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Cisco's Webex Teams Try and Buy

March 22, 2019

What is Webex Teams?

Cisco's Webex Teams, utilized by businesses around the world, is a cloud-based, or hosted, collaboration platform that’s modeled around teamwork in the modern working environment. Built on the Webex platform, it can act as a phone system, a video conferencing system, a file share, and a whiteboard environment. Persistent, or ongoing, chat can be utilized by people within an organization as well as with partners and clients who work externally. Essentially, it’s a communication platform that will change how your organization collaborates, seamlessly and for the better.

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Technology Trends

The Changing Nature of Microsoft Office 365

February 01, 2019

When organizations decide to move data to the cloud, there are several benefits including cost efficiency and time savings. Consistent and frequent updates to make usability easier and friendlier is yet another benefit. For those organizations that have adopted Microsoft Office 365, (or better yet Microsoft 365, a.k.a. 'Modern Desktop') for example, you might have noticed that once a login occurs, the default page seen now is Office.comAs such, Microsoft announced the following explanation earlier this week:

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Cloud, Technology Trends, Collaboration, Digital Transformation

Getting the Knack of NAC – An Introduction to Network Access Control

December 07, 2018
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IT Security, Technology Trends

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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Technology Trends, Digital Transformation

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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Cloud, Technology Trends, Digital Transformation

Best Practices to Create a Mobile Device Defense Strategy

October 18, 2018

At Systems Engineering team, we 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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Data Protection, IT Security, Technology Trends

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