Financial Management For Midmarket IT Leaders: Understanding Working Capital Management

What could your organization do with an extra million (or more) in cash? You can probably think of a dozen or so answers right off the top of your head. And that’s without taking the time to investigate potential short- or long-term investment opportunities that could open up, if, in fact, you had that extra cash in hand.

CIO Shares His Wisdom As He Pursues Next Chapter

After serving as the IT leader of The Arc Greater Twin Cities organization for nearly two decades, Paul Harder decided to write the next chapter of his career and life. Harder is now CEO of his own consulting firm, KBP Strategies, which focuses on training sales professionals. (He also served as an official with the USA Track & Field organization for many years, and was a longtime member of the Midsize Enterprise Strategies advisory board.) We caught up with Harder to ask him about his career, request advice for fellow CIOs, and discuss how he coped with change.

Leading IT Vendors Make Key Investments In MES, Midmarket

The Midsize Enterprise Summit Spring, which takes place April 30-May 2 in Nashville may be three months away, but we are seeing a tremendous early response from the vendor community to support the conference.

Ten Wishes For Every Midmarket IT Leader

On behalf of the entire Midsize Enterprise Summit team, we would like to wish all our readers a peaceful and joyful holiday season and a happy New Year. Our midmarket web site and newsletter reach today’s IT leaders from midsize enterprises along with IT suppliers and vendors across the high-tech spectrum. You have all been loyal readers supplying perspectives and input on how to make the midmarket a better place to work and to serve as the voice of this sector. Thank you all. We put together 10 wishes or resolutions for the coming year.

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.