Cloud computing is managed, shared applications, development platforms, or computing infrastructure accessible via the internet. It provides options such as bandwidth and on-demand computing power with flexible capabilities normally purchased as a metered service.
The nearly instantaneous flow of information is a defining variable of the information age. Many leading companies have established a benchmark of implementing flexible and effective new technologies into their business plan, and just now many small businesses have been able to get out ahead of this trend and implement their own solutions. While it's true some companies can use this technology better than others, in regards to healthcare information, the seamless flow of information can literally be the difference between life and death.
Microsoft has announced that as of April 8, 2014 support will no longer be available for for their popular Operating System, Windows XP. The world's biggest software manufacturer has supported the software for 12 years, even though they have released three major OS's since; Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. Users that are still using XP will want to upgrade their workstations to one of the newer versions as soon as they can to avoid the many detrimental circumstances that are often associated with running non-supported legacy software.
Does your business accept credit cards? Do you need it to? In order to open your Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, New York City, Long Island and New Jersey area small business up to the enhanced profit potential that accepting credit cards can provide, you'll need to understand what responsibilities you take on by accepting these forms of payment. Small businesses are prime targets for data plunderers. If you don't protect against these thieves, you may be subject to paying restitution, fines, or lose the ability to accept cards as payment.
The proliferation of security measures in response to the introduction of outside device access of your organization’s network is paramount for thorough network security.
For accountants that deal with publicly owned companies, ensuring your IT infrastructure is SOX-complaint is a must.
Businesses are often so concerned with their day-to-day operations that they forget to invest heavily in network security. Others understand the need for comprehensive network security, but have a lenient strategy in regards to their IT, which can be just as detrimental in the event of a data leak. Understanding what network security entails, as well as the best practices that you can adhere to that will ensure your company’s network is secure from the numerous outside threats looking to infiltrate your network, is essential to keeping your data, and ultimately your business, safe.
As technology grows more potent, Internet-connectivity is becoming a more common occurrence amongst consumer goods. In fact, according to Gartner, Inc, a technology research organization, there might be close to 26 billion devices connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. It might be difficult to adjust to such a huge technological shift, but as an IT service provider, it’s our job to inform you how your business can best approach this incredible change in the online community.
Like all good things, Windows Server 2003 is coming to an end. The popular server operating system from Microsoft’s end-of-support date is July 14, 2015. If you are surprised by how rapidly that date is approaching, that’s because altering a server is a detailed process. We urge your business to seriously consider the ramifications of waiting until the last minute to upgrade.
Microsoft’s latest version of the Windows operating system, Windows 10, is a great new tool that businesses can leverage for greater productivity. However, Windows 10 is far more than just an upgrade to previous versions of the Windows operating system. In fact, Microsoft’s new OS improves significantly in areas where Windows 8 and 8.1 failed to produce the engagement Microsoft was expecting.
For the average business owner, business continuity is looked upon as a secondary system that is put in place to protect the investments the business has made. Since the platform doesn’t have much to do with a business’ day-to-day operations, often times some aspects of a business’ continuity strategy is overlooked; a major mistake that the business owner will realize when it is suddenly too late.