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Simulcation now available for iOS

Simulcation is now available for download in the App Store, meaning you can now experience our groundbreaking Datacenter simulation on your iPad or iPhone.
Pick up exactly where you left off Learning shouldn’t end when you leave your desk. By downloading our iOS app, you’ll have access to all the same great features and be able to continue your journey in Simulcation. All you need is WIFI or roaming data access. And it’s easy to take your progress with you and keep the momentum going. If you log off your desktop to head out, you’ll be able to pick up exactly where you left off on the move on any iOS device.
For new and existing usersNew users can download and register directly in the app. Existing users can download and log in using the same details they use on desktop. It’s that simple. For the best user experience, we’d recommend using a tablet or larger screen – but on iPhone you’ll still have access to all the same dashboards, stats panels and virtual elements you know and love from…
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IBM using Simulcation as part of their TSS Academy

IBM has now fully integrated Simulcation Datacenter into their Technical Support Services Academy, training Europe’s IBMers and Business Partners by immersing them in a unique simulated environment.
It’s unlike anything else they’ve used before. We’re proud to provide a bespoke version of our Simulcation Datacenter edition to IBM, transforming the way they educate staff and Business Partner alike as part of their refreshed TSS Academy. Simulation meets gamificationSimulcation makes education relevant, engaging and challenging by combining simulated challenges datacenter managers and CIOs face daily, as well as gamification elements to incentivize learning and collaboration. Users must discover their own strategies and solutions, finding the right balance of hardware, software and services as well as battling downtime, cyberattacks and product failures. The result is a well-rounded, fully immersive educational environment where users leave with a thorough knowledge of real-world products…

Tech Data Germany participates in a Simulcation Education Module

Keen to show staff their products in action, Tech Data Germany recently used a Simulcation Education Module.
Running from October to January, a select group of 20 Tech Data sales, services and client support personnel had the opportunity to learn and explore in our unique virtual datacenter environment. Participation was incentivised with prizes as participants progressed through a series of missions with team leaderboards showing who had found the most efficient solution. Competition encouraged engagement, but all participants were winners – they enjoyed the benefits of exploring their virtual datacenter and a new way of learning. Innovation in action Simulcation simulates a datacenter that mimics real-life challenges users already experience, together with gamification elements to make education relevant, engaging and challenging. Participants discover strategies and solutions to make their datacenter increasingly efficient, battling cyberattacks and hardware and software issues alon…

5 ways CIOs can evolve themselves for digital business leadership

As we prepare for the arrival of spring, thoughts may turn to personal fitness goals. For CIOs, it’s also a crucial time for self-improvement as the business reaches the end of one financial year and prepares to step into another.
The role of the CIO is changing fast. Increasing digitization, new technologies, and data volumes present CIOs with a new set of challenges. CIOs must go beyond keeping things running, and look to set the pace of innovation and deliver business value within their organization. While these challenges make the role of the IT department more complex, they also present an opportunity to become more of a key player in organizational success. Here are just five of the ways a CIO can prepare themselves to deliver:
1. Prioritize your own personal development
Take courses to get a deeper understanding of emerging technologies. CIOs are the gatekeepers for introducing new IT to their organization according to Gartner, so make sure you’re on top of what’s out there by s…

Why sales contests really work

Sales force compensation takes up the single biggest portion of marketing spend for most B2B companies, according to the HBR.
Together, US corporates spend more than $800 billion on motivating their sales teams each year – that’s three times their advertising spend. Contests buck that trend by offering tangible, meaningful rewards that may, in some cases, beat cold hard cash.
Whether it’s simply to drive revenue growth, encouraging new software adoption, or getting buy-in on changing processes, competition always breeds results. But the world of sales is changing. Now, managers need to look beyond motivating the individual, and devise contests that boost problem-solving and collaboration: the hallmarks of modern sales representatives.
Keeping sales teams inspired, not just informed
Where do you rank motivation in your list of factors that impact sales? Are raw sales skills more important?
The truth is, motivation is the driving force behind all of your team’s wider skills. Core sales techn…