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The 'Modern Desktop' from Microsoft

April 25, 2019

Is your organization still operating with older versions of Microsoft Office, Exchange, or a Windows server

With the introduction of Microsoft Office 365, requirements are more stringent than ever before in remaining compatible with Microsoft’s cloud services. While Office 2013 does not reach end of extended support until April 11, 2023, as of October 13, 2020, Office 2013 will no longer work with Office 365

In this blog article, I will be discussing a collection of Microsoft-created technologies that have been coined as today's 'Modern Desktop.' This bundle includes email, collaboration tools, mobility, security, and much more. 

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Cloud, Technology Trends, Digital Transformation

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

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

Technology end-of-life/support dates are no joke.

December 27, 2018

In the coming year, how will your organization be less vulnerable to security threats, remain in compliance, and continue to receive the latest product support?

Quick answer: Upgrade.

Review the chart below and ensure that your Microsoft products are not about to expire. The chart quickly points out some significant end-of-life/support dates that are on the horizon for some of the more popular Microsoft products, including Windows 7, Exchange 2010, and Office 2010. 

It seems these dates are far out, but in reality, upgrade discussions should begin now in order to prepare appropriately. By applying upgrades before products fall out of support, your business will be less vulnerable to security threats, remain in compliance, and continue to receive the latest product support.

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Cloud, Data Points, IT Strategy

Three Keys to Your Organization's 2019 IT Strategy

December 11, 2018

It's a new year which makes it a great time to prioritize your technology initiatives. As technology changes dramatically, the headlines continue to focus on the same themes: Security, Cloud, and Digital Transformation. In this blog article, I will review important "to do's" within each category and offer ways you and your organization can achieve these important IT goals. 

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Cloud, IT Security, Digital Transformation

SE Lunch & Learn Recap:  Security & Compliance in the Cloud - The New Perimeter

August 05, 2018

Your organization’s data is in the cloud, so now what? Is it secure? Where is it? Is it readily available? Who is accessing it?

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Cloud, Data Points, IT Consulting, IT Security

What is Shadow IT and How do you Approach IT?

June 29, 2018

Most employees want to be productive.  As cloud service consumers, they have become accustomed to finding a tool or app that will help fill a need and simply buy it without obtaining approval from the organization first.  This practice of employees bypassing IT management to procure tools and services without proper vetting has infiltrated the workplace and is known as Shadow IT.

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Cloud, Data Management, Compliance, IT Security, Digital Transformation

Integrating the Evolution of Technology Into Your Organization

June 22, 2018

Over the past four decades, organizations of all sizes have seen a significant change to how they do business, due to evolving technologies. And now, as we approach the end of the 2010's decade, the term “Digital Transformation” is abound and you might ask, "Haven’t we already done enough transforming?"

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Cloud, Data Management, IT Security, Collaboration

The Security Suitcase for Your Move to the Cloud

May 17, 2018

I packed my cloud bag and in it I placed...

As we've begun to adopt a myriad of cloud-based services, our network perimeter has become more expansive and therefore, potentially more porous. Cloud services may need additional firewall ports open, which is equivalent to opening more doors into your home.  On top of this, your employees are now working wherever they want and they’re using a handful of different devices. Last but not least, your data is racking up an impressive amount of frequent flier miles as it travels and gets stored in platforms strewn all across the country. 

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Cloud, Data Points, IT Strategy, IT Security, Digital Transformation

A Hacker's Low Hanging 'Security' Fruit

March 30, 2018

I spent a lot of time early in my career solving complicated problems related to security. In the late 1990's, I consulted as a civilian for the NSA to help automate the 'need-to-know' access of their internal web infrastructure and documentation. I followed that with some time as a Reserve Information Operations Officer for the U.S. Army, and then working for financial services companies including VISA during the birth of the PCI standards. Needless to say, the security field is one with overwhelming depth and it can be challenging for companies to make an iterative, incremental plan to become more secure.

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Cloud, IT Security