The Many Benefits of Letting Employees Work Virtually

Remote Reservations: Why Managers Are Afraid To Let Employees Work Virtually

Professionals around the world are wanting, seeking—even demanding remote work more than ever, but not enough virtual roles are available to meet demand—which leads to the thought: Why aren’t more companies going remote?

In my decade of advising businesses on how to transition their operations and culture to be remote-friendly, I’ve consistently heard six excuses from managers about why virtual collaboration won’t work for them—myself included! In 2006, I was an operations manager and kept the distribution of my team a secret in fear of being perceived externally as an unreliable company. Now, I regret not capitalizing on the benefits of remote work earlier on in my business—and so do the companies that have shared the same excuses.

 

Mobile, IoT and AR Are Transforming E-Commerce Businesses

Mobile, IoT and AR Are Transforming E-Commerce Businesses

Digital transformation is brewing up a storm in the e-commerce business. While mobile has brought the shopping experience to the customer’s fingertips, augmented reality is powering up immersive experiences. IoT is the next hottest trend to deliver enhanced customer experiences and optimize business operations. Let’s see how mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), and Augmented Reality (AR) are revolutionizing e-commerce.

 

5 Strategies For More Accurate Sales Forecasting

5 Strategies For More Accurate Sales Forecasting

Can a more accurate sales forecasting process help in pulling in more revenue for businesses? Check out these five strategies today.

With so many business and finance leaders facing unprecedented market disruption and the need for wholesale transformation in their businesses, there has never been a more crucial time to get a grip on revenue forecasts. This is the perfect time for companies to take a serious look at making accurate sales forecasts.

 

Cisco CEO: ‘People Didn’t Think We Could Do’ Network Subscriptions

Cisco CEO: ‘People Didn't Think We Could Do' Network Subscriptions

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins told CRN the company has proven its doubters wrong on its ability to deliver subscription-based networking.

In fact, the company’s networking subscription model is one of the big reasons Cisco is now bringing in 65 percent of its software revenue from subscriptions, Robbins said.

“In 2017, it was the first time we launched a subscription on a networking product—on an Ethernet switch, which people didn’t believe we could do,” said Robbins. “Not only was it widely successful, the product that it was launched on, the Catalyst 9000, became the fastest-ramping product in the history of the company, so I think that we’ve now proven that the model works, and we are in the midst of continuing to add more pure software assets to our business and also continuing to shift our core business to one of recurring software and subscriptions.”

 

4 Cloud Principles that Can Improve Your Network

4 Cloud Principles that Can Improve Your Network

Digital transformation continues to be a top business initiative in 2019. At the same time, organizations are looking to enhance the customer experience through personalized engagement. Both of these trends depend upon technology to deliver data-driven insights that increase agility and improve decision-making. And central to all of that is a network capable of connecting diverse devices and efficiently moving applications and data.

 

How Customers Can Break Down Your Organizational Silos Once and for All

How Customers Can Break Down Your Organizational Silos Once and for All

“Eliminate silos.” That has been a top priority and discussion point of organizations for years, yet we continue to struggle to really get rid of silos once and for all.

A quick Google search suggests the problem first came to light around 2005 and has steadily grown since. A 2018 article in the MIT Sloan Management Review reported on research that found that 51 percent of legacy businesses have silos and that just 28 percent have successfully digitized.

 

United Kingdom : U.K. Enterprises See Digital Transformation as Key to Becoming More Competitive and Agile

United Kingdom : U.K. Enterprises See Digital Transformation as Key to Becoming More Competitive and Agile

Mar 15, 2019 (Euclid Infotech Ltd via COMTEX) — Enterprises in the U.K. are demanding a wide range of services from their digital transformation vendors as they look for ways to become more competitive and keep pace with a rapidly changing business environment, according to a new report published by Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.

 

IoT Study Reveals Increasing Maturity

IoT Study Reveals Increasing Maturity

95% of IoT adoptors are already seeing a return on their investment

That’s the findings of Vodafone’s latest IoT Barometer study.

As the global leader of Internet of Things infrastructure with nearly 81 million connections, Vodafone surveyed 1,758 businesses across the globe. Among the top-line results: 34 percent of businesses now use IoT technology, with 70 percent of them already beyond the pilot stage.

 

Roundtable: More channel skills required to crack SD-WAN market

Roundtable: More channel skills required to crack SD-WAN market

With software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) predicted by analysts to be a market worth millions, and more vendors looking to promote an offering in that market, the channel is being bombarded with messages around the technology. That could cause confusion and make choosing the right solution difficult for both partners and customers.

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Using Unified Communications to Scale Globally

Using Unified Communications to Scale Globally

Over the past decade the business landscape has become increasingly more digital. The evolution of mobile technology and cloud software has been driving forward this digital transformation, leading to businesses reacting quicker and enterprises moving at breakneck speed to adopt the latest technologies that would enable them to remain agile, adaptive and profitable. As a result, this fast-paced, technology-centric world has led to a surge in competition amongst businesses with spectators and critics looking to see who would be the first to stumble. Yet, whilst competition has increased, opportunities have grown tenfold with more and more organisations now able to operate on a global level; a feat that was previously only achievable by few.