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SharePoint and the Future of Work

SharePoint and the Future of Work

August 3, 2017 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

When it comes to its signature SharePoint document management software, Microsoft is deservedly ambitious. The company claims to reinvent the digital connected workplace and empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Underlying these big claims is technology that truly can revolutionize the way people work on every level.Read More

Why IT Departments Need to Integrate SharePoint Into Their Workflows

Why IT Departments Need to Integrate SharePoint Into Their Workflows

August 3, 2017 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

Today’s IT departments often find themselves pigeonholed by accessibility – both in terms of employees’ standard capacity to access documents and applications, and in the greater scope of making technology available to individuals with permanent, temporary, or situational accessibility needs.

In both respects, Microsoft SharePoint is leading the way towards creating a powerfully accessible digital office workspace. SharePoint users enjoy a unified, secure platform for employee data access.Read More

How to Benefit from the Shortcomings of IoT

How to Benefit from the Shortcomings of IoT

July 12, 2017 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

The Internet of Things (IoT) offers the advanced connectivity of devices and services by connecting the physical world to the virtual world in the exchange of data in real-time. Despite the many promising opportunities IoT offers, it is still surrounded by many misconceptions that lead professionals to ignore its promise.  Many of these misconceptions are wrong and do not encapsulate the actual issues surrounding IoT. The following is taken from an article from Redmond Channel Partner, in which Howard Cohen explains many of the problems with IoT and how Microsoft partners can actually offer solutions to these problems and benefit in the process. To read the full article, follow the link at the bottom of the page.

Before moving on to the real problems, let’s begin with the misconceptions surrounding IoT:Read More

How to Choose the Right MSP

How to Choose the Right MSP

July 11, 2017 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

When looking for additional help on the technology side of your business, a Managed Service Provider may be the help you need. Managed service providers (MSPs) are companies that can manage IT services for a company through the Web. In an article from Redmond, Scott Bekker explains many of the reasons for using an MSP, as well as questions to consider so that you can choose the right one for your company. The following is excerpted from his article, Picking the Right MSP. To read the full text, follow the link at the bottom of the page.

Starting off, you must consider what you want to get out of an MSP.Read More

Stop searching for IT Training & let Centriq do it for you

Stop searching for IT Training & let Centriq do it for you

June 30, 2017 in Big Data, Microsoft, Corporate IT Training, Security, Web Development, Cisco, EC-Council, IBM / by Sara Lamb

As technology evolves, professionals in the field of IT need to be educated and up-to-speed on the latest versions of existing software and the capabilities of new software as soon as they become available. Blogs, YouTube videos and usergroup discussions are all great places to gain small amounts of knowledge, but to be fully immersed and hands-on experience, instructor-led IT training is the way to go.

Sometimes IT training can be hard to find (especially if the technology is uncommon or very new), which is where Centriq comes in. Not only do we have offer IT training classes on technologies like Cisco, Microsoft, ITIL, etc, but we teach Agile Bootcamps, IBM, Apache, Hadoop and Business Skills classes as well. If you need training on a technology we don’t have on our Class Schedule, we will locate a class for you that fits your schedule and budget, saving you time and money.
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Microsoft and Google Gain Ground on AWS

Microsoft and Google Gain Ground on AWS

June 19, 2017 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Ryan Grawe

Although there are many cloud computing vendors in the marketplace, some of the major players are making strong moves towards the top. In an article taken from Redmond Channel Partner, Jeffrey Schwartz describes the increasing usage of Microsoft and Google’s respective cloud platforms. The following is taken from Schwartz’ article, Microsoft, Google Gaining on AWS, But Not Quickly Enough. To read the full article, follow the link at the bottom of the page.

As the current cloud field stands, leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) may be ceding some market share to Microsoft Azure and the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), but the challengers still have a lot of ground to make up. Among the big three public cloud infrastructure providers, Microsoft Azure has clearly established itself as No. 2. Considering that it’s a distant second, Azure has gained considerable ground on Amazon Web Services over the past year. While Azure still has a reasonable lead over the Google Cloud Platform, the latter has also grown significantly.As the competitors move closer, AWS remains poised to hold on to its clear lead. The RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Report shows that 57 percent of customers are currently running applications in AWS, the same number as last year. Meanwhile, 34 percent are running apps in Azure, compared with 20 percent last year; and 15 percent are using GCP, up from 10 percent last year.Read More

How to Synchronize Directories with Azure AD Connect

How to Synchronize Directories with Azure AD Connect

April 25, 2017 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

Since the release of Windows 2000, Active Directory (AD) has been the way users have logged in to on-premises enterprise networks and business-based systems, including Microsoft Exchange Server.

As more computing takes place in the cloud, businesses need both on-premises and cloud user verification. For one set of credentials to access both (“synchronize”), Microsoft in 2015 introduced the “Azure AD Connect” tool. Read More

Expert Microsoft Excel Tips and Training

Expert Microsoft Excel Tips and Training

April 3, 2017 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training / by Sara Lamb

Microsoft Excel is the standard software for managing and organizing data and spreadsheets.

This software is widely used by businesses across various industries on a daily basis. Whether you need to compare monthly sales revenue or document weekly traffic for a website, you’ve probably used Micorsoft Excel at some point on the job.

But while you may have some experience with the program, you probably have only scratched the surface of all of its features.  Here are some ways any user can get more out of Microsoft Excel.Read More

Expert Microsoft Word Tips and Training for Professionals

Expert Microsoft Word Tips and Training for Professionals

March 22, 2017 in Microsoft / by Sara Lamb

Microsoft Word is the most common word processing program for people and organizations all over the world. Just about every digitally-created document is made with Microsoft Word.

We all may use this software from time to time, but professionals may need it weekly or even daily. And while we all think we may be Microsoft Word experts, so few people truly take advantage of all of its time-saving features.  Here are some powerful tips to become Microsoft Word ExpertsRead More

2017 IT Certification Roadmap

2017 IT Certification Roadmap

March 6, 2017 in Microsoft, Corporate IT Training, Security, Cisco, EC-Council / by Sara Lamb

CompTIA has created a vendor neutral IT certification roadmap that will be useful to all IT Pros.

Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned professional in information security, storage and data, training, software development, hardware services, infrastructure, web and mobile or IT management and strategy, this roadmap will show you the certification route that’s best.Read More