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Blockchain Secures Supply Chains to Combat the Conflict Minerals Trade

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January 25, 2019

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  • Nhat Tran

Supply chains are complex and customers are increasingly demanding that their products are ethically sourced. This note will briefly explore how blockchain technology is helping secure the gold supply chain from the conflict minerals trade and restoring trust and transparency in the industry.

Attract and Retain the Right Talent for Your Service Desk

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January 10, 2019

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  • Michel Hebert

As the competition for talent grows, organizations are devising new strategies to attract and retain qualified IT professionals. This case study discusses the challenges an Info-Tech manufacturing client faced attracting and retaining service desk talent in a tight labor market, and the steps they took to resolve them.

Intelligent Swarming: Using Animal Behavior to Change Our Approach to Service Support

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January 8, 2019

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  • Dianna Bradley

Intelligent swarming takes a collaboration-based approach to service support, allowing mature service desks to break down silos once and for all, improve end-user satisfaction, and become more DevOps and Agile compatible.

Microsoft’s Ignite Announcements Take Direct Aim at the Competition

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September 26, 2018

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  • Scott Bickley

Microsoft’s Ignite conference speaks to enterprise developers and IT teams, and this year’s event is making waves with a slew of new product announcements aimed squarely at a host of its competitors. Microsoft continues its multi-year evolution from a company full of disparate products and services to a true platform-oriented provider, seeking to liberate data silos across service lines and vendors and to enable Microsoft solutions to be deployed in non-Microsoft environments.

Baking Cybersecurity Into the Cannabis Industry

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September 25, 2018

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  • Kevin Peuhkurinen

The cannabis market is undergoing explosive growth in all directions. Traditional strategic approaches to information security are unlikely to keep up in an era of frenetic start-ups, investments, innovation, mergers, partnerships, and acquisitions. Agile cybersecurity will be the key to competitive advantage.