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Swim to the Microsoft Surface

The latest version of the Microsoft Pro series has finally surfaced. The new Surface Pro has just been released and is ready for purchase.  It includes a few changes and nice updates from the popular Surface Pro 4.

The latest version of the Microsoft Pro series has finally surfaced. The new Surface Pro has just been released and is ready for purchase.  It includes a few changes and nice updates from the popular Surface Pro 4.

First though is the name. Those expecting Surface Pro 5 can keep waiting. Microsoft has gotten rid of any sequential number. Now it’s just Surface Pro, period.

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The Risks of Software Piracy: How Unlicensed Business Software Can Hurt Your Company

unlicensed business software pirateWith good reason, software piracy is generally frowned upon.

While it’s illegal to use unlicensed business software, it’s often difficult to get caught – and that’s what keeps it going. The United States is better than most other countries in this regard, with an estimated 19% of all software installs being pirated. In extremely undeveloped nations, the rate of software piracy is often near 90%. Per the 2015 Arxan State of Application Security study, software piracy shows no signs of slowing down, with thousands of places to download pirated software and thousands more to generate license keys available on the internet.

The risks of software piracy go beyond just legal implications – which can cost businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially jail time, but also poses a significant threat to network security.

Below are some of the issues that can arise from utilizing unlicensed business software:

You Won’t Have Access to Customer Support

Pirated software is not supported by the developer. When Microsoft or Adobe releases a critical update, owners of pirated software will not be able to authenticate their software and receive the update. This opens your business up to extreme vulnerabilities which can result in bigger problems like data loss or theft. If you do fall victim of these issues don’t expect the developer to help bail you out. Read more!

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Five Benefits of Desktop Virtualization: How Virtual Desktop Solutions Can Help Your Business

virtual desktop solutionsHas your business considered taking its desktops to the cloud? Desktop virtualization is the separation of the desktop environment and associated hardware from local devices, instead, storing this information on a server or in the cloud. Virtual desktop solutions benefit end users and IT teams in countless ways, and are especially beneficial to small organizations in terms of cost-savings.

Traditional desktop computers can be burdensome to maintain, and hours can be wasted setting up new machines to match the needs of newly onboarded employees. Beyond saving time and money, there are plenty of benefits of desktop virtualization to consider before deploying this technology at your business.

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Starting a Career in IT: How to Land Entry Level IT Jobs & Other Advice for New Graduates

finding jobs for it graduatesFor recent college graduates, entering the workforce can be scary, but for those who were smart enough to go to school for IT, the prospect of starting a career in IT right away isn’t so bad.

IT has consistently been a field where the number of jobs outweigh the number of qualified applicants, leaving IT graduates with a lot of hope. Overall, the job market for recent college graduates has been improving every year since the recession, and entry level IT jobs are as plentiful as ever.

Typical jobs for IT graduates include positions like software engineer, system analyst, technical support staffer, consultant & more. With endless possibilities – from entering a blossoming tech field right here in St. Louis to taking your talents to Silicon Valley or Seattle, there are several things to consider when starting a career in IT.

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