Blogs


Office 365 Email
2017
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10 Reasons To Migrate to O365

Thinking about an Office 365 migration?  If you haven’t migrated your messaging and collaboration infrastructure to Office 365 you are missing out on one of Microsoft’s premier service offerings.  Oakwood can facilitate and manage the entire upgrade and deployment process for you.  So, why is this so important for my business you ask? 1. Reduce […]

DevOps
2017
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12 Agile Principles

Are you transforming your organization by focusing on agility?  Agile is the only way to be productive in our fast-paced work environments.  Oakwood can help!  First, read these 12 simple agile principles.  Watch your teams, company and organization will flourish! 12 Agile Principles Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous […]

Poor UX Examples
2017
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3 Apps That Failed Due to Poor UX

At one point or another, we’ve all been frustrated by poor UX. This is especially true in enterprise software, where applications are expected to be clunky. Nobody enjoys poor UX; it wastes time, hinders productivity, and most importantly, stands in the way of getting your job done. So, why does poor UX continue to make […]

2017
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3 Tips for Surviving the Talent Shortage

Talent shortage?  There is a significant and widening skills gap in key areas like cybersecurity, cloud infrastructure, big data, and mobile application development … and we’re not the only ones who have noticed. Talent Shortage Future Forecasting The CIO Executive Council forecasts 46% of chief information officers will employ contingent workers over the next three to five years. […]

Scrum
2017
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3 Ways to Fail With Scrum

The advantages of Scrum far outweigh the disadvantages.  Quick and iterative delivery of products, transparency among team members, and better communication are attractive aspects of implementing Scrum. It is not impossible, however, for teams to fail with Scrum.  The following are 3 most common ways teams fail with Scrum. Internal Resistance Resistance to change can […]

Predictive Data Analytics
2017
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3 Ways to Win Customer Loyalty With Predictive Data Analytics

To win and retain customers in 2017, companies will need to fine-tune their competencies in using data and predictive analytics to develop actionable insights.  That’s where predictive data analytics comes in to play. Predictive Data Analytics Advantages The good news is that most companies have access to an extraordinary amount of data about their customers. […]

IoT Technology
2017
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4 Ways the Internet of Things Will Help You, Your Business and Your Customers

IoT

The Internet of Things helps your business.  So, what exactly does that mean?  Mobile isn’t just about connecting people. It’s about connecting things and perhaps one day ALL things. The concept has a name: “The Internet of Things”. It is a development of the internet in which everyday objects are capable of “talking” to each […]

Business Dashboard
2017
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5 Signs Your Business Dashboard is Broken

Your business dashboard is more than just a point-of-access into your management information system – or at least, it should be. Its purpose extends beyond acting as a graphical representation of your current business structure. By putting information like output and input data, key performance indicators and more at your fingertips, has the potential to be […]

IT Transformation
2017
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5 Ways Your Cloud Implementation Can Fail

Cloud implementation.  Sexy, huh?  There’s an old adage that carpenters always use: Measure twice, cut once. While carpenters mean this in a literal sense, the idea of careful, thorough planning before taking action applies throughout every aspect of the business world — especially as you implement the cloud in your organization. A Successful Cloud Implementation […]

Data Visualization
2017
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7 Breathtaking Examples of Amazing Data Visualization

Data visualization communicates complex data in a way that is easy to understand so insights can be gleaned quickly. In looking at a slew of numbers and stats, it is not always easy to walk away with meaningful insights. Data visualization solves this problem by displaying abstract information in a way that allows the brain […]

80/20 Rule
2017
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80/20 Spending Rule – Get Better 1% at a Time

80/20.  What exactly are we talking about?  As humans, sometimes we make projects so huge that there’s no way to get them done.  “We must reduce our IT maintenance budget by 10% so we have more money to spend on innovation” isn’t that much different from the conversation I had with my young neighbor over […]

IoT Technology
2017
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Internet of Things

IoT

Well, you’ve likely heard the phrase “Internet of Things” — or IoT — at some point, but you might also be scratching your head figuring out what it is or what it means.  The IoT refers to the connection of devices (other than typical fares such as computers and smartphones) to the Internet. Cars, kitchen […]

cloud strategy
2017
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A Diversified Cloud Strategy Can Create Challenges

In a fast-moving, unpredictable and oftentimes volatile cloud marketplace, many companies have implemented or are considering a diversified cloud strategy to offset cloud vendor instability. An article by SeachCIO recently highlighted several CIOs and their approach to a diversified cloud strategy. A Cloud Strategy | Simplified A diversified cloud strategy, meaning the use of a […]

Faster Website
2017
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A Faster Website In 4 Lines Of Code

Want a faster website?  Studies show that slow websites can drive traffic away from your website and directly to your competitors. Performance tweaks are available for every application in varying degrees of ROI. Fortunately, there is an easy way to improve the speed of your ASP.NET website in just 4 lines of code. A Faster […]

bring your own device
2017
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A Mobile Application Brainstorm – Go

Do you accept the proposition that every business should have a mobile application?  Part of your acceptance is the acknowledgment that the user community is carrying around hand-sized computers on which they sometimes have telephone conversations.  However, many businesses have not yet made the leap from their particular business model into the mobile application world. […]

Business Intelligence
2017
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Actionable Business Intelligence Is Not A Million Dollar Project

Ever heard the phrase “we have a lot of wood to chop?”  Well, we just realized that Business Intelligence is number one on the CIO “must have” list for the fourth year in a row. What’s Going On? It’s starting to seem sort of like a “goal weight,” isn’t it?  It’s something you put on […]

social engineering
2017
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Amateurs Hack Systems. Professionals Hack People.

