President Letter – February 2018

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“The transition from the industrial to the digital era is having a seismic impact on business and society”. As I read the first line of one of our articles for this month’s newsletter edition about how Education Needs a New Approach, I took pause. Is the need for this new approach restricted to education? I would argue not. Many businesses are operating with antiquated systems but expecting 21st Century results. To paraphrase the article “the (businesses) that adjust quickest to this tectonic shift will find themselves propelled up the …...

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Top Tech Trends from CES

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used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com by Daniel Newman, Broadsuite Media Group Daniel Newman, Principal Analyst and Broadsuite CEO shares what excites him from CES 2018. Part of succeeding in this digital world is to not only know what tech is working for you now, but also what tech you can expect to leverage next. That’s why I always keep an eye on trends—like the power of AR in the coming year, for example (more on that in a minute). What better place to look for trends than CES, one of the world’s largest tech...

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Joe Kubiak – Server Storage Specialist

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“Let’s Polka!” These words are music to the ears of Networking Technologies Server and Support Specialist Joe Kubiak.  A fan of a good dark beer and Polish music, it’s not uncommon to see Joe with an accordion in hand on stage with Polka Relations, a local polka band. While his love of music and his Polish heritage are strong, his love for IT and serving his customers are obvious. After graduating from North East High School (PA), Joe went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and his MBA...

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Does Your Higher Education Network Make the Grade?

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HPE Aruba Networks by ghinkel It is hard to believe, but my son graduated from high school, with college just around the corner. Where did the time go? As I contemplate his future, I think about things like “Will he know how to balance his time? Will he self-regulate fun and academic study? What will he do without nurturing adult oversight? Will his phone be a distractor or shift to an important tool on his learning journey?” OK, so I am a worrier! I also worry about the campus environment and the foundational resources that should help him...

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Consumer Technology Association 2018 Recap

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used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com by Daniel Newman, Broadsuite Media Group Part of succeeding in this digital world is to not only know what tech is working for you now, but also what tech you can expect to leverage next. That’s why I always keep an eye on trends—like the power of AR in the coming year, for example (more on that in a minute). What better place to look for trends than CES, one of the world’s largest tech conferences that displays innovations in everything from consumer products to larger,...

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8 Business Trends in 2018

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used with permission from HP Tech@Work 8 business trends for 2018 – and beyond As the calendar rolls over into 2018, we’re looking into the crystal ball at business trends that will shape the upcoming year – and years to come. Community engagement over social media interaction Despite the proliferation of smartphones and connected devices, companies are recognizing that social media and virtual connections cannot replace the value of live, in-person interaction with their customers, or the communities they’ve created. Smart companies will...

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4 ways to get started with information governance

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used with permission from IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub by Candace McCabe, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. Two paradoxes of information technology are: data has no value if you can’t access it, and it’s a liability if the wrong people access it. Company leaders don’t think they need data governance until these paradoxes hit them hard. According to IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, data is the world’s new natural resource. The International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that by 2025 the global datasphere will grow to 163 zettabytes (or 163...

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3PAR & Nimble Storage: Gartner MQs & Critical Capabilities

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Take a look at the recent Gartner Critical Capabilities Report for Solid-State Arrays and see how HPE and Nimble Storage were scored. Definitely a powerful combination.  Great things seem to always come in pairs. And this month was no different. Gartner’s recently published Critical Capabilities (CC) Report for Solid-State Arrays (SSAs) comes at a time SSAs are truly becoming mainstream. Not only are SSAs delivering on the promise of low response times and high performance, but are also proving to be at least as reliable as traditional HDD...

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January 2018 Letter From the President

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This year we will celebrate 20 years in business. I’d like to thank each and every one of you for making that possible. It’s hard to imagine that it’s been that long but at the same time incredible to see all that has happened since then. What started as a commitment to the Erie community to bring advanced networking consulting has blossomed – because of our clients’ needs – into an organization that provides an array of technology services and solutions not only in Erie but also in the Buffalo and...

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Tips to Improve Your Cybersecurity in 2018

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2018 is right around the corner, and here are our top five tipsfor things you can do to improve your cybersecurity in the new year. Cybersecurity has been the most critical issue in 2017, and that’s not going to change. If you haven’t begun addressing your organization’s cybersecurity defense, let’s start now! #1 Train Your Employees The best way to improve your IT security is to train your employees on best security practices. Educate them so they can recognize and avoid cyber threats like phishing and scams. Teach them about protecting...

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