Lesson Learned from Southwest Airline's Epic IT Implosion

The incident taught the airline industry an important lesson - that having a comprehensive IT system is key to running a successful business. By investing in the right technology, companies can ensure more reliable service and fewer disruptions. In addition, Southwest Airlines learned the hard way that they must be wary of their reliance on third-party vendors and have more stringent risk management practices, audits, and business operation evaluations.
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Say it With Me: Software is NOT the Solution

One of the main misconceptions we see is that software is the solution. This is not the case. In fact, the software is often a bandaid to a much deeper issue. Stakeholders without understanding how their business works will often look to software as the solution to all of their problems. The reality is that software can only automate what already exists.
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What is Shadow IT?

Shadow IT refers to the use of digital devices and services that have not been formally approved by a company’s IT department. This can include using personal accounts for cloud workloads, purchasing unauthorized SaaS applications, using productivity apps, leveraging public cloud services, and using communication platforms for work-related communication.
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5 Reasons Why Moms Make the Best Project Managers

Moms have a lot of experience managing their time, tasks, and priorities. They are also good at communication, conflict management, and agile. If you're looking for a project manager, look no further than your nearest mother!
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What the Avengers Taught Us About Digital Transformation

Like the Avengers, digital transformation is a team effort. It requires a variety of different skills and personalities working together towards a common goal. While the Avengers may seem like an unlikely source of inspiration for the business, they can teach us a lot about what it takes to be successful at digital transformation.
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The Importance of Meeting Management in Digital Transformation

As digital transformation increasingly becomes the norm for businesses, the importance of meeting management also grows. Many organizations are looking to adopt new technologies and processes to improve their efficiency and effectiveness, but in doing so they often overlook the role that meetings play in driving these changes. There are a lot of stakeholders involved […]
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The "Terminator Effect" - The Human Side of Artificial Intelligence

In recent years, we have seen rapid advancements in fields such as artificial intelligence (AI), predictive analytics, and machine learning. While these technologies hold great promise for improving our lives and making organizations more efficient, we must not forget that they are ultimately designed and operated by humans. What is the "Terminator Effect" The Terminator […]
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Digital Transformation: How Independence is Leading the Way 

Recently, Third Stage ranked in the top 1/3 on the Inc. 5000 fastest privately owned companies in U.S. list. Our exponential growth is a direct product of the demand and value of independence and technology agnostic services. The importance of independence is becoming much more widely understood and accepted in the IT industry as an […]
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How to Manage a Forced Digital or Business Transformation

Whether in response to the pandemic, global inflation, or new competition in the marketplace, many organizations have been forced into a digital transformation. The technology sector specifically is in a constant state of flux, with companies scrambling to keep up with the latest trends. This can be a challenge for businesses that are trying to […]
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Why IT Departments Should No Longer Exist

The role of the IT department has changed dramatically over the past few years. IT or information technology has traditionally been siloed to just the technical aspects and services of the organization. However, with the rise of digital transformation, IT has become integral to almost every area of business. From marketing and sales to product […]
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Why it's Important to Upskill your Employees in a Digital Transformation

There are many reasons why upskilling your employees is important. Perhaps the most important reason is that it helps to keep your team relevant in an ever-changing marketplace. In today's business world, change is the only constant. Technology is constantly evolving and new industries are popping up all the time. To stay ahead of the […]
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8 Reasons Why Your Digital Transformation Needs an Independent Project Management Team

As digital transformation continues to rapidly reshape the business landscape, organizations are increasingly turning to independent project management (IPM) to drive their critical initiatives. What is an independent project team? Simply put, IPM is a form of project management in which an organization contracts with an outside firm to provide expert resources and oversight for […]
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Author:
Kyler Cheatham
Kyler Cheatham is a digital artist and innovator who is always thinking of new ways to improve the world around her. As the Global Marketing Director at Third Stage Consulting, she uses her creativity and tech-savvyness to help businesses reach their target audiences. Kyler is also a thought leader in the digital marketing space, and she loves sharing her knowledge with others. She is also a mother of two young children, which has given her a unique perspective on balancing work and family life.

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