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When you first hear about backing up SaaS (Software as a Service) applications, it may not seem like it’s something you need to do. The reality is, SaaS data loss happens…and not for the reasons you’d think. In Office 365’s case, you may think, “oh, Microsoft isn’t going to lose my data.” While it’s extremely rare, it is possible. But Microsoft isn’t what you should be worried about. The three most common causes of data loss with Office 365 are:
When deploying a SaaS application, it is important to consider a robust Data Protection strategy as you would for an on-premise application. If you’d like to learn more about Datto SaaS Protection (formerly Backupify), your NetAssist Team would be more than happy to talk about it.
Written by: John Dyer, NetAssist Coordinator
John has been our NetAssist Coordinator for almost 3 years where he helps with onboarding, billing, and procuring the department’s services and solutions. He is also the administrator and lead implementor for our ConnectWise PSA software. John is originally from Green Bay and graduated from NWTC with his Associates Degree in Supply Chain Management/Logistics after serving 4 years in the Navy.
Digital signage is becoming a common sight these days. It’s utilization spreads between a variety of markets and applications. If you’re looking to add digital signage to your workplace or business, it’s important to determine a few items first.
The most important thing with digital signage is asking one simple question: what is its purpose? Will the digital signage provide internal communication or external communication? Here are a few examples of each to get your vision started:
Picking either your employees or customers to concentrate on will help focus your content.
Once you determine your target audience, your next consideration should be placement. If internal communication is what you’re after, an employee breakroom, lounge or employee entrance are viable options. Keep in mind, if you’re going to display sensitive information like company goals and metrics, it may need to be kept out of publicly-accessible areas.
If it’s external communication, finding a reception desk, waiting area or public entrance could catch the targeted individual’s attention. Many people pass the time on their phone while in a lobby or waiting room. Finding the right location paired with engaging content can shift eyes from their screen to yours.
The sky is the limit with digital signage. It’s possible to display 3D graphics, 4K video, custom weather information and so much more. However, you need access to individuals with the ability to create this content for you. Be realistic in your expectations. Does an internal team member have both the time and talent to create the type of content you’re looking for? If not, are you willing to bring in external talent to produce creative for you?
If simplicity is what you’re after, creating content for digital signage can be as simple as exporting a PowerPoint presentation. Training your own staff to create simple yet elegant, single-zone presentation, is a realistic goal for almost any type of business. It’s not always necessary to overcomplicate digital signage content. For many applications, a well thought out single-zone template can be used for months at a time. With a template created in PowerPoint, almost anyone can go into a project, update the text for the current week and save the slides into a compatible file type.
One of our most common digital signage solutions is a player from BrightSign. BrightSign offers a wide range of digital signage players that include free content management software. The players themselves are affordably priced and more importantly, offer some of the highest reliability on the market. With a BrightSign player you can dive into HTML5 programming or enjoy the convenience of easily edited templates* right from BrightSign. With that kind of flexibility, organizing and implementing a digital signage strategy is within reach of any business or organization.
If you’re interested in learning more about what digital signage can offer, please reach out to us at (920) 435-5353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Requires BrightPlates subscription
Written by: Justin Wetzel, AV Systems Engineer
Justin is a born-and-raised Green Bay native. He went to Green Bay West High School then followed his education there with a degree from NWTC in electrical power distribution and digital media. He was with HP for 3.5 years as a printer technician after graduating from NWTC. Justin has always enjoyed tinkering with electronics, and has worked in the IT industry for several years. He got married in September 2017, and did a honeymoon at Harry Potter World in Orlando, FL. He lives in an old Victorian-style house with his wife. In his spare time, Justin likes to dabble in photography and videography, and also likes biking on the Fox River Trail.
I’m an unashamed Apple fan, and I spend a lot of my time with my iPhone in hand. Smartphones are fantastic tools, but also huge distractors. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve let a big chunk of my day go by just because I got sucked into the infinite abyss that my phone has access to (that fact I actually AM ashamed about). A quick check on a Facebook notification turns into an hour of newsfeed scrolling, a quick Google search leads me on a trail of 20 other articles with more information than I’d ever need to know on the topic, or one quick instructional YouTube video auto-plays a rabbit trail of not-so-related videos. Admittedly, I’m usually not aware of how much time I’m wasting until the time is already gone. Fortunately for me and anyone else that resonates with these feelings, Apple is about to release some iPhone features that can raise our awareness of how much our phones control our time.
