/IT Inventory Management

Why Simple Solutions Can’t Accommodate the Technology Channel’s Complex Service Contract Ecosystems

2018-07-26T14:47:14+00:00Building Annuity Revenues, IT Inventory Management, Service Revenues|

To put it gently, IT providers have a lot on their plate. From different levels of service to varying contract lengths and unique reporting needs, these companies have their hands full staying on top of service renewal lifecycles. Despite this immense complexity, a surprising number of companies continue to use rudimentary contract management solutions that slow business operations and exacerbate workplace inefficiencies. Managing a multidimensional service ecosystem with disparate data sources can leave IT providers struggling to make sense of their service and product lifecycles. A global hardware manufacturer, for example, will quickly discover that antiquated applications or CRM systems alone can’t process high volumes of data or deliver the business insights they need. Complex problems are rarely solved by simple solutions. Ironically, many IT manufacturers and providers are hesitant to upgrade their toolkits. A recent survey found one in four technology providers don’t have tools to manage their product and service [...]

VARs “Lean” on Proactive IT Asset Management to Increase Agility

2018-07-27T17:08:33+00:00Agile, Automated Quoting, Contract Management, IT Inventory Management|

For the past two decades, leading companies have leveraged Agile and Lean methodologies to increase value and reduce waste as they develop IT systems. Now, SaaS companies, VARs and distributors are applying the same principles to their businesses as they strive to achieve better outcomes – for their businesses and their customers. SaaS and Agile: A Perfect Match With their shared focus on customer business value, fast development cycles, and frequent software releases, it’s clear that SaaS platforms and Agile methodologies were made for each other. So it’s no wonder that Managed Maintenance, Inc. (MMI) used Agile methodologies to develop its best-of-breed IT asset management portal, ONEview from the ground up. Embedding Agile methodologies into daily business processes and customer interactions has enabled MMI to stay close to changing market needs, rolling out new product and service offerings that provide companies with competitive advantage, when it discovers new opportunities. Most recently, MMI [...]

The Benefits of Contract Management and Asset / Inventory Control

2018-07-26T14:27:14+00:00Contract Management, IT Inventory Management|

The effects of the economic downswing have pushed many companies to think outside-the-box and examine their options for better efficiency through new innovations. For companies with extensive hardware and machinery, contract management through centralized software is gaining steam because it offers unprecedented asset and inventory control that can save businesses as much as 20 percent annually. These savings can be found in the reduction of both contract costs and time efficiencies allowing employees to focus on more strategic projects and operations. There are additional demands that are driving the need to evaluate their current service contract management practices. Demands such as increased regulatory requirements, efforts to meet compliancy standards and the never-more-important need to apply hardened security measures throughout all parts of a business, especially one’s IT investments. All of these factors are important on their own, but together they present an undeniable need for a more solid contract [...]