Is AWS Right for My Small or Midsize Business?

According to TechGenix, it is estimated that 78 percent of all small businesses will adopt cloud technologies by the year 2020. This estimation makes sense when you consider the cost savings that small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) find after they move to the cloud. As the popularity of cloud computing with SMBs grows, so does the interest in Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a cloud provider. This is expected as AWS remains the dominant force in the market, even when compared to heavyweights like Microsoft and Google.

Read More

Data Security 101: Questions to Ask IT Service Providers in Boston

The idea of threats to data security often conjures up thoughts of large companies plastered across the national news because thousands of records were compromised at the hands of a malicious hacker. Unfortunately, this often provides smaller organizations with a false sense of security; they start to believe that the bad guys are only after the large companies with a lot of money at stake.

Read More

5 Creative Ways to Address Gaps in IT Resources and Talent

In a recent Indeed survey of more than 1,000 hiring managers and recruiters, more than half (53 percent) of respondents have hired tech talent despite candidates not meeting the job description requirements. That may be a good thing for businesses in need of IT resources to fill gaps in their talent pool. While that alludes to the fact that businesses are working hard to meet their needs for IT talent in what must be creative ways, here are five of those ways that businesses can employ to fill the gaps in IT resources and talent.

Read More

Organizational Benefits of Outsourcing Specialized IT Functions

Oftentimes, when discussing outsourcing IT services, the main point made in its favor is the costs savings that are bound to come with it. For this reason alone, many companies are quick to embrace this practice. However, there are many other benefits that come from outsourcing IT services, especially when it comes to specialized IT functions. If cost savings or, even better, cost control aren’t enough to encourage your company to take a serious look at outsourcing, these added benefits may just tip things in your favor. 

Read More

Why You Need Managed Services for Your AWS Deployment

As Amazon Web Services (AWS) instance options increase, selection, deployment, and management of the right solutions become more complex for businesses. The reality of that challenge is reflected in the RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Survey, which indicates a lack of resources and expertise is still the number one challenge for businesses. Due to limited time, in-house IT team expertise, and personnel, businesses are increasingly looking to managed services partners to supplement their team and provide end-to-end assistance for AWS deployment.

Read More

How to Prepare for Your Office 365 Migration


Office 365 offers substantial benefits in business collaboration, agility, productivity, and cost efficiency. However, before you can realize those benefits, you’ll need to go through Office 365 migration - a complex and arduous process that requires careful planning and preparation.

Read More

5 Qualities to Look for in a Managed Backup Services Provider

Businesses looking to protect themselves from the devastating effects of prolonged system downtime and irreparable data loss via managed backup services have countless provider options from which to choose. When assessing potential providers, it can be difficult to discern the differences from one to the next when your needs are unique to your business. There are, of course, some fundamental qualities to look for in a managed backup services provider that any candidate must have in order to be in the running. Here are five of the most important of those qualities:

Read More

IT Hiring FAQs: Outsourcing vs. Hiring Internally

Many companies are starting to look into a managed IT services model in order to handle their technology staff needs. Some are still on the fence and have questions about outsourcing their IT work versus internal IT hiring as a solution. Below are some of the more frequently asked questions that businesses have about using an outsourced IT staff.

Read More

Microsoft Windows updates.  The good, the bad, and the necessary.

 I recently completed a small project for a Boston area firm which involved installing Microsoft Windows updates on all of my client’s domain controllers. They had not been installed in 3-5 years on any of these important servers! I don’t think it was truly neglect, I think it was just more of “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” kind of approach. The reason they finally decided to go ahead with the updates was because of WMI performance issues and they thought that having me install the long list of updates (and hotfixes) would solve their problems. 

Read More

Why You Need Office 365 Hybrid - Exchange on Premise and in the Cloud

With Exchange 2010 now in extended support, many companies are in are in the fork in the road in determining their Office 365 trajectory. Common considerations are shown in the diagram above.

Read More