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The Future of Data Protection & Security

Posted by Joe Tillman on August 26, 2015

Imagine driving your car down interstate on your daily commute when, suddenly, you lose power as though you just ran out of gas. You tap the accelerator and pump your brakes to no avail as radio stations cycle at full volume and your windshield wipers turn off and on, seemingly with a mind of their own.

What does this scenario have in common with Target, Home Depot, Jennifer Lawrence, eHarmony, the IRS, Anthem, Inc., and Sony?

They’ve all been hacked in the past year, and in the above “highway to Hackville” example, it’s a key indicator of how far we’ve come to opening ourselves to new venues for vulnerability.

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Topics: Business Planning, Data Security

3 Benefits of System Integration in a Recurring Revenue Business

Posted by Aaron Clark on August 20, 2015

Sales today consist of a lot of moving parts. An initial order, the delivery of service or goods, and even support and maintenance all factor into healthy financial housekeeping and quality relationship management. It takes time and precision to keep the numbers where they need to be in a conventional business model, and it only grows more complex as additional layers of data are incorporated in today’s increasingly popular recurring revenue environment. Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms and subscription-based offerings, from Microsoft’s Office365 to the Amazons and Netflixes of the world, are disrupting how we view the traditional one-and-done sales structure and the systems needed to successfully support them.

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Topics: ERP

The Prepper's Guide to 2020 | The IoT Effect

Posted by Joe Tillman on August 13, 2015

By now, we’ve all seen an infographic, read a story, or heard it in a planning meeting: There are more than 15 billion devices connected to the internet today, and by 2020, that number is predicted to reach over five times that amount, with some forecasts projecting upwards of 200 billion online objects.

This is becoming a hot topic among the C-suite and IT directors where discussion is turning to preparing for this rapid insurgence of connected devices. The question becomes: How are today’s business leaders recognizing the impact of this prediction and integrating this evolving technology-driven atmosphere into their three to five year business plans?

Let’s look beyond BYOD business planning and the future infrastructure needs for a moment – after all, we already have a couple great articles here and here – and instead examine how proactive organizations should equip themselves for 50+ billion smart devices. Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing not only the IoT effect but also:

  • The future of data protection and security;
  • How wearable technology will influence our personal and professional lives;
  • And the buying power shift.
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Topics: Business Planning, internet of things

Why Businesses Need to Prepare for Proximity

Posted by Scott Kost on August 7, 2015

We’re already halfway through the year, and one of our early technology predictions is coming to rapid fruition. You may recall from our 2015 technology trend review that ambient proximity ranked highly on the list of today’s emerging market disruptors. This next level geo-location service will provide value on both sides, for consumers to fully immerse in impactful exchanges and for businesses to gather actionable data on their audience and create a direct channel of communication with buyers.

This trend is being propelled into the mainstream thanks to a consortium of technology leaders – from Microsoft and Apple to Samsung, Sony, and Cisco – that make up the Wi-Fi Alliance. Together, they have created Wi-Fi Aware, an innovative certification program that delivers “always-on, real-time delivery” of nearby offerings on an application-by-application basis for devices without the standard requirement of a cellular, Wi-Fi, or GPS connection. Described as establishing a common “heartbeat” between devices to enable communication and continuous discovery, this service will engrain push notifications and ambient proximity services deeply into our mobile device culture to create rich, in-the-moment experiences.

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Topics: Emerging Technologies, Wi-Fi Aware, Ambient Proximity

Clearing Up the Cloud | Infographic

Posted by Eide Bailly Team on July 31, 2015

It may be 2015, but the cloud is still thick with confusion. While its maturity over the past decade has removed much of the haze, many business leaders are still shrouded from the true potential of this technology. Thanks to industry "cloud hyping," some fear false promises and low hanging results, but it’s been found that a staggering 83% of executives actually realized benefits in the cloud that they were not anticipating. In fact, two thirds reported increased accessibility to systems, agility in technology, and efficiency of business process.

The cloud is not a one-size-fits-all solution to every business area or organization, but its scalability can make a significant impact to your business. Ahead, we compare today's cloud technology against traditional on-premises approaches to infrastructure and introduce what we have found to be a best-fit solution for many of our clients: the hybrid cloud.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Infographic

The 5 Best Practices for Evaluating ERP

Posted by Amy Knust on July 22, 2015

Determining that your existing tools are not working with your current or future business objectives is just the beginning; from the awareness stage, you have to move to action. Defining your business needs, current processes and functionality gaps, and future growth areas is absolutely necessary for implementing a tool that works with your business both now and years from now. 

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Topics: Business Planning, Solution Selection, ERP, Enterprise Resource Planning, Evaluating ERP Systems, Best Practices, Project Scoping

3 Keys to Building Your Business' Human Firewall

Posted by Mike Arvidson on July 16, 2015

Let’s face it, breaches are fast becoming a probability rather than merely a possibility. Gone are the days when business leaders could naïvely shake off the threat with an air of “it’ll never happen to us.” Rather, data and systems security is now finding its rightful place in the organizational structure: The boardroom.

The C-suite is beginning to take note of the rising risk level, thanks in large part to the high-profile attacks of the past few years, and while developing a solid defense-in-depth strategy is absolutely essential today, it is important to remember that your tools are only one piece of the protection pie. A security foundation backed in technology is critical, but you cannot overlook how your people and processes fit into the mix.

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Topics: Consulting & Advisory, Business Planning, IT Security & Compliance, IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, Awareness Training, Breaches, Internal Security Operations, Tips on Security Training, Human Firewall, Cybersecurity, Social Engineering

Computing Power Just Got an Impressive Upgrade

Posted by Eide Bailly Team on July 10, 2015

IBM announced this week a significant breakthrough in advancing today’s computing capabilities, temporarily soothing mounting market concerns over the long-term sustainability of Moore’s Law. The company unveiled a 7-nanometer node chip that is substantially more efficient, offers nearly four times the current capacity, and represents more than a 50% power-to-performance increase.

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Topics: Consulting & Advisory, Business Planning, IT Infrastructure, Business Analytics, IBM, What Does It Mean, Moore's Law, Microelectronics, 7nm Technology, Emerging Technologies, Microprocessor Chip, Innovation, Computing Power

Why Your Family Vacation Might Look Different This Summer

Posted by D.C. Lucas on July 2, 2015

As the summer holiday rolls on and the Fourth of July approaches, you, like myself and many of my colleagues, may be planning a family vacation with the kids to the land of perpetual mayhem – theme parks. But this year could look a little different than years past.

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Topics: Consulting & Advisory, Business Planning, Business Analytics, Digital Experience, Executive Leadership, Disney, MagicBand, Wearable Devices, Big Data, internet of things, Customer Experience, Fourth of July, Disney World, IoT Examples, Real World Examples

The 2 Strategies for an Effective ERP Evaluation

Posted by Amy Knust on June 26, 2015

If my last post on the 6 tell-tale signs you've outgrown your ERP resonated with you, you may now be wondering where to go from here. Evaluating the latest technologies against your defined business requirements is a necessary process when selecting and implementing a best fit solution for your business, enabling you to effectively address challenges and achieve your organizational goals. Once you have determined that you need to undergo a business assessment, you must determine what approach you will take to perform the assessment. There are two differing strategies for effectively identifying the right solution to grow your business to the next level, both with pros and cons that leaders must weigh before moving forward in the process.

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Topics: Consulting & Advisory, Business Planning, Solution Selection, Evaluation Strategies, How To Choose the Right System, Requirements Gathering, Enterprise Resource Planning, Defining Business Needs, How To Assess Your Business, Evaluating ERP Systems, ERP & CRM

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