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5 Ways Predictive Analytics Helps Small Businesses

By |2019-12-11T19:57:27+00:00December 10th, 2019|Artificial Intelligence, Big Data|

What do modern businesses have in common with professional tennis superstar Novak Djokovic? Both are achieving high levels of performance and efficiency with predictive analytics. Predictive analytics is an area of statistics that uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining and predictive modeling to gather and assess historical data in order to predict future events. [...]

5 Tips for Averting Holiday Cyber Scams that Could Impact Your Business

By |2019-11-27T19:33:38+00:00November 27th, 2019|Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT Security, Security|

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for cybercriminals. We’ve entered the peak season for cybercrime, with various studies indicating that cyberattacks increase by up to 60 percent during the holidays. The Department of Homeland Security recently warned of an expected spike in a range of malicious activity, including unsolicited emails that contain [...]

To Cloud or Not to Cloud? Make This Decision for the Right Reasons.

By |2019-11-05T22:16:51+00:00November 5th, 2019|Cloud computing|

According to a report from Techaisle, cloud spending by small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and midmarket companies will reach $115 billion in 2019, with SMBs outspending the midmarket sector. In fact, 57 percent of surveyed SMBs are accelerating their cloud initiatives. Many are using multiple public and private clouds and sophisticated solutions to manage workloads [...]

Employees: First Line of Cyber Defense or Serious Security Threat?

By |2019-10-29T18:45:52+00:00October 29th, 2019|Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT Security, Security|

Many organizations rely upon their employees prevent cybersecurity breaches. Employees are advised not to click on unknown links and attachments, share their user credentials, or use unapproved applications and services. And for the most part this strategy works — in a recent study conducted by Sapio Research, 79 percent of information security leaders said that [...]

3 Ways to Demonstrate IT’s Value in the Budgeting Process

By |2019-10-15T18:29:12+00:00October 15th, 2019|IT budgeting and planning|

With most organizations now in the fourth quarter of their fiscal year, the time has come to get serious about budget planning for 2020. As usual, the process is likely to be challenging for IT managers. Historically, most organizations set aside a percentage of revenue and expect IT to keep spending within that range. According [...]

Why Outsourced IT Support Is Critical to Business Operations

By |2019-10-10T01:30:03+00:00October 8th, 2019|Managed Services|

You depend upon your computer systems to boost productivity and enhance customer service, but when they’re not working properly business grinds to a halt. Today’s end-users are fairly tech-savvy, but few have the expertise to troubleshoot complex problems. They need expert IT support to get back up and running. And when they need it, they [...]

5 Suggestions for Building Disaster Preparedness

By |2019-10-01T21:15:40+00:00October 1st, 2019|Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery|

Although the Mid-Atlantic states were largely spared from the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian, the recent storm still serves as an important reminder of the need for effective disaster recovery and business continuity planning. In a survey conducted just months after Hurricane Florence caused billions of dollars in damages and affected roughly a quarter of [...]

Modern NAC Solutions Deliver Effective Threat Defense

By |2019-09-24T19:08:16+00:00September 24th, 2019|Cyber Security, IT Security, Security|

Data breaches are on pace to reach an all-time this year, and the rising frequency of these incidents is driving organizations to increase spending on IT security measures. Gartner analysts predict worldwide spending on IT security will reach $124 billion this year. Network access control (NAC) technologies rank among the top spending priorities. NAC technologies [...]

The Pros and Cons of Managed Services – and How to Avoid the Cons

By |2019-09-17T20:46:17+00:00September 17th, 2019|IT Management, Managed Services|

Technology is woven into virtually every business process. If IT systems go down or fail to work properly, certain business functions might come to a halt. At the very least, they could be disrupted. Productivity suffers, the customer experience suffers, and sales could be lost. However, most small to midsize businesses (SMBs) don’t have the [...]

Baby Boomer Retirements Can Create an IT ‘Brain Drain’

By |2019-08-29T18:20:35+00:00August 27th, 2019|Digital Transformation, IT Management|

During the so-called “baby boom” between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s, nearly 80 million babies were born in the U.S. Representing close to a quarter of the nation’s entire population, boomers have had a massive economic, social and cultural impact for the better part of seven decades. However, boomers are now [...]