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Systems Engineering Blog

How to Achieve the Latest School Technologies with E-Rate Funding

August 10, 2018

At a minimum, today's schools and libraries need high speed internet access, telecommunications services, and internal connections to provide critical technology resources to educators. It's also extremely important for today's modern students, those who are learning new skills via online courses, applications, and on tablets or other mobile devices.

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IT Consulting, IT Strategy, Managed IT

Practical Risk Assessments and Successful Outcomes

July 30, 2018

Risk management is something I am passionate about. My mantra is "plan to win," which basically means, fear is the devil. Find a viable plan, communicate, and execute. Why? Because with excellent risk management, you can optimize teams to move more quickly - and focus on successful outcomes.

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IT Strategy

Ask Your Potential IT Provider These Six Questions

July 30, 2018

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. 

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IT Consulting, IT Strategy, Managed IT, Network Design & Implementation

Creating a Culture of Security

July 06, 2018

It seems we can’t go more than 24 hours without hearing about the latest and greatest data breach that affects millions. So we ask ourselves, “What can we do better?” After all, if the “bad guys” can hack into the federal government, Home Depot, and Target, what hope do small and medium-sized businesses have?

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Business Continuity, Data Protection, Compliance, IT Strategy, Cybercrime, IT Security

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

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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Cloud, SE Data Points, 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, SE Data Points, IT Strategy

IT Project Management as Defined by a Project Manager

March 09, 2018

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.

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SE Data Points, IT Consulting, IT Strategy

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