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An Introduction to SD-WAN

August 09, 2019

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 reevaluate 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 the high-level basics of an SD-WAN which is quickly becoming a game changer for businesses everywhere.

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Technology Trends, Digital Transformation

What is Shadow IT and how should organizations deal with it?

August 02, 2019

Most employees want to be productive. As cloud service consumers, we have become accustomed to finding a tool or app that will help us fill a need and simply buy it without obtaining approval from our 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

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

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

January 25, 2019

If you 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 become the 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. Let's explore. 

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Network Design & Implementation, Digital Transformation

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

An SE Engineer's Perspective of Microsoft's Ignite Conference

September 28, 2018

This year, at the Microsoft Ignite Conference, the most highly attended workshops and sessions were overwhelmingly related to Modern Desktop and Microsoft Intune. To put this in perspective, I should mention that this event has approximately 30,000 attendees from all around the world. Every Modern Desktop or Intune-related session was at or near capacity, and the sessions were held in very large venues, as you can see in the photo below.

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IT Strategy, Digital Transformation

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

SE Lunch & Learn Recap: Enabling A Modern Workforce

April 11, 2018

There are so many reasons small- to medium-sized business are moving to the cloud. There is the attractive CapEx vs. OpEx model, scalability which comes with elastic payment strategies, and flexibility. While those business benefits are some of the chief reasons businesses migrate to the cloud, many aren’t taking advantage of the full range of productivity capabilities that are available.

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Data Points, IT Consulting, Collaboration, Digital Transformation

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