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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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Technology Trends, Collaboration, Digital Transformation

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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Technology Trends, Collaboration

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

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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SE Data Points, Technology Trends, Digital Transformation

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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Cloud, SE Data Points, 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

What goes into IT budgeting and planning, anyway?

September 19, 2016


With summer fading and the fourth quarter approaching, it is 'that' time of year again for many companies; and, no I don’t mean for pumpkin-flavored coffee. It's budget season!

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IT Strategy, Technology Trends

Hyperconvergence Defined

June 17, 2016

The world of hyperconvergence is relatively new, bringing forth a new approach to technology that should not be ignored. As Information Technology (IT) is ever-changing and continuously becoming more streamlined and sophisticated, it's important for businesses to stay "in the know" on the latest and greatest and to understand if it's the right 'next step' to take. To fully meet the needs of the ever-evolving and more tech-savvy clients businesses serve, it's a 'must' to have what IT takes to keep them satisfied. So, what is hyperconvergence and what does IT do?

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Data Management, Managed IT, Network Design & Implementation, Technology Trends

Wrapping IT Up: Write and Maintain a Mobile Device Management Policy

May 20, 2016

The time to think about Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions and policies isn’t after employees start using various personal devices for work. 

At our recent Lunch & Learn, Personal Devices and Corporate Data: The impact of BYOD and MDM in the workplace, Elek Miller of Drummond Woodsum stated, “You need to carefully consider your policies & procedures and document them prior to any employee using a device for work.  It is one of the most important/first things you should do prior to implementing any MDM solution.” 

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Data Protection, IT Strategy, Managed IT, Technology Trends