The Significance a Secure Hybrid Cloud to Any Business

January 5, 2017 No comments Tags:

In a business setting, the foundation of a secure hybrid cloud in Canada should focus on compliance, transparency, and proper risk management. Failure to adhere to these three components will leave your business susceptible the simplest security threats. Many Canadian companies will start by building independent private clouds before gradually advancing to a complex blend of private and public hybrid models. It’s a gradual process and cannot be rushed because that would result in management, business, and other technical challenges. A hybrid cloud is a combination of public and private cloud workloads, and for that to work, the company must have access to a stable network connectivity and an API compatible infrastructure.

Four Ways Enterprise Content Management Can Benefit Your Business

December 30, 2016 No comments Tags:

Incorporating an enterprise content management (ECM) solution into your practices for management documents is one of the best things you can do to streamline content practices at your company.

Should You Run Your Operations From The Cloud?

September 24, 2016 No comments Tags:

As most Canadians know, inexpensive Internet connections have allowed companies to move more of their business software online, giving business owners a lot more flexibility when it comes to how they operate their business. Most of the money that it saved was due to being able to use less IT Support people onsite. They no longer need to have people in a traditional office setting in order to be successful.

How To Create A Great Help Desk

June 23, 2016 No comments Tags:

Help desk operations maximize the use of your business IT management software infrastructure by providing a systematic process for identifying and resolving issues. Help desks in any environment can increase expenses without proper planning, so your company must prioritize the creation of a lean help desk that optimizes efficiency while providing superb service and support. Get started with the following tips.

Microsoft Office Remains a Cost-effective Option for Businesses

June 14, 2016 No comments Tags:

Microsoft Office 2007 can provide a budget-friendly alternative for businesses and users who are seeking a full-featured office suite. While later versions of the software may include a few new features, added tweaks and support for a wider range of platforms and tasks, choosing to buy Microsoft Office 2007 instead of a newer version can allow businesses to save a great deal, especially larger organizations required to furnish a wide range of digital resources, applications and features for their existing and future staff. Investing in an older version of Microsoft’s flagship office suite can often be the most effective option for companies seeking to reduce overhead costs.

Helpdesk Software: Keeping IT Issues At Bay

June 13, 2016 No comments Tags:

Helpdesk Software

Companies face pressure on every side to reduce costs, causing many to slash their IT departments to the bare-bones. Alongside their reduced staff, technological demands increase, putting the squeeze on many organizations. Employees faced with deadlines and productivity requirements count on their workstations and devices to meet their responsibilities. Without helpdesk software, IT staffers struggle to meet the demand for their services.

Problems with software and operating systems can result in expensive work stoppages and slowdowns that threaten profitability and create dissatisfied customers. Helpdesk software can keep IT issues at bay by empowering IT workers with needed tools for maintaining the equipment needed to maintain a large workforce online and on track.

Business Information Security: Document Shredding Tips

June 9, 2016 No comments Tags:

Paper Shredding Toronto

Identity and information theft has been on the rise in the past few years, leaving millions of victims to face financial and legal problems. If you throw away any document with your signature, Social Security number, account number, or legal information. Identity thieves who find any of these documents can easily use the information at your expense. To avoid this, many individuals and businesses practice document shredding.

Putting documents through a paper shredder can bring you peace of mind and greatly reduce the risk of a criminal stealing your identity or other important business information.

Choose the Right Shredder

Choosing the right shredder for document destruction is vital. Some shredders cut documents into strips that are wide enough to still show full names, signatures, or numbers. For strong information security, be sure that your shredder actually destroys the information. You can use a cross-cut shredder, which shreds paper from two directions and makes the documents almost impossible to restore.

Consider how many people will be using the paper shredder. Shredders come in a variety of sizes and capacities, so the ideal shredder for an individual user will be different from the ideal shredder for an entire office. Similarly, consider how many documents will go through the shredder per month. If you plan on shredding less than 100 papers per month, you can probably use an average home paper shredder. If you and your employees will need to shred much more, consider hiring a professional paper shredding services Toronto.

How Security Guard Management Software Will Save You On Reports

May 5, 2016 No comments Tags:

Efforts to manage a security staff, department or service provide that utilize a conventional record-keeping process may result in numerous problems and issues. Security guard management software allows for more accurate digital reporting, more efficient scheduling and optimized workflow able to ensure superior diligence and efficiency. From small in-house security departments to the largest firms and service providers, resources like a digital incident management system and applications that ensure security guard tracking efforts are able to be as effective as possible can make a considerable difference.

