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Create a Video Training Center in SharePoint

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Create a Video Training Center in SharePoint

This will usually be under the IT site or as a separate top level site.  This will act as a training portal for all users, but will not be limited to only SharePoint training resources. People learn differently, but the most popular training medium is videos. These can be reinforced with emails and blog posts.

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How to Transfer Ownership with OneNote

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How to Transfer Ownership with OneNote

Have you ever wondered how to transfer ownership with OneNote? I can help! In the following scenario, a role change necessitates an ownership transfer.

Connie is moving into a new position at her company. The role is completely different and full of new responsibilities, so she decides to give her old workflow notes to her assistant, Roger. Connie knows that there is only one way to transfer OneNote packages, but there are two possible starting points...

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Windows Server 2016: What You Need to Know About Server 2016

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Windows Server 2016: What You Need to Know About Server 2016

We are only a few months out from the scheduled September release of Server 2016 from Microsoft. In my previous article we looked at what makes Server 2016 the best deployment yet. We covered a few of the Hyper-V enhancements and, what I am most excited about, the Nano Server options. Aside from the Hyper-V and Nano Server enhancements, here’s what you need to know about Windows Server 2016.

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Cyber Seniors: It is the Little Things that Matter

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Cyber Seniors: It is the Little Things that Matter

When I first walked into the room at Cedar Village where the training was to take place, I was not sure what to make of it. A few of my fellow employees were already engaged with elderly residents. Diane Slovin, director of community outreach, approached me and pointed out an elderly man without a volunteer. As a new hire at AfidenceIT, this was my to be my first experience with the Cyber-Seniors program. This was AfidenceIT’s second event of the program. The first one took place in early May.

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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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Balancing Act: Why the Work-Life Balance Model is a Myth

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Balancing Act: Why the Work-Life Balance Model is a Myth

Last week I began chronicling my journey with Heaven in Business (HIB). This week I want to move forward with something Rick Sbrocca, Managing Partner of Spiritus Solutions Inc., focused on in his complete life victory plan: "You are the CEO of Your Life--Engineering Your Life-Work Success." He stated that the Work-Life Balance Model has failed. This is a memo that I wish I would have received a lot earlier in my own life.

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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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Intentional Success: Cultivating Culture in Consulting

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Intentional Success: Cultivating Culture in Consulting

We are excited to announce that AfidenceIT will be interviewed for Heaven in Business' WorkPlace Wisdom: Intentional Success! What is HIB? What is WorkPlace Wisdom? Glad you asked.

Let's start with a brief introduction to AfidenceIT. AfidenceIT is a biblically based business advocate and IT provider founded in 2010 by my husband and me. It is important to mention that biblically based does not mean a culture dominated by Christians. Instead, it means that our business is founded and operated based on biblical principles of honor, respect, integrity, kindness, and excellence. This winter...

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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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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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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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BYOD and Windows Security

BYOD (bring your own device) is on the rise in the workplace.  Employees now use work systems to check personal email and surf the net, while personal devices are increasingly used to complete work tasks.  This change has resulted in the increase of Malware in the workplace.  Take a look at this article on Windows Security and BYOD written by Paul Ferguson.windows security image
Here's a sneak peek:

“For business, the important fact is that the impact of malware to business can be mitigated by installation of firewall products, managed security service providers, and most importantly, user education. There are a number of network devices to scan & detect network traffic & email that could compromise your environment by blocking access to websites with known bad reputation & deleting emails that contain malware. Managed Security Service Providers can install software on your client systems that allow for monitoring for virus activity, real time reports of activity, and remote as…..”

Contact Afidence for an assessment of your company's network today.

 

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Afidence White Papers: Business Aligned IT Assessment

If expanding the value and return on your IT investments is your company's goal, this article is for you. Sneak Peek:

Chances are your Information Technology (IT) organization has evolved over time, which can lead to gaps developing between the business and IT including redundant activities, inefficient workflows, lack of accountability, ineffective approvals, and communication breakdowns.  It can be very difficult, however, to see what is and isn’t working without an expert, independent perspective.

The overall purpose of undertaking a Business Aligned IT Assessment is to maximize the value and return on your IT investments.

Inside you'll also find:

  • Maximizing your IT investments
  • Why others have assessed
  • The approach
  • Deliverable samples
  • What to consider in an Assessment Provider

Read here...Business Aligned IT Assessment

 

 

Afidence WP-Clarifying and Simplifying Cost Metrics by Dr. Reginald Tomas Lee

Running a a business can be complicated.  Adding to that complexity is the issue of cost metrics, which although necessary, may be difficult to understand.  Attempting to utilize cost metrics without a thorough understanding can be counterproductive.  In this article, Dr. Lee offers  strategies that will make using them less complex.  You can read the article here.  

 

Afidence WP--Clarifying Cash Flow-Why Accounting is Wrong for Cash Flow Management by Dr. Reginald Tomas Lee

Are you looking for ways to help simplify and improve your company's cash flow management?  Click here to check out this informative article by Dr. Reginald Tomas Lee.  Here's a quick glimpse to see what's inside........

The path to better cash flow management is defined by the Three-Ds:
•Define and create a clear understanding of costs and revenues
•Design your approach for modeling and measuring cash flow
•Develop the performance metrics you will use

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Afidence WP -- Considerations for Cloud-Hosted Content Delivery by Jim Buxsel

As many organizations explore cloud computing to improve their IT service offerings, content delivery applications can become logical candidates for consideration due to their potential ability to mitigate a complex set of problems. Common challenges include globally-dispersed networks, a large mobile user base, a myriad of supported technologies and bandwidth constraints. All of which can be obstacles to ensuring organizational content is delivered reliably and efficiently to end users. To Read more, click here.

 

Contributed by Jim Buxsel, Afidence 2011

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