Every June, Apple holds their WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) to introduce the next wave of products, operating systems, and features. This year’s conference was held from June 4-8, and was more software focused than usual. The company’s big push was iOS 12, which will be released this fall and will come packed with new features to help you manage how you interact with your phone throughout the day. Three in particular will help you decide how much of a distraction you want to allow your phone to be.
This is already a feature that many of us use every night while we’re sleeping, but Apple is giving it some extra bells and whistles that will make it more appealing to use during the day. Two new uses for it that can help us stay productive in meetings or during important events are setting Do Not Disturb for “Until I leave this location” or “Until the end of this [Calendar] event.” When turned on for “Until I leave this location,” Do Not Disturb will automatically turn off once it detects that you’ve left the location you were at when you turned it on. Similarly, “Until the end of this event” will turn Do Not Disturb off once the meeting you’re in is scheduled to be over. Both of these settings will help us not forget to turn Do Not Disturb off after our important event so we can get calls and notifications again, making it a less stressful option than manual operation.
Every time a notification pops up on our lock screen and lights up the screen, we’re inclined to look at it. This might be nice for important texts or emails, but a sports score or celebrity tweet might not be worth the distraction while you’re trying to be otherwise productive. However, with Notification Tuning, you can choose which apps show up on your lock screen, which ones “deliver quietly” right to the Notification Center for viewing later, or which ones to turn off altogether. Notification Tuning makes notification settings more accessible and easier to change on the fly.
This feature is the most robust – it has both an insight and control component. The insight shows up in the Weekly Activity Summary. You can see exactly how much time you’ve spent on each application and how many times you pick up your phone per hour or per day. Based on your increased awareness, you can then set some controls to help remind you to change your habits, like Downtime and App Limits. When Downtime is turned on, only phone calls and apps that you’ve pre-selected will be available. You can also set App Limits for application categories (social networking, games, etc.). Once the time limit you’ve set for the day is approaching, you’ll get a notification telling you that you’re nearing your daily time limit.
These new features all sound like they can dramatically change our phone usage – we just have to choose to take advantage of the tools Apple is providing, which is often the hardest part!
Questions on your Apple products? We are an Apple Authorized Reseller as well as Repair Center. Whether you need one-on-one training, question or repairs we are here to help. Contact us at (920) 435-5353 or email@example.com!
Written by: Emily Buffington
Emily graduated from St. Norbert College, where she studied computer programming. While working for Thrivent Financial, Emily volunteered at the Green Bay Community Church, during which time she worked mostly with Camera Corner A/V equipment. It was at the Green Bay Community Church where she met Scott Tomashek, who encouraged her to join the Camera Corner Connecting Point team.
Emily was born in Marinette, WI, and moved to the Green Bay area for college. Her brother recently started college in Eau Claire. She met her husband, a UW-Green Bay graduate, in Green Bay and they married in 2016. While they do not currently have any pets, they look forward to getting a dog once they have a place with a fenced-in yard.
While in college, Emily also studied music, and enjoys playing a variety of instruments–especially the oboe. She also enjoys working with graphic design and video production.
In the last couple years we’ve seen a huge change in the amount of network capable devices popping up. Our refrigerators can now have touch screens pushing shopping lists to our phones. It seems every device has a network port or is Wi-Fi capable. Our audio and video equipment is no different.
The talk in the industry has been that sometime in the future AV and IT will converge. It’s not a future dream anymore, it’s here today. I’ve just returned from the InfoComm show sponsored by AVIXA, the main audio visual industry organization. The main product we saw everywhere at the show was video over IP integration. While audio has used the network since the early 90s, this is the first time where large-scale deployment of video is now possible across the network.
The challenge has always been video data sizes. You’ve probably seen 4K high resolutions displays being advertised for some time now. A 4K signal is nearly 20x larger than a standard 1G network connection. Advances in video compression now allow us to transmit 4K video over standard 1G networks as “visually lossless” images. To our eye, we can’t tell the difference between the compressed image and the original image.
