BizTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Business https://biztechmagazine.com/rss.xml en The Benefits of SD-WAN for Banks and Credit Unions https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/04/benefits-sd-wan-banks-and-credit-unions <span>The Benefits of SD-WAN for Banks and Credit Unions</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/julietvanwagenen22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:46</span> <div><p>In the age of digital transformation, it can be difficult for financial institutions to offer their business operations and customers the most value. Here’s an easy place to start: software-defined wide area networking. SD-WAN taps software to route a network connection through the fastest path across multiple connections — <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/what-sd-wan-technology-perfcon">much like a navigation app helps you find the best route across town</a>.</p> <p>Virtualizing the network connection with SD-WAN reaps benefits, including offering connectivity a performance and efficiency boost while lowering overall costs. It also can prioritize traffic flow so mission-critical application data jumps to the head of the line.</p> <p>While this technology is profitable for nearly all businesses, banks and credit unions especially see gains from it, particularly as they begin to move more tools and services to the cloud.</p> <p><em><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/03/should-banks-and-credit-unions-reinvent-their-call-centers" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM BIZTECH:</strong> Should banks and credit unions reinvent their call centers?</a></em></p> <h2>SD-WAN Boosts Branch Location Connectivity</h2> <p>Why is this exactly? First and foremost, banks and credit unions often have several branch locations, and SD-WAN is particularly well-suited to simplify how businesses provision and manage networks across several locations.</p> <p>At <a href="https://www.starfinancial.com/personal-banking/online-banking" target="_blank">STAR Financial Bank</a>, an Indiana-based community bank with <strong>45 branch locations</strong>, the company looked to improve carrier redundancy and flexibility over its MPLS network, particularly as the number of local ISPs grew. By adopting <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/vmware-nsx-sd-wan-by-velocloud-advanced-edition-commitment-plan-3-years/5147227">VMware</a> SD-WAN, STAR worked directly with the ISPs, which gave the organization increased control over its network, greater redundancy and more reliability, Brian Avery, systems and infrastructure manager for STAR, <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/11/sd-wan-helps-businesses-deliver-better-customer-experiences">tells <em>BizTech</em></a>.</p> <p>By adopting SD-WAN, the bank was able to “deliver a clean, continuous, always-available video connection to bring customer and banker together,” Avery says. “The increased reliability of our network ensures that when people visit a STAR location, they consistently receive the highest levels of service.”</p> <p><em><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/01/email-security-what-banks-and-credit-unions-need-know" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM BIZTECH:</strong> What banks need to know about email security.</a></em></p> <h2>Banks Make Space for Security, Compliance with SD-WAN</h2> <p>But banks often have security and compliance responsibilities other types of businesses do not. This was the case for North Carolina-based <a href="https://www.entegrabank.com/" target="_blank">Entegra Bank</a>, which recently tapped a <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/silver-peak-unity-edgeconnect-base-subscription-license-renewal-1-year/4577488?pfm=srh" target="_blank">Silver Peak</a> SD-WAN solution in order to increase connectivity and <strong>reduce its bill by 50 percent</strong>, while simultaneously maintaining security regulations.</p> <p>Because the bank has increased security and compliance regulations, it was able to maintain a secure connection via SD-WAN, in which “traffic from the branches is backhauled over an encrypted VPN to internal gateways, where a third-party security services provider monitors all traffic and enforces security policies,” <a href="https://www.networkworld.com/article/3318660/how-to-make-the-business-case-for-sd-wan.html" target="_blank">Network World reports</a>.</p> <p>As <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/02/bank-branch-future-here-now">banks and credit unions rocket into the future</a> with advances like video, mobile banking and digital signage, reliable connectivity will prove key to maintaining a great in-branch experience for bank staff and customers everywhere. SD-WAN can be that key to unlocking reliability and offer a foundation for digital transformation.</p> <p><em>This article is part of </em>BizTech<em>'s <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/equity">EquITy blog series</a>. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FinanceTech&amp;src=typd">#FinanceTech</a> hashtag.