Month: September 2020

How Can MSPs Stay Relevant in the Age of Cloud?
Business

How Can MSPs Stay Relevant in the Age of Cloud?

Managed service providers have long lived in a world where change is the only constant. From hardware to software, and applications to data, the ground is constantly shifting for those that provide technical solutions and support for businesses worldwide. At any given time, you must evaluate new offerings, update and support current solutions, and strategize on how to best provide the right services to scores of customers with different needs, requirements, and budgets. And most importantly, you must evaluate the best cloud partner to stay competitive as an MSP. It’s enough to make your head spin. With such dynamics at play, it is fair to ask: is there room for managed service providers to survive? What must you do to address competition and find new ways to move forward? Based on nearly...
What Teachers Need Now from Administrators, Parents and Society
Education

What Teachers Need Now from Administrators, Parents and Society

A MiddleWeb Blog Every year, I look forward to the new school year with excitement and determination. I mentally run through all my inspirational teacher quotes, including the brilliant poem What Teachers Make by Taylor Mali. I can’t wait to meet my students and hit the ground running. Until this year. This year, COVID-19 is ever present and it has worn me down. Once I found out we would be teaching in-person every day with students while simultaneously teaching students who had chosen to learn from home, my light dimmed. While I love my students and my job dearly, every day I’m with them in class has an undercurrent of “what if” and anxiety. I have enjoyed getting to work with them in person after not being able to last spring, but it also means that I worry every day about br...
Techniques Teachers Use to Reduce Stress
Education

Techniques Teachers Use to Reduce Stress

A MiddleWeb Blog Feeling ‘Stumped’ Several weeks ago, I had a Saturday with far too many things to do than I had time for. I resolved to get a stubborn tree stump out of my yard before one of my boys had a morning soccer game, so my father-in-law and I got to work as soon as the sun came up. He used a spade shovel to dig up the roots and dirt around the stump while I hacked away at it with an axe. It wasn’t long before I was tired and frustrated. Each swing seemed to sap a bit more of my strength and enthusiasm. Our progress slowed, and it seemed like we were making less and less headway. My workmate suggested that we pause, take a break, and use a file and stone to sharpen the axe blade. Through gritted teeth I grumbled that we were in a rush and didn’t have time. He smiled kno...
‘ERP Pyramid Model’ for a Successful Project
Business

‘ERP Pyramid Model’ for a Successful Project

It is a great advantage to establish a strong and well-implemented ERP system. If we can create an ‘ERP Pyramid Model’ just like Maslow’s ‘Needs Hierarchy’, which categorizes human needs, we can build successful projects with stronger foundations. Maslow’s “Needs Hierarchy” is a theory created by Psychologist Abraham Maslow to study the needs of people. Maslow has divided human needs into 5 main categories (physiological, safety, social, respectability, self-realization) and explained the relationship between them. According to Maslow, firstly, it meets the needs at the lower levels and then progresses to the needs at the upper levels step by step. The Needs Hierarchy is still used as a theory that explains people’s motivation sources and behavior. Inspired by this theory, we can create an...
8 Ways to Make Your Calls to Action Stand Out
Business

8 Ways to Make Your Calls to Action Stand Out

The Calls to Action (CTAs) in your marketing copy go a long way towards determining what your conversion rates are. Your CTAs are vital tools for convincing consumers to help you achieve your campaign goals. That’s why they need to be as strong and compelling as possible.If you’re looking to increase your marketing and branding effectiveness, improving your CTAs can get the job done. By implementing a few simple techniques, you can enhance your conversion rates significantly.In this article, we’re going to show you how you can improve the CTAs on your website, and also introduce some tools that can help. Let’s dive right in!1. Address the Consumer’s Needs DirectlyThere are few things as effective as a Call to Action (CTA) that speaks directly to a potential customer’s needs. Your CTAs will...
SAP S/4HANA Named a Leader in Independent Research Firm’s Q3 2020 Evaluation of Digital Operations Platforms for Manufacturing Businesses
Business

SAP S/4HANA Named a Leader in Independent Research Firm’s Q3 2020 Evaluation of Digital Operations Platforms for Manufacturing Businesses

 SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced SAP was ranked a market leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Digital Operations Platforms for Manufacturing Businesses, Q3 2020.” In the report, SAP S/4HANA was cited as a leader in digital operations platforms (DOPs) for manufacturing businesses, with the highest score in the current offering category of all 13 vendors reviewed. In this 27-criterion vendor assessment, SAP received a score of five out of five in the current offering category’s criteria of finance and accounting, EPM, procurement, execution, inventory, warehouse management, maintenance, repair and operations, supply chain management, order management, billing and revenue management, and internationalization. In the strategy category, SAP received a five out of five scores in the product...
How to Teach When Everyone is Scattered
Education

How to Teach When Everyone is Scattered

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Teaching Channel and UL Xplorlabs   Let’s go back for a moment to a simpler time, back to 2019 when you may have “struggled to differentiate.” When you tried to meet the needs of all students who came to you with different levels of readiness, who had different physical, emotional, and cognitive profiles, and who learned best under different scenarios. 2020 laughs at 2019.  Teaching is much more complicated now, and you are most likely in a situation where your students are scattered in some way. It may be one or a combination of these: Half of your class is at home while the other half is in-person, then this switches the next day.Some of your students are all-virtual, all the time.Even the ...
How to Successfully Deal With Tech Support (5 Simple Steps)
Business

How to Successfully Deal With Tech Support (5 Simple Steps)

Spoiler alert: Setting up a website can be stressful — especially if it’s your first time. And even if you’re a pro, having something go wrong with your website at one point or another is pretty much inevitable. The hard truth is that technical difficulties can make you want to throw in the towel. But don’t give up, champ.  DreamHost’s brilliant tech support team is here to get you back on track. For more than 20 years, our top priority has always been customer satisfaction, which is why our support team wins awards for quality and responsiveness.  What’s more, getting help with your website is even easier if you know what to expect when you reach out to us and what you can do on your end to make the process as quick and painless as possible. Yep, you’ve ...
Reducing Stress During Pandemic Teaching
Education

Reducing Stress During Pandemic Teaching

A MiddleWeb Blog Feeling ‘Stumped’ Several weeks ago, I had a Saturday with far too many things to do than I had time for. I resolved to get a stubborn tree stump out of my yard before one of my boys had a morning soccer game, so my father-in-law and I got to work as soon as the sun came up. He used a spade shovel to dig up the roots and dirt around the stump while I hacked away at it with an axe. It wasn’t long before I was tired and frustrated. Each swing seemed to sap a bit more of my strength and enthusiasm. Our progress slowed, and it seemed like we were making less and less headway. My workmate suggested that we pause, take a break, and use a file and stone to sharpen the axe blade. Through gritted teeth I grumbled that we were in a rush and didn’t have time. He smiled kno...
How Do Indian Students Choose Their Universities?
Education

How Do Indian Students Choose Their Universities?

It’s projected statistically that by the year 2030, 1 out of 4 graduates from around the world will be from India. That only means there will be many Indian students in several universities. But, do you really know how do Indian students choose a university?  First of all, choosing a university isn’t the sole decision of a student. Parents, and to an extent family, play a very important role in the same. In over 45% of cases, it’s the parents or family that take the final call on the colleges that a student can apply to. Secondly, peer influences also play a very big role in an Indian student’s college decision. It’s always intriguing to see how this plays out. Upon a thorough analysis of college choices of over 200,000 students, over the past 5 years, we’ve identified that there are...