With quantum computers inching closer and closer to reality, we can anxiously anticipate new and exciting changes coming to the way computers process information. A complex concept for many to comprehend, it is sure to disrupt many industries with its power. Read more
Technology is undoubtedly an integral part of most industries today. In order to adequately prepare students for a future that is sure to incorporate a mixed environment of human and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, schools must begin to mirror the same environment one can expect once out in the workforce.
Remote education systems, in addition to an increase in the demand for cloud technologies, is changing the way educational curriculum is delivered. A variety of technology platforms and microservices are rapidly evolving as key business models in the educational sector. Read more
While artificial intelligence or “smart” technology will soon be prevalent in a variety of industries, it is sure to revolutionize the healthcare industry in particular; an industry that will impact us all in one way or another. Whether as providers or patients we are sure to see transformation of the design and insight into treatment plans, management of medications, as well as improving efficiencies and assisting in repetitive work duties. Read more
While cloud computing has brought several benefits to the way small businesses (and non-profits alike) operate, there are some disadvantages to consider prior to becoming completely dependent on the cloud.
Perhaps the most well know concern end-users face when considering cloud migrations involve data sovereignty. As these concerns have been addressed in previous posts, we will focus here within, on other roadblocks that operating on cloud-based technology can present.
Password management is a common challenge businesses in any industry face. A shocking number of businesses still rely on paper-based logbooks or unsecured spreadsheets to manage their privileged account credentials. According to Forrester (a leader in business technology research and advisory) estimates that 80% of data breaches involve privileged credentials which means organizations must make password protection a top priority in their security strategies. Read more
Building your business website or embarking on a web redesign project includes several moving parts including scope definition, sitemap and wire-frame creation, content creation, user interface (UI) design among several other elements. Choosing the right web platform to build your website upon should balance the requirements of functionality, ease of use, price, customization needs and technical features. Quite commonly embarking on a web design project will lead most small businesses to choose from two popular web services: Squarespace or WordPress. Read more
When faced with the numerous hardware and software options available on the market today, understanding differences in warranty claims becomes an important part of decision making process. The procurement management process is without a doubt, a critical component to business success. When introducing hardware and software in the workplace, management of the procurement life-cycle will surely have effects on the office efficiency and security. It is essential to implement the right technology to see a real benefit, increase the productivity of your staff and ultimately see an increase in profitability. Read more
Encryption has become the most effective way for businesses of all sizes to best secure critical data. While it doesn’t prevent data from being accessible, it does render data unintelligible unless you have a secret key or password to decrypt or make the information readable.
With the introduction of Microsoft’s Windows BitLocker, business hardware (like servers, workstations, backup drives, etc.) can be protected by encryption; drastically improving the threat of data being stolen or exposed when a computer is lost or stolen. Encryption plays a significant role in data confidentiality on hardware and can be utilized in a variety of organizations including law firms, doctor office’s or businesses that supply laptops for employee’s use. Read more
In tough economic times, businesses tend to cut costs wherever possible. While it may be a necessary means to an end, strategies should be in place so that productivity remains unaffected. Since IT can often become a roadblock to productivity, we’ll have a closer look at how improving the quality of staff’s equipment can not only improve productivity but profitability as well. Read more
Data destruction is a legal obligation your business is responsible for managing appropriately. Legislation like PIPEDA requires your organization keep sensitive and private information of your clients, employees and partners from falling into the wrong hands. “Personal information that is no longer required to fulfill the identified purposes should be destroyed, erased, or made anonymous.” (PIPEDA, Principle 5.) Read more