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5 IT Challenges for the Beverage Distribution Industry

5 IT Challenges for the Beverage Distribution Industry

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The landscape is shifting in the beverage distribution industry. The market is consolidating, consumers demand more, and you’ve got to be ultra efficient to maintain a decent margin. Particular challenges faced by wholesalers and distributors include: Managing many layers A proliferation of stock keeping units (SKUs) Inefficient warehouse management Inefficient management of accounts receivable Inaccurate demand forecast reports Data management and coordination of processes are key to a successful beverage distributor. And you can’t do that by relying on Excel…

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Office 365 vs Google Apps for Small Business

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Are you a small business owner looking to shake up your IT? Unsure where to start when comparing Office 365 vs Google Apps for small business? You’ve come to the right place. Read on for our comparison between these two popular, cloud-based productivity solutions. IT Challenges for Small Businesses There are 28 million small businesses with fewer than 500 employees in the U.S., and they provide 55% of the country’s jobs, according to the Small Business Administration. And each business sees…

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Enterprise App Growth and the AWS Opportunity

Enterprise App Growth and the AWS Opportunity

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Enterprises have been steadily pushing into the cloud over the last decade or so. And with that comes enterprise app growth, as businesses now expect of their enterprise apps what individuals do of their smartphone apps. This trend, as evidenced by the predictions and statistics below, is only growing in momentum and volume. In 2016, companies that ran more than 1,000 VMs in the public cloud increased between 13% and 17%, while those running more than 1,000 VMs in the private…

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Dynamics 365 Transition Guide

Dynamics 365 Transition Guide

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If you haven’t already made the switch to Microsoft Dynamics 365, your time is coming. Use our Dynamics 365 transition guide to help you navigate the change. If You Use Dynamics CRM, You’ll Need to Switch Microsoft officially removed the Dynamics CRM brand name in November 2016, and there’s no longer any way to purchase it online. What Microsoft is doing, under differing timelines and configurations, is moving the CRM components — Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, and Project Service…

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Cloud, Dynamics & IT Spending as a Percentage of Revenue: Demystified

Cloud, Dynamics & IT Spending as a Percentage of Revenue: Demystified

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Is it worth using Microsoft Dynamics in the cloud? How will you know? Read on to discover why IT spending as a percentage of revenue isn’t the only factor to consider when using Dynamics in the cloud. IT Spending as a Percentage of Revenue Doesn’t Hold All the Answers Business services’ average IT spending as a percentage of revenue was 3.70% in 2015, according to ISG Benchmark Data. But a move to the cloud can help you cut that. A…

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Why Managed IT Experts Are Proven to Outperform In-House IT

Why Managed IT Experts Are Proven to Outperform In-House IT

By | FlexIT, Managed Services | No Comments

From Zika to President-elect Donald Trump and the unveiling of the Tesla 3 — 2016 has been a big year. Last year was filled with surprises: the Cubs broke the world series drought, Brexit shocked millions around the world, and the death of David Bowie, Prince and George Michael were honored with heavy hearts. But 2016 was monumental in IT too; new developments in big data and artificial intelligence have changed the way we live our lives. NextVR created a…

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Cloud Vendor Selection Criteria for Enterprises

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There are thousands of managed service providers out there. Choosing the right one for you shouldn’t be a matter of chance. That’s why we’ve come up with these Cloud vendor selection criteria you can use to ensure you contract with the MSP best suited to your needs. Cloud Vendor Selection Criteria #1: Business Transaction vs. Relationship Let’s be honest. All managed service providers, or MSPs, want to be profitable, but do you want one who looks at you as a…

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How Managed Hosting Benefits You: A Brick and Mortar Analogy

How Managed Hosting Benefits You: A Brick and Mortar Analogy

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Managed hosting benefits you in numerous ways. Providers can help implement and manage your Cloud solutions, keeping your data safe, your systems up and running, and saving you money on expensive hardware purchases and staffing costs. But what if you’re more of a DIY type? What if budget constraints leave you feeling that you’d be better off taking care of all that stuff yourself? Sure, it’s an option — if you’ve got a little bit of technical know-how. Choosing managed…

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Why Your Cloud Security Concerns Are Invalid

Why Your Cloud Security Concerns Are Invalid

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The Cloud. A boon for companies who recognize its awesome potential, a bane for those who can’t get past one glaring roadblock: security. And if you belong to the cabal of the latter, fear not. You’re not alone. In fact, Cloud security concerns are a real problem for companies when it comes to considering a migration to the Cloud. How much of a concern, you might ask? Perception Is Not Reality Well, according to the Cloud Industry Forum, 70% of…

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Why Network Downtime Costs Are Increasing

Why Network Downtime Costs Are Increasing

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Network downtime costs — and how precisely one calculates them — is a subject that generates a lot of discussions online. Really, it’s a bit funny that we spend so much time online discussing what it will cost when we can’t get online. The true cost of downtime in 2016 is difficult to pinpoint. Figures are bandied about liberally. An oft-quoted figure is Gartner’s estimate that put the cost of downtime in 2010 at a painful $5,600 per minute, while…

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