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4 Ways Enterprise Leaders Can Meet IT Needs on a Budget

4 Ways Enterprise Leaders Can Meet IT Needs on a Budget

General Managers and IT leaders can sometimes be at odds over the technology budget. Business leaders are tasked with boosting the bottom line, and can sometimes view IT as a cost center instead of a profit center. Ultimately, they are on the same team. They both want...

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5 Crucial Data Security Focus Areas

5 Crucial Data Security Focus Areas

The threat landscape is constantly changing as cybercriminals adapt and seek new ways to exploit weaknesses. Cybercriminals change their attack vectors, ferreting out new vulnerabilities and tweaking malware to make it more effective. The types of threats your company...

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5 Reasons Why Education Needs SD-WAN

5 Reasons Why Education Needs SD-WAN

Since the pandemic began, K-12 schools, colleges, and universities have been forced to rely on remote learning. Most educational institutions have chosen to begin the new school year with either online learning or a combination of online and classroom instruction. The...

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3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Remote Workforce

3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Remote Workforce

When the pandemic started, many businesses thought the shift to a remote workplace would be temporary. Now, it looks like organizations are in it for the long haul. Experts in workplace application development at Workforce reported that companies insist remote working...

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6 Criteria for a Data Center

6 Criteria for a Data Center

Today, companies have many options for data center. Data centers can be built on-premises, hosted in various cloud models, or staged at a colocation. According to Market Research Posts, housing a data center in a colocation is growing in popularity, with the market...

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3 Top IT Challenges for Municipalities

3 Top IT Challenges for Municipalities

Every type of organization faces IT challenges. These challenges are often unique to the industry in which the business operates. Industries have different technology requirements and need to deliver diverse business services to their clients and customers. In...

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How to Raise Your Business Collaboration Game 

How to Raise Your Business Collaboration Game 

Business collaboration has long been praised for its ability to increase employee satisfaction and encourage innovation. IDC predicted that by 2024, businesses that have collaborative workplaces will have 30% lower employee attrition and 30% higher productivity. ...

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Is Your Disaster Recovery Ready for Anything?

Is Your Disaster Recovery Ready for Anything?

These days, everyone is in full preparedness mode. People are sheltering in place, wiping down surfaces, and donning face masks if they go out. Companies need to extend this mindset to their disaster recovery strategies. ITWeb, a technology news source, reported that...

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5 Reasons Why Healthcare Organizations Need SD-WAN

5 Reasons Why Healthcare Organizations Need SD-WAN

Anyone that is daring enough to work in Healthcare IT deserves a high level of respect.  Healthcare is complex, and managing transformation with so many competing priorities is not for the faint of heart. Healthcare organizations don’t always have the luxury of...

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How to Be Remote Workplace-Ready

How to Be Remote Workplace-Ready

Companies of all types have needed to adapt quickly to a larger remote workplace. Some were remote workplace-ready, while others needed to make a lot of adjustments. The takeaway is that businesses should always be prepared to support remote workers. Workforce, a...

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4 IT Topics That Should Be Top of Mind This Summer

4 IT Topics That Should Be Top of Mind This Summer

While things are slow during the summer, IT leaders should be thinking of technology initiatives to undertake at the end of 2020. Take time while you are enjoying the sunshine and warm weather to contemplate IT goals and how you can align your technology strategies...

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3 Reasons an Engineering Services Agreement Is a Must

3 Reasons an Engineering Services Agreement Is a Must

The Measuring the True Cost of Network Outages study found that almost half of IT decision-makers ranked “improving network resiliency” as their first priority. According to the study, 31% of companies lost more than $1 million due to network outages in the past 12...

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5 Reasons Why SD-WAN Is the Right Fit for Manufacturers

5 Reasons Why SD-WAN Is the Right Fit for Manufacturers

In this time of crisis, some manufacturers have stepped up, repurposing their assembly lines to make vital equipment, such as masks, ventilators, and face shields. Even before the pandemic, manufacturers provided essential resources for the community. That’s why...

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What Your Company Needs to Know About Intelligent Edge

What Your Company Needs to Know About Intelligent Edge

As companies transition into remote workplaces, expand their reach through branch offices, and embrace IoT, edge computing becomes increasingly important. For example, the 2019 IoT Signals Report found that 88% of organizations feel IoT is critical to business...

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How to Protect Users Wherever and Whenever They’re Online

How to Protect Users Wherever and Whenever They’re Online

The pandemic has underscored how important a flexible and secure digital workplace is. As stay-at-home orders were issued, companies needed to quickly transition all their employees to working at home so they could stay in business. The Global Work-From-Home...

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3 Reasons Why Network Monitoring Is a Must for Utilities

3 Reasons Why Network Monitoring Is a Must for Utilities

Network monitoring is one of the routine tasks that IT teams must perform to keep business systems functioning. Monitoring the network is a 24/7/365 process that could, conceivably, take up much of your organization’s time and effort.  However, monitoring is...

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Strategies to Protect Against Data Loss and Downtime

Strategies to Protect Against Data Loss and Downtime

In today’s digital economy, data is more valuable than ever. Data loss and prolonged downtime can be a killer for most organizations. Unplanned downtime and data loss are expensive and can cripple a business.  According to Information Technology Intelligence...

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How to Meet the Challenges of Compliance in Finance

How to Meet the Challenges of Compliance in Finance

Finance is one of the most heavily regulated industries. Companies in the finance industry must follow both Service Organizational Control (SOC) and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance regulations to meet internal and federal standards for data security, access control,...

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3 Reasons Why the Cloud Means Resiliency for Your Business

3 Reasons Why the Cloud Means Resiliency for Your Business

IT resiliency means being able to undergo digital transformation while protecting your business from interruptions. The process of technological change is risky, but your company needs to evolve to stay competitive. Your business can’t afford to lose production time...

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Why Government Agencies Need Managed Services

Why Government Agencies Need Managed Services

Government agencies have a lot on their plates, attending to the needs of their constituents while also making sure community infrastructure and services are working optimally.  Recent events have made technology even more essential to government as workers have...

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