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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

Best Practices to Create a Mobile Device Defense Strategy

October 18, 2018

It's National Cybersecurity Month and we, as a Systems Engineering team, are very conscious about practicing good IT security measures. As such, it's important to remember that protecting confidential data spans from desktops, to the cloud, to mobile devices, and more. 

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Technology Trends, Data Protection, IT Security

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

The 411 On Cloud-based Phone Systems

January 13, 2018

Those of you who are familiar with Cisco Jabber or Microsoft Skype for Business and have been following along with my last two posts (A day in the life... and The Cloud is Here to Stay) about the features of the Cisco Spark app will undoubtedly see many similarities in this article. 

In addition to the Cisco Spark app (which I covered in my earlier posts), Spark has proven to be an outstanding cloud-based phone system as well. The Spark phone system supports the Cisco 78xx- and 88xx-series desk phones (with HD video) and the full complement of telepresence room devices.  These cloud-based PBXs (Private Branch Exchange) are often referred to as ‘Hosted PBXs.’

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Collaboration, Technology Trends

IT Service Trends: What do businesses need today that they don't already have?

July 23, 2017

Trends in Information Technology are continuously changing and, as a result, businesses are having to adapt to those changes. Let's take a look at the most prominent IT trends that are showing up today. 

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SE Data Points, Technology Trends, IT Strategy, IT Security, Cloud, Data Management

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

Technology Predictions for 2017

December 21, 2016

Over the past few years, we at Systems Engineering (SE) have continued to observe expected changes in the Information Technology (IT) landscape as new technologies are introduced.  However, over that same period we are also witnessing a change to how technology is being deployed, how we interact with that technology and our increasing desire to drive greater value and benefit from the technologies we currently have in use. 

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SE Data Points, Cloud, IT Strategy, IT Security, Technology Trends

2017 IT Budgeting & Planning: Cloud, Applications and Cybersecurity

September 29, 2016

It's the time of year when most organizations enter their annual budgeting and planning season.  They are thinking about the coming year and laying down a financial foundation to help them achieve their business goals and objectives.  In this article, we discuss three common IT budget items and recommend how to tackle them when you are planning for 2017.

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SE Data Points, IT Strategy, Technology Trends

SE Blog Series: Digital Transformation

September 29, 2016

Business leaders are always looking for ways to create efficiencies and drive revenue. As the Internet became the way we communicated via email and business websites, organizations began taking advantage of cloud solutions like cloud hosted business applications (SaaS) and Microsoft Office 365.

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SE Data Points, Technology Trends