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If you’re like most of us, you’re sitting at your desk wondering what’s next. The pandemic has caused so much uncertainty. Most business leaders are used to planning and making things happen. It’s what gets you into business in the first place! The United States is a great place for business-minded entrepreneurial types to have a vision, make some plans, and execute -- at least until March 2020. Now that 4 months have passed and a clear end to the situation is still not in sight, what will the next 6-12 months look like?
Video conferencing and virtual collaboration are a major part of the business world today. Many companies are asking some (if not all) of their employees to work from home, causing the demand for teleconferencing to skyrocket. With so many video conferencing tools to choose from -- how do you know which one is right for your business? In this article, we'll compare the three most popular business video conferencing platforms (Zoom, Teams, and GoToMeeting) in four key areas -- functionality, integration, cost, and security. This will help give you a clear picture of which video conferencing option is best for your specific needs.
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Do you remember that day back in March when you and thousands of office employees around the United States were sent home to work due to the COVID-19 public health crisis? You might have been so happy at first. After all, working from home was a coveted privilege reserved for a few. Now, it’s for everyone! Maybe you glamorized the idea of what it must be like – I’ll sleep in, work in my lounge clothes, and do what I want, when I want. Has your opinion about remote work changed now that you have real experience with it under your belt? Whether you love it or hate it, there's another dynamic today impacting your work-from-home experience -- a global pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all parts of the business world. From social distancing to a fully remote workforce, companies are continuing to adapt to the "new normal," with varying degrees of success. One of those adaptations has been the use of video conferencing technology for virtual meetings.
You may not always think of it this way, but your business information is a valuable asset. Without your data, business operations would come to a screeching halt or at least a slow crawl. Like any other asset, your business data needs to be protected. Unfortunately, many companies unknowingly compromised the integrity of their data when they sent people home to work. What’s more, they don’t realize how spreading out their people to their individual remote locations may have affected their data backup strategy.
Suddenly, more employees than ever are working from home. Many employers have transformed their companies into a remote workforce practically overnight. While you want to keep your business operational and allow your employees to continue working remotely, you also want to ensure that you are still meeting regulatory compliance standards, protecting business, your employees, and your customers. Here are a few tips to help you remain in compliance while working from home.
Do you have employees working from home? Congratulations! You’re now a multi-location business! As a multi-location business, your IT network is a lot more complex than it used to be when everyone was working under the same roof. You have more to think about in terms of security and productivity, which includes making sure that your data is 100% visible to IT. If your data isn’t visible, what is it? Invisible? Let’s call it out-of-sight. Before we talk about how this happens, let’s explore why you should be concerned about out-of-sight data.
The Memorial Day holiday is behind us, signaling the start of summer. I hope you were able to enjoy some family time along with your favorite foods over the three-day weekend. I am so thankful to everyone in all branches of the United States Armed Forces who currently protect our freedoms as Americans. I pay homage to those who have given their lives for us. As we move into June, I wonder how you spent the month of May. For me, this past month was used to get the planning and financial juices flowing. Here at Accent, we spend quite a bit of time with business planning and this includes thinking about the business of business, and the role that Information Technology plays in shaping the workplace.
These past couple of months have been quite a ride as we’ve had to respond to the implications of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Millions of Americans began working from home for the first time this March. While some companies had the ability to provide laptops or send office desktops home with them, many more required workers to use personal computers and might have inadvertently created a security vulnerability because their computers are still running Windows 7. The process of loading company software onto so many machines left the operating systems as an afterthought. However, support for Windows 7 ended January 14 and your company is facing major risks if it's still in use, even if you have antivirus and a firewall.