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6 Reasons Why Businesses Should Consider Procurement Outsourcing

With the customer and market demands associated with most industries changing rapidly, it is critical that an organization’s best people remain focused on the business at hand while preparing for future opportunities. Within the procurement area this is especially true. It is crucial that the purchasing staff ensure your company is receiving the best value, […]

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Humorous and Clever Purchasing Anecdotes

Have you heard some humorous or clever quotes regarding business and procurement?  They are not as easy to find or remember as you would think.  I have recently come across the following and thought this was a very good start – if you are someone who likes to keep these little anecdotes handy.  As you […]

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The First Step in a Successful Cost Savings Effort

Developing an intelligent Cost Savings Strategy while considering the various tactical options such as Value Analysis, New Product or Service Options, Consolidated Sourcing, “Best in Class” Supplier Evaluations, Genuine Partnerships, Resourcing to a LCC Supplier (Low Cost Country Sourcing), Competitive Bidding and Reverse Auctions (to name a few) are all very effective and can drive […]

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The Top 10 Characteristics and Skills of an Excellent Buyer

What makes a good buyer? The following are the first five traits that contribute to an outstanding buyer. The second five will be published next week. 1. High Integrity – Even though it could be argued this is a soft skill, it is one of the most important traits a good buyer should possess. Without […]

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One of Business’s Bad Habits – the Verbal Purchase Order

Company employees who have developed good relationships with their suppliers may be tempted to simply place a verbal order to save time and expedite the delivery of the product or service. The common logic is that since they have a long term relationship with the supplier, they are confident that it will work out OK. […]

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Top IT security steps small businesses don’t take

Small businesses are often at a disadvantage because they don’t have the same security budget as larger firms. However, a recent study shows there are even some simple IT security steps that small companies often fail to take.  Often, leadership at small businesses may assume that smaller companies don’t face the same threats as others, […]

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iPad CTO Kit – including the iPad Tips and Tricks Guide for IT Executives and Managers

Download this kit to learn everything you need to know about IT Management. The iPad CTO Kit brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your IT Management related decisions. Click here to learn more!   The post iPad CTO Kit – including the iPad Tips and Tricks […]

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Cloud users give vendors good marks for IT security

Many businesses are concerned about the security of sensitive data when it’s held by a third party cloud computing servcie. However, a new survey says those worries might be exaggerated to some degree.  There’s a significant difference between the concerns of organizations that aren’t using cloud computing services and the experiences of those that have made the […]

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Yahoo, Best Buy eliminate telecommuting – should you?

We’ve discussed telecommuting before as a key benefit to offer employees and a way to boost productivity and morale. However, some big-name companies apparently disagree.  Yahoo made headlines late last month when management put an end to the company’s telecommuting program and ordered remote workers to return to the office. The decision was especially surprising […]

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IT budgets are increasing – where are companies investing?

Here’s some good news for the CIO, IT Manager and other tech leaders in your company: A new study says that IT budgets are expected to rise in the coming year.  On average, companies say their IT budgets will be 2.07% higher in the 2013 than they were in 2012, according to a recent report […]

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Fifteen Steps to Conquering BYOD

BYOD is not a single product, service, or application. It is a situation where IT does not own or distribute the endpoints. It is a user-driven phenomenon that IT must embrace and manage. The enterprise has to gain control of BYOD, or risk business anarchy that affects the enterprise’s productivity, security, privacy, regulatory compliance and […]

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What to move to the cloud? Keys for a cost-effective strategy

Cloud computing is all the rage right now, and investing in cloud services can boost companies’ bottom lines. But for those investments to pay off, organizations must strategically plan what they should and shouldn’t move to the cloud.  Planning a cloud computing strategy isn’t just IT’s job. As companies have moved more applications to the […]

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Decide what to move to the cloud: A cost-effective strategy

Cloud computing is all the rage right now, and investing in cloud services can boost companies’ bottom lines. But for those investments to pay off, organizations must strategically plan what they should and shouldn’t move to the cloud.  Planning a cloud computing strategy isn’t just IT’s job. As companies have moved more applications to the […]

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Protect against costly third-party data breaches: Key questions

Companies can put a lot of work into protecting their own networks and avoiding costly data breaches. But breaches that occur at third-party vendors and other business partners can cost organizations just as much.  When adding up the costs of a data breach, it doesn’t matter much which company’s “fault” the incident was. While some […]

