The Big Trends Driving Change In The Midmarket

IT purchases by midmarket organizations are expected to grow nearly 4 percent this year, driven by a demand for software and IT services. That disclosure was made by Gartner research analyst Mike Cisek based on his analysis of a wide-ranging study of IT leaders who attended the 2016 Midsize Enterprise Summits supplemented with additional research he conducted.

Midmarket Faces Core Challenges On Innovation Road

A sizable chunk of midmarket businesses is asking IT to do more to innovate for top line growth. However, CIOs at these companies face their own considerable internal problems, such as security asset and manpower deficits. This situation is making it that much more difficult for them to meet their business demands.

A Midmarket Thanksgiving Wish For Our MES Attendees, Sponsors

On behalf of the Midsize Enterprise Summit team we would like to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We would like to share a few things we are thankful for as this week’s newsletter is arriving on the eve of one of the nation’s most enduring holidays.

How To Build Trust And Loyalty In A Digital World

The Midsize Enterprise Summit announced that James Kane, one of the world’s foremost experts on building trust and loyalty in the digital age will open this year’s MES Spring Conference scheduled to be held April 30-May 2, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

Kane, a behavioral scientist and consultant, has helped some of the largest and most well-known organizations in the world, including Apple, Marriott Hotels and Major League Baseball build unbreakable relationships with customers, members, fans, volunteers, vendors, sponsors and employees.

Job Growth Strong In Middle Market But Revenue Gains Cool

The key takeaway from the National Center for the Midmarket’s third-quarter report was employment growth among midsize companies hit a two-year high. The Center’s found that employment grew at a rate of nearly 5 percent in the third quarter as midmarket leaders reported an improvement in company performance.

The annualized employment growth rate of 4.9 percent was the highest level observed across the middle market in nearly two years. In addition, all industries except manufacturing reported increases from the second quarter, the center stated in a press release.

MES CIOs: Peer Networking, Access To Strategic Tech Make Event Worthwhile

Editor’s Note: If you don’t mind, a little boasting, the Midsize Enterprise Summit would like to share some of the feedback we received from the MES Fall conference. The comments below were submitted by fellow IT leaders who provided these responses via our Survey Monkey post-event survey along with emails we received from attendees.

What The CIO Really Thinks Of Today's Finance Leaders

he following blog was recently posted by SAP’s Thack Brown on the Huffington Post web site and contains an interesting dialogue between a finance leader and his company’s CIO. Since many midmarket IT leaders report to or work closely with their CFOs this blog will be of interest to the greater MES audience. Brown, the GM, Global Head of Line of Business Finance at SAP, sat down with SAP CIO Americas, Michael Golz, to hear Golz’s perspective on the evolving role of the CFO and the relationship between finance and technology leaders.

AlienVault CEO Says IT Leaders Must Go On The Offensive To Fight Cyberattacks

In the wake of numerous high-profile cybersecurity attacks against big business and government entities, AlienVault President and CEO Barmak Meftah told hundreds of CIO and IT leaders at the recent Midsize Enterprise Summit Fall conference that a good security defense also needs a good offense.

While the majority of IT leaders spend most of their security budget and staff attention on prevention measures, the reality is that hackers can usually find a way in if they are persistent.

CIO Panel: Lessons Learned From IT Leaders Seeking a Hybrid Solution

At the recent Midsize Enterprise Summit, a panel of leading midmarket CIOs discussed lessons learned from the nexus of business and technology and how they are pivoting to become chief innovation officers.

The panel was moderated by HP Enterprise’s Domingo Cortes, who oversees sales for the west region and was sponsored by HPE and Intel, longtime supporters of MES. HPE and Intel selected customers of theirs who are transforming their roles along with the companies’ IT strategies.

Set Your IT Staff Free: Outsource Help-Desk Tasks

Midmarket enterprises have limited money, time, and personnel to expend just putting out the daily IT fires and maintaining basic service level agreements. Fixing broken apps and systems is expensive and eats up time and energy — and these are better spent in value-added tasks.