Social Engineering 2015 marked an important year in the world of network security. For the first time, social engineering attacks outnumbered attacks on software vulnerabilities and exploits. This is a serious problem. Since January 2015, the number of victims identified by the FBI has increased 270%, costing businesses more than $2.3 billion. The message to […]

Microsoft Licensing Agreement
2017
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Another $50K Into the Hopper

Are you up-to-date on Microsoft licensing agreement benefits?  This morning I read another case study about a client who saved a lot of money (around $50K) by replacing a third party tool with a tool that they already owned by virtue of their Microsoft licensing agreement.  In this case, it was replacing the anti-virus solution […]

bring your own device
2017
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Any Device Anywhere | Bring Your Own Device

BYOD.  It stands for Bring Your Own Device.  This has been a topic that has alternatively generated excitement and instilled fear and loathing within IT organizations for the last two years.  Users want to be able to work from anywhere, using any device, whereas IT groups want to reduce device management overhead while simultaneously enabling user […]

Outdated Technology
2017
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Application Development Lessons from the 90’s

Who is ready to party like it’s 1999 and who remembers anything from the 90’s, especially application development lessons?  What about user experience?  No one was talking about that back then, right?  It’s the simple things that make us better.  Let’s talk about the days of outdated technology, shall we? Remember Outdated Technology? 20 years […]

software design
2017
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Are You a Solid Coder? The Principles of Software Design

Welcome to the principles of software design and a course on object-oriented techniques.  Learn new principles of software design by following this slide deck.  Let us know how we can help you with a specific software development need.  We are code professionals at Oakwood.  We can help you get where you need to go. Solid […]

Aspect Oriented Programming
2017
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Aspect Oriented Programming In MVC

Sit back and relax.  We are going to get technical.  Ready?  Much like recursion, Aspect Oriented Programming is a programming paradigm for solving problems from a different perspective. The goal of this approach is to create reusable code which solves solution-wide concerns. The end result of investments in Aspect Oriented Programming are usually large dividends due to […]

Nimbus
2017
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Assessing Cloud Value – The Nimbus Framework

Talking today about Nimbus.  Hey, don’t freak out!  We are only talking about the cloud.  One of the most frequent questions we are asked about the cloud, and specifically Azure, is the standard “What’s in it for me?”  While this is a good question, the only answer that is consistently accurate is “It depends… why […]

BI Implementation
2017
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Avoid the High-Wire Act During BI Implementation

In many clients we see the fine art of BI implementation is a challenge similar to a high-wire act, avoiding a fiscal cliff or landing a person on the moon. The adage that “things worth doing are never easy” holds true, especially with BI. Doing nothing may be the absolute wrong thing to do also. Truth […]

Azure Development Team
2017
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Azure Development Team Training

It’s amazing to us the number of customers over the years who told us they couldn’t dare become an Azure Development Team. They are web or mobile developers.  They could not justify investing the time it takes to retrain their developers to build solutions for the Azure platform.  What’s going on here? Becoming Azure We […]

Azure Monitoring Management Pack
2017
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Azure PaaS Instance Monitoring

Want to learn more about the Azure Monitoring Management Pack?  Need to monitor a PaaS instance in Windows Azure through SCOM?  This can be accomplished with the Azure Monitoring Management Pack. This gives you basic availability monitoring for your PaaS instances and the ability to swap VIPs via the SCOM console. What is does not give […]

Azure Monitoring Management Pack
2017
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Azure Testing & Debugging Case Study | Save Money

Recently our team was preparing for the first launch of a massive operations focused application. The team had run all of the basic load & performance testing required to meet our contractual obligations. The app was in a temporary code freeze – hot fix only time. PMs & Scrum Masters anxiously worked down the checklist […]

Beginner's Guide To AngularJS
2017
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Beginner’s Guide To AngularJS

Welcome to a Beginner’s Guide To AngularJs.  AngularJS, commonly referred to as simply Angular, is a structural framework, developed by Google, to create highly dynamic web applications. Angular hooks directly into HTML’s syntax to allow your application’s components, making it extremely easy to add Angular to an existing website or template. Using data binding and […]

Agile Methodology
2017
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Being Agile is More Important Than Being Perfect

In business, agility, not perfection, is the single most important indicator of success, even having an agile methodology belief.  While the pressure to move faster and work smarter becomes more and more relentless, so, too, does the pressure to achieve perfection. Too often, product owners and business leaders hide behind closed doors, tweaking and fine-tuning, […]

SQL DBA Managed Services
2017
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Best Practices for SQL Server in Azure

Most of the typical items that DBAs will hit in tuning out a server for SQL Server hold true in Azure. The three major spots you will usually focus on are OS configurations, storage configurations, and SQL Server instance configurations.  These are generalizations and, as your workload demands, there may be variations that are necessary, […]

Bridj
2017
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Bridj | Big Data That Improves Mass Transit and Bus Routes

What’s going on with Big Data?  Bridj is the world’s first smart transit system which adjusts its routes according to data from a myriad of sources, including Google Earth, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, LinkedIn, the census and municipal records.  A passenger only needs to download the real-time smartphone app to check daily routes and receive alerts […]

BYOD
2017
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Bring Your Own Device | What’s The Big Deal?

BYOD, or bring your own device, is a reflection of another term-of-the-day, “the consumerization of IT.”  While they aren’t 100% the same, the two terms are frequently used interchangeably.  For clarity, here’s how we define the two: Consumerization of IT The junction of consumer-targeted computing devices and corporate requirements.  An IT organization may choose to […]

SQL Server
2017
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Broken SQL, Broken Company: A Client Story

Everyone has head about SQL Server.  We share client stories in the hope that something will spark something, cause someone to take some action, or otherwise turn on a light bulb to alleviate some sort of corporate darkness (ha), and this story is, frankly, filled with corporate darkness – the type of darkness we see […]

Office 365 Myths
2017
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Busting Office 365 Myths

Ready for some Office 365 myths?  Here we go.  Microsoft has paved the way for Office 365 and its components to become part of computing infrastructure. The good news is that these new technologies create a better, more efficient way for teams to work together. This can result in better collaboration, information sharing, and discoverability. […]

Buy or Build Software
2017
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Buy or Build Software For Your Business?

Buy or build software.  Good question!  We recommend “build.”  What’s going on with your software products?  With so many out-of-the-box, off-the-shelf SaaS products in the market, some people might call you crazy to build your own software in-house. It is not unusual, however, for businesses to license software from a vendor and then discover it […]

BYOA
2017
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BYOD? More Like BYOA. Your Secrets Might Be Leaking…

I was rather astounded to read the recent New Your Tines article, Where Apps Meet Work, Secret Data Is at Risk by Quentin Hardy.  I realized that there are organizations where employees are employing hundreds of personal applications and allowing those apps to interact with corporate information. Let’s Bring Your Own Apps I knew it was […]

SaaS PaaS IaaS
2017
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Cloud Solutions Quick Guide: SaaS vs. PaaS vs. IaaS

SaaS PaaS IaaS.  Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service are all ways companies are handling their data activity and deployment efforts.  Oakwood is a leader in each of these areas. Let’s connect and discuss how we can best support your technology needs. SaaS | PaaS |IaaS SaaS cloud […]

Scrum Master
2017
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Confessions of a Scrum Master

The Agile methodology is easy to understand, but difficult to master. Take it from a Scrum Master.  Agile Scrum, in particular, requires a change in mindset. Too often, Project Managers must define a schedule upfront and harass people to meet unrealistic dates. What makes the Agile Scrum approach attractive is its ability to promote transparency […]

construction management firm
2017
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Construction Management Provider Improves Business

