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Selecting Your Hosted Security Service Provider: What Every IT Manager Needs to Know
Do-it-yourself (DIY) security can be daunting. It requires significant time, effort and expertise to maintain strong security while complying with information

external service provider  validation: For security practitioners, external validation comes from important databases and information sources maintained by neutral third parties. Examples of this include Mitre''s Common Vulnerabilities and Exploits (CVE) or the CERT and OCTAVE tools from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. The best hosted security providers monitor and update these databases regularly. Protection depends on distinguishing permissible from impermissible, and allowing legitimate Read More...
Effective Relationships with Service Providers
The decision to use external resources on a project of any size or focus can be a tough one for a company facing the need to look outside its trusted staff to

external service provider  The decision to use external resources on a project of any size or focus can be a tough one for a company facing the need to look outside its trusted staff to make something happen. Can the appropriate skills be found at an acceptable cost? is the first question. Indeed, defining your service needs, and then developing and maintaining a proper relationship with the provider you''ve hired is one of the most important things you can do to increase your success potential. Read More...
Vertical Solutions Inc.-All About Field Service: Part Two
In a blog post last week, I talked about Vertical Solutions’ (VSI) offerings for field service management (FSM), including the company’s customer profile

external service provider  and our solutions support external social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. But we believe a more important aspect of social for our customers is internal social support, or “applied social.” VSI’s solutions incorporate applied social techniques such as wikis, collaboration, and tribal knowledge bases that enable employees to work together to solve clients’ issues faster and more efficiently. Users can “friend” more than just people—they can “friend” data too, such as service Read More...
Six Sigma for IT Service Level Management
Industry analysts, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), recently conducted research to understand how widespread the acceptance of Six Sigma is for managing

external service provider  for both internal and external users. The response time in this case becomes the SLO and is generally committed to using an agreement that can take many forms. This agreement is referred to as the SLA. Interest in SLM has been growing. This growth is largely attributable to the need for IT groups to justify expenses for capital and operational investments. Accountability has become the major theme where business leaders are often driving the initiative. The economic downturn has fueled interest in SLM as Read More...
Creating a Winning Data Transmission Service
Today’s data transmission departments are battling for budget and relevance. Moving files and ensuring delivery is getting tougher every day. To successfully

external service provider  to both internal and external customers. This requires a clear understanding of key business drivers. It also demands that you be ready to demonstrate the ways you can deliver value: Achieve economies of scale throughout the enterprise Provide functionality that otherwise would be unaffordable, or has not been thought about previously Look to ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) This proven model is the place to start. ITIL can support you with solid information on how to define and organize data Read More...
Generating Revenue from Service
A CRM solution, to be successful, has to support cross-business processes and a number of operations within the business, from Marketing to Service, including

external service provider  Revenue from Service Introduction Service, generating revenue is a concept not normally considered. The normal assumption is that service, at best, can become more efficient and thereby save money and reduce costs. Applying the real concept of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) allows the possibility of a profitable service organization as not only feasible but expected. CRM is designed to provide a single view of the business, in other words the customer doesn''t identify one person, or Read More...
The Rising Financial Importance of Service
For the Best-in-Class, service is a profit center and a competitive differentiator. As a result, these organizations are yielding soaring financial results

external service provider  Rising Financial Importance of Service For the Best-in-Class, service is a profit center and a competitive differentiator. As a result, these organizations are yielding soaring financial results. Download this infographic from the Aberbeen Group and see how organizations can win by providing best-in-class service to their customers. Read More...
Giving Service Companies a Fast Start
But, there are ways you can succeed, and you can find out about them in the sap white paper, giving service companies a fast start.

external service provider  Service Companies a Fast Start If you''re in IT services or strategic consulting, you''re getting squeezed from all sides . Global competition is driving down margins and profits. Fixed-price contracts are pushing up project and delivery risks. And the economy''s in deep recession. You know you have to cut costs and increase operational efficiencies. But will your software allow you to do what you need to? If you''re using outdated, non-integrated software systems, the answer could be no. But, there Read More...
The Insider’s Guide to Great Customer Service on the Web
Companies that provide superlative service keep their customers satisfied and loyal. It’s particularly important to deliver great customer service on the web

external service provider  Insider’s Guide to Great Customer Service on the Web Companies that provide superlative service keep their customers satisfied and loyal. It’s particularly important to deliver great customer service on the web—which is why great web self-service should be a company’s top priority. Unfortunately, many executives who would have a heart attack if their call centers were unresponsive don''t show the same concern about having an unresponsive web site. Read More...
Field Service Management Software for Enterprise Companies
As a field service organization grows both in size and complexity, management needs to determine where the company falls on a continuum between basic and

external service provider  Service Management Software for Enterprise Companies As a field service organization grows both in size and complexity, management needs to determine where the company falls on a continuum between basic and advanced field service management (FSM) needs. This whitepaper examines how business and technology needs change as the size and sophistication of the organization increases, and discusses FSM software strategies to meet the challenge. Read More...
5 Key Steps to Make Field Service Profitable
Is field service seen as a cost center at your business? Providing field service can be a complex process, but that does not have to mean it’s unprofitable

external service provider  Key Steps to Make Field Service Profitable Is field service seen as a cost center at your business? Providing field service can be a complex process, but that does not have to mean it’s unprofitable. Every field service interaction is an opportunity to not only delight customers, but also increase revenue. Here are 5 easy steps to get your field service organization in the black this year. Accomplish all five and get your field techs, customers, and balance sheet in your favor. Read More...
Avoid the Perils of Service Parts Planning in Supply Chain Management
Significant differences exist between the new parts production supply chain and the service and replacement parts supply chain. Companies using conventional

external service provider  the Perils of Service Parts Planning in Supply Chain Management More On Service Parts Planning Inventory planning and management is generally a well-researched and documented and applied discipline. However, the vast majority of work and associated software products are directed at servicing the needs of the new parts production supply chains, moving product from the likes of Proctor & Gamble to Wal-Mart across the globe (see Linking Planning and Execution Systems for Retailers'' Nirvana—Improved Read More...
Self Service Business Intelligence
Self service BI is technology that provides non-technical individuals who need data with the ability to gather and display meaningful information. The technical

external service provider  Service Business Intelligence Self service BI is technology that provides non-technical individuals who need data with the ability to gather and display meaningful information. The technical and business complexities of identifying data sources, transforming and integrating data sets, enhancing data quality, and providing a data repository are necessarily addressed before a self service BI application is made available. Read this white paper to learn more about how the technical framework and Read More...
Bolstering the Call Center with Service Resolution Management Processes
Integrated customer relationship management and call center solutions (sometimes referred to as service resolution management) have, despite initial glitches

external service provider  for both internal and external service, technical support, and search. User Recommendations In general, it makes economic sense for companies to pursue an SRM strategy, since in the all-too-common scenario of using disparate KM, CRM, and search applications, despite all of the resources at hand, the customer is hardly ever provided with any resolution, except to take a look at the competitive offering (in disgust). Conversely, the scenarios in which an SRM approach is taken should enable the contact Read More...

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