The next evolution of SBS

31. August 2017 Business, Opinion, Technical 2
In a previous article, I compared two alternative deployments for a new kind of “Small Business Server” (being defined in this case as a network of 25 users or less). Microsoft used to have a widely adopted product for this market called Small Business Server, but since it has been discontinued after SBS 2011, and that ...

How I advise my clients on compliance & security

29. June 2017 Business, Technical 1
Information Security is becoming more and more important in today’s world. Here in the North America (including Canada and the US), we have several laws that require us to meet certain compliance requirements as it relates to Information Security for various industries.  Other nations, such as those belonging to the European Union, face these challenges as ...

Password best practices

04. May 2017 Business, Technical 0
Some people say passwords are dead. I don’t know if I 100% agree with that, since in actual fact and practice, we still rely on them heavily to secure access to our personal information online. The idea behind these “passwords are dead” sentiments is that a single factor of authentication is no longer “enough” on it’s own. ...

It’s all about your downtime tolerance

02. March 2017 Business, Technical 0
Before you go picking the cheapest possible IT solution that meets your business requirements, or on the other side of the equation, adding unnecessary complexity to your network, you first need to consider: What is your downtime tolerance? If you don’t answer this critical question, you might end up with a solution that cannot live ...

How to Fall in Love with your Job: Always do your best

22. December 2016 Business, Opinion 1
Peter, most people don’t like their jobs. But you go out there and find something that makes you happy. –Office Space Even half a century ago, most people could not have connected with this movie as well as they do today. Memes from this modern classic can be found everywhere on the Internet, and people can instantly ...

Without a backup, your pants are on fire

01. December 2016 Business, Opinion 1
I shouldn’t even need to write this article. It’s silly, but I have to do it anyway.  So here it goes… Not having a backup of mission critical applications and data is an emergency equivalent to having your pants on fire. Most business owners and stakeholders already assume that you have a backup–they assume that, even ...

How Office 365 has changed the way I work

03. November 2016 Business, Opinion, Productivity 0
Office 365 as a Gateway to Mobility Nothing is more intriguing to me right now in our industry than the concept of mobility (and to some extent, BYOD). I am an avid fan and believer: I think that Office 365 has, more than any other product, delivered on the promises of cloud and mobile technologies, and I believe ...

Top Mobility-Enabling Security Features in Office 365

13. October 2016 Business, Technical 0
At this point, even the staunchest conservatives among us have to admit that we live in a post-perimeter world. In recent years there have been even more developments and trends chipping away at our traditional conceptions of so-called perimeter-based security. Cloud and mobility means two things: Users can go straight to the Internet from any device ...