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TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insight (Nasdaq:NSIT), a leading provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to organizations of all sizes, today announced it has been identified by Gartner, Inc. in the “Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America.”1 Gartner defines managed workplace services (MWS) as including traditional end-user outsourcing “as well as new digital workplace services to provide cloud-first, automated and integrated support to end users.” A complimentary copy of the full report is available from Insight by visiting https://goo.gl/EBzxUg. According to Gartner, “The main goal of MWS is to provide integrated and ubiquitous workplace services to employees to increase their engagement and productivity while leveraging their digital dexterity to support the organization's digital business strategy.” “We feel Gartner’s recognition of our solutions in the managed workplace market is a powerful step in our continued evolution as a provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions™,” said Ken Lamneck, president and chief executive officer at Insight. “Insight advises organizations on how to both manage and transform their IT to run smarter and move the needle in their industries. As our clients work to gain competitive advantages, Insight will be there as their trusted partner connecting them with the right technology and partners to enable their success.” Insight believes this recognition is based on our compelling portfolio of total technology and service solutions. Insight has made important investments in our business in the last year, including the acquisition of Datalink, to expand data center capabilities, and BlueMetal, an interactive design and technology architecture firm. “We believe our consistent track record for delivering managed workplace services through a focused and measured approach was a main factor for our inclusion to the quadrant by Gartner,” said Steve Dodenhoff, president Insight U.S. “In 2020, 50% of end-user outsourcing deals will be centered in digital workplace transformation to support the growth of digital business,” according to Gartner. “We feel Insight is well-positioned to help our clients manage their needs and provide these critical MWS solutions for digital transformation,” said Dodenhoff. “We provide a reliable, hands-on and tailored solution that combines people, technology and automation for our clients.” According to Gartner, “The nature of work has drastically changed in the last decade. Most jobs today require an intensive use of technology. They require most workers to be productive in several locations rather than just the office space and, in many cases, outside of regular business hours.” “Our clients face more sophisticated, digitally-engaged customers, a shift of the workforce towards millennials and the explosion of the “gig-based” independent contractor model,” Senior Vice President of Services Mike Gaumond said. “Leveraging technology to fuel workforce productivity and retention in the face of this “triple threat” has become table stakes across most industries. Our MWS helps clients do just that.” Gartner notes that, “by 2020, the greatest source of competitive advantage for 30% of organizations will come from the workforce's ability to creatively exploit digital technologies.”1 “Insight optimizes the delivery of current-state digital workplace service, while keeping an eye on the horizon and evaluating emerging software offerings,” said Gaumond. “Our MWS solutions begin with a roadmap for continued success and responsive account management. We continue to be thoughtful about how we grow our MWS business. Allowing Insight to be both flexible and innovative with the evolution of the modern workplace.” Gartner Disclaimer Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Insight  From business and government organizations to healthcare and educational institutions, Insight empowers clients with Intelligent Technology™ solutions to realize their goals. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of hardware, software, cloud and service solutions, our 6,000 teammates provide clients the guidance and expertise needed to select, implement and manage complex technology solutions to drive business outcomes. Through our world-class people, partnerships, services and delivery solutions, we help businesses run smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT-M


TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insight (Nasdaq:NSIT), a leading provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to organizations of all sizes, today announced it has been identified by Gartner, Inc. in the “Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America.”1 Gartner defines managed workplace services (MWS) as including traditional end-user outsourcing “as well as new digital workplace services to provide cloud-first, automated and integrated support to end users.” A complimentary copy of the full report is available from Insight by visiting https://goo.gl/EBzxUg. According to Gartner, “The main goal of MWS is to provide integrated and ubiquitous workplace services to employees to increase their engagement and productivity while leveraging their digital dexterity to support the organization's digital business strategy.” “We feel Gartner’s recognition of our solutions in the managed workplace market is a powerful step in our continued evolution as a provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions™,” said Ken Lamneck, president and chief executive officer at Insight. “Insight advises organizations on how to both manage and transform their IT to run smarter and move the needle in their industries. As our clients work