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Making A Name For Yourself

Branding Strategy Identity Quality

In business, companies are always looking for new techniques to ensure customer loyalty and capture new customers into a relationship of lifelong loyalty to their brand. Believe it or not, there is a very simple, even old school technique for garnering this kind of loyalty from your customers. It's simply aligning your business brand, whatever that may be, with customer service. You may not think something as simple as this can actually generate new business, but It would be a mistake to discount it because of its simplicity.

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Your Brain as an Asset

Brain Health & Care for Leadership

Feeling unimaginative? Needing a new way of looking at your business and how you lead it? Giva's recent article "How to Inspire the Mind of a Company Leader" looks at how to view your brain as an asset that should be managed with care.

Your brain is the key to your business. How you treat your brain will determine the value of the ideas that come from it. Giva's article takes you through a series of questions and makes suggestions for investing in your brain as an asset. The ROI from your brain may be greater than you realize!

5 Steps for Building a CMDB

Data Configuration Management

A Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is used to keep track of the different parts of an IT environment. Generally, CMDBs are convenient for modeling potential changes in IT, identifying where problems are occurring within an IT environment, and providing transparency for a company's system in case of audits or legal issues. A CMDB is like a big map of an IT environment and there are many things to consider when building the database. For more information, you can read our previous blog post on How a CMDB is Helpful.

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Customer First Teams

Customer First

For years now, many businesses have been moving to create a customer-focused culture. Putting together teams to work on projects that are too large for one individual is not a new concept either. When a team works together, it should be with the same customer-focused mentality that the business always strives to promote.

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How a CMDB is Helpful

Data Configuration Management

Those working in the business world or the IT field probably have a basic idea of what a Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is. Techopedia defines and explains what a CMDB is in detail here, but essentially a CMDB is collected data that concerns the IT infrastructure of a business or organization. A CMDB will store all the IT data, but how is that helpful?

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HIPAA Protects More Than Healthcare

HIPAA Security & Data Protection

Worried about protecting the information with which customers trust your company? Afraid that a data breach is inevitable if your company transitions to a cloud-based system? With the stringent requirements in healthcare IT, some cloud providers are HIPAA compliant. But, this can not only be good for healthcare IT systems, but any company can benefit from these extra levels of security compliance.

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Taking Customer Service Relationships Off Hold

Customer Service Wait Time On Hold

"Your call is important to us. Please hold for the next available representative." The previous two sentences are likely among the most hated in the English language. At one time or another, everyone has had to give up the Google search and call the company help desk. Cue the elevator music and wait, and wait, and wait… or not. It is time for companies to stop putting their customers on hold and start solving their problems.

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The Help Desk For The Midmarket CIO

Midmarket Help Desk

The help desk is the face of the IT organization—it must be efficient and credible, or else it will bring negative consequences. However, the traditional help desk is antiquated and completely unprepared to keep pace with exponentially evolving business demands.

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How to Reduce Conflict Among Employees

Conflict Resolution

Conflicts between colleagues are inevitable. However, there are several measures to help avoid and mediate conflicts. Through an interview with CIO.com, Kumud Kalia, former CIO of Direct Energy (now CIO at Akamai Technologies), details why conflicts arise and how to deal with existing and potential conflicts in the future.

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The Giva Challenge: Giva Customers are Talking! San Jacinto Community College

San Jacinto Community College

One generally presumes businesses and corporations when they think of IT department support. However, IT support for colleges and universities in the U.S. is growing exponentially in light of the technological revolution.

One such example is San Jacinto Community College (SJC). Based in Pasadena, Texas, SJC serves approximately 30,000 credit students and 2,500 faculty and staff. The IT department has 115 employees supporting three campuses, a District office and several extension centers.

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