IT Management

Negotiation Know-How: Optimizing Your IT Operational Costs

Negotiation Know-How: Optimizing Your IT Operational Costs

Your work involves negotiating software and cloud contracts. You’re aware that time limits can press operations managers to sign contracts as they receive them, and that this, in turn, can lead to unexpected costs…

*Based on the Gartner report, How to Optimize IT Costs.

5 Tips to Optimize Performance Without Buying New Hardware

5 Tips to Optimize Performance Without Buying New Hardware

It’s a frustration we’ve all experienced. A computer, phone or tablet starts getting slow. Sometimes it happens way too soon. Other times we’re trying to hold onto ancient tech because we don’t want to spend money on new stuff. In any case, there are always things we can do before we commit to purchasing hardware. These five tips can help you address performance issues without spending a penny on equipment.

5 Better Ways to Compete for Tech Talent

5 Better Ways to Compete for Tech Talent

Unemployment is pretty low right now. While it impacts industries differently, there’s no question that tech talent is in high demand and low supply. It’s a veritable dog fight out there right now, and if you want to get top talent instead of settling for leftovers, you need a better game plan. These five ideas will help you reimagine recruitment and find different ways to convince great technologists that they should be working with you.

How Enterprise TEM Challenges Drive Customer Acquisition: Based on the Gartner Report

How Enterprise TEM Challenges Drive Customer Acquisition: Based on the Gartner Report

According to a recent Gartner survey, the average reduction of total cost of ownership (TCO) is 13 percent when deploying telecom expense management (TEM). Of the respondents, 40 percent reported a TCO reduction of 10 to 20 percent. 36 percent of the enterprises reported a reduction of 10 percent or less.

Most enterprises would agree that the benefits of TEM are very evident. Some of these advantages include improved business process outcomes, extended scale and geo scope, and better visibility. However, TEM is not without its disadvantages, which include hidden costs and the extra time needed for implementation. In general, customers choose TEM providers based on scalability, TCO reduction, and expected performance. Unfortunately, the disadvantages of TEM cause TCO reduction to be lower than it otherwise would be.

Based on the Gartner report, here is some information about how enterprise TEM challenges drive customer acquisition.

What Huawei Can Teach Us About International Tech Challenges

What Huawei Can Teach Us About International Tech Challenges

Huawei is a big name in the headlines right now. The Chinese tech company seems to be in hot water over a number of allegations. Whatever the future holds, it’s clear that their international deals are going to suffer for at least a while. Since you’re going to continue to hear about Huawei for some time, maybe it’s worth a little investigation. What exactly went wrong for Huawei, and what can you learn from it?

Why You Should Be Optimizing IT Costs Monthly

Why You Should Be Optimizing IT Costs Monthly

Organizations worldwide have begun trending toward the management of their enterprise Information Technology (IT) spending with an eye on implementing cost optimization ideas as an ongoing process. Research shows this practice gives organizations more control over their IT spending, generating more accountability and realizing long-term cost savings that still allow organizations to work toward innovation investments.

5 Ways to Manage Cable Costs

5 Ways to Manage Cable Costs

IT is the lifeblood of modern businesses, but it sure gets expensive. Those expenses come in a number of shapes and sizes, and many of them can sneak up on business owners and operators. One cost that often leads to wide eyes and sore pocketbooks is the raw expense of running cables. The technology doesn’t work without them, but no one enjoys paying for them. These five tips can help you get these costs under control and free up some of your budget.

Telecom Cost Control: Get the Most Savings for the Least Effort

Telecom Cost Control: Get the Most Savings for the Least Effort

Redundant lines, carrier overcharges and a myriad of other issues crop up in the course of managing a company's telecom costs. It's one area where there's always money that can be saved if you have the time and manpower to track it down. Many companies don't. Here are a few big-ticket items to keep an eye on if you want to save money, and it won't take you months to realize savings.

How to Recruit, Develop and Retain IT Talent

How to Recruit, Develop and Retain IT Talent

With the increasing digitalization of the business world, IT has become an ingrained aspect of every business strategy. As such, it should come as no surprise that the demand for top tech talent is at an all-time high, forcing employers to become more creative and determined in not just recruiting new IT talent, but in also developing and retaining new and existing IT talent. The following is a look at a few key strategies companies can employ to improve their own recruitment and retention numbers:

Why You Need a SOC 2 Certified Vendor

Why You Need a SOC 2 Certified Vendor

In the past few years, many major companies like eBay and Yahoo have been in the news for information security breaches. Now that cyber criminals are becoming increasingly proficient at lauching cyber attacks, it is essential that you start prioritizing SOC 2 Type I and SOCI II certifications. Here is some information about why you need a SOC 2 Type I & II certified vendor.

Internet vs. Telecommunication Services: Differences that Matter for Users’ Rights

Internet vs. Telecommunication Services: Differences that Matter for Users’ Rights

The internet is a global network that provides communication and information options for users. It is made up of interconnected networks that share a set of standard protocols.

Telecommunication (telecom) involves the exchange of information, such as voice, video and data, using electronic devices. It's a wide term that encompasses many technologies like wireless and wired phones, fiber optics, radio, TV, the internet and other means of transmitted communication.

5 Key Data Storage Trends for 2019

5 Key Data Storage Trends for 2019

Software-defined storage (SDS) has been adopted into the infrastructure of today's data centers because it delivers fast, flexible storage while reducing costs. To do so, SDS leverages out-of-the-box hardware and provides optimized storage management.

According to International Data Corporation, the SDS market will grow at a compound rate of 13.5 percent annually through 2021. It's a boon to companies stuck with increasingly complex data storage and management needs, especially with expanding regulatory compliance expected to continue in the coming year.

What is the Difference Between Mobile Expense Management and Mobile Device Management (MDM)?

What is the Difference Between Mobile Expense Management and Mobile Device Management (MDM)?

If your company isn't tracking all mobile devices, you may be overcharged by your providers. When employees leave, devices should be accounted for and the lines and devices reassigned or canceled. That way, you don't get charged for services you aren't using. Unfortunately, it doesn't take long for these bills to get out of hand. Luckily, there's a category of software that can help your IT staff manage the process easily.

So, what’s the difference between mobile expense management (MEM) and mobile device management (MDM)?

What the Century Link Outage Tells Us About Enterprise Internet

What the Century Link Outage Tells Us About Enterprise Internet

There’s a good chance you noticed CenturyLink’s big internet outage. It wasn’t a massive news story, but it was still a topic of conversations. Enough businesses in enough locations felt the pain that it was hard to make it through the event unaware. While it might put CenturyLink on the spot a bit, this is a great case study to examine how we plan for internet downtime and derive key lessons that can protect your business in the future.

10 Things to Spot in Your Invoice Audits

10 Things to Spot in Your Invoice Audits

Invoice audits are those notorious accounting practices that make you feel like you're squirming in the hot seat. You're well aware you have to endure them because they are critical for the health of your company. Much of the complications (and headaches) that arise from invoice audits are trying to interpret the cryptic billing details that might as well be ancient Greek.

Remember that invoices are all about the numbers. Numbers are always math and math will produce the same results. With this in mind, there are certain things to look for in your invoices that are consistent with every company. So take a deep breath and count to 10 - we'll go over 10 things with you to look for in every successful invoice audit. You got this!