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Thinking of IT as a cost center costs you

Remember the old days and the old ways of doing business when only sales contributed to a company’s profitability? When progress meant minimizing costs on everything else required to support sales? And as for IT, once we became convinced we couldn’t function … Continue reading

When average is no longer good enough

What’s the bestselling car in the world? The Toyota Corolla—39 million sold through April 2012, according to Toyota Motor Corporation. And it was the first car ever to achieve $30 million in sales. What’s so special about this less than … Continue reading

5 Mistakes an IT Consultant can Help You Avoid

“Live and learn,” the old aphorism goes – but wouldn’t you rather learn as much as possible before actually having to live through an experience? Doing so can certainly save business leaders money down the road. Below, we list five … Continue reading

Top 3 IT Issues Facing Portland SMBs in 2012

When you’re in the middle of a challenging endeavor, it’s good to know that others are facing the same obstacles as you. As far as SMBs are concerned, there are a few IT issues that consistently arise as the most … Continue reading

IT Consultants = Must Have; Internal Staff = Nice to Have

When IT concerns become overwhelming, many managers assume hiring an on-staff IT expert is the solution. Unfortunately, this impulse represents an outdated mode of IT management. Given that IT is now crucial to every company’s bottom line – and that … Continue reading

IT Consultants and the Collaboration System User Interface

As IT consultants are well aware, collaboration systems are the next hot development in internal communications. For years, email has been the main method of communication between employees. However, the advent of cloud technology has made for a leap in … Continue reading

IT Consultants Provide Businesses Much-Needed IT Modernization

In the early days of the internet, IT spending was requisite, not strategic. Then, companies hired IT experts to maintain on-site hardware, software and storage. Occasionally, an additional IT consultant might be brought in to assess the long-term viability of … Continue reading

Information Technology Consulting Firms and the CIO’s New Role

Chief Information Officer: It’s a title that expresses high-level management across information sources. Yet the reality is that for many CIOs, the job encompasses not just strategic management but also technological platforms, contracts, vendor relationships and countless other minutiae of … Continue reading

The 5-Headed IT Person: Assessing the Value of IT Managed Services

With the technology landscape in constant flux, IT professionals often find themselves wearing a variety of different hats. Whether you have an in-house IT department or contract the work out to an IT managed services firm, a critical step in … Continue reading

SMB IT Question of the Month: How Deeply Should IT Staff be Involved in Day-to-Day Operations?

In yesterday’s small business, IT consulting was a largely technology-facing job. IT consulting services concentrated on maintaining hardware and software. Their role was preservative and largely behind-the-scenes, as evidenced by the stereotype of IT offices being isolated in basements. Saturday … Continue reading