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Afidence Welcomes New Client: Ramco Electric Motors, Inc.

Ramco Electric Motors, Inc. is an AS9100 certified establishment for the manufacture of electric motors and related components for use in industrial, military, and aerospace applications. The company was founded in 1987 by Ray Dunaway. Ray’s son, Dave, bought the company in 1993 and carries on the tradition of providing well-made products at a reasonable price.

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The 3 Key Factors to Promote a Secure Culture

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The 3 Key Factors to Promote a Secure Culture

With over ten years of IT experience, you tend to pick up a few things.  You become a witness to the cyclical behaviors of companies and learn what to do, what not to do, what works, and what does not.  Many organizations focus on productivity, efficiency, and expansion, but lately the focus has shifted to security: organizations want to protect assets and investments.  Often, companies introduce the latest and greatest technologies and gadgets into their organization with the expectation that the new tools will enhance security.

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The SharePoint Mobile App: The Information Where You Want it When You Want it

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The SharePoint Mobile App: The Information Where You Want it When You Want it

Mobile devices and tablets have grown exponentially in recent years. According to Citrix, “Today’s employees are increasingly likely to work from outside the office and frequently use a number of mobile (and often personal) devices to complete business tasks.” On June 20th, SharePoint entered this growing space with the SharePoint mobile app, released for iOS. The app provides access to the intranet at your fingertips.

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Is Your Image at Risk?

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Is Your Image at Risk?

This interview with Kevin focuses on the importance of LinkedIn profile images.  These images have an impact on the way hiring managers and fellow employees view people.  The interview provides tips and guidance on what to avoid and what to do to get a great image, pulling from his abundance of experience with portrait photography.

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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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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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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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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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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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