The IoT Tidal Wave is Here! Are You Ready?

The IoT Tidal Wave is Here! Are You Ready? Swimming in Data We are now fully immersed in the information age. Organizations large and small are swimming (and some sinking) in data! When I started my business intelligence (BI) career, the data was mostly trapped in systems and retrieving that data was a fairly straightforward task. Today, new and interesting data challenges crop up out of all kinds of unexpected places. Though not a new idea, the rise of the “Internet of Things” or IoT is an emerging challenge for analytics. But is there value in IoT data? Early IoT Beginnings Way back in the early ‘90s I got my first exposure to IoT (when it wasn’t called IoT). I was in college at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND and my father was growing his electrical contracting business into some new markets. One of those new markets was potato warehouse storage systems. These warehouses were typically very large and situated in the middle of nowhere out in the Red River … [Continue reading]

Benefits of Using WordPress Content Management System (CMS)

Author Mary O'Brien SWC Technology Partners

Benefits of Using WordPress Content Management System (CMS) In today’s fast-paced world, a good CMS has transitioned from being a nice thing to have to an absolute necessity. If you aren’t familiar with what a CMS can do, here is the quick definition: Content Management System (CMS) is a software that allows you to create, update and … [Continue reading]

Customer Data Confidentiality in Microsoft Office 365

Jeff Lanham SWC Technology Partners

Customer Data Confidentiality in Microsoft Office 365 As more organizations consider moving some (or all) of their information technology out of their own datacenters or “closets” into Microsoft's cloud services – Office 365 and Azure, there are a host of considerations that need to be addressed. From a functional perspective, Exchange … [Continue reading]

Windows 10: Windows as a Service

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Windows 10: Windows as a Service With the release of Windows 10 fast approaching, clients are asking about Windows as a Service. This new concept can be confusing when compared to Microsoft’s traditional update model. What is Windows as a Service? Windows as a Service is about bringing new and enhanced Windows features to the consumer … [Continue reading]

Can Your Business Afford Downtime or Data Loss?

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Can Your Business Afford Downtime or Data Loss? Mitigate downtime and restore data with disaster recovery and high availability systems. Most businesses today run 24/7 and can’t afford server, appliance or system downtime. Having a disaster recovery or high availability system is necessary to mitigate the risk and impact to a business … [Continue reading]