There’s no time like the present to jump on the Windows 7 or Windows 8 bandwagon, especially after Microsoft announced that they will be discontinuing their support services for Windows XP. This comes as no surprise, considering it’s been more than ten years since the operating system came out—which is an eon in the tech world. Technology is always changing, and now it’s time to get current. Let’s not forget about Windows’ inseparable bundle, Office. Whether you use Excel at home for your finances or Outlook at the office, for most of us Office is a key part of our lives. So what’s the big fear of upgrading to Windows 7/8 or Office 2013? Read more »
Disasters can come in all shapes and sizes at any given moment. Floods, fires and other natural disasters can disable entire buildings and bring down a company’s entire IT infrastructure for days or even weeks. This loss of time and making crucial data unavailable and perhaps even vulnerable – like customer files and financial records – can lead to damages that a small to medium-sized business may never recover from. Without at the very least safely secured and tested backups, even a nefarious event such as a burglary might result in a fatal loss of digital information. Read more »
To get ahead in today’s competitive marketplace, it’s vital that companies promote more innovation in their products and services. To be successful when driving innovation, business owners must recognize the growth potential that innovation brings, and build a strategy that addresses the difficulties that come with implementing new technology. Read more »
For many years, the help desk and the service desk had no significant differences. It wasn’t until Information Technology International Library (ITIL) released its 2007 edition that the distinct differences were made visible, defining a more holistic perspective on the full life-cycle of IT services, and where the service & help desk fits in.
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Managing servers, backing-up your data, maintaining and upgrading software, and managing databases, are all critical responsibilities that either you or your IT staff must consider daily. More businesses are moving to the cloud and are finding it to be an effective way of managing IT.
Let’s not forget to mention its most popular benefits: saving businesses time and money. Read more »
Business owners are continuously searching for alternatives to cut costs and improve efficiencies, especially in today’s unstable economy. Outsourcing work is one such solution to help cut costs. Marketing, accounting, recruiting, and IT are only a few examples of business operations popularly outsourced today, and IT is one of the most commonly outsourced departments.
Contrary to the stereotype, outsourcing simply means moving a process to an external organization or person, not necessarily overseas to Asia or India. Typically, you’ll find the modern workplace is made up of a combination of permanent full-time employees and consultants, independent contractors, or freelancers (aka outsourced workers).
Outsourcing is an attractive option for businesses that want to cut costs, don’t have the expertise in-house, or simply don’t have the time to manage specific aspects of their organization. And like most decisions in business, evaluating the pros and cons will help you understand the best solution for you. Read more »
I’m assuming that most of you have heard of server virtualization by now? Well, in this brief article I’m going to talk strictly desktop virtualization, which has become an increasingly popular trend for businesses or individuals that need to run multiple applications or ‘environments’ at once.
In a nutshell, desktop virtualization is creating virtual computers or ‘machines’ or ‘VMs’ that run on existing physical computing resources. For example, we can create virtual computers that run and use the same hardware from your ‘host’ computer, i.e. RAM, hard disk, processors, and other devices.
Desktop virtualization can refer to either running complete operating systems on top of a host system such as a PC or Mac, or a server that emulates entire ‘on-the-fly’ user desktop environments via hardware terminals called ‘thin-clients’.
Let’s quickly explore both types.
Security in the Cloud – how to keep your data safe
If you are concerned about security in the cloud, you’re not alone. Stories of enterprise-level cloud environments being compromised by hackers, viruses, or DDoS attacks are always surfacing, and these instances only prove how vital security and governance is when adopting your preferred cloud computing model.
The cloud is receiving a lot of attention today. Increased collaboration, flexibility, control, and cost-effectiveness make the cloud an attractive computing option for small and medium sized businesses. CRN predicts that by 2014, small businesses will spend almost $100 billion on cloud computing services.
So what’s all the hype about?
Article by Douglas Bonderud
In the wake of hurricane Sandy, the Eastern Seaboard’s tech sector has begun a return to normalcy. Not only did it fare in many cases better than expected but thanks to social media, relief efforts were bolstered and more volunteers mobilized than in other recent disasters. Lessons emerged as well, ways to improve response and more effectively guard against the unexpected. Read more »