</em></p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/equity"><img alt="Equity_logo_sized.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/Equity_logo_sized.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/dan-hansen" hreflang="en">Dan Hansen</a></div> </div> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:46:40 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 43681 at https://biztechmagazine.com Is Software-Defined Networking Right for Your Small Business? https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/04/software-defined-networking-right-your-small-business <span>Is Software-Defined Networking Right for Your Small Business?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/julietvanwagenen22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:58</span> <div><p>For small and medium-sized businesses, resiliency and productivity are key in all things, networking included. And for those looking for a more cost-effective and efficient way to deploy and manage legacy networks, software-defined wide area networking, or <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/what-sd-wan-technology-perfcon">SD-WAN, can help</a>.</p> <p><em><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/sd-wan-just-right-network-technology-many-small-businesses" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM BIZTECH: </strong>Check out how Briggs &amp; Stratton increased network efficiency by tapping SD-WAN.</a></em></p> <h2>The Benefits of SD-WAN for Small Businesses</h2> <p>Still an emerging technology, SD-WAN sees large adoption rates: About<strong> two-thirds of IT professionals</strong> <a href="https://www.sevone.com/sites/default/files/documents/sevone_sd-wan_ebook.pdf" target="_blank">recently reported</a> they already have some of their WAN software-defined, while half have active SD-WAN projects. The enthusiasm for the tech comes down to its ability to help businesses find the fastest way to direct a connection for any application on the network. This capability promises to make network management more agile while cutting costs.</p> <p>It is also particularly <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/sd-wan-just-right-network-technology-many-small-businesses">useful for businesses with several branch locations</a>.</p> <p>“If an SMB has a number of remote branches that are critical to the success of the business, runs critical applications and services at those remote sites, and has a need to <strong>tap into a more cost-efficient way to access bandwidth</strong>, there’s a compelling case for SD-WAN,” <a href="https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=PRF004078" target="_blank">Brad Casemore</a>, an IDC research director, tells BizTech.</p> <p>Not to mention that businesses can <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2017/09/how-sd-wan-can-help-you-improve-your-wireless-customer-experience">boost the customer experience</a> by tapping into SD-WAN effectively. The tech allows for better visibility into networks, where customers are using it and where spikes are occurring. And as customer behaviors change, SD-WAN allows businesses to improve tracking and adjust connectivity appropriately.</p> <p>Moreover, with SD-WAN, companies can <strong>deliver personalized offers to customers once they connect to the network</strong>.</p> <p><em><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/your-competitors-are-tapping-digital-transformation-so-should-you" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM BIZTECH: </strong>Are you falling behind on digital transformation?</a></em></p> <h2>SD-WAN Lets Businesses Double Down on Connectivity</h2> <p>Having SD-WAN is a great place to start when it comes to building a more robust network infrastructure, creating a pathway for SMBs to plan for possible internet outages. Alongside SD-WAN, adding a <strong>backup ISP or cellular connection to a business’s network</strong> can be a great way to ensure your entire business doesn’t shut down without a connection.</p> <p>Beacon Lighting, for instance, <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/01/nrf-2019-sd-wan-lights-new-possibilities-beacon-lighting">shared at the recent NRF 2019 conference</a> how the brand adopted SD-WAN from <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/riverbed.html" target="_blank">Riverbed Technology</a> so that new branches didn’t have to wait for a DSL connection to open. Instead, new branch locations could tap cellular to get their stores up and running.</p> <h2>How SMBs Can Get Started with SD-WAN</h2> <p>If your interest is piqued, the next step is to lay the groundwork for a successful deployment.</p> <p><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/12/3-tips-kick-smooth-sd-wan-implementation">Properly assessing network and infrastructure</a> can go a long way in <strong>preventing hiccups in SD-WAN deployments</strong>.</p> <p>A good place to start is to request a site survey from a third party in order to better understand any challenges that might arise.