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Why Should You Protect and Manage Your Company’s Digital Assets?


Businesses of all sizes have many different types of digital assets, from customer lists to proprietary data. Protecting these assets from data breaches, ransomware, and other such attacks by unsavory individuals and groups is essential in the digital age.

Read More » BY The Finchloom Team IN Microsoft SharePoint Cloud, Office 365 SharePoint Online

End of Life of Office 2007: What This Means for Businesses


October 2017 is the end of life for Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows-based systems and Office 2011 for MAC-based systems. This does not mean your files will no longer be accessible or that you will not be able to use Office. The software application will continue to work and allow you to open, view, print, and update Office files.

Read More » BY The Finchloom Team IN Microsoft 365, Staff Augmentation

OneDrive Files On-Demand


All-in-One: A Concept That Keeps Getting Better

Microsoft 365’s claim to fame has been that it stores all your software applications in one convenient location. PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Skype—the whole shebang! If your business has an augmented staff that works from separate points, it can be difficult to track everything and keep everyone operating under the same frame, which is where a tool like Microsoft 365 comes in handy.

Read More » BY The Finchloom Team IN Augmented staff, Staff augmentation services

National Cyber Security Awareness Month


October – Autumn, Halloween and Cyber Security

October is right around the corner, and for many of us, it’s a time to celebrate the coming of fall. Children dress as goblins and go trick-or-treating, while adults get a head start on their holiday shopping. With so many fun things ahead of us, work and business inches lower on the priorities list, and we’re not likely to be thinking of IT staff augmentation right away.

Read More » BY The Finchloom Team IN IT staff augmentation, Staff augmentation companies

Cloud King Conquers Ransomware In Live Webinar


Do Not Try This at Home!

Ransomware attacks are becoming more prominent every day, and the threat of cyberterrorism isn’t something we can outright ignore.

Read More » BY The Finchloom Team IN Ransomware

Protecting Yourself from Bad Email Attachments and URLs in the Age of Cyber Threats


Everyone is waging war on their computers. Not in a literal sense, of course, but there is certainly a battle going on. Cyberthreats are at an all-time high, and IT staff augmentation has become more popular than ever. Between viruses, ransomware, and other digital hazards, no computer owner is truly safe, so it’s important to know what to watch out for.

Read More » BY The Finchloom Team IN IT staff augmentation, Staff augmentation companies

Microsoft Teams vs. Skype


Microsoft Teams and Skype: What Are They?

Microsoft Teams was introduced as the ultimate tool for workplace communication. It combines the power of video-conferencing and online chatting into one unique platform, and has consistently made collaboration in the workplace easy and fun. With a wide array of unique features (i.e. note-taking applications), it’s no wonder why so many have been drawn in to this new division of the Microsoft Office 365 home portal.

Read More » BY The Finchloom Team IN Microsoft Office 365 home portal, Microsoft 365

What Can Microsoft 365 Do for Your Business?


An All-In-One Solution

Picture the perfect business solution at your disposal. It doesn’t matter where you are or how small your team is. The software can bring you the efficiency and organization you’ll need to survive in today’s digital market.

Read More » BY The Finchloom Team IN Microsoft System Center

Introducing Microsoft 365: What Is It, and Why Do You Need It?


Let’s Introduce Ourselves

A public demonstration of Microsoft 365 Business occurred on August 2, 2017. Viewers gawked and marveled as the software brought together the magic of Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility and Security for a full business cloud solution that’s sure to satisfy both executives and employees alike. 365 offers everything you need in one reliable platform – fewer logins, fewer struggles, and a whole lotta convenience!

Business strategies are always changing. Companies regularly need new ways to remain focused, efficient, and organized throughout the day, and Microsoft 365 is the tool that helps them do this!
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Microsoft's Secure Productive Enterprise


I want you to cut your IT costs, reduce the complexity of your IT Service delivery, and reduce  the  number of different vendor products you have in your organization.  

When we talk to potential clients about cloud solutions, most of the time we encourage baby steps to ease into the cloud transition. Usually it means starting with email first and migrating that to the cloud, and then likely next is the Office suite of apps for PC and MAC to be installed on each user's computer.

What follows next could be a huge variety of other apps and services. 

Read More » BY Jim Richardson IN Office 365, Cloud Solutions, Microsoft Products

Ditch Physical Hardware Systems With Windows Virtual Machine (Part 2)


Windows virtual machine software can be easily accessed by you and your employees from any location and at any time which means overall employee productivity is immediately boosted. This is due in part because secure access to data across multiple platforms is not inhibited as with your traditional physical hardware-based computer system, and there are fewer connectivity issues.
Read More » BY Jim Richardson IN Microsoft Azure

Ditch Physical Hardware Systems With Windows Virtual Machine (Part 1)


When deciding to switch from a traditional physical hardware system to using cloud solutions, like a Windows virtual machine, which is included with the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure, there is a lot to consider. You really need a basic understanding of the differences between the systems, the benefits and potential uses of a virtual machine environment, the limitations of your current system, as well as determining how (or if) using virtual machines and virtual machine software will impact the workflow, cost, and security of your organization.

