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With Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) being the second largest market segment in cloud services (behind SaaS) and the market with the highest growth rate according to Gartner, partners have a lot of opportunity and need to become comfortable selling this valuable cloud offering. The diversity of IaaS solutions can bring benefits to multiple organizations by eliminating the need to physically manage and maintain infrastructure onsite or in a data center.

This download breaks down how IaaS differs from other cloud models, what is involved when discussing IaaS and a list of trusted providers. Get key talking points to easily speak to why your customers need IaaS and the questions that you should be asking to get conversations moving.

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When cybersecurity events occur, they can have major - even devastating - effects on your customer’s business. Preparedness and prevention are key, but the number of protections and cybersecurity recommendations can be overwhelming. Where should your customer start? What if an attack or threat still happens, what do they do?

TBI’s Tech Gurus put together a simple step-by-step cybersecurity events plan to address each phase within an occurrence – prepare, defend, recover. Get a straightforward outline of recommended actions and specific solutions to address what is happening at each level, from protecting and detecting to responding and remedying. Have a handy shortlist of what solutions are best.

Download the Cybersecurity Events document for a quick reference guide to protect customers from cybersecurity occurrences.

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Call centers are key players in ensuring a positive experience for customers and prospects. In today’s world, people expect quick and easy access to what they need, and it is essential to the customer relationship.

However, situations occur outside a business’ control, like unexpected high call volume or natural disasters and emergencies, that cause delays or disruptions in call center responsiveness – leading to dissatisfied customers and lost sales. All businesses need to have a plan in place for when the unexpected occurs.

TBI offers call center services on-demand to help businesses on an as needed basis. Our team will work with you to determine your needs and what makes the most sense for your business. You will continue to have insight and control over all activity with detailed tracking and reporting.

Download our Call Center On-Demand sheet to learn more.

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Providing our partners with the tools they need to support their customers through whatever challenges arise within their own organizations—from communication and collaboration to data access and integrity—has and always will be top priority for TBI.

We have an entire team dedicated to supporting mobility sales specifically—from pre-sales quoting to porting and implementation of both hardware and solutions, the TBI back office team has what it takes to enable smooth sailing for both partners and their customers, despite the potentially daunting task at hand.

Together with support from our dedicated channel providers, TBI will provide your clients with a project management solution that will coordinate, streamline and deploy mobile workforce solutions seamlessly and headache-free. Check out this month’s download for more information about mobile workforce solutions and discovery questions to help identify the best ways to help your customers.

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, working remotely was already more popular than ever before. One Gallup survey in 2019 found that more than 40% of Americans worked from home occasionally, and in recent years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) noted that roughly 16% of Americans (nearly 30 million people) now work remotely on a regular basis.

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Today’s workloads and application demands require networks to be configured for prioritization as well as easy and quick access to clouds and colocation. IaaS refers to cloud-based infrastructure resources delivered to organizations via virtualization technology that helps build and manage servers, network, operating systems, and data storage. It eliminates the need for remote access hardware, helps with data replication and virtual access, offers security options, and provides an operational expense model.

This download will provide insight into three real-world scenarios to help illustrate the benefits of IaaS for small to mid-sized businesses.

 

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As the next decade begins to unfold, digital transformation conversations will pivot to the change experience—improving the move to the cloud and what it means for organizations as a whole, their network and data, as well as both employees and customers. We’re already seeing technologies such as AI and machine learning taking the lead by automating specific business functions and making strides to improve process and overall experiences.

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Start talking CPaaS. This cloud-based platform will enable your customers to add real-time communications features to their own applications. CPaaS is a platform or sandbox that applies to communication applications. This helps companies communicate with their customer while creating a better customer experience through their existing application. Traditionally, App first companies (ex. Uber) were using this solution but now we are seeing non App first companies (ex. healthcare companies using app for medical records) using CPaaS. Apps are becoming the best way for companies to put a message out or interact with their customers which is why CPaaS is becoming a more important conversation in the channel. Watch this quick video about CPaaS to help you start the conversation today. 

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Introduce Blockchain and enhance your reputation as a trusted advisor by protecting your customers’ data. This solution is a framework that is used to power other services; It is an architecture in which information is transferred, shared, secured and verified. Educate yourself on what makes up blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and open up the conversation with your customers today. Here's how to get started.

 

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Demand for digitalization comes from all ends of an organization and is changing the way technology decisions have traditionally been made. There are outside factors and business unit influences that affect how technology is consumed, internally; just as a downed network affects an entire organization, a dysfunctional integration between a CRM and an email automation platform affects productivity, and degradation of phone and voice services affects the customer experience. Ultimately, these afflictions lead to loss in revenue.

