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An Introduction to Software as a Service (SaaS)

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Thu, Feb 18, 2016

According to Gartner, Software as a Service (SaaS) is "software that is owned, delivered and managed remotely by one or more providers. The provider delivers software based on one set of common code and data definitions that is consumed in a one-to-many model by all contracted customers at anytime on a pay-for-use basis or as a subscription based on use metrics."

So what exactly does all that tech-jargon mean?

Put simply, SaaS is a way of delivering software applications over the internet, instead of physically installing and maintaining the software on-site, either on a server or right on your personal workstation.

SaaS can also be referred to as hosted, on-demand, or web-based software. It runs on the SaaS provider's servers, and all users need in order to access it is an internet connection. The SaaS provider manages all of the hardware and security updates.

Bottom line? In addition to finally freeing you from CD cases, organizers and readers for good, SaaS has some key advantages, which I've outlined below.

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Business Continuity Planning: Don't settle for satisficing

Jasmine Lancaster

Posted by Jasmine Lancaster
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

When choosing or creating a business continuity plan suitable for your organization, “satisficing” is not a viable option.

Simply put, satisficing is accepting an available option as satisfactory. The trouble with that is, when your business continuity plan only reaches satisfactory levels, you are choosing to sacrifice your company’s ability to deliver products or services in the event of a disaster or disruptive incident. So, when thinking of your company’s long-term success and all of the hard work that was put into it, settling for satisficing could be disasterous.

Read on for ways you can protect your data and choose the best partner to assist in creating an ideal business continuity plan for your organization.

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Best Practices for Secure, Responsible Disposal of Computers & Devices

Jasmine Lancaster

Posted by Jasmine Lancaster
Wed, Dec 23, 2015

Many people will purchase or receive new computers and devices this holiday season. In fact, according to ForbesIDC predicts the worldwide smart connected device market will accelerate past 2 billion units by the end of 2015. If you're among the lucky owners of new computers and devices this year, you or your company may be planning to get rid of the old computers or devices, which have been replaced by newer versions. If so, I urge you to do so with caution!

Along with a collection of potentially harmful toxins, computers and other connected devices house vital information including passwords, registration numbers, account information, addresses, telephone numbers, and a host of other private information. Your hard drive is a goldmine for identity thieves and it is important to use proven methods to wipe this data from existence, before disposing of devices. Simply throwing the devices or their hard drives away could potentially cause more harm than good.

Below, we reveal the proper techniques to dispose of computers and devices, guard against identity theft, and protect the environment:

  1. Backup significant files and information
  2. Sanitize your hard drive
  3. Dispose of your computer

Read on to learn more about each step.

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Why Your Association Must Build a Technology Roadmap

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

It’s critical that associations, non-profit organizations and businesses, alike, proactively document and maintain a comprehensive, technology strategy, or as we like to call it, a technology roadmap.

With new desktop, mobilevirtual and BYOD integrations, technology has the potential to be one of the most important allies an organization could have. But, if you don't have a clear plan or strategy for the future, technology could actually become a barrier to your organization's growth.

Your technology roadmap must incorporate your:

  1. People
  2. Devices
  3. Applications
  4. Data

Read on to learn more about why it's so critical for your association to have a technology roadmap, how often you should update it, and why it must include each of the four components listed above.

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Which Windows Server is Best for Your SMB? WS 2012 vs. 2008 vs. Azure

Brian Norton

Posted by Brian Norton
Tue, Sep 01, 2015

After a 15-month extension, support for Windows Server 2003 officially ended in July 2015, leaving many SMBs wondering what to replace it with.

Nearly 10 million WS 2003 servers will have to be shut down, have their data and apps removed and be re-deployed on new servers. This server migration will be challenging enough for large enterprises with dedicated IT departments.

For small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) with fewer resources, the task of a server upgrade may seem overwhelming. An assessment by a trusted managed services provider (MSP) — one who understands your company’s core mission — is a good place for an SMB to start the process.

Your MSP needs to understand both how your business operates, and its culture. Matching the right server with an SMB entails many factors such as the size of the enterprise and the number of users, budget constraints, and license fee costs.

The entire migration takes time and planning, but here is an overview of each of these three server options available to replace Windows Server 2003:

  1. Windows Server 2012 Standard and R2
  2. Windows Server 2008
  3. Microsoft Azure
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7 Benefits of Cloud-Based Document Management Systems

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, Aug 12, 2014

The cloud keeps getting bigger. And that’s a good thing because premise-based solutions for document management are not necessarily what every enterprise needs. The logistics of capturing, storing, retrieving, indexing, sharing, and securitizing documents is complex and can entail considerable capital outlays. Small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) cannot always afford such large investments.

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[Infographic] Types of Cloud Infrastructures: Private, public, hybrid and community

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Fri, Jan 10, 2014

A recent study by IDG Enterprise reported that about one-third of IT budgets are allocated to cloud solutions. With cloud adoption growing exponentially, and considering all of the advantages that cloud computer has to offer, it is important to learn more about where our data stored "in the cloud" is actually going. Part of this learning process is getting educated about the different kinds of cloud infrastructures and their applications. There are actually four types of cloud infrastructures: private, public, hybrid and community.

Read on for the definition and pros and cons for each type of cloud infrastructures, including:

  1. Private
  2. Public
  3. Community
  4. And hybrid
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Clarity on the Cloud: defining private, public, hybrid and community clouds

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, Oct 15, 2013

The enterprise solutions forecast is cloudy, but that’s really a sunny outlook.  
In just a few years, cloud provided services have grown exponentially. According to a joint study by Cisco and Intel, 23 percent of their respondents’ total IT spending is dedicated to the cloud.

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