5 Tips for Reducing Time Waste In Your Business

Waste comes in many forms, and is epidemic in business today. Reducing waste helps MSPs to both increase margins and growth their businesses at the same time. So how do you effectively reduce waste in your organization? How do you create a sustainable infrastructure that allows you to get ahead of the game and stay there?

This e-book is designed to help you get started on the path to reducing waste. Focus on these 5 things as a starting point and you’ll be well on your way to reducing costs and minimizing waste in your MSP.

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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 the MSP business.

In the Global MSP Benchmark Report, 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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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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IDC Report: Object Storage Customer Insights & Best Practices

Many organizations are at a turning point as they strategize their storage infrastructure needs for the long haul. In many interviews with IDC, end users reveal similar concerns consistently. Unsurmountable data growth, risks, long-term data retention for compliance, and cost constraints are some major concerns that define the road map for IT infrastructure within any organization. Generally, a road map is a set of requirements that drive the adoption of certain technologies or platforms. For example, rightsizing applications may mean potentially adopting newer platforms (private/public cloud, IaaS, PaaS, and on-/off-premises traditional storage). IDC's 2018 Data Services for Hybrid Cloud Survey indicates that while organizations are adopting a cloud-first strategy, security concerns (primarily for data in use) lead them to deploy a certain percentage of the workloads on-premises, driving the overall hybrid cloud adoption. The same survey indicates that data loss prevention, ensuring data quality, and regulatory compliance are the top data-related challenges overall.

Learn from:

  • A Large Retail Chain Store in the U.S. 100,000 employees, 100 IT staff, 6,000+ applications, over 2PB of unstructured data on NAS arrays.
  • A Large Broadcasting Studio in the U.S. Over 6PB of storage including block, file, and object data; growing at about 500TB a year. Dependence on LTO tape libraries for archiving, but now using Cloudian as an active archive tier to keep data accessible at all times.
  • A Wealth and Asset Management Services Company in Europe. Over 4,000 employees; 6PB of data across siloed storage solutions for block, file, and object.

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TCO Report – Tape vs. Object Storage

We are living in an age of explosive data growth. IDC projects that the digital universe is growing 50% a year, doubling in size every 2 years. In media and entertainment, the growth is even faster as capacity-intensive formats such as 4K, 8K, and 360/VR gain traction. Fortunately, new trends in data storage are making it easier to stay ahead of the curve.

Historically, many studios and broadcasters have relied on LTO tape as the most economical option for long-term media archiving and backup — but that is beginning to change. The increasing costs of maintaining and expanding aging tape libraries are prompting many businesses to explore other options. At the same, the costs of more modern and flexible solutions like object storage now make them a cost-effective alternative to LTO tape.

In this paper, we will examine how object storage stacks up against LTO tape for media archives and backup. In addition to a detailed total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis covering both capital and operational expenses, this paper will look at the opportunity costs of not leveraging the real-time data access of object storage to monetize existing data.

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TCO Report – NAS File Tiering

Every organization is under pressure to meet the exponential growth in demand for file storage capacity. Surveys show, however, that 60% or more of data on Tier 1 storage is either dormant or rarely used. Organizations can now achieve significant savings by moving that inactive content to a secondary storage tier.

While the concept of storage tiering is well known, it has not been widely adopted in the past due to various limitations. New storage technologies now overcome those limitations, making tiering an attractive option to reclaim capacity on Tier 1 storage systems and reduce backup costs and time requirements — often resulting in overall file storage cost savings of 50%.

Of particular note, new solutions now enable these savings with zero impact on user data access.

In this paper, we compare the total cost of ownership (TCO) of traditional NAS to the TCO of traditional NAS augmented by file tiering with Cloudian object storage.

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Automation App Delivery Datasheet

To successfully streamline and automate application delivery, businesses need effective technology and an effective framework. Red Hat® Consulting partners with enterprise organizations to create a strategic approach to app delivery and provide guidance on making operations more repeatable, predictable, and scalable. Using Red Hat Ansible Automation, Red Hat subject matter experts help businesses automate and streamline complicated workflows by speeding processes and eliminating human error. After establishing this foundation, Red Hat consultants show your teams how to manage workflows across multiple infrastructures to help you focus on delivering value to their business.

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Open Innovation Labs Datasheet

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs is an immersive teaming residency that arms customers with the skills, tools, and processes to deliver better software, more quickly, to meet the demands of today’s market. Whether it’s co-creating a disruptive product, accelerating cultural transformation in the enterprise, or discovering what’s possible with a suite of proven and open tools and methods-Open Innovation Labs is designed to jump-start organizations’ most innovative ideas. Learn more.

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How Frost Bank Reimagined Backup w/Rubrik & Pure

Frost Bank, a Texas-chartered bank with 134 branches and 1300 ATMs, is one of many organizations which values protection of their backed-up data, yet doesn't want to waste time in the process. In this webinar you will learn the ins and outs of what Rubrik & Pure Storage have to offer and how their solution defined the difference for Frost Bank. Discover how you can benefit from this back-up and data protection solution and how to get started now!

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Ultra-Fast Backup and Recovery

In the cloud era of today, across industries data is now the most critical asset in delivering competitive edge. Thus, how organizations move, store, and protect data has become vitally important. The current explosion of data growth, resulting from modern workloads like machine learning, has impacted many organizations’ backup and recovery strategies. This exposes the business to the crippling effects of data loss or system downtime due to slow data recovery. Rubrik and Pure Storage together enable a shared infrastructure that provides simple, rapid backup and restore of your most critical business data while saving on datacenter costs and simplifying management.

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Rubrik & Pure FlashBlade Rapid Recovery

In the event of a outage, human error, or ransomware attack, Rubrik and Pure Storage FlashBlade provide the ability to rapidly restore entire machines in bulk with minimal effort. If you want to restore individual files or directories and are not sure of the exact file or directory name, simply use Rubrik’s predictive search to locate files — even those sitting on the FlashBlade. After you have quickly located your snapshot, just download a copy to the local Rubrik cluster so that it’s available for additional local actions. You can browse the entire contents of the snapshot and choose which file or directories you would like to recover. The combination of Rubrik and Pure Storage FlashBlade enhances operational recoveries by providing your data promptly from your on-premises archival tier customized and delivered at optimal performance.

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Modernize Your Data Protection with Rubrik and Pure Storage

Together, Pure Storage and Rubrik deliver modern data protection to customers with primary and secondary storage platforms that are high performance, simple to manage, and efficient. Our alliance provides rapid backup and recovery of the most critical business data and most importantly, giving nights and weekend back to your IT staff.

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