Microsoft Read Aloud Feature Improves both Accessibility and Productivity

By |2021-10-18T17:22:00-04:00October 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Since 2010, Microsoft has included a text-to-speech feature in its products. In recent years, this has evolved into the powerful Read Aloud feature. In addition to improving accessibility, Read Aloud offers several significant productivity benefits, from increasing efficiency to boosting accuracy and comprehension. For example, users can have the system read documents, emails, or web pages aloud while they commute to the office. To improve the experience, they can adjust reading speed and even choose among various natural voice options. While older versions offer text-to-speech features, full functionality requires a Microsoft 365 subscription. Tapping into the Benefits of the Read

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Compliance and Data Security Audits Identify Risks, Protect Business Data

By |2021-09-13T11:20:48-04:00August 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Digital transformation has opened the door for unprecedented innovation and growth. Data informs marketing and development while improving customer service and streamlining processes. At the same time, privacy regulations and increasing cyber threats add complexity. Compliance and data security audits can help organizations navigate the environment. Though distinct from one another, regulatory compliance and security prove equally essential for business success. When organizations understand how compliance and security differ, as well as how they complement one another, they can significantly reduce risk. Audits form a key part of that process. Regulatory Compliance From the perspective of IT security, compliance refers

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How IT Pros Use Honeypots to Protect Valuable Business Data

By |2021-08-06T05:24:51-04:00July 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Data drives decision making and has the power to catapult businesses beyond the competition. Business leaders know that. Unfortunately, so do cyber criminals. Consequently, protecting vital information assets has become increasingly complex. When building a comprehensive data security strategy, smart IT professionals use a variety of security tools, including honeypots. While the term “honeypot” invokes images of Winnie the Pooh, it has a much more sophisticated application in cybersecurity. In simple terms, security teams create enticing traps to attract hackers and then monitor their actions. They use the information gained to improve security measures and better understand existing and emerging

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GroupWise Migration Tool and Proven Expertise Deliver Painless Email Migration

By |2021-02-18T02:54:08-05:00February 9th, 2021|Uncategorized|

For years, GroupWise set the standard for enterprise email systems. But new technologies have taken the stage, providing exceptional functionality and flexibility. Organizations now face the challenge of migrating thousands of mailboxes and archives. The right GroupWise migration tool, backed by proven expertise, makes that daunting task not only possible, but painless. Benefits of Migrating to the Cloud Organizations that migrate to a cloud solution such as Microsoft 365 realize numerous benefits, such as the following: Increased storage – Server bloat poses a significant issue for GroupWise users. The average user receives over 100 emails each day. Over time, this

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Democratization of Data Drives Modern Business Opportunity and Success

By |2020-12-04T05:59:18-05:00November 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

As the ability to easily access and analyze information spreads, problem-solvers find themselves more empowered to tackle business problems and identify opportunities with data. Making enterprise data available to more users in a controlled way is what the democratization of data is all about. To ensure maximum growth and efficient processes, organizations seek to make valuable data available to the right people at the right time. Hence, the democratization of data grows in popularity as more business leaders realize that in data-driven companies, data is everyone’s business. The resulting digital transformation, regardless of industry, drives increased business opportunity, relevance, and

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How to build smarter data integration in a multicloud world

By |2020-06-01T09:41:44-04:00November 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

used with permission from IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub by Bharath Chari Let’s say you’re the Chief Technology Officer of a bank or retailer struggling to infuse AI that aims to improve customer experiences. You likely face three main challenges: Data sprawl: Your customer data is currently on multiple clouds, including on-premises and a cloud data lake storage repository. But the data often exists in different formats in Db2, Oracle and other databases—and those databases are being used by transactional systems in different departments. Data latency across clouds and systems can be a serious concern in a multicloud environment,

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5 ways to boost your professionalism over email

By |2020-06-01T10:14:14-04:00August 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

used with permission from Microsoft Office Blogs Every day, inboxes are packed with more than one billion emails. For small businesses, the challenge to set yourself apart and establish what your business represents in a single email can feel daunting, but it's easier than you think. Follow these five simple—yet highly effective—strategies to convert the customer, close the sale, build your brand and continue to build your small business through effective use of business email. Create a custom email address for your business—Show you mean business, and get taken seriously with aproperly formatted email address. If you use your personal

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The future of email

By |2020-06-01T10:17:38-04:00August 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Used with permission from HP [email protected] Your inbox is probably here to stay. Here's how it'll be changing. We've been tethered to email as the primary form of business communication for a couple decades now. Yet study after study has proven that it's a productivity-wasting time suck. Just look at these numbers: On average, employees send and receive 122 emails per day They have around 199 unread messages in their inbox And they spend a whopping one-third of their workdays on email Having a full, disorganized inbox clutters your brain; getting to “Inbox Zero” (a term first coined by tech podcaster Merlin Mann) is considered a

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Solving the Data Dilemma with Effective Information Governance

By |2020-06-01T10:18:20-04:00August 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

We live in an information age, generating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. That information can drive business strategy and spark astonishing innovation. At the same time, a data breach can spell disaster for organizations and for the people whose information they hold. Information governance helps keep data secure while making it accessible. Consider these scenarios. In July, Capital One discovered that a data breach had compromised the personal information of more than 100 million individuals. On the other hand, vast quantities of data that could fuel valuable analytics remain unused because businesses lack the resources to retrieve the

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5 ways to calculate your ROI from automated Account Provisioning and Deprovisioning

By |2020-06-01T10:21:15-04:00July 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

By Davin Cooke, Director of Business Development, Identity Maestro User management has become a critical issue. As physical and cloud-based IT systems and environments become increasingly complex so has account provisioning. This is due to multiple factors such as disconnected legacy applications, stricter compliance regulations, and the ever-present risk of data breaches through compromised passwords. Most businesses are looking for ways to improve Identity Management and reduce costs while enhancing compliance and security. There are five ways your organization will save by refreshing your user account provisioning processes. These include savings from: More efficient automated processes Requiring less user training

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