IT Consultants Can Help Your Small Business Cut Costs. Here's How:

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Dec 5, 2016 8:25:13 AM

As your business begins to grow, your management staff may be increasingly aware that they badly need help to implement and maintain technology best practices in order to ensure your essential infrastructure continues to work efficiently and without becoming a blow to your bottom line.

Most businesses bring on an IT consultant to help implement a new tech product or service. An IT consultant will help your small business achieve its goals by introducing technology that is designed to streamline day to day operations.

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Topics: Managed IT

How Your Business Can Thrive With Desktop SaaS

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Nov 28, 2016 10:34:53 AM

Desktop support continues to be a hot button issue within companies large and small, not just within the United States but around the world. With our increasing dependence on new and updated technology, it's essential to work with a talented desktop support staff that can help with the day-to-day problems encountered by your workplace's desktop PCs, laptops, and mobile devices. 

Unfortunately, many growing businesses find themselves struggling with unqualified desktop support technicians, who are unable to help keep the organization performing at the level required to excel. Finding the right person or company to handle an IT job can be a hardship if you're not sure what to look for. 

Information Technology is one of the hottest career paths; while some candidates may have all the right credentials, they may not be as good on the job as they seemed on paper. How can your business be sure you've hired the right full-time desktop support employee for you? We have some advice.  

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Topics: Managed IT

How You Can Streamline Your Business With Cloud Computing

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Nov 15, 2016 7:01:21 AM

When you're interested in maximizing your organization's efficiency and streamline enterprise workflows, you have a few different options to look at when it comes to technology use. While many businesses have moved to implement Saas (or Software as a Service) solutions, without the help of a trusted IT partner, they find themselves unable to validate essential security measures. This can leave their important data unprotected and the organization at risk.

As cloud services become more and more important for day-to-day business processes, their implementation becomes a question of when rather than if. CIOs, IT managers, and other decision makers are moving to utilize cloud services to achieve core business goals more rapidly.

With the emergence of cloud based services, many enterprises have discovered new methods of achieving their organization's goals.

Here's a few ways that businesses have streamlined their internal processes using cloud computing.

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Topics: In the Cloud

On-Premises Exchange Could Outperform Windows 365. Here's Why:

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Nov 7, 2016 11:40:59 AM

Your organization may be tempted to migrate mail services over to Office 365, especially if you're looking for maximum availbility when it comes to e-mail services. While it's true that Office 365 is being used by some of teh largest organizations in the world, that doesn't necessarily mean it's the right choice for your business, too.

Out of the box, Office 365 offers businesses a secured email environment that can be configured to meet the compliance standards of almost any industry. With so many organizations adopting cloud based email solutions, CIOs must weigh the pros and cons of using an on-premises Exchange Server vs SaaS email solutions.

Consider the following scenarios when making your email hosting decision:

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Topics: Managed IT

What Your Business Can Expect From Next Generation Ransomware

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Nov 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM

One of the biggest emerging threats for businesses is ransomware. In 2015, research analysts found that ransomware has netted over $300M in profits for the cyber gangs affiliated with these attacks. Motivated by these profits, network security experts predict that the next generation of ransomware could cause significant problems for businesses and consumers alike.

Cisco's 2016 Midyear Cybersecurity Report predicts that the next generation of ransomware will be more targeted and use more sophisticated exploits. Traditionally, ransomware that attacks enterprises works to encrypt the hard drive of the local machine. The most nefarious strains encrypt any other file that the local machine is able to access.

Ransomware of the future will attack more than just your file shares; next generation ransomware will be designed to cripple your business using non-traditional methods of attack. Let's take a look at some of the next generation ransomware that could be used to attack your business.

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Topics: IT Security

Does Your Business Still Rely on Old-School Technology?

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Oct 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

When is the last time someone tried to reach you via pager rather than a text message? Or the last time you reached for a floppy disk to save an important document? Doesn't even the thought of these seemingly prehistoric technologies kind of make you cringe?

While advances in technology have certainly streamlined many business processes allowing the companies to save both time and money, many organizations still utilize antiquated technologies each and everyday for the few business objectives that haven't evolved past these old school devices—and experts say that some of these antiquated technologies likely won't be going away anytime soon.

So, which technologies are we talking about exactly? Let's take a closer look at the archaic technologies that are still being used in today's business settings and why:

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Topics: General Interest

The Nuts and Bolts of Modern Email Encryption

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Oct 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Enterprises must devise a strategy of implementing email encryption for users who frequently send sensitive data. In the past, many businesses would use PGP cryptography to securely send private data using email services.

With PGP, both the sender and receiver must retain the encryption/decryption keys on their systems in order to exchange emails. While PGP email encryption is still in use today, the implementation of PGP is cumbersome and confusing.

In addition, your administrators will lack the tools they need effectively audit privileged communications. This begs the question: How do organizations achieve a balance between security and usability?

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Topics: General Interest

Does your Business Have an ITAM Strategy?

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Oct 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

As your organization begins to grow, keeping track of your assets becomes a critical task. Although most employees can be trusted, IT equipment can mysteriously disappear prompting many CIOs to inquire about how they can better keep track their investments in technology.

Your IT staff must embrace asset tracking by making it a part of their daily routine. When new equipment is issued, the IT department must inbound the equipment and save the serial number, make, and model in database.

Larger organizations will take this a step further by putting a unique bar code on each device that has been deployed. When assets are moved or reassigned, the IT staff will log this change in their database.

In this article, we will examine the best practices of asset management.

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Topics: Managed IT Services, Managed IT

Is an Onsite Data Center Right for Your Business?

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Oct 4, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Growing organizations require enterprise infrastructure that meets and exceeds the demands of their users.

One of the biggest decisions facing CIOs is whether or not they should build their data center onsite. With cloud hosting vendors and data center co-location providers vying for your business, many IT decision makers are left crunching the numbers in order to determine which solution is best.

When you begin weighing the pros and cons of placing your data center infrastructure onsite, decision makers must consider all the angles in order to ensure a successful rollout. A recent survey conducted by the Uptime Institute suggests that over 1 and 3 enterprises will exhaust their onsite data center facilities in the coming years.

With so much on the line, how can CIOs know that they are making the right decision for their organizations?

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A Closer Look at Veeam Backup & Replication

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Sep 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Since organizations are overwhelmingly using virtual machines (VMs) as opposed to bare metal servers, having a solution to backup and replicate your data is essential. Veeam Backup & Replication is the industry's leading hypervisor disaster recovery tool.

In a matter of minutes, your organization can spin up a replica backup of your virtual machines if your underlying infrastructure suddenly fails. Veeam also gives system administrators the ability to perform file level recovery from backups. This feature lets you view and restore individual files on virtual machines that may have been inadvertently deleted.

Veeam Backup and Replication gives enterprises the flexibility they need to rapidly recover from disaster recovery scenarios. Here's a few ways that Veeam has solved those "oh crap" moments.

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