A majority of organizations engaged in enterprise resource planning (ERP) initiatives are experiencing extended implementation durations and over-budget scenarios. Still, despite implementation woes, organizations report high levels of satisfaction with ERP successes—and the confirmation that they would do it all over again if necessary, according to a new study from Panorama Consulting, a Denver-based consulting firm specializing in the global ERP market. What could help the ERP implementation process run smoothly? Better project management, led by project champions, could result in higher instances of ERP implementation success. A project champion is the person within an organization implementing a project who takes on the burden of ensuring everyone involved is on board and behind the ultimate success of the project. Project champions are responsible for identifying a project’s strategic objectives, critically analyzing and ensuring best practices, identifying and eliminating obstacles that may threaten a project’s viability within the organization itself, prioritizing project phases based on value and relaying timely updates to all managers and project stakeholders.
For one day in February, Miles Technologies converted its Miles University meeting space into a New York City photo studio, complete with lighting, backdrops, fabulous stylists and, of course, music. Miles Technologies scheduled 40 of its employees to experience a sense of careless, whimsical playfulness that, while not at place in a progressive, efficient work environment, is absolutely in place during a professional photo shoot. Hiring a professional photographer with an incredible portfolio and extreme devotion to client happiness made the eight-hour photo shoot move fast, friendly, fun and furious, with literally hundreds of exceptional images as the result. Did the photo shoot upset the day’s normal routine? Well, of course it did – slightly. But it was well worth it. With nearly 1,000 images to utilize, Miles Technologies is now armed with a critical element in the mission to enhance existing online marketing and social media campaigns – visual content. Unique, branded, original and deeply personal visual content that presents a window to not only the expertise and services of Miles Technologies, but also to its most important resource: Its amazing people!
Dell recently released a security survey that is nothing short of sobering. Apparently, security breaches cost US businesses an estimated $25.8 billion annually, yet many fail to effectively recognize and prioritize the next big wave of risk to IT security from unknown threats. Dell commissioned independent technology market research specialist Vanson Bourne to undertake the research. IT decision makers from private sector organizations with 500 or more employees, and from public organizations with 500 or more end users, participated in the survey. A total of 1,440 interviews were conducted during October and November 2013, including, but not limited to, 300 interviews in the United States and 60 in Canada.
Pete Townsend knew his website needed a makeover. As CEO of Townsend Global Solutions, a global retail consulting and brand development firm headquartered in Orlando, FL, Townsend travels extensively throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. During late 2012, while traveling, he realized something about his website. It was outdated and, even worse; it was not delivering a pleasant viewing experience on mobile devices. As the global business world grew smaller with the rise of mobile technologies, it was clear to Townsend his company’s website needed to reflect a real-world experience – one befitting an international business with multi-channel sales strategies for the luxury retail industry. After all, Townsend Global Solutions reflects a client base that includes both established and developing brands in the premium beauty and lifestyle markets – not exactly two markets known for looking less than one’s best. Plus, the executives Townsend works with are top decision makers, consistently traveling for meetings and business development initiatives – making them consistently mobile.
If you use Windows XP for your business or for any application that involves money or private data, make sure to mark April 8, 2014 on your calendar. On that date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system.
Don’t panic, but yes…it’s true.
After April 8, Windows XP users will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft. If your XP computers are part of a network, the situation is quite serious – all computers will represent an increasing vulnerability to the entire network. One bit of good news, to help organizations complete their migrations Microsoft will continue to provide updates to its anti-malware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015.
Visual content will be a major drive in social media engagement 2014. With 90 percent of information transmitted to the brain being visual…is it any wonder! Today’s marketers are jumping on the visual bandwagon with engaging elements that reflect a company’s branding, personality, products, services and history. It’s called visual content marketing and it is a creative approach to creating social media engagement that is memorable – even viral – in the quest to boost your brand. Visual content is everything from creative quotations that speak to your company’s missions and goals, to dynamic infographics, slideshares and uniquely branded social media visuals. Visual content allows companies to expand their messaging beyond textual outreach to a captivating platform that solicits a more visceral, intriguing, bewitching, even enticingly enchanting connection with viewers of social media platforms today. Visual content is fetching, entrancing, even [...]
Businesses in 2014 are going to capitalize on content marketing to drive social engagement, brand awareness and even SEO strategies. Many companies will automate their content marketing efforts, while others will outsource their content to brand journalists and dedicated ‘content-teers’ to guarantee creative, relevant and timely content is flowing consistently. It’s an exciting time for communicating with clients and potential clients thanks to a resurgence in the most basic of all sales tactics: Communications. For businesses embracing content marketing in 2014, the opportunities for client engagement have never been greater.
Cision announced the release of Social Demographics, a new feature designed to help CisionPoint users uncover key demographics for global social influencers and their followers. Powered by StatSocial, this technology is the first of its kind to be deployed as part of a database solution in the PR software market, and gives communicators an unprecedented advantage in finding the right contacts and targeting stories to their intended audience. Social Demographics, which aggregates publicly available data from more than 60 social media and blog platform sources, is included as part of Cision's Influencer Data package. Key features of the tool include the ability to view age, gender, income and audience information for the followers of influencers, access to Social Pull, a proprietary metric from StatSocial that measures an influencer’s impact as compared to the average Twitter user and full integration with Cision’s Media Database, Influence Rating and Social Influencer Search. Talk about powering your public relations! Recently, Miles Technologies spoke with Lisa Denten, Social Media Manager for Cision US, about Cision's moves to deliver the ultimate PR platform - and the social media opportunities impacting traditional and digital PR initiatives today! -
What’s so great about infographics? We see them all the time on social media, websites and Google searches. There they are, all colorful and loaded with visual content – fun characters, big fonts, percentages, charts, arrows, fast facts. Oh, they are so smug and simplistic, those captivating creations. They think we don’t know what they are doing, with their clever data visualizations and custom designs, all telling a story – which is why they are so visually appealing and engagingly successful. Infographics cause us to stop for a moment – whether we want to or not – to process what we are seeing before we zoom off to our next task. Infographics are well-designed, highly strategic content marketing tools that have the ability to take a marketing campaign viral. They allow a business to tell a story – any story – relating to its own philosophies, markets, services, clients, products or even reactions to industry trends.
LinkedIn made 25,000 content sharers very happy last week with the announcement it is expanding its publishing platform to eventually allow all users to write and share posts. Starting immediately, 25,000 English language LinkedIn members will have the ability to publish content on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is expanding continuously the capability to all members in multiple languages over the next few months.
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