Professional Service Strategies that Win: IT’s New Role in the Cloud

Successful enterprise resource planning (ERP) deployment demands a focused examination of the professional services provided by your organization, and the most efficient infrastructure required to support them. You must provide your most important asset—your people—with effective tools that can be accessed remotely, securely, and immediately. Professional service organizations that understand this will be in a strong position to determine the best cloud-based solution for their needs.

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The Changing Role of the CIO

No department within an organization has undergone such a profound change as that of IT. The platforms used to deliver IT products and services, the tools of the trade and skillsets required to do the job have changed. On top of all that, the IT function is now being integrated into the company’s other operations and is expected to operate as a business within a business. Overseeing this sea change is the CIO. This paper examines how the role of the CIO has been evolving to meet today’s new world... Read More

2014 Professional Services Maturity Benchmark Best of the Best

According to “The 2014 Professional Services Maturity Benchmark,” out of 238 participating organizations, 13 firms significantly outperformed the average, excelling in five service performance dimensions: leadership, client relationships, human capital alignment, service execution, and finance and operations. This white paper focuses on one of this year’s best service organizations and the best practices that differentiate the best of the best from average firms. Read More

The Top 5 Mistakes Professional Services Firms Make and How to Avoid Them

Over the past decade, demand has shifted from “hard” services, such as manufacturing and production, to technology- and knowledge-based services. While the growth trajectory for a strong professional services organization (PSO) is seemingly limitless, PSOs face a number of challenges, from increased competition to lack of available skilled resources. Read about five common mistakes seen within the professional service industry, as well as practical strategies for avoiding them. Read More

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Unleashing Cloud Performance

For IT and business managers, the question is not whether to use the cloud, but how. Fortunately, the virtualization and consolidation projects that ignited this renewed interest in centralized computing also provide a guide for realizing the full potential of the cloud. Learn how to understand, optimize, and consolidate resources to deliver the highest use and highest return on investment (ROI) for your business. Read More

Staying Aloft in Tough Times: Why Smart, Innovative Businesses Are Turning to Cloud Computing

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Demand for business expansion, profitability, and an enhanced user experience is accelerating the move to cloud computing. Cloud answers the enterprise’s need to simplify and to use the best resources from the best devices, wherever they happen to reside on the network. For chief information officers (CIOs), it’s an opportunity to reduce operational complexity and deliver greater value to the organization. Find out more. Read More

Service Delivery Innovation: Creating Client Value and Enhancing Profitability

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The rules for success in today’s fiercely competitive market are constantly changing. Through service delivery innovation, a company can differentiate itself. But how do you change your service delivery methods to keep existing clients and entice new ones? A networked organization is one of six characteristics of successful service delivery innovation. Find out how you can put them into practice and attain the benefits. Read More

Service Productization

Productization of services is accomplished by associating tangible features with intangible service offerings. Tangible features may take the form of personnel, collateral, methodologies, pricing, facilities, or other attributes. Automation tools like enterprise service automation, database, and project management tools serve as enablers to service productization. By associating tangible features with intangible services, the professional services firm can build client confidence. Read More
 
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