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6 tech trends to watch for in 2020

2020. A year that once had a futuristic ring to it. A year we imagined with flying cars and robot butlers. Alas, technology hasn’t advanced that far just yet! Though we've seen plenty of impressive new technology, like artificial intelligence and phones that unlock by scanning our faces, it's not quite the world we imagined we would be living in w...

Avoid the Microsoft end of support apocalypse of 2020

As of the writing of this blog, IT departments are under pressure from the impending end of life (EOL) for Microsoft Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. While nobody predicts a "Y2K" redux where PCs stop working, EOL means the over ten year-old PC operating system will no longer get software patches, including security updates, from Microsoft on Tuesda...

Want email security? Ditch sharing your Outlook user mailboxes!

Many businesses use generic user mailboxes in their Microsoft Outlook email system that can be logged onto or shared by multiple users. Shared mailboxes are useful for multiple employees at the company who need access to the same mailbox for a functional purpose. For example, a support@examplecorp.com email address might be shared by multiple peop...

Secure your business' Office 365 the easy way

The importance of strong cyber-security in today's cloud-enabled and highly mobile workforce can't be overstated. Right now, there are thousands of hackers and criminals probing the cyber-security defenses at small-to-mid sized businesses (SMBs). Far from being immune to the threat of hackers, SMBs have become a major target. Recent stats point to...

Avoid the high cost of cyberattacks in 2020

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center issued an advisory in the summer of 2019 warning of an increase in a type of fraud called a Business Email Compromise (BEC). A BEC scam targets employees with access to company finances such as your accounts payable department. For example, a typical BEC scam looks like an email from the company's CEO to a...

8 Skills Needed To Be A Successful Tech Lead

It goes without saying that technology has exploded in recent years. While for many organizations today, technology is the business, even non-tech companies have a tech or IT person, team or department. Technology is such a crucial aspect of business that software engineers and developers now have a seat at the leadership table. Business leaders a...

Security features in Microsoft 365 your business should be using

Microsoft 365 combines Office 365 and the Windows 10 Pro operating system into a cloud-delivered package with added cyber-security and management features tailor-made for business. Cyber-security, data privacy, and regulatory compliance are crucial factors in everyday business. Fortunately, Microsoft 365 has inherent protections that help you creat...

Three simple ways to enhance your business' cybersecurity

At this point, most business owners don't need anyone to explain why cyber-security is important for their business. They already get that there's an ever-increasing threat to data and privacy. What entrepreneurs, especially those at the helm of a small to mid-sized business (SMB), really need is advice on how to counter all of those cyber-securit...

How to set up zero trust security at your business

Almost a decade ago, cybersecurity industry analyst John Kindervag introduced "zero trust security" to the IT world. The idea was to keep user data safe from cyberattacks no matter what devices or networks were used to access the data. Zero trust security is tailor-made for companies using cloud-based apps at their business. While the zero trust s...

Are you ready for the new file sharing experience in Microsoft Teams?

If your organization uses Microsoft Office 365 (or the Microsoft 365 bundles), then chances are that you've been spending more of your time collaborating in Microsoft Teams. In just the past couple of years, Microsoft Teams has quickly evolved from a business-oriented chat to the premier hub for teamwork. That's mostly due to Teams' deep integrati...

Are coworking spaces becoming the new normal?

Research shows that 33 percent of today’s workforce comprises independent or freelance professionals, and by 2020, that number is expected to rise to 40 percent. There are a myriad of reasons why professionals—especially those in the technology space—are transitioning from full-time employees to consultants, which we discuss further in...

How your business can use Microsoft Teams Rooms to have more inclusive meetings

Today's data-driven economy requires a modern workplace where employees and teams work from anywhere. It doesn't matter if you're an executive or an engineer, chances are you spend a lot of your day collaborating with others in meetings. Like it or not, meetings are a necessity for business. But in a modern workplace where so many of us work remot...

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