</p> <p>From there, IT teams should look to test network connections to ensure they’re robust enough for an effective SD-WAN deployment, keeping an eye out for latency issues.</p> <p>Last, for small and medium-sized businesses, a successful SD-WAN adoption often depends on having a good vendor partner. Most SMBs are stretched thin when it comes to IT — if they even have an IT department — so third parties can help to effectively manage and troubleshoot deployments.</p> <p>While it may seem as if SD-WAN is just for the big guys, small and medium-sized businesses can truly make the most of this technology — and see networking and cost benefits to boot. All they have to do is <strong>take the plunge</strong>.</p> <p><em>This article is part of </em>BizTech<em>'s <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/agility">AgilITy blog series</a>. Please join the discussion on Twitter <em>by</em></em><em> using the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SmallBizIT%20&amp;src=typd">#SmallBizIT </a>hashtag</em>.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/agility"><img alt="Agility_Logo_sized.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/Agility_Logo_sized.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/talia-colwell" hreflang="en">Talia Colwell</a></div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:58:15 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 43676 at https://biztechmagazine.com Dell Technologies World 2019 https://biztechmagazine.com/dell-technologies-world-2019 <span>Dell Technologies World 2019</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/julietvanwagenen22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:51</span> <div> <div>Event Image Toggle</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://biztechmagazine.com/dell-technologies-world-2019" data-title="Dell Technologies World 2019" data-via="BizTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Apr</span> <span>22</span> <span>2019</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's vertical template --> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://biztechmagazine.com/dell-technologies-world-2019" data-title="Dell Technologies World 2019" data-via="BizTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fbiztechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fc%3D11" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's horizontal template --> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://biztechmagazine.com/dell-technologies-world-2019" data-title="Dell Technologies World 2019" data-via="BizTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:51:16 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 43671 at https://biztechmagazine.com Dell Technologies World 2019: The Future of Business Relies on Innovation https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/04/dell-technologies-world-2019-future-business-relies-innovation <span>Dell Technologies World 2019: The Future of Business Relies on Innovation</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/julietvanwagenen22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:19</span> <div><p>Digital transformation isn’t just a buzzword — it’s imperative for businesses that wish to remain competitive. This is <a href="https://www.masergy.com/white-papers/2019-digital-transformation-market-trends-report/" target="_blank">according to a new report from Masergy</a>, in which <strong>4 in 5 IT professionals surveyed felt that digital transformation was crucial to business survival</strong>.</p> <p>With digital transformation on the minds of every business and IT executive out there, the topic will take center stage at this year’s <a href="https://www.delltechnologiesworld.com/agenda.htm" target="_blank">Dell Technologies World conference</a>, which will be held in <strong>Las Vegas from April 28 through May 2</strong>.</p> <p>Along with digital transformation initiatives, such as cloud migration, the conference is set to tackle other high-interest topics for CIOs and businesses everywhere, including cybersecurity and the future of work.</p> <p>Moreover, several big names are set to make an appearance, including <strong>Michael Dell</strong>, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies; <strong>will.i.am</strong>, founder and CEO of i.am+ (and lead member of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas); and<strong> Eben Shapiro</strong>, deputy editor of Time magazine, among other influential voices in technology.</p> <p><em>BizTech</em> will cover Dell Technologies World 2019 from the show floor to gather perspectives from industry executives and experts on the latest trends in digital transformation, cybersecurity and more. <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/dell-technologies-world-2019"><strong>Keep this page bookmarked</strong></a> for stories from the <em>BizTech</em> team.</p> <p>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/BizTechMagazine" target="_blank">@BizTechMagazine</a> on Twitter or the official conference Twitter account <a href="https://twitter.com/DellTechWorld" target="_blank">@DellTechWorld</a>, and join the conversation using hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DelTechWorld?src=hash" target="_blank">#DellTechWorld</a>.