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

Five Strategic IT Investments Every Company Should Be Making in 2018

January 06, 2018

The New Year is a great time to revisit your technology strategy.  IT Strategy is getting more and more important every year - whether you are a software company who makes a living with technology or someone running a law firm or other small business - technology should be making you better.  Far too often, however, we lose sight of our strategy dealing with the day-to-day bustle of running our business while keeping older systems running.  The New Year is a great time to step back and revisit the key components of your IT strategy.  Here are five strategic IT investments every company should be making in 2018:

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Business Continuity, Cloud, IT Strategy, Managed IT, Collaboration, Digital Transformation

One more reason to move to the cloud.

December 29, 2017

There are many benefits to "moving to the Cloud," or adopting "Cloud Courage" as we at Systems Engineering (SE), like to put it. In addition to keeping up with the way in which technology is moving, it's also important to look at benefits such as CSP billing. Throughout this article, I will discuss what CSP billing is, how it works, and the various benefits involved. 

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Cloud, Collaboration

2018 Office 365 Users' Group is Launched!

December 15, 2017

As we look to the close of 2017 and look forward to all that is awaiting us in 2018,  local businesses have made great advances in moving portions of their operations to the cloud, thus providing their employees with access from anywhere on any device, and at any time. One of the many cloud migration themes we've seen in 2017 is the movement to Microsoft Office 365. This transition is becoming more and more popular among businesses looking to collaborate securely and efficiently.

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Cloud, IT Strategy, Collaboration

The Evolution of Technology, Part 3

September 29, 2017

I am sure you have heard the term "Digital Transformation." In short,  it means elevating your processes, applications, and data to reduce the time and effort needed to meet business and customer needs while driving value for both.  Uber and Facebook are common examples. Clearly, users value the ease and experience while the businesses can scale at very marginal costs.

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Business Continuity, Cloud

The Evolution of Technology, Part 2

September 08, 2017

Recently, I had the opportunity to hear the former Kodak Product Manager speak - he was there when the downfall occurred.  He said all the criticism he received from the management team about the technology was spot-on. The problem was, they could not see beyond the traditional benchmarks, like picture quality, to understand that the ease by which digital images could be shared would change their business forever.  The takeaway is, when you look at the cloud and mobility, look at all it can do, especially those things you could never do before. Don't get caught up on the fact that it doesn’t do things the way you've done them before. 

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3 Steps to Secure Information on Mobile Devices

August 07, 2017

Increasingly, organizations are enabling their workforce to be productive from anywhere at any time. Desktops gave way to laptops that could be taken out of the office, cell phones gave way to smartphones and email, and now remote access to the company network is giving way to the cloud and mobile apps. This evolution comes with many benefits, but if it’s not approached with careful thought and planning, it can also come with unacceptable risk.

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Cloud, IT Strategy, IT Security

SE Lunch & Learn Recap:  Office 365 Adoption - Collaboration, Communications & Identity

July 23, 2017

At our recent SE Lunch & Learn, Microsoft Office 365 (O365) subject matter experts, Jean Haskell, Senior Analyst, and Mark Benton, Director of Product Management, reviewed many of the features and benefits of O365.  In this article, we highlight a couple of the key features they spoke about.

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Systems Engineering Events, Cloud, Data Points, IT Consulting, Data Management, IT Strategy, Collaboration, Digital Transformation

Blog Portfolio: Be Part of IT

June 23, 2017

The SE Blog is a place for partners, clients, affiliates, and others to reference company news, industry events, technology updates, and more. With that in mind, listed below is a reference of this year's more popular blog articles by subject, making it easier for you to navigate and read through. Enjoy!

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General, Cloud, IT Security

The Cloud is Here to Stay

March 03, 2017

The Rise of the Cloud.

Carrier networks have steadily grown more resilient, costs are lowering, and the adoption of cloud technologies have certainly become more attractive.  We no longer have to maintain a server farm or data center-caliber infrastructure to take advantage of the best business applications out there. 

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Cloud, Collaboration