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How to Take Stress Off Your IT Department: Go Hybrid

Matt Williams

Posted by Matt Williams
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Outsourced IT professionals can support existing departments.

Partnering with a managed IT services provider (MSP) for a Hybrid IT approach enhances your internal IT department with much-needed support, specialized skills and more — without the expense of adding headcount.

Not every business has the staff within their existing organization that they may need, especially with today's quickly-evolving technology landscape

As Gordon Haff states in his article, Why IT Went Hybrid (And Why It Matters), "it's probably impossible to do everything in-house — and it's certainly not economically sensible." 

Haff is right on target, as more and more situations require specialized skills, such as those specific to cybersecurity, physical security, strategic planning or technology upgrade projects. When these situations arise, a company that attempts to solely handle them in-house, on top of their existing workload, can put too much weight on internal IT departments, leaving them less likely to succeed.

Read on to learn how we partner with many of our clients to alleviate these stresses, because your team deserves the resources and support necessary to succeed.

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Top 5 Key Points on Technology for SMB Executives in 2015

Matt Williams

Posted by Matt Williams
Thu, Jun 04, 2015

I get a lot of reading material in my mailbox, and frankly some of it's not even worth the time it takes to click delete. Not so, however, with a recent article from SearchCIO that really got my attention — I'm glad I read it. The author, Harvey Koeppel, president of the tech consulting firm Pictographics, shares some great insights into the challenges facing today’s C-level technology executives. Information technology is now so intertwined with business operations that IT execs, whether they go by CIO, CTO, CISO, or any other title, must focus on the bigger enterprise picture, rather than just the nuts and bolts of IT.

In any size organization, perhaps even more so in the small-to-midsized business (SMB), the IT chief must hone their skill set beyond the old break/fix maintenance model of yesteryear. SMB executives often wear many hats and, often, small businesses either outsource the CIO responsibilities, or they're handled by a CEO, CFO or COO, in addition to their core responsibilities. Large enterprises often employ more than one C-level tech exec, parsing out different responsibilities to a number of decision makers. Upper-level executives at large organizations may have the luxury of focusing on operations that they’re familiar with, their core competencies like sales, marketing, margins, supply chain, purchasing, etc., and there may be several IT execs available for these areas. 

At small businesses, the CIO (or in some cases the virtual CIO), must have a more comprehensive understanding of both the organization’s core mission and the synergistic relationship between technology and operations. For that reason, I've compiled a similar list of tips specifically for IT execs at SMBs. They are all key, but I am listing them in order of importance, at least from my subjective viewpoint.

Read on to learn more about:

  • The key factor
  • Enterprise/IT collaboration
  • Security measures and policies
  • Compliance
  • And more
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Discrepancies Between Reported IT Concerns and Spending

Matt Williams

Posted by Matt Williams
Tue, Dec 10, 2013

What are your IT concerns? Security? Cloud computing? Smartphones? Maybe, maybe not. If you are an IT exec you might have all three of those topics at the top of your worry list. On the other hand, if you are a CEO or COO or any other C level executive your IT priorities might be different. A recently released survey (by the Society for Information Management) indicates a "worry gap" between the IT concerns of some IT departments and the IT concerns of other upper level management executives.

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