What does this mean in everyday use? In a business application, you could have one or two digital signage players sending content to virtually unlimited displays, each with a network video receiver. Classrooms can receive content from any other classroom provided both have a transmitter and receiver. These systems are often more cost effective than traditional matrix-based video systems. Instead of having to purchase a 32×32 video matrix for a bar or restaurant, we can put in the exact number of transmitters and receivers needed. If you want to add a display in the future, just add another receiver.
It’s an exciting time for AV with this full shift to audio and video across the network. As Camera Corner has both AV and Networking teams, you can trust us to build a converged IT and AV infrastructure for your company.
Written by: Scott, Director of AV Design Engineering
His certifications include: CTS; CTS-D; DMC-D; and Certified London Architect.
Scott began at CCCP in January 2007 as an AV Systems Consultant, focusing on Houses of Worship. During Scott’s tenure, his skillset continued to grow and evolve and as a result, he was chosen to be a member of InfoComm’s Standards Committee. He was also chosen to be an Instructor at the 2016 InfoComm Technology Expo. Tomashek
has been instrumental in many projects, and was promoted to Director of AV Design Engineering in 2016. Fun Fact: Scott was formerly a High School Band Director.
May 9, 2018
Camera Corner Connecting Point (CCCP) was announced as a Milestone Platinum Partner, becoming only the second integrator in the state of Wisconsin, and the only integrator solely based in Wisconsin, with Platinum status.
“We are excited to announce this to our customers,” said Security Systems Engineer Scott Wittman. “There are several benefits to becoming a Platinum partner, both to CCCP and to our customers, which makes this a huge win.”
Platinum Partners are defined as having “received the highest level of training and certification in working with Milestone products and are able to offer the full range of Milestone’s product portfolio. They have the experience and skills to handle all projects, regardless of complexity.”
To earn Platinum status, the Physical Security team had to spend numerous hours in classes and studying to test and get certified as Design Engineers, Integration Technicians and Integration Engineers.
“We are proud to confirm Camera Corner Connecting Point as a Milestone Platinum Partner, meaning they have received the highest level of training and certification in design, installation and configuration of a Milestone solution,” said Alex Knapik, Milestone Channel Business Manager. “The technology of surveillance and security is evolving rapidly, and we’re honored for CCCP to work with Milestone and the Open Platform Community to keep their customers ahead of the curve.”
Founded in 1998, Milestone Systems is a world-leading provider of open platform IP video management software (VMS), dedicated to deliver high-quality business video platform software, in which its community of hardware and software partners can integrate its video solutions for security and beyond security purposes. Its objective is to improve its community customers’ organizational processes and safety level through the management, integration and distribution of digital video data.
CCCP is a third-generation IT, AV, Physical Security and VoIP value-added reseller and specialty electronics retailer, serving customers since 1953 throughout Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. CCCP’s mission is to provide the latest in technology, backed by best-in-class customer service and support. With a full staff of engineers, designers, technicians and installers, CCCP expertly serves virtually every area of IT, AV, Physical Security and VoIP. For more information, visit www.cccp.com.
For it to be a productive conversation only one person should talk at a time. If I interrupted you while you were talking it not only would be rude, it would disrupt the conversation we were having and you would have to repeat what you were saying.
It disrupts the conversation in two ways. When I interrupt you, you probably will stop talking once you hear me. Also, while I am talking (interrupting), I’m not listening to you. Wi-Fi is exactly the same. You need to know how to have a proper conversation if you want to be able to give each other information without constant disruptions. One person talks at a time, and everyone else is listening. When that person is done talking, the next person can talk, and everyone listens. The good thing about Mesh Wi-Fi in particular is it communicates like this rapidly and efficiently.
Mesh knows how to have a productive conversation. There are three mesh routers that come with the TP Link Deco. Think of them as your perfect children who always communicate properly and never argue.
These three kids share their devices with each other (phones, laptops, tablets, etc.) and can talk on their own special channel and volume so no one else can hear or interrupt their conversation (technical term: Auto-Channeling).
Each one of your perfect and genetically engineered kids also has three ears and three mouths, all talking and listening in pure harmony with their siblings, making sure to listen, speak and control their volume (technical term: Tri-Band MU-MIMO: Three Radios, Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output).
Your perfect children also have telepathic powers. They can sense where each other are in the house, and they find out where all the devices are through all the walls and obstacles in your house, just so everyone can communicate more efficiently (technical term: Multi-Hop Mesh).
