Technology should be a variable, not a fixed cost

The COVID-19 pandemic has made businesses painfully aware of their fixed operating costs.  The largest of these fixed costs are people often followed by office space.  Outsourcing your technology immediately changes many fixed costs into variable utilization-based costs, with a POSITIVE impact on your business efficiency.

Three keys when updating your Technology Roadmap

The sudden shift in how we work has been challenging for many businesses. For some it validated their technology platforms, and for others exposed their limitations. Regardless of the outcome, it is important to take these experiences and update your technology roadmap.

Remote access and collaboration planning

Remote access and collaboration have been key components of Stringfellow technology roadmaps since 2006. It all started with moving users to "hosted" Exchange mailboxes, which sounds very dated in today's world of Office 365 services. Today we focus on a cloud-first and servers-to-services mentality for all our roadmaps.

Trust is crucial in a remote workplace

Patrick Lencioni's book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, clearly shows that Trust is the basis for developing high performing teams.  Until this is addressed, it will be difficult for any team to achieve consistent and repeatable results. Unfortunately, some managers attempt to achieve results by imposing various controls on their employees which ultimately reduces productivity and team spirit.

Your Status matters more than ever working from home!

Status is now a communications tool in your office, not something to brag about!  What we are talking about is the usage of the Status setting in Teams (or other products) to effectively communicate during the Work From Home (WFH) world we are transitioning to.

What the end of Windows 7 REALLY means

Today marks the last day that Microsoft will provide updates for the Windows 7 operating system.  Depending on who you talk to, your computer may burst into flames OR it may continue to work perfectly for the next several years.  Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of that debate, the following three points are REALLY what the end of Windows 7 means:
Operating system updates are no longer optional
Like all your favorite cloud-based applications, you can't opt out of the changes that are made.

Do you need a technology phase shift in 2020?

If your business and technology planning are out of sync, it may be time for a technology phase shift.  Fortunately technology capability is not cumulative, skipping some steps is allowed!  The services-first, app-first approach to technology planning can enable much higher productivity without a huge lag in implementation or capital expenditure.

DIY needs to stay at home

The DIY (do it yourself) movement has taken off with the advent of social media.  Pinterest runs an entire business off of it!  The two biggest drivers of DIY are saving money, and being creative.  Neither of these are good reasons to DIY your corporate technology!  The number of businesses that are STILL taking a DIY approach to technology planning and support is surprising, and costly.

MFA is like green beans, you just gotta eat them!

MFA is no longer optional in today's threat landscape.  Over three YEARS ago we started talking to our Clients about utilizing MFA, as passwords are no longer keeping your information safe.  The number of IT providers that STILL do not ENFORCE this critical security configuration is very surprising.

Does your business strategy take technology consolidation into account?

Large technology companies are masters of consolidation, think Microsoft, Salesforce, Apple.  They watch new technologies emerge from other groups, and then either buy or replicate that functionality.  Over time all the various DIFFERENT technologies you needed to accomplish a goal now show up under a single integrated application from a single vendor.