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen" hreflang="en">Juliet Van Wagenen</a></div> </div> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 14:19:19 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 43666 at https://biztechmagazine.com Formjacking Attacks Rise in the Retail Sector https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/04/formjacking-attacks-rise-retail-sector <span>Formjacking Attacks Rise in the Retail Sector </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/62836" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Elizabeth_Neus_pdwC</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/18/2019 - 08:52</span> <div><p>Just like any worker, hackers and cybercriminals look for the most efficient way to do their jobs. That’s one of the reasons for the recent increase in formjacking, in which credit card data and other personal information is stolen via illicit JavaScript from the forms on e-commerce sites.</p> <p>“This is a very easy and very effective way to steal credit card information,” says Kevin Haley, director of product management for <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/symantec.html?enkwrd=symantec" target="_blank" title="CDW Symantec page">Symantec</a> Security Response. “It is <strong>the virtual world equivalent of the skimmers</strong> that get put on ATMs or gas pumps, and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home — you just hop on a website.”</p> <p>The number of formjacking attacks took a big leap in 2018, with more than 4,800 websites compromised every month, according to Symantec’s <a href="https://www.symantec.com/security-center/threat-report" target="_blank" title="Symantec Internet Security Threat Report">Internet Security Threat Report</a>, published in February. May alone saw 556,000 attempts, which the report called “an anomalous spike in activity.”</p> <p>In all, <strong>Symantec blocked 3.7 million attempts at formjacking last year</strong>, with at least 1 million of those happening in the last two months of the year — holiday shopping season.</p> <p>“With data from a single credit card being sold for up to $45 on underground markets, just 10 credit cards stolen from compromised websites could result in a yield of up to $2.2 million for cyber criminals each month. The appeal of formjacking for cyber criminals is clear,” states the report.</p> <p><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/01/5-tips-updating-cybersecurity-incident-response-plan" title="5 Tips for Updating a Cybersecurity Plan"><em><strong>MORE FROM BIZTECH</strong>: Update your cybersecurity response plan before an attack occurs.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Formjacking Replaces Cryptojacking as a Popular Hack</h2> <p>The attacks may also be increasing because cryptojacking — the illicit running of cyber coin miners on a device without the owner’s permission — is becoming less popular as the value of cryptocurrency falls, Haley says. In addition, <strong>formjacking provides far more information than other forms of credit card theft. </strong></p> <p>“When you put the credit card in at a gas station pump, it’s just reading what’s on the strip. It’s not asking for the CVV number, that little security number,” he says. “But every purchase you make online, it wants that little security number. So you’re getting additional information when you steal it that way.”</p> <p>Formjackers usually enter a site through third-party tools. For example, one major company was breached in early 2018 by malicious code inserted into its support chat tool. Another was similarly attacked later that year, but did not reveal exactly how the hackers gained entry.</p> <p>Symantec’s report found, however, that <strong>small and medium-sized retailers</strong> “selling goods ranging from clothing to gardening equipment to medical supplies” were actually the most frequent targets of formjackers. </p> <p>“There are just more small and medium-sized businesses, and their defenses tend not to be as good as a large company’s,” says Haley. “You may not be able to steal as many credit cards in a day, but you are going to be on there a lot longer, because [small and medium companies] are less likely to catch on to what’s going on.”</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Make Sure the Supply Chain Is Protected</h2> <p>Good security software provides the best protection, Haley says, but it’s not perfect — especially because many formjackers get into a system through third-party suppliers. “You need to test the updates you’re getting from your suppliers,” he adds. “You should use some kind of content security and be scanning and looking for malicious code on a regular basis.”</p> <p>The damage to a company’s reputation is as serious as the intrusion into its system, he says. “As the end user, your credit card information is now stolen. The retailer, that’s where the credit cards are being stolen from.