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ADP's Three Steps to Facilitating an IT Culture of Innovation

The unemployment figures sometimes mask the fact that there is a war for IT talent in corporate America and beyond. As companies across a large number of industries have awakened to the fact that technology has a major role to play in their operations, internally and customer-facing, they have understood that solid IT resources are a must. So, what is an IT executive to do in order to attract talent, and more importantly keep it?
[Full Article]   Oct-21-2012

 

Why Risk Management Fails in IT

While few small businesses have formal risk management programs, most large business do. The goal is to identify risks and either reduce their potential impact with compensating controls or purchase insurance to further reduce the business risk. But try to translate risk management theories to IT and you run into troubles. Every risk management program starts with the dictate to identify all IT assets and weight them based on their criticality to business operations. That leads to the first big problem.
[Full Article]   Oct-21-2012

 

Before Installing CRM Systems, Consult Your Org Chart

When installing an ERP, accounting or even HR system, there's no question whom the users will be. It doesn't take long to identify the access privileges each class of user will need, either. CRM systems, though, tend to be more multi-disciplinary, with information tendrils swimming across the organization. Serious CRM systems may interact with Web, marketing, ecommerce, telephony, email, IM, accounting, expense management, contract management, distribution, field service and even compensation systems. This makes for a serious integration challenge and begs the following question: "Who should have access to the CRM, and what should they be able to see and do there?"
[Full Article]   Oct-21-2012

 

The Key to Great Service is How You Respond to What Customers are Saying

Many enterprises have invested and continue to spend millions of dollars on their customer service and contact center departments. Despite these investments, there are very few examples of companies with a reputation for stellar service, even though delivering an outstanding customer experience is now viewed as a top priority by a large number of executives. What’s wrong with this picture?
[Full Article]   Oct-21-2012

 

Why Business IT Innovation is so Difficult

Done right, IT has the potential to completely transform business by flattening hierarchies, shrinking supply chains, and speeding communications, says Harvard professor Kristina Steffenson McElheran. Why, then, do so many companies get it wrong?
[Full Article]   Oct-21-2012

 

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