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An Introduction to SD-WAN - Part 1

November 09, 2018

Business networks are changing rapidly every day -  mobility, the cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are creating this phenomenon that is causing companies to re-evaluate efficiencies and security. As a result of these network design requirements, SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) is a great fit as it provides a dynamic control of the WAN for the end user. In this blog article, I will go over an introduction to SD-WAN which is quickly becoming a game changer for businesses everywhere.

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Digital Transformation, Technology Trends

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

An SE Engineer's Perspective of Microsoft's Ignite Conference

September 28, 2018

This year, at the Microsoft Ignite Conference, the most highly attended workshops and sessions were overwhelmingly related to Modern Desktop and Microsoft Intune. To put this in perspective, I should mention that this event has approximately 30,000 attendees from all around the world. Every Modern Desktop or Intune-related session was at or near capacity, and the sessions were held in very large venues, as you can see in the photo below.

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Digital Transformation, IT Strategy

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

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

SE Lunch & Learn Recap: Enabling A Modern Workforce

April 11, 2018

There are so many reasons small- to medium-sized business are moving to the cloud. There is the attractive CapEx vs. OpEx model, scalability which comes with elastic payment strategies, and flexibility. While those business benefits are some of the chief reasons businesses migrate to the cloud, many aren’t taking advantage of the full range of productivity capabilities that are available.

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SE Data Points, Digital Transformation, Collaboration, IT Consulting

Bridging the Gap Between Generational Communication Preferences

February 19, 2018

It's no secret that technology is rapidly changing. As such, businesses have to keep up in order to retain good talent and to remain competitive amongst peers and similar organizations. In today's recruiting world, a Millennial (or Generation Y) would think twice about working for a company who expected limited use of the Internet and used old versions of applications with no collaboration capabilities. As a generation that upgrades their smartphones every couple of years, they would expect the same of an organization's network and applications. 

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Digital Transformation, Collaboration, Technology Trends

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

SE Lunch & Learn Recap:  Office 365 Adoption - Collaboration, Communications & Identity

July 23, 2017

At our recent SE Lunch & Learn, Microsoft Office 365 (O365) subject matter experts, Jean Haskell, Senior Analyst, and Mark Benton, Director of Product Management, reviewed many of the features and benefits of O365.  In this article, we highlight a couple of the key features they spoke about.

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SE Data Points, SE Events, IT Strategy, IT Consulting, Cloud, Collaboration, Data Management, Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation: Identify the Why

April 14, 2017

In our last article, we asked if you could identify areas where your business could benefit from a digital overhaul.  For some, this is easy and for others, it may be hard to identify.  But before you begin, you must understand the reasons for wanting to go on a digital transformation journey.

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Digital Transformation, SE Data Points, Technology Trends