Customer Success Story: Aon’s Journey to Better Corporate Governance

Aon Corporation’s business is part of a highly regulated industry that maintains strict licensing requirements. With these constantly changing requirements, the company realized its outdated procedures and processes were no longer adequate and that a learning management system (LMS) was what it needed. The company turned to Cornerstone OnDemand for help, and since adopting LMS, Aon has achieved 100 percent compliance.

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An Earned Value Management (EVM) Success Story

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Earned value management (EVM) is not a new concept, having its origins in United States government agencies during the 1960s as a way to ensure accountability among contractors working on long-term, complex projects. But in this century, EVM has become standard required practice. Learn how to get certified in earned value management (EVM) and compete for government aerospace and defense contracts. Read More

A Business Risk Approach to IT Governance

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As corporate IT infrastructure increases in size and complexity, corporations are recognizing the need for a better mechanism for assessing IT’s role and alignment to the key corporate initiatives. What began as a series of best practices has evolved into the field known as IT governance. This white paper is for business and technical people and introduces the key concepts and challenges with IT governance and the IT governance solution provided by IBM. Read More

From VAR to Solution Provider: Five Strategies for Business Transformation

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The traditional value-added reseller (VAR) business—comprised of companies that add features or services to an existing product and then resell it as an integrated product or complete solution—has become more challenging, with declining product margins, increasing competition, and lower-cost alternatives to proprietary products. The pressures are causing many VARs to grow their businesses from simply selling products to offering more comprehensive solutions built on a richer set of services and recurring revenue models.

For decades, VARs have been an important channel for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), like computer manufacturers and software vendors, to reach customers. The “value-add” can simply be to provide local implementation and hands-on support or it can involve adding other hardware, software, and services to tailor the OEM’s product to a specific industry, problem, or use. In many markets, customers prefer buying from VARs instead of directly from OEMs, as VARs are closer to the customer, offer local support, and are in a better position to develop long-term relationships.

The VAR business model has been attractive in the past, as it was profitable to resell OEM products. Over the past decade, however, product margins have been shrinking as the result of several long-term trends. In this report, learn about five strategies for making the transformation from VAR to solution provider. The changes needed require a new view of the business and a new mindset, to move from a deal mindset to long-term customer relationships, become invested in customer success, and transition from cash up front to realizing revenue over the life of a contract. Read More

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PANalytical: A QAD Customer Success Story

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As a leader in x-ray analytical instrumentation and software, PANalytical’s global business was growing rapidly. But with that growth, complexity in its information and communication infrastructures had also grown—making it impossible to optimize and standardize its business processes. Since partnering with QAD, PANalytical has successfully consolidated two manufacturing sites, 31 sales offices, and 17 databases. Read More

Aligning Business with IT through IT Portfolio Management and IT Governance

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When business uncertainties are frequent and compliance with regulations is mandatory, it can be a challenge to keep information technology (IT) synchronized with strategy for maximum business value—while reducing IT cost. An IT portfolio management framework, coupled with an IT governance framework, can provide visibility into projects and IT assets, keeping them aligned to business objectives at all times. Read More

Lean IT Governance: The Most Realistic and Attainable Approach to IT Governance

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