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Making the Case for Business Process Transformation

In Leadership Posted
NetSuite supports largest cigar manufacturer’s growth goals Shortly after implementation of a federal tax in 2009 which raised the cost of producing Swisher cigars to the point of closing the company, the world’s largest producer and distributor of cigars was forced to “lift and shift” its entire manufacturing operations from its Jacksonville, Florida-based headquarters further […]
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Unleash the Power of IT

In Leadership Posted
Innovation is no longer a pesky buzzword tossed about in executive meetings; it’s imperative for midmarket organizations to remain competitive in the marketplace. Digital innovation carries different meaning across industry verticals, but IT leaders are tasked with leading successful initiatives to empower finance, HR, and sales teams to function more efficiently and cohesively. However Talent […]
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It’s Not Easy Being Green

ITSM Envy and the Midmarket In February’s BE Informed Newsletter, I discussed how we frequently refer to midmarket organizations as the middle child of companies. You are in a class by yourself with distinctive concerns and needs – sandwiched between the world of SMBs and the enterprise players. As the middle child, midmarket companies have […]
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Satisfying the Middle Child

The Unique Challenges of Managing IT Support in the Midmarket I sometimes refer to the midmarket as the ‘middle child’ of organizations. As a mid-sized company, you are firmly situated between the SMB of yesterday and the not quite enterprise of tomorrow. You’ve grown – perhaps organically or through mergers and acquisitions – and although […]
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Step Away from the Laptop

In Leadership, Mobility Posted
One of the main reasons my husband and I launched Boardroom Events and moved aboard our sailboat was to escape New England’s frigid winters for location independence. At my core is an eternal curiosity, constantly yearning to meet new people and celebrate new experiences. While I absolutely love living in the Florida Keys, an undeniable […]
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Become an Insights Driven Midmarket Organization

In Data Analytics Posted
While analytics can be developed and leveraged across the business, midmarket companies have seen greatest success when focusing on the customer Three key areas to focus resources Midsized organizations today face a complex set of issues in the marketplace. Customer expectations keep climbing, data sources and customer engagement points continue to multiply and internal demands to drive […]
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Cyber Security: Not just an IT problem

In Security Posted
IT leaders are perpetually on the hot seat to shore up their companies’ networks and infrastructure against increasingly aggressive cyber security threats. With nearly 30 years in technology roles, the majority of those spent in the U.S. Air Force as a Logistics Systems Manager, R.C. Woodson can fairly effortlessly prepare a security strategy. But as seasoned […]
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Reigning in Mobile Spend

In Mobility Posted
Partnership saves midmarket building supplier $50k in mobile costs Steve Brown, VP of Management Information Systems at ECMD, brings nearly four decades of IT experience in the manufacturing sector to his current role. But don’t let the twang of his Southern drawl or deep technical knowledge in supply chain excellence mislead as an old-school practitioner, rigid […]
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Award-Winning Providers Join Forces

In Uncategorized Posted
The tidal waves of raw data flooding today’s marketplace keeps business intelligence initiatives at the top of midmarket CIOs’ priority lists year over year. Many BI solution price points, however, often put the right platform just out of reach for smaller organizations. With the release of their WebFOCUS Business User Edition (BUE) earlier this year, […]
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CTO vs. CIO: Innovators and operators

In Leadership Posted
More than 40 percent of CIOs currently report directly to the CEOs of their midmarket companies, further demonstrating the trend that IT organizations need to function as critical business partners. That certainly doesn’t mean they can bask in the cerebral glow as IT heroes, with capes flowing in the breeze. Armed with industry insight, advice […]
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