technology integrators

Should Integrators Reward Value or Effort?

I find that people are often rewarded by how busy they are, rather than how productive they are. I was recently working with a company and the president said, “I want people who put in lots of effort.” I asked him to define that. “I want them working from seven in the morning until ten […]

3 Security Trends to Watch in 2021

Security is an everlasting concern for enterprise IT. Here’s what experts say are some of the top security trends to watch in 2021 – as “normal” gets redefined. Here’s one prediction that you can bet on: Forecasting enterprise security trends will never go out of style. That’s not a bold call but it’s a bankable […]

Understand the Power of Variable Costs

  Integrators that understand the power of variable costs know that every dollar saved goes directly to profits. This is Part 1 in our new blog series from Joel Harris, which explains the power of variable costs for your integration business. More than 20 years ago, I discovered the hidden profit enhancement found in focusing […]

How Good Are You at Predicting the Past?

The better you are at predicting the future, the better decisions you will make. One of the things I like about The Economist magazine is that, unlike most publications at this time of year, it doesn’t simply forecast what lies ahead, but evaluates the forecasts made last year. Were their forecasts accurate or not? Were they based […]

Make Your Integration Business Stronger During Ups and Downs

There is no such thing as perfect, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for incremental improvements. That’s what continuous improvement is all about.  It’s understanding that there is always room to better a process or structure and taking defined steps to recognize where improvements can be made and implementing and measuring these changes. The […]

3 Ways Integrators Can Build Quality into Projects

Navigate has worked with hundreds of AV and Systems Integration companies, and one thing that continues to amaze us is the difference in process maturity between companies – and the results. There are several areas where you can distinguish mature and immature companies – especially in their approach to first-time quality. Based on years of […]

Organizational Change Management Drives Adoption of the New Revenue Recognition Standard

How Can Integrators Engage, Enable and Execute Change? Integrators are learning that the new Revenue Recognition standard can have company-wide impacts that affect core business functions and their associated systems and data. Because so many parts of a business are tied to revenue, the new standard is pervasive – touching everything from executive and sales […]

Strategic Planning Pitfalls to Avoid

Tis the season! No, not the holiday season, although that will soon be here! For business owners and leaders, it’s time to reflect on the past year, examine the competitive landscape, explore possible initiatives and set goals. A good strategic planning process will help you: Align company goals with your company mission and vision, Define steps […]

Aligning Behavior with Values and Ethics

Basic behavior is either the willful alignment to established standards, or the willful disobedience of those standards. In last week’s blog, we discussed the importance of distinguishing competence from behavior to maximize performance improvement. Today, we continue this conversation. Behavior manifests itself from the motivation behind how an employee does what he does once he’s […]

Distinguish Competence from Behavior to Maximize Performance Improvement

When managing people, competence and behavior are often indistinguishable — and that’s a problem for integrators that want to maximize performance. Many managers automatically link competence and behavior together. As a result, when an employee is doing something incorrectly, managers fail to ask, “Is it because they’re not trained well, or is it because they’re […]