Your children are very courteous as well. When they know where each other are, they know to speak in the direction of their sibling instead of just yelling and hoping they hear you (technical term: Beamforming).
I see you are standing in front of me, I could turn around and just say it louder so you, and everyone else in the store, can hear it, but that would be awkward and unnecessary. Unfortunately, that is what a regular Wi-Fi router does. It talks everywhere because it’s not smart enough to figure out where everyone is. Your current router is playing Marco Polo, it says Marco, but doesn’t move when someone says Polo, it just says Marco again. Mesh is really good at Marco Polo.
Why should you get a mesh network:
Sam is originally from Oconomowoc. Previous to being hired at CCCP, Sam was the IT director at Manawa Schools. In this role he was a jack of all trades, and really desired to be in a position that focused on his interest in IT. He has a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. When he graduated and was hired onto a police department, he was their IT person. Discovering his passion, he got certifications and continued to pursue his career in IT. Sam is excited about working at CCCP to be able to focus on IT, and learn more from our team. He also looks forward to working with both the IT and AV teams. Outside of work, Sam loves sports and of course the Green Bay Packers. He also likes to be outside.
Source: UC Today, click here for the original article
Mitel, a global leader in the world of business communications responsible for more than 2 billion connections worldwide, recently announced the arrival of its rebranded portfolio of onsite and cloud solutions for North America. The updated portfolio comes only a few months after Mitel purchased ShoreTel to help it deliver the broadest range of communication and collaboration strategies to consumers moving forward.
The ShoreTel acquisition allowed Mitel to offer its customers a broader range of choices when it comes to selecting the best path to the cloud.
The integrated and rebranded portfolio for the North American market has been designed to provide simplicity, efficiency and reliability to enterprises and companies across the nation. The flagship solutions delivered to North America include:
For UCaaS customers, Mitel will now be offering “MiCloud Connect”, which is the rebranded form of the ShoreTel Connect CLOUD product, combined with Teamwork and contact centre. What’s more, there’s also “MiCloud Flex,” which is the rebranded MiCloud Enterprise product, with MiCloud Contact Center and MiCollab.
Alongside the flagship products Mitel is bringing to market, the company will also offer a range of onsite and cloud solutions and applications that have helped it to earn its position as a leader in the UC marketplace.
Mitel is already recognized as a UC market leader by the Gartner Magic Quadrant and the number two market share holder for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS). Today, thanks to the recent ShoreTel acquisition and the decision to rebrand a powerful range of exciting UC products, Mitel’s portfolio has never been more competitive.
According to experts, Mitel can now offer its customers a broader range of onsite and cloud strategies designed to help them choose their own path to the cloud depending on the unique needs of their end-users and customers. This means that you can select the flexibility package that suits you, at a time that makes sense for your business.
Today’s businesses in North America are making the move to the cloud more rapidly than ever before to keep pace with other brands in the process of digital transformation. However, it’s important to acknowledge that different companies embrace the cloud environment at different rates. The customers that Mitel is working with today need plenty of choices available to them if they’re going to make confident decisions about their future communication portfolio, and the recent update allows Mitel to offer this versatility on a deeper level.
Content originally posted at: http://www.livedesignonline.com/briefing-room/ashly-audios-nx-series-creates-possibilities-christ-rock-community-church
Courtesy of Live Design Online
MENASHA, WIS.: It was a unique and oddly enviable position for an A/V integrator to be in: Scott Tomashek, director of A/V design engineering at Camera Corner Connecting Point (CCCP) of Green Bay, Wis., was called on to design and install a new sound reinforcement system for a church where he had served as technical director. The church was Christ the Rock Community Church in nearby Menasha, Wis., and Tomashek designed a great system for its 1,200-seat sanctuary with SLS loudspeakers and subwoofers. Because the church already had a DSP unit with Dante™ output, he found the “buffet of possibilities” afforded by Ashly Audio’s nX-Series would give him the power, footprint and Dante interface he needed without wasting money on unneeded DSP.
“I was hired as technical director at Christ the Rock Community Church just after its current building was completed in 2001,” Tomashek said. “We were all excited about a brand-new sanctuary and a brand-new sound system. However, we came to learn that although the sound reinforcement system had great components, they weren’t the right system for the room. The speakers had coverage patterns that were too tight so not everything got covered, and there was weird lobing on top of that. It was rewarding to be on this project because I got to design the system we always felt we should have had from the start.”
