Here is your August 2018 newsletter. In this issue…
• Letter From the President
• 5 Questions Every SMB Should Ask About Workstations – But Rarely Do
• Data Democratization is Driving Self-Service Analytics
• MyHeritage Data Breach Exposes Info of More Than 92 Million Users
• The Future of Email
• Three Trends Transforming the Modern Workplace
• End of Support
• Community Sponsorship
• Upcoming Tech Talk
• NEW COSTARS Contract Awarded
Letter from the President
In case you haven’t realized it, we are on the cusp of a significant paradigm shift in IT. This shift is the byproduct of a convergence of how IT is utilized, purchased, deployed, resourced and secured – nearly every aspect of IT is evolving.
For example, it may be shocking to learn that the largest adopter of IoT ecosystems will be businesses, not consumers. In fact, enterprises are projected to have 11.2 billion IoT devices installed by 2020. The sheer number itself creates obvious challenges for IT as you balance the benefits of smarter workplaces with the risk of onboarding lots of unknown devices to your environment without having the right set of support tools and the level of predictable, reliable network infrastructure in place.
This is coupled by a change in the way IT is resourced. Long gone are the days where IT decision makers make significant, repeated capital investments to acquire networking hardware and then another large capital outlay for business applications. The modern workplace and IT managers require flexible purchasing and deployment options for their network infrastructures to keep up with the speed of innovation, without breaking your budget.
You need rich contextual data to better measure employee productivity, utilization of workplace resources, guest engagement, and the potential business impact of IoT devices in smart buildings. Without fully understanding the success or failure metrics for GenMobile’s digital life at work, you will be flying blind as you try to improve your operations and invest in additional IT services.
Thankfully, there are many solutions available to assist you in this monumental paradigm shift. From hybrid, cloud-based solutions and flexible capacity to financing options, we can help you break down the barriers preventing you from moving into the next generation of IT.
Join me and an expert from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, on August 22 for our monthly Tech Talk as we address these issues and more in the Smart, Digital Workplace. You can register here.
From all of us at Networking Technologies,
President, Networking Technologies
5 Questions Every SMB Should Ask About Workstations – But Rarely Do
used with permission from HP Tech@Work
How can SMB owners determine if workstations are right for them and, if so, how to select the best machines for their particular needs?
Workstations have been around long enough now that it’s safe to start talking about how modern versions of these machines are nothing like the pricey behemoths grandpa used back in the ‘90s.
Today’s workstations are vastly improved with processing, graphics and storage capabilities being enhanced on a continual basis. At the same time, they have become much more compact, mobile, stylish and affordable over the years, with prices on some models starting at less than $1,000.
used with permission from IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub
by Dan Schallenkamp, IBM
Data democratization enables users to access data across an organization and empowers them to use data in decision making to gain critical business insights. Data democratization is fast becoming a game changer as it’s moving toward a user-centric, microservices-based architecture.
This user-centric architecture is being driven by user requirements to check the accuracy of data through a self-service interface, use enterprise search capabilities to find reliable data, and ensure any personal data has been masked or removed.
If you use MyHeritage for testing your DNA and tracking your ancestry, you may need to change your password. That’s the company’s guidance following a data breach that exposed email addresses and encrypted passwords for more than 92 million users.
What happened in the MyHeritage breach
MyHeritage said a security researcher notified the company on June 4, 2018, of a file found on a private server outside of the company. After analyzing the file, a MyHeritage security team determined that its contents originated from the company and included the email addresses and hashed passwords of 92,283,889 users.
The Future of Email
Your inbox is probably here to stay. Here’s how it’ll be changing.
We’ve been tethered to email as the primary form of business communication for a couple decades now. Yet study after study has proven that it’s a productivity-wasting time suck. Just look at these numbers:
- On average, employees send and receive 122 emails per day
- They have around 199 unread messages in their inbox
- And they spend a whopping one-third of their workdays on email
used with permission from Microsoft in Business Blog
Advances in technology and shifting workforce demographics are creating a more fluid work environment, redefining what productivity looks like, and empowering individuals to work smarter. With an influx of new talent that values experiences, continued learning, and collaboration over financial compensation, leadership will have to take a forward-looking approach to restructuring the workplace landscape.
Innovative technologies can help all organizations respond to workplace trends and create dynamic environments that incentivize and empower the next generation of employees.
Windows Server 2008 End of Support
Microsoft has provided us notice that Windows Server 2008 End of Support will occur on January 14, 2020, for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. This means the end of regular security updates. Don’t let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. We’re here to help you migrate to current versions for greater security, performance and innovation. Watch the video and explore below to see how Microsoft Azure or an on-premise option of Windows Server 2016 may assist you in the transition. If you want to talk with someone about the best fit for your business, contact your sales representative, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814-836-0000.
You can also learn more about the end of support on Microsoft’s website.
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