</p> <p>“In the end, it’s going to be your customers blaming you for it, and it’s going to be your name in the newspaper about how credit cards got stolen. <strong>The repercussions are the same</strong> as a standard breach — it’s just a different way to get the information.”</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/cyber-security-report.html" target="_blank"><img alt="CDW Cybersecurity Insight Report " data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/statetechmagazine.com/files/Cybersecurity_IR_stayprotected_700x220%20(2).jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/elizabeth-neus" hreflang="en">Elizabeth Neus</a></div> </div> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:52:08 +0000 Elizabeth_Neus_pdwC 43661 at https://biztechmagazine.com Security Assessment Brings Peace of Mind [#Infographic] https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/04/security-assessment-brings-peace-mind-infographic <span>Security Assessment Brings Peace of Mind [#Infographic]</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/julietvanwagenen22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:29</span> <div><p>Data is at the heart of every business, but for intellectual property law firm <a href="https://www.cantorcolburn.com/" target="_blank">Cantor Colburn</a>, keeping client information safe is the business. The firm had already done much to protect its network. But when leaders wanted to know whether there was anything else that should be done, they <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/09/security-assessments-prove-crucial-fight-against-hackers">turned to the cybersecurity experts at CDW to run a thorough assessment of the firm’s security posture</a> through <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/solutions/cybersecurity/security-threat-check.html" target="_blank">CDW’s free Threat Check program</a>.</p> <p>Here is what they discovered:</p> <p><img alt="Cantor Colburn Infographic" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/BT_CantorColburn_infogram_web.jpg" /></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/bob-keaveney" hreflang="en">Bob Keaveney</a></div> </div> Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:29:56 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 43656 at https://biztechmagazine.com Your Windows 7 to Windows 10 Migration Checklist https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/04/your-windows-7-windows-10-migration-checklist-perfcon <span>Your Windows 7 to Windows 10 Migration Checklist</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/julietvanwagenen22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:04</span> <div><p>The end of life for Windows 7 is approaching rapidly. The operating system <strong>reaches the end of extended support Jan. 14, 2020</strong>, and with less than a year to go, organizations need to start discussing their migration to<a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft/windows-10.html"> Windows 10</a> or their plan to support Windows 7 after that date. While large companies will be able to pay<a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft.html"> Microsoft</a> for extended Windows 7 security support beyond January 2020, it will be expensive, and it is only a stopgap solution.</p> <p>Migration projects can be complex and full of pitfalls, but Microsoft has made some <strong>architectural changes that should make migrating to Windows 10 less painful</strong>.</p> <p><em><a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft/windows-10.html" target="_blank"><strong>SEE MORE: </strong>Check out what Windows 10 has to offer your business.</a></em></p> <h2>What Are the Windows 10 System Requirements?</h2> <p>Before migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10, it’s important to know the Windows 10 system requirements. Microsoft Windows support<a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-specifications#primaryR2" target="_blank"> lists these necessary requirements</a>:</p> <ol><li>Make sure that you are running the latest version of the OS, either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.</li> <li>You will need a 1-gigahertz or faster processor or a system on a chip.</li> <li>Systems are required to have 1 gigabyte of RAM for 32-bit setups or 2GB of RAM for 64-bit setups.</li> <li>You must have enough hard disk space for the migration. Specifically, 16GB for a 32-bit OS or 20GB for a 64-bit OS.</li> <li>Graphics cards must be up to par, with requirements set at DirectX 9 or later with Windows Display Driver Model 1.0.</li> <li>Those looking to migrate effectively will require an 800x600 display.</li> </ol><p>The <strong>Windows 10 Compatibility Scan is built into the Windows 10 setup.exe program</strong> and can be used to determine if devices meet the basic requirements for Windows 10.