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Top 3 benefits of leveraging managed IT services

Posted on Thu, Mar 26, 2015

In recent years, demands for managed IT services has been on the rise. There are several reasons company leaders might opt for this approach, including the ability to cut internal costs, to maintain compliance with industry regulations or fill gaps in security.

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Tags: Managed Services, b2b integration

IBM InterConnect Recap: Cloud, B2B Integration and Managed File Transfer Trends

Posted on Mon, Mar 23, 2015

We’ve had few weeks to reflect on everything we learned at IBM InterConnect: from exploring the ever-changing cloud, mobile and big data landscape, to learning about new innovations in managed file transfer and B2B integration—and there’s a lot to take in. Finding “A New Way” to think about solving business problems and accelerating transformation was a key theme of the three-day cloud, mobile and technology conference in Las Vegas.

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Tags: b2b integration, IBM

Getting a visibility cloak for invisible order management processes

Posted on Mon, Mar 16, 2015

While it might be good for a superhero or a wizard, invisibility is an unwelcome condition in supply chains. Order management, in its slow, manual-based state, often suffers from a crisis of invisibility, with large gaps forming where processes and personnel are operating under the radar. But without the proper tools to illuminate these dark corners of order management processes, it was difficult to imagine a better way. 

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Tags: supply chain visibility, order management

What does omni-channel really mean and are we ready for it?

Posted on Wed, Mar 11, 2015

It might go by several different names, but the bottom-line concept is the same: Omni-channel (cross-channel or integrated commerce, as it is sometimes known) is something that merchants must be ready for in order to achieve success in the marketplace. But what does it actually mean to be omni-channel ready?

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Tags: omni-channel

Doing more with less: IT challenges in the manufacturing sector

Posted on Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Using technology to save on labor costs and resource expenses is a top investment priority for nearly every company, particularly those in the manufacturing industry. More cost-efficient facilities, automated order management and data-driven customer fulfillment can reduce the amount of money and time that must be poured into these areas. However, in some cases, the increasing use of technology is bringing about a rise in overall IT costs. Many companies have experienced firsthand the issue of a technological innovation that hasn't significantly decreased labor costs or sped up operations, because the staff and resources needed to maintain expansive IT environments ends up outweighing many of the promised benefits.

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Tags: supply chain visibility, supply chain management, order management

B2B integration in the cloud: Tips and IBM use cases

Posted on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

When utilized for business purposes, the cloud can bring a range of benefits. Depending upon how it is leveraged, these advantages can include reduced operating costs and increased availability of resources, which can lead to a boost in productivity throughout the company.

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Tags: b2b integration

Debunked: Top 3 managed file transfer myths

Posted on Wed, Feb 18, 2015

In the current threat environment, businesses can't be too careful when it comes to their sensitive files. At the same time, in order for employees to complete everyday tasks, they must be able to securely send and receive documents and materials. For this reason, managed file transfer solutions have become increasingly essential in enterprise circles.

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Tags: managed file transfer

Managed file transfer for HIPAA compliance: MFT succeeds where FTP fails

Posted on Fri, Feb 13, 2015

In the healthcare industry, electronic health record systems have become a staple. Now more than ever, companies are looking to comply with the Administrative Simplification section of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which calls for the use of an electronic system for records instead of an outdated manual one.

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Tags: healthcare, managed file transfer

Omni-channel retail: Tips to ensure successful strategy integration

Posted on Fri, Feb 06, 2015

Customers utilize a range of avenues to connect with and make purchases from industry-leading retailers. From leveraging mobile devices and desktop computers to visiting a company's brick-and-mortar locations, consumer behavior has driven the need for an omni-channel retail approach like never before.

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Tags: omni-channel, multi-channel retail

Top Three Tips for Seamless Omnichannel Retailing

Posted on Wed, Feb 04, 2015

The proliferation of buying across multiple channels has presented both concerns and opportunities for retailers, depending on their systems in place to manage omni-channel retail. For brick-and-mortar stores, there has long been some fear that online shopping would win the hearts and minds of customers through convenience and free shipping deals.

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Tags: omni-channel

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