Tomashek and the church’s current technical director, Andy Cox, auditioned three loudspeaker/sub systems, settling on the SLS Audio Ribbon line array.
Christ the Rock Community Church recently put in a new sound system in the lobby with a beefy BiAmp DSP, and Cox wanted to use that processor for the sanctuary system, with a Dante feed for the amps.
“I needed an amp that would accept a Dante input but that didn’t have DSP built in – because why spend money on DSP the church didn’t need,” Tomashek asked. “I also needed a high-quality amplifier that would be reliable for the long run. Ashly’s nX-Series of amplifiers was perfect. Ashly’s got the history and the reputation, and I could order amps with Dante and no DSP.”
The system uses nine SLS CPA7600 loudspeakers in a central cluster with two side arrays of eight CPA660 SLS loudspeakers each. Two four-channel Ashly nXe8004 network amplifiers drive the high components of the central cluster and all the components of the side clusters. A more powerful four-channel Ashly nXe1.54 network amplifier drives the low-mid components of the central cluster. A final four-channel Ashly nXe1.54 network amplifier, bridged to form an effective two-channel amplifier, powers two SLS dual 18 subwoofers.
As global cyberattacks persist, cybersecurity is becoming a main focus in the C-suite. Gone are the days where it’s just a concern for IT teams. These rapid, sophisticated attacks across industries have demonstrated that cybersecurity is the responsibility of the entire organization as they seek to avoid the crippling effects associated with data breaches.
This is especially true of finance teams and financial executives. Financial executives are tasked with the job of ensuring consistent fiscal well-being and driving economic growth within their organizations, while determining and avoiding risk factors. Additionally, 38 percent of employees in financial roles claimed CFO as the role responsible for cybersecurity at their organization. To this end, corporate finance teams have to be concerned with, and take ownership of, cybersecurity initiatives within their organizations.
These breaches can result in non-compliance fines and reputational damage that can have lasting effects on the bottom line, with 85 percent of managers at financial institutions stating damage to reputation as the most prominent consequence of a data breach. With GDPR taking effect in May 2018, the consequences of not following regulations and compliance standards will take on a new level of financial and reputational penalties, including damage to the digital trust that you have with your customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.
Due to the various types of monetary transactions and data that go through the finance department – bank account information, money transfers, invoices and more – these teams are prime targets for cyberattacks. As financial executives get proactive about cybersecurity, here are some of the top attack methods and vectors, along with mitigation strategies to consider.
To mitigate the financial risks posed by these and other threats, financial executives should work with leaders and departments across the organization to build a secure environment, both in terms of personnel and IT infrastructure.
One way to do this is to ensure your organization is aware of common cyber threats. Being aware of your own susceptibility to cyberattacks will make your organization more equipped to handle them. Financial executives can do this by having employees participate in cybersecurity training that will make them more cautious when opening emails from unknown sources, or emails that contain suspicious content.
Additionally, executives should encourage IT to administer cyber threat assessments at regular intervals to understand where the business is vulnerable and build defenses accordingly.
With a cyber-aware culture, executives must then ensure that the organization has the proper security architecture in place to detect, isolate, and mitigate any breach in real-time across distributed environments.
By implementing a fabric-based approach to security, organizations can get real-time intelligence of data movement across their network from endpoints to the cloud. The integration of security tools ensures that each solution is up-to-date with the most current threat intelligence, and provides single-pane of glass management.
Finally, financial executives need to make sure there is a clear understanding of which data is the most critical, where that data is stored, and who has access to it. Among the most effective ways to do this is with internal segmentation and access management. Internal segmentation isolates sensitive data behind a special-purpose firewall, ensuring that in the event of a breach this data is not compromised while giving greater visibility into lateral data movement. Access management ensures that only necessary employees are able to access this data, reducing internal threats.
Cybersecurity is no longer just a job for IT teams. With sophisticated attacks that can do permanent damage to an organization’s bottom line, C-level executives, especially in finance, have to take a leading role in cybersecurity initiatives. The most effective way to do this is by building a culture of cybersecurity awareness and ensuring the correct tools are in place to detect and mitigate threats.
Original article published in Global Banking and Finance and can be found here.
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