</p> <p>If your team has a large number of computers to check, you can use a<a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/microsoft-system-center-configuration-manager-standard-server-ml-license/1484280" target="_blank"> Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager</a> Task Sequence to run the compatibility check. Reports show whether hardware compatibility issues will block an upgrade, whether an in-place upgrade is possible and whether devices meet other Windows 10 system requirements, such as free disk space.</p> <p><em><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/04/how-ease-windows-10-migration"><strong>MORE FROM BIZTECH:</strong> Ease the culture shock from a Windows 10 migration with these tips.</a></em></p> <h2>Choose Windows 10 SKU, Architecture and Migration Method</h2> <p>Before deciding on a migration method, start by choosing a Windows 10 architecture and Stock Keeping Unit. For example, if your business has <strong>Windows 7 32-bit installed on devices</strong>, it will be impossible to perform in-place upgrades to <strong>Windows 10 64-bit</strong>. Windows 7 32-bit can only be upgraded in-place to Windows 10 32-bit. Assuming your company has capable hardware, a 64-bit architecture is preferable because it offers <strong>better security and access to more RAM</strong>.</p> <p>Microsoft’s recommended migration method is in-place upgrades from Windows 7. Conventional wisdom says it is always better to perform a clean install, sometimes referred to as the wipe-and-reload method. But Microsoft has improved the in-place upgrade process and it essentially performs a clean install of Windows 10 and restores user and application data. But you must be moving to the same architecture or you will be forced to perform clean installs and manage migrating user data and applications another way.</p> <p>Other technical issues might prevent IT teams from using in-place upgrades. <strong>Unified Extensible Firmware Interface devices</strong> where Windows 7 has been installed in Legacy-BIOS mode will need to have a clean install of Windows 10. If you intend to move to a lower SKU — for example, from Enterprise to Pro — in-place upgrades are also blocked. </p> <p><em><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/03/why-businesses-should-wait-no-longer-upgrade-windows-10" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM BIZTECH: </strong>Why it’s time to upgrade to Windows 10 — aside from the deadline.</a></em></p> <h2>Check Software Readiness and Fix Compatibility Issues</h2> <p><a href="https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/use-upgrade-readiness-to-manage-windows-upgrades" target="_blank">Windows Analytics Upgrade Readiness</a> collects from devices data about the software and hardware drivers installed and checks the details against a database to highlight any known issues with Windows 10 to help companies plan a migration. <strong>Upgrade Readiness can scan thousands of computers</strong> and it stores information in the<a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/microsoft-azure-subscription-license-1-year/3434945" target="_blank"> Microsoft Azure</a> cloud. </p> <p>If you find issues with applications and are not able to modify the source code, you can use Compatibility Administrator in the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit to apply compatibility shims to devices so that your legacy apps can run in Windows 10.</p> <p>It’s also worth testing web-based apps because the default browser in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge. Administrators can configure an Enterprise Mode Site List to automatically redirect users to Internet Explorer 11, which can emulate older versions of IE to maintain compatibility with legacy applications.</p> <p><em><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/09/5-tweaks-boost-windows-10-performance-perfcon" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM BIZTECH: </strong>These five tweaks can boost Windows 10 performance.</a></em></p> <h2>Select Windows 10 Migration Tools</h2> <p>Organizations that already have SCCM can use it for their Windows 10 migrations, regardless of whether an in-place upgrade or wipe-and-reload install is chosen. Alternatively, you can also use the free Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. If you are upgrading just a handful of devices, using Windows 10 media is the easiest route.</p> <p>Companies that chose to perform a wipe-and-reload installation of Windows 10 will need to additionally back up and migrate user and application data. Part of the Windows ADK, the User State Migration Tool can store user profiles temporarily on a network share or locally, and then load them onto a new Windows installation. Applications must also be reinstalled in a wipe-and-reload scenario. SCCM is commonly used to automate application deployment.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/digital-transformation-trends.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/healthtechmagazine.net/files/Digital%20Transformation_IR_1.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>Target User Groups for a Phased Migration</h2> <p>Once your business has decided on the type of Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration to deploy and the necessary tools required, it is important to test the process and make sure that applications work as expected. After carrying out an initial trial of the Windows 10 deployment, <strong>plan a phased migration to a small group of users</strong> for validation before starting a wider rollout.