A national construction management firm has had dramatic growth and demanding deadlines—causing a challenge in the process of how they determined their staffing needs.  Read more in this interesting case study about how Oakwood solved their difficult problems. Business Challenge This company has numerous concurrent projects that it must keep track of each day. With […]

Azure Monitoring Management Pack
2017
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Continuous Delivery in Minutes | Visual Studio Online

One of my favorite features of Azure development?  It’s the integration with Visual Studio Online.  Simply put, it’s awesome!  Ready to create a new Azure Website?  Well, the wizard asks you if you would like to link to a source repository. Visual Studio Online If your repository of choice is Visual Studio Online then you […]

Orchestrator Runbooks for Service Manager
2017
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Designing Orchestrator Runbooks for Service Manager- Video and Slide Deck

  Why is Orchestrator Runbooks for Service Manager important to you and your business?  Have you been left wondering the best way to go about presenting your Orchestrator-automated processes to end users for Self-Service?  Do you have advanced request processes you are trying to manage via Service Manager?  Do you find you need the ability to […]

consumer experience
2017
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Designing the Consumer Experience (Physical and Digital)

A quality consumer experience means everything.  As consumers, we often don’t think about the importance of a great consumer experience.  As businesses, it is everything we should be thinking about.  Isn’t it all about the customer?  Recently, an article by PSFK outlined some of the takeaways from the retail conference. The findings are in line […]

color blindness
2017
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Designing UI Forms for Color Blindness

Color blindness is a serious issue for many who use a PC.  One of my tasks for a client was to create a page similar to an existing quality check page. Products had physical attributes that needed to be measured. As the user entered information, the field would change color to indicate Pass, Warning, and […]

AngularJS
2017
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DevOps Is Transforming Software Development

CIO.com and author Isaac Sacolick cover how DevOps requires mindset changes in IT and is one of the key trends in software development to emerge recently.  A Merger Of Two Groups An amalgamation of “development” and “operations,” “devops” describes the organizational structure, practices, and culture needed to enable rapid agile development and scalable, reliable operations. […]

Office 365 Hybrid Deployment
2017
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Dismantling an Office 365 Hybrid Deployment

Recently we dismantled an Office 365 Hybrid Deployment. In this scenario, we had a hybrid with SSO deployed but hadn’t started migrating users. We were signed up in the v14 tenant and wanted to start deploying Exchange 2013 in our organization, but that’s not a compatible configuration. The solution was to remove the association between […]

Internet of Your Things
2017
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Disruptive Innovation: The Internet of Your Things

IoT

Internet of Things versus Internet of Your Things.  What’s the difference?  It’s driving a new wave of technical innovation. We are seeing the relevance of this technology in customers across the board, but what exactly is the internet of things?  If you ask an analyst, it’s billions of interconnected devices. Consequently, if you ask a business […]

Service Manager
2017
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Do IT Projects Have Organizational Value?

Several team members were discussing Portfolio Management.  We agreed that one of the main tenets of portfolio management is demand management, and the key to making it work is to be able to measure the value of a proposed project to the organization.  This is typically done by assessing the proposed project against organizational targets […]

Great IT group
2017
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Does Every Organization Need To Be A Best Place to Work?

Do you have a great IT group that is helping to make your company a better place to work?  Here comes the survey so you can sign up your company as the greatest place in the world to work.  Every organization is on a quest to hire and retain the best people, wouldn’t you agree?  So […]

Target Stores
2017
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Don’t Be The Next Target | Protect your Active Directory

The recent Target compromise was a wake-up call for many firms, especially all of the Target stores across the U.S.  Let’s face it – IT security is often not at the top of the priority list for budgeting every year.  Your organization needs to be proactive in applying smart, effective security practices.  One area of […]

AngularJS
2017
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Dynamic Directive TemplateUrls in AngularJS

I ran into a rather interesting problem while playing around with AngularJS and thought I’d share with other AngularJS professionals. I had a list of objects, and all of those objects shared a few common properties, while also having properties that were unique, based on the object type. My list contained a total of four […]

Securely Store Passwords
2017
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Embedding CoffeeScript within SharePoint 2013

Embedding CoffeeScript into a SharePoint 2013 development environment can be done with two web parts. In this post, we assume you are a Site Collection Administrator and that you are familiar with the process of adding web parts to a page. Where Is My CoffeeScript? Start by editing a page, you will need to add a Content […]

employee portal
2017
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Employee Portal | What Drives Strategy for Success?

Are you considering a revamp of your existing Employee Portal? First of all, the concept of an Employee Portal aligns well with SharePoint, especially 2013. Aside from being simply the “landing page” for an organization, a well-architected portal can drive strategic engagement, and finally, ultimately resulting in a stronger ROI. It is important to identify […]

2017
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Every Person Affects the Bottom Line

“Undercover Boss,” if you haven’t seen it, is a TV show where the head of a big organization goes undercover as a worker, learning from his own unknowing employees and discovering where “corporate” may have missed the mark.  It’s a cool show, but I wish it were longer than one hour, so we could really […]

client access server
2017
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Exchange 2013 | What’s New Client Access Server

One of the many new changes with Exchange Server 2013 is the collapsing of the four roles that made up Exchange Server 2007 and 2010; the fifth role, the Edge Transport role, has been dropped completely from 2013. Similar to the Front End/Back End topology of Exchange 2003, there are now two roles in Exchange […]

Exchange 2013
2017
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Exchange 2013 CU2 will support 100 databases per server

With Exchange 2010 there was a database per-server limit of 100 databases.  How about Exchange 2013?  In Exchange 2013 this number was reduced to 50 databases per-server. This is because it utilizes more CPU and memory than its predecessors. This is due to the architecture changes that were made, as well as the changes to reduce […]

IT talent pool
2017
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Exploring Gender Inequality in Tech

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. Yet U.S. universities are only on track to produce enough qualified graduates to fill 29% of these jobs.  Jobs in tech are plentiful and lucrative.  One might wonder, why is the supply to demand ratio so skewed? […]

Database Management
2017
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Gartner Calls Microsoft a Leader in Database Management

Check out this brief Microsoft video and see why SQL Server outshines others in the database management space. SQL Server Outshines Others Benefits • Affordability, with everything built-in • Security—most secure six years in a row • Performance, at a fraction of the cost Database Management Conclusion Don’t just take our word for it. Read […]

Geico
2017
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Geico Moves To Azure To Improve Business Operations

Microsoft provides a compelling and powerful overview of a leading insurance brand, Geico, and their success with Azure and a cloud migration. Azure and Geico By adopting a DevOps development strategy and transitioning development to Microsoft Azure, GEICO is working to engage customers more personally and dynamically. With the help of partner Applied Information Sciences, […]

UX Design
2017
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Good UX Design Ideas

The concept of online user experience (UX) is not much different than any aspect of your daily life.  You want a pleasant experience without any hassle. This rings true with everything you do, including checking out at the grocery store, operating a vehicle, or navigating a public place. Good UX Design Ideas Every website offers […]

Digital Check-In App
2017
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Hilton Hotel | Digital Check-in App

Who is ready for digital check-in? And a col digital check-in app?  Hilton Worldwide announced plans that will revolutionize the hotel experience. The hospitality company revealed plans to enable its guests with digital check-in, room selection, and check-out capabilities across 650,000+ rooms at more than 4,000 of its properties worldwide. Digital Check-In Hilton will become […]

client access server
2017
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How Can Exchange 2013 Help Your Organization?

