Over the past several years, the demand for cloud infrastructure services has quickly grown with recent 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.
In the coming year, how will your organization be less vulnerable to security threats, remain in compliance, and continue to receive the latest product support?
Quick answer: Review the chart below and ensure that your Microsoft products are not about to expire. The chart quickly points out some significant end-of-life/support dates that are on the horizon for some of the more popular Microsoft products, including Windows 7, Exchange 2010, and Office 2010.
It seems these dates are far out, but in reality, upgrade discussions should begin now in order to prepare appropriately. By applying upgrades before products fall out of support, your business will be less vulnerable to security threats, remain in compliance, and continue to receive the latest product support.
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. After all, the right security practices and solutions can be created and when a business can prove that solid policies and practices are in place, it provides peace of mind to its clients, partners, and auditors.
So, let's start from the beginning.
Preparing budgets for the upcoming year includes planning for any products that will be reaching end-of-life/support. According to Spiceworks, the need to upgrade outdated IT products will be a big focus for many businesses in 2019. For businesses up to 500 seats, replacing end-of-life products is the top driver of new hardware, software, services purchases, and cloud solutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.