Don't Get Buffaloed: Prepare your Business for Winter Weather Disasters

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/24/14 11:17 AM

Prepare for disaster

According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. The unpredictability and destructive nature of winter weather, as seen in Buffalo last week, makes it vital to ensure your IT infrastructure is ready to face disaster head-on. Preparing your IT environment for winter weather will not only safeguard your network from these possible disasters – it will also improve your overall IT infrastructure. Here are the top 4 tips on preparing your IT infrastructure for winter weather:

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

5 Key Factors for Setting an IT Budget

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/18/14 8:00 AM

IT Budget According to a worldwide survey conducted by CEB, 33% of organization’s IT budget is going towards innovation and business opportunity. Not sure how your IT budget should be divvied up? You’re not alone in this dilemma. Understanding the following 5 factors can aide in creating your IT budget and allow for a smooth, efficient process:

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Topics: IT Spend

Mobile Device Management: Vital to Securing your Data

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/11/14 8:00 AM

Office 365 Mobile Device ManagementDue to the popularity of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend and increase in remote workers, Gartner estimates that 70% of mobile professionals will conduct business on personal smart devices by 2018. While these trends offer a lot of benefits, including cost savings, they can open the door to security risks and breaches. To combat these challenges and protect mobile data, Microsoft introduced Intune, a mobile device management tool for Office 365 in late October. Here are the top 3 ways mobile device management (MDM) can benefit you:

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Topics: Security, Mobile

Still Have Windows Server 2003? Game Over.

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/4/14 8:00 AM

Microsoft End of LifeAccording to a recent study by Insight, 39% of all Microsoft servers run the Server 2003 OS and about 9.4 million of the 24 million servers running 2003 are in the U.S. The problem? The expiration date for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 support is July 15, 2014. Many are unaware of the dramatic impact Windows Server 2003 End of Life can have on their business. Here are the risks and solutions involving the impending End of Life deadline:

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Topics: Microsoft, Technical Project

Outsourcing the Help Desk: Choose Wisely

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 10/28/14 8:00 AM

Help Desk ServicesAccording to data from Research and Markets, the Help Desk Outsourcing market in North America is expected to grow steadily through 2016, in large part thanks to reduced operational costs. From cloud computing to improved network throughput, technology now supports real-time 24/7 support desks with tempting promises of improved ROI.

But not all help desks are created equal. Choose wisely and IT problems get solved more quickly and with less employee frustration; choose poorly and the help desk becomes a hindrance. Here are seven essential factors of the ideal help desk.

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Topics: Outsourced IT, Service Desk/Help Desk

5 Reasons Why SharePoint Matters

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 10/21/14 8:00 AM

SharePoint mattersIt’s common knowledge that happier employees make for better business. Yet, according to a Gallup study, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Every business seeks ways to increase employee involvement in order to improve communication, collaboration, and most importantly productivity. SharePoint provides effective solutions to these common challenges. Here are five ways SharePoint can bring your business to the next level:

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Topics: Microsoft, Technical Project

8 Reasons a Solid IT Department is Essential to Business Growth

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 10/14/14 8:00 AM

IT Business GrowthWhen it comes to budgeting, IT is often seen as a necessary evil to many CFOs and COOs. However, by lacking a solid foundation in IT, business leaders are surrendering key competitive advantages and slowing the growth of their own companies. Understanding technology is a crucial factor in business performance - here are eight reasons for creating and maintaining a strong IT department:

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Topics: Managed Services, Outsourced IT

Choosing Your Cloud: Public, Private, or Hybrid?

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 10/7/14 8:00 AM

choosing your cloud

For many businesses, moving their data to the cloud simply makes sense. It can bring stability, flexibility, and a significant measure of savings to many organizations. What most companies don't know, however, is that the cloud is not a single monolithic entity. In fact, there are various types of clouds. The three most prevalent types are public, private, and hybrid. The distinctions between these categories are mostly invisible to users on a day-to-day level. Yet, for organizations as a whole, choosing the right cloud system can add a significant competitive edge. These three cloud types are classified according to the ways in which data and resources are stored and the ownership of the network infrastructure. The differences between them can have serious repercussions for compliance and regulatory requirements. Learning more about the details of each option can help companies determine which cloud-based solution is right for them.

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Topics: Cloud

Why the Agile Approach is the Best Way to Manage Your Next IT Project

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 9/30/14 8:00 AM

Agile approach

The digital world has always benefited from innovation. The agile methodology to IT management is just one of the latest examples in this trend. For many pundits, this approach promises to revolutionize the way IT projects are executed. The agile methodology began in the software development field in the late 1990s and early 2000s. At the time, developers typically created a finished software product in one go, and then fixed bugs as they were discovered.

Agile development, on the other hand, emphasized rapid incremental product creation. This involved dividing projects into components, or "sprints,” each of which could be finished quickly. Individual sprints were considered finished products in their own right. As a result, software could be ready for release much quicker. These products often had fewer bugs and new features added regularly after launch. In IT management, the agile methodology functions very similarly. Large technology projects are broken down to their base components. Each component is a finished product on its own, but also fits into the greater whole. While this may seem more like a technical distinction than a major change, it actually has significant implications for managing IT projects.

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Topics: Outsourced IT, Technical Project

6 Features That Make an MSP Change Worthwhile

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 9/23/14 8:00 AM

Change MSP

For many small and mid-sized companies, a partnership with a managed service provider (MSP) can seem like a freight train: inevitable, too big to divert, and disastrous if it gets derailed. This "too big to budge" mindset forces many companies into maintaining vendor relationships that have either stopped being beneficial or were not that beneficial to begin with. Switching to a different MSP can seem like a massive proposition. However, these six features can help a company's IT infrastructure enough to offset any costs that come along with the switch.

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Topics: Managed Services, Outsourced IT

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