These days, organizations typically need business justification for migrating, and it’s necessary to key in on specific improvements in Exchange 2013 that directly address business benefits worthy of migrating. As much as the underlying improvements of Exchange 2013 add significant value to the overall stability, reliability, scalability, and manageability of Exchange, organizations see these enhancements […]

Avoid Phishing Attacks
2017
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How To Avoid Phishing Attacks In Outlook and 0365

Brandon Vigliarolo and Tech Republic, a leading technology publication, provide us a compelling overview of how to avoid phishing attacks.  The world of cyber-criminals is attacking the simplest forms of internet usage, your email, and O365 software applications. Avoiding Phishing Attacks Cyber-criminals have turned to phishing. It’s easy, you can hit lots of people at […]

Securely Store Passwords
2017
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How to Securely Store Passwords

Have you thought much about how to securely store passwords?  Having users create an account for a website is a very common process these days. Many social websites accomplish this by tying into Twitter, Facebook, or Google accounts with OAuth. Internal enterprise website sites are more likely to do something with the user’s Windows domain […]

reduce operating costs
2017
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How We Reduced A Client’s Operating Costs

Everyone wants to reduce operating costs.  All over the web, TV, & social media, we see companies touting the savings that can be had from a few minutes of your time. Seldom are these statements viable, but their darn catchy slogans.  However, in some cases adding a little bit of time back to peoples’ day can […]

Outdated Technology
2017
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Hybrid Identity Management: Empowering Users While Protecting Corporate Data

Ready to learn about hybrid identity management?  You’ve been charged with the responsibility of protecting company applications and data while empowering a workforce to be productive from any device, from any location with an internet connection. That’s no easy task, especially considering the massive data breaches big corporations have fallen victim to. Plus, you might […]

application development solution
2017
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Increase Your Efficiency and Reduce Possible Errors with Application Development Solutions

One application development solution is tricky.  Two can be even more difficult.  These changes require a deep understanding of backend processes and internal technologies.  Oakwood attacks the most difficult application development problems – bringing resolution to organizations that need the support and leadership of qualified 3rd party IT consultants – that’s the Oakwood way! Business […]

service costs
2017
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Intelligent Apps Saves On Wasted Service Costs

Worried about wasted service costs?  Makes sense.  Everyone wants to save money.  It’s the simple things that impact the bottom line, like service costs.  To see this, just follow the paper trail. Understanding how money flows through an organization provides a very clear view into ways to improve the company.  Oakwood pays a lot of […]

IoT Technology
2017
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Internet of Things: It’s Not Just About Connected Devices, It’s the Change in Business Model

IoT

The Internet of Things: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?   There has been a lot of talk about the Internet of Things.  What’s going on?  Why is it important to you?  How is it going to affect your business and your company’s future? Enjoy this video and learn more about what is […]

Guy Kawasaki
2017
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Interview with Guy Kawasaki on Marketing

Good information shared by arguably one of the industry’s leaders. Interview-with-Guy-Kawasaki-on-Marketing-and-Building-a-Brand.aspx

Mobile Platform
2017
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Investigating the Security is Hard Mantra

Security is hard.  As one of the many companies who have been in the news recently.  Every developer has heard this many times and many have taken them to heart with little question. But with the recent versions of the .NET Framework, many of these security tasks have become rather trivial to code. It’s important […]

IoT Technology
2017
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IoT Technology: Quadriplegic Race Car Driver Tops 100 MPH at Indy 500

IoT

Ready to learn more about IoT technology?  The Internet of Things is a broadly defined new concept that is getting significant attention. But, what is it? As a basic definition, it is connecting disparate “things” to communicate together to improve people, processes, and business. Internet of Things Technology   Video courtesy of Arrow Electronics Arrow Electronics, […]

cloud solution
2017
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Is a Cloud Solution Right For Your Business?

By now you’re probably hear about a cloud solution opportunity and are aware that the cloud is no longer an “if” for your business, but a “when”. Moving to the cloud may present some difficulties within your organization as you assess migration options. It can certainly be an overwhelming task, however, now is the time to […]

financial services firm
2017
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Is Outdated Technology Holding Your Business Back?

  A local commercial banking and financial services firm realized the use of outdated software was having a detrimental effect on the way they did business.  The firm used the outdated software everyday, and it was the only technology they had ever used on the job. They had been exhausted by this program for years, […]

BI Implementation
2017
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Jazzed Up About Driving the Business with BI

Driving Success With Business Intelligence Let’s talk about business intelligence.  The Oakwood Team is pretty jazzed about the conceptual metaphor: “Driving Your Business with BI”.  The spot-on clarity of the comparison—and how importantly it relates to the business culture and competitive marketplace we now operate is astonishing. It’s critical to understand the depth of this […]

Leveraging Azure
2017
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Leveraging Azure for Disaster Recovery & Cold Storage

Disaster Recovery (DR) has long been a difficult challenge in any data center. Historically, the options have been manual processes, or, automated processes that have typically placed expensive constraints on the limited supply of resources available in the organization. The most common approach we’ve seen is a set of libraries backing up volumes of data to a tape […]

Azure Load and Performance Testing
2017
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Load Performance Testing with Azure

Azure load and performance testing is something we know a lot about.  Recently we engaged in load and performance testing a custom web application that we developed for an Oakwood client. We were encouraged by the strength and depth of the testing tool within the Visual Studio environment. Azure Load and Performance Testing | History N-tier […]

RMS
2017
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Managing Database Versioning & Releases With RMS

Let’s talk a little RMS.  As with all enterprise applications, a database sits in the back quietly storing and processing our data.  As with all applications, there is always progress to be made and changes to affect. This isn’t limited to just code changes in our application, our data structures change as well. However, unlike […]

sales prevention department
2017
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Managing the Sales Prevention Department

Every time a representative of your company interacts with a customer, they could be reassigning themselves to the Sales Prevention Department.  Every time one of your company’s processes or systems touches a customer, they could be part of the Sales Prevention Department too.  People need to understand their role in the customer interaction process.  And people who […]

IT Teams
2017
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Mapping the Customer Engagement – Where Does IT Touch? Where Can IT Touch?

