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The Cloud Effect: How Businesses Consume IT

Posted by Eric Kupfer on Mar 14, 2017 11:45:19 AM

It is no secret that the Cloud is changing how businesses think about and consume IT. If your company has not outsourced applications or systems that once resided in-house to a cloud platform, it is likely that it’s only a matter of time.

dreamstime_xl_41319837.jpgCloud-use business cases are constantly changing. Cloud computing is making products and services that used to be complex, expensive or not possible, a reality. This is particularly true in the small to medium sized businesses. In the Midwest, we tend to view trends of all kinds with a healthy dose of skepticism. So the question becomes, “what is driving cloud adoption in our region”?

Outsourcing e-mail and collaboration with Office 365 and Google apps has quickly replaced traditional, on-premises Exchange servers. For every in-house Exchange migration, Network Center, Inc. (NCI) performs three to four cloud migrations. Because this type of outsourcing has become so ubiquitous, we will focus on other areas that public cloud is making gains.

Consider the line of business applications in your environment. In many cases, this might include e-mail and collaboration, an ERP suite such as Dynamics or GP, and perhaps some SQL backend with reporting or business intelligence. Maintaining LoB applications generally requires an investment in hardware and software, high priced support and maintenance contracts and skilled employees to manage the systems. Outsourcing these applications generally allows for greater application resiliency and removes the hardware overhead burden of support and maintenance from internal IT staff. 

After collaboration and line of business applications, business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) is a natural fit for the cloud. Building and maintaining a functional disaster recovery infrastructure has inherent cost and complexity that traditionally required many SMBs to compromise function for economics.

7K0A0603.jpgA surprising number of small businesses struggle with the process of automating and securely transferring backup data offsite without the hassle of removable media or simply maintaining the required amount of backup retention. Other SMBs, particularly financial institutions, are often faced with more robust business continuity requirements.  Building and managing a fully functional DR site may not have been possible. Cloud computing offers solutions that allows companies to leverage a true "pay as you grow" model for both of these scenarios. 

Another traditionally complex issue for IT departments is managing exploding storage growth. A number of things, such as business and application requirements, can cause growth. Consumer cloud storage can also become a growth issue as it gives us the luxury of never having to delete pictures, files, or any other data, making many of us have become “digital pack rats”.

The hardware, applications and expertise needed to manage this growth is complex and expensive. Cloud providers have helped solve this problem with inexpensive storage options and intelligent applications that automatically keep the most accessed data on-premises while archiving less frequently accessed information on progressively cheaper cloud based storage. 

With online e-mail, collaboration, file sharing and hosted line of business applications, some businesses are successfully transitioning to an entirely hosted infrastructure. This is especially appealing in companies with small, distributed or highly collaborative work forces.

While these may be primary drivers to the cloud for companies in our area, it is only a tiny fraction of what is possible. What the cloud computing trends might mean to your company is a highly individualized answer. There is no "correct" path through this IT transition. Finding the path and the pace of adoption of this new technology is the key.

At Network Center Inc., we realize the impact this technology is having on our industry and we are adapting to it. Our methodology for designing solutions is changing. We look forward to a consultative approach with our customers to help them find the correct path and solutions for their company. We position ourselves as the experts on several cloud platforms and are excited about the opportunities that our customers now have available. 

Oftentimes, moving forward requires change. The transition from servers and applications hosted in-house to web based applications may have a steeper learning curve for end users compared to server virtualization or other industry pivots that required companies to reimagine the status quo. However, it can be a rewarding experience for end users and IT admins once the growing pains subside. 

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Topics: Cloud computing, Cloud Services, Cloud Solutions, Cloud

Your Information, Their Cloud

Posted by Tyler Voegele on Sep 18, 2014 3:30:00 PM

CloudServerBy now, you've probably heard a lot about the cloud and how most of our private data is soon going to be stored there. Be forewarned, 'the cloud' will be used many times in the following article. If you aren't sure what 'the cloud' is yet exactly let me explain it to you simply. When we talk about 'the cloud' it really is just a collection of servers that store data somewhere that is not residing in your physical location. That's it. Nothing fancy floating up there in the sky, other than actual real clouds. The number of people entering information into the cloud increases each year by a fascinating amount. Everything we do might soon be stored in servers around the US or even other parts of the world. Some of our mobile devices already automatically sync our data to cloud services such as Apple's iCloud. Our PCs and documents are now also making the move to cloud services and why wouldn't they? It is an easy, no-hassle way to store our information safely and securely, or so we think.   