Read More » BY Jim Richardson IN Microsoft Azure

Integrated Cloud Phone System Improves Internal Communications


Unlike a traditional business phone system, which has an onsite PBX (private branch exchange), a cloud phone system has its PBX at a remote location. Typically, a secure data center. The voice traffic moves over the internet or possibly cellular networks. A cloud phone system assumes the responsibility for the communication software, as well as its maintenance, repair, and operation.

Read More » BY Jim Richardson IN Office 365

Use Cloud Services Administration to Scale and Streamline Operations


When it comes to business, the cloud opens up options such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service, and even Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). By utilizing cloud services administration any company has the ability to scale their business and streamline their operations and productivity, no matter their resources or assets. Choosing the right cloud services administrator can open the door for greater flexibility and collaboration while protecting your important data with enhanced security and data recovery options.

Read More » BY Jim Richardson IN IT Support

Balancing Technology And IT Staff Augmentation For Solid Growth


In order to grow your business effectively, it requires a balance of how you scale your staff and the technology tools you utilize. With the right choices, you have the opportunity to leverage your budget, while still increasing productivity even as you minimize costs. Without a doubt, IT staff augmentation can make it easier to get the skills you need without the high cost of hiring full time staff--but it is just as important to be efficient in the IT support provider you utilize to augment your existing staff. Done right, and you will discover that choosing IT support staff with the perfect balance of expertise, process and technology will lead to solid growth for your business.

Read More » BY Brian Levine IN IT Support

Cloud and Microsoft Managed Services Give You Full Team Support


Managed Services can handle the IT requirements for companies as a more efficient solution to saves your business money, avoiding the burden of having additional full-time IT employees on the payroll. Microsoft Managed Services are delivered with the expertise of professional providers, allowing lean IT infrastruture and support for your business that keeps you focused on work in order to obtain maximum return on investment. 

Read More » BY Brian Levine IN Managed Services

Cloud-Based Collaboration: Communicating At The Speed Of Today


Every business has the opportunity to benefit from cloud based collaboration. It is the chance to streamline communication processes, tap into new technology, and make it easier for employees to communicate, regardless of where they may be located. Cloud-based collaboration and communication software makes it possible to obtain more speed and productivity within the workplace whether employees are in the office or telecommuting.

Read More » BY Jim Richardson IN Office 365

Keep Employees Communicating With Mobile Business Solutions


You want to do everything you can in order to keep employees communicating efficiently. By utilizing Microsoft Office 365 for Business as a mobile business solution, collaboration and communication can be seamless. Regardless of whether you have employees in satellite offices, working remotely, or on the road, they can communicate with each other and stay connected to the main office.

Read More » BY Jim Richardson IN Office 365

Simplify Database Backup & Recovery with Virtual Machine Software


Database backup is a necessary but complicated business. Having a backup serves two purposes: To recover a good version in case of a mishap, and to allow rollback to earlier information that was inadvertently changed or deleted. With an on-premises system, it's necessary to manage backups, set up offsite storage for maximum safety, and verify the process. Tape backup requires storing and handling reels of tape, and restoration can be slow.

Read More » BY Brian Levine IN Microsoft Azure

Why IT Needs Cloud Computing Infrastructure for Better Operations


The services for cloud computing infrastructure have emerged so quickly that they have taken many business decision-makers by surprise. Is this just another round of annoying buzzwords? Or is there something to it that means you cannot afford to miss out? Well, there is an intense buzz around the concept because of the potential that this popular, emerging approach to computing has unleashed into the information technology industry.

Read More » BY Jim Richardson IN Cloud Solutions

How an Interim CIO Can Manage Your Growth with Efficient IT Solutions


Sound IT management is the hidden key to maintaining smooth company operations, especially during periods of rapid growth. While some executives instinctively respond to growth by hiring more full-time employees, many smaller companies simply do not have the resources to hire a full-time IT professional. Successful visionaries recognize the critical role that the right technology and a comprehensive IT program play in managing a company, and are willing to explore the possibility of an interim CIO.

