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By Nicole Laurier 29 Aug, 2023
Choosing a good integration partner is undeniably crucial for the success of automating your business processes when embarking on a digital transformation project. Here are some key factors to consider when selecting an integration partner:
By Nicole Laurier 09 Feb, 2023
Reflecting and celebrating our 17th anniversary year in business which all started with 8 suitcases and a dream!
By Gary Feldman 08 Sep, 2022
As the trend towards cloud service continues, making certain you pick the right cloud platform(s) is a critical factor to long-term success. Cloud has become much more than outsourcing IT or software as a service. Use of the cloud has become an integral part of the way companies transact their business, design their processes and adapt to a changing marketplace. So how do you select the right cloud platform for your company? A defined selection process that looks at the outcome from a business perspective using technology and partnerships as key considerations. Define Business Outcomes The answer always starts with your core business vision, mission and plan. Start with the Why! Some common reasons company’s choose cloud include: The burning platform – Many companies are forced to move because their server operating system is no longer supported by Microsoft or their business management system was acquired and is being neglected. Need to improve efficiency – Outdated “legacy” software restrict a business process to work the way the system does. For example, a distributor using older software is forced to pick pack and ship by the order as opposed to grouping orders by location or better yet routing pickers based upon picking efficiencies. Cut costs – Many companies think moving to the cloud will cut costs. Cost evaluations are hard unless the direct cost savings are obvious. In small to mid-sized businesses the cost justification is often the reduction in IT personnel headcount. The true costs and benefits of the cloud can be hard to quantify without some pretty sophisticated analysis, but the savings are there to be had. Cyber attack – Unfortunately the cost and risk of cyber attacks and cyber insurance are increasing. Several surveys estimate that 60% of small businesses are unable to survive six months following a cyber attack. Improve business agility – Agility refers to the ability to adapt to changing economic or environmental circumstances. The COVID pandemic drove many companies to the cloud to support remote working. Although that phase of the pandemic is mostly behind us, a cloud platform should provide the flexibility to expand or contract, integrate and connect your business from anywhere to anywhere at any time. These outcomes should be expanded into SMART goals. Specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-bound goals specific to your organization. The objective create the guiding principles for the SMART goals. The objectives and goals drive the selection process which becomes the How. Define Cloud Strategy As described in a LinkedIn Article regarding OnPremise vs. Cloud , we are all in the cloud and on-premise! Going cloud does not mean flipping a switch and poof our business is now digitally transformed. At I-BN we have identified three core cloud strategies: Cloud Connected – Critical business systems remain on-premise but are connected to cloud services to optimize their efficiency and effectiveness of your on-premise or hosted technology solutions. Hybrid – Re-platforming your critical business systems onto the best platform for your technology and business strategy. Hybrid cloud offers an incremental approach to digital transformation by incorporating the best of cloud with proven solutions Cloud First – A cloud first strategy puts the cloud at the center of your business. Going cloud first requires selection of the right cloud platform for your business and redesigning your business processes to take advantage of that platform There is no one size fits all solution to a cloud strategy. A number of different factors must be considered: How core is technology to your business? A kitchen cabinet manufacturer may use sophisticated equipment for building their cabinets, however, technology is rarely their core competency. Alternatively, a high-tech company which develops software for computerized machinery often lives and breathes technology. Is technology already disrupting your industry? You don’t have to be a taxi company to feel the disruptive impact of an Uber or Lyft. Many industries are feeling the Amazon or Wayfair effect from large online players eating into margins. Best Buy is a great example of a company that turned its brick-and-mortar stores into an advantage while embracing digital transformation. How adaptable is your company to change? Just because you are interested in going cloud, doesn’t mean your company can turn on a dime. Small and mid-sized businesses are often thought of as nimble and easy to change when compared to huge corporations; however, this is not always the case! Often companies take an incremental approach to digital transformation, moving from cloud connected to hybrid before embracing a cloud first strategy. Evaluate Cloud Platforms There are three general cloud platform types: Public Clouds are typically very large pools of IT infrastructure, partitioned and redistributed to multiple “tenants.” Most are sold based upon resource consumption with discounts for guaranteed minimums over longer terms. The most well-known public clouds include Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Private Clouds are resource pools which are dedicated to a single customer or group. Often managed private clouds are offered by niche service providers specializing in a type or specific of application or by an IT consultancy which builds clouds as a service. These are quite often described as Dedicated Clouds. Hybrid Clouds blend aspects of public and private clouds. Typically, a hybrid cloud will have some components shared amongst several private clouds. This can include the Windows Active Directory service or backup facilities. There are no hard and fast rules for what type of cloud platform is best, but rather characteristics that can be described as benefits and constraints
By Kiara Walker 24 Aug, 2022
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By Kiara Walker 11 Jul, 2022
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By Kiara Walker 02 May, 2022
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By Kiara Walker 14 Apr, 2022
New website, same Fisher Technology you know and love! Dive in to our journey of revamping our website from start to finish!
By Kiara Walker 22 Mar, 2022
Join Penny and the Fisher Technology team on our yearlong journey of revamping our website!
By paul 19 Nov, 2021
The month of November is also known as #movember, a movement created to raise and increase awareness of men’s health issues, most notably related to prostate and testicular cancer. #Movember follows the better-known breast cancer awareness month of October. But arguably, where women are more open about discussing such health issues, men are traditionally much more reserved. The #Movember movement serves to get guys to open up and be more aware.
By Kiara Walker 15 Nov, 2021
As we hit the half way point of the year, it’s more than safe to say that 2020 is truly one for the books. When you take a look back at all that’s transpired since March till now, we couldn’t have imagined that this year would’ve turned out this way. In the midst of a global pandemic, we’ve become accustomed to the “new normal” of social distancing and conducting business remotely. More importantly, we’ve learned the importance of maintaining relationships and effective communication during these trying times. As a family business, Fisher Technology has always prided ourselves on upholding the Fisher Difference . Even when transitioning to work from home, our team quickly adapted to the new realities of this pandemic to ensure that our customers and Partners receive the care and personal touch they expect and deserve. Small Business Communication It’s crucial to be proactive with your team to collaborate on projects and meet deadlines, especially with the implementation of work from home policies. Without question, safety is a top concern to many organizations, including our own. At Fisher, we’ve learned how to set daily agendas, maintain weekly strategy meetings, ask for guidance, and overall keep communication constant and flowing. Doing so limits errors that may arise from not being in-person together. Have a burning question or just want to share ideas? It gives you peace of mind to be able to know that you’re not alone while you work because your coworkers are only a Slack message or Zoom call away. Support #AloneTogether is a hashtag that’s become familiar in the last few months and serves as a reminder that even when separated physically, we can still be there for one another in other ways. Even since joining the Fisher Technology team last September, I’ve always felt supported and appreciated. But now, more than ever, and especially throughout this pandemic, I’ve gained a support system that I know I can count on. There’s a certain level of professionalism and personal touch that you just can’t get anywhere else but at Fisher. Our small team allows us to be nimble, detail-oriented, and driven toward positive results. What's New? So, what’s the Fisher team been up to during quarantine besides back-to-back Zoom calls and bottomless cups of coffee? In case you’ve missed it, in late April 2020, the latest version of BPA was launched, hosting a variety of new features: New HTML Pro Tool Retrieve text Message Tool 200+ Feature Enhancements New API Our blog detailing everything new with BPA 2020 can be found here . Look out for our next blog update on ‘How Cooking is a Business Process Too!’
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