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.

Three ways you should STOP using email

Email is the defacto communication standard in business today.  This is interesting considering the first email sent was in 1971, and the fax machine has come and gone since that time.  Email continues to be useful in the business environment, BUT it time to consider alternatives for many scenarios.

Technology projects can slowly drain your business productivity

Productivity growth in the US has stalled out over the past several years.  Productivity is the measure of output in good or services per hour worked.  There are a lot of experts on this area, so I'm going to focus on some observations I've had in the business environments we manage.

Intelligent Technology – Increasing Productivity (Part 4 of 4)

Doing more with less, also known as increasing productivity.  This important concept is how employees enjoy a higher standard of living due to increased wages, and businesses increase profits.  The right technology services supporting your business strategy will increase your productivity over time.

Intelligent Technology – Consistent Results (Part 3 of 4)

Would you rather have consistent results or random flashes of greatness?  Do you want a business that improves over time and is managed with the least amount of effort?  It all starts with consistent results.  Hitting goals (accuracy) without have a repeatable business process (consistency) is an exercise in frustration!
Consistent results provide a business platform that can be managed and improved upon over time.

Productivity metrics that increase profit in your business!

Growing the profitability of your company or department is the usually the #1 Goal of Business Owners and managers.  The best way to do this is to focus on increasing productivity.  Surprisingly, leaders rarely measure the right things to understand the productivity of their business.

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