How Virtualization Is Transforming Aircraft Maintenance Software

January 26, 2016 No comments Tags:

Through support for virtualization, aircraft maintenance software is becoming more versatile because the user experience is no longer tethered to a particular hardware platform. To appreciate just one way in which virtualization can save time and therefore money, consider a scenario where a smartphone serves as a remote terminal that an engineer uses to request the part that he or she needs.

What Virtualization Is

Although virtualization is relatively new to the world of aircraft maintenance software, it is not a new concept at all. In fact, the technique was first used in a rudimentary way to share mainframe resources as far back as the 1960s. At its core, virtualization is a means of using available computer hardware in the most efficient means possible, and thanks to modern techniques and sophisticated hardware, it is often possible to have a virtual server that is not dependent on hardware specifications.

Avoiding Downtime

In an aircraft maintenance environment, system downtime is a disaster. That entire local organization relies on that system, and its failure sets off a chain reaction.  The cost of downtime could lose companies thousands of dollars a minute, and in commercial environments, that domino effect can reach as far back as consumers dealing with delayed flights or important packages not making it to their destination on time.

The most common reason for downtime of aircraft maintenance software is hardware failure. In the past, if a mainboard failed, then the AMS system was down until an IT specialist could acquire a new board, replace it, reboot the system and reconfigure it. In a virtualized system, the AMS is not dependent on that particular mainboard. In fact, there are additional mainboards waiting in the wings. As one fails, another steps up, and the IT department can replace the bad board under no pressure.

Data Virtualization

There are many ways that virtualization is transforming the aircraft maintenance industry. So far we’ve mentioned virtual desktops and server virtualization. A third method is data virtualization. Here, the goal is to eliminate the dependencies between the data storage systems, the data retrieval mechanisms and the people and services who consume the data.

Such virtualization is making file storage and handling more efficient because many people and services need access to the data at the same time. With virtualization, an engineer can request rivets on-site while an off-site vendor fills an order based on lowering rivet stock and a management service queries the database in order to analyze increased rivet usage over the last 12 months.

The Deadly Ease of Happy Promises

Last week an independent developer brought a storm of attention on the process of starting to make apps for RIM’s upcoming Playbook tablet. Over the weekend a RIM representative posted an open answer to the open letter on the Inside Blackberry Developer’s Blog, trying to do the right thing. The response, unfortunately, falls short and […]

Two Tales From the Edges of Algorithms

Two short tales landed in my view this past week that provide lessons on the difficulties of getting computers to take over complex problems in their entirety.

Corvus Lands

July 8, 2014 No comments Tags:

It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since I put up the Corvus Consulting shingle. That is, until I look back and recount the projects and clients I’ve worked with, and realize it’s been a very full time. Working solo brings certain freedoms, in decision-making, in working style, in choosing when not to work. […]

Tiny Steps to Raskin’s Unification

November 13, 2011 No comments Tags:

I’ve taken a shine to a couple of blogs that focus on small touches that make software experiences smoother, and might often otherwise go unnoticed (as good design, by its nature, often does). Little Big Details was the first of this breed, and sets a standard for an observant eye and the ability to dive into the […]

When More is More in Signup Forms

April 27, 2010 No comments Tags:,

A prevailing direction in online registration has been to ask only for the minimum information required to create an account.It sounds like a surefire formula: less=easier=better=more customers. Despite whittling down what we ask for at registration and innovations using 3rd parties as authentication points and basic profile data sources, we never seem to get past […]

Over the Top

April 5, 2010 No comments Tags:

Joe Clark has a near-perfect short post that rejects the grandiose wailing of bloggers falling apart over the iPad. I’m tempted to quote the whole thing, but this is where he hits the bulls-eye: …one’s inability to hack an iPad means precisely nothing. Nobody needs to program an iPad to enjoy using it, except those who have […]

Countdowns and Scrambles: Innovative Interactions for Traffic

December 22, 2009 No comments Tags:,

Managing traffic, the kind with cars and pedestrians instead of clicks, can surely be called one of the Big Problems for interaction design outside the realm of software. Two innovations for traffic that I recently came across stood out for their strong parallels with successful software interaction patterns. The Countdown Stoplight Eko is a concept created […]