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Technology Unwrapped

The most important technology concepts, strategies and actions uncovered for your business.

Tips for creating your bring-your-dog-to-work policy

James Thompson
With roughly 68% of households owning a pet, it's becoming a trend to find dogs in the workplace. It's pretty easy to find employees that would enjoy bringing their dog to work, which is why many companies are now using bring-your-dog-to-work policies as part of recruiting. Even beyond recruiting pet-loving employees, there can be a few major benefits of allowing dogs in the workplace, including stress relief, improved productivity, and increasing the morale of your human employees. Pets can ...
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Topics: The Workplace, Our Company

5 ways Office 365 makes collaboration easy

Alyssa Sisco
Gone are the days where you needed to email revised copy after revised copy, only to be told, “Wait, I have one more change.” Whether you're in the same building, or across the globe, Office 365 makes it easy to work seamlessly with others. Office 365 is the subscription-based version of the Office suite and it receives new features and updates as they become available. With Office 365, you can be productive from anywhere, on any device. But more than just being able to work on documents, ...
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Topics: Cloud, Microsoft Products, The Workplace

6 Reasons a Firewall is an Essential Part of Your Business’s Cyber Security

Joel Havenridge
In today’s world, you can never be too careful with your organization’s cyber security. And if your employees are accessing the internet, a firewall needs to be a key part of your cyber security strategy. Firewall tools are not only useful for securing digital assets and protecting hardware, but can also be used to block employees from accessing prohibited sites and to filter web traffic. Certain firewall configurations can even tip you off if a data breach or intrusion occurs, which means you ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Having Computer Problems? Restart! (Don’t Shut Down)

Galen Winkler
Why is the first thing techs ask when you're having computer problems "have you tried restarting the computer?" The main reason I (and other IT professionals) do this, is because restarting forces the computer to discard everything in active memory and reload from scratch. Not only does this correct transient issues, but it gives us the closest thing to a “known good” as we're going to get — before getting into re-installing software, changing out hardware, or the like. We understand that it ...
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Topics: Staff Training

How the Right Video Conferencing System Can Enable Your Remote Workforce

Angela Wight
There’s no question that telecommuting is beneficial for businesses in many ways. With no long commutes in traffic or sticking to rigid schedules, employees enjoy a better work-life balance. Office space, equipment, furniture, and supplies are needed in smaller quantities — which saves money for businesses. And most importantly, more than two-thirds of employers reported increased productivity from their telecommuting staff.
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Topics: The Workplace

What is Malware-as-a-Service and what can your business do to ramp up security?

Alyssa Sisco
The structure of the cyber crime industry often parallels that of legitimate tech businesses, more than one would think. As cloud computing has become relatively commonplace for businesses of all sizes and industries, you may have encountered terms like Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). As these advancements occur on the legitimate side of the tech industry, cyber criminals don’t want to be left in the dust. So, how are they ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Alert

Public vs. Private Cloud: What's the Difference?

Chris Vilim
If you’ve read about cloud computing for you businesses, you’re well aware of the strategic benefits it offers, from improving data security and disaster recovery to scaling resources for your business when they are needed. But as you dig deeper, you’ll come across mentions of the terms “public cloud,” “private cloud,” and “hybrid cloud” — it’s important to know the difference before you settle on an option for your organization. Here’s what you need to know about the difference between public ...
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Topics: Cloud

Microsoft’s push for Businesses to upgrade from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Alyssa Sisco
No official End-of-Life date has been announced for Skype for Business thus far, but that doesn’t mean it’s not being phased out. Microsoft is confident that Microsoft Teams will be able to meet the messaging, meeting, and calling needs of businesses with 500 users or less. So, as of November 2018, if Microsoft believes a Skype for Business user would be better served by Microsoft Teams, they will push them to upgrade from Skype to Teams. New organizations looking for a Microsoft communication ...
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Topics: Microsoft Products, Trends

Trends in Cloud Computing: Your small business hasn't missed out... yet

Angela Wight
Over the last several years, cloud computing has revolutionized the way we handle and store data. Businesses are increasingly leveraging that power to help streamline workflows, protect sensitive data, and handle big workloads — without the burden of costly equipment or infrastructure maintenance. With the recent prediction that 83 percent of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020, we’ve reached the era of mainstream cloud computing. Here’s how things are currently changing in the ...
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Topics: Cloud

Do you struggle to create a good work-life balance?

Esteban Hernanez
Having a job that promotes a healthy work-life balance positively correlates with employee well-being, satisfaction and organizational commitment. Personally, I have a lot to juggle between my work-life and home-life. Having a flexible job and employer that’s willing to work with my out-of-the-box, crazy lifestyle is the only way I am able to fully commit to both. How do I balance both my work and family and what can your business do to ensure a healthy work-life balance for your employees? ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace