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Cloud Tools For Managing Your Virtual Office

Cloud Tools For Managing Your Virtual Office

Virtual Office Cloud Tools

Today, those with the necessary skill sets and employment experience are scattered across the globe, and virtual offices allow you to employ the right person for the right job, even if your head office is far from a particular talent pool. But managing remote offices and personnel requires a certain finesse not necessarily needed in a physical office. Thankfully, the cloud provides the structure and tools necessary to ensure fast communication and collaboration, reliable project management, and secure storage and operations.

Collaboration & Communication


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Efficient business environments require regular, often real-time, communication, and various cloud-based software and app solutions make this possible. Organizations are able to go so far as archiving employee discussions for later reference via ‘chat rooms’ that make inter-office communication easy, and these solutions typically include mobile apps which let employees stay in touch wherever they are. A few solutions such as Convo, Flowdock, Slack, and Yammer provide basic versions at no cost, as well as a range of upgrades for purchase once you’re sold on their functionality.

Once the underlying communication system is in place collaboration is a lot simpler, but there’s a separate range of cloud tools designed specifically to enhance the cooperation of various virtual teammates. Allowing your workforce to collaborate on documents, presentations, code, and whatever else they might be teaming up on, cloud collaboration tools help prevent overlap while ensuring the job gets done. Hackpad and Evernote provide many document collaboration tools; Github stands as a fast and secure code receptacle and version control system; and XMind and MindMeister are some of the big players used for brainstorming ideas.

Project Management

Depending on your preferred development method, a comprehensive collection of cloud-based project management tools are available, but a few of the major providers are Asana, Basecamp, Jira, and Trello. These tools allow the delegation of tasks and progress monitoring, and the primary interface typically acts as the command hub with projects listed and linked to associated tasks. Project managers can create teams, assign tasks, and set deadlines, and those involved in each project are then able to update their own progress and track that of other project members.

Storage & Security

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It’s important to understand the difference between cloud storage and cloud backup, but ultimately, they’re both necessary tools. Storing files on the cloud provides access across remote offices, and both SpiderOak and TeamDrive offer encrypted cloud storage solutions – along with many, many others. Using a storage service that offers synchronization is a must, as these solutions ensure the most up-to-date versions of files are available to all connected devices. Backing up workstations is a separate, essential function allowing the storage of the contents of multiple devices in one account. IBackup, Carbonite, and Mozy are a few of the enterprise solutions with easy management for multiple devices, fast upload speeds, and a host of useful add-ons.

Finally, just as in physical offices, security is a necessary element that needs to be considered. Along with the obvious anti-virus software requirements and reliable and responsible service provider testing, password control needs to be implemented. LastPass, Dashlane, and KeyPass are password managers with business and team capabilities that help employees follow correct password protocol and keep your remote offices protected.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Women In Technology

Women In Technology

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Though the IT industry, in general, isn’t known for its staff diversity, there are many women who’ve made a significant impact on the industry and achieved great success. It’s interesting to note that on average 20% of startups globally are founded by women, female tech placements are growing 238% faster than their male counterparts, and in 2015 Forbes rated Jenny Lee, Managing Partner of GGV Capital, the top venture capitalist of the year.



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Chicago boasts the largest number of tech startups founded by women at 30%, but various other global locations are seeing progress here, too. Tel Aviv reported 20% of tech startups founded by women, Montreal 22%, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur 19%, Paris 21%, and Moscow 17%. The North American continent, however, shows the greatest progress, featuring the top five cities with the largest number of tech startups founded by women, and between 2009 and 2014, the number of tech startups in the US with at least one female founder doubled from 9.5% to 18%. Top industries for women CIOs are energy, financial services, and manufacturing, and in 2015, BNY Mellon won the award for best company for women in tech.



Forbes’ Top 5 World’s Most Powerful Women in Tech 2015 lists Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, in the number one position, followed by YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki, IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty, HP CEO, Meg Whitman, and Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer. Fortune 500 companies showed a growth of 43% in female CIOs between 2012 and 2014, and today 6 of the Fortune 15 companies have female CIOs. Though only 7% of the 100 richest tech billionaires are women, this number is growing, and female tech billionaires span the globe from Zhou Qunfei in Hong Kong, to Meg Whitman in Canada, to Denise Coates in the United Kingdom, and Judy Faulkner in the United States.

Funding By and For Women

With only 11.8% of startups founded by women making the C round of funding, it’s no surprise that just 7% of venture capital financing in the US goes to companies led by female CEOs. But a few organizations are trying to change this, and today we have a good selection of venture capital firms that only fund startups led by women, including Aligned Partners, Belle Capital, Cowboy Ventures, and Golden Seeds.

Research has found that women typically leave tech positions due to poor working conditions, difficult work-life balance, lack of interest, and inferior company environments. May continue their working careers in non-technical jobs though a similar number move to self-employment in the tech industry, and some join startup companies. Implementing mentoring programs and providing flexible working hours and networking opportunities with the possibility of personal development is a starting strategy for retaining women in tech and ensuring workforce diversity.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Jargon Free: The Three Real Main Benefits of Cloud IAM Solutions

Jargon Free: The Three Real Main Benefits of Cloud IAM Solutions

Main Benefits of Cloud IAM Solutions

There are significant discussions concerning cloud applications and software solutions, such as identity and access management (IAM) solutions, which are used in conjunction with them. These articles often discuss complex technical reasons and benefits, which may be difficult for a non-technical person to understand.

Cloud applications and cloud IAM solutions go hand in hand. This is because many of the benefits of cloud applications cannot be realized without a management solution in place. Without all of the technical concepts, what are these benefits, though? Perhaps the following points can help. These are three straight forward, easy-to-understand reasons why cloud identity management solutions are beneficial when implemented with cloud applications.

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Elimination of Manual Account Management Tasks

Manual account management for any type of application is time consuming. Admins must manually enter and create accounts in each application for a new user, which can also lead to errors. For cloud applications, providers often try to mitigate this issue by offering a web-browser where managers can control access to the cloud application directly. However, they rarely automatically provision processes and this necessitates a sequence of manual operations.

One of the most important benefits of cloud IAM solutions is that they work seamlessly with both in-house and cloud applications, so that admins can manage both from one dashboard. This allows an HR employee or manager who is creating accounts for a new employee to easily check off which accounts need to be created in any applications, and the accounts will automatically be provisioned in near real time. This allows for accounts to be created quickly and easily, so that end users don’t need to wait around for the access that they need.

Increased Security

When an organization begins to use several different cloud applications it becomes difficult to ensure that the correct people have the proper access to them. Users may have access to systems and applications that they shouldn’t, leaving the company’s data unsecure. Often over time, employees are granted access for a project, when another employee is on vacation, etc., and that access is never revoked. Additionally, it needs to be guaranteed that cloud application access is disabled once an employee leaves the organization. This step is often overlooked since a manager needs to manually disable the employee account in each application that they must access.

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IAM solutions allow for many different resolutions. A manager can first easily generate a report that shows exactly who has access to what, as well as any changes that they are making in that system. Many solutions also support workflow management. With workflow management and self-service, employees and managers themselves can request, check and approve facilities without any IT intervention. For example, an employee may request access to an application, a project or to view reports. The approval process is part of a structured workflow. The manager can authorize the request and it can be implemented immediately in the network, or they deny the request and the employee will not receive access. This not only dramatically improves efficiency, but this access also assists with managing an organization’s security. When an employee requests additional access or a new account, these established access rights ensure that only the correct people are providing the permission.

This process also allows a manager to easily disable the accounts of an employee who has left the organization, which ensures security of the network and data. They simply disable the user account in the solution and all connected accounts are automatically disabled.

Ease of use for remote employees

Another main issue is that cloud applications have great benefits for remote employees. These employees may access their work from anywhere at any time that they need to get their work completed. Without the correct cloud solutions in place, though, these main benefit may have some issues. For example, think of an employee who is working late at night, or is on the go and forgets one of their many, complex passwords. They aren’t able to contact the helpdesk to reset their password, which hinders them from getting quick access.


Password solutions such as single sign-on and self-service password reset, seamlessly work with in-house and cloud applications so that the organization can provide these solutions to all employees. Cloud SSO allows users to have a single set of credentials for all of their applications, so that they don’t need to enter numerous sets of credentials. This is extremely convenient for an employee who works on the go and needs to quickly log into their portal and access all of their applications. Self-service password reset solutions allow the employee the opportunity to reset their own password after correctly answering several security questions, without needing to contact the helpdesk. Remote employees, or employees who work after hours, benefit greatly from this since they are able to address any issues themselves even after the helpdesk’s regular business hours.

These are the three greatest benefits of cloud IAM solutions, without any technical jargon. Anyone, whether technical or not, can easily see that these solutions compliment cloud applications and allow their benefits to be seen without any major issues.

By Dean Wiech

The Road To Cloud Billing As A Service

The Road To Cloud Billing As A Service

The Road To Cloud Billing

With cloud services becoming more widespread and complex, cost management and billing require greater consideration and better facilitation, and just as one-size-fits-all cloud solutions are no longer practical, so too must pricing structures evolve and be tailored to individual clients. The global cloud billing services market features an array of vendors, and competition is fierce between the top players seeking to gain pole position while smaller vendors emerge with their own innovations and allures. Making sure the service you choose ticks the right boxes can mean the benefits of time saving, cost reduction, and superior client service, to name but a few.

Cloud Billing as a Service

Though CFOs have traditionally preferred capital expenditure over operating expenses thanks to the advantages of amortization and depreciation of investments over time, the tendency to shift IT investment from CapEx to OpEx is growing as the rapid advancement of technology makes IT infrastructure needs less and less predictable. Just as cloud computing promises flexible IT solutions that allow businesses to react quickly to changing circumstances, so cloud billing links the essential components of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) to provide the tools to monetize cloud offerings, along with the necessary agility to adapt and develop with the ever-changing landscape.


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Managing cloud consumption within a company or service provider requires a culture shift, and cloud billing helps make this move by providing organizations with the correct set of tools to manage functional accounting requirements such as quotations, invoices and statements, payment schemes, and user identification via the cloud, combined with the non-functional but as essential security and scalability requirements so advantageous in a cloud environment. The change in relevant management processes further allows organizations to leverage robust cloud billing solutions, providing usage-based and recurring revenue models through user-friendly and flexible platforms. And cloud billing solutions help ensure accurate usage metering, allow defined multi-service and multi-level costing, enable maximized revenue through accurate billing, and offer customers value thanks to relevant promotion and discount functions.

Optimizing AWS Cloud Resource Management

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a leading secure cloud platform with an annual revenue of around $10 billion and approximately 2,500 certified partners. It delivers database storage, compute power, content delivery, and further functionality to help organizations scale and grow. Along with the broad range of core cloud infrastructure services provided, AWS promises to accelerate cloud success through their rich platform services such as analytics, mobile services, enterprise applications, and Internet of Things (IoT) while improving operational efficiency and developer productivity through management and developer tools.


However, any offering with such a range and depth of features is consequently intricate, and many users find it difficult to navigate. Herein lies a sub-industry of organizations able to optimize cloud platforms such as AWS and ensure better utilization. CloudMGR is one such organization reducing AWS bills considerably while ensuring the day-to-day management of cloud resources is easier, faster, and more automated.

Optimizing AWS Billing and Cost Management

Providing solutions for both next-gen MSPs with their cloud-first approaches and successful integration of SaaS and DevOps key to their managed service business models, as well as Managed Service Providers (MSP), CloudMGR has launched new services including AWS Billing and AWS Cost Management to provide existing partners with the ability to offer new recurring models and new providers quicker entry into the market. The AWS Billing service lets partners manage their cloud billing relationship with the customer, further augmenting CloudMGR services which simplify AWS cloud management and assist AWS cost optimization. Additionally, the AWS Cost Management service caters to customers billed directly by AWS, providing the opportunity for cost consulting. These solutions can be employed with either AWS direct billing or AWS distribution partners billing services, further assisting companies to capitalize on cloud computing by making AWS easier to use.

