Internal IT security personnel at SMBs may have their work cut out for them when it comes to integrating the newest version of Microsoft Office into existing security procedures. According to Microsoft, Office 2013 represents a significant departure from the traditional IT risk management paradigm. According to the company's recently released security overview of the product, Office 2013 presents companies with "a fundamental change from computer-centered identity and authentication to user-centered identity and authentication. This shift enables content, resources, most recently used lists, settings, links to communities, and personalization to roam seamlessly with users as they move from desktop, to tablet, to smartphone, or to a shared or public computer."
Software giant Microsoft regularly launches new IT solutions that assist small and medium businesses to operate more efficiently. In keeping with that tradition, the Washington-based company has just released a preview of the next generation of their workplace productivity suite: Office 2013. It will continue to have the ‘ribbon’ interface, which displaced the drop-down menu interface used in all Office releases after Office 2003. Although business productivity experts and other experts have only recently begun to analyze the benefits that Office 2013 may offer SMBs, some have already singled out two key features as worthy of note.
Microsoft has introduced the latest versions of Office 365 in their attempt to move people to cloud computing. You might think that a company who has dominated the desktop so completely over the years would be looking to further consolidate that position. Some had even thought that their latest version of the productivity suite would be somehow streamlined and simplified in how it was delivered. This was prompted by the introduction of the Metro interface in Windows 8. Surely, some have said, Office would not be allowed to be presented as a legacy application. Well, the answer is that it seems to be somewhere in the middle, and this raises interesting questions about Microsoft’s strategies for traditional computers and touch-based computing.
The most widely used virtualization software in the world is VMware, but other platforms do exist. One maker of such software, a firm called Parallels, is currently in an unenviable position: looking into claims that its flagship 'Plesk Panel' program lacks sufficient IT security. Plesk Panel is not itself a virtualization platform, but it rather an administrative tool that helps website managers administer Web hosting servers and perform other tasks related to the management of a website.
Any business that conducts part of its operations online must pay careful attention to IT security issues. This is especially true for companies that deal with any form of personally identifiable information, which encompasses both medical records and financial details relating to a specific individual. As New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has recently learned, however, that data can appear in surprising places. When IT security is not robust enough, some of this ‘stealth data’ can end up being inadvertently released to the public.
Even small businesses are now seriously beginning to consider the benefits of virtualization because of its ability to improve productivity even as it reduces costs. IT solutions that incorporate virtualization can be used in a variety of different ways to achieve these ends.
One of the most important players when it comes to virtualization technologies is VMware. As of lately, the company is attempting something new with an update to its vFabric application. The idea behind vFabric is to allow virtualization customers to make better use of the VMware cloud stack. The prior version of the VMware suite lacked some capabilities, which turned out to be core functionality for some customers; among these was a database system.
Virtualization is a computing term that refers to the creation of a virtual solution to a problem rather than a ‘real’ or physical solution. For all intents and purposes, the virtual idea could have the same look, but not feel, of the physical alternative. A touch screen key pad as compared to a physical QWERTY keyboard is a great example of this.
Microsoft has recently released Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) as part of System Center 2012. This tool, positioned as a single, unified management system for virtualized environments, lacks support for outdated versions of Microsoft's virtualization platform but supports all versions of Hyper-V that coordinate with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2. It also functions in cooperation with systems using Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.
The German anti-virus firm Avira recently issued a new service pack for its main program. Unfortunately, the upgrade to the software caused serious complications on a large number of computers running versions of the Windows Microsoft operating system. The worst cases, some of the computers were rendered almost completely inoperable as they attempted , in seeking to block malicious executable files. Instead, they ended up banning nearly all executable files. After the upgrade was deployed, some machines were not even able to boot up into a normal operating mode.
Whether you run a business, public service, or a not-for-profit organization, it's now near impossible not to use IT systems to help you. In fact, it could be argued that any business or organization that does not have computer-related systems in place could be losing out significantly, making staying in business very difficult.
For years, the general impression in the business community has that business intelligence (BI) software is really only suited for large businesses such as enterprises. This perception was fueled by the high price tag associated with such software and its inherent complexity. Now, however, a new generation of BI software has come on the market, offering interfaces that are more streamlined and easy to understand.
Businesses who wish to maintain robust computer systems capable of accomplishing their business goals, are well acquainted with the importance of software that's able to log various system events. When logging systems are well established as integral parts of a company network, the business will be better able to detect the arrival of malware into the system in order to prevent intrusions and other security incidents. Proper log files also make it possible to conduct a thorough investigation in the event of a breach. In addition, proper log files make it easier for IT staff to track malicious behavior such as the abuse of company resources by internal employees, and access to the system by unauthorized persons.
A relatively new approach to meeting the computing needs of a small or medium-sized business is the phenomenon known as "Software as a Service", most commonly referred to as SaaS. In the SaaS approach, businesses connect with the software they need via cloud computing. This frees them from the necessity to install and maintain their own software. Instead, those responsibilities are handed over to a managed services provider contracted to keep the software updated and maintained.
Ever since the advent of voice recorders and the personal computer, the concept of a secretary ‘taking dictation’ has all but vanished from the business world. Indeed, many preparation programs for personal assistants do not even include a course in shorthand any longer. In the tech-driven computer world that dominates businesses both small and large these days, however, dictation is making a bit of a comeback, but in a new form. Today's businessman or woman is leveraging the power of computer dictation/transcribing programs in order to create new efficiencies in the workplace.
According to a recent survey, nearly one-fifth of companies in the manufacturing sector believe that proper supply chain management is a strategically important part of a successful business plan while a further 40 percent acknowledge the issue as an essential component in an overall plan.
Deciding to purchase a software suite is always a matter that demands careful thought as well as adequate time and attention. When the software in question is intended to back up vital company data, however, the issue of selecting the right product is paramount. A poor choice of backup software can have potentially devastating consequences should the company need to implement its disaster recovery plan with a flawed set of backup data.
Ears have been buzzing over the potential release of Apple's iPad3, said to be coming out this March. Many are curious to see whether or not this release will be as successful as its predecessors. Jeffery Lauria, Director of Technology at iCorps Technologies, weighed in on the matter with CRN's Kristin Bent. Follow the link below to read the article:
According to the old adage, an "ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Nowhere is this axiom truer than in the world of software purchasing. Companies that become aware that they need to upgrade the software they have in use can save themselves a world of trouble and expense if they conduct their software search in conjunction with an IT consulting firm instead of striking out on their own. Working with an IT consulting firm can help businesses avoid the kinds of pitfalls that cause companies to make costly mistakes.