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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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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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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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The 3 Unsung Heroes of Disaster Recovery Planning

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The 3 Unsung Heroes of Disaster Recovery Planning

Good news everyone.  Most of the pitfalls of disaster recovery can be avoided by applying the unsung heroes of disaster recovery planning.

For you business IT veterans, this will be a quick reminder to front load disaster recovery planning into your projects.  For those less well-versed in disaster recovery planning, here is a framework to keep in mind as you tackle your operational and project work load.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Contract Project Manager for Your Next Project

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5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Contract Project Manager for Your Next Project

“Not another project,” you say as the words of the email drip from your head to the pit of your stomach.  You remember the last time… You thought you picked the right in-house team to manage the project. It seemed straight forward. You had good people who were top notch in IT and very specialized. You were convinced the project would be OBOSOT (On Budget, On Scope, On Time).  And by the end of the project, it was OBOSOT (Over Budget, Over Scope, Over Time). What went wrong?

I am going to suggest one simple change.  Consider a contract project manager!

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Wearables: A Timeless Tech or Fashion Fad?

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Wearables: A Timeless Tech or Fashion Fad?

The effects of things we put into our body are no longer a mystery of the universe. Through years of complex studies, we know that not everything that tastes good is good for you! We have countless ways to track caloric intake and calories burned. Possibly the most trending today are wearable health trackers. Even more so, we have miniature phones in the form of watches, and televisions in the form of goggles we wear on our heads. But are wearables a timeless tech or fashion fad?

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3 Reasons You Should Absolutely Use Apple Pay

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3 Reasons You Should Absolutely Use Apple Pay

Apple Pay is an easy and convenient way to pay for your purchases. The need to increase security for payment transactions becomes more evident as retailers continue to report data breaches on a regular basis.  Still, user adoption has been slower than expected. PYMNTS.com reports, “Those who didn’t use Apple Pay in a transaction where they could have (and who had used it in the past) had two primary reasons for not tapping with Apple Pay. As we have seen in past surveys, they either forgot (30.1 percent) or didn’t know that the store they were in offered it (30.1 percent)” (“New Apple Pay Adoptions,” 2015).

Apple has developed a secure and easy-to-use method of making payments from your phone.  Have you made a switch to Apply Pay yet? Here’s why you should.

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Top 5 Reasons a Company Should Outsource Technology

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Top 5 Reasons a Company Should Outsource Technology

Companies that are working in the realm of technology and those who offer products and services know that making sales is the main goal if they want to stay in business. Outsourcing is a prime example of industry evolution. It has become a commonplace especially for corporations, and the world is a more global economy more than ever.

Outsourcing is a result of economic necessity and occurs when one organization specializing in a product or service can produce it more cost effectively than a large company. The more cost-efficient company outsources the project from the larger company. What many don’t realize is that it is imperative to create IT contracts, when outsourcing for a successful business. Some of the top reasons companies should outsource include...

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