Your Homework Exercise Hey IT Teams.  Got an idea.  Grab a piece of paper and draw a circle in the middle of it.  Label it “Customer.”  Now draw lines out from the circle, each line representing the way that a customer can interact with the business. Now recolor the boxes to represent all of the places where […]

Faster Website
2017
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Microsoft and Its Partners Continue to Lead in the Cloud

Whether you’re looking at Microsoft’s industry-leading Office 365 services or at their Azure cloud solutions, Microsoft keeps pushing ahead … and is often leading the pack.  Microsoft Partners, including Oakwood, are leveraging Microsoft’s services to deliver ever-improving solutions to customers. Gartner Release In January, Gartner released a summary of 40+ technology areas where Microsoft has […]

Azure Monitoring Management Pack
2017
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Microsoft Azure Benefits With Session Management

A lot has been publicized about Microsoft Azure benefits.  And for good reason.  Often I hear that people looking to start using Azure services begin by researching the impact this decision will have on the architecture of a project.  While the research will involve gaining a better understanding Azure as a solution I am often […]

Azure Monitoring Management Pack
2017
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Microsoft Azure Managed Services

A majority of businesses are considering leveraging the cloud to get their business done, and get it done at levels of efficiency never before possible. But the concept of the cloud still instills fear and concerns across all levels of the business. Welcome to Microsoft Azure “Security’s the biggest blocker not just for Azure adoption […]

Microsoft Operating System
2017
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Microsoft CloudOS: Enabling the Next Generation of IT – Video and Slidedeck

How much do you really know about the Microsoft Operating System?  To take advantage of the vast possibilities the cloud offers, IT Departments need to transform the data center. This should be done by rethinking old processes while continuing to leverage existing skills and resources.  In this session, we are going to share with you how […]

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
2017
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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012

Using MDT 2012 for imaging is a great solution on your System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMan) 2012 journey.  How can the free tool called Microsoft Deployment Toolkit help me to implement ConfigMan 2012?  Read more and let’s get to work. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit MDT 2012 has a nice feature that allows you to create an […]

Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite
2017
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Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite | Secure | Productive

Unsecured company data can cost millions in lost research, regulatory fines, or litigation settlements, but protecting your information shouldn’t make it harder for workers to get their jobs done.  Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) helps reduce security risks and enables workers to be more productive. With features like identity and access management, information protection, device […]

Office 365 Email
2017
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Microsoft Now Publishing Office 365 Roadmap

Who needs an Office 365 roadmap?  I do!  Microsoft has recently announced the publication of an Office 365 road map to give customers a glimpse at what is coming down the Pike.  For you bleeding edge folks, they’re offering a first release program to allow you early adoption of features before they hit the masses. […]

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
2017
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Microsoft Predictions: IoT Maturity, Cybersecurity and Machine Learning

In light of the New Year, Microsoft did us the favor by laying out their business predictions for 2015. What were they thinking?  The underlying themes for both public and private sector businesses predictions all revolve around cloud technologies. A Look Ahead Today, 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies are utilizing Microsoft’s Cloud to become […]

Mobile Apps
2017
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Mobile Apps are Changing the Delivery of Public Services

Let’s talk for a minute about the power of mobile apps.  Ever hit a pothole and then call the authorities to come fix it? Probably not. Ever hit a pothole and want to call the authorities to come fix it? Probably. Imagine a world where your smart phone could record every pothole you hit while […]

mobile commerce
2017
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Mobile Commerce Revenue Increases Over Digital

Gartner, Inc predicts that by 2017, US customers’ mobile engagement behavior will drive mobile commerce revenue in the US to 50 percent of US digital commerce revenue. A recent Gartner survey found that mobile commerce currently generates 22 percent of digital commerce revenue. What’s Going On? “Some sectors will migrate more quickly than others to […]

Office 365 Email
2017
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MS Office 365 – It May Be Time To Look

Wondering about Office 365 benefits.   Time to consider it?  We agree!  And, we have you covered.  Let’s jump into the world of online applications.  It hasn’t been without challenges.  The launch of Business Productivity Online Suite, or BPOS, may have been too much, too fast, considering that it was seemingly fast-tracked in response to the […]

real time data
2017
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My Customers Are Wasting Their Data

Reports that leverage data that is days or weeks old doesn’t cut it anymore and many aren’t considering real-time data.  If you aren’t looking at real-time data and using it to make quick business decisions, you’re behind the curve. Real-Time Data | Making Informed Decisions Forget SSRS, SSIS, Crystal Reports, Business Intelligence, Analytics, and all […]

Professional Managed Services
2017
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Need Professional Managed Services? Time To Call Oakwood!

Need professional managed services? We can handle and manage your software.  Well, you’ve come to the right place! As your business grows, it’s critical you make good decisions around who handles your hardware, software and data infrastructure. What are the benefits of handing over your data to a third party, like Oakwood? Managed Services Benefits Here’s […]

DevOps
2017
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New Year Resolution 2017: Adopt a DevOps Culture

Need to create a DevOps culture?  Sounds easy, right?  From a purely technical perspective, the divide between your development team and your operations team is easily bridged with the right set of tools. But even with best-in-class Dev Ops tools, you are unlikely to realize the benefit of Dev Ops without appropriate cultural changes. The […]

What can Oakwood do for you?
2017
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No Competitive Differentiators For Our Custom Development Practice

You probably catch yourself saying to your significant other once or twice a day “So, what can Oakwood do for you?”  We don’t have a unique competitive difference for our custom development practice. We’ve been discussing, arguing, debating, brainstorming, and otherwise dissecting the issue for a long time. During our chats we did make a […]

Microsoft Operating System
2017
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Oakwood Achieves Gold Competency in Cloud Productivity

Oakwood Systems Group, a leader in cloud computing solutions, has attained Microsoft Gold Competency in Cloud Productivity. By demonstrating “best-in-class” abilities and commitment to Microsoft’s rigorous standards, Oakwood has distinguished itself as a preferred partner within the Microsoft partner ecosystem. Gold Level for Cloud Productivity By achieving a Gold Competency in Cloud Productivity, Oakwood Systems […]

