The Field Guide to Board Orientation

A best practices guide for surviving and thriving during the orientation process.

You want new board members to hit the ground running, right? That way, you’ll see value in their contributions on day one.

If you’ve successfully managed the recruitment process, your new board member is a great match for your association; AND you’ve shared details and expectations BEFORE the candidate commits so there are no surprises at orientation.

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Social Media Survival

30 Ideas for Associations

Stumped for what to pack into your social media strategy? Here’s a great way to get unstuck. There’s one rule: Post things that are interesting, informative, and relevant to your audience.

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IT Glue 2018 Global MSP

2018 marks the first year of the IT Glue Global MSP Benchmark Report, and we received an absolutely fantastic response. So thank you!

This exclusive whitepaper, rich in business intelligence, represents a synthesis of your responses and our analysis. To that end, we've extracted critical insights as to what works and what doesn't.

In this whitepaper, we introduce the concept of the Golden Quintile. In a world where only 20% of small businesses are successfully sold, it's critical that you know what a desirable acquisition looks like, in case you ever want to stop working.

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Citrix Cloud Government Free Trial

Citrix Cloud Government platform empowers your agency to securely deliver apps and data to your workforce while improving IT efficiency and enhancing user experiences. Our cloud-based management platform—running on FedRAMP High Baseline certified government infrastructure as a service—enables you to leverage our industry-leading application and desktop virtualization technology on any government-grade infrastructure.

Citrix Cloud Government platform helps deploy, manage, and optimize virtual workloads in your data centers or on the government-grade infrastructure of your choice..

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Agile integration: A blueprint for enterprise architecture

As applications and services become more central to business strategy, and as distributed methodologies like agile and DevOps change the way teams operate, it is critical for IT leaders to find a way to integrate their backend systems, legacy systems, and teams in an agile, adaptable way. This e-book details an architecture called agile integration, consisting of three technology pillars—distributed integration, containers, and APIs—to deliver flexibility, scalability, and reusability.
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IDC – Business Value of JBoss Fuse WP

“The Business Value of Red Hat Integration Products” IDC whitepaper, six organizations discuss the benefits and value they’ve found in using Red Hat® Fuse for rapid app integration.

By integrating with Red Hat Fuse, these organizations achieved:

  • An average three-year ROI of 520%.
  • A payback time of six months.
  • 5.5x more apps integrated per year.
  • 31% better app performance.
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The path to cloud-native applications

For the majority of organizations, digital business means pivoting to a culture of organizational agility, where the rapid pace of demand can only be satisfied by faster and more flexible development and delivery models. As most organizations do not have the luxury of completely rebuilding their technology foundation or immediately adopting new practices and mindsets, they are embracing gradual yet fundamental shifts in culture, processes, and technology to support greater velocity and agility. Learn 8 steps to guide your journey to cloud-native application development, including Red Hat® customer success stories.

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Become a high-growth manufacturer

High-growth companies are powered by people who understand what it takes to get set for growth—individuals with the vision and drive to take their business to the next level. We call these people the Grow Getters.

Grow Getters know what growth looks like for their business and how to achieve it. They invest where it counts and have an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that gives them the essential visibility and agility needed to act for growth.

Discover the 10 characteristics that set the Grow Getters apart from their competitors…

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Cloud ERP for Job Shops and Manufacturers

In the face of growing competition and a challenging business climate, many job shops and manufacturers are looking for ways to reduce costs, streamline operations, and improve the bottom line. Implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a proven solution for running a business efficiently and effectively. Yet, a large percentage of manufacturers have held back from implementing an ERP system due to high initial costs, long implementation times, and competing demands for time and resources.

This paper describes how the Software as a Service (SaaS) model (more commonly known as ‘the cloud’) delivers financial, implementation, and operational benefits to job shops and manufacturers. It also details cloud deployed Epicor ERP meets the needs of job shops and manufacturers. Job shops and manufacturers can leverage Epicor ERP—and cloud technology to ‘punch above their weight’—increasing effectiveness.