We trust our personal and work data completely with companies providing these cloud solutions, but just how secure are these companies keeping our personal information? You've most likely heard of numerous security breaches with multiple companies which almost seems like a common occurrence. Data privacy legislation proceeds in a tempo that is unable to keep up with the speed of our technological process. You'll find it hard to get any universal rules or laws that could be applicable to any cloud services legally binding companies to uphold standards to protect us. So, what must we accept if we are going to store our data in the cloud?   

password security1. Passwords can be hacked. This isn't something new that you've probably heard. Security professionals have long been shaking their proverbial finger at us for a long time. People who want to obtain our information will use a dictionary and brute force attacks to hack our passwords. You will have to think of a strong password that can easily beat these attacks but also keep you sane from having to remember a 25 character mess. (More on this below.)  

2. Data can be captured en route. Fortunately, most cloud services encrypt data while it's going to and from their site, making it impossible to read even if someone were to obtain the files while in transit. Still, if you are using a cloud service in the web, make sure that you have "https" instead of "http" in front of the URL in your browsers address bar. Secure HTTP or HTTPS ensures you that the site you are currently using should be sending files...you guessed it, securely.  

3. Data breaches can happen. The data breach at Target, resulting in the loss of personal and credit card information of up to 110 million individuals, was a recent theft that took place during the normal processing and storage of data. People can sometimes get access to data, and what we store in the cloud is susceptible to whatever security practices companies currently have in place.  

4. Data loss can also happen. A data breach is the result of a malicious and probably intrusive action, and data loss may occur when disk drives die without the company having created a backup or having reliable redundancy. Small amounts of data were lost for some Amazon Web Service customers who suffered "a re-mirroring storm" due to human operator error in April 2011, showing that data loss could occur un-intentionally or intentionally in the event of a malicious attack.  

5. Denial of Services can stop you from obtaining your data. The assault by hundreds of thousands or millions of automated requests for service has to be detected and screened out before it ties up operations, but attackers have improvised increasingly sophisticated and distributed ways of conducting the assault, making it harder to detect which parts of the incoming traffic are the bad traffic versus legitimate users. This leaves you without access to your data and sometimes they shut down the service for an unknown amount of time to fix the problem.  

6. There could be malicious insiders. With the Edward Snowden case and NSA revelations in the headlines, malicious insiders might seem to be a common threat. If one exists inside a large cloud organization, the hazards are magnified. We must rely on the company to have practices in place to protect us, or have encrypted data to protect us from theft.    


We can break these problems down into 3 simple questions. Is my data securely stored? Is my data safe from outside intruders/attacks, and also protected from other tenants in the cloud service? Is my data protected from the cloud provider themselves or government officials trying to collect corporate server data? These are very important questions to ask our providers. The real question is, how can we protect ourselves from what almost seems like an inevitable breach in our personal data we store in the cloud?  

1. Read up about where you are storing your information. Every cloud provider has different guidelines and security about how they store your data. You wouldn't want your important or sensitive data stored in someone’s garage server would you?  They should even state whether or not they comply with government gathering data. Most big companies are cracking down on security measures and offer many ways to protect you such as two-factor authentication. I always recommend the extra step in enabling two-factor authentication. It may seem like a hassle, but if security is important to you then this step is a must.  

2. You need to get serious about passwords. Yes, yes, you've heard it one thousand-trillion-infinity times, but it's still a problem! The reason people lose sensitive and important data is almost always related in some way with weak passwords. Even worse, many people use the same password for multiple accounts making them even more vulnerable with cloud services. My favorite XKCD comic shows us how we've been creating our passwords all wrong. Creating a long password such as "correcthorsebatterystaple" is very easy to remember, but for a PC to guess it is very difficult. Obviously, simplicity is what we are going for, (Which is why most of us use the same "strong" password for many accounts.) so try to correlate your passwords with your service. You want to create a password in Google Drive cloud storage for your accounting documents? What about, "storagedocumentsaccountingworkgoogle." See? Easy as pie.

