Top 5 Tips For Selecting an IT Vendor

Posted by Jay Brooks on Jun 29, 2015 8:35:28 AM

As a SaaS provider, we rely on outside vendors for our infrastructure. Whether it be a cloud, co-lo, CDN or in-house platforms we’ve tried many with varying degrees of success and had to replace major components from time to time. Here are our top 5 tips based on what we’ve learned:

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Topics: Technology, General

Kim K or 4K?

Posted by Jay Brooks on Jun 15, 2015 9:37:52 AM

 

A few months back, the highly publicized pictures of Kim Kardashian where touted to “break the internet”. Well, we all know as bizarre and self-serving as the publicity stunt was, it really broke nothing except some eyeballs. However, 4K video on the other hand, just might.

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Topics: Technology, General

Is Your Coworker Actually an A-hole?

Posted by Heather Prather on Jun 12, 2015 2:08:00 PM

 

A-holes. We all know one and unfortunately, we've all worked with one.

It’s important to know the difference between an actual A-hole vs. a one-off case of word vomit from someone who is having a bad day. So how can one determine if the person in the next cubicle is indeed, bonafide A-hole material?

Lucky for us, the peeps at HubSpot have it all figured out with a nifty, foolproof flowchart that takes us from the offending incident to the resulting inappropriate response, plus top tips for diffusing the A-hole situation in no time flat. We think it’s pretty genius.

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Topics: Humor

Where HBO's Silicon Valley nails it ...and where it kinda misses

Posted by Jay Brooks on Jun 4, 2015 10:13:00 AM

As a tech company, Silicon Valley is on the top of our watch list. With its raunchy humor, candid look at tech giants and assessment of the startup game, it’s truly priceless viewing. If you have not seen it (and are not easily offended) you should. It’s a show that’s binge-watch-worthy. 

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Topics: General, Humor

Top 9 Survival Tips for Cannes Lions 2015

Posted by Brian Atton on Jun 1, 2015 11:14:00 AM

 It’s that time of year again! The Cannes Lions Advertising Festival is right around the corner and as a six-year Cannes veteran, I feel it is my civic duty to pass on lessons learned, along with other insightful information to help onboard newbies and enlighten crafty veterans on how to make the most of their week in the South of France. 

 

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Topics: Cannes Lions

5 Simian Hacks for Executive Producers and Sales Reps

Posted by Brian Atton on May 18, 2015 11:28:22 AM

Ready for some insider tips? Below are the top five hacks that Executive Producers and Sales Reps can implement right now to bolster sales and increase production workflow with Simian.

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Topics: Insider, Simian, General

The Browser & The Business User

Posted by Jay Brooks on Mar 13, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Recently Chrome discontinued support of the Apple Quicktime plug-in.  While the internet at large didn’t even blink, business users - in particular video centric businesses - experienced considerable heartburn over the issue.  I read a statistic that stated less than 2.5% of the sites on the web used the quicktime plug-in.  Ok, that seems plausible but is that an accurate or qualified measurement?  Drilling into that statistic reveals that those 2.5% happened to be the video content producers.  Apple’s format of choice and the most popular internal format of vast number of video content producers is still MOV.  Furthermore, “sites on the web” doesn’t account for the countless MAM and DAM systems that have relied on the QT plug-in as it’s been an internet staple for over a decade.

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Topics: Business

Numero Uno – Backstory

Posted by Jay Brooks on Feb 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM

So here we go, the first post on our new blog.  Here at Simian we have lots of ideas. We’re like an idea factory that manufactures and dismisses far more ideas than we will ever use, because it keeps things interesting. Sometimes, the ideas we dismiss are great in theory but, our pragmatic approach to product design and technology, dictates that we pull back a bit until an idea is truly worth pursuing. Sure, building a time machine is a great idea, but the practicality of it just doesn't pass our "doable" and “can do it better than anyone else” test.

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Topics: General

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