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Outsourcing, IT Infrastructure

The IT Infrastructure Outsourcing knowledge base focuses on the selection of companies who provide outsource services in the areas of information technology (IT) infrastructure. The typical types of activities that these providers perform include data center operations; network operations; backup/recovery services, data storage management services; system administration services; end user support of desktop PCs, laptops, and handheld devices; web site, or application hosting, etc.  

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IT Investment Decision Making: Getting to "Yes"


Many technology sales cycles get bogged down in the IT department. But while it is unlikely that a sale will get anywhere without IT management buy-in, IT approval is no guarantee of success. Getting a “yes” requires accessing and influencing other decision-makers, especially in the finance department. And along the way, there are plenty of others who can say “no.”

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Business intelligence (BI) capabilities transform vast amounts of data into relevant information that organizations rely on to make decisions and manage performance. Most companies have some form of BI, and most are familiar with its benefits. However, in order to extract maximum advantage from BI initiatives, it is necessary to be aware of—and avoid—their seven “fatal flaws.”

typical investment decisions  EVOLVE. Until now, the typical BI deployment has been to provide a specific capability at the departmental level. Most of these deployments have been successful. However, many of the older applications that supported them are now straining under the weight of a growing user base, more complex IT infrastructures, and the demand for greater collaboration across business functions. IT is also feeling the pressure - not only to maintain existing BI applications built on older architectures - but also to Read More

Gain More from Your IT Projects


IT investments are not a magic pill that will remedy business problems, but if used properly, they can help. Businesses should set business-oriented objectives for their IT projects and measure returns through the use of return on investment techniques.

typical investment decisions  compile all data collected Typical Project Phases Project initiation Business/ GAP analysis Customization development Installation and configuration User training Live operations Cutover assistance The ROI assessment shouldn''t stop after the project closes. It should continue for at least six months or more. When the cutover of the parallel, running and live computer systems have been completed and migrated to the new system, the measurements should still continue. However, at times, the variables used Read More

Who the Heck Needs ROI?


Ten common errors prevent return on investment (ROI) calculations from being used as much or as well as possible. Avoiding intuitive decision making and basing ROI on quantifiable factors is essential to the success of major decisions, including software selection.

typical investment decisions  much time on the typical defensive acquisition procedures occasioned by vendors who are not believed; and the buyer can even save effort by being able to rely, without significant recalculation, on the vendor''s credible calculation of ROI for their proposed solution. Project Managers and Other Stakeholders Money is the language of business and is usually important to many more of a project''s stakeholders than just senior management. While task completion and deliverables are key measures of project Read More

Enterprise Phone Systems Buyer’s Guide


Implementing or upgrading an enterprise phone system is a strategic investment for any large enterprise. To reach an informed decision, you should understand the following crucial aspects: phone systems buyer types, product requirements, cost considerations, and vendor relationship needs. This buyer’s guide from Focus Research explains those considerations, and helps prepare you to make the right choice for your company.

typical investment decisions  taken care of, a typical full-featured hosted PBX service, with unlimited calling (local as well as long distance), can cost between $25 and $70 per extension per month. The main cost components for a hosted IP PBX solution are: One-time cost - This cost includes buying the required hardware (in case of buying a new phone system) and the cost of installation and activation; this initial cost varies from $280 to $330 per user and has the following components: System setup - Includes the system Read More

The Proof Is in the ROI


A well-thought out, comprehensive ROI (return on investment) marketing and sales program is becoming a must in today's difficult business to business (B2B) software market. However, few companies seem to be investing appropriately. The first mistake they make is to try to keep costs down by attempting to create an ROI program internally. It's a sure way to waste value people, time, and effort. If you want a significant return on your ROI sales and marketing investment, hire an expert.

typical investment decisions  Proof Is in the ROI Introduction In helping clients develop their marketing position, I tell them that sooner or later, they have to dig down to uncover the truth about their products. Not what they think (and hope) is the products'' true nature and value, or what it was designed to be, but the real, bedrock truth. Digging takes effort, and you may not find what you thought was down there. But it''s necessary, because you had better be able to prove any claim you make. Positioning depends on being able Read More

Modern Finance In The Digital Age: Return on Investment Best Practices


For businesses in the digital age, modernizing their finance departments is more critical than ever before. Installation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools is understood to be essential, allowing companies to streamline previously complicated and outdated processes. Using cloud technology to perform analysis of big data gives businesses the ability to improve how and when to assign assets, but without implementing best practices alongside the ERP software, your business can’t maximize the benefits of this new technology.

Different options for return on investment (ROI) analysis are possible with cloud-based technology, such as allowing users to develop a controlled return on investment profiles on smaller, more focused projects, or in some cases, how to circumnavigate outmoded software and hardware, saving person hours and creating less confusing profiles.

In this white paper, learn how to modernize your financial organization and apply return on investment best practices in conjunction with cloud technology not only to maximize analytics based on big data, but to empower finance across the board, even attracting the right people to your team. Learn about how to achieve increased financial savings, and how to develop support systems for predictive and focused analytics, as well as for strategic outcomes. When a modern system takes full advantage of everyone’s skill sets, exceptional results are possible.

typical investment decisions  Finance In The Digital Age: Return on Investment Best Practices For businesses in the digital age, modernizing their finance departments is more critical than ever before. Installation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools is understood to be essential, allowing companies to streamline previously complicated and outdated processes. Using cloud technology to perform analysis of big data gives businesses the ability to improve how and when to assign assets, but without implementing best Read More

Improving CRM Investments: Optimizing the Customer Life Cycle with Intelligent Marketing Automation


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Make Better Decisions with Social Media Analytics


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Building the Path to Better Profits: Implementing ERP Technology to Successfully Achieve Return on Investment


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typical investment decisions  technology and so they typically avoid experimenting with unproven, leading edge solutions. But, once technology is proven and mainstream, and the price has declined to the point where it is affordable for a smaller company on a budget, small business owners invest in solutions just like their big company counter parts. We have mentioned proven, mainstream technology and affordability as key to the SMB market. What else is important? The smaller the business, the more worry-free and close-to-zero Read More

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typical investment decisions  Return of Manufacturing Investment The recent economic downturn dramatically changed investment habits for mid-market manufacturers—and not for the better. Nevertheless, some savvy executives have been using the market lull of the economic downturn and stop-and-start recovery to get their corporate houses in order, stabilizing their processes, facilities, and business systems so they’re better equipped to manage rapid growth when it returns. Find out how. Read More