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3. Encrypt your data before sending it to the cloud. Encryption is, so far, the best way we can protect our data. Encrypting our data before we send it to our cloud storage is often the safest solution in many of the cases we made above. This way if someone was to obtain the data they would not be able to read the contents.  

4. Use an encrypted cloud service. This may not always be an option and there isn't many options as of late. The cloud provider in some way should provide local encryption and decryption of your files in addition to storing and backing them up. This means that the service takes care of both encrypting files on your computer and storing them safely in their cloud infrastructure. This way not only would intruders not have access to data, but also neither would the service providers or administrators.  

The bottom line is we need to think about where we are storing our data and how comfortable we are with storing it in sometimes less than reputable places. Whether we like it or not data is slowly migrating to cloud infrastructure in many businesses, but we also have a choice to choose what we do to protect ourselves and our data.   

Are you a candidate for cloud services? Are you currently using cloud services? How safe is your data? Contact NetWork Center, Inc. to talk to one of our engineers about your cloud services.

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Topics: NetWork Center Inc., Data Backup, Protection, Cloud computing, Security Technologies, IT Consulting

Building Applications in the Cloud

Posted by Joe Dunnigan on Jan 10, 2014 3:00:00 PM

smart phone application development 1 resized 600In the traditional application development lifecycle, your development team and server infrastructure team tend to be two distinct entities. Developers write code in their environment, then provide application and database files to the deployment team to push to staging and production servers. The two teams work together to define application requirements for the server infrastructure, which is then built to those specifications. The ability for a developer to quickly and easily provision hardware resources for testing application deployment and usage scenarios can be difficult and cumbersome. Iterating through design and runtime requirements can be a tricky process, and changes can be difficult to implement.

Planning for real world use of your application, and building your app to scale easily, requires planning from the beginning of development to ensure you can take advantage of scaling web servers, database servers, and the various other resources that make your app run.

Enter cloud computing resources and tailored cloud development environments. In recent years, a number of services that allow quick provisioning of compute resources have become available. These services provide an abstracted layer that allows application code to be quickly and easily deployed to managed platforms without worrying about underlying server structure. They are removing a layer of complexity that allows developers to quickly prototype and deploy their applications with immediate results.

For the purpose of this article, I will explore a few well-known cloud development platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Google App Engine. Each service provides various functionality that you can utilize to quickly prototype your application and shorten time to market.

aws resized 600Amazon Web Services is now a well-known platform with many different uses. Some of the biggest names in online services, such as Netflix, run their services on the Amazon cloud. For application development, AWS allows a developer to spin up server resources in minutes, or deploy pre-defined application environments to cover scalable web, storage and database needs. AWS also includes a free usage tier for new subscribers. If you have an Amazon account (or even if you don't), you can head over to http://aws.amazon.com and sign up for AWS. After sign up, you can create a new micro instance web server that you can run free for a year.

If you would like further abstraction on your Amazon cloud environment, you can deploy a preconfigured cloud setup with AWS Elastic Beanstalk and deploy your application code through GIT, or using tools in your development environment, such as Eclipse or Visual Studio. This allows you to concentrate more on your code and less on a server environment. Elastic Beanstalk supports applications written in Java, .NET, Node.js and more.

windowsazurelogo resized 600Windows Azure is still a new platform to some, but has been around long enough that getting started is a simple process and integrates well with your development environment. Visual Studio includes a number of integrations to allow rapid deployment to Azure, and you can opt for preconfigured scalable environments, or simple server instance configurations that you can manage on your own. Azure should be a consideration if you are developing a .NET or similar Windows server-based application.

gce resized 600Google has only recently made its Compute Engine service available that is built on the same infrastructure that powers Google's services. It is not as feature-rich as Amazon, but provides excellent API resources and competitive pricing. It’s a cloud platform to watch.

