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Due process: How managed services can alleviate the stress of complexity

By Lightwell | Wed, Apr 15, 2015

As supply chains have grown larger and the strategies that they are composed of grow more complex, many enterprises have found themselves increasingly focused on the process journey, with less and less attention available for the destination - customer fulfillment. This has happened for many reasons, including the proliferation of applications, the addition of partnerships, the tightening of compliance regulations, the increased concern with security. However, there‚Äôs a tendency, in all of these matters, for businesses to try and process these problems out of consideration. Countering complexity with complexity doesn't always work out, as many enterprises have discovered. It's important to be able to differentiate between new approaches that simplify process complexity and which may only compound issues further. 

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Top 3 benefits of leveraging managed IT services

By Lightwell | 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.

According to Edward Ferrara, Forrester Research's principal research analyst serving security and risk professionals, a main factor driving businesses to turn to managed service providers is to alleviate certain internal pressures. With a managed IT service provider on their side, enterprise leaders can shift the way they utilize their corporate resources.

"End-user companies are looking to resolve headaches," Ferrara noted.

Managed IT services can do much more for a firm than just help solve and prevent in-house hassles. Utilizing managed IT services can provide a whole host of benefits for a company, including the following:

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Managed file transfer: Best practices to ensure security

By Lightwell | Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Employees partake in more file transfers than many of them may realize. Especially with the emergence of bring-your-own-devices practices, businesses could be exposing their sensitive data during these processes. In order to ensure security and prevent any unauthorized access to this sensitive content, enterprises must have a policy in place for managed file transfers that includes industry best practices.

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B2B Integration: challenges and opportunities for digital leadership

By Lightwell | Wed, Dec 10, 2014

There's no doubt that the rapid rise and far-reaching influence of digital business processes are compelling leaders to revise their methods. The challenge of adjusting to and capitalizing on any emerging phenomenon or approach is to effectively integrate it on the fly - retrace some of the company's current and future steps without having to go all the way back to the drawing board.

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How managed file transfer solutions erase compliance blind spots

By Lightwell | Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Compliance continues to be a source of blind spots for even the most forward-thinking organizations, especially in the healthcare industry. From compliance officers to the C-suite and regular employees, people continue to feel the pressure of complying with industry regulations and federal governance for safe-guarding critical data. It can be exceedingly difficult to feel like you've actually gotten to a point where you know compliance - as well as security - can be totally assured. Maybe you're not even there yet. Maybe it feels like your organization will never get to that point. And because compliance issues affect all data-users - which means most employees - in the entire company, getting so many people on board can seem like an eternal uphill battle. This is can be especially hard in the healthcare industry, where the focus tends to stay on patient care and technological development, not information protection. That doesn't have to change - just the methods of keeping data safe do.

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B2B integration: Don't engage in risky business

By Lightwell | Thu, Oct 16, 2014

B2B integration projects come with risks - that's unavoidable. There are far too many variables in play to plan for everything to go off without a hitch if the company's never before engaged with a project of this magnitude. Therefore, it's important to go into the process armed with a support system that can identify variables, alleviate pressures and set B2B integration up for long-term success. Because this is easier said than done, many companies have found that investing in B2B managed services for B2B integration can help enterprises effectively develop and maintain robust practices for partner onboarding, collaboration networks and IT approaches. This ensures that organizations aren't engaged in risky business.

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4 common EDI issues and how B2B managed services can solve them

By Lightwell | Fri, Jul 25, 2014

When it comes to electronic data interchange (EDI) operations, more data can be both a blessing and a curse. Few would argue that building larger B2B networks and exchanging more information with trading partners is a bad thing. However, savvy business professionals also know that managing all of that data - keeping networks moving, satisfying all requests, maintaining security and about half a million other critical tasks - represents a massive challenge.

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Why managed file transfer is essential for compliance

By Lightwell | Mon, Jun 23, 2014

As supply chains grow and depend more on data for virtually every facet of operation, more information has to be transmitted within companies and out to business partners every day. With more data in transit, opportunities for lax security or mismanagement to leak, exploit or otherwise compromise information are on the rise. This is not only a security and productivity risk, but a major compliance issue - one that could have significant consequences for the bottom line.

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As enterprise demands evolve, so do B2B managed services

By Lightwell | Wed, Jun 18, 2014

B2B managed services don't just prepare companies for the IT and process challenges to come; they help organizations navigate the most pressing demands of today. As the speed of business accelerates, the distant future can quickly become tomorrow. As such, planning for the road ahead needs to be completely integrated with imminent needs. This can complicate the relationship-building process between two companies. Neither one wants to jump headfirst into a problem with no easy resolution, and it's almost always easier (and cheaper) to do the research than risk the unknown.

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Why managed EDI is necessary for healthcare data management

By Lightwell | Wed, Jun 11, 2014

Electronic data interchange services offer critical support for healthcare organizations dealing with information overload.  In few other sectors are the positive effects and untapped potential of data-driven processes more evident than they are in the healthcare industry, with smart devices and analytics applications theoretically capable of providing significant benefits for patient care, research and facility improvement. One of the major developments in healthcare is in the capacity to share information between providers and practitioners. It can improve treatment, enhance diagnostic efforts and automate key processes.

However, a variety of connectivity, continuity and security issues have the potential to derail data management and translation efforts, thus obscuring the benefits information sharing can offer. Few organizations have the IT resources and infrastructure suitable to eliminate all current and future barriers. By investing in managed EDI services, healthcare providers can ensure the integrity, protection and usability of their information as it moves across a collaborative provider system.

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