What is “The Cloud” ?

There has been quite a bit of advertising lately about “the cloud”. You will hear phrases like…“to the cloud” or “moving applications into the cloud” or “moving everything into the cloud” Most of the advertising does not bother to explain what this means; they just say it in such a way as to make it sound exciting. This type of advertising is designed to create “buzz,” which means that the company creating the advertising simply wants to get people talking about the idea. You can see this in the Microsoft ads that say “to the cloud.” They keep showing different situations and then some lady says, “To the cloud.” The worst one has her saying “Windows gives me the family that nature never could…” Another horrible ad that mocks the father, but you are left thinking, you don’t quite know what they are talking about, but you feel like you… Read more »

The Cloud Is For Far More Than Data

One of the major benefits of the cloud, cloud computing and SaaS is the ability to store and manage unified data. But that is not the whole story. The fact is that successfully embracing the cloud can drive innovation and lower costs within any business.

The Cost of Computer Upgrades

Any business investment needs to go through a cost-benefit analysis. Companies do this all the time with technology investments, but they often weigh the costs and benefits incorrectly.

Future of Dell as a PC Leader

Michael Dell founded his build-to-order computer company 25 years ago in his college dorm room. Fifteen years later, Dell was one of the world’s largest tech firms and dominated the global PC industry. The company has since slid, as it was slow to adapt to the popularity of notebooks in the mid 2000s and completely missed the smartphone and tablet revolution of the last five years. In August, Dell reported a 72 percent drop in net income over the previous year, after many similarly dramatic declines. Where Dell is still growing and experiencing the largest profit margins is in data centers, servers, and managed enterprise solutions. To survive the decline in the consumer PC market, Dell must reallocate more resources to research and development to support the sectors where it is currently profitable and to expand into new services. Michael Dell recognized that incurring research and restructuring losses would be… Read more »

Quick Tips and Tricks for iOS 7

If you’ve recently picked up Apple’s newest smartphone, the iPhone 5s, or were prompted to upgrade a previous model iPhone or iPad to iOS 7, the latest mobile operating system, you’ve noticed a number of cosmetic and functional changes over iOS 6. Here are some tips to get the most out of the newest changes to Apple devices: Control Center – The biggest functional change is the addition of a central control panel to access the most commonly changed settings. Now swipe from the bottom of the screen to the top in any view, even when the screen is locked, to toggle Airplane Mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Do Not Disturb. From this screen, you can also access common apps like Camera, Calculator, Clock, and even the new LED flashlight. Siri – Siri has some useful options to make her more user friendly. Access the menu for Siri by opening Settings… Read more »

Serious Security Risks Coming for Businesses Still Using Windows XP

Over ninety percent of businesses users around the world rely on a computer infrastructure built on the Microsoft Windows operating system. In the past few years, IT Services Group has helped dozens of companies in the Philadelphia region update their computer systems to Microsoft Windows 7, currently the most popular software platform from Microsoft. Before Windows 7 was released in October 2009, the most widely used Microsoft operating system was Windows XP, released all the way back in 2001. Last year, Microsoft announced that it would no longer support Windows XP, beginning on April 8, 2014. What does that mean for your business and your computer infrastructure if you’re still dependent on the retiring XP? The most obvious change is that Microsoft technicians will no longer be able to troubleshoot software errors that occur on your computer network and will no longer provide updates for compatibility with new industry software… Read more »

Small Firms Need Security Too

Small Business Data Security

Despite the real threat of hacking and online thievery, a lot of small businesses do not consider themselves affected by it, says a report by StaySafeOnline.org. While dependent on their computer systems for data storage, few realize that all it takes is one breach to destroy a cultivated relationship with clients and the company’s own financial status. StaySafeOnline.org, a website of the National Cyber Security Alliance, has recently released a study that chronicles the cyber security practices and attitudes of small businesses. Conducted in partnership with Visa, the study shows some interesting, if not disturbing, results. It turns out that many small businesses (about 65% of the respondents) are highly dependent on their computer / IT / data systems, where they store important information, from sensitive company financial records to personal client information such as credit card info, addresses and phone numbers, and more. However, as many as 85% believe… Read more »

Remove the Image Background in Bing

Bing Search

Do you prefer Bing over Google but like Google’s sparse but fast loading page better? With this tip you can get the best of both worlds. As users of Bing know, when you visit the home page of Bing, a page with a featured photo as the background is displayed by default, which increases the load time of the page. This can be distracting or annoying—especially if you have a slow connection. Disable this photo from loading by simply bookmarking this URL (http://www.bing.com/?rb=0). The next time you visit Bing, the photo will not appear. Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org.