Outsourcing: Building Trust and Reaping the Benefits4 min read

As technology continues to evolve rapidly, an increasing number of organizations are finding
that handling the entire IT stack internally has become a near impossibility. In many organizations, IT budgets are limited, meaning there may be just one or a handful or resources dedicated to keeping the lights on and simultaneously innovating. But even in places where IT is more robust, it can be extremely
difficult to hire and retain all of the skill sets necessary for running modern IT.

[You May Also Like: Industry Outlook: Looking Ahead to 2017]

(more…)

Read More

Head in the Cloud: 2017 Trends2 min read

With cloud adoption on the rise, and with so many cloud technologies and consumption models now available, the question for all size businesses is how to best leverage cloud solutions to accomplish business objectives. And, many will be asking questions like:

  • How can we deploy cloud applications rapidly and cost-effectively?
  • Is a private, public or hybrid model right for our business?
  • How do we monitor cloud consumption?
  • How can we secure cloud technologies and data in the cloud?

[Looking to evolve your cloud strategy in 2017?  Reach out to begin a dialogue with Carousel Industries today.]

(more…)

Read More

Training the IT Leaders of the Future3 min read

One of the things I really admire about Atrion is that it encourages its employees to volunteer and participate in the community. This value is supported by allowing employees to dedicate time in the community and, as an example of this, a few members of the Atrion Applications team and I had a chance to participate in the Computer Science for Rhode Island Summit (CS4RI). The Summit, held on December 14, attracted more than 1,500 students at the University of Rhode island from various Rhode Island middle and high schools for a day of challenging exercises and networking opportunities.

[You May Also Like: Breaking the “Hiring and Hoping” IT Talent Cycle]

(more…)

Read More

Understanding Your Strengths – Balconies vs Basements7 min read

My good friend, Jorge Garcia, and I have been students of strengths-based psychology for many years. This type of psychology suggests that when people understand their inherent strengths, they can focus on what they do best and thereby enjoy greater success.

We—perhaps you as well—rely on the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to uncover our core strengths, as well as the strengths of our colleagues. We have learned how to use this knowledge to improve our performance, become better leaders and build more effective and productive teams. (For more, click here to read “Stuck Worrying About Your Weaknesses? Start Playing to Your Strengths.”) For all you current and aspiring leaders out there, the concept of strengths-based psychology is one you might want to explore in the New Year.

(more…)

Read More

7 Things on Most IT Directors’ Holiday Wish List3 min read

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—budget forecasting, infrastructure upgrade planning and lots of training cheer can be heard throughout IT hallways. In this post, Atrion experts round-up their top wish lists wants.

  1. Better UC Adoption

“Change can be clumsy, but realizing tangible benefits make growing pains more manageable. If the user benefits are crystal clear, employees are more likely to get on-board, so IT directors should create a plan to educate employees about the benefits of various tools.” – Kevin McCarron, Sr. Director, Unified Communications

Read more: 3 Steps to Increase the Adoption of UC Products

(more…)

Read More

3 Signs It’s Time to Migrate to a Newer Platform2 min read

data-centerMaybe your email server is nearing end of life and you’re stuck trying to figure out what’s next—do you upgrade or move to Office 365? There are some instances when updating existing hardware isn’t as cost effective or efficient than migrating to a new platform—like the cloud or a hybrid data center—altogether. In this article, we highlight some of the top examples of when to stop updating and start migrating.

Thinking about a hyperconverged solution? Check out this case study and read more about how one business saves $100k/year!

(more…)

Read More

Industry Outlook: Looking Ahead to 20174 min read

qtq80-IChW5B

As 2016 winds down and 2017 kicks off, many of us are looking for what’s next in order to better service our companies and clients. I like to keep my finger on the pulse of different industry sectors, notably higher education, banking, healthcare, manufacturing and insurance, and I’m excited to share my thoughts on key trends and 2017 outlook for each sector. In this post, I round-up some of the biggest driving forces in IT, as well as my recommendation for each industry.

Higher Education

This sector has been experiencing structural change for the past few years. Some of these changes include a decline in the number of traditional students, more parents and students questioning the value of a higher education degree and media coverage of student debt levels.

[You May Also Like: IT Priorities in Higher Ed]

(more…)

Read More

How to Build an Effective Unified Communications and Collaboration Strategy3 min read

uc-forumUnified Communications and Collaboration (UC&C) solutions have been top-of-mind for IT and business leaders for years, as organizations look for ways to increase productivity and efficiency. And based on recent research, the UC&C market is showing no signs of slowing down; in fact, a recent report from research firm Global Insights Inc. projects the market to grow to $96 billion by 2023, up from $34.8 billion in 2015.

On top of making clear that UC&C is a priority for many organizations, what the projected market growth also illustrates is that many businesses have still not adopted the technology, but are looking to make a switch in the years to come. Is 2017 the year?

[Looking to leverage a knowledgeable and experienced partner to build an effective collaboration strategy? Click here to speak to a UC expert.]

(more…)

Read More

Is Your Personal Brand In Trouble? 3 Ways to Strengthen It4 min read

qtq80-TAUK9s

When I lead workshops on the importance of developing your personal brand, I often ask individuals to consider this powerful quote from Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos in a 2012 TED talk:

“Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.”

Consider that for a moment. What are the key phrases you hope your peers, coworkers, employers, etc., would use to describe you? Would words like “visionary,” “deadline-driven” or “honest” come up? Would you come to find you have been pigeon-holed into one domain—e.g. as a strict executer versus a strategic powerhouse?

[Looking to increase equity in your career and brand? Join our Leadership Challenge.]

(more…)

Read More

On the Clock: Discussing IT Adoption, Transformation with Care New England’s Suma Gaddam7 min read

suma-gaddamIT can be the catalyst for change and transformation in many organizations. But unfortunately too many projects are abandoned, flounder or downright fail completely, missing the mark. When I think about change or transformation, I envision four zones that we must navigate through: Status Quo, Disruption, Adoption, and Transformation.

I’ve long believed that where IT projects all too often fail is not in the disruption zone where the new change or technology is introduced but rather during adoption. Many projects never make it through the adoption zone to begin true transformation.

Think for a moment of how many IT projects you’ve brought to the business (a new ERP, CRM, phone system, contact center, or a plethora of new SaaS-based offerings) only to get the “yes” from the business line unit leaders, you craft the implementation plan, you bring the innovation to your organization, you get it implemented and available, and then… you hit a wall. A BIG wall.

(more…)

Read More