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6 tech tools telecommuters need

Telecommuting is a great benefit to offer staff members in IT and the rest of the business. But for telecommuters to stay productive, companies need to invest in some software and other items.  Overall companies find telecommuting to be beneficial. It’s a benefit organizations can offer to employees in many jobs without adding much cost, […]

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Networking for the BYOD Enterprise

For many companies, the transition to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and provisioning the right supporting infrastructure presents significant challenges. The enterprise device population of yesteryear was largely BlackBerry, homogenous, and company-purchased, and therefore, more readily managed. With employees bringing various consumer-oriented devices to work, managing mobility and securing company assets have become more difficult […]

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Should your company let IT pros work from home?

As competition for IT talent heats up, companies are looking for low-cost benefits to offer tech employees and applicants. Here’s one worth considering:  Telecommuting options. When IT departments deal with telecommuting it’s often because they’re charged with supporting other users throughout the company who will start working from home. But it may pay off to […]

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15 email phrases that may be signs of employee fraud

Some of the biggest security threats companies face come from their own employees. That’s especially true in the Finance department, where staff members have access to a wealth of valuable data. One firm has a technique to help catch employees who commit fraud:  Analyze their emails. The words and phrases employees use in their email […]

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3 ways companies can cut costs in the data center

Powering and cooling data centers takes up a lot of room in most companies’ budgets. However, there are some steps businesses can take to lower those costs.  As we’ve written previously, budgets for data center design and management are getting tighter. Many companies are responding by putting less of a focus on creating redundancies, and […]

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Security vendor hacked: What’s it mean for IT?

As a recent hack against one vendor shows, IT security firms face the same challenges protecting data as every other company.  But of course, when security firms aren’t secure, that can have big implications for the security of other organizations. Here’s what happened: Hackers recently broke into the network of Bit9, a vendor that sells […]

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3 IT investments that offer the biggest boost to the bottom line

As any Finance pro knows, making smart technology investments is difficult. However, a new report offers some guidance on the best places for companies to allocate the IT budget.  IT investments improve organizations’ agility, performance and ability to create organizational change, according to a recent survey from AT&T and INSEAD. However, spending more on technology won’t automatically make companies […]

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The Essentials of Finance – Free Kit

Download this kit to learn everything you need to know about Finance. The Essentials of Finance, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Finance related decisions. Click here to learn more!   The post The Essentials of Finance – Free Kit appeared first on Finance Tech […]

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Just 30% of tech pros say IT training is effective

Although IT training can help companies improve their operations and boost retention, many IT pros say the training they get from their employers isn’t effective.  IT training saves organizations money, according to a study conducted last year by IDC. When training isn’t a part of IT projects, those projects are more likely to fail than […]

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Study: Cloud computing may not be a life saver after all

Many Finance folks are excited about cloud computing, and for good reason. The cloud can help businesses cut costs, increase flexibility and achieve other benefits. But a new survey says organizations may need to temper their expectations a bit.  Moving to cloud services often costs more than organizations expect and doesn’t always deliver the immediate […]

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Will cloud computing raise your company’s tax bill?

As companies decide whether cloud computing is right for them, there’s one question that many Finance leaders have: Does the company need to pay tax on the cloud services it buys?  The answer: It depends on a few factors, including where the company is located. While the issue is complicated, one thing is clear: The […]

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3 laptop security tips for traveling Finance pros

If you or any of your staff members frequently take a laptop on the road to do work, you’ll want to keep these laptop security keys in mind.  Although a lot of mobile security attention is being paid to smartphones and tablets, there’s a more old-fashioned portable computing device that can lead to plenty of […]

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25 oddball interview questions companies asked last year

Companies are fiercely competing for IT talent right now, and making smart hires is more important than ever. Can any of these strange interview questions help your company land the perfect IT employee?  Career website Glassdoor recently sorted through tens of thousands of questions submitted by job seekers and compiled a list of the 25 […]

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Attention, Finance: IT’s cloud computing security concerns are justified

It’s a common situation occurring in many companies right now: Finance is ready to implement cloud computing services, while IT is pumping the breaks because of concerns about data security. A recent study shows how it could pay off to listen to the tech experts.  That’s the message in a recent SailPoint survey of 200 […]

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