5 Reasons Your Organization Should Move To The Cloud

5 Reasons Your Organization Should Move To The Cloud

How many reasons do you need to transition to cloud-based IT infrastructure? For most companies, it's more than just one. At Oakwood Systems Group, Inc., we know the benefits of the cloud outweigh any of the hassle. Microsoft cloud services offer with increased scalability and security, not to mention flexibility and ease of use. You'll also save your business time and money by reducing maintenance of on-premises IT infrastructure. Here are 5 reasons your organization should consider adopting the cloud. 1. Cloud Based Applications Are Here To Stay The value of the cloud - The cloud market is expected to pass $500 billion by 2020.Adoption is growing - 72% of organizations had at least one application in the cloud in 2015, a 15% increase from 2012. 2. Security Comes Standard As cloud technology improves, security fears lessen. In a survey of enterprise IT managers, security is no longer ranked as the #1 concern when it comes to cloud computing. One of the biggest advantages of moving to...
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Microsoft 365 Customer Story: TransBlue

Microsoft 365 Customer Story: TransBlue

Whether you are part of a large conglomerate or a small business like TransBlue, modernizing your workplace is a necessity if you want to keep up with customer demands and the competition. Running back and forth between jobsites can eat up time and resources, especially for a small business. TransBlue was still running their business the old-fashioned way when they updated their business infrastructure. TransBlue now uses Microsoft 365. The mobility enables them to cut out drives to the job that used to eat up an entire day. With a suite of tools at their disposal, Microsoft 365 provides TransBlue with the collaboration and mobility their employees need to stay productive. With tools like Microsoft Teams, they can have face-to-face meetings no matter where they are and upload and share on Teams with ease.  Your organization can benefit from the power of a modern workplace and your employees will thank you for using the suite of tools they already know and trust with Microsoft 365. Email us today to find out how we can help you plan your shift to...
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Digital Transformation Within Hospitality – A Mobile First Case Study

Digital Transformation Within Hospitality – A Mobile First Case Study

Digital transformation within the hospitality industry has begun to push innovation in the mobile technology space. As a result, user experience and customer loyalty have become more important than ever before. Customers want to quickly make decisions and act upon them...all while on-the-go. Simple responsive websites are not enough to meet the needs for an ever-demanding demographic.Why Digital Transformation?A Mid-Western regional hotel brand, needed to make a meaningful change to the way users interacted with their booking and reservation system. They had a basic responsive website solution designed to allow mobile users to both make and manage reservations and learn about customer loyalty promotions on a website that automatically resized based on the device the customer used. In the past, companies would use this technique to meet customer needs in a cost-effective manner. Ten years ago, the concept of responsive design was introduced to meet the problems experienced by many business struggling to address the demands of the marketplace.  Google even started...
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A Mobile Application Brainstorm – Go

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. Here, therefore, in no particular order, are a few customer-centric areas that mobile applications could address - geared toward some business types that might not traditionally think of the mobile application play. Mobile Application | Solutions If you are selling practically anything - from battleships to bubblegum, a catalog of your wares available in a mobile application - even if only to your own sellers - will likely increase sales, customer service ratings, and overall responsiveness.  Own a trade show floor, or own the elevator conversation, when your seller doesn't have to get out a paper catalog to show what they have to sell. On the mobile catalog front - think...
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Mobile Commerce Revenue Increases Over Digital

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 accepting mobile payments and promoting mobile commerce," said Jennifer Polk, research director at Gartner. "For example, big-box retailers may not need to move as quickly as other industries because the in-store experience is still a critical part of their value proposition and the customer experience, making digital and mobile commerce a smaller portion of their overall revenue."However, Polk also explained that new credit card standards will cause a shift in liability for fraudulent transactions in 2015, requiring retailers to update their POS systems for safer credit card transactions. This opens the door for point-of-updates to accept mobile payment.Mobile Commerce Predictions By year-end 2016, more than $2 billion in...
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Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite | Secure | Productive

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 and application management, and cyber intrusion detection.Enterprise Mobility SuiteEMS can help with all of your enterprise security needs. By implementing multi-factor authentication to help prevent unauthorized access to confidential data, you can secure information across file servers, email, and collaboration platforms. In the Enterprise Mobility Suite, you will also have the ability to enforce security policies on corporate-owned or personal devices to prevent data theft, even if devices are lost or stolen.Don’t be blindsided by negative brand exposure and litigation costs. Identify cyber-attacks before data is compromised using behavior-based analytics that leverage Machine Learning to inspect all network traffic.Avoid regulatory fines and centrally manage and...
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