In-house vs. Managed Services: 4 Key Questions You Need to Ask

Installing software and patch updates can be frustrating and time-consuming for IT staff and users alike. But it's critical to update your computers regularly to keep security filters current. This need increases exponentially if your users are mobile and geographically dispersed. Should this continue to be the responsibility of your IT staff? Or should you outsource this function to a managed service provider (MSP)?

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Cloud Communications Services: Five Questions You Need to Address for Success

Many businesses have been successfully using cloud-based applications for years, but following this path for communications is much more recent. For some businesses cloud communications just means VoIP telephony, while others include applications such as video, text, chat, messaging, email, conferencing, etc. This guide addresses five key questions to help you determine how the cloud aligns with your business communications needs—including reasons to use the cloud, who the cloud is best for, whom you should partner with for cloud communications, when moving to the cloud is best, and how your business should deploy cloud communications—along with a frame of reference for identifying the right conditions for cloud adoption. Read More

10 Critical Questions Manufacturers Should Ask Before Choosing a Cloud-based ERP Solution

Over the last few years, software as a service (SaaS), or cloud computing, has become a credible delivery model for business applications, eliminating many of the barriers that keep companies from implementing or upgrading their software. And it enables you to focus on your core business operations instead of managing IT. This white paper contains 10 questions to ask when considering a cloud-based ERP solution. Read More

Evaluating Routing Software: 4 Things You Can't Do Without

The path to deciding on a routing software solution has some key considerations. These variables will impact the return on investment (ROI) you get and influence how smoothly you can integrate the software into your enterprise.

This paper outlines four key things to consider that will impact ROI and the effectiveness of your transportation and routing management solution. First, the specific industry knowledge and expertise of your routing software vendor will guide you to a better software decision.

Next to consider is the quality, quantity, and accessibility of training for your new routing software. The training and support offered will have a huge impact on its value to your business.

The adaptability and flexibility of your routing solution are also important factors to ensure that the software aligns with your business, and not that your business bends to the software. These are a few things a software partner needs to be able to explain and provide if it’s crucial to your business:
  • Static routing
  • Dynamic routing
  • Off-day deliveries
  • Variables in your route specifications
To tie all of the key routing solution considerations together, you need a technology platform that runs the way your enterprise does. Consider the technical environment that works best for you—is it software as a service (Saas), is it an on-premise system? Talking to fleet managers and asking your software vendor many questions will put you on the path to the right routing solution. Read More

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Buyer’s Guide: Managed Hosting Services

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