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Plan for the End Right From the Beginning: Incorporate End-of-Life Needs Into Your Overall IT Plan

By Erik Briceno

Plan for the End Right From the Beginning: Incorporate End-of-Life Needs Into Your Overall IT Plan

No matter how much you invest in the latest technology, it will continue to change and improve. It’s important to make preparing for that reality a part of your business master plan right from the beginning.

With proper planning and budgeting, you can turn a problem into an opportunity. Your end-of-life tech situation can become the chance to better serve the needs of both your customers and your IT staff.   Read more

Upgrade Your Technology Without Upending Your Budget: Best Practices for Managing End-of-Life Technology

By Erik Briceno

Upgrade Your Technology Without Upending Your Budget: Best Practices for Managing End-of-Life Technology

When technology reaches the end of its lifespan, the resulting situation can create considerable risks for businesses. But it can also create the opportunity for necessary IT upgrades in addition to routine maintenance. How you approach this inevitable business process determines the difference between continued smooth operations and lost productivity.   Read more

The End of the Line: Getting the Right IT Support When Your Technology Becomes Obsolete

By Erik Briceno

The End of the Line: Getting the Right IT Support When Your Technology Becomes Obsolete

Perhaps you’re old enough to remember dialing a rotary telephone, listening to an eight-track tape or even working with Windows 98.

Well, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. In a business context, the final stages of a product’s existence — its end of life (EOL) — have broad ramifications for maintaining productivity, ensuring support and preventing security issues.

In particular, end-of-life hardware and software products can create considerable risks for businesses and the data infrastructure they rely on. Having the right IT network support and planning for the inevitable changes are crucial for preventing the kind of problems that can impact the bottom line and your overall business success.   Read more

Best Practices for Avoiding the Dreaded Network Downtime

By Erik Briceno

Best Practices for Avoiding the Dreaded Network Downtime

When it comes to network downtime, it’s essential to take steps to minimize the effects and the resulting costs that can ripple throughout your business and impact your bottom line.

Start by thinking about what could actually happen and then plan accordingly. There are many causes for downtime, and you should plan for them all — from system failure to human error to natural disaster. Regardless of whether the cause is large or small, it’s essential to have contingency plans in place to guide you through an incident and minimize the disruption to your business.   Read more

When the System Goes Down, the Costs Add Up

By Erik Briceno

When the System Goes Down, the Costs Add Up

It’s that dreaded message from the IT department that no one wants to see flash across the screen: server is down. Cue the agitation, exasperation and frustration.

For a business, there’s nothing worse than having network systems go down during key production periods. Whether that outage lasts for five minutes or five hours, any work lost to downtime translates into unplanned expenses.   Read more

Dive Into the Cloud: 4 Things to Consider for Implementing Cloud Computing in Your Organization

By Erik Briceno

Dive Into the Cloud: 4 Things to Consider for Implementing Cloud Computing in Your Organization

Most applications used daily on iPhones, Droids, handhelds, etc. are cloud-based. Many are using the cloud already, just not in business environments. But forward-thinking businesses realize that cloud computing offers the opportunity for increased productivity combined with managed costs. The best cloud providers deliver software over the internet, which eliminates the need to install and run these applications on local devices, simplifying maintenance and support.   Read more

Five Key Benefits of Cloud Computing

By Erik Briceno

Five Key Benefits of Cloud Computing

In business, you know that being focused on your vision is paramount to your success. Obstacles and distractions constantly threaten your attention. One of the biggest impediments to success can be technology — researching it, acquiring it, maintaining it and upgrading it.

That’s where cloud computing comes in. Turning to a cloud service provider to design, implement and manage your technology allows you to concentrate on your core vision and pursue your business objectives.

Simply put: Would you rather your employees focus on what you hired them to do? Or do you want them spending valuable time learning how to upgrade software, run anti-virus scans and deal with hard-drive crashes?   Read more

By Erik Briceno

NIST SP 800-171: The Deadline Is Near, and I’m Not Ready. Is It Time to Panic?

Absolutely not! But like that famous ball in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, the clock is ticking down. It’s time to get in compliance with the upgraded cybersecurity standards outlined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations.”

Federal government contractors need to meet these enhanced stipulations before the ball drops on Dec. 31, or they risk losing business.   Read more

What You Need to Know: Navigating NIST SP 800-171 Compliance to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline

By Erik Briceno

What You Need to Know: Navigating NIST SP 800-171 Compliance to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline

If you’re a federal government contractor, you might already know you need to conform to the updated cybersecurity standards outlined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Non-Federal Information Systems and Organizations.”

If that bit of government-speak has you perplexed, don’t worry. We’re here to guide you through the bureaucratic maze, so you can meet these requirements by the rapidly approaching year-end deadline of Dec. 31. We’ll explain what this means for your business and how to make sure you meet the requirements.   Read more

Plan for the End Right From the Beginning: Incorporate End-of-Life Needs Into Your Overall IT Plan
Plan for the End Right From the Beginning: Incorporate End-of-Life Needs Into Your Overall IT Plan
Upgrade Your Technology Without Upending Your Budget: Best Practices for Managing End-of-Life Technology
Upgrade Your Technology Without Upending Your Budget: Best Practices for Managing End-of-Life Technology
The End of the Line: Getting the Right IT Support When Your Technology Becomes Obsolete
The End of the Line: Getting the Right IT Support When Your Technology Becomes Obsolete
Best Practices for Avoiding the Dreaded Network Downtime
Best Practices for Avoiding the Dreaded Network Downtime
Do the Math: Downtime Costs Your Business Money
Do the Math: Downtime Costs Your Business Money
When the System Goes Down, the Costs Add Up
When the System Goes Down, the Costs Add Up
Dive Into the Cloud: 4 Things to Consider for Implementing Cloud Computing in Your Organization
Dive Into the Cloud: 4 Things to Consider for Implementing Cloud Computing in Your Organization
Five Key Benefits of Cloud Computing
Five Key Benefits of Cloud Computing
What You Need to Know: Navigating NIST SP 800-171 Compliance to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline
What You Need to Know: Navigating NIST SP 800-171 Compliance to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline