4 Social Skills Every System Administrator Needs

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4 Social Skills Every System Administrator Needs

The typical IT person is routinely thought of as a geek or nerd with a lack of social skills. If you have seen The IT Crowd you may remember Moss, who is knowledgeable in all things IT but is extremely socially awkward. Or maybe you have encountered an IT person like Roy, who is tired of answering the same question repeatedly when the solution is simple and he/she is more concerned with the latest trend in the online gaming community than reality.

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The Disconnect Between You and The Network

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The Disconnect Between You and The Network

You arrive at your desk, review your morning emails, then head to the weekly 8:30am meeting. You’re the first to present, so you open your laptop to load your presentation from the file share…Only to find a spinning cursor; your computer won't load the file. You're connected to the wireless network, your co-workers are happily surfing Facebook while they wait, but you cannot access a single thing. Why won't your computer load your presentation or access a site, even though everyone else seems to have no issue? Most importantly, what have you done to deserve this?

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When Collaboration is more than a Buzzword

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When Collaboration is more than a Buzzword

I’ve heard the word collaboration thrown around a lot since I left college. Rarely, though, have I seen it as effectively carried out as I did at the Southwest Ohio Municipality Technology group’s latest get together. This informal group shares strategies and experiences openly with the goal of bettering each other’s organizations. Each information technology professional in attendance provides updates to the group and gives input during the meeting.

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Four Virtues of Virtual Project Management

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Four Virtues of Virtual Project Management

It is commonly accepted that group focus, sharing talents, and experiencing the energy of common goals cannot be replicated in a virtual world.  Many are afraid that cyber meetings will remove much of the synergy people experience when developing and working as a team.  Have you resisted the virtual model of project management?  

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The Top 5 Benefits of Migrating to the Cloud with SharePoint

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The Top 5 Benefits of Migrating to the Cloud with SharePoint

Moving data to the cloud is not a new concept. Since its inception, the cloud has been something that an increasing number of organizations use to store and access data. Currently, if your organization isn't using the cloud or a hybrid model, unless you have a specific reason (and yes, there are some good reasons not to utilize the cloud), you are falling behind your competition.

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How Being a CISSP Makes me a Better PMP

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How Being a CISSP Makes me a Better PMP

As my career has evolved, and areas of focus have shifted, the most relevant and desirable certifications have changed as well.  In the early 2000’s, work assignments and client needs took me down a path where cybersecurity was the main emphasis.

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5 Reasons a Hybrid Office 365 Cloud Deployment may be the best Choice for your Organization

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5 Reasons a Hybrid Office 365 Cloud Deployment may be the best Choice for your Organization

The idea of hosting applications and data in “The Cloud” predates Microsoft’s release of Office 365 back in 2011.  However, one could argue that Office 365 helped usher in Cloud services to mainstream business.  Now, more than ever, many companies are hosting their data, applications, and services in Cloud services such as Office 365.

Should all businesses move their data to Office 365?

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Not Your Parents' Office: How Tech is Changing the Workplace

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Not Your Parents' Office: How Tech is Changing the Workplace

The workforce is in transition: baby boomers are retiring and successive generations contain fewer employable persons. According to a Pew Research study conducted in the United States in 2015, baby boomers accounted for 29% of the workforce, while Gen X accounted for 34%, and millennials were another 34%. The baby boomers (aged to 52 to 70) are retiring and, even though immigration is adding to the millennial population (aged 18 to 35), it is not enough to make up the difference. In the next 5 years millennials will make up almost 50% of the workforce as 4 million baby boomers retire each year.

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Why You Should Consider a Part-Time CIO

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Why You Should Consider a Part-Time CIO

Afidence is now offering an Outsourced Chief Information Officer (CIO) program which can be a game-changer for your small to medium business (SMB). By having a part-time CIO on your executive staff, you can gain the technological vision to move your organization forward without the costs and support issues that a full-time CIO would require.

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Creating Training Modules in PowerPoint

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Creating Training Modules in PowerPoint

PowerPoint is the industry standard for presentations due to its ease of use and adaptability. Aside from its versatility as a visual aid in group meetings and presentations, it’s also valuable as a one-on-one training method. Many companies also use PowerPoint for customized training modules to teach employees as their schedule permits, without the need to meet at a specific time and date. When developing a training course this way, there are several points to consider in both the content and the delivery.

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Cleaning Out Server 2008 R2

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Cleaning Out Server 2008 R2

Symptoms: C Drive Full – system running slow – unable to work on the server – unable to delete files or do a disk cleanup.

Operating System: Server 2008 R2

Culprit: Out of control Windows updates

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Chromebook in the Enterprise World

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Chromebook in the Enterprise World

We live in enterprise world. The floor in this world has the Microsoft logo on it (Server and Windows) and some of the most important and common buildings are Microsoft buildings (i.e. SharePoint and Office). Other buildings in this world are built by companies like Oracle, Salesforce, and SAP, but this world relies on that Microsoft floor.

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Cultivating Great Relationships: An Interview with Edoc Service

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Cultivating Great Relationships: An Interview with Edoc Service

Edoc Service is one of our wonderful clients. We watned to learn more about how they create a healthy company culture. We interviewed Benji Reano from their marketing department to get the answers.

This interview shows how an organization’s values and culture impact relationships with clients and partners. Culture is critical to Edoc because it informs everything they do as a company.

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My First Taste of IT

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My First Taste of IT

As I walked into the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center where the 10th Annual Taste of IT was to take place, people bustled about setting up booths and chatting with their neighbors. Stephanie, our events coordinator and lead, smiled and welcomed me to the event. Information technology companies filled the floor, their banners featuring logos and calls to action. Each booth seemed to have its own theme and activity. One booth even had a virtual Lego builder! I was thrilled to be there and ready to make connections. Speakers and breakout sessions were to take place throughout the day.

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Cyber-Seniors: A Serendipitous Encounter

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Cyber-Seniors: A Serendipitous Encounter

On Sunday September 25th, Afidence employees gathered to donate their time at the Cyber Seniors event held at Cedar Village in Mason. We gathered to help bridge the gap between today’s technology and any senior citizen who was willing to let us help make their interactions with technology a little easier.

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The Inauguration of the comSpark Tech Summit

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The Inauguration of the comSpark Tech Summit

The comSpark Innovation Tech Summit was created for individuals passionate about technology and innovation. The event included expert speakers, workshops, awards, and numerous technology-based organizations. The summit was made to attract anyone in the Greater Cincinnati area interested in technology, innovation, and business. 

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Integrity and Social Responsibility: Why They Matter

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Integrity and Social Responsibility: Why They Matter

This pessimistic quote is most often attributed to English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic George Orwell. Although Orwell’s authorship of the quote cannot be unequivocally proven, I believe this quote profoundly encapsulates a popular belief in our culture: That we are very often being lied to, and subsequently we do not even expect the truth.

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Taste of the Month #1: SharePoint Update

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Taste of the Month #1: SharePoint Update

Office 365 continues to release new features to the cloud.  My test tenant seems to receive the updates before our production tenant.  Both of our tenants are in the first release ring. I called Microsoft to see if we could get put in a position in front of first, but no such position exists. 

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