By Jennifer Klostermann

Encryption – The First Line Of Defense For Big Data

Encryption – The First Line Of Defense For Big Data

Encryption and Big Data

According to estimates by Hewlett Packard, the average U.S. firm can expect to lose $15 million each year as a result of cybercrime. This number is twice the global average, but it is a preventable expense. As data continues to migrate to the cloud, the cost of bad security will only continue to rise. Threats to digital commerce are no longer as simple as email attachments or phony messages from Nigerian princes. DDOS attacks can bring your entire business to a crawl. Social engineers can gain access to admin level accounts with a five minute phone call. Packet sniffer programs can let hackers pear into private data to gain access to information needed to steal an identity. By using strong security protocols and in depth encryption, companies can avoid the massive impact that cybercrime can cause.


The Transport Security Layer and Secure Socket Layer are both part of the standard suite of internet protocols. The term SSL is used to refer to both, and encrypting the SSL is one of the main ways that businesses try to guard against unlawful access. The simplest kind of protection is a key exchange. In this method, both parties hold a public and private key. The public key works similarly to a padlock where the private key is the matching key.


When data is sent, the sender encrypts the data with the public key of the receiver, and the receiver will use their private key to unlock the data. This is a difficult encryption to break, but it is not foolproof.

The SSL will also use Cipher suite encryption to further protect data. This process begins by both the sender and recipient “handshaking“; establishing the desired method of encryption and other protocols to be used in their communication. This handshake includes a key exchange but it also has three other key features: the bulk encryption of all data sent (including the keys), the message authentication code (so hackers can’t insert their own false messages into the conversation), and the pseudorandom function (which defines a random starting point for the values of all keys used in the encrypted session).

With the full Cipher suite in deployment, most data can be deemed mostly safe. No security system is perfect, and data being mostly safe is often as good as it needs to be. However, for some of the most important transactions, mostly safe is simply not enough.

It is impossible to be 100% secure against a hacker, but it is possible to be not worth the effort. Once your data becomes so secure that hackers have no profit margins from breaking in, they will stop expending the effort. To that end, a further level of security is needed. While the basic SSL suites are effective, they are also common targets of attacks. What is needed is a third party proprietary suite that encrypts data in more advanced ways.

Monitoring Encrypted Traffic

According to Blue Coat, the first key beyond standard suites is the monitoring of encrypted traffic. Many attacks on the cloud are encrypted to make detection without opening the data difficult. Advanced security suites are able to scan for these encrypted suites without allowing the dirty data onto your network. In the event an attack does make it into the network, modern suites are equipped with highly advanced analytic tools that help to quickly identify the breach and work to prevent this attacker from gaining unrestricted access.

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After the attack, third party protection companies provide the analysis of what happened that is needed to identify and close loopholes in security. They look at how the attacker got in, what they could access, when the threat was detected, and help to detail the actions needed to ensure this sort of attack can cause no further harm.

In an age of cloud based companies and global workspaces, bad cyber security is even more costly than leaving the front door unlocked all night. With due diligence, SSL encryption methods, and the help of a third party software suite, companies can mitigate large portions of the cost of cybercrime.

cameron-johnsonBy Cameron Johnson

Cameron a business consultant specializing in cybersecurity and big data. Cameron has also had the opportunity to speak at international conferences and was recently recognized as one of the world’s top 100 experts to follow on social media.

AT&T Pinpoints 4 Key Elements To Achieving Security With The Internet of Things

AT&T Pinpoints 4 Key Elements To Achieving Security With The Internet of Things

Internet of Things Security

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly becoming a part of many of our business processes, often without us even noticing how quickly things are changing. And while it’s liberating to realise that many of the more flawed or tedious processes will be automated and streamlined, freeing up thousands of man hours, the danger is that organizations can lose track of how vulnerable they are to cyberattacks as the points of contact to the internet multiply.

