As president, I am often indirectly asked to talk about the direction of IT/2017 technology trends….like I have insight into something that you don’t.
Sometimes, I do have insight, not because of my title, but we because and I read and talk to leaders in the IT leadership community. Some trends that will continue to grow are:
- Security will remain the pink elephant of 2017 technology trends. Many people will conclude that there is no problem for their business, because they have no evidence to prove them wrong. When these people are proven wrong, it is often too late for them and often a long overdue indicator that leadership is out of touch. Security requires more budget than ever to stay on top of. Ransomware in 2017 should invoke a Tora, Tora, Tora response in all of our hearts and checkbooks.
- Virtualization is still in the stone age. We have servers and desktop running virtual software. We don’t have mobile phone and tablet OS running in VM, yet. With most of the world using mobile devices to access the internet more than with wired devices, we have a lot of room for many vendors to come up with the “final answer” for virtualization.
- Screens will be more and more important. We stare at 27” monitors for 9 to 10 hours a day, and watch TV on a 55” TV for an hour or two. That shall continue to evolve with screen size tilting towards bigger work screens.
- Online everything will continue to grow. A few years ago, swipe right meant nothing to anyone. Ask a single person what swipe right means, and you will get a chuckle. Ask a single person in your office now, if you don’t believe me.
- The Internet of things will continue to impress. IP enabled Clothing will expand. Safety issues will generate wide scale acceptance of IoT devices.
- IT will move to the cloud at a faster and faster rate. Fear of “what if” will lose the battle to “its not my problem” thinking. The hardware business for individual IT folks will contract.
There are many more 2017 technology trends that I could express and expand on. That said, this list is already too long for anyone intelligent to address. Perhaps you can do a good job on one or two of these issues, but not all of them.
You need help addressing this stuff. We can help you with this. And it costs less than you think…so I think!
by: Jeff Gaura, President
I am one of the more than 1.2 billion people who use Microsoft Office for both personal and work tasks. The Network Team performed our latest Office 365 download (Office 2016) about a month ago, and nearly every day I have a “Huh, I didn’t know it could do that,” moment.
Yes, TNT is a Microsoft Partner, but even if we weren’t, I would be an evangelist for their Office Suite. In December, you have a unique opportunity to see why for yourself.
We are again hosting a Microsoft Office 365 Hands on Lab in Monroe December 1st and 2nd. These small, two hour sessions give you an expansive view of the features and functionality of Microsoft’s most powerful apps.
- This is not a generic sales presentation.
- You don’t have to worry about death by PowerPoint… because you are in the driver’s seat, and can direct the demonstration to address your particular business pain points.
- If you are have already performed your Office 365 download, you can learn how to use Office 2016 to its fullest potential.
More specifically, here’s what you can expect at one of the sessions. TNT president Jeff Gaura will guide you through a ‘day in the life’ scenario of how employees from the CEO to marketing, sales and HR use Microsoft Office to be more productive.
You will take on the role of an employee. Each attendee will use the latest Microsoft technology including either a Surface or Windows enabled laptop to access Exchange, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Skype for Business and more.
The sessions are low pressure, and can be directed to the features and apps you use the most, or are the most curious about. Even those who’ve used Office 365 for years come away from the sessions with new insights into the apps.
Noelle De Atley of the Creative Thinking Group had this to say after she attended a session:
“You rock. Your team is super awesome. Your session made 3 hours feel like 5 minutes. You all took a problem and turned it into solutions without blinking an eye. I was thrilled to gain insight and understanding of Microsoft and software. I have new ideas bouncing through my head for my clients and started implementing solutions as soon as I left..”
Sessions are being held December 1st at 9:00AM and 1:00PM, and December 2nd at 9:00 AM at the Holiday Inn Express 2505 W Roosevelt Blvd, Monroe, NC 28110
You can register for a session here. Each session is limited to 10 participants to ensure it is as beneficial as possible.
“My favorite story is probably the one about the first time I used R-Rated Content in trying to make a sale.”
Yan Greben’s path to becoming a TNT IT Consultant started pretty far from the IT world. He was born and raised in the Ukraine until he was 9 years old when his father, (TNT Senior Engineer Vitaliy Greben) moved the family to the US.
Yan is incredibly intelligent. By 19 he was finishing up his junior year in college, majoring in Chemistry, when he realized that is not what he wanted to do. He changed his major to Business, and started working part-time with a technology company to earn money for college. It took a few more years, a move to Minnesota, the chance to play college football, a football career ending injury, marriage, move to North Carolina, then California, then back to North Carolina before Yan found his passion.