to gain competitive advantages, Insight will be there as their trusted partner connecting them with the right technology and partners to enable their success.” Insight believes this recognition is based on our compelling portfolio of total technology and service solutions. Insight has made important investments in our business in the last year, including the acquisition of Datalink, to expand data center capabilities, and BlueMetal, an interactive design and technology architecture firm. “We believe our consistent track record for delivering managed workplace services through a focused and measured approach was a main factor for our inclusion to the quadrant by Gartner,” said Steve Dodenhoff, president Insight U.S. “In 2020, 50% of end-user outsourcing deals will be centered in digital workplace transformation to support the growth of digital business,” according to Gartner. “We feel Insight is well-positioned to help our clients manage their needs and provide these critical MWS solutions for digital transformation,” said Dodenhoff. “We provide a reliable, hands-on and tailored solution that combines people, technology and automation for our clients.” According to Gartner, “The nature of work has drastically changed in the last decade. Most jobs today require an intensive use of technology. They require most workers to be productive in several locations rather than just the office space and, in many cases, outside of regular business hours.” “Our clients face more sophisticated, digitally-engaged customers, a shift of the workforce towards millennials and the explosion of the “gig-based” independent contractor model,” Senior Vice President of Services Mike Gaumond said. “Leveraging technology to fuel workforce productivity and retention in the face of this “triple threat” has become table stakes across most industries. Our MWS helps clients do just that.” Gartner notes that, “by 2020, the greatest source of competitive advantage for 30% of organizations will come from the workforce's ability to creatively exploit digital technologies.”1 “Insight optimizes the delivery of current-state digital workplace service, while keeping an eye on the horizon and evaluating emerging software offerings,” said Gaumond. “Our MWS solutions begin with a roadmap for continued success and responsive account management. We continue to be thoughtful about how we grow our MWS business. Allowing Insight to be both flexible and innovative with the evolution of the modern workplace.” Gartner Disclaimer Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Insight  From business and government organizations to healthcare and educational institutions, Insight empowers clients with Intelligent Technology™ solutions to realize their goals. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of hardware, software, cloud and service solutions, our 6,000 teammates provide clients the guidance and expertise needed to select, implement and manage complex technology solutions to drive business outcomes. Through our world-class people, partnerships, services and delivery solutions, we help businesses run smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT-M


News Article | February 28, 2017
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TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insight (Nasdaq:NSIT), a leading provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to organizations of all sizes, proudly announces it has been selected as the 2016 Corporate Reseller of the Year by Veeam® Software, which was announced at the second annual Veeam Impact Partner Awards™ on January 11, 2017. Together with Veeam, Insight offers software for backup and recovery, data protection and end-to-end storage for the modern data center. Insight provides Veeam Availability solutions to our clients, including first-class support, expert knowledge and continuing education. This partnership allows Insight to outfit growing businesses within the small to mid-sized business (SMB) category as well as enterprise organizations with: “Thank you Veeam for naming Insight as your Corporate Reseller of the Year,” said Bob Kane, senior vice president of product management at Insight. “These distinctions reflect our commitment to partnering with leading vendors and providing our clients with Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to transform their business. With Veeam, our clients have access to modern data center and virtual environment solutions that enhance their operations to help them run smarter.” “We are excited to recognize and honor Insight as the Corporate Reseller of the Year,” said Kevin Rooney, vice president of North American Channel Sales at Veeam. “Our partnership with Insight has enabled us to provide Veeam Availability solutions to our joint customers, empowering them to meet the ongoing demands of 24.7.365 availability. We extend our congratulations to Insight and look forward to an even more successful and collaborative 2017.” Insight was recognized as Veeam Corporate Reseller of the Year for implementing an innovative sales and marketing approach that drove net new customer acquisition, higher revenue and increased Veeam’s market share. Veeam is an innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™. From business and government organizations to healthcare and educational institutions, Insight empowers clients with Intelligent Technology™ solutions to realize their goals. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of hardware, software, cloud and service solutions, our 6,000 teammates provide clients the guidance and expertise needed to select, implement and manage complex technology solutions to drive business outcomes. Through our world-class people, partnerships, services and delivery solutions, we help businesses run smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT-M


