IQ Technology Solutions Weekly Forum

Technology news, trends, and updates

Outsourced & Insourced Resources

One of our clients shared with us his frustration with hiring and managing technical employees. His situation was that he could perform any job in the organization except the computer management position. That insight led him to the conclusion that he needed to outsource IT operations.

Upgrade to Compete

As organizations are experiencing an increase in business many are faced with outdated systems and software and are looking for new capabilities to compete in an expanding market.

One strategy is to investment in new hardware and software, and another is to consider cloud solutions to deliver computing services for email, accounting and business management.

Smart Gadgets & The Internet of Things

It looks like we are in for a slew of new smart gadgets hitting the market this year, are you ready to get smarter?

Apple, Microsoft and a host of other technology companies have or will be announcing new smart watches, smart phones and other electronic gadgets that will connect to other smart gadgets and to the Internet of Things (IoT). I am not sure this will make anyone smarter, but as you dive into how technology advancements are contributing to our health, security and convenience, it is apparent that the trajectory is towards solutions for human inefficiencies, inadequacies and discomfitures.

Nonprofit Tech-Day Event at Microsoft

We recently announced the 2015 Nonprofit IT Makeover Campaign. This campaign, in its 7th year, provides a pool of $20,000 in funding that is designed to be used by nonprofit organizations to upgrade or enhance their information technology systems and solutions.

Network Security Strategy

The rapidly expanding use of technology in every aspect of business is creating a growing security concern. To protect your business and digital assets it is important to have a multipronged approach that addresses physical access, technology security and user policies.

The Changing Role of IT in Business

I had 3 great meetings this week that all had a common theme, all were centered on the rapid changes that are occurring in the field of information technology.

The first meeting I had was with a CEO that was managing a statewide organization that was embracing technology to drive new services and new ways of connecting with clients while expanding operations.

Switch Lights Up Northern Nevada

The datacenter landscape of northern Nevada is about to change in a very big way. Switch’s announcement that they are building a SUPERNAP in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, the same location as Tesla’s battery factory, was announced during Governor Sandoval’s State of the State address.

60 Years of Technology

I am often reminded about how young the technology industry is, and there is no better time to reflect on the past than during one of life’s great milestones, turning 60. That happened to me today so let’s have a quick look back on how technology has evolved over that time span and reflect on how it has changed our lives.

Strategies for the New Year

As we enter 2015 with an improving economy and robust business growth predicted, analysts agree that finding and retaining employees will be one of the biggest business challenges over the next few years. Because of this many business are looking for ways to expand their capabilities without adding staff.

2015 IT Resolutions

2015 Resolutions

By now you have made all of your New Year resolutions, you know, lose weight, exercise more and all that stuff. Since you will soon be breaking many of those, it might be a good time to start thinking about resolutions that are important to your business, and some strategies that you can work on in 2015.

As I meet with business that rely on technology for operations, sales and marketing, there seems to be a common set of initiatives, tasks and best practices that need to get done, but often get put off.