Software Assurance Changes Anxiety? Relax, We've Got You Covered

Software Assurance Changes Anxiety? Relax, We've Got You Covered

October 18, 2019

Last September, Microsoft announced some changes to Software Assurance, its software licensing program. As a customer, you might be wondering how these changes will impact you? Relax, Softlanding did the grunt work to help you navigate through those changes.

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6 Tricks to Help You Prevent Phishing Attacks

6 Tricks to Help You Prevent Phishing Attacks

October 21, 2019

Phishing is not a new issue but is certainly one of the most dangerous methods of cyber crime that keeps on plaguing individuals and businesses. Since these attacks are getting increasingly more frequent and sophisticated, it is key that end-users learn how to recognize phishing attacks and understand how to react when they happen. To help you prevent phishing attacks and spread the words on security, we've put together 6 tricks to help your end-users spot these attacks.

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Azure vs AWS vs Google Cloud: Which Cloud Platform is Best for Your Business?

Azure vs AWS vs Google Cloud: Which Cloud Platform is Best for Your Business?

October 25, 2019

Currently, there is a significant competition by the three leading cloud providers: Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). In this article, you are going to learn more about these cloud vendors including their features, differences, comparison to help you choose the right cloud platform for your business.

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Public Cloud and Canadian Data Residency: What Has Changed for BC Public Sector?

Public Cloud and Canadian Data Residency: What Has Changed for BC Public Sector?

November 04, 2019

Cloud technology is rapidly transforming IT departments and also how whole organizations operate, communicate and do business. This major shift will impact all parts of the Canadian economy. However, Canada does not have national consistent data residency laws and a couple of provinces such as British Columbia dictate that government data should reside in Canada. Changes to the BC FOIPPA legislation last month may, at last, unlock the power of the cloud for BC public sector bodies in a meaningful way. 

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Is Zero Trust the Ultimate Security Model?

Is Zero Trust the Ultimate Security Model?

November 04, 2019

The Zero Trust Network or Zero Trust Architecture is not a new solution or a new product. It is a cybersecurity framework that includes different technologies, processes, and strategies all focused on identity verification. In this article, we'll explain what it is, how it works and why you should consider it as your next security move.

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5 Steps for a Smooth Cloud Migration Journey

5 Steps for a Smooth Cloud Migration Journey

November 04, 2019

Moving to the cloud is no longer an option. The cloud has gone from a 'nice to have' to a 'must-have' to enable innovation, efficiency, agility and cost reduction within organizations. Easier said than done. While cloud adoption is accelerating, many businesses struggle to structure their cloud transformation and plan a successful migration on budget and time.

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How to Approach Digital Transformation for the Next Decade

How to Approach Digital Transformation for the Next Decade

November 14, 2019

Across the country and from industry to industry, digital transformation is the new buzzword and is often high up on the agenda when C-suite executives get together. These execs understand how important it is to keep ahead of any digital developments so that they can maintain a competitive advantage, although they may not always be able to see a clear path forward when it comes to integration.

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Why You Can No Longer Ignore Backup and Disaster Recovery

Why You Can No Longer Ignore Backup and Disaster Recovery

November 19, 2019

Your business relies every day on critical data, applications, and operations. What would you do if these things were suddenly interrupted or lost? No matter the size of your business, when your systems stop working, so do your business and employees. And this can put your business at risk.

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How Microsoft is Shaping the Future of Multi-Cloud Environments

How Microsoft is Shaping the Future of Multi-Cloud Environments

November 25, 2019

The cloud computing landscape is evolving rapidly and one of the key technology trends that will shape 2020 will be multi-cloud environments. Even though many enterprises are already running on multi-cloud environments, they struggle to manage them especially when it comes to moving application workloads, servers and containers from one environment to another. 

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The Benefits of Partnering With an IT Managed Service Provider

The Benefits of Partnering With an IT Managed Service Provider

December 05, 2019

Managed services have been growing over the past few years and are not expected to slow down anytime soon. This market is projected to grow to $900B by 2023, i.e. 13% of the IT market in North America according to a recent report by ResearchAndMarkets.com.   So, why are so many businesses making the move?

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IT Budgeting in 2020: 11 Best Practices for Creating an Effective IT Budget

IT Budgeting in 2020: 11 Best Practices for Creating an Effective IT Budget

December 05, 2019

Budgeting is never easy – especially IT budgeting, which seems to be fraught with potential missteps and mistakes. But, how can you make such a complex and sometimes confusing task a little bit more manageable? Take a look at our eleven best practices for creating an effective IT budget in 2020.

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10 Best Practices to Implement for Cybersecurity

10 Best Practices to Implement for Cybersecurity

December 11, 2019

Cybercrime is big business. The idea of a hacker working solo for the fun of the challenge has now been left in our digital past. The cyber attacks of today are often complex and backed by a staggering level of resources, including advanced hardware and software and a wide network of highly skilled cyber criminals. The traditional approach to cybersecurity – building stronger and better defenses to keep hackers and unauthorized individuals out ­– is no longer enough.

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Why Businesses Need to Rethink Cyber Security as a Business Priority

Why Businesses Need to Rethink Cyber Security as a Business Priority

December 30, 2019

It happened again. On December 17, 2019, LifeLabs, Canada's largest private laboratory of diagnostic testing for health care announced that it had suffered a cyberattack that involved unauthorized access to their computer systems and which compromised the personal information of about 15 million customers, primarily in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario. For businesses, this is just another reminder that cyber risk is everywhere and as cyber-attacks become the "new normal", it's high time to rethink their cybersecurity strategy.

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Busting Six Common Managed IT Services Myths

Busting Six Common Managed IT Services Myths

December 30, 2019

Managed IT Services are not a fable, yet there are a lot of fallacies and stories that can cloud your understanding of these services. This article aims to provide you with all the information you need if you are looking into outsourcing parts of your IT operations.

