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From paper notes to Ecommerce success: Two modern day Horatio Algers tell their story

John King

By Rob Starr

Ecommerce was around for several years before finally sparking to life about a decade ago. Like the car a hundred years before it, and even the electric light bulb and moveable type before that, innovation reared its head and directed this new Internet innovation toward bettering lives and making money.

However, the story of how the Internet and business […]


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Are You and Your Clients Ready for the API Economy?

Alan Radding

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

Notice what has happened to the lowly application programming interface (API)? Once considered just one of many components of a SOA effort, the API has been elevated to a strategic tool, the […]


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Will Converged Systems Disintermediate Consultants?

Alan Radding

Alan Radding

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

Remember integrated systems? They proved a boon for consulting firms. Integrated systems were those for which companies bought expensive, complex middleware and hired some pricey consultants to make it […]


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Back to the Future: The Platform for the Next Era of IT

Alan Radding

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

You already know what the next era of IT will look like: mobile, cloud, big data, and IoT. It has been shaping up like a tsunami rolling toward a distant shore and slowly […]


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Cloud Security Creates Multi-Dimensional Opportunity for Consultants

Alan Radding

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

You can get a sense of the cloud security complexity challenge in the Deloitte Cloud Computing Risk Intelligence Map. In its own survey of CISO’s IBM found 86% of those surveyed say […]


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Hybrid Clouds—the New IT Consulting Frontier

Alan Radding

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

The cloud has become so yesterday. By now every organization has some sort of cloud strategy.

Alan Radding

But what they don’t have is a hybrid cloud strategy, and that is […]


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Add Flash Storage to Your IT Strategies for Top Performance

Alan Radding

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

A recent KPMG survey found 86% of the executives say that technology innovation to create

Alan Radding

competitive differentiation will be the top driver of transformation for their business […]


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SMB IT – Mid Size Companies –Today’s IT Challenges

Timothy E. Reed

Timothy E. Reed

Despite their unique challenges, mid-size companies tend to have many of the same IT priorities as their much larger counterparts.  The IT Challenges mid-size organizations face today are complex.  A recent McKinsey poll of senior IT executives identified the following key IT challenges,

Generate more value from Data

– Improve Security

– Reduce cost of […]


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Where will your next partners come from?

Alan Radding

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

The traditional way consulting firms find partners is by cultivating them inside the organization

Alan Radding

and bringing them up through the ranks. A long proven approach, for sure, but it […]


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New Enterprise Systems Maturity Model—the Next Data Center Normal

Alan Radding

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

Consulting firms like maturity models. They are tools to help move clients further along a particular technology curve.  If you want to build a practice in a new area take your research and build […]


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Internet of Things Presents Huge Opportunities to Savvy Consultants

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Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

The Internet of Things (IoT) appears finally to be gaining real traction with both Gartner and IDC putting out reports on it. The opportunity, however, can best be understood in terms of vertical markets […]


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Change-proof Your Customer’s Organization and be a Hero

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

Many organizations are being whiplashed by IT infrastructure change—costly, disruptive changes that are hindering IT and the organization.  You know the drivers: demand for cloud computing, mobile, social, big data, real-time analytics, and […]


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How Computing Will Change Us in 5 Years

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

Since 2006 at about this time IBM comes out with five predictions, dubbed 5-in-5, about how technology will affect the world within five years.  Each year the predictions look at how technology […]


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Fresh Technologies for Building a Consulting Practice in 2014

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

While everyone is talking about the hot technology trends for 2014—hybrid cloud computing, real-time and predictive analytics—innovative IT consultants need to look beyond those, which have become so ho-hum. When looking ahead, this […]


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The Looming Battle for the Technology Budget—the Consultant’s Risk and Gain

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

(A book is the best way to build a consulting practice, ask me about ghostwriting your book.)

A recent Gartner webinar noted that by 2017 the CMO will spend more on IT than the CIO. The seminar went on to observe that since marketing is purchasing significant marketing-related technology and […]


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