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When average is no longer good enough

What’s the bestselling car in the world? The Toyota Corolla— over 40 million sold through 2022, Best-selling passenger car worldwide in 2022. And it was the first car ever to achieve $30 million in sales. What’s so special about this less than spectacular, non-luxury, at best average ride? I have to believe its combination of …

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The accidental CFIO and how to eliminate him

Recently I met with a couple of IT company executives whose target clients happen to include medium-sized enterprises. I mentioned that they must be talking to a lot of CFIOs, but all I got back were two blank stares. It is a relatively uncommon title, but in a company with less than 250 employees, the …

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Are you looking at IT the way you look at accounting? Or are you looking for one full-time IT guy with five heads?

Here’s your overarching IT challenge: handling today’s productivity issues—those things that have “emergency” red-lettered all over them—while proactively preparing for tomorrow. But unless you run IT like you run your accounting department, chances are your IT person is looking in the mirror to see if he sees what he thinks you see—five heads on a …

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Core vs. Chore – Does your IT professional have the headroom to think about your business?

If you think your IT professional is thinking about how technology can advance your business objectives while he’s rebooting computers, think again. More likely, his mind is focused on checking off the next chore on his to-do list. “I forgot my password.” “My screen is frozen again.” “How do I connect to Wi-Fi?” “How do …

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Defining Remote Managed Services for Portland SMBs

Sometimes, the terms that get thrown around in IT circles aren’t easy to understand. Forbes magazine in a recent article sought to define the term “remote managed services”  as it is one of the least understood in all of IT. Managed services are not that difficult to understand, however – and their benefit to any …

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