Amazon Machine Learning use cases are as diverse as AWS’ pool of customers. Competition exists from IBM and Microsoft, but Amazon’s product has a foothold in the market.
A ________ tree is a graph that uses a branching method to illustrate every possible outcome of a decision.
Metadata management is the administration of data that describes other data. Continued…
Quote of the Day
“Managing metadata is a function as important as master data management and data governance, since metadata management is a foundational component for each of those disciplines.” – Anne Marie Smith, Ph.D.
A strong metadata management process eases big data woes
A well-organized metadata management process can make all the difference in analyzing big data and delivering actionable business intelligence results.
Metadata management tools help data lake users stay on course
Consultant David Loshin details how metadata management tools can help data scientists avoid creating inconsistent views of the information in data lakes.
Mixed metadata, master data management process a must for mobile apps
IT teams need to implement a combined metadata and master data management process to help keep data consistent as the business use of mobile apps expands.
How metadata management relates to data governance and MDM
Without effective metadata management processes, an organization couldn’t have a successful data governance or master data management program, says consultant Anne Marie Smith.
Adaptive Metadata Manager helps manage enterprise data governance
Adaptive Metadata Manager is a repository-oriented data governance tool that lets enterprises create, access and manage data assets and policies.
This metasyntactic variable saves a place for a value that can change.
a. What is foo?
b. What is yaw?