</p> <div class="sidebar_wide"> <h2>What Is Windows 10 as a Service?</h2> <p>One of the phrases being thrown around with the adoption of the new version of the Windows operating system is “Windows 10 as a Service.” While traditional as-a-service models refer to cloud-hosted solutions managed by a third party — Device as a Service or Infrastructure as a Service, for instance — this is a bit of a misnomer, although it functions much the same way.</p> <p>Instead of providing new or updated versions of the operating system every few years, Microsoft will instead <strong>push out twice-yearly updates to Windows 10</strong>. This will effectively make Windows 10 the last numbered version of the OS, with security and feature updates now being pushed directly.</p> <p>“Ultimately, this model replaces the need for traditional Windows deployment projects, which can be disruptive and costly, and spreads the required effort out into a continuous updating process, reducing the overall effort required to maintain Windows 10 devices in your environment,” <a href="https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/" target="_blank">says Microsoft</a>.</p> </div> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/russell-smith" hreflang="en">Russell Smith</a></div> </div> Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:04:56 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 43651 at https://biztechmagazine.com 25 Nonprofit IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2019 https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/04/25-nonprofit-it-influencers-worth-follow-2019 <span>25 Nonprofit IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2019</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/julietvanwagenen22746" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="juliet.vanwagenen_22746">juliet.vanwage…</span></span> <span>Mon, 04/15/2019 - 15:50</span> <div><p>Nonprofits everywhere have one thing in common: They have important missions to fulfill. And with much to accomplish and, often, few resources with which to do it, they can’t afford to let technology — or lack thereof — get in the way.</p> <p>But for those looking for ways to <strong>best introduce, use and modify technology</strong> in order to further their reach and fundraising efforts, it can be more than difficult to know where to start, especially in a world where technology updates and consumer expectations are moving at breakneck speeds. It’s more than a lot to keep up with, particularly for nonprofit IT professionals with shoestring resources.</p> <p>To help keep IT professionals in the loop and connect them to the advice and resources they need, <strong>we sifted out the best nonprofit IT voices the web has to offer</strong>. Just as technology is changing, so are the ways that experts choose to spread their knowledge, so we’ve evolved our traditional <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/02/25-must-read-nonprofit-it-blogs-2018">Must-Read IT Blogger List</a> into an “influencer list” that covers not just bloggers, but also <strong>Twitter personalities, podcasts, radio shows, LinkedIn warriors and those who use all manner of social channels</strong>.</p> <p>So, without further ado, here is our list of <strong>25 nonprofit IT influencers</strong>, whose entries we hope will be enlightening and amusing. And if you’re on the list, spread the news and <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/25-nonprofit-it-influencers-worth-follow-2019-cover-photo"><strong>grab our IT influencer cover image for your Twitter page</strong></a>!</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/juliet-van-wagenen" hreflang="en">Juliet Van Wagenen</a></div> </div> Mon, 15 Apr 2019 19:50:26 +0000 juliet.vanwagenen_22746 43636 at https://biztechmagazine.com 25 Nonprofit IT Influencers Worth a Follow 2019 Cover Photo https://biztechmagazine.com/25-nonprofit-it-influencers-worth-follow-2019-cover-photo <span>25 Nonprofit IT Influencers Worth a Follow 2019 Cover Photo</span> <div class="page-body"> <p>Are you one of <em>BizTech </em>magazine's <strong><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/04/25-nonprofit-it-influencers-worth-follow-2019">25 Nonprofit IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2019</a></strong>? Congratulations! 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And it’s solving it in the cloud.</p> <p>Casual fans of the music and entertainment streaming service Pandora know it as a great way to access their favorite songs and other content while discovering new artists. But behind the scenes, at Pandora’s headquarters in Oakland, Calif., is a <strong>massive data cluster running in the company’s data center</strong>.