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From Working on Networks to Networking: IT Networking Tips for Network Pros

IT professionals don’t always have the reputation of being extroverts.

Whether you’re generally friendly and love to chat around the water cooler or are some mystery man who begrudgingly fixes everything that breaks in the office, networking is a necessity for any professional-level employee in any industry.

As it goes, there are “six degrees of separation” connecting you to everyone else in the world. Whether you are looking for a new IT job now, are open to better opportunities down the road or are happy with your current situation and never see yourself going anywhere else, it’s always a good idea to make connections with other like-minded individuals.

IT is a unique field because technical skills and brains are always in high demand. Networking is rarely a requirement to land that perfect job. However, a little bit of conversation with other people whose day-to-day closely resembles yours can give you more of a competitive edge and provide additional emotional satisfaction.

Here are three big ways IT pros can become better networkers. 

Bans on Dumb Passwords: Elimination of Common Passwords Should Help Internet Security

 

123456. Password. 12345678. Qwerty. Abc123. Iloveyou.

These common passwords are dumb passwords.

Microsoft knows this.

You should too.

The everlasting and ongoing battle for internet security starts with the end-user ensuring their password can’t be hacked by common sense.

While leaked passwords are certainly never a good thing, Microsoft is making some good from data about common passwords compromised during leaks.

Apple iPhoneSE: Small Package, Big Performance

Those looking to “downsize” from the too-big-to-fit-into-my-pocket smartphone market may want to take a hard look at Apple’s new iPhone SE.

The phone offers plenty of the same features found in its larger counterparts, all wrapped in a smaller package.

 

The device is light and compact. It comfortably fits into your hand. Though only 4 inches, it is still powerful.

 

 

 

 

Summer Fridays: Equipping Your Employees to Work from Home Without Technology Problems

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Ah, sweet summertime. Firing up the grill, watching some baseball, maybe hitting the links or taking a dip in the pool and…going back to work on Monday and doing the same thing you did all Winter long.

In the United States, there is no such thing as a summer break from the real world. Despite the all-American work ethic, employee engagement naturally declines during the summer months. Unless they’re trapped in a windowless room, the bright sunlight shining through the office windows can knock employees off their game and get them dreaming of all the things they would rather be doing during the workday.

There is a lot of work that has to happen behind the scenes to keep companies that allow working from home running on Summer Fridays.

If an employee doesn’t have access to their email or the important files they need, they’re not working. It’s as simple as that.

From an IT perspective, several steps need to be taken to ensure successful implementation of a Summer Fridays program. Read more!

 

 

 

Business Process Outsourcing: 5 Things to Outsource When You Want Your Business to Grow

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Have you ever looked outside your organization to complete more specialized tasks?

Outsourcing can be a dirty word to some business owners. When some hear the word “outsourcing” their minds automatically jump to lower cost overseas outsourcing that can be more of a headache than a helpful strategy.

The game has changed. You don’t need to reach for the soap when you hear someone say “you should probably think about outsourcing this or that.”

There are several reasons for and benefits to outsourcing. It can help alleviate overburdened employees or add value in areas that don’t require a full-time skilled worker.

Luckily, outsourcing doesn’t have to go overseas. There are plenty of companies right here in St. Louis and across the United States specializing in business process outsourcing. As a business owner, research is critical to determine the legitimacy and strengths of an outsourced business partner.

Here are 5 routine and necessary tasks your business should consider outsourcing to a trusted partner...

 

 

 

The New Instagram Algorithm: Why They’re Doing It & How It’s Being Received

instagram-algorithm-updatesWebsites are always changing and adapting to the ever-evolving landscape of the Internet. Staying up-to-date on social network news in particular can be difficult. These days it seems like every business actively manages at least one social media account regardless as to whether they are B2B or B2C focused. And why wouldn’t they? Besides being free to join, social media platforms give brands the opportunity to market directly to their target audience in a comfortable setting.

But here’s what a lot of brands tend to forget about social media: users aren’t on social sites for brands, they’re on there for their friends and family. Users don’t want their feeds flooded with a long list of ads, coupons, deals, and flyers from brands. Algorithms prevent this by displaying content people care about most at the top of their feeds. When this happens, posts are not in a perfect chronological order.

Instagram is the latest platform to announce a change to their algorithm, and a lot of people are angry about it. We explain the Instagram changes below, and what they mean for your social media marketing strategy.

Apple’s new iPad Pro: Smaller May Just Be Better

Apple’s new iPad Pro offers users some nice upgrades in a small package, all for enhanced computing and entertainment capabilities.

The tech giant has not only made the small size “Pro” more portable but also more powerful.

The device is only 9.7 inches, a scaled down version of its 12.9 inch iPad Pro bigger brother. In many ways it will remind the user of its predecessor, the iPad Air 2.

Measurements are similar to the Air 2. It is 9.4 inches tall, 6.6 inches wide and 0.24 inches thick.

But listen up because the new iPad Pro has added listening capability.

Spring Cleaning and Network Maintenance

spring-clean-your-networkOutside, the temperatures are bearable and flowers and trees are starting to bloom.

Your server closet, however, is a completely different story.

Spring is often seen as a time of cleansing and is the perfect time to shore up loose ends in your infrastructure and conduct routine network maintenance.

Read these ideas to get you thinking about network maintenance and spring cleaning your network.

How A Virtual CIO is Like A Good College Basketball Coach

basketball-coach-virtual-cioEvery year offices across the nation, including ThrottleNet, come down with March Madness.

While our brackets are far from perfect, March is a month full of excitement. While players win championships, it’s their leaders on the sideline that we focus in on, as they play a big part in recruiting the right players, drawing up plays and calling timeouts at just the right moment.

In many ways, a Virtual CIO is to an IT department as a good college basketball coach is to his team. A great coach can make a good team even better.

 

 

 

Samsung’s New Galaxy S7 Should Have Huge Impact on Phone Market

Samsung’s new Galaxy S7 mobile phone is now available. All reports indicate the device is Samsung’s best product to date to compete with Apple’s popular iPhone series.

The phone stands out in both appearance and feel. It has a shiny metal and glass backing that makes it stand out from competitors. The curved back and sides make it comfortable to hold. The rounded edges add to grip and appearance. Overall it is more contoured and attractive than last year’s Galaxy S6. 

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