Modern businesses don't just use the cloud -- they use many clouds. The average business uses six different cloud solutions, including both private and public cloud technology. With the multi-cloud environment as prevalent as it is today, it becomes important for businesses to be able to integrate these cloud solutions. Both productivity and security can be at risk when cloud technology is not properly managed.
No one enjoys cutting costs, especially in areas that are as business essential as IT. Nevertheless, IT spending has dropped throughout 2016, and it certainly isn't because IT isn't important. Instead, businesses are learning to optimize their spending, concentrating their budget and resources into the right places. As we can see from the statistics by Gartner, businesses are now focusing on outsourcing their data and resource needs: data center systems posted 1.8% growth in a time when spending was cut in every other category.
By outsourcing, companies are likewise cutting back on software, devices, in-house IT services, and communications services. IT hiring is expected to be limited throughout 2016 as this trend continues. IT specialists are going to need to learn how to streamline and optimize their IT infrastructure and systems if they are to take advantage of this new wave of leaner IT operations.
It’s an exciting time to be a part of the CWPS family. After 36 years, we’ve overhauled our visual identity to bring our brand forward to 2016 and beyond. The project was executed in-house at CWPS, developed over 5 months by our Marketing and Design team. This re-design was managed thoughtfully, as the old visual identity carried significant brand equity and recognition within our market. The overarching goal of our efforts, however, centered on modernizing the brand to better reflect our position as a forward-thinking leader in the Managed Services IT space. The before and after of the logo can be seen below:
We are proud to announce that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has included CWPS in its 2016 Solution Provider 500 list. The SP500 list is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America.
The SP500 is CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995. CRN has also released its 2016 SP500 Newcomers list, recognizing 47 companies making their debut in the SP500 ranking this year.
CWPS received a youth infusion on Thursday, holding our first annual “Take Your Child to Work Day.” We hosted 16 kids ranging in age from 8 to 13 at our Chantilly headquarters to see what their mom or dad does all day while they’re in school. In addition to shadowing their parents, the kids made their own t-shirts, held a zany Q&A with each department, played indoor golf, faced off in a 3-legged race, and ran wild during an office scavenger hunt. The fun-filled day ended with an ice cream social before heading home.
“Take Your Child to Work Day” has grown from “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” which was an initiative brought forth by the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1992 to encourage young girls to pursue careers in otherwise male-dominated work environments. With employment headcount becoming more and more equal across genders, the 4th Thursday in April has evolved into a day for both sons and daughters to get a glimpse at what their parents do for a living.
We’d like to give a HUGE THANKS to our Customer Success Team for organizing this unforgettable day and orchestrating the events for the children. This was no small feat and it’s safe to say they’re now the favorite CWPS department for all the kids.
Note: Only one person was harmed during the execution of this event… a parent (just a scrape during the 3-legged race! All is well now.)
A message from the kids:
The vast majority of data breaches and cyber security issues occur not due to system failure but instead due to employee negligence. It's absolutely vital that you make security a part of your corporate culture to protect against these issues. Today, organizations like Facebook make security the responsibility of every employee. Personnel are required to openly discuss known security breaches, actively engage in maintaining corporate security, and collaborate regarding new security methods. So how can you bring security into your company culture? Here are a few cyber security tips.
It’s human nature to avoid addressing worst case scenarios unless you absolutely have to. But if you’re a business owner, sticking your head in the sand until something goes wrong is no longer a viable strategy to adopt. Especially in today’s technological landscape, where getting hacked or even a natural disaster can derail your business operations through protracted amounts of downtime, in addition to critical and confidential company data becoming compromised or worse, lost and unrecoverable.
Cloud-based solutions have evolved from a neat technological opportunity for businesses who want to be on the cutting edge to an essential, cost-effective data access and recovery solution for all organizations, both large and small.
Online backup service, also known as cloud backup or backup-as-a service is a method of offsite data storage in which files, folders, or the entire contents of a hard drive are regularly backed up on a remote server or computer with a network connection. The purpose behind online backup is simple and straightforward: To protect the information – be it business data or personal – from the risk of loss associated with fire, theft, hacking, or any other kind of technological disasters.