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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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Technology and Logistics: A Match Made in Catch-22 Heaven

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Technology and Logistics: A Match Made in Catch-22 Heaven

The importance of technology for businesses is greater than ever before. However, technology alone is not enough. Without technological advancement, you risk losing a possible advantage over your competition. Worse yet, you run the risk of your competition widening the gap on an advantage they may have over you.  You must find new ways to leverage technology because your clients and the competition demand it.

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4 Critical Roles Every Project Manager Must Own To Lead Successful Teams

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4 Critical Roles Every Project Manager Must Own To Lead Successful Teams

Whether you’re operating within a DevOps, Agile, or Waterfall environment, the academic principles of project management are clear, tried, and tested.  What is hard to communicate via a textbook or lecture are the gaps that exist between real world execution and academic theory.  Over the course of a career, project managers develop the soft skills of team leadership that fill these gaps and propel their teams to success.  Beyond creating burn charts and capturing user stories, successful project managers must fill four emotionally supportive roles to ensure their teams deliver peak performance...

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Don’t Just List Your Business Assets in Sharepoint: Analyze Them

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Don’t Just List Your Business Assets in Sharepoint: Analyze Them

SharePoint farms are common in large and small businesses, and the ability to set up simple lists, document libraries, schedules and team sites make it a handy multipurpose tool.  SharePoint lists support the business objectives and are also employed to track the resources used to support the business itself.  All businesses use computers to perform their work, and these assets are often tracked for depreciation, warranty repairs, and replacement. How many pieces of equipment are out of warranty? What networking equipment is due for replacement?  When was the inventory list last updated? 

The built-in SharePoint views can be used to answer a few of these questions, but you can also use Excel with its database view and pivot-table feature to simplify the analysis of your current data. 

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Should You Accept the Free Upgrade to Windows 10?

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Should You Accept the Free Upgrade to Windows 10?

If you’ve been wondering whether to accept the ‘free’ upgrade to Windows 10, time is running out!

The free upgrade opportunity to Windows 10 from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 will expire on July 30, 2016. After that time, you would have to pay to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade, or keep your existing version of Windows. If you haven’t decided whether to accept this offer from Microsoft, here are some tips to help your decision.

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Not Your Typical IT Guy

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Not Your Typical IT Guy

As a social person, I often get asked, “What do you do for a living?” I tell them that I work in IT, and I usually get a look of surprise. I often say, “I’m not your typical IT guy.” Most people have a preconceived notion that an IT guy is a nerdy guy who stutters around women and hides behind his computer. In comparison, I’ve found most of my peers to be outgoing and welcoming even when they were a bit introverted. I started my technology career later in life. I decided I wanted to go back to school and learn something I knew would be challenging and exciting. I wanted to be a good provider for my daughter, so I chose cybersecurity and forensics. And, I fell in love with it.

I was stunned at the lack of women attending the computer programs when I first started my classes. But...

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Windows Server 2016: What Makes Server 2016 the Best Deployment Yet?

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Windows Server 2016: What Makes Server 2016 the Best Deployment Yet?

Server 2016 has great enhancements and new features, and you don’t have to move to the cloud to have them. I remember when Server 2012 came out. Everyone was talking about how that version of Windows Server was going to push everyone to the cloud. It did not happen. Server 2016 is here, and it is still not happening. Microsoft is developing enhancements and features that are going to make you want to have your on-premise servers virtualized, if they are not already, and easier to manage.

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Cyber Seniors:  What it Means To Bridge the Technology Gap

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Cyber Seniors: What it Means To Bridge the Technology Gap

Benjamin Franklin was quoted saying, "He that can have patience can have what he will." Never underestimate the determination of an individual who has patience, purpose, and persistence. On Sunday, May 1st, the AfidenceIT team had the honor of leading the Cyber-Seniors event--an international campaign aimed at connecting the older adults with technology. The campaign is part of the Cyber-Seniors documentary, a heartwarming film that addresses the growing gap between the older adults and technology. The idea originated after two sisters, Macaulee (16) and Kascha Cassaday (18) saw the way technology transformed their grandparent's lives. One of our employees sent us the video, and we felt an instant call for action. Armed with a purpose, we partnered with Cedar Village, a not-for-profit retirement community in Mason, Ohio. We developed a cyber seniors program that involved donating 15 Chromebooks, leading three events, and organizing cyber buddy partnerships.

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The Uncommon Sense of Information Technology Strategy

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The Uncommon Sense of Information Technology Strategy

Yesterday my wife asked me to provide a safe method of transportation for our children.  Immediately, I thought of the safest vehicle I could and placed an order for two tanks that will be delivered to our house in about six weeks.  She is going to be happy with this strategy as our children will be very safe while they are driving to school or getting ice cream.  They are well worth the $16 million dollar price tag. Like this example, some IT strategies just do not make sense.

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Focusing on Priorities in a Day Filled with Chaos

From Tony Schwartz at Harvard Business Review:

"Do the most important thing first in the morning, preferably without interruption, for 60 to 90 minutes, with a clear start and stop time."

I cannot agree more.  Tackling the more challenging tasks of the day, at least for me, requires a fresh mind.  I also find that getting my daily priorities organized the night before (just before leaving work) works well for me.  Not only does it help me stay on-task, but I sleep better knowing that I have a handle on what lies ahead.

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Disaster Recovery for Small Business (and other things that aren't so small)

Business Continuity . . . It’s a big scary topic that most small businesses associate with spending large amounts of money. The thought of giant brown bags with dollar signs on them floating out your window come to mind when business continuity is mentioned.  Business continuity is really just planning and preparing for all the operation disruptions that can happen in the life of your business. If you unpack business continuity you will find disaster recovery planning, vendor/contract relationship management, employee management, and economic preparation/planning. Planning for all of these areas is key for any small business in today’s global market place. I want to take a look at one of these areas.

Disaster Recovery . . . It sounds much worse that it really is, most times. I always picture walking up to a house that has been leveled by a storm and pulling pieces of memories out of the scrap that remains. Disaster recovery is a plan and process to make sure you are prepared for things that are a ‘disaster’. Disaster recovery consists of several components: Unit Level recovery (PC’s, Servers), Energy/Power (building, office, equipment, shop/manufacturing lines), and Large scale events (Weather, Global issues, Economic Failure/Downturn, War). For our purposes I am going to drill down into Unit Level Recovery for small businesses.

Chances are . . . If you have data/files/music/pictures/unfinished business plans in Word Doc format, and who doesn’t, you have thought about some sort of disaster recovery plan. You may not call it “Disaster Recovery” *said using epic hero voice* you might just call it ‘backing up my files on a USB stick thingy’. Whatever you call it you want to make sure the things that are critical to your business are safe, secure, and retrievable if your computer dies tomorrow. You might be a once a year type who backs up when taxes roll around or you might be the OCD type that when you add an extra comma to that unfinished business plan you MUST SAVE NOW!!!! However frequent you ‘backup’ your data, we all need to know what options we have in case of a disaster in today’s digital world. I am going to spend my time on three different types of backup that can be used in any combination for disaster recovery at most Small Businesses.

Author:  David Rice, Afidence

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