Far more interesting from Google's offerings is Google App Engine. The App Engine does the best job of abstracting hardware and compute resources from the developer, allowing application code to be quickly deployed to the App Engine environment, and taking care of all application, storage and database scaling in a completely transparent manner. In addition to scaling compute resources, App Engine pricing scales with the number of uses on your app, making it ideal for startups wanting quick and cost-effective options for getting their app to market. Snapchat and Rovio (Angry Birds) are just two examples of well-known startups that are taking advantage of Google App Engine to power their apps.

googleAppEngineLogo resized 600Getting started with Google App Engine is also quite painless. You can test drive the service at the Cloud Playground in a number of languages, and can test your app for free, as long as you stay under daily quota limits. Google provides plugins to popular development environments, such as Eclipse, to assist in deployment and utilizing App Engine APIs. This makes building Google Web Toolkit and Android applications even easier, as these features are part of those platforms' toolsets.

There are certainly many options available to today's developer, and more arriving every day, but evaluating a few and determining if they are a good fit for your team should be at the top of your to-do list for 2014. If you're a startup and looking to get your app out to market, then this will likely be the path you choose. Contact NetWork Center, Inc. if you have any questions.

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Topics: Mobile Apps, Application Development, Developers, Cloud computing

Top 10 Reasons to Attend nVision 2013 Technology Conference

Posted by Jon Ryan on Nov 25, 2013 5:03:00 PM

nVision 2013 technology conferenceIf you haven’t decided whether or not you’re attending our nVision Technology Conference this year, here are 10 reasons why you should:

#1 Discuss "Future of Technology"

Meet other IT leaders and business owners from the area and learn more about the Future of Technology. Find out how they have leveraged new technology in order to prepare for the future.

#2 Keynote Speakers from the area’s Top IT Leaders

Attend keynote sessions from 3 of the area’s top companies through the eyes of their IT Leaders. Is your company on the same track for success?

#3 Learn about Next Generation Network Security

Learn about current and future network security trends, and what new technologies are on the horizon to secure your network.

#4 Get Inside the Mind of a Hacker

Find out why hackers target business and how you can protect your intellectual property and other corporate assets. Discover what hackers want, how to keep them out, where they come from, what motivates them and what your best defenses are against them.

#5 Lost in the Cloud?

Get the real information about cloud services and see what’s right for you. Join us to learn more about what “the cloud” means, how our customers are using it, and the decisions that drove them to leveraging the cloud for their business.

#6 Heard of CryptoLocker?

It’s here and hitting companies left and right. Find out what you can do to protect yourself from the data crippling CryptoLocker, the latest in Ransomware.

#7 HIPAA and IT

Are you in compliance? Compliance with government regulations is a priority for healthcare, financial and government organizations. Find out what’s important and what it takes to keep you in compliance.

#8 Mobility 101 - What you Need to Know

Are you managing your mobile task force of devices? Learn how to keep control of your company data when it leaves your office through mobile devices.  

#9 B2B Communication in a Mobile World

It’s not just about checking your email remotely anymore. Now it’s about running an Enterprise level business from the palm of your hand. Find out how to maximize your productivity through mobility.

#10 Network with other Regional Companies

nVision provides a great atmosphere to discuss current topics and technologies with other business people in the area. Meet new people and make connections with other companies from the area.

Experience the excitement and networking opportunities as industry leaders talk about the future of technology and what it means for your business at the 2013 nVision Technology Conference! Register today by click on the register button below. 

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Topics: Technology Solutions, NetWork Center Inc., Mobility, technology training, Cloud computing

Top 5 Technology Trends for 2013

Posted by Brett Anderson on Jan 11, 2013 2:45:00 PM


As most technology leaders have already seen, Gartner released what they believe to be the Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends for 2013. It is a good read and if you have not already looked at it, I would definitely recommend it. 

2013 tech trends

I cross-referenced the 2013 list with the 2012 Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends list (found here), and noticed quite a bit of overlap, which is not surprising given both lists are intended to be strategic and not tactical. This got me thinking – in our area, what can we really expect to see in 2013? I thought it would be helpful to share my ideas on what 2013 will bring, based on what I have learned from my customers and peers at NetWork Center, Inc. More of a “rubber meets the road” list for 2013 than the Gartner list.

