What Does the Internet Think About Your Company?

Posted by John Ragsdale on 3/5/15 6:30 AM

With the advent of social sharing, the world has become a very public place, putting professional organizations under the microscope more than ever before. The Internet never forgets, and it’s crucial to not only monitor what is being said about your company, but also to be vigilant about the message you convey to the public. 

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Topics: social media, social support

Going Out With A Bang: Our Last TSW Conference In Silicon Valley

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 3/3/15 6:30 AM

We’ve had a wonderful 8 years in Silicon Valley, but starting in 2016, TSW Best Practices will be moving to a new city. Before we say goodbye to Santa Clara, we’re going to give our host city the love it deserves by making this year’s conference an unforgettable affair full of unparalleled insights, networking events and, of course, fun! Here are just some of the things you can look forward to at TSW 2015 Best Practices. 

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Topics: TSW Best Practices, Santa Clara

Making Products A Priority for Professional Services

Posted by Bo Di Muccio on 2/26/15 6:30 AM

With the rise in adoption of cloud and subscription-based solutions, many professional services organizations are feeling increased pressure to move away from products and product-attach services in favor of providing customer outcomes. However, for many PSOs, it actually makes more sense to continue improving their Level 2 offers before seeking out new Level 3 and Level 4 opportunities.

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Topics: professional services, service capabilities

Where Are They Now? Vision Awards Winners

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 2/24/15 6:30 AM

TSW 2015 Best Practices is just around the corner, and everyone’s talking about who will win this year’s Vision Awards. Will it be you? If you haven’t yet applied, don’t worry, there’s still time! Companies who want to showcase their service innovations can apply by March 6th, with a $10,000 cash prize being awarded to one lucky startup business. We talked to some previous Vision Awards winners who shared their stories about where they are now, their personal experiences, and how winning this prestigious award has benefitted their business. 

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Topics: Technology Services World Best Practices, Vision Awards

Why Social Media Support Is More Important Than You Think

Posted by John Ragsdale on 2/20/15 6:30 AM

We’ve already examined how to offer social support through online discussion communities, but now it’s time to explore the second part of this customer satisfaction puzzle: social media support. Support interactions through social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, etc., can play an important role in providing the level of support your customers have come to expect from you and your business.

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Topics: social media, social support

[Infographic] The Benefits of Attending TSW 2015 Best Practices

Posted by Technology Services Industry Association on 2/18/15 6:30 AM

There’s still time to register for our Spring conference, TSW 2015 Best Practices in Santa Clara, CA. This year’s event focuses on driving adoption and outcomes, where top industry professionals will not only help you understand the concept of B4B, but also provide a clear path for you to follow to grow and thrive in the ever-changing world of technology services. Check out this infographic to see for yourself what makes this event so worthwhile for you and your business.

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Topics: TSW Best Practices

4 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Professional Services (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Posted by Bo Di Muccio on 2/12/15 6:30 AM

At TSIA, we are in constant communication with our members through surveys, conferences, and frequent one-on-one conversations. In my talks with our professional services members, there have been four frequently asked questions that continue to come up. I’d like to take this opportunity to answer some of the top questions I receive about project performance, pricing, sales models, and the technology and tools you should be using in your professional services organization. 

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Topics: professional services, project performance, project management

Why You Need to Provide Social Support

Posted by John Ragsdale on 2/10/15 6:30 AM

Customer satisfaction goes beyond fielding customer phone calls and on-site visits. You must also be able to provide social support through a variety of online channels, including email, online discussion communities, and social media. When your customer has a problem with your technology, the majority will first try to solve their issue themselves via an online search (Tweet this!). For many organizations, providing social support can seem like a lot of work, but in the long run, it can lower your operational costs, increase customer satisfaction, and allow your support team to better assist your customers.

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Topics: support, online communities, social, online support

Invest Smarter: Top Service Capabilities You Should Develop in 2015

Posted by Thomas Lah on 2/5/15 6:30 AM

It’s no secret that the technology services industry has experienced a dramatic shift in recent years when it comes to customer demands. In an effort to overcome the emerging challenges as a result of this change, more businesses are developing new and improved service capabilities that promote customer outcomes. While investing time and money into the right capabilities will allow your business to continue to grow, how do you determine which capabilities will be the most beneficial to your organization?
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Topics: performance management, service capabilities

Leave the Management to Us: Outsourcing Your Day-to-Day Operations

Posted by George Humphrey on 1/29/15 6:30 AM

It appears we’re in for a pretty exciting year for managed services, as more and more businesses are looking to MS providers to assist in their day-to-day-operations. While this is an up-and-coming trend, there are still some companies that are looking into implementing managed services within their organizations, but are uncertain of exactly what it is and how it can help. Here’s a quick rundown of the many ways managed services can assist you in your daily processes to keep your organization running like a well-oiled machine.
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Topics: XaaS, managed services, outsourcing,

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