Evolve Digital Labs
2017
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Oakwood Announces Partnership With Evolve Digital Labs

An important message from Oakwood CEO, Charles Windsor – I am excited to share today that Oakwood Systems Group has announced a new partnership with Evolve Digital Labs. Our Partnership Brings Together Two Market Leaders We are both market leaders.  Oakwood is a leader in technology-driven solutions, and Evolve Digital Labs in marketing-driven solutions. The […]

Gold Competency
2017
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Oakwood Earns Sixth Gold Competency – Messaging

Oakwood Systems Group announces that it has earned its sixth Gold Competency from Microsoft, in Messaging.  Microsoft competencies showcase the company’s capabilities in specific areas of technology knowledge, with Gold being the highest level attainable.  Each Gold Competency requires a minimum of four professionals with relevant Microsoft certification, and a minimum of five competency-specific Microsoft references. […]

manufacturing firm
2017
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Oakwood Helps Manufacturing Firm Achieve Business Goals

An industrial manufacturing firm had a solution that was difficult to maintain and prevented them from keeping pace with business demands.  This large line of business application was responsible for capturing quality assurance metrics on all products before they can be shipped. The Business Challenge A need to use modern tooling and frameworks to reduce […]

Oakwood Managed Services
2017
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Oakwood Managed Services

Why Oakwood Managed Services?  Monitoring the applications that run your business is a key operational task.  Daily management of these applications keeps your team from focusing on designing and implementing new technologies to transform the business.  That impacts business success!  That’s where we come in! Experienced and Seasoned Managed Services Leadership With Oakwood Managed Services, […]

Oakwood Systems Group Recognition
2017
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Oakwood Systems Group Earns Cloud Platform Recognition

The 2014 Partner of the Year Capitalizes on the Growing Demand for Cloud Solutions January 20, 2015, St. Louis, MO: Oakwood Systems Group, a business and technology consulting firm, has earned a new competency from Microsoft, at the silver level, for the new Cloud Platform. Oakwood is 1 of just 200 partners worldwide to earn […]

Microsoft Recognition
2017
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Oakwood Systems Group Earns Microsoft Recognition

The 2014 Partner of the Year Capitalizes on the Growing Demand for Cloud Solutions   January 20, 2015, St. Louis, MO: Oakwood Systems Group, a business and technology consulting firm, has earned a new competency from Microsoft, at the silver level, for the new Cloud Platform. Oakwood is 1 of just 200 partners worldwide to […]

Sitecore
2017
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Oakwood Systems Group Partners with Sitecore

SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI – July 13, 2016 – Oakwood Systems Group, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and Sitecore®, a global leader in customer experience management software, today announced a partnership to transform the way marketers approach digital customer experience. With Sitecore’s explosive growth in the MarTech industry, Oakwood Systems Group joined forces with the Microsoft-centric technology […]

SharePoint Managed Services
2017
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Oakwood Systems SharePoint Managed Services

Why Oakwood Systems SharePoint Managed Services?  Microsoft SharePoint is a browser-based collaboration and document management platform.  It allows groups to set up a centralized, password protected space for document sharing. Oakwood SharePoint Managed Services In response to our client document sharing needs, Oakwood Systems has built a successful SharePoint managed services program offering. This service provides […]

Office 365 Email
2017
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Office 365 | Modernized Security Controls

Let’s talk about advanced cybersecurity controls with Office 365.  We call it modernized security.  Who is ready? Here we go!  Identity is the new security boundary. For many decades, boundaries were dictated by traditional firewalls or routers. That was the simple life. Today, proper identity management is key to securing any environment. It used to […]

Office 365 Email
2017
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Office 365 Compliance and Regulations

What does Office 365 compliance mean to you?  If you’re in a highly regulated industry like a lot of our clients you might have some real challenges with everything to do with the cloud.  Good news!  Office 365, which includes cloud-based services, is being put in a bucket with “cloud” which is really perhaps a […]

Office 365 Email
2017
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Office 365 Hybrid Deployment; Get Prepared!!

Hybrid deployment?  What exactly is it?  Over the last several months we have worked on many Office 365 deployment projects. In some cases, they can be straightforward, but most commonly they are not. This seems to hold particularly true for hybrid deployments.  This is especially true if there are several integration points.  Also, you need […]

Office 365 Email
2017
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Office 365 Managed Services

The Business Office 365 value proposition is greater reliability, security, and productivity at less cost than on-premise server infrastructure or applications.  Office 365 is a hosted offering for Software as a Service (SaaS) providing portals and applications for administrators and end-users. It combines the familiar Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of next-generation communications and collaboration […]

Office 365 Email
2017
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Office 365 Promo to Expire Shortly, Regeneration Expected

We had a client tell us yesterday that the current pricing promotion for Microsoft Office 365 is too good to ignore.  Office 365 is being used by some of the largest enterprises in the world (CapGemini, American Red Cross), and it is most definitely an enterprise-class solution.  To lower the barrier of adoption, Microsoft put […]

Office 365 Email
2017
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Office 365: When is Email Gone For Good?

Here is something interesting around the Office 365 Email category.  We often get questions from clients asking about deleted items in Exchange Online. There seems to be some lingering confusion about how long a deleted item persists, who can see it, and when it can be recovered. So, I thought I’d share my take on […]

organizational change management
2017
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Organizational Change Management Facilitated by SharePoint

Oakwood has long-standing expertise with affecting and facilitating organizational change management (OCM), primarily around significant IT initiatives within large organizations with many business units involved.  Oakwood has also worked with several organizations who did not understand the need to invest in OCM and have had less-than-desired results from project implementations.   In our experience, any substantial technology initiative will […]

cloud solution
2017
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Overcoming Cultural Pushback to the Cloud

Wondering why there is cultural pushback to the cloud?  Well, we see cloudy skies ahead.  Why is that?  As companies head toward the cloud, it’s changing much more than just where companies’ data and services are hosted. The cloud is an incredibly disruptive technology with the potential to profoundly change a company’s entire culture, not […]

cloud migration
2017
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Planning Your Move to the Cloud

What is happening at your company in relation to a cloud migration plan?  More and more organizations are implementing some form of cloud computing into their environments. If you are considering a move to the cloud and you are leveraging a third-party vendor, it is essential to have an understanding of your available options. You […]

color blindness
2017
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Pokémon Go, Augmented Reality, and What the Future Holds

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If you’ve been outside recently, you’ve probably noticed at least one of the millions of people chasing virtual Poke monsters through the streets while staring at the screens of their smartphones. It is tempting to attribute the virality of Pokemon Go to its brand. For years, Nintendo held out on creating a Pokemon app, and […]

Cybersecurity Assessment
2017
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Protecting Your Company With Cybersecurity

Ready for your cybersecurity assessment?  In today’s economy, businesses cannot afford to operate without an online presence. On the other hand, the moment you expand your reach into “the cloud,” even if you limit your digital activity to email and a simple website, your private data becomes a target for cybercriminals. Put Your Cybersecurity In […]

ransomware
2017
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Ransomware Background and Protection

Ransomware is malicious software.  It is covertly installed on a victim’s computer.  The intent is to hold your computer and files for ransom, as a result, rendering them unusable until you pay a ransom fee.  We understand how to identify where vulnerabilities are and approaches to mitigate having to pay money to get your stuff […]

iGen
2017
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Ready for iGen or Gen Z?