Oh, and he’s not yet 25 years old.
TNT’s Marketing Director Jessica Diehl sat down with Yan to learn more.
Once you got bitten by the IT bug, it took hold hard, right?
Yes. In some ways, even though I fought it, IT comes to me naturally. It’s an industry where you never stop learning. If you step away for a year you are hammered. Everything’s changed. I love that it changes and you have to keep up. Learning is a passion of mine.
You currently holds sales certifications with Microsoft, Cisco, and HP, yet you are also working on your CCNA…which is not a typical certification for someone in sales.
I am the kind of guy who wants to know everything, the tiniest details. The whole world of IT fascinates me. That’s why I want to get my CCNA. I am buying a rack and some switches and planning to set up a lab environment at home to study and practice for the test… and to play around with in my spare time. I loved computers. Before I started working in IT, I built my own computer. Sometimes, I will play around with Windows 8, things like the storage and settings, and it’s fascinating because Windows 8 is so similar to Windows Server 2012 in look and feel.
While you enjoy working with a variety of industries, you feel a special pull to higher education institutions. Why is that?
I think in part just because I am drawn to the academic setting. But I also understand how the budgets work, (or don’t work!), at higher education institutions. I know their pain points and needs. While each institution is different, with different goals, most have this in common: they have to support hundreds to thousands of staff and students, usually with a very tiny staff and a seemingly always disappearing budget. They need simplicity of management, and yet also a robust solution. I enjoy helping them find solutions that fit those needs.
Which brings us to that R-Rated content story.
Yes. So I was working with a private college with 300 staff and 1,500 students at just one of their 4 locations. As a higher education institution, the school legally had to be compliant with filtering to ensure staff and students weren’t downloading illegal content (like child pornography). But they also felt a moral obligation to go above and beyond. Their policy forbids students from accessing any R-rated or pornographic sites.
They felt pretty secure with their current web filtering. And in fact, when we tried to reach several pornographic sites, it was blocked. However, their filtering was only blocking sites, not content. So I was able to show them how, within 15 seconds, I was able to access R-Rated content from a popular social media site. Their current solution only had site filtering, not content filters. I was able to show them the granular filtering options a Barracuda solution offered.
Yan has a wide understanding of the variety of solutions The Network Team offers, with a special interest in Cisco networking and voice. Give him a call, or reach out to him on LinkedIn to learn more about strengthening your network…or ask him about the time he literally had to read the computer screen to help a TNT Engineer who had been up for nearly 24 hours working to fix a network down.
The Network Team is excited to begin bringing the full productivity power of Microsoft to our clients’ office!
The Microsoft Experience Center (MEC) brings you the full, hands-on experience of Office 365 on more than $20,000 worth of state of the art devices and equipment. It is a true-to-life, user-driven experience facilitated by a trained presenter to give you a look at a day in the life of a Microsoft-powered office.
The best part, TNT can bring the demo into your office, absolutely free.
The Network Team is one of only a few Microsoft –approved partners in the Carolinas with access to these kits that allow you to discover the right set of products and solutions for your business.
Here’s how the Mobile MEC works:
- Work with TNT to find a date
- TNT brings the devices to your office
- Gather 3-10 colleagues
- Get a personalized, hands-on demonstration of the full Office 365 experience.
Get a head start:
Office 365 helps you connect from anywhere on any device to effectively manage personal and work-related calendars, as well as get a head start on managing your email, and viewing your work documents stored on SharePoint from any device.
Manage your mail
Experience how to best triage email, and work more efficiently with out of the box Office apps and extensions. For example, did you know with just a click you can get out of those pesky “Reply All” emails that have nothing to do with you?
Rally your team
Gather information and bring people together through a variety of new social features. You’ll get to see how Enterprise Social helps facilitate collaboration and communication among team members with discussion boards, enterprise newsfeeds, and the ability to follow people & documents. Participants will also learn how easy it is to go from IM to phone call to multi-member video conference with just a few clicks in Lync.
Gain key insights
Office 365 has powerful Business Intelligence tools that allow you to quickly analyze rich data sets to identify trends and performance. During the demo, you will see how easy it is to collect and view data so you can evaluate information to make critical business decisions.
Work from anywhere
With Microsoft Office 365, you can create and share content across boundaries and devices. In the demo you will become familiar with a “Roaming Office” that lets you remember settings across devices.
It takes at least 3 weeks to schedule a session, so contact The Network Team today to get started!