As more companies migrate their infrastructures to the cloud and adopt software-as-a-service models, decisions surrounding data transportation, collaboration, and access are now involving the full executive team in the decision-making process; therefore, it’s imperative to speak the stakeholders’ language to get them on-board with your proposed solution, invested in the purchase and become a champion on your behalf.

Technology purchases no longer sit solely with IT; it’s marketing, business intelligence, sales and even HR that often hold the proverbial purse strings. To address executive level priorities – identifying new revenue streams, automation, customer and employee satisfaction and overall growth, – we’re breaking down key considerations from all potential decision makers to help you engage in a conversation around business outcomes, clearly understand how proposed solutions can further respective agendas, and deliver on overall company goals.

Download this white paper to understand how to address all stakeholders at the buying table.

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Unified Communications (UC) solutions provide a rich platform for collaboration and integrations and a smarter way to interact seamlessly by bringing together physical and virtual experiences while simultaneously reducing costs and enabling flexible expansions across all verticals.

With global trends focused on “smart” services, automation, and enhanced customer experiences, manufacturing, retail and finance remain among the fastest growing segments of UCaaS adopters in the U.S. Download this guide to learn more about the how customers in these spaces can benefit from adopting or upgrading to a new UCaaS solution.

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It is no secret that moving a server environment can be painful, time-consuming and a nearly overwhelming amount of work, but it doesn't have to be. With proper preparation and the right resources, this process can be simple, straightforward and secure. We recommend utilizing the best practices we put in place when moving a server environment and working with a master agent or technology consultant who has experience in relocating an entire server environment.

Download our New Office Move Checklist to have on-hand when discussing office relocation with your customer. In this checklist we breakdown three important components to consider during a move: logistics, infrastructure and applications. 

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This is the first in a three-part series that will run monthly through the end of the year where we’ll be taking a close look at various cloud-related solutions, what’s trending, and partner expectations as we head into 2020.

Q4 is upon us, and we’re entering the home stretch for the year—and the decade. Businesses of all sizes are looking back on 2019 to audit crucial infrastructure and evaluate performance and cost-effectiveness to inform both their short-term organizational investments as well as long-term planning.

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Selling mobility? What does the category “mobility” actually mean in channel? From fixed wireless to backup, IoT and management and actual devices, there is no shortage of solutions to sell.

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The infiltration of mobile devices in the workplace isn’t new news; although it may be hard to believe, mobile devices entered the workforce just a little more than a decade ago. More recently, the influx of BYOD, the ever-growing number of remote workers, and the mind-blowing pace at which technology is advancing have kept IT departments on their toes and CIOs awake at night trying to manage it all. As such, it should come as no surprise that with this increase comes growing strain and an increasing number of obstacles facing a CIO; they and their staff need to continuously shift their priorities and strategies to accommodate the current challenges that are plaguing their organization and adapting to the constant changes.

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Understanding the Alphabet 

Before diving into network soup and getting a better grasp on how the various solutions work together, it is imperative to understand them individually.

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According to IDG Research , The SD-WAN market is expected to reach $8B by 2021. SD-WAN sales and implementations are growing. The report indicates that adoption rates increased from 35% to 54% over the past two years, with 90% of their respondents saying they are actively researching, piloting or about to upgrade to SD-WAN. And the reason for growth is to solve for a few business challenges, mainly: optimizing networks to support cloud technologies, simplifying network management and improving application performance which all, in turn, help deliver on a better customer experience.

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No matter what type of business your company conducts, even if it is technology-based, your business can benefit from an outside set of eyes. The technology and data surrounding cybersecurity are constantly changing and evolving. This means that while you may have some of the most brilliant tech minds around grinding out your code, their focus is not necessarily security -- and the result is vulnerability.

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It’s interesting to note that device loss accounts for 41% of breaches, compared with 25% that derived from hacking and malware, according to Trend Micro. Overall, there has been a 300% increase in mobile device OS vulnerabilities since 2011, and businesses are realizing the increasingly critical need to protect company—and customer data. As networking environments have evolved, IT departments have adapted to growing security threats in mobile devices. Cabir, the first virus that infected smartphones, reared its ugly head in 2004, and by the time iPhones and other smartphones emerged, a whole new generation of security woes had been born.

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Although unified communications (UC) systems and contact center solutions have previously been thought of as separate entities, cloud technology has increasingly facilitated collaboration between the two. The Cloud removed the restrictions of on-prem hardware which enables the contact center solution's remarkable versatility and fluidity - both crucial strengths required to provide the increasingly personalized and convenient services demanded by customers in the digital age.  

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