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
Posted on September 1, 2017
Database Management

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
Agile Methodology

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
SaaS PaaS IaaS

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
cloud migration strategy

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
Posted on September 1, 2017

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
Scrum

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
Microsoft Operating System

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
Cloud Leader

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,
Posted on September 1, 2017
Buy or Build Software

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
Scrum Master

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
private cloud

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
Evolve Digital Labs

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
cloud migration

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
Office 365 Email

10 Reasons To Migrate to Microsoft Office 365

Thinking about a Microsoft Office 365 migration?  If you haven’t migrated your messaging and collaboration infrastructure to Microsoft Office 365 you are missing out on one of Microsoft’s premier service
Posted on September 1, 2017
Business Dashboard

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
IT talent pool

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
ransomware

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
UX Design

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
social engineering

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
social media metrics

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
cybersecurity threat tactics

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
Modernized Security

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
Predictive Data Analytics

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
DevOps

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
Data Visualization

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
IT Transformation

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
Posted on September 1, 2017
Cloud-Native Applications

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.
Posted on September 1, 2017
Cybersecurity Assessment

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,”
Posted on September 1, 2017
Poor UX Examples

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;
Posted on September 1, 2017