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Techie Resolutions: Making your IT better…

By jjrosen|January 20th,2020|IT|No comments

Tech Solutions for 2020 from Atiba from our Tennessean column…

Like most people, I have made and failed at many a New Years resolution.  Each year I promise myself to exercise more and eat less.   I resolve to read more books and watch less TV.  And some years I commit to spend more “me time” before quickly realizing I have no idea what that even means.

These lofty goals generally fade for me by mid-January when the holidays have faded, and my daily routine kicks back in.   I’d like to say I have a sense of disappointment in my inability to keep my annual resolutions, but honestly by February I have forgotten what I had promised to do—I guess ignorance is bliss.

This year, I decided to get real.

Instead of making myself empty promises, I figured I would focus on smaller, more practical changes that would allow me to be more efficient and less stressed.   As an IT consultant, I went with what I know—optimizing the technology I use to make life better.

I call it my “New Year’s Techie Resolutions”– practical, achievable technology to-do’s that I want to accomplish in 2020.

Here’s the list I came up with:

  • Live completely in the cloud. Most of my Word docs, Excel files, and photos are stored on Microsoft OneDrive.  I use this as my cloud-based file server so I can get to any file I need from any device (laptop, phone and iPad).   But I still end up with a few things stored locally on my computer or phone.   No more –  in 2020 I will be sure every file I need is stored in my cloud drive.
  • Making the tech I use more secure. Here and there I have turned off security features that slowed me down.  More security usually equates with less convenience, but the tradeoff is worth it.  Double-checking that 100% of  my data is encrypted, all of my passwords are unique and strong, and that I have multi-factor-authentication (requiring a texted code to in addition to a password) for any web-based services I use will help me sleep at night.
  • Upgrading my laptop. Since I am a cheapskate, I tend to wait until my computer fails before buying a new one.   I have learned the hard way that you are better off upgrading every 2 years.    My plan is to be less cheap and more efficient – and buy a new laptop before month’s end.
  • Setting up “Data Loss Prevention (DLP)” on my email. This is a new security technology that uses AI (artificial intelligence) to block any confidential information from accidently leaving my email box.  If I ever accidently send an email with my SSN or credit card number, DLP will warn me before the email leave my outbox.  Some doctor’s offices are beginning to use it in order to be sure no patient information is ever sent out inadvertently. Financial institutions are starting to implement DLP to enforce privacy policies.   I have resolved to get this up and going at our company by March.
  • Upgrade from two to four monitors. If you have ever used two monitors, you know how much productivity you can gain. I resolved to order a laptop docking station that supports four screens so I can get more done when sitting at my desk.

The good and bad of technology is that it’s always changing.    With tech integrated into nearly every facet of our lives, keeping up with it all can be daunting.  But strategically implementing tech resolutions even when small is worth it.  Happy techie 2020!

JJ Rosen is the founder of Atiba. A Nashville software development and IT consulting firmVisit www.atiba.com or www.cabedge.com for more info.

 

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Nashville AWS Consulting Services

By jjrosen|March 7th,2018|Uncategorized|No comments

Amazon’s Cloud (AWS) is over Nashville.

This is a good thing.

Not only are we thrilled to have Amazon in Nashville, but we also know that many businesses are taking making the move to the cloud and choosing Amazon Web Services. Here at Atiba, we’re big fans of AWS and can help you get set up, provide consulting, and support.

Looking for your AWS consulting partner? Reach out to us today for a free quote or any questions that you may have.

Nashville’s AWS Consulting Leader

We want to make sure that you’re not only comfortable using AWS, but you’ll be able to find plenty of success. Amazon Web Services is packed with plenty of services that, at first, can be a bit overwhelming. But, that’s why we’re here to help.

Here’s what we can help you with/

Managed Services

We offer remote monitoring, 24/7 assistance, security auditing, and more to help manage the cloud. If you have a question or need assistance, we’ll get back to you within one business day to solve your problem.

This will allow you to focus on what’s most important: your business. We can handle all the geeky, tech items while you worry about your business operations.

Migration

If you’re not yet on the cloud or are looking to change, we can help you take care of that. We’ll help lay out a strategy for your migration, test everything out, and document everything along the way. We’ve worked with small businesses to enterprise-level businesses and we can help your business migrate.

Security

What good is using the cloud if it’s not secure? We take security seriously and know that any breach is going to cost your company money, customers, and time to fix. We offer regular maintenance, patching, and proactive measures to ensure your business is protected.

In addition, we run regular tests to gauge your system’s vulnerability as well as regular security audits.

Our Favorite Things About Amazon Web Services

It’s Easy to Use

Cloud services aren’t always the easiest things to understand, but AWS is easy to use. One of the things we hear the most is that AWS is easy to use, especially for those who don’t consider themselves tech geniuses.

AWS is very organized, user-friendly, and has a clean and simple design that doesn’t make it overly confusing.

It helps that AWS is coming up on two decades of existence, meaning that they’ve had plenty of time to refine their interface and iron out any kinks along the way.

There may be a slight learning curve at the beginning, but we can help with that too.

Top-Notch Speed

Amazon Prime prides itself on delivering packages in no time and one of AWS’ calling cards is boasting the same kind of speed. AWS outperforms other cloud services such as Oracle when it comes to speed.

Users are able to get right into the system and begin working with almost zero downtime.

Options to Scale

AWS was made to work for everyone. Huge, multinational companies like GE make use of AWS but it also has options to scale down to small businesses with less than five employees.

Another bright spot with AWS is the option to scale your payment. In the past, companies were forced to buy a pre-determined amount of storage. Smaller companies were often finding themselves spending money on data they were never going to use.

AWS has adjusted their payment options and you can measure and scale how much data you’ll need for your company. If you find you’re paying too much or too little, you can easily make a change.

If you’re looking to dig more into pricing, AWS has a cost estimate calculator where you can fill out company details and find a proper estimate.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an AWS consulting partner, then we are ready to help. With years of proven experience and a team of dedicated experts ready to help, we can assist with any AWS issue you may be having. Reach out to us today!

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Nashville Cisco Engineer: A Day in the Life

By jjrosen|December 20th,2014|Atiba Behind the Scenes,Cisco,Client Services,Connectivity,IT,Security|No comments

As part of Atiba’s Day in the Life series each of our engineers has been keeping a journal of what they do on a typical work day.

Welcome to the behind the scenes of working as a Cisco consultant for Atiba out of our home office in Nashville:

7:00 am  – Heading out to a client’s office in Bowling Green, KY.   Starbucks in hand, going to setup a VPN

8:45 am – Quick meeting with the IT director, we went over plans for setting up their Cisco VPN,  reviewed Visio diagram I did yesterday

9:01 am – Backing up existing config

10:15 am –  Done!   Was actually a pretty easy one.  Client was using Sonicwall VPN before, was working fine but was ready for an upgrade so they decided to go with Cisco with their new routers and switches.   So with relatively clean install this one was easier

1:00 pm  – Back in Nashville, at desk at Atiba office.   Starting to put project plan together for a Cisco to Amazon EC2 VPN for one our clients we have been migrating to the Amazon cloud.  Have only done one of these before,  going to do a practice run this afternoon to make sure all will work before going onsite to client office.

1:30 pm – Test lab version working fine.   Ready to go!

3:30 pm – Cisco to Amazon EC2 VPN live.    Pulling in one of Atiba’s Microsoft guys to configure SQL Server over the VPN.   Goal is to connect internal application to SQL Server hosted on Ec2.

6 pm – taking a break!

8 pm – Some lite studying for Cisco certification updates…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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