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How to fire up your business with KPI displays

It's reassuring to visit a company's offices where rather than TVs showing 24-hour cable news (or worse), they are displaying constantly-updated key performance indicator (KPI) metrics. There is something special about the feeling of walking into the common areas of a company and seeing large monitors prominently display their corporate KPIs. It g...

How to Save Time Using MyAnalytics and the Cloud

As a certified facilitator, I have the privilege of enabling the attendees of our free Amaxra Customer Immersion Experience sessions to get hands-on with solutions that truly help them be more productive. It's always fun to see their faces light up when they discover tools and features in Microsoft Office 365 they didn't even know were available. One ...

Just what is a complex password (and how do I create one)?

In a previous blog, I discussed seven common-sense cyber protections you can do that immediately and inexpensively make you, your business, and your family safer from cyber attack. So far, I've covered #1 – Keep your software patches up to date and #7 – Do not give your primary user account administrator privileges, and #3 – Back up your computer ...

Which is worse: #ransomware or hard drive failure?

It’s a trick question. Both impact your business the same way – you lose access to your valuable business data when you are not expecting it. One of the most important things you can do about cybersecurity is to stop thinking about it like a mysterious disease whose only cure is to buy specialized protection software. To be sure, some businesses that...

7 Common-Sense Cyber Protections That Really Work

We all use the Internet regularly to communicate with colleagues, share vital information, and carry out our business duties. Think of trying to get through your workday without access to your e-mail, your documents, or your spreadsheets. Nevertheless, that same Internet we depend upon is viewed by cyber criminals as a pathway into your company – one ...

Protect your organization with these 2 simple rules

We are excited to announce a NEW guest blog series by Dr. Ken! In future blog posts, he will discuss ransomware, encryption, and other critical cyber-security issues all business people need to know. Stay tuned! UPDATE Friday May 12, 2017: Massive ransomware cyber-attack hits 74 countries around the world says a headline in today’s UK Guardian news...

Why the cloud provides you with "walled garden" security

Safety in numbers. It is a proven survival principle that has, well, survived for eons. Encapsulated in this principle are many worthy lessons, such as implicit trust and resource pooling. These lessons are easily seen in the security concept of a Walled Garden. This defense model can be traced back to when 17th century townships were designed...

We used PowerBI at our company. Here are the insights we learned

Since 2014, I've been a fan of PowerBI, a suite of business analytics tools from Microsoft used to analyze data and share insights. As an early adopter—I was introduced to PowerBI while working with the Enterprise Commerce team at Microsoft so I've seen firsthand how the application evolved into an impressive business tool since its infa...

Surprising reasons so many businesses are moving to Windows 10 Enterprise

Owners of small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs) view their information technology (IT) as a necessary evil. For example, most SMBs dread the cycle of upgrading old laptops and desktops every few years (IDC notes that PC sales in 2017 are the strongest they've been in five years) to keep up with the latest version of Microsoft Windows. For decades, l...

Defend Your M&Ms: How To Find Your Organization's Cybersecurity Sweet Spot

Today’s young professionals have a more mobile, just-in-time work style. However, many companies find their current security models slow to adapt to these modern scenarios. A great analogy I heard in a recent security conference compares life to the famous candy that melts in your mouth—not in your hand. Hard crunchy shell, chewy cente...

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