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Autotask Audit: The Difference Between IT Leaders and Managers and Making the IoT Happen

April 18, 2014  

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.

CIO: IT Leader or IT Manager? How to Be the Best of Both
By Rich Hein
In his book, "Essential Drucker: Management, the Individual and Society," Peter F. Drucker says, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." In the real world, management and leadership are hard to separate and yet both sets of distinct skills are needed. Learning the difference between these organizational traits is essential to companies that are trying to grow in the digital age.

IT Business Edge: Making the Internet of Things Happen
By Carl Weinschenk
The media has discussed the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) at great lengths. The bottom line is pretty simple: Slapping computer and communications functionality into and/or onto everything offers a revolution in how things are done.

Channel Insider: As Cloud Changes Channel Stakes, Companies Must Adjust
By Michael Vizard
Much like many IT companies, solution providers don't command as much of a premium as they once did should the owner of the company decide the time has come to sell. But the valuation of solution providers, which has been compressed for an extended period of time, is finally starting to recover.

WIRED: Your Big Data Is Worthless if You Don’t Bring It Into the Real World
By Mikkel Krenchel and Christian Madsbjerg
In a generation, the relationship between the “tech genius” and society has been transformed: from shut-in to savior, from antisocial to society’s best hope. Many now seem convinced that the best way to make sense of our world is by sitting behind a screen analyzing the vast troves of information we call “big data.”

ZDNet: Nine out of ten executives comfortable with IT staff out in front of clients
By Joe McKendrick
Business leaders have mixed feelings about the roles of their IT staffs. They see corporate technology decisions moving away from IT departments, yet want IT to take a more proactive role in business initiatives.

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