Goodbye Gen-Y.  Hello Gen-Z and iGen?  While I’m not sure all the talk on Millennials did much to change the world of business, even though it should in many regards, it appears that everyone is tired of hearing about this generation already.  While many of the things you hear about Millennials/Gen-Y simply aren’t true, people are […]

Social Media Power Outage
2017
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Reduce the Cost of Social Media Marketing

I read an article the other day that discussed that “free” social media marketing is a terrific time and money hog in the corporate environment, and my own experience bears that out.  We have developed a new utility that takes a little of the cost out and makes the monitoring and responding to certain social […]

creative process
2017
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Rethinking the Creative Process to Solve Problems and Spark a Revolution

Whether you identify yourself as a technical evangelist, a business entrepreneur or as the next Michelangelo – we all use the same creative process to guide us in our decision making. However, our different life experiences can dictate how efficiently we utilize the creative process and can shape how we make important decisions and form perceptions. The […]

Master Data Management
2017
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Run, Grow, Transform. Why Master Data Management is Important.

Building a strong foundation makes it easier to build a strong house.  If you don’t have a Master Data Management (MDM) strategy in place, it will cost you more time and more money to deploy solutions that rely on your data – and you might be surprised at where some of those costs are incurred. […]

Service Manager
2017
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SCSM 2012 – How-To: Relationship Subscriptions

When performing Service Manager implementations, a near-universal request from clients is to have a notification email triggered upon a work item’s assignment changing. As a Service Manager admin, you may or may not already be aware that this functionality is present within Service Manager, however, is unable to be created from within the GUI as […]

Connected Solutions
2017
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Sears Takes Giant Technology Leap, Launches Connected Solutions Shops

Sears, widely known as a traditional department store, is moving into the connected solutions space.  They are taking a leap into the home automation market as well as the personal, entertainment and fitness technology markets. Connected Solutions The 121-year-old retailer announced the launch of three, physical pilot stores in the Chicago-area that will feature “Connected […]

social media metrics
2017
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Social Media Metrics That Really Matter

Do you know what the social media metrics that really matter are?  As big data continues to be a big deal for businesses, many marketing teams struggle to combine the analytics behind social media with sales data to deliver an ROI-centric strategy. A ‘go-with-your-gut’ marketing plan is simply not enough in today’s data-driven world. But, […]

SQL DBA Managed Services
2017
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SQL DBA Managed Services

Why Oakwood SQL DBA Managed Services?  In response to our clients, our managed services team has established a platform that allows Oakwood Systems to proactively manage and monitor the key applications on which our clients depend. SQL Managed Services Backed by Oakwood’s broad and deep expertise across the Microsoft stack, clients are able to redeploy […]

Windows Server 2003
2017
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SQL Memory Internal Clock Hands

Let’s talk about SQL Internal Memory.  OK, not your favorite subject but I have something interesting to share.  I had an issue recently that required me to be digging quite heavily into the memory internals, specifically to leverage clock hands to identify memory pressure. This is a topic that has very little around its specifics […]

SQL Server Compression
2017
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SQL Server: To Compress or Not to Compress, That Is the Question

Are you ready to have some fun with SQL Server compression?  Come on, let’s party!  As with all things in life, you seek solutions based on a need SQL Server is no different.  That said, compression is no different than anything else in life – a solution based on a need. Welcome to SQL Server […]

Windows Server 2003
2017
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Survive the Breakup With Your Old Infrastructure (known as Windows Server 2003)

Breakups can be hard. The longer you’ve been with someone, the harder it is to split. You’re used to one another. You’ve integrated them into almost every aspect of your daily life, sometimes even to the point where you can’t even remember what life was like before them. It’s a scary thing to face, not […]

2017
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The 5 Best Tech TED Talks

We all have a favorite TED Talk that makes us feel ready to take over the world after 18 minutes.  The mission of the TED organization is spreading ideas in the form of these inspirational talks, and the TED YouTube channel has a total of 81,304 videos to choose from. A business-savvy IT professional such […]

AngularJS
2017
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The Amazing Benefits of AngularJS

The neat stuff you can do with AngularJS continues to blow my mind! No matter how complex I think the problem I’m having is, Angular seems to always have an elegantly simple solution. And on those rare occasions when the functionality I’m looking for is not built into Angular’s core, there is usually a solution […]

Azure Security Questions
2017
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The Benefits of Microsoft Azure

The concept of the cloud and Azure security questions are things that we deal with daily.  We still see fear and concerns across all levels of the business. Security’s the biggest blocker not just for Azure adoption but for cloud adoption.  Things are changing.  More companies are making the move to the security of Azure. […]

IT Transformation
2017
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The Business Potential of IT Transformation

No one thinks of IT as a back-office support department—now everyone looks to IT as an integral part of overall strategy. But where should CIOs begin? First, they need to think beyond their own experiences and domain expertise and begin viewing IT through a wider operational and strategic lens. Deloitte University Press.  IT unbounded: The business […]

private cloud
2017
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The Debate – Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud

Let’s get into a really important topic.  Are you thinking public cloud or private cloud?  There are three primary forms of cloud computing. Public cloud. Private cloud. Hybrid cloud.  More importantly, Oakwood has the expertise and leadership to get you there! What’s Right For Your Business? Depending on the type of data you store in […]

Configuration Item
2017
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The OpsMan Alert Connector and An Often Over-Looked Step

If you have both Operations Manager and Service Manager in your environment it can be very useful to set up both the Configuration Item (CI) and the Alert Connector. As a result, the CI connector will help build your CMDB, and the Alert Connector will sync your OpsMan alerts to Service Manager, creating incidents for […]

Infrastructure Operations
2017
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The Problem with Infrastructure Operations Managing Applications

For many organizations, infrastructure operations are responsible for running hardware infrastructure associated with the application platform.  The application manager is in charge of managing the application, which includes functional configurations that support all of the underlying business processes.  Most of the time, the application owners are responsible for user management, security, staying on top of […]

