How To Make Your IT Department More Efficient

As an employer, it's important to be able to inspire your team to be as efficient and productive as possible. This can be a challenge, particularly in the IT department which can be one of the most difficult areas in which to work in a company due to the pressures and requirements. However, if you can balance a leadership ability with being someone the team looks up to, you should be able to get the best out of everyone. Here are some ways to do it.

Be Authentic

It's easy to spot when someone is not their authentic selves, and a lacking authenticity in the workplace will always be viewed with mistrust. The IT department requires a manager who is able to be themselves. This will mean you can be more relaxed around them, and more able to help them when they need you rather than concentrating on keeping a mask on at all times.

You don't have to let your employees into every aspect of your life, but it can certainly help if you let them know a little about you. A manager who is an unknown to them will be unable to gain the trust and friendship of their team in a way that someone who is completely themselves can.


Why Your Staff May Resist a Move to the Cloud

Deciding to move part of your business to the cloud is something you will have considered carefully before implementing. You will have gone through every aspect of how this change will help you, your business and your staff. There will have been meetings, planning sessions, budget calculations, a lot of time and effort put into the project, and now you're excited and eager to get going. It can, therefore, be very disappointing and frustrating to reach this stage of the process and find that when you tell your staff about the changes, they seem at best underwhelmed and quite possibly unhappy and even angry. Why are you getting this reaction, and what can you do about it?

You know it makes sense

When you have analyzed how a change in your business will affect your operations and profits, you are in possession of all the facts and know how beneficial this change will be. You've had time to digest every aspect and implication of how this new system will work and you know it will make significant improvements in your productivity and your ability to interact seamlessly with your clients. The problem is that your staff don't know any of these things! When you gather them together to tell them all about the fantastic new system they'll be using, they won't take in all the positives, but will hear words like "change" and "automation." This may cause them to start to worry about the disruption to their routines and even whether this means their job is in danger.

5 Industries Highly Impacted by the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

The term "industry cloud" is telling of what many industries think of the cloud. It is becoming so much of a part of the industry that they are shaping it to move vertically instead of horizontally. In other words, the cloud system has been customized to fit the needs and operations of a specific industry - and worldwide spending on industry cloud is only expected to grow. 

The benefits of the cloud are too valuable to not make the switch, in fact, there is a substantial chance that your company has already. The benefits may be known, but just how are they transforming leading industries? 

Read below for an analysis of industries significantly impacted by the Cloud.   

How to scale your website as your company grows

As your company increases in size, you'll naturally be looking to widen your reach and evolve your offers. While you're doing all this hard work offline, you should also ensure you update your website so that it proudly displays your growing successes. 

Whether you're in the industry of digital tech or not, your website is a crucial information platform for attracting new customers, establishing a bond with them, and converting them from interested parties into frequent clients. As such, you don't want to allow your digital presence to fall by the wayside; you want to promote your professional ability and introduce your audience to your employees and services. 

Here are just some of the ways you can scale your website as your company grows. 

A Step-By-Step Guide to Starting a Website

Everyone has the right and the ability to start their own website. There is no prerequisite for content. You don't need to fit a certain criterion in order to apply. No matter who you are, or what you want to say or do with your website is up to you. There are websites for every reason under the sun, and you can carve out your own piece of the Internet pie where you can share your thoughts, your stories, or your products. The only thing stopping you is that you might not know how to start your own website, which is why you should follow this step-by-step guide.

1.    Narrow Your Niche

It's easy to have a website, but it's hard to create a successful website. That is why when you are planning to start your own website, you need to narrow down your niche. The more specific your niche is, the better. Lifestyle websites cover a huge range of topics, which means if you start a generic lifestyle website of your own you will be competing with the biggest names and the plethora of others who have come before you. Now, start a lifestyle website about life in your town, and you'll have a more targeted audience. All websites need a USP. 

Mobile Computing Gaining Traction on Multiple Fronts

When the first concepts for mobile computing were shown, there was a lot of scepticism from audiences towards the idea's potential, especially with regards to the current active presence of desktop computers all around us. However, it's not hard to see the potential in this solution, especially when one considers the growing attention towards smartphones and tablets on one hand, and the rapid development of the market for casual computer users on the other.

Device Choice Is Getting Better

A quick look at a site like Gadget Gestures is enough to make it clear that we currently have access to quite a lot of devices to pick from, and that number is growing on a pretty much daily basis. It used to be hard to find a smartphone that offers everything a user needs to have, while also being a comfortable solution for using in a desktop mode, but that's far from the case now. And with companies like Microsoft making some real effort in this area and evolving ideas like Continuum, it likely won't be long before we see ubiquitous mobile desktop computing.

Three Major Developments That Will Change Cloud Security In 2018

Written by Tim Mullahy

The cloud is constantly changing - both for better and for worse - as is its security landscape. Here are just a few of the big trends we'll see this year.

While some fear-mongers in the media might have you believe otherwise, the cloud is actually quite secure - in some cases, even moreso than traditional infrastructure. That isn't to say there aren't still challenges, mind you. The cloud's cybersecurity profile and threat landscape are constantly (and rapidly) changing.

New threats are constantly on the rise, with security experts constantly puzzling over new problems and challenges. Today, we're going to talk about just a few of the developments we can expect to see in 2018, for better and for worse.

How to Keep Customer Data Safe in the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Your customers are important to you and your business. Being of significance to you, it would be fitting for you to keep the customer data you obtain out of harm's way. At the same time, you are considering cloud services to accommodate the large capacity of not only customer data but company data as well. So, how do you enjoy the benefits of off-site cloud computing, while keeping your data safe?

Below are some of the biggest threats to data loss, cyber attacks, and otherwise questionable methods of obtaining sensitive data, and what you should watch out for to keep your customer data safe on the cloud.   

Data Breaches

In 2017, we saw very large companies fall victim to massive data breaches, unwittingly releasing sensitive customer data. Equifax, a major credit reporting agency and the hardest hit, revealed information of 143 million US customers. Your business holds very sensitive customer data such as credit card information, social security numbers, and birthdates - all which can be used to turn your customer's loss into a cyber attacker's gain.

VMware vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 End of General Support Reminder

Written by David Marshall

I recently saw an announcement from VMware reminding people that vSphere 5.5 and vSAN 5.5 are nearing what the virtualization giant is calling "End of General Support" or EOGS.  I guess that's the more polite way of saying End of Life (EOL) what with no support being offered and all.  Mark your calendars, these two VMware products each reach EOGS on September 19, 2018. 

EOL, or EOGS for those playing the acronym game at home, dates tend to sneak up on people as this isn't necessarily something everyone pays close attention to.  How many people actually disregarded the numerous attempts by Microsoft to migrate off of Windows XP?  Plenty.

For these two virtualization products nearing the end of support, VMware warns:

Cloud-Based Tools for Creative Professionals

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Tools are everything to the creative professional. What is a graphic designer without software to do their work? Or a writer without a computer or pen to write with? Although most people in creative industries have the basic tools they need to get the job done, there are plenty of other apps and software that will make doing what they love easier and more efficient.

However, with all the devices and programs marketed towards creative professionals, it can be hard to decipher which are useful and which are wastes of money. To make a more informed decision, creatives have to remember that they're living in an increasingly connected and collaborative world.

With that in mind, cloud-based tools become the obvious choice. Not only do these applications provide top of the line tools to complete tasks, but they give the ability to share work in an instant. If that sounds good to you, check the tools below to optimize your creative business.