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Newly Acquired Technologies by Cisco – And What It Could Mean for Your Business

Newly Acquired Technologies by Cisco – And What It Could Mean for Your Business

November 8, 2017 in Corporate IT Training, Cisco / by Sara Lamb

Cisco’s corporate strategy has long relied on acquisition for introducing new technologies to the tech giant’s palette. With over 200 to date, Cisco acquisitions remain one of the most important strategic elements that the company holds in the tech marketplace.

Cisco has a list of its corporate acquisitions available on its website. Here, you can see a brief rundown of the most important purchases the company has made since 1993. Of particular interest are the six new entrants for 2017, listed below.Read More

Alternatives to Cisco Systems

Alternatives to Cisco Systems

November 8, 2017 in Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

Cisco is undeniably a powerhouse in the tech and networking space. A huge array of products and an aggressive acquisition strategy have combined to make this one company dominate its market.

However, that does not mean that companies looking for Cisco alternatives should give up on the search. In fact, there are numerous Cisco competitors offering best-in-class performance in specific sectors.

End users who don’t need Cisco’s broad selection of software and hardware solutions may very well opt for greater value working with a smaller, more narrowly dedicated company. These alternatives operate in networking, SD-WAN, security, and wireless LAN.Read More

Coding AI – Where the Future and Coding Intersect

Coding AI – Where the Future and Coding Intersect

November 8, 2017 in Corporate IT Training, Web Development / by Sara Lamb

When you imagine the process of creating a computer program, you probably imagine a room full of caffeine-fueled developers hastily coding on expensive computers in an open-spaced office with exposed brick walls and designer lighting. That scene is set to change in the future, however, as the world of coding advances further towards a future where the elementary parts of coding are left to the computers themselves.Read More

Choosing the Right Development Solution for Your IT Team

Choosing the Right Development Solution for Your IT Team

November 8, 2017 in Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

Being a leader in the world of tech isn’t easy.

In fact, you may find there are greater and more frequent options to overcome in tech than in nearly every other field simply because of the tech industry’s penchant for innovation, disruption, and change.

This means that IT teams that were once the pinnacle of efficiency can, in a few short years, weigh organizations down through no fault of their own. It is not the team that failed – it is simply a constant movement towards greater workplace efficiencies that left them behind.Read More

Terrific Tips and Tricks in PowerPoint: Learn to Present Like a Pro

Terrific Tips and Tricks in PowerPoint: Learn to Present Like a Pro

October 23, 2017 in Microsoft Office, Corporate IT Training / by Craig Gerdes

There is no shortage of tips for creating and delivering an effective presentation in PowerPoint.  Just search the web and you will find lots of advice.  Here is Microsoft’s official article on the subject.

My goal for this blog posting is not to repeat some of the generic information and suggestions out there but to provide less common tools, applications, and tricks such as:

  • Using tools and shortcut keys for screen and cursor options
  • Utilizing special applications such as Mix (Free Add-in) and Office Presentation Service (Free Option)
  • Employing special tricks like hiding slides and creating custom shows

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Top Strategic Tech Priorities for IT in 2018

Top Strategic Tech Priorities for IT in 2018

October 13, 2017 in Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and tools such as conversational platforms, digital twins and blockchain are among the most strategic 2018 technology investments, according to Gartner.

At Gartner’s Symposium/ITXpo in Orlando, Gartner outlined its top strategic investments. These investments will be pushed into a global IT spend of $3.7 trillion, up 4.3 percent from a year ago.

Respondents in a Tech Pro Research survey found IT budgets will be up modestly, but there are a number of uncertainties. 39 percent of respondents said their 2018 IT budget will be up from 1 percent to 10 percent.Read More

Who is the Next Person Your Business’ IT Department Needs to Hire?

Who is the Next Person Your Business’ IT Department Needs to Hire?

October 13, 2017 in Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

The role technology plays in business is more strategic than ever. Organizations experiencing growth are under pressure to make intelligent decisions when hiring new tech employees. These decisions are necessary in order to maximize the efficiency of existing business processes while paving the way for further innovation.

This pressure is not unfounded – a report by McKinsey and Company finds that an alarmingly large percentage of enterprise IT projects fail. This can translate to higher failure rates for small and mid-sized businesses, underscoring the importance for IT department personnel choices.Read More

Essential Roles Your Business’ IT Department Fills

Essential Roles Your Business’ IT Department Fills

October 13, 2017 in Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

It’s 2017, and technology’s constant onward march continues unabated. With it comes innovation that transforms the way organizations of all sizes do business – often in unexpected or surprising ways.

It is this constant stream of efficiency-generating innovation that puts the IT department in a unique position of power within the corporate structure. The work that IT professionals do is no longer confined to backroom servers and databases – it broadly encompasses nearly every aspect of your core business.Read More

Awesome Add-ins for PowerPoint

Awesome Add-ins for PowerPoint

October 9, 2017 in Microsoft Office, Corporate IT Training / by Craig Gerdes

An add-in is a term used for a software utility added to a primary program.  In other words, add-ins are mini applications that extend what you can do with Microsoft Office programs, such as PowerPoint.  When you enable an add-in, it adds custom commands and new features that help increase your productivity.

By default, add-ins are not immediately available, so you must first install (and in some cases activate or configure) these add-ins so that you can use them.  Many of the add-ins are free from the Microsoft Store (https://store.office.com).  You may also be able to search for add-ins from third party vendors.Read More