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.
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.
There is a proverb in Buddhism that says, “If you have a problem that can be fixed, then there is no use in worrying. If you have a problem that cannot be fixed, then there is no use in worrying.” Obviously, the ancient Buddhist writers never had to manage a Cisco phone server migration, move their Microsoft Exchange footprint to the cloud, or upgrade their entire staff and their individual mobile devices to Microsoft Office 365.
Whether you have a dedicated IT team on staff and need them to be more project focused, or whether you are looking for comprehensive managed IT solutions, it’s important to ask the right questions in order to get the perfect fit for your business. Partnering with an IT solutions provider should be seamless and result in peace of mind. Doing your homework on a company before hiring them is as important as looking up product reviews before purchasing something new for yourself.
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.
At Systems Engineering, employees are our number one resource. Our success depends on our dedicated and skilled staff who share our values and contribute to our vision. SE Spotlight provides a brief but revealing look at one of our valuable team members. In this issue, we would like to introduce you to Adrian Wells of Product Management.
Many don't know that Systems Engineering (SE) has a long-standing, successful, and growing Software Services Group (SSG). This cohesive and seasoned team has been the “secret” ingredient to the success of many of our clients’ initiatives throughout the years. In fact, let's take the time to explore what it is they do.
Fall is almost here which means many are thinking about their annual budgeting process. This means IT managers need to consider what purchases, projects, and services will be on next year's punch list. Each project will come with its own set of possible solutions for budgeters to consider; cloud vs. on premise, outsource vs. insource, HP vs. Dell, etc. As you consider your 2017 projects, take a minute and make sure you have your IT basics covered, and stay aware of upcoming end-of-life support changes for common applications.
When it comes to good security practices, compliance and documented policies require a top-to-bottom effort from management, operations, human resources, and the IT team so that the right security practices and solutions can be put into place. When a business can prove that solid policies and practices are in place, it provides peace of mind to its clients, partners, and auditors.
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At a minimum, today's schools and libraries need high speed internet access, telecommunications services, and internal connections technologies to provide critical resources to educators and those receiving or seeking intellectual growth.