Work and Fun Don’t Have to Be Mutually Exclusive Concepts

Work and Fun Don’t Have to Be Mutually Exclusive Concepts
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, as the saying goes, but is this really useful advice if you’re trying to keep Jack, Jill, and the rest of your team engaged in the workplace? As it happens, it is! Let’s explore how you can use gamification to your business’ benefit. First, it will help to establish exactly what gamification is. Understanding Gamification In its most basic terms, gamification is the process of taking one of your run-of-the-mill...

A Brief Look at Virtual Assistants

A Brief Look at Virtual Assistants
There is no doubt that you have come across the virtual assistant (or voice assistant). Whether you have it on a smartphone or you use it via a digital speaker in your home, you have probably spent some time using some type of virtual assistant.  Today, virtual assistants are integrated into several products: phones, smart hubs, cars, and more. These virtual assistants, fueled by truckloads of data, can be quite useful for an individual, but what needs to...

What Happens During an IT Assessment?

What Happens During an IT Assessment?
With technology being deployed to help businesses solve all manners of operational inefficiency, it’s often difficult to pinpoint what IT will work best for your business. Organizations of all types look to technology; and, at some point you need to ask yourself if your technology is set up to help reach your business’ potential.  If you are like many other businesses, IT is a crucial part of your business’ day-to-day operations and it stands to reason that...

Hit Back Hard Against Malware

Hit Back Hard Against Malware
The threat landscape is filled with more types of malware than ever. To keep your business’ network running effectively, it’s important to have a strategy to keep malware out. Today, we’ll talk about a few basics you should know to keep your cybersecurity strategy working properly. Under A Thumb Are you aware there are readily available websites strictly devoted to providing the default factory passwords for devices of all types? With these passwords, and a little...

Tip of the Week: An Intro to Windows 10’s Built-In Virtual Desktops

Tip of the Week: An Intro to Windows 10’s Built-In Virtual Desktops
On a Windows machine, look at your taskbar, near the Start button and the search function. The next little icon, the one that almost looks like a bit of film, is the Task View button, the button that (among other purposes) allows you to create and manage virtual desktops. For this week’s tip, we’ll discuss how to use this handy feature, starting with why you might want to. What is a Virtual Desktop? To be completely clear, this blog is referring to a very specific...

Your Business Processes Are Everything

Your Business Processes Are Everything
The word “procedure” can easily be perceived in a negative light nowadays. It just sounds so… rote… compared to the exciting and dynamic buzzwords so many “thought-leading, influencing, social media innovators” today toss around. Now, we don’t mean to disparage these personalities – we just want to emphasize these innovations rely on a foundation to support them, and these foundations are based on business procedures and processes. Let’s look at why even the...

Promoting Data Privacy

Promoting Data Privacy
Today, everything we do on the computer and on our phones creates data. Organizations that are good at utilizing this data, often look to capture everything that they can. This can leave the individual searching for a way to keep his/her data secure. Let’s take a look at some of the best practices used to prioritize individual data privacy. The first thing that needs to happen when you are looking to determine what steps you need to take is to identify your aims....

You Don’t Need to Search for the Benefits of Backup

You Don’t Need to Search for the Benefits of Backup
Let me ask you this: does your business have a dedicated data backup and disaster recovery system? If not, we need to talk. A comprehensive backup and disaster recovery platform (BDR) can turn out to be one of the most critical parts of managing a business’ IT infrastructure. By having a plan to turn to in the event a serious problem such as ransomware or a natural disaster descends upon your business, you can be better prepared.  If your organization were to...

Potential Issues Your Server Could Experience

Potential Issues Your Server Could Experience
Most businesses nowadays require a server in order to operate properly, but these critical pieces of infrastructure aren’t immune to issues. Here, we’ll go over a few common reasons you may experience a server crash. Age Frankly, the server might just be getting old. Server hardware tends to have a lifespan of somewhere between four-and-six, some companies replace it sooner, and some try to stretch it out for as long as they can. When the end of this time...

Are You Wasting Money on Cloud Services?

Are You Wasting Money on Cloud Services?
Cloud services have proven to be extraordinarily useful for businesses of all types. With an immense amount of options to choose from, businesses can get anything from AI to Windows in the cloud. With so many services available, sometimes businesses will pay for computing resources that they don’t use, cutting into their available operational capital. Today, we take a look at how businesses throw capital away by not keeping a close eye on their cloud-based...