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How Wearable Technology Will Influence our Personal & Professional Lives

Posted by Joe Tillman on October 1, 2015

These are exciting, albeit nerve-racking times. Technology is constantly progressing, and we are really close to seeing a lot of things that a few years ago seemed utterly unrealistic.

Technological advancements are revolutionizing our daily lives. Consider that a short time ago, if your child played a contact sport, you were relying solely on the coaching staff to monitor his or her well-being during a practice or game. Concussions are a hot topic in sports today, and with today’s advancements, there is now technology – at a minimal cost to consumers – that can measure the impacting force and subsequent condition of an athlete. Even those “basic” fitness trackers are aiming to improve our quality of life by taking health monitoring to new levels, measuring vitals like oxygen, hydration, and blood pressure. Diabetics can now benefit from smart contact lenses as a less invasive and more efficient way to measure glucose levels and manage their disease, and other innovative healthcare technologies are continually surfacing to make our lives easier and healthier.

As a business leader, it can be daunting to keep ahead of the trends that will affect your business, but I am here to tell you – Wearables are the new smartphone. Ignoring wearable technology’s influence is not a viable business decision looking ahead, and in preparing for 2020 and 200 billion devices, it’s essential to address their impact and take actionable steps to integrate this technology into the future of your business.

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Topics: Business Leadership, Technology Trends

The Beginners Guide to Salesforce — From A-Z

Posted by Hans Hendershot on September 25, 2015

Remember that exhilarating, apprehensive feeling when you learned how to ride a bike for the first time? The feeling of unease as that guiding, steadying hand lifted off your seat for the first time, leaving you pedaling & unbalanced. Few of us got it down the first time, and most of us required a few weeks of training wheels, raised gradually over time, to master the skill.

The same came be said for undertaking a new business solution. Once implemented and the helping hand has left your organizational handlebars, you realize the long bike path ahead of you. It can be daunting, but there are plenty of helpful resources available to guide you on your way.


For those beginning their journey with Salesforce CRM, consider this your A-Z guide for mastering your business solution.

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Topics: Relationship Management (CRM)

Managing Company Credit Cards in Your ERP Solution

Posted by Dana Larson on September 18, 2015

Does your company have a company credit card(s)? Do you have trouble accessing documentation for these purchases or properly assigning them to the right accounts, customers, projects, departments, or other classifications in your systems? You are most certainly not alone. The majority of clients that I work with find this to be a major pain point in their monthly accounting cycle – and employees don’t like it any more than the accounts payable (A/P) manager.

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Topics: Business Management Software (ERP), Business Leadership

What Is CRM?

Posted by Hans Hendershot on September 11, 2015

CRM, or customer relationship management, is a common phrase oft heard in the business world today. It has become a blanket buzz term for managing your customers, but its real value runs much deeper.

All businesses are built on a foundation of quality relationships. In today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, a successful business will be the business that provides the best service and remains top of mind in their target audiences. To capitalize on this elusive revenue stream, these businesses understand their ideal customer and target them effectively with personalized messaging and helpful information to encourage them through the buying process.

Enter CRM.

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Topics: Relationship Management (CRM), Business Leadership

Generations & Technology | The Millennial Influence

Posted by Sandi Piatz on September 4, 2015

Today’s business environment is going through impactful changes. Not only is technology innovating at an exceedingly rapid pace, but a new generation has joined the workforce, disrupting the traditional work model. Millennials, or those “green” 20-somethings from Gen-Y & Z, have entered the workplace in masses over the past few years, fast becoming the majority generation in the workplace, and along with their innate savvy with technology, they are impacting how business leaders manage and interact across their organization.

To understand the influence and impacts of the generational gap in today’s workplace, you first have to examine the generations present and how they view work life and technology.

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Topics: Business Leadership

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: IT Infrastructure & 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: Business Management Software (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: IT Infrastructure & Security, Business Leadership, Technology Trends

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: Business Leadership

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: Infographic, Business Leadership