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A Look at the Future of The Middleware Market

Posted by Kevin Kistner on Oct 17, 2017 12:23:00 PM

As enterprises place data at the core of their business, they have to embrace a digital transformation strategy to efficiently and effectively capture the continuous flow of information. However, high volumes and varieties of data make this process difficult. As a result, there are many startups popping up around the world to address this problem.

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Topics: Enterprise IT, IBM, IT channel, software, hardware, middleware

Centralized vs Decentralized Storage: Examining the Impacts on Enterprise Businesses

Posted by Kevin Kistner on Oct 10, 2017 9:41:32 AM

When it comes to enterprise data, CIOs and IT leaders have had to deal with a lot of discrepancies between IT control and end-user needs. As a result, the last few years have seen large companies moving back and forth between a centralized storage model and a decentralized one.

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Topics: Enterprise IT, IBM, Storage, data center, IT channel

4 Ways your VAR Should be Going Above and Beyond for your Business

Posted by Kevin Kistner on Sep 29, 2017 9:51:27 AM

A value-added reseller (VAR) is uniquely positioned to provide value beyond order fulfillment when it comes to the technology procurement of software, hardware, and networking products. This enhanced value can take many forms depending on the specific industry vertical.   

The real benefit of partnering with a VAR comes from their ability to customize solutions based on your specific business requirements. But not all VARs are made the same!

So how would you know that you’re getting the best return on your investment? Here are four ways your VAR should be going above and beyond for your business.

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Topics: Technology Partner, IT Solutions, VAR, Technology Solutions

IBM’s Shift Toward Data-Centric Solutions and What This Means for Businesses

Posted by Kevin Kistner on Sep 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In the digital age, consumers are more empowered than ever. They know what they want and demand that their expectations are met quickly and efficiently. As a result, businesses have to align their objectives with the customer’s values and expectations to remain relevant.

However, achieving this is not an easy feat. In fact, it will require companies to change their thinking from top to bottom and shift their business model to one that’s highly customer-centric.

Furthermore, to provide an enhanced consumer experience at various touch points during the course of the buyer’s journey, businesses also have to get the most out of big data analytics.  

This is the primary reason why the technology giant and industry leader within the storage space, IBM, has shifted its focus to offer data-centric solutions to help companies deliver greater customer experiences.

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Topics: Technology Partner, IT Solutions, IBM, Storage, data center

CIO's Overview of IBM Spectrum Storage

Posted by Kevin Kistner on Sep 15, 2017 8:34:48 AM

In the digital age, there is an enormous amount of structured and unstructured data being generated by hybrid cloud environments and cognitive applications. This makes it important for businesses to find cost-effective solutions to optimize storage infrastructure to create new business opportunities.

Furthermore, businesses also need to take advantage of software-defined storage solutions that can help derive the most value from the data to enhance business efficiency and agility to remain competitive in the marketplace.

Companies also need to access this information quickly to gain valuable insights to make better business decisions. What’s more, businesses also have to be able to achieve this while remaining compliant.

So what’s the best solution to achieve this? Let’s take a look.

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Topics: Technology Partner, IT Solutions, IBM, Storage

Leveraging Economies of Scale

Posted by Kevin Kistner on Sep 6, 2017 9:10:00 AM

In the digital age, technology procurement leaders have to find creative ways to navigate through an increasingly complex hardware and software landscape to reduce risk, negotiate favorable terms, and optimize deal value against consumption.

Often, technology takes up a large chunk of a company’s annual budget for hardware and software purchases to keep the IT ecosystem running. Furthermore, when making these purchases, you also need to look ahead to determine what IT infrastructure and applications might be required at a later date (and also how well it’s going to integrate with the current system).

So how do you achieve this while keeping costs down? The answer lies in leveraging economies of scale when negotiating IT procurement contracts.

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Topics: Technology Partner, IT Solutions, procurement, contracts

Open Systems of Cleveland Case Study: Chagrin Valley Engineering

Posted by Kevin Kistner on Aug 31, 2017 9:49:36 AM

Chagrin Valley Engineering (CVE) is one of the largest municipal engineering firms in the Cleveland area, focusing on civil, environmental, and various municipal engineering services. Their business covers both small and large-scale developments, always with a focus on the client experience and exceeding project goals.

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Topics: Technology Partner, case study, IT Solutions, VAR

Challenges Enterprise CIOs Face Managing Multiple Locations

Posted by Kevin Kistner on Aug 28, 2017 11:17:59 AM

At an enterprise level, managing multiple locations comes with the territory. However, this is not an easy feat for any tech executive due to a multitude of variables.

Managing different locations will come with the challenge of controlling separate systems and entities to ensure that all parties are focused on a unanimous goal. Furthermore, there is the added challenge of monitoring multiple shared networks.

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Topics: IT Security, Tech Updates, Enterprise IT, Networking, data

Top Policies Enterprise CIOs Put in Place to Protect Their Network

Posted by Kevin Kistner on Aug 17, 2017 11:33:17 AM

In an age where ransomware attacks and other nefarious activities have become the norm, enterprise CIOs across industries are under significant pressure to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals. As technology evolves at a rapid pace, security practices and policies should also be consistently updated and implemented to adequately protect your technology infrastructure.

This process requires a lot more than putting up firewalls or encrypting data to respond to threats. In fact, it also requires security policies and capable technologies to keep your business protected.

So how are leading CIOs responding to current security threats? How are they protecting their enterprise networks? Let’s take a look.

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Topics: IT Security, Cyber Attacks, Tech Updates, Enterprise IT, Networking

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