Impact of technology in family-owned businesses

The impact of technology in private and family-owned businesses can be the difference in scaling up, or sliding down. There are two key differences we have observed in how private and family-owned businesses approach technology change and investments.

People are the process

Most family businesses are built on people with whatever resources they had at the time.

New Edge browser better than Chrome for Microsoft 365 users

The new Microsoft Edge browser has finally caught up to Google's Chrome browser, and the timing is great. The #wfh transition means that more personal devices are being utilized to access corporate resources. Often this is done via a web browser, which means your corporate security could depend on what browser they are using!

Microsoft transitioned to the Chromium-based engine for the new Edge browser which was released in January 2020. The move to the Chromium engine means that your favorite Chrome extensions will work in addition to the enhanced speed and page loads it provides.

Recalibrate your technology plan: Cloud Collaboration

Workforce collaboration has changed. We aren't going back to conference rooms full of people, and that's a good thing. When you are recalibrating your technology plan enabling cloud collaboration should be a part of it. This is more than video conferencing and screen sharing.

Recalibrate your technology plan: Zero Trust Security

Get ready to hear a lot about the Zero Trust security model going forward. The #wfh movement has put this front and center in any technology planning discussion. This is not a fad or product to implement, it's a mindset shift that needs to occur in our technology planning.

Recalibrate your technology plan: Communication

Business communication is and will continue to be based on direct human interaction. The massive switch to online video conferencing has confirmed this during the COVID-19 situation. Voice is also a critical communication tool that is often taken for granted or not properly planned for.

It is time to recalibrate your technology plan

No matter how good your technology plan was going into 2020, it is time to recalibrate it. The business environment has permanently changed and will not be going back to "how it was" with or without COVID-19. Thousands of workers shifted to #wfh for the first time, and guess what? They were MORE productive than they have ever been.

Activating Azure

Many companies will eventually need to decide whether they should keep customer and other highly confidential information on their on-premise servers or in the cloud. When the time comes to make this type of decision it can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, this is where Azure Active Directory (AD), an identity management tool comes in to play.

Diving into Data Backup

Data loss is something we all know happens but many don't like to talk about. We all assume it won't happen to us if we just look after our devices but the reality is that it could happen to anyone, at any time. Whether hacking takes place or we accidentally damage our devices there's a chance we're unable to recover the data we had stored in these devices.

Working smarter with Microsoft Stream

There are many features of Microsoft 365 that some users don't know exists as part of their subscription. In fact, a lot of individuals with access to this plan are aware it includes all Office applications, Microsoft Teams, and OneDrive, but not much else.