News Article | February 28, 2017
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TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insight (Nasdaq:NSIT), a leading provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to organizations of all sizes, proudly announces it has been selected as the 2016 Corporate Reseller of the Year by Veeam® Software, which was announced at the second annual Veeam Impact Partner Awards™ on January 11, 2017. Together with Veeam, Insight offers software for backup and recovery, data protection and end-to-end storage for the modern data center. Insight provides Veeam Availability solutions to our clients, including first-class support, expert knowledge and continuing education. This partnership allows Insight to outfit growing businesses within the small to mid-sized business (SMB) category as well as enterprise organizations with: “Thank you Veeam for naming Insight as your Corporate Reseller of the Year,” said Bob Kane, senior vice president of product management at Insight. “These distinctions reflect our commitment to partnering with leading vendors and providing our clients with Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to transform their business. With Veeam, our clients have access to modern data center and virtual environment solutions that enhance their operations to help them run smarter.” “We are excited to recognize and honor Insight as the Corporate Reseller of the Year,” said Kevin Rooney, vice president of North American Channel Sales at Veeam. “Our partnership with Insight has enabled us to provide Veeam Availability solutions to our joint customers, empowering them to meet the ongoing demands of 24.7.365 availability. We extend our congratulations to Insight and look forward to an even more successful and collaborative 2017.” Insight was recognized as Veeam Corporate Reseller of the Year for implementing an innovative sales and marketing approach that drove net new customer acquisition, higher revenue and increased Veeam’s market share. Veeam is an innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™. From business and government organizations to healthcare and educational institutions, Insight empowers clients with Intelligent Technology™ solutions to realize their goals. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of hardware, software, cloud and service solutions, our 6,000 teammates provide clients the guidance and expertise needed to select, implement and manage complex technology solutions to drive business outcomes. Through our world-class people, partnerships, services and delivery solutions, we help businesses run smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT-M


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insight (Nasdaq:NSIT), a leading provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to organizations of all sizes, proudly announces it has been selected as the 2016 Corporate Reseller of the Year by Veeam® Software, which was announced at the second annual Veeam Impact Partner Awards™ on January 11, 2017. Together with Veeam, Insight offers software for backup and recovery, data protection and end-to-end storage for the modern data center. Insight provides Veeam Availability solutions to our clients, including first-class support, expert knowledge and continuing education. This partnership allows Insight to outfit growing businesses within the small to mid-sized business (SMB) category as well as enterprise organizations with: “Thank you Veeam for naming Insight as your Corporate Reseller of the Year,” said Bob Kane, senior vice president of product management at Insight. “These distinctions reflect our commitment to partnering with leading vendors and providing our clients with Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to transform their business. With Veeam, our clients have access to modern data center and virtual environment solutions that enhance their operations to help them run smarter.” “We are excited to recognize and honor Insight as the Corporate Reseller of the Year,” said Kevin Rooney, vice president of North American Channel Sales at Veeam. “Our partnership with Insight has enabled us to provide Veeam Availability solutions to our joint customers, empowering them to meet the ongoing demands of 24.7.365 availability. We extend our congratulations to Insight and look forward to an even more successful and collaborative 2017.” Insight was recognized as Veeam Corporate Reseller of the Year for implementing an innovative sales and marketing approach that drove net new customer acquisition, higher revenue and increased Veeam’s market share. Veeam is an innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™. From business and government organizations to healthcare and educational institutions, Insight empowers clients with Intelligent Technology™ solutions to realize their goals. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of hardware, software, cloud and service solutions, our 6,000 teammates provide clients the guidance and expertise needed to select, implement and manage complex technology solutions to drive business outcomes. Through our world-class people, partnerships, services and delivery solutions, we help businesses run smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT-M