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A Manufacturer’s Guide to Growing Profitably

This eBook and research identify five key factors that growing manufacturers believe contributed to their business growth last year, and five risks that manufacturers believe may prevent or weaken growth in the following year.

Even if you do your best to try to plan for future growth, there will be surprises along the way . This eBook highlights the importance of being able to plan accurately for growth, and suggests areas of your business that you can critique to assess your ability to effectively plan for growth . It also identifies the risk factors and consequences that manufacturers who don’t plan for growth leave themselves open to .

The eBook concludes that, whether addressing risk factors or embracing growth factors, it’s their IT systems that will make or break manufacturers’ growth ambitions . With the right IT in place, they’ll be able to make better and faster decisions, helping them provide better and faster service to customers even as they grow, increasing their agility and their profitability .

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Elevate your Game: Take Data Security to the Next Level

Five benefits of supercharging your data security and compliance efforts with a security-specific big data lake

This paper describes the roadblocks that organizations may face as they seek to take their data security and compliance efforts to the next level while juggling multiple priorities, including:

  • The administrative demands imposed by the management of huge volumes of data.
  • The need to retain those volumes of data over longer time horizons.
  • The need to maintain or improve performance/speed of reporting.
  • The need to provide direct access to data (“free” the data) to users with many different roles and responsibilities.
  • The need to enrich audit data with other types of related security and compliance data while also performing complex analytics on this data to reveal new risks and/or insights.

The pages that follow will explore how organizations can take steps to address the hurdles above, and in doing so, reach new levels of efficiency and sophistication in data security and compliance management.

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5 Epic Fails in Data Security: Common Data Security Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Data security is on everyone’s mind these days, and for good reason. Although the number of data breaches in the first half of 2017 was about the same as the first halves of 2015 and 2016, the number of records stolen between January 1 and June 30, 2017 has exceeded all of 2016. And that’s not counting one of largest security breaches of all time, announced in September. Many factors are contributing to the increase in successful attacks – the erosion of network perimeters and increased attack surfaces offered by more complex IT environments, a growing use of cloud services and the new demands that places on security practices, and the increasingly sophisticated nature of cyber criminals – and the landscape continues to evolve.

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How to Avoid Epic Fails in Data Security Battlecard

Today, the cyber-security attack surface continues to expand even as network perimeters vanish. Cyber-attackers have evolved from pranksters into organized criminals whose sole focus is separating you from your money, your data,or both. But fear not breaches can be avoided–if you know what not to do.This Battle Card highlights some common mistakes other organizations have made.

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Forrester Report: The Eight Business And Security Benefits Of Zero Trust

In response to increasingly complex cyberattacks, security pros devote resources to granular aspects of their networks. This is understandable and necessary to a degree, but it's also a great way to lose sight of your ultimate goal: protecting customers and empowering the business. Zero Trust networks accomplish the dual tasks of deep, continuous data inspection across the network and lean operation and oversight — tasks that seem mutually exclusive in traditional networks. This report highlights the eight most significant ways Zero Trust boosts security and your business. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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The Total Economic Impact of IBM Security Guardium – en_US (April 2018)

Data security presents a complex challenge to organizations. The value of sensitive data, and particularly customer data, has increased exponentially over time, but with it comes an increase in potential liability and exposure. Successful enterprise security and compliance strategy needs to balance out: the rapid growth of data within organizations’ environments; the complexity of regulations and compliance across industries; and the threat of internal and external attacks.

To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with a Guardium implementation, Forrester interviewed three customers with multiple years of experience using Guardium. IBM Security Guardium offers a family of integrated modules for managing the entire data security and compliance life cycle, which is built on a single, unified infrastructure with a unified user experience. Guardium is designed to support and secure a wide range of data environments, including: databases; data warehouses; file systems; and cloud, virtual, and big data-based systems.

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