The impact of technology is constantly shaping the workplace. Here’s a look at how technological advancements have increased everything from productivity to profitability. Office life is at the center of the popular TV series Mad Men, yet you may not have noticed the groundbreaking technology of the time illustrated throughout the show. From typewriters to the invention of the conference call, the available tools changed the way of work in the 1960s. Giant leaps in technology continue to shape the modern office, from how businesses communicate with customers and how employees interact to automating repetitive tasks and seeing profitability clearly. Here are five ways that technology has affected the workplace of today. Increased productivity From in-cloud Gantt charts to digital [...]
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Technology: Your business couldn’t run without it, but sometimes, it can cause more frustration than peace of mind. Here’s a look at some of the challenges and trends you’ll likely need to address to ensure a successful 2022. Technology Issues You Need to Understand Cybersecurity Concerns Technology is evolving every day, and many of these innovations can keep businesses secure. However, as technology advances, so do the ways in which hackers can access sensitive data, and with the rise of remote work, your data is more vulnerable than ever before. In fact, according to RiskBased Security’s 2021 Mid Year Report, 18.88 billion records were lost in the first half of 2021—a more than 400% increase compared to 2019. To [...]
Businesses are always on the lookout for ways to streamline and automate their operations, maximize efficiency, and boost their bottom line. For many, moving their data and applications to the cloud is the answer. There are many benefits of cloud computing, such as: Cost-savings: With cloud technology, you only pay for what you need. Security: Your data might not be stored onsite, but it’s the job of the cloud host to monitor and manage your information and proactively address threats, risks, and vulnerabilities. Flexibility: Whether you’re a small or enterprise-sized business, cloud computing allows easy scaling to fit your needs and objectives. Choosing to move your data to the cloud can transform the way you do business, but heading [...]
Everything in business needs best practices, standards and systems, and IT is no different. This is especially true as IT has become more and more integral to every business. ITIL is a framework that brings a systematic approach to help businesses achieve stable IT environments, implement time- and cost-effective IT practices, and can best manage risk. In short, ITIL exists to bring IT in alignment with business objectives. ITIL: A Library and a Framework ITIL stands for Information Technology Infrastructure Library, and this library contains volumes of best practices for the delivery of IT services. These books (currently there are five) detail the processes and stages of IT services. The approach was developed in the 1980s by the British [...]
Not every business has the benefit of having a C-level executive that uses their knowledge of technology to identify opportunities that create value for your organization. But when you’re only thinking in the tactical realm of IT, it can be hard to go beyond the day-to-day headspace and wrap your head around the bigger technology picture. That’s the exact specialty of a chief information officer (CIO), and here’s how you can think like one in order to better your business through technology. What does a CIO do? A CIO is a business leader that happens to speak the language of IT. They’re responsible for connecting IT to the business, as well as to vendors and clients. They’re ever mindful [...]
For business owners and department heads, the New Year countdown starts well before New Year’s Eve. It begins at least a full quarter earlier, as you lay out the goals and objectives, along with the budgets and investment required, to get there. Information technology planning is no different. If you have yet to outline your strategic initiatives for 2022 as they relate to technology, now is the time. Here’s our guide to getting started. Do understand the business strategy. This guides everything, right? No departmental strategy should be created in a silo, and the IT strategic planning process is no different. Start there, and let those marching orders provide a basis for the shape technology will take over the [...]
Outsourcing IT services to a managed IT service provider is one popular way to augment your in-house talent and help provide you with the technology and support you need to move strategic initiatives forward. But whether or not you reach your IT goals depends largely on the success of the provider-customer relationship. When it comes to IT, it’s not just about having a managed service provider (MSP) by your side to keep an eye on your technology. It’s just as much about developing a good relationship with that provider so they can bring the most value. Here are seven things you should look for and expect from an excellent MSP: Improved efficiency & cost savings Whether you are a [...]
A multicloud approach involves leveraging two or more cloud providers to meet an organization’s infrastructure needs, leverage the best cloud technologies and control cost. Rather than using a single cloud vendor that covers hosting, storage, and applications, a multicloud approach involves the use of several. That cloud mix may look like a combination of Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), for example. You might select which services from each provider will be best for your organization based on technical requirements, costs, and the need to manage workloads. Multicloud solutions are most often built on open-source, cloud-native technologies that are supported across the major public cloud providers. It combines software-as-a-service (Saas), Platform-as-a-Service (Paas), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service [...]
Do you have a patch management process in place? If not, you’re opening your organization up to vulnerabilities. It’s time to set up and implement a patch management system that works. You know all about the serious risks cyber attacks pose these days, but what if we told you that consistently implementing patch management best practices could stop most hackers in their tracks? Patches involve the deployment of new or updated code that fixes mistakes, covers vulnerabilities, improves performance, or adds new features to operating systems, applications and software. Why You Should Prioritize Patching It’s true that patch rollout can feel overwhelming, and if you are part of a small business, you might feel like it’s impossible to keep [...]
AccountabilIT (AIT) has the expertise and capabilities to provide security-related services on Azure and Microsoft 365. They help customers protect networks, data, apps, endpoints, and identities from cyber threats. Scottsdale, September 1, 2021.- AccountabilIT, the rapidly-growing Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) and Managed Service Provider (MSP), announced today that it has achieved Microsoft Gold Security Competency status. By attaining this Security Competency, AccountabilIT has proven to have the background, skills, management, and reliability needed for designing, implementing, and managing customer information security using Microsoft solutions. Microsoft awards Gold Competency (its highest certification level) only to partners who exemplify high-level expertise as well as a demonstrated specialization in each technology or service area. The Gold Security Competency is AccountabilIT's 4th Gold Competency awarded [...]
It makes intuitive sense that your IT strategy should align with your overall business strategy. But what does this look like when the rubber meets the road? There is no one-size-fits-all IT strategy. Your business is unique. Your IT strategy should be too. We have been helping businesses evaluate, build, and monitor their IT infrastructure, IT security, and overall IT strategy for over 19 years. In this article, we'll share some of the insights that we have gleaned from our experience. We hope to point you in the right direction. If you would like to book a free consultation to further discuss how we can help your organization, we would be delighted to hear from you. IT Infrastructure Technology is [...]