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Outsourcing Security Part 3: Selecting a Managed Security Services Provider
As the final article in a three-part series on outsourcing security, the following article provides guidelines for selecting a dependable managed security

avery weighing scales  Security Part 3: Selecting a Managed Security Services Provider Introduction It's the middle of the night. A shadowed figure crouches by the window. He retrieves a menacing instrument and begins fiddling with the lock. But the intruder won't get far: the homeowners have contracted a security provider to monitor a tight alarm system-or so they thought. Actually, the security company has recently gone out of business and failed to notify its customers. As the intruder makes his way into the

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The midsize enterprise is not a uniform concept. It comes in many forms that require different levels of software capabilities and robustness. Discussions on human capital management (HCM) led by both software vendors and users typically distinguish between smaller midsize companies and larger midsize companies. But where do we stop talking midsize small and begin talking midsize large? At which point does an organization’s perception of itself change from fitting the smaller scale of the midsize range to fitting the larger midsize scale in this range? And similarly, how do HCM technology vendors define and respond to the nuances of the midsize enterprise spectrum?

When vendors attempt to orient their strategies and products to fulfill customers’ business needs, they base this on the knowledge that companies of different sizes have different expectations. HCM software vendors typically classify companies according to the number of people they employee, as this indicates the number of users of the HCM software within a company, and segmenting customers by number allows vendors to better predict and address their customers’ HCM and needs.

However, organizations tend to put the weight on this vendor-based categorization, as vendors usually have their own perception of company size that doesn't correlate with how other parties view size differentiations. For instance, some vendors classify a 250-employee organization as a small to medium business (SMB), while the organization itself may think of itself as mid-size. This can create tensions between vendors and customers, as, for example, a vendor may offer minimal functionality for SMBs, while the 250 employee organization may be looking to develop fairly elaborate talent management strategies.

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