The Case For Multi-Factor Authentication

The Case For Multi-Factor Authentication

The number one recommendation from Microsoft to secure your tech environment is multi-factor authentication. Multi-factor authentication or MFA for short, is when you login to an account using your username and password another factor for identification. This can be using something like using an Authenticator app on your phone, a text message, or a hardware device to allow you to login. But it’s not just Microsoft that recommends you use multi-factor authentication to protect your company data

Google G Suite Does Microsoft Office 365

Google G Suite Does Microsoft Office 365

Can’t we all just get along? Historically there have been some challenges when sharing documents back and forth between Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 apps. The most notable of these exchanges has been between Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel. The workflow usually goes something like this. Someone makes a document in Excel and then emails it to a Google Sheets user. The Google Sheets user then opens the workbook in Sheets and makes some edits.

Startup Tech

It's really exciting to work with startups that have gone from proof of concept to a viable business.

It's also great to see how modern tech specifically how cloud tech has enabled businesses to just DIY their tech and go.

Recently I've been meeting with a couple of companies that use Gmail and Dropbox.

They’ve built some really great businesses using a very seat of your pants approach. Heck, it's working.

When your business hits its first inflection point of staff and tools is typically when I get involved. 

The process goes something like this…

We have a discussion.
I learn your business model and tool set
And then help chart a course to help you move forward.
Your business accelerates and grows.

Doing the best you can with what you know and using the cloud is a beautiful thing.

It's exactly what should be happening.

This is what is revolutionizing the startup world and enabling small businesses to grow and thrive.

So don't stop.
Keep doing what you're doing.

Just know that at some point you will have an inflection point and you'll need some help.

When you get there.  I’m here.

Your 11 Tech Resolutions for 2017

As were in the final countdown for 2016 and we look forward to a brighter more prosperous 2017 it's time to make some tech resolutions. So I thought I would give you a head start and help out with a few suggestions.

1.  If you have an email server at your office kill it and get on Office 365 or Google GSuite. You'll be happier trust me

2.  If you're not already on Microsoft Windows 10 then it's time to upgrade there's no reason to be on Windows 7 anymore and it's turning 8 years old this year.

2.5.  If you're on anything older than Windows 7 pick up your computers and throw them out the window. It's shameful to have anything like that in your office at this point.

3.  If you have a file server in your office that holds all of your documents move to SharePoint or Google Docs. Files on a server are a thing of the past and we just can't have that anymore.

4.  If your phone system requires for you to call a phone vendor to come to your office to configure it, it's time to replace your phone system with a shiny new Voice over IP system.

5.  If you are changing tapes or swapping hard drives as part of your backup see item 3.  Then take whatever is left over and move to some form of cloud backup.

6.  If your employees are using less than a 23 inch monitor they are going blind. Buy them bigger monitors and preferably two.

And finally let's talk about some personal resolutions you can make.

7.  Ask and listen to your IT company's advice.  They will help you.

8.  Accept that if you have not done any of the things listed above - that you will not get angry when things don't work as they should, when things take longer than they should and finally when you lose business due to a tech issue.

9.  Accept that the tech in your business requires an investment on your part of not only dollars but of your involvement and desire to move it forward.

10.  Promise to yourself that you will not demonize technology or devalue the tech in your business.  Know that computers can enable you to become a more successful company, improve your business and improve your company culture.

11.  And last but not least make the commitment to get the tech right in your business in 2017.

I hope you have a great year.  If there’s anything I can do to help shoot me an email. 

All the best.