How to perform technology alignment for your growing business

Technology alignment is critical for a growing business, especially as a business scales up.  A car that is out of alignment behaves the same as a business.  At slow speeds (low growth) the lack of alignment is not noticeable, but once you get on the highway hold on or the car will be drifting across the highway headed for a crash!

A business that is out of alignment crosses the lanes of lower productivity, less security, and less profit.

Three signs your technology is in maintenance mode

A funny thing happens when some people have success.  They quit innovating and get comfortable with the status quo.  This same phenomenon happens to businesses all the time especially when it comes to technology.  This leads to reduced productivity and profits which no business wants.

The job market will force a shift to IT outsourcing for businesses

There is great corporate migration to Nashville right now. Companies are moving out of the high tax and regulation states like CA and NY and bringing lots of jobs with them.! This is great for the local economy, but will accelerate the need for (local) businesses to shift to outsourcing their IT to a partner.

When you know it is time to change IT providers

How do you know when it is time to change IT providers? Do you wait until some unforeseen disaster? Until you find out all their best techs have left? Until your competitors are moving past you due to higher levels of tech enabled productivity?

Changing IT providers is right up there with finding a new accounting or legal group to work with.

The bad guys are real and your lack of technology strategy is making it easy for them

The bad guys are real, especially on the Internet.  In fact, the bad guys of the Internet are worse  than those in real life.  At least you can SEE the ones in real life and defend yourself or flee.  The baddies of the Internet come into your house, sit on all the furniture, make a mess, and steal your stuff….all while you are in the kitchen hanging out unaware!

No amount of security will stop them from attempting to break in and nothing is foolproof.

Quit trying to “get all the good” out of your computers

Business managers continue to want to justify getting all the "good" out of their capital equipment purchases.  Computer equipment should no longer be put in this category.  Computers replaced on a 4 year lifecycle will deliver higher productivity for your staff, reduced (or no) downtime, and more overall profit for your business.

Microsoft 365 Security: Securing email with Advanced Threat Protection

We covered the basic security options that are available to all M365 plans here. This is the equivalent of locking your doors at night, a good idea, but not enough if you have someone that really wants to get into your house. Unfortunately there is no equivalent of a "safe" neighborhood on the Internet, if you are utilizing email you will eventually be targeted for a break-in!

The biggest attack vector for breaking in is email.

Working Remote: Standardize on Teams as your collaboration app

Collaboration is the act of working with someone to produce or create something. In today's workplace the words "in real time" need to be added to this. Sending emails back and forth is not collaboration, and it is certainly not productive! When working remotely it is critical to standardize on a collaboration application across your organization.

Working remote: Time to move on from internal IT support

No matter how good the technology or smart the end-user, there will always be a need for IT support. Plug and Play was a big deal in the 90's and we all know how that turned out! Getting the most out of your remote workforce requires that you provide IT support that can handle a variety of hardware, software, and end-user expectations.