Microsoft Teams: A Great Collaboration Tool, but a Not so Great Phone System

Brett Harney Application Integration

At Corporate Technologies Group, Inc. we are getting more requests on how MS Teams can provide communication / collaboration services to our clients.  This is a pivotal time, as Microsoft announced that they would be phasing out their Unified Communications Platform, Skype for Business, and replace it with Microsoft Teams in 2017. Now that we are in 2019, Teams is …

Safeguard your IT Infrastructure with Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

Brett Harney Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery

There is a new reality facing businesses today: having inadequate Business Continuity strategy and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) plans in place, can cost you your business. Think about it: the 2017 hurricane season was the costliest on record with total losses as high as $200 billion. The damage from California’s wildfires totaled more than $180 billion. Many businesses in these situations …

A look at business communication – where does mobility fit in?

Brett Harney BYOD, Cloud, Communication, Hosted Phone, Unified Communications

Cloud computing and mobility of technologies have forever changed how we live, work, and communicate. Digital tools and mobile devices have advanced to the point where remote working is no longer an exception. In fact, surveys reveal that 70% of the U.S. population works remotely at least once a week. (Source: IWG). What’s powering this remote working revolution? Part of …

Say Goodbye to Microsoft’s Windows 7

Brett Harney Application Performance, Network Performance, Network Security

On January 14, 2020 — Microsoft’s support for Windows 7 will cease. That means no more updates or fixes, including security fixes after January 14. What does end of support mean? If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC may become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and …

With cybersecurity scams around every corner – can you afford to wait?

Brett Harney Network Security

Unless you’ve been living off the grid, you’ve probably heard about the exploding number of cybersecurity threats popping up everywhere. And it’s not just global statistics we’re talking about. Even state and local governments are coming under assault. Baltimore is the latest US city targeted with a ransomware attack, following smaller security beaches in towns like Greenville, NC, and Allentown, …