There are a number of questions which must be asked and answered to ensure security, according to a new report from AT&T entitled:

The CEO’s Guide to Securing the Internet of Things,” its second Cybersecurity Insights report.

This new connected era requires that a company assesses the risks faced, that it secures not only its information but the devices processing that information as well, that it aligns the IOT strategy and security, and defines the legal and regulatory issues at hand.


The scale of the change which is coming is worth looking at in detail, to reinforce the scale of the change and how vital it is to adapt. Chances are that if your company is not already plugged into the IoT, then your competitors and your partners probably are, and that you will need to be in the next few years. 85% of the organizations interviewed are “considering, exploring, or implementing an IoT strategy.” One third of companies claim to already have over 5, 000 connected devices but worryingly, “88% of organizations lack confidence in the security of their business partners connected devices.” Estimates vary, but experts agree that there will be between 30 billion and 50 billion connected devices by the year 2020.

Tremendous upside

The upside is tremendous. New revenue models and streams from new products that are transforming homes, vehicles and offices are being developed every day, while huge cost savings are being achieved through better monitoring and efficiency of business processes.

jasonYet all that will count for very little in the face of a massive security breach which could potentially cost a company millions of dollars, as well as the trust of its customers and businesses partners. Jason Porter, AT&T’s Vice-President of Security Solutions believes that “organizations need to infuse security expertise early into the process so that IoT is architected for security.”

The good news is that companies are becoming ever more aware of the threats. Two-thirds of respondents to the survey are planning to invest in IoT security in 2016, and half of them are dedicating at least 25% of their budget to the problem. And there is already a real urgency to it. AT&T’s Security Operations Centre has logged a 458% increase in vulnerability scans of devices connected to the Internet of Things.

Mission-Critical Systems

The consequences of a cyberattack via the Internet of Things could be devastating. If one imagines the mission-critical systems of a self-driving car or an airplane being controlled by hackers, one gets a sense of how badly things can go wrong. Yet there are thousands of less high-profile cases that can wreak havoc. The report mentions “threat scenarios where IoT-connected robots or other remotely actuated machines are compromised, potentially resulting in manufacturing errors, equipment or parts damage, or even employee harm.

So how do you create a strategic and proactive security approach to counter these threats? Taking a broad overview, the key is to build IoT security in at the ground floor. A comprehensive risk assessment which incorporates IoT into your general risk profile is a necessary start. This should be done by running a thorough audit of each and every connected device, as well as the communication protocols, networks and applications. You must assess the vulnerabilities of each element of the IoT mix and map out a worst-case scenario so that everyone is keenly aware of the ramifications of a breach or a malfunction. Try and minimize the exposure of your most critical functions to IoT devices.


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Secondly, realise that perhaps it’s not your information that is the primary concern. Perhaps it’s the devices themselves. “By definition, IoT devices don’t just generate data, but also interact in new ways with the physical world, such as controlling the flow of water or electricity. As a result, you must consider operational security threats, as well as information security concerns.”

Supporting The Chief Security Officer

The internal attitudes of your company towards security are hugely important. When an organization’s board is clearly and publicly committed to security, then there is a general understanding and alignment of forces to create a safe and secure environment. Clear lines of responsibility, consistent systems and a culture that prizes security are invaluable assets to your organization. Consider placing the Chief Security Officer on the board as a show of support and faith in the systems.

Finally, it’s vital that your company understands its legal and regulatory requirements and exposures. The report states that “Beyond information thefts or breaches, the physical and operational parameters of IoT devices can open new types of corporate responsibility and liability,” and that the “The use of multiple vendors in most IoT deployments requires that you assess their level of IoT security.

The Internet of Things is new, exciting and brimming with potential as well as threats. While it can feel overwhelming, it’s critical to not wait until it’s too late to start looking at security. By implementing these four steps, your organization will be set to thrive in this brave new connected world.

