Stringfellow Technology Group acquires CTC Networks

Stringfellow Technology Group (“Stringfellow”), based in Nashville, TN, has acquired CTC Networks (“CTC”) based in Franklin, TN.  CTC was founded in 1993 and provides managed technology services to the healthcare, manufacturing, and life science industries.

Email Basics: Be Secure

Email was not designed with security as a requirement. In fact, all "security" that involves email was bolted on after the fact. Here are four areas that were bolted on that should be part of your secure email basics.

Utilize MFA, for real

We have beat on this drum for over five years now, and people are still not using it.

M365 Security: Securing devices and applications with Intune

The remote work shift puts the management of devices, applications, and data front and center in the security discussion. The firewall, local Active Directory, and VPN solutions typically don't scale or take into account the vast number of variables when users want to work from any device at any time.

M365 Security: The Basics

The question is not whether or not you are using Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365), but rather, are you using it securely? Microsoft has steadily improved the default security settings but it still requires some experience to get it 100% there. The amount of attacks on the M365 is astounding, specifically with phishing attempts to gain user passwords.

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.

IT Metrics that Matter the Most

What IT metrics matter the most? Is it how fast an issue is resolved? How many times the same issue reoccurs? Cost to resolve the issue? All of these metrics can have a varying degree of importance depending on who you ask! Today we are going to look at the IT metrics that provide the best overall picture of how your IT is performing for your business.

Utilization based technology services and support

Would you ever pre-pay for your electricity or water service years in advance, knowing that if you used LESS you would pay MORE and if you used MORE it would not even be available? Of course you wouldn't!  This is exactly how many companies are acquiring their technology services and support today, and that needs to change.

The Business of IT: Part 3- Outsource the “T”, not the “I”

When thinking about IT, it's helpful to look at each piece separately....
The first part is all about INFORMATION, and this is key to running your business.  Businesses that have an IT department should be staffing functions that add value to the business.

The Business of IT: Part 2- Getting comfortable with subscriptions, again…

Subscriptions have been around forever.
Columbia House Music, wine-of-the-month, magazines, and now all our favorite streaming music and TV services.  As we move to a service-based economy this the subscription trend will continue, especially for consumption based services, like technology!

Businesses need to re-think how they are purchasing their IT software and hardware.