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insight (Nasdaq:NSIT), a leading provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to organizations of all sizes, proudly announces it has been selected as the 2016 Corporate Reseller of the Year by Veeam® Software, which was announced at the second annual Veeam Impact Partner Awards™ on January 11, 2017. Together with Veeam, Insight offers software for backup and recovery, data protection and end-to-end storage for the modern data center. Insight provides Veeam Availability solutions to our clients, including first-class support, expert knowledge and continuing education. This partnership allows Insight to outfit growing businesses within the small to mid-sized business (SMB) category as well as enterprise organizations with: “Thank you Veeam for naming Insight as your Corporate Reseller of the Year,” said Bob Kane, senior vice president of product management at Insight. “These distinctions reflect our commitment to partnering with leading vendors and providing our clients with Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to transform their business. With Veeam, our clients have access to modern data center and virtual environment solutions that enhance their operations to help them run smarter.” “We are excited to recognize and honor Insight as the Corporate Reseller of the Year,” said Kevin Rooney, vice president of North American Channel Sales at Veeam. “Our partnership with Insight has enabled us to provide Veeam Availability solutions to our joint customers, empowering them to meet the ongoing demands of 24.7.365 availability. We extend our congratulations to Insight and look forward to an even more successful and collaborative 2017.” Insight was recognized as Veeam Corporate Reseller of the Year for implementing an innovative sales and marketing approach that drove net new customer acquisition, higher revenue and increased Veeam’s market share. Veeam is an innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™. From business and government organizations to healthcare and educational institutions, Insight empowers clients with Intelligent Technology™ solutions to realize their goals. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of hardware, software, cloud and service solutions, our 6,000 teammates provide clients the guidance and expertise needed to select, implement and manage complex technology solutions to drive business outcomes. Through our world-class people, partnerships, services and delivery solutions, we help businesses run smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT-M


News Article | February 17, 2017
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TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insight (NASDAQ:NSIT), a leading provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to organizations of all sizes, announces Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder Tim Crown and CIO Mike Guggemos will keynote the 2017 Phoenix Startup Week Event on Monday, February 20, from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Galvanize, 515 E Grant St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The Q&A format keynote will feature commentary on Crown’s startup experiences and highlight essential technology lessons to help startups scale their businesses from Guggemos’ CIO perspective. ”We understand that for new companies, access to the right IT infrastructure, data management perspective and a competitive device strategy can have a tangible impact on the business,” said Guggemos. “We know this first hand. Insight was started by two brothers making a big bet on themselves. Since then it has grown into a global Fortune 500 organization. Insight’s purpose is to help our clients’ businesses run smarter by offering the technology and solutions that make sense for each individual business case. To do so, we draw from a variety of places including our deep expertise in workplace technology and our own experience in growing and running a business.” The third-annual startup week is free to attend and is hosted in various local Phoenix locations. "Startup week offers incredibly valuable information to existing and new entrepreneurs of all shapes, backgrounds and sizes," said Crown. "If I was in a startup or thinking about starting a new business, Startup Week is where I would be." Insight offers a full range of Intelligent Technology Solutions™ for small to mid-sized businesses to help them run smarter and achieve their goals. From devices to cloud, networking to data centers and support, Insight connects organizations with technology to manage and transform their business. Tim Crown is the co-founder of Insight and currently Chairman of the Board. Tim is co-manager of AZ Crown Investments, a private investment firm, whose portfolio spans a range of sectors, including entertainment and media, energy and natural resources, financial and information services and technology. Tim takes an active role with these especially in the area of strategic planning, technology management along with operations and finance. Over the past 10 years, Crown has invested in over two dozen companies. Recent companies include Quickspark.com, Avaimobile.com and freestar.io. Cited by both Computerworld and CIO Magazine for his leadership skills, Guggemos is an advocate for what people can achieve when properly equipped and working toward a common goal. He is an Army veteran, Motorola alumni and the CIO of Fortune-500 Insight. Guggemos’ ability to identify goals and align different groups to achieve them brought him to Insight in 2010. His expansive knowledge of technology allowed him to provide value across a number of disciplines, including manufacturing, engineering and enterprise product creation. From business and government organizations to healthcare and educational institutions, Insight empowers clients with Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to realize their goals. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of hardware, software, cloud and service solutions, our 6,000 teammates provide clients the guidance and expertise needed to select, implement and manage complex technology solutions to drive business outcomes. Through our world-class people, partnerships, services and delivery solutions, we help businesses run smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT-M