1. Core Infrastructure is Still Critical 
Nothing on my list or the Gartner list works without a well-maintained, efficient and secure infrastructure. From servers to desktops, routers and switches to wireless networks, you need these pieces to make everything else perform.

mobile devices2. Mobile Devices! 
No surprise here, but more specifically:

  • More smartphones will be in the hands of employees and customers – how will you use this to drive service, revenue and efficiency?
  • Customers expect a self-service tailored web experience on their mobile devices. How does your site look from a smartphone or tablet? Can web visitors learn more about you, contact you, request information and gain the confidence they need to start working with your business?
  • Apps for employee productivity. Now that most people have tablets and smartphones, and in many cases, business are paying for a portion of them, what are you doing to drive productivity from your workforce?
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM). With employees having corporate resources available on their devices (email, apps, VPN), the risk when a device is lost is greater than ever before. We recommend to our clients an MDM solution that proactively secures devices, has centralized management, streamlines support and makes monitoring easy. Are you protected?

social media3. Social Media 
I suspect more businesses start to utilize Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and LinkedIn this year. To date, most companies I work with do not have an online social strategy and are uncertain on how to engage customers and drive revenue with social media. Does your company have a social media strategy in place?

4. Data is a Differentiator 
Every business collects information on their customers. What do you do with it? Do you analyze it, mine it, and act on it? What are they buying, what corollaries can be drawn, how do you act on this? If you can successfully understand the buying habits, you can align your sales team with your customer’s needs.

cloud computing datatrend5. Cloud Hybrid
I don’t believe there will a massive, ‘all or nothing’ shift to online storage and processing, but we are working with clients to create more of a balanced approach of local apps, storage and processing along with more cloud-based hosting for sites, data, applications and processing.

Beyond 2013 I expect there to be a bigger focus on Google Apps and their Office-like suite of tools – more on this to come, but as one of my customers said, “I spend $400 on a new desktop and $400 for an Office license”. The reality is that 95% of users don’t need the power of Office Professional. Google Apps (and Office 365 for that matter) provide attractive alternatives.

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Topics: Technology Solutions, NetWork Center Inc., Mobile Device Management, Cloud computing

What You Need To Know About Cloud Computing

Posted by Ric Todd on Oct 17, 2012 2:05:00 PM

Cloud computingThere I was, on the way home from a trip to New York for business last week, I happened to look out the window and notice below me clouds. I thought to myself as we flew along, wow those aren't just the fluffy things that produce rain, gray days, and soon enough snow...that is where IT all is. That's what the entire hubbub is about. But I don’t see anything that would leave me to believe the worlds computing power is converging in this nebulous mist.  No giant monitor in the sky. I don't see an incredibly long network cable plugged into it. There's NOTHING to let on this is where it's all happening.   

Removing the tongue from my cheek, the cloud can be no less mysterious than the ridiculous previous point. It seems these days, if it isn't cloud, it isn't legit. Not helping the confusion is the fact that many of the companies who profit from the buzz are dumping tons of money into coming up with new acronyms your business simply can't live without. Now you have a recipe for confusion.   

For a short period, I will attempt to be your meteorologist with a hopefully higher success rate.

If you are a business, you are no doubt spending money on technology. I am here to tell you, though you may not spend less, you can get MORE. 

Why? Someone else has made a very sizable investment in infrastructure, cooling, security, and facilities. You would never want to spend that kind of money (or maybe you do and this article is not for you). You, YES YOU, have the ability to rent a portion of those resources. For a fraction of the cost of implementing this yourself, you are able to take advantage of someone else's really expensive redundancy and security. 

cloud computing devicesWhat's more, in a lot of these scenarios, you have less direct responsibility for the maintenance of the underlying systems than you would with your own infrastructure. The good news from this: fewer surprises, more uptime, more consistency, more security. Translation: fewer things getting in the way of you doing what you should be doing - focusing on your business.   

We see the adoption of one (or a hybrid) of these three deployment scenarios:

1) SaaS: Software as a Service

  • A single software piece moved into the cloud such as email, document processing, CRM, ERP, etc.
  • Microsoft Office365 is a great example of SaaS.  Including the Microsoft Office application suite such as Access, Excel, Word, etc.  

