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4 Tips on Reducing Mobile Data Expenses

It’s no secret that mobile devices and applications are quickly rising in number. It’s going to be a big challenge to manage it all in the near future. One way or the other, this is going to impact enterprise. 
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4 Ways Business IT Builds Your Success

Do you know how many businesses there are? Let’s start off with some simple data: There’s more than 1.1 million registered businesses in Canada. They aren’t all directly competing against you, but you all have the same goal: Profit. So, how do you stand out? There are obvious things that help, like having more capital and better marketing. That said, many people underestimate the value of business IT.
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Why You Should Care About Chrome Dropping Silverlight Support

on May 20, 2015 7:00 AM By | Henry Cheang | 0 Comments | Technical Support Tips and Tricks Best Practices
Google’s Chrome browser has stopped support for a lot of plug-ins, including Microsoft Silverlight. Now, why does this matter to you?
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5 Simple but Important Tips to Improve Your Work-Life Balance

on May 6, 2015 7:00 AM By | Henry Cheang | 0 Comments | Core Values Work Smarter Tips and Tricks Best Practices
Do you have a comfortable equilibrium between your work and your private life? Business Dictionary defines work-life balance as:  “A comfortable state of equilibrium achieved between an employee’s primary priorities of their employment position and their private lifestyle. […] the demands of an employee’s career should not overwhelm the individual’s ability to enjoy a satisfying personal life outside of the business environment.”
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16 Tips to Improve Your Passwords and Secure Your IT Assets

The top 5 WORST passwords IT security concerns are becoming a top priority for CIOs around the world. And well they should be. Between the rise of BYOD and the growing IT spend, there’s also a lot of confusion on how to secure BYOD and company-owned IT assets. It has to be done – more and more, IT helps you drive revenue. Letting it all run unchecked is a bad idea. Sadly, that’s happening often. As seen in a previous article, 27% of IT professionals said they don’t fully understand  the negative impact of mobile security issues. The majority of people do at least know that passwords are important, and that’s why one of the most common risk control measures is password protection (67%).
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6 Key Leadership Virtues You Need to Master in Order to Work Smarter

In our fast-paced environment, a person who can listen, motivate, direct, and delegate while balancing energy and humility is an invaluable asset to any company. The thing is, not everyone who is a great leader was born that way (obviously, some people have a natural predisposition to lead well). Most everyone can develop (or at least improve) those skills. So what does it take to be a good leader? Here are 6 leadership virtues that great leaders should possess. Develop them in yourself, and become more than just a leader, become an amazing leader! 1. Humility As a famous quote states, “Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud”. That couldn’t be truer. An insecure leader will most probably be an attention seeker that is constantly looking for credit or praise (even when it’s undeserved). Oddly enough, putting your ego aside and being humble improves leadership, both on a perception level and as a matter of substance. The more you brag, the more it seems like you are trying to cover up a lack of self-esteem. Insecurities can also lead to feelings of jealousy when faced with competition or others’ success, and the decisions taken with this mindset can wreck the company. Setting aside ego is easier said than done, I know. But if you make a solid, honest effort at putting it aside, you’ll better manage your employees and notice their needs. It’s one of the best ways to empower them.
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How to Become an Effective Communicator and a Great Leader

Effective communication is important, no matter who you are. It becomes crucial if you’re trying to be a great leader (especially at the highest levels. Can you imagine being a CEO, CIO, or some other C-level executive without being a good communicator? I can’t). In all our interactions, we are constantly connecting with each other intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Having a good connection on all those fronts makes everything smooth. 
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3 Ways the Love of Mobile Devices Will Change IT Best Practices

2015 is the year that Canadians really became mobile surfers Well, it looks like we’ve reached a really big tipping point in Canada! According to comScore, Canadians are now using mobile devices (i.e., mobile phones and tablets) more often than their computers to surf the web! Granted, the advantage is slight at the moment – the ratio of mobile surfers to desktop surfers is only 51% to 49%. That said, context is key.
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The Sigmoid Curve: A Model for Constant Business Growth and Innovation

Everything in life is complex. But that’s not to say that there aren’t simple ways to explain or mathematically represent all natural phenomena. One such explanatory construct is the sigmoid curve, and it is a very useful way to explain all the changes that all human endeavours experience.
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7 Tips to Optimize Your Fall Telecom Inventory Cleanup

Fall is here. The leaves are changing colour and falling, the kids have been back to school for a while, and it’s now time to prepare for the coming cold months (both physically and mentally). It’s also a good moment to do some serious cleanup: There are leaves to rake and summer toys to (finally) put away. It’d be good to also clean things up at work as well.  Personally, fall is when I tend to clear out paperwork and think of ways to be more efficient.  This second part also extends to doing proper cleanup of your IT and telecom inventory to reduce your expenses!
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What is ITSM? An Important Question in IT Asset Management

Remember: ITIL is not the same as ITSM In a blog post last week, we stated that ITIL (which stands for Information Technology Infrastructure Library) has close ties to ITSM (which stands for stands for IT Service Management). Note the underlying message here: ITIL and ITSM are not identical! This distinction isn’t always clear, and so, in the spirit of helpfulness, we’re going to highlight the key points to note regarding ITSM so as to clarify the difference between ITIL and ITSM. This is an important topic in IT asset management, after all.
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Our Advice on IT Cost Transparency

Implementing a Culture of IT Cost Transparency Can Save You Money!  Studies show that the average enterprise’s IT investment is now more than 4.2% of its annual revenues, and that figure is still rising. Moreover, because of the way some organizations make decisions about IT investment, as little as 20% of the IT spending is actually visible in the enterprise’s overall IT budget. Fortunately, there are ways to resolve this issue.
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