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Shadow IT: A Foreshadowing of the Future

Posted on Mon, Dec 22, 2014

For many, the mention of Shadow IT may evoke images of intrigue, undercover activities, and silhouettes lurking in the darkness. The term, in fact, refers to the potentially dangerous (security-wise) and illicit procurement or use of technology for the business that is without the approval – and often without the knowledge – of the IT department

Shadow IT is not a new trend. Even in the days of brick and mortar and corporate-issued desktops, tech-savvy users found ways around IT policies to load unapproved software and remain undetected.

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On the Radar and in the Workplace – 3 IT Trends That Matter

Posted on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

The end of the year always brings plenty of technology predictions and speculation on which advancements are capable of shaping the future of IT. But we know all too well that what’s “hot” in the industry one day can be usurped the next by a shiny new innovation.

Despite the fickleness, we have made the transition from desktops to mobile devices, offices to the local Starbucks, data center to the cloud. So what is next for IT? And how do we prepare without racing to adopt every new innovation or pouring budget – and skills – into potential technology dead-ends?

In order to separate varsity from junior varsity in terms of technology trends, they must meet two important criteria: those that are worthy of watching must exhibit important sticking power and have the ability to transform IT in the way it is procured, consumed, and/or engaged.

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Learning to Stay Ahead - IT Technology Trends

Posted on Tue, Dec 2, 2014

IT professionals know that the only constant in technology is change.TrendsIt’s a fact that’s supported bytoday’sabundance of technology advancements, innovations, and trends – from computing platforms and programming languages to BYOD and big data.

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What Are the Differences Between IT Consulting, IT Services and Software Consulting?

Posted on Mon, Nov 24, 2014

For an industry that is built on specifications, patterns, and conditions, it’s surprising how vague technology can be when it comes to its terminology. IT consulting, IT services, and software consulting, for instance, may appear distinct and self-explanatory at first glance. In truth, it can be difficult to tell where one ends and another begins.

From an IT perspective, cutting through the subtleties and providing a clear definition of the offering establishes vital competitive distinctions and helps set important customer expectations.

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Office 365: The Top Success Factors for SMB's

Posted on Mon, Nov 17, 2014

Microsoft positions Office 365—its cloud-based office productivity and collaboration solution—as the same Office that most businesses already know and have used for many years, but only better, because of the flexibility of the cloud.

With most plans of Office 365 users get full-blown, fully up to date versions of Office that they can use offline on their devices, and they also gain cloud benefits such as always on, mobile friendly access to files and applications. Most business plans of Office 365 also include cloud-based functions such as video conferencing and SharePoint Online. Let’s take a quick look at the features and characteristics of Office 365, followed by some of the key success factors that small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) should keep in mind.

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3 Essentials for a Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted on Thu, Nov 6, 2014

Disasters come in all sizes. Whether it’s a server crash, human error, a natural disaster, or an act of terror – how well your company weathers a disaster depends on how prepared you are. And that preparedness begins with a disaster recovery plan (DRP).

Surprisingly, many companies aren’t thinking ahead. Citing the results of its survey in its 2014 annual report, the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council notes that “more than 60% of those who took the survey do not have a fully documented DR plan.”

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Which Cloud is Right for Your Business?

Posted on Fri, Oct 31, 2014

One of the growing challenges for today’s businesses is determining where to host technology assets.

For many organizations, moving to the cloud is a pragmatic approach to balancing workloads, resources, and budgets. Cloud computing provides convenient, scalable, on-demand access to applications, servers, storage, and other resources – often with no upfront investments and no ongoing management.

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When Is the “Right” Time to Move from Your On-Premise IT Infrastructure to the Cloud?

Posted on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

In his book, The Big Switch, technology author Nicholas Carr correlates today’s digital revolution to electricity, likening cloud services to a computing power plant that companies can tap into to access computing solutions.

It’s a neat analogy, and worldwide, organizations of all sizes are “plugging into” the promise of cloud-based services. Today, according to the Spiceworks 2014 State of IT report, 61% of IT pros have adopted cloud solutions – with another 8% expected to adopt within the next six months. Expenditures for hosted services, the report notes, accounted for 14% of IT budgets in 2014 (behind hardware and software expenditures).

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3 IT Budgeting Mistakes You Should Stop Making

Posted on Fri, Oct 24, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, IT organizations are reviewing the year for successes and areas for improvement; assessing staffing and assets; evaluating shifting work trends and user demands – all with an eye toward the new year.

Certainly, every company has different IT requirements. But when it’s time to plan your IT budget, there is some consistency in what NOT to do.

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Are You Ready for Windows Server 2003 End of Services

Posted on Wed, Oct 22, 2014

Are You Still Running Microsoft 2003?

Yes?  If you are, then 3/4ths of you already know that Microsoft will end support for Windows 2003 servers in July of 2015.  Microsoft will no longer issue security patches and if you choose to still run Exchange 2003 you face the threat of your company running into some serious security risks and unplanned downtime that could sink unprepared small businesses. Exchange 2003 is just out of date, it was implemented before both mobile and cloud computing really took off, and it is now time to upgrade.

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