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Managed Services VS Outsourcing – The Eternal Dilemma

What are exactly managed services? Though mostly referring to information technology (IT) services, there are examples of the term being used to describe services which don’t include technology at all. One of the best definitions of managed services states that they represent proactive third party management of an asset. This third party is usually known as managed services provider (MSP). Read More

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Why It is Important Your Outside Partners are Reputable

In case you choose to work with outside partners on a certain aspect of running your business, whether we are talking about outsourced salespeople, outside IT service providers, financial advisors or anything else, there are a few factors that will contribute to you decision and that will help you get the most out of your outside partners. One of those factors is their reputability, i.e. the opinion other people have of them, their presence in the industry and the way they conduct themselves in day-to-day business. Read More

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How Outside Help can Make your Business More Efficient

In order for a business, any business, to be truly profitable and grow, the efficiency needs to be at its highest level possible. Without efficiency, you are wasting time, you are wasting money and you are wasting people’s skills. All of this amounts to a business that is struggling and that will never grow to be everything that it could be. Quite often, the efficiency can be improved by people outside your company, either through outsourcing or through hiring or utilizing people who do not work directly for you. Read More

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Bug reporting

Software TestingUltimate goal of bug reporting is to make an application more stable and allow developers to fix it without any trouble.  Bug reporting is a skill and art that needs to be practiced regularly. Efficient bug reporting depends on your understanding of business requirements, scenarios you tested, ability to differentiate between an average bug and good bug, details you capture and how simply you present to developers. Read More

What You Can Get From Outsourced IT Services

We have talked about outsourcing your IT department on a number of occasions on this blog. We have talked about why it is a good idea, we have talked about finding the best people to handle your outsourced IT services and we have even talked about the mistakes that you should avoid when hiring outsourced IT partners. Then, we realized that we have only touched upon the actual work that they can do for you – the services that they can provide. So, we decided to talk about these in more detail today. Read More

Does Your Business Need a Financial Adviser and Should You Outsource It

Calculating Taxes Up And DownFinancial advisers are financial experts with different types of academic background and education who specialize in helping people and businesses with their finances. Today, we will be talking about financial advisers and how they can help business owners with running their company. Read More

Tasks Your Business Can and Should Outsource

Tasks Your Business Can and Should OutsourceWhen we talked about outsourcing in the past, we mostly investigated ways in which small and medium businesses can outsource entire departments and parts of their business. Today, we will be doing something completely different. Namely, we will be looking at “quick” jobs and tasks that business owners can and should outsource in order to conserve their resources (mostly time) and achieve the best possible results. Read More

Avoid Mistakes Business Owners Make When Outsourcing IT Department

Avoid Mistakes Business Owners Make When Outsourcing IT DepartmentThere is no denying that in today’s ever-changing business world, outsourcing comes as a blessing. An opportunity to find an easy way out of any unpleasant IT project by outsourcing it seems especially tempting. Still, although IT industry discovered how to take even the most mundane human activities and turn them into automated apps, some kind of solution that will magically solve all the IT outsourcing-related problems is sorely missing. That is why we will have to tackle this problem in the old-fashioned analog way, and give you a short list of the most dangerous mistakes you should avoid when outsourcing IT department. Read More

How to Get the Best Results From Your Outsourcing Partners

We have talked in detail about why outsourcing certain aspects of your company’s operation is a smart thing, here, here and here. However, just as important as making that decision to outsource is how you approach this new partnership. Of course, it goes without saying that you will want your new partners to provide you with the best service they can but if you thought this depends solely on them, you were mistaken. You are also part of this relationship and you need to know how to contribute to it. You can do plenty to get the best possible results from your outsourcing partners. Read More

Why Marketing Outsourcing Makes Sense

It may not look that way, but sooner or later, every business will need some marketing to continue (start) growing. Even if it is something as “tiny and insignificant” as a local fast food restaurant, some marketing will come in handy. It can be something as natural as word of mouth which spreads around town or it can be a gigantic marketing campaign that will require millions. Read More