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Windows Server 2008 End of Life: Time to Move to Azure

Windows Server 2008 End of Life: Time to Move to Azure

January 07, 2020

As we enter a new decade, we realize how fast technology has been evolving, making the life cycle of information technology shorter every year. Microsoft server technology is no exception to the rule and with the rise of hybrid cloud technology and "as a Service" solutions, the Windows Server 2008 platform is no longer adapted to meet modern organizations' needs.

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IT Modernization: Why It's Crucial if Businesses Are to Survive and Thrive

IT Modernization: Why It's Crucial if Businesses Are to Survive and Thrive

January 09, 2020

The life cycle of IT grows shorter every year as new players enter the market and disrupt the industry with cutting-edge digital practices and processes. What does this mean? This means a shift in terms of customer expectation. Customers have been empowered by technology, and now they want more.

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Modernizing SharePoint Architecture: Go Flat

Modernizing SharePoint Architecture: Go Flat

January 20, 2020

There have been many changes in the SharePoint world over the past few years. Many organizations still wonder how they should structure their SharePoint site to make the most out of Microsoft modern workplace. Microsoft recommends opting for a flat architecture in order to simplify the structure and support sustainability and growth. In this article, we will explain why a flat architecture makes sense and how your organization can benefit from this architecture.

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Database Security: How to keep your company’s assets safe

Database Security: How to keep your company’s assets safe

January 23, 2020

Hackers often target databases as they store sensitive information such as credit card details and personal identities. That is why database security should not be taken lightly and organizations need to reinforce their database security and safety to make sure they can recover them when an intentional or accidental incident occurs.

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Microsoft Boosts its Cloud Investments in Canada and Vancouver in Particular

Microsoft Boosts its Cloud Investments in Canada and Vancouver in Particular

February 03, 2020

Microsoft started 2020 on a high note for the whole Canadian market, with a nice bonus for the province of British Columbia and Vancouver.

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Building a Disaster Recovery Plan that Works

Building a Disaster Recovery Plan that Works

February 03, 2020

In today’s interconnected and highly digital world, technology is critical for almost all business activity. Technology disruptions can cause serious havoc, with just a few hours of downtime likely to affect business continuity and result in significant financial losses. Not only that, but downtime and data loss can damage your reputation and affect your growth for years to come.

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Microsoft Updates its Online Services Terms to Provide More Privacy Transparency For Its Cloud Customers

Microsoft Updates its Online Services Terms to Provide More Privacy Transparency For Its Cloud Customers

February 03, 2020

On January 8, 2020, Microsoft published its updated Online Services Terms that incorporate the changes that had been announced last November.

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From Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams - how to prepare for the transition

From Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams - how to prepare for the transition

February 04, 2020

Communication is the lifeblood of every business, from simple chat messages through to video calls and conferences. Microsoft continues to drive the way in which business communications are conducted, as its leading Skype for Business product slowly transitioning to Microsoft Teams.

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United Nations Data Breach: A Critical Reminder to Manage Your SharePoint

United Nations Data Breach: A Critical Reminder to Manage Your SharePoint

February 05, 2020

If you've been browsing the news recently, you've probably noticed that data breaches are making the headlines of the papers. Cybersecurity is a hot topic, and this is not just a fad.  With the rise of cloud computing, connected mobile devices and IoT (Internet of Things), hackers have found new ways to attack organizations.

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Build Your Own Solutions with Microsoft SharePoint

Build Your Own Solutions with Microsoft SharePoint

February 07, 2020

Business success is increasingly dependent on sharing and collaboration. In a world packed with data and defined by connectivity, the ways in which we work together has become more important than ever before. Microsoft SharePoint leads the way as a dynamic and productive collaboration solution. As an increasingly web-based platform, SharePoint integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Office 365 and other cloud-based services.

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How to Choose an IT Services Provider for Your Business

How to Choose an IT Services Provider for Your Business

February 18, 2020

Technology is an important part of running any modern business. From small and medium-sized companies to emerging multi-nationals, access to reliable and efficient technology is critical to your success. Despite this growing importance, information systems and hardware infrastructure can be complex and difficult to master, which is why it's important to work with a managed IT services provider.

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Multi-Factor Authentication: What Is It, Why Do You Need It & How To Set It Up?

Multi-Factor Authentication: What Is It, Why Do You Need It & How To Set It Up?

March 04, 2020

As digital technology continues to grow and diversify, new authentication systems are needed to protect users. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an efficient way to protect consumers and businesses by ensuring that only authorized users can access key systems and carry out actions. Whether the user is logging onto a website, making a purchase, or transferring funds, MFA combines multiple authentication factors in order to establish identity and minimize risk.

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Tips for Streamlining Microsoft Teams Adoption

Tips for Streamlining Microsoft Teams Adoption

March 05, 2020

Modern businesses enjoy greater connectivity and better information access than ever before. New tools and resources create endless opportunities, but they also demand new ways of working. Microsoft Teams is a fully-featured communication and collaboration platform that helps forward-thinking businesses to reach their potential. If you want to adopt Teams within your organization, it's important to plan ahead and embrace a comprehensive migration strategy.

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How Microsoft Teams can keep your company running during challenging times

How Microsoft Teams can keep your company running during challenging times

March 16, 2020

Here's an overview of how Microsoft Teams facilitates remote working by bringing your team together during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.

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Make Microsoft technology work for you in times of crisis

Make Microsoft technology work for you in times of crisis

March 24, 2020

Learn how you can leverage Microsoft tools to keep your business running as efficiently as possible during crisis periods like the COVID-19 outbreak.

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