</p> <p>Most companies store data. Many are beginning to use insights from their data to make business decisions and drive customer experiences. But since its founding in 2005, <strong>Pandora has made data the very heart and soul of its business. </strong></p> <p>“The core of Pandora is personalization,” explained Brett Uyeshiro, the company’s vice president of platform services, speaking at <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/google-cloud-next-2019">Google Cloud Next ’19</a>. “The idea of Pandora is you can have a laid-back experience. You give us some cues, and we program a continuous stream of content for you, whether it’s music or nonmusic content like podcasts or comedy. And at the heart of this personalization is our data analytics system. It’s really the workhorse behind it.”</p> <p>Uyeshiro spoke Wednesay at the massive conference for developers and other users of the <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/google-cloud.html" target="_blank">Google Cloud Platform</a>, which has attracted 30,000 attendees to San Francisco and concludes April 11. </p> <p><a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/solutions/cloud/overview.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-Cloud-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank"><em><strong>SEE MORE:</strong> Get help sorting through the dizzying array of cloud and on-premises computing options.</em></a></p> <h2>How Pandora Manages Data From 68 Million Users</h2> <p>To date, <strong>Pandora has created 13 billion stations for its users</strong>, who listen to its content on more than 2,000 different types of devices and generate feedback for the company by giving a digital thumbs up or down to whatever they’re hearing. Pandora uses that feedback to recommend additional content that users might enjoy. Pandora has received and managed roughly 90 billion of these unique feedback points in its history.</p> <p>To make Pandora work for its 68 million users around the world, its army of engineers and data scientists <strong>conduct nonstop analytics on the 7 petabytes of data it has running on 2,700 data nodes</strong>. It’s a massive undertaking that continues to get bigger as the weeks roll by and Pandora attracts more users and more data, and as it grows its services.</p> <p>“And we’ve grown on-prem quite a bit,” Uyeshiro explained. “Every year we’ve had growth — more engineers, more data scientists, all working on a stable cluster. We have one production cluster that runs everything at Pandora. And we’ve added a lot of personalization features, like Personal Soundtrack, and we’ve added features for our advertisers too, including some call campaign reporting features and some segment targeting as well.”</p> <p>Pandora’s decision last year to move its data to the Google Cloud Platform was a big one. It was necessary, Uyeshiro explained, in part because <strong>managing that much data on a single cluster had caused significant strains</strong>. Its data scientists and engineers, working with a variety of data management and analysis tools including Apache’s Kafka, Sqoop and Spark, were often jockeying for time on the cluster to run their computations.</p> <p>“People can’t always get access to the cluster when they want to,” he explained.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/orchestration/modern-workforce.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-modernworkforce-_-NA-_-042018" target="_blank"><img alt="Modern-Workforce_the-office.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://biztechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/Modern-Workforce_the-office.jpg" /></a></p> <h2>The Benefits of Google Cloud for Pandora</h2> <p>But as the data has shifted to the cloud, those resource constraints are easing. One reason is that Google Cloud’s own Big Data tools, such as BigQuery, are boosting the performance of its analyses; in particular, they are cutting the time it takes to run particular queries.</p> <p>For example, an analysis of impressions run for advertisers that <strong>used to take two hours now takes four minutes</strong>. Another query — a crucial daily query that the company simply calls “the nightly job” — once took five hours a day. Now it takes 90 minutes. “That’s huge, because a lot of other jobs depend on that nightly process,” Uyeshiro said.</p> <p><strong>Another benefit is disaster recovery.</strong> Because of the sheer size of Pandora’s data cluster, having a true backup is prohibitive; instead, it has what Uyeshiro calls a “business continuity” backup data center outside of Washington, D.C.</p> <p>“The big drawback with this is that if we did need to fail back and rely on our backup data center, it would really take some time to scale that out to really take on production work,” he said. “Being able to have a true disaster recovery situation is amazing.”</p> <p><em>Keep <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/google-cloud-next-2019">this page bookmarked</a> for complete coverage of Google Cloud Next '19.</em></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/bob-keaveney" hreflang="en">Bob Keaveney</a></div> </div> Thu, 11 Apr 2019 16:29:50 +0000 Bob.Keaveney_u64t 43611 at https://biztechmagazine.com