Is Your CRM Strategy Dialed into Social Media?

Posted by Jason Ihaia

Aug 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

According to market researcher SiriusDecisions, a full 95 percent of business-to-business marketers have created social media accounts. Yet, while consumer marketers use social media to interact with their customers, only 10 percent of B2B marketers feel they can articulate the business value of social media outreach.

At the same time, you’d be hard-pressed to find any company with a sizable customer base that doesn’t agree that customer relationship management (CRM) applications are key to landing and keeping their customers.

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Topics: Customer Relationship Management

9 Ways Big Data Affects Your Backup and Recovery Strategy

Posted by Blake Bellman

Aug 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

When major publications stop capitalizing terms like “internet” and “web,” you know those things have become commonplace. They’ve become accepted as here to stay. Even the internet of things (lowercase) is accepted as fact—even if its potential is far from being realized.

We still capitalize Big Data, though, as if we’re still not quite sure. Maybe that’s because capital Big emphasizes the data we collect today has increased by an order of magnitude. Science Daily reports 90 percent of the world’s data has been produced in the last two years.

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Topics: Backup and Disaster Recovery

Private Equity Carve-Outs: Keeping IT from Slowing Yours Down

Posted by Kris Lamberth

Jul 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Divesting a business unit presents the seller with a number of challenges, ranging from financial to personnel to technology systems. But for the purchaser, the challenges of standing up the carve-out as an independent company can be even greater.

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Topics: IT due diligence

Ransomware Still Not Holding You Hostage? Lucky You

Posted by Blake Bellman

Jul 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Unless you’ve been off the grid for the last year, you know about ransomware’s relentless march around the globe. If your company is still untouched, consider yourself lucky. After all, Computer Weekly reports the “Locky” ransomware affected companies in at least 114 countries in the first quarter of 2016 alone.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Still Not in the Hybrid Cloud? 8 Reasons You Should Be

Posted by Brad Dorethy

Jul 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Three years ago Gartner predicted 50 percent of companies would adopt the newly-christened “hybrid cloud” by 2017. With 2017 less than six months away, how close did they come?

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud

Due Diligence: Is Your Acquisition Target Courting Disaster?

Posted by Kris Lamberth

Jul 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We recently sat down for a chat with long-time client, Jim Lines, Senior Operating Partner at Thoma Bravo, one of the most experienced and successful private equity firms in the United States. For the last 15 years, Jim has turned to Paranet to help his company with due diligence. Specifically, Paranet assesses the technological health of many of Thoma Bravo’s merger and acquisition candidates and, in many cases, performs the necessary work to get a company where it needs to be from an IT perspective.

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Topics: IT due diligence

What a CFO Wants (From the Cloud)—and How to Deliver It

Posted by Kris Lamberth

Jun 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Fortune magazine reports that while cloud adoption continues to skyrocket, there’s one big holdout in the enterprise: the chief financial officer. Up to now, the adoption rate of cloud-based financial systems has been a modest 20 percent, lagging behind almost every other enterprise application.

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Topics: cloud services

How to Squelch Data Loss Without Killing Employee Productivity

Posted by Brad Todd

Jun 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Just how many cloud services does your company use? More importantly, how many do your employees use that you aren’t aware of?

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Topics: cloud solutions

M&A: 6 Ways an Unsecure Past Can Ruin an Otherwise Bright Future

Posted by Kris Lamberth

Jun 14, 2016 8:30:00 AM

People often say you should let the past be the past, or let bygones be bygones. In many aspects of life, that’s good advice. You can’t change the past, after all. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance, right?

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Topics: Mergers & Acquisitons

Why IT Migrations Are So Often Underestimated

Posted by Brad Dorethy

Jun 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

When you think of hiring a managed service provider (MSP), you often think of computer and user management, storage capacity, networking and security. These are typical needs of a small to medium businesses (SMBs) with little or in-house IT staff. But there’s far more to outsourcing IT than the basic services, no matter how comprehensive they are.

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Topics: Data Migration

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