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The Meaning of Mobile

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Mobile devices and smartphone technology are often taken for granted. While this notion can leave us feeling naked without our iPhone or Samsung Galaxy in our right pocket, it can also hinder our appreciation for the challenging development of these devices over time. Consequently, it is important to remember the primitive flip phones that we owned only five to seven years ago and to recognize the benchmarks that were reached through a taxing process of innovation. Furthermore, the consideration of the problems that were solved and the novelties that were implemented by progress within the field of mobile devices permits us to create a realistic image of what we can expect from our future smartphones. Mobile device technology should not be understood in an isolated context. Instead of simply reflecting upon what we can and will be able to do with our smartphones, greater value is extracted from contemplating how mobile device technology will interact with coinciding technological development.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

Windows 10 Upgrade - The 5 things businesses need to know

Posted by Cathie Briggette Tue, Jul 28, 2015

This Wednesday, July 29th, Microsoft will officially launch their new Windows 10 operating system for both business and home users. If your employees have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installed on their devices, they are eligible for a free upgrade up until July 29, 2016 - a full year after upgrading.

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Topics: Microsoft

Business IT Meets IoT

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Fri, Jul 24, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) is arguably the most revolutionary step within industrial progress since the development of computing technology. Not only has it changed the entire business network, but our understanding of social organization has been significantly altered. All individuals have the ability to share their ideas with the entire online community, and the traction of an idea is not necessarily limited by a content author’s authenticity. In fact, the IoT allows anyone to become the leader of a movement and to develop a strong reputation alongside the expansion of their idea itself. This is valuable to both the environmentalist trying to save the world’s ecology and the marketer trying to drive traffic to his or her business’s website. As businesses create new ways to take advantage of the Internet of Things, they encounter a greater need to understand how IT will support their online retail platform, customer and lead organization, content publishing, project collaboration, activity monitoring, and computer or device management. Smartphone devices allowed the IoT to become what it is today by giving users the ability to interact with the Internet at any moment in time, and it is this observation that demonstrates the importance of using mobile device technology to stay connected as a business. Ultimately, the IoT changes businesses’ approaches to operations by modifying the structure of their information systems and creating a demand for new IT solutions.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management, IT Services, Technology Improvements

Information Systems as a Matter of Fact

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Fri, Jul 17, 2015

There is no better asset to an individual trying to reach a conclusion than a fact. The same is true for a decision maker within a business. Management, finances, marketing, sales, development, and other operational details require vital decisions to be made that will play a direct role in future success. Historically, facts have not always been fully available to business decision makers. As a result, they have had to reach conclusions founded on intuition. They have had to ask themselves what results they expect to see when influencing a business variable using solely their own previous knowledge and experiences. While this is a skill that can be developed, it forces assumptions to be made on the part of the decision maker. Fewer facts are utilized, and the context of a particular situation is never fully recognized. The results of an action taken become far less predictable. Consequently, as information supplies both fact and context, it is important for a business to develop a means of acquiring and distributing relevant information to all decision makers. Using facts, these individuals are able to make a stronger argument to themselves and their coworkers as to why a particular conclusion reached is also the most valuable. It is this acknowledgement that highlights the importance of a versatile information system and demonstrates the potential business value of actionable data.

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Topics: IT Services, Technology Improvements

A Letter from a Happy IT Managed Services Customer

Posted by Cathie Briggette Mon, Jul 13, 2015

By:  NSK Customer

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Topics: Managed Services

Disaster Recovery as a Service Highlights IT Development

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Fri, Jul 10, 2015

With cloud services developing so rapidly that it seems as if every new application and platform is being sold “as a service”, it appears that business information systems are slowly being freed of the risk that is associated with keeping hardware and data on-site. As one might expect, disaster recovery is evolving as a result of cloud services to such an extent that disaster recovery itself has become institutionalized as a service. The driving movement of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) coordinates well with a business that is using several cloud services while also allowing them to have their own applications and data integrated into the DRaaS providers system. Although this service is similar to life insurance in the sense that stakeholders likely hope to never have to take advantage of its function, DRaaS acts as a proof of concept that the virtual migration of a business’s information system to the cloud can change collective operations altogether. Furthermore, a service such as this that is truly effective may change a business’s understanding of what a disaster means.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Technology Improvements

The Beginner's Guide to Amazon Web Services

Posted by Cathie Briggette Thu, Jul 02, 2015


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Topics: Cloud Computing, Managed Services, Technology Improvements, Cloud Security

Will Two Mobile Devices Become the Standard?

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Wed, Jul 01, 2015

Mobile technology is surely altering the way in which businesses conduct themselves. It is an investment that few are willing to disregard. Increases in productivity and efficiency, enhancement of management capability, promotion of communication, and greater access to information are all irrefutable practical advantages of integrating mobile devices into a business network. There are, however, evident disadvantages as well when upgrading a business model to include mobile technology. While high data service and IT management costs as well as initial unfamiliarity with the application market can lead a business away from exploring this technology, it is growing security complications that are the most inconvenient consequence of a mobile business network.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management, Data Security

Office 365 vs. Hosted Exchange: Is there a right answer?

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Small and medium-sized businesses are certainly not without options in regards to how they manage their documents, store their files, access word processing applications, internally communicate, etc. Not only can they choose to take advantage of a managed IT service provider, internal IT department, or subscription service, but there are also a variety of specialized services to choose from within these options. Furthermore, businesses are not required to limit themselves to only one, and they can choose to access a subscription service through a managed IT service provider, coordinate their IT team with an IT services firm, or use their IT department to manage their subscription services. It is through recognizing this multitude of options that the question has recently been raised as to whether small and medium-sized businesses should choose Office 365 or a Hosted Exchange service.

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Topics: Microsoft, IT Services

10 Reasons to Upgrade your Windows 2003 Right Now!

Posted by Cathie Briggette Tue, Jun 23, 2015

Is your company still working on Windows Small Business Server 2003 (Windows 2003)?  If so you should be discussing with your IT provider or your IT Services group or they should definitely be talking to you about the approaching end of support (July 2015). If you aren’t already getting ready for the switch, your business is cutting it really really close.

Here are 10 reasons you should upgrade your 2003 Server today…. Or as soon as possible.

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Topics: Data Security, IT Services, Windows Server

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