Mobile Platform
2017
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The State of the Developer Nation: Mobile Platform Wars

Who is ready for mobile platform wars?  A report conducted by Vision Mobile features the latest trends in platforms, languages, and tools that app developers are using and how much money they’re making. The report includes responses to an initial survey of more than 10,000 app developers in 137 countries. Highlights Android and iOS remain […]

Migrating To The Cloud
2017
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The Value of the Cloud Webinar

Thinking about migrating to the cloud?  Enjoy this video.  It’s a no-nonsense business discussion that cuts through vendor marketing fluff and gets to the bottom of how the cloud can impact your organization. In this discussion, we cover basic cloud terminology, market trends, technical value, business value, and a few incentives that make starting in […]

cloud migration strategy
2017
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Three Surefire Signs You’re Ready for the Cloud

What is your cloud migration strategy?  Ever since cloud computing became a thing, every vendor and service provider in the world has been trying to convince the market they have the best solution available. There is no doubt it can offer tremendous benefits; opportunities for operational efficiencies, cost savings, and enhanced decision-making capabilities, to name a […]

Top E-mail Tricks
2017
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Top 7 Email Tips and Tricks from my Time at Microsoft

Need our top e-mail tricks?  We have you covered.  Working at a company with over 100,000 of your best friends teaches you NOT to Reply All to e-mails. Here are those e-mail tips and tricks. If you have your top email tricks, please share them with your neighbor! Be Polite and Professional You never know […]

cybersecurity threat tactics
2017
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Top Cybersecurity Threat Tactics You Need to Know About

Cybersecurity threat tactics are changing all the time.  Protecting your information is the single greatest challenge to information management. It seems every week we hear about another attack on a large company.  The hackers are getting smarter.  Protection is critical.  Everyone and every company is vulnerable. Cybersecurity Threat Tactics | Our Insights Tactic Number One: […]

Internet of Your Things
2017
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Using External Authentication Providers to Secure Your Apps

A struggle that many web developers face is how to secure your apps. While it is pretty straightforward to develop some sort of username/password authentication, it becomes much more complex when considering self-service account maintenance. Things like registering, changing or resetting passwords, maintaining names, email addresses, etc. can all ramp up the complexity. Secure Your […]

Powershell
2017
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Using PowerShell To Get All The Users From SharePoint’s User Profile Service

Are you interested in using PowerShell to get users from SharePoint?  Brace yourself.  It’s a lot easier than you think.  Below is a simple way to make that happen.  If you need more information contact us directly. Powershell Script Help A simple PowerShell script to get a list of all the accounts in the User Profile […]

IT talent pool
2017
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We Solve The IT Talent Pool Issue

What’s going on with the IT talent pool?  How fierce is the competition for tech talent? Software developers right out of college can demand starting salaries of up to $90,000. Once in their jobs, they get as many as 20 recruiting calls a day trying to convince them to leave for another company. And when they […]

Wearables Cicret
2017
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Wearables: Bracelet and App Turn Your Arm Into Interactive Smartphone Display

What exactly is going on today in the ever-changing world of wearables?  There’s very little counter-argument to the fact that we are becoming more and more addicted to our smartphones. If you’re able to go an entire day and night without it…well, we commend you for your self-discipline. For the overwhelming majority of us that are […]

Upgrade Your SQL Server
2017
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When Was the Last Time You Upgraded SQL Server?

Upgrade your SQL Server.  But how?  It’s kind of like that college class you hated but was necessary to take in order to graduate. The homework was awful so you kept putting it off until the last minute.  In the case of SQL Server, you may have systems that are 5 or even 10 years […]

Backup Protocols
2017
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Why “Backup” is Becoming a Dirty Word

A very interesting topic we like to chat about is backup protocols.  Are you excited?  Here is what happened.  A robust conversation took place this morning on the topic of “backup,” after one of our clients put out a call for help.  They can no longer complete their backups during the agreed-upon backup window, and […]

Cloud-Native Applications
2017
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Why Cloud-Native is the Future of App Development

Let’s dive right into cloud-native.  While cloud-based development has quickly become the norm in today’s business landscape, making the transition to the cloud can still seem like a daunting task. In truth, not every legacy application is suitable for migration to the cloud — and trying to retrofit those applications into the cloud platform is […]

cloud service line
2017
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Why Don’t We Have A Cloud Service Line?

The cloud service line.  Are you familiar with it?  We all like to believe that we’re unique, but Oakwood is similar to many systems integrators in the country. Like others, we offer services related to systems management, infrastructure automation, data management, business intelligence and data services, communication and collaboration such as SharePoint, application management including […]

Six Dollar Haircut
2017
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Why Would You Buy a Six Dollar Haircut Anyway?

Ever thought about how nice it would be to get a six dollar haircut?  Let’s digress for a minute.  An email arrived this morning with the title “Build a Project Office on SharePoint in 30 Minutes,” and I am so flabbergasted by this concept that I hardly know what to say.  It’s just plain wrong. What does […]

hybrid cloud solution
2017
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Will A Hybrid Cloud Solution Save You Money?

Where is your company in relation to the cloud?  How about a hybrid cloud solution?  Considering a partial migration or a full migration?  What’s the upside?  The downside?  At Oakwood, we know that a hybrid cloud approach is a good starting point on your way to a full, public cloud plan.  Many of our clients […]

Windows Server 2003
2017
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Windows Server 2003: Know Your Migration Options (and the risks associated)

On July 14, 2014, support for Windows Server 2003 will come to an end and organizations that have not taken action will be vulnerable to security breaches and, in certain industries, will risk their state of compliance. Companies must analyze the impact of such an event on their business, evaluate options, and make a decision […]

Windows Server 2012
2017
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Windows Server 2012: Hyper-V Evolved

Kevin from Microsoft details Windows Server 2012 and it’s virtualization improvements.  He covers a wide variety of topics including scalability, performance, multitenancy, flexibility, high availability and, resiliency. Additional new capabilities of enhanced resource management, and network flexibility are also presented. Windows Server 2012: Hyper-V Evolved   Watch The Presentation Windows Server 2012: Hyper-V Evolved Next […]

Xamarin
2017
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Xamarin Raises $54 Million in Funding For Its Mobile Application Development Tools

Xamarin Inc. announced last week that it raised a $54 million Series C round. The funds will be allocated to its mobile application development tool offerings, as well as towards expanding its sales and marketing teams. Great enterprise uptake and a strong partnership with investors, including Charles River Ventures, Floodgate and Ignition Partner, have brought […]