Read More » BY Brian Levine IN IT Support

Myths About Moving to the Cloud: Control & Scalability


In this final and 3rd part of our series about cloud myths, we’ll focus on the myths about control and business scalability using Microsoft cloud. It might seem like it would be a lot of work to migrate to the cloud, and you might feel that “one size fits all” with reference to the cloud, too. If you add that to your concern about your ability to maintain control of your technology, it’s all too easy to dismiss the cloud altogether; however, you’ll actually be looking past the solution that will ultimately give you back control and scalability!

Read More » BY Jim Richardson IN Microsoft Cloud

Myths About Moving to the Cloud: Data & Network Security


In the second part of our three part series, we’re focusing on data and network security in the cloud. Security is very often one of the top reasons that businesses shy away from the convenience of the cloud. Many people believe the cloud isn’t secure because they’ve heard about hacks into email or celebrity photo accounts. Microsoft Cloud is protected with five layers of physical and logical security; your data is always protected and segregated from other companies that also utilize the cloud.

Read More » BY Jim Richardson IN Microsoft Cloud

IaaS Platform Streamlines Operations and Manages Growth


Cloud-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Microsoft System Center provide excellent resources for business owners seeking streamlined solutions that scale as your businesses grow. IaaS virtualizes the structural components of computing, which means that it creates the infrastructure as a digital entity in the cloud. The Microsoft solution gives you extended capabilities while retaining an overview of the complete system, as it scales.

Read More » BY Brian Levine IN Microsoft System Center

Myths About Moving to the Cloud: Office 365


The cloud. You’ve heard about it, and you’ve probably heard that it can lower your business’ costs as it increases your agility, but you’re not sure what it entails. We’re here to separate the fact from the fiction with a three-part series tackling the myths that surround moving to the cloud, or as it is often referred to, cloud transformation. In part one, we’re addressing myths about Office 365 for Business in the cloud.

Read More » BY Jim Richardson IN Microsoft Cloud

Why You Need Cloud-Managed Services: Support And Scalability


Managing your business can be difficult, especially when you explore the IT aspect. You want to scale your business effectively, but you may not want to begin hiring full-time employees because it can become expensive. Cost-effective technology is available to provide scalability, and comes in the form of cloud solutions. Cloud managed services provide support of cloud technology and can take your business to the next level.

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Cloud-Based Collaboration Takes Employee Communications to New Level


The way people communicate at work is changing. With more employees telecommuting, flex-timing and working while traveling, the capability of interoperability and seamless employee communication is integral to a company’s success. Mobile technology and cloud solutions are providing critical technology to fuel this transformation, making employee collaboration possible.

Read More » BY Brian Levine IN Cloud Solutions

Streamline Your Employee Communications Using Microsoft Office 365


Employee communications is no doubt a hot button topic for you and if you rely on segmented services like email, web conferencing, or isolated web portals, you may find that it is creating more problems than solutions. Unfortunately, the previous piece meal strategy of pulling separate programs together causes employee communication capabilities to be anything but intuitive or collaborative for today’s digital economy. There is a solution that allows for smooth implementation and brings amazing capabilities for collaboration and boosts productivity.

Read More » BY Jim Richardson IN Office 365

Three Approaches to the Cloud Transformation Journey


I often am asked by business owners and leadership about how they can get their organization started on the journey into cloud transformation. With a focus on the specific areas of Active Directory (Identity), Exchange (Email Calendaring Contacts), and SharePoint/OneDrive (File Sharing and Collaboration), this can be broken down into three different approaches to an IT Infrastructure: The classic “On-Premise” model, the Hybrid approach, and the Pure Cloud infrastructure.

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How to Solve Business Challenges with Microsoft Cloud


The cloud continues to prove itself as bringing about a golden age in how businesses enhance their productivity and collaboration while securing business data. Microsoft Cloud is the leader in cloud software to help all businesses of any size be able to shift into the new paradigm of cloud transformation and solve their unique business challenges.

Read More » BY Brian Levine IN Microsoft Cloud

What is Digital Business Transformation?


Digital Business Transformation in it's formal definition is the transition of the mode of business operations in institutions by consolidating the use of digital tools and taking up the use of trending technological inventions in the daily functioning of a business.  Put into terms that apply to every business owner, it is moving your business to cloud solutions that are not only cost effective, but improve communication, productivity and security.

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Cloud Transformation: The New Modern Super User


I really do have a goal in mind. It has always been my desire to help Business Users become better - whether I was working the phones to help sales people on the road connect back to the home office using their built-in 28.8k modem in their modern 20 pound notebook, or whether the new release of an app comes out and I want to show someone the new features.

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Say Goodbye to the Old Managed Service Model


I get outraged when a potential client tells me about their IT Company. For many years now, there have been hundreds (probably thousands) of these outsourcing IT Companies offering "Managed Services" to their clients.

Read More » BY Brian Levine IN Managed Services