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The 'Modern Desktop' from Microsoft

October 29, 2018

In this cloud-first, accessible-anywhere world of computing, there are many questions around how your organization's users access cloud data that was once secured within your on-premises network.  In the traditional sense, in-house technologies have been used to deploy workstations, manage endpoints, and enforce required security policies.  However, what do you do when neither your users nor your data reside within the office? 

In this blog article, I will be discussing a newer Microsoft-created technology that is becoming today's 'Modern Desktop.' A bundle, if you wish, of email, collaboration tools, mobility, security, and more.

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Digital Transformation, Cloud, Technology Trends

SE Lunch & Learn Recap:  Security & Compliance in the Cloud - The New Perimeter

August 05, 2018

Your organization’s data is in the cloud, so now what? Is it secure? Where is it? Is it readily available? Who is accessing it?

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SE Data Points, IT Security, Cloud, IT Consulting

What is Shadow IT and How do you Approach IT?

June 29, 2018

Most employees want to be productive.  As cloud service consumers, they have become accustomed to finding a tool or app that will help fill a need and simply buy it without obtaining approval from the organization first.  This practice of employees bypassing IT management to procure tools and services without proper vetting has infiltrated the workplace and is known as Shadow IT.

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IT Security, Cloud, Compliance, Data Management, Digital Transformation

Integrating the Evolution of Technology Into Your Organization

June 22, 2018

Over the past four decades, organizations of all sizes have seen a significant change to how they do business, due to evolving technologies. And now, as we approach the end of the 2010's decade, the term “Digital Transformation” is abound and you might ask, "Haven’t we already done enough transforming?"

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Collaboration, IT Security, Data Management, Cloud

The Security Suitcase for Your Move to the Cloud

May 17, 2018

I packed my cloud bag and in it I placed...

As we've begun to adopt a myriad of cloud-based services, our network perimeter has become more expansive and therefore, potentially more porous. Cloud services may need additional firewall ports open, which is equivalent to opening more doors into your home.  On top of this, your employees are now working wherever they want and they’re using a handful of different devices. Last but not least, your data is racking up an impressive amount of frequent flier miles as it travels and gets stored in platforms strewn all across the country. 

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SE Data Points, Cloud, IT Security, Digital Transformation, IT Strategy

Four things to know before you get started with Azure.

April 19, 2018

Over the past several years, the demand for cloud infrastructure services has quickly grown with 2017 revenues reaching well over $23.6 billion, up 93% from the previous year.  Recognizing this, Microsoft has made massive investments in data centers all around the world to become the leader in the global public cloud services market along with having the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider.

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SE Data Points, Cloud, IT Consulting, IT Strategy

In case of a disaster, retrieve backup.

April 17, 2018

Are you aware of the amount of data you have? Do you know how to manage your data growth? Do you know how long it will take to recover your critical data and applications in the event of a disaster?

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Business Continuity, SE Events, Cloud, SE Data Points, Data Protection, Data Management, IT Strategy

Technology End-Of-Life/Support Events Lead SMBs to The Cloud

April 11, 2018

First, let's cover some important dates that all businesses should be flagging on their calendars. 

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Cloud, IT Strategy, SE Data Points

A Hacker's Low Hanging 'Security' Fruit

March 30, 2018

I spent a lot of time early in my career solving complicated problems related to security. In the late 1990's, I consulted as a civilian for the NSA to help automate the 'need-to-know' access of their internal web infrastructure and documentation. I followed that with some time as a Reserve Information Operations Officer for the U.S. Army, and then working for financial services companies including VISA during the birth of the PCI standards. Needless to say, the security field is one with overwhelming depth and it can be challenging for companies to make an iterative, incremental plan to become more secure.

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IT Security, Cloud

Five Strategic IT Investments Every Company Should Be Making in 2018

January 06, 2018

The New Year is a great time to revisit your technology strategy.  IT Strategy is getting more and more important every year - whether you are a software company who makes a living with technology or someone running a law firm or other small business - technology should be making you better.  Far too often, however, we lose sight of our strategy dealing with the day-to-day bustle of running our business while keeping older systems running.  The New Year is a great time to step back and revisit the key components of your IT strategy.  Here are five strategic IT investments every company should be making in 2018:

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Business Continuity, Collaboration, Cloud, Digital Transformation, IT Strategy, Managed IT