Read the full report here

This post is sponsored by AT&T Security

By Jeremy Daniel

6 Tactful Tips To Make Sure Your SaaS Training Doesn’t Flop

6 Tactful Tips To Make Sure Your SaaS Training Doesn’t Flop

Successful SaaS Training 

If you build it, he will come.” Joe Jackson/Ray Liotta in Field of Dreams (1989). We all remember this line from the Field of Dreams because it’s applicable to a lot of things in life.

One of those things is software training programs – if you build a superior training program, the benefits will come. Establish clear training goals, and begin to think carefully about how to incorporate purposeful skills practice into the big picture. Here are 6 skills training tips that will get your workforce trained better, and in less time.

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  1. Keep the Practice Environment Safe

As a training leader, constructive, not destructive, feedback is the goal. If your feedback is so coarse that your trainees are scared to ask questions, you are setting them up to fail. The purpose of practice, in any arena, is for the practitioner to try out new skills in a safe comfortable environment. The training space gives them room to grow and experiment with the skills to fit their own particular needs. This phase is crucial to skill development, as it is harder to adapt a new skill when there is the pressure and higher stakes of the real world in play. Often in the real world, we do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level our training.

  1. Practice the “Learn by Doing” Principle

Aside from being safe, another critical component of the practice space is that it simulates the real world as closely as possible. Imagine for a second a military fighter pilot sitting in the cockpit of a military grade flight simulator, then juxtapose this with a similarly built man playing on his laptop flight simulator program in his pajamas. Who would you feel more comfortable going on a fly-along with? The point is that the skills from training should transition as smoothly as possible to the real world with as few hiccups as possible. You don’t want to be fumbling around looking for the buttons in an actual cockpit. Where and how you practice matters.

  1. Finely Tune the Difficulty Level

Too hard and your audience will become discouraged and lose traction. Too easy, and they lose interest as well. Starting from the beginning is important at times, but not at the expense of making exercises so easy that everybody mentally checks out due to lack of interest. Much of your regimen will depend on the level of the trainees.

  1. Be Flexible in Response to your Learners

Be receptive to the learner’s ideas and feedback. If necessary, break the skills down to their component parts, then build the concepts back together from the bottom up. If too easy, then chunk the basic ideas together and jump straight into bigger picture application ideas.

  1. Pair the Weak with the Strong

Strong facilitators will identify the varying levels of the group and pair the weaker members with stronger members in team building exercise. This helps keep everyone on the same page. Strong members get to solidify their knowledge in a teaching role, and the weaker members are catching up to their peers at the same time.

  1. Use E-learning Technologies for Guidance

E-learning technologies, like online guidance systems, provide interactive guidance that guides users through the online experience. These systems help employees learn how to use all types of software programs like Salesforce, MS Dynamics, Infor, Sharepoint, Moodle etc. The system is overlaid onto the software and directs users with direct onscreen step-by-step guidance, in the moment of need, to help them perform complex tasks.

Stop doing the same thing and expecting different results. Make sure that your training program is well-planned and balanced, so that your employees can stop getting bogged down in how to get their tasks done and focus on what they need to get done.

By Boaz Amidor

Can You Hear It? Connecting With Amazon Echo

Can You Hear It? Connecting With Amazon Echo

Connecting With Amazon Echo

Amazon is invading your home, although not with its cardboard shipping boxes and books.

The e-commerce giant expanded its line of connected home devices on Thursday including a smaller version of its voice-controlled Echo that comes with a virtual assistant that can answer questions, turn on lights, and order items like diapers. The company also debuted a wireless speaker that allows you to play music from your phone and more.

Echo Dot

Similar to the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot is a Wi-Fi-connected, voice-activated personal assistant. The biggest difference with the new model is its small size—it’s about as big as a hockey puck versus a 9.25-inch tall cylinder for the Echo—and that it comes with only a tiny speaker. Instead, users who want high quality sound must connect the device wirelessly to third-party speakers through Bluetooth or through a cord…

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The Security Gap: What Is Your Core Strength?

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