Advantage: One major advantage of using SaaS is while it doesn’t go away completely; the need for ongoing technical skills is reduced. Once your application need is implemented, there is generally very little overhead needed for ongoing support.

Disadvantage: Relinquishing control. It’s not as simple to pick up a phone or send an email to make a change or get the on-demand support you may be used to up until now.

2) IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service

  • Offers the balance of having some control while leveraging someone else's sizable investment in redundant, secure, and highly available systems.
  • In this instance, you rent “virtual hardware” and deploy your own servers and their relative roles and applications. You share medium, storage, memory, etc.

Advantage: Generally speaking the costs associated with IaaS aren’t cheaper than your owned infrastructure. However, your costs are more predictable. You don’t have to worry about replacing hardware when it fails or upgrading that underlying hardware layer when it becomes obsolete. You still have to ensure your OS layer and upward is patched and secure.  

3) Private Cloud:

  • A Private cloud comes at a premium, and it should.  It's the private jet of the Cloud world. And much like a private jet, businesses often find the customization and flexibility of dedicated infrastructure necessary.
  • You want to take advantage of highly redundant power, cooling, internet paths, and even security but don’t want to make the investment. 
  • Perhaps due to regulatory needs your data must reside in its own storage domain and can’t afford to run across shared medium. 
  • You maintain control, you have your own hardware sitting in that datacenter but everything is cordoned off so there is no doubt you are a separate entity. 

Caveats: There are always caveats to things. Here is a short list of things I have run into:

  • Do you have a really dependable internet option? You may even want to consider multiple internet options. This internet connection is the lifeline to your infrastructure. If you don’t have a reliable connection to the outside world, this may not be a good option for you, yet.
  • There is a misconception that moving to the cloud is cheaper than owning your own infrastructure. In most cases, this is simply not the accurate. In fact, Cloud migrations I have been a part of are usually about equal to the previous annual IT spend. Remember, you get more bang for your buck. In many cases, businesses have the misconception that their infrastructure is highly resilient and redundant when it fact it is not. And why shouldn’t they? That stuff drawing power and making all that noise is expensive. It’s even more expensive when it doesn’t do what you thought it would and your business is unable to do what it needs to do for a few hours or even days.
  • Control. As mentioned briefly before, to some degree you lose control. Maybe it’s not as easy to request a restore. Maybe it takes a bit longer to create a new vlan. Maybe it’s justCloud Computing key the inconvenience of not being able to walk down the hall into the server room.

The bottom line is this: If you are near the end of your hardware life or even close and considering upgrading your infrastructure, drop us a line. In this day and age, there is no reason you shouldn’t at least be considering moving some of your business to the cloud, as mercurial as it may seem. 

 

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Topics: Technology Solutions, NetWork Center Inc., Cloud computing

Applying Technology To Solve Business Challenges

Posted by Brett Anderson on Sep 22, 2012 7:00:00 AM

It’s an eye opening and humbling experience to tell the story of your company. Earlier this month The Forum spent time with some of the leaders of NetWork Center, Inc. to talk about technology, our record of employee retention and what we expect in the future. The Forum did a wonderful job telling this story, but we thought we could elaborate on the future of technology with this blog. 

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” – Albert Einstein

Ben CarlsrudIt’s often said that business success can be tied to your ability to predict change and adapt quickly. Over the past 10 years we’ve seen an evolution in technology that’s changed the way everyone does business. From e-commerce to more powerful mobile phones and the popularity of tablet computers, the successful companies are those that have embraced change and adapted quickly. Two examples to consider: 

  • Where was Apple 10 years ago? How well did it predict the market and its consumers?  Has it paid off? 
  • In contrast, how has the automotive industry faired in the past 10 years?  Specifically, how would you describe the rollercoaster General Motors has been on?
  • How is your business reacting to the changes in the market place?  Are you leveraging technology and these changes to secure your future?

For many years NetWork Center, Inc. has been a regional leader in core technologies which are at the heart of the changes in the market place. This