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Making the Most of Meetings

March 28, 2019

Here at Systems Engineering, we understand that meetings are an integral part of every organization's work day. They are meant as a tool used to accomplish projects, overcome hurdles, and assign action items. Every meeting should have a clear purpose, an expected outcome, and conclude with a clear objective to move actions forward. 

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Business Continuity, Quality Management

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

Ask Your Potential IT Provider These Six Questions

March 11, 2019

Whether you have a dedicated IT team on staff who needs be more innovation focused, or your business is 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 Service 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. 

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IT Consulting, IT Strategy, Managed IT, Network Design & Implementation

Microsoft Patch Required Before July 2019

February 27, 2019

If your organization is still utilizing Windows 7 SP1Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 SP2, please read this article in its entirety. 

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IT Strategy, Managed IT, IT Security

The Benefits of Breaking the 'Cyberhoarding' Cycle

February 15, 2019

Five years ago, I wrote a blog post that summarized the risks of unmanaged data within IT environments. As a specialist working with Systems Engineering's FileProtect (cloud backup service), I’ve only seen this problem compound. The problem lies in the fact that the majority of businesses haven’t taken on the challenge of cleaning out their proverbial digital junk drawers.

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Data Protection, Data Management

The Evolution of Networking

February 08, 2019

Oftentimes, IT-focused individuals, including those of us at Systems Engineering, will make the mistake of assuming all end users have an idea of how technology works. How your organizations' networks operate is an example of this. So, let's start from the beginning.

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Network Design & Implementation

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

Five Mistakes Employees Make to Compromise Network Security

January 25, 2019

The 2018 Human Factor report by Proofpoint states that as many as 95% of web-based attacks now incorporate social engineering, or human error factor. So, with that simple fact, how can your organization prevent its employees from releasing confidential and critical information?

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Encryption, Data Protection, Managed IT, Cybercrime, IT Security

Five Compelling Reasons to Hop on the Fast-Moving SD-WAN Wagon

January 25, 2019

If you are involved as a Wide Area Network (WAN) consultant or decision maker and haven’t heard the term “SD-WAN” (software-defined wide area network) by now, you’re either awakening from a two-year coma, or you haven’t been paying close attention to the onslaught of demonstrative offers, vendor emails, and introductory phone calls likely thrown in your direction.

The topic of SD-WAN has gotten to the level of pervasiveness in the IT community and has almost become a moniker for “building your company’s next WAN design." Needless to say, the term is out there as a hot topic, information is readily available, and most people feel that SD-WAN will be a positive disruption over the next three to five years. Due to the fact that clients want to build a better WAN experience with the benefit of lower costs, this makes perfect sense.

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Network Design & Implementation, Digital Transformation

Four things to know before you get started with Azure

January 10, 2019

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.

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Cloud, Data Points, IT Consulting, IT Strategy