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insight (NASDAQ:NSIT), a leading provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to organizations of all sizes, announces Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder Tim Crown and CIO Mike Guggemos will keynote the 2017 Phoenix Startup Week Event on Monday, February 20, from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Galvanize, 515 E Grant St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The Q&A format keynote will feature commentary on Crown’s startup experiences and highlight essential technology lessons to help startups scale their businesses from Guggemos’ CIO perspective. ”We understand that for new companies, access to the right IT infrastructure, data management perspective and a competitive device strategy can have a tangible impact on the business,” said Guggemos. “We know this first hand. Insight was started by two brothers making a big bet on themselves. Since then it has grown into a global Fortune 500 organization. Insight’s purpose is to help our clients’ businesses run smarter by offering the technology and solutions that make sense for each individual business case. To do so, we draw from a variety of places including our deep expertise in workplace technology and our own experience in growing and running a business.” The third-annual startup week is free to attend and is hosted in various local Phoenix locations. "Startup week offers incredibly valuable information to existing and new entrepreneurs of all shapes, backgrounds and sizes," said Crown. "If I was in a startup or thinking about starting a new business, Startup Week is where I would be." Insight offers a full range of Intelligent Technology Solutions™ for small to mid-sized businesses to help them run smarter and achieve their goals. From devices to cloud, networking to data centers and support, Insight connects organizations with technology to manage and transform their business. Tim Crown is the co-founder of Insight and currently Chairman of the Board. Tim is co-manager of AZ Crown Investments, a private investment firm, whose portfolio spans a range of sectors, including entertainment and media, energy and natural resources, financial and information services and technology. Tim takes an active role with these especially in the area of strategic planning, technology management along with operations and finance. Over the past 10 years, Crown has invested in over two dozen companies. Recent companies include Quickspark.com, Avaimobile.com and freestar.io. Cited by both Computerworld and CIO Magazine for his leadership skills, Guggemos is an advocate for what people can achieve when properly equipped and working toward a common goal. He is an Army veteran, Motorola alumni and the CIO of Fortune-500 Insight. Guggemos’ ability to identify goals and align different groups to achieve them brought him to Insight in 2010. His expansive knowledge of technology allowed him to provide value across a number of disciplines, including manufacturing, engineering and enterprise product creation. From business and government organizations to healthcare and educational institutions, Insight empowers clients with Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to realize their goals. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of hardware, software, cloud and service solutions, our 6,000 teammates provide clients the guidance and expertise needed to select, implement and manage complex technology solutions to drive business outcomes. Through our world-class people, partnerships, services and delivery solutions, we help businesses run smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT-M


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Insight (NASDAQ:NSIT), a leading provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to organizations of all sizes, announces Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder Tim Crown and CIO Mike Guggemos will keynote the 2017 Phoenix Startup Week Event on Monday, February 20, from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Galvanize, 515 E Grant St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The Q&A format keynote will feature commentary on Crown’s startup experiences and highlight essential technology lessons to help startups scale their businesses from Guggemos’ CIO perspective. ”We understand that for new companies, access to the right IT infrastructure, data management perspective and a competitive device strategy can have a tangible impact on the business,” said Guggemos. “We know this first hand. Insight was started by two brothers making a big bet on themselves. Since then it has grown into a global Fortune 500 organization. Insight’s purpose is to help our clients’ businesses run smarter by offering the technology and solutions that make sense for each individual business case. To do so, we draw from a variety of places including our deep expertise in workplace technology and our own experience in growing and running a business.” The third-annual startup week is free to attend and is hosted in various local Phoenix locations. "Startup week offers incredibly valuable information to existing and new entrepreneurs of all shapes, backgrounds and sizes," said Crown. "If I was in a startup or thinking about starting a new business, Startup Week is where I would be." Insight offers a full range of Intelligent Technology Solutions™ for small to mid-sized businesses to help them run smarter and achieve their goals. From devices to cloud, networking to data centers and support, Insight connects organizations with technology to manage and transform their business. Tim Crown is the co-founder of Insight and currently Chairman of the Board. Tim is co-manager of AZ Crown Investments, a private investment firm, whose portfolio spans a range of sectors, including entertainment and media, energy and natural resources, financial and information services and technology. Tim takes an active role with these especially in the area of strategic planning, technology management along with operations and finance. Over the past 10 years, Crown has invested in over two dozen companies. Recent companies include Quickspark.com, Avaimobile.com and freestar.io. Cited by both Computerworld and CIO Magazine for his leadership skills, Guggemos is an advocate for what people can achieve when properly equipped and working toward a common goal. He is an Army veteran, Motorola alumni and the CIO of Fortune-500 Insight. Guggemos’ ability to identify goals and align different groups to achieve them brought him to Insight in 2010. His expansive knowledge of technology allowed him to provide value across a number of disciplines, including manufacturing, engineering and enterprise product creation. From business and government organizations to healthcare and educational institutions, Insight empowers clients with Intelligent Technology Solutions™ to realize their goals. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of hardware, software, cloud and service solutions, our 6,000 teammates provide clients the guidance and expertise needed to select, implement and manage complex technology solutions to drive business outcomes. Through our world-class people, partnerships, services and delivery solutions, we help businesses run smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT-M


The Large Majority Say These Tools Are Important to Reaching Their Business Goals Seventy-six Percent Identify Increased Productivity as a Result of These Solutions TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More than 80 percent of the respondents said collaboration technology solutions are either very or extremely important for meeting their organizations’ top business goals. According to the Insight-sponsored report by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, which surveyed 421 professionals, “an even higher 90 percent said they expect collaboration technology to be very or extremely important to their organizations over the next two years.” The positive impact of collaboration technology, such as instant messaging, office applications, videoconferencing, smartphones and email, among many others, can notably improve an organization’s operational efficiency and competitiveness. In fact, the survey found that 79 percent said greater efficiency is an extremely valuable business result of collaboration tools, followed by: Despite the understood benefits, organizations have struggled with some aspects of collaboration tools, such as the inability to include contractors, consultants and other nonemployees (46 percent), complicated set up (40 percent) and difficulty of use (31 percent). “To mitigate these challenges, companies innovating in the space have continued to evolve these tools and technologies. We are seeing the proliferation of both new and next generation technologies specifically designed with simplicity and the non-tech end-user in mind. This will help ensure that your employees use them and that they generate their promised return on investment,” said Doug Fink, director, Collaboration Practice, Insight. Lead from the top down In order to build a collaborative and competitive workplace, C-level executives must lead the charge. The survey results revealed that these expectations aren’t quite met. While sixty-six percent agree that their collaborative culture needs to be led by C-level executives, only 50 percent believe their executives are modeling this behavior. “As with any organizational change, buy in from and leadership by the senior team is an imperative. They not only need to make a commitment in terms of investment, but also commit to using the tools themselves. For example, if your organization has employees all over the world, and having face-to-face interactions is important to the workplace culture, then videoconferencing should be a standard. This can also reduce the need for travel and its associated expenses, underscoring how adoption of these tools can have a clear ROI both in terms of culture and cost,” said Fink. This was an email survey. A total of 421 respondents were drawn from the Harvard Business Review audience of readers (magazine and e-newsletters customers and users of HBR.org). Eighteen percent of respondents were in general and executive management, 10 percent were in sales and business development, 8 percent were in IT/software engineering, 7 percent were in consulting, 7 percent were in HR/training, and another 7 percent were in R&D/innovation/product development. Other functions were represented by 6 percent or less of the respondent base. For more information on Insight, visit http://www.insight.com or call 1.800.INSIGHT. From business and government organizations to healthcare and educational institutions, Insight empowers clients with Intelligent Technology™ solutions to realize their goals. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of hardware, software, cloud and service solutions, our 6,000 teammates provide clients the guidance and expertise needed to select, implement and manage complex technology solutions to drive business outcomes. Through our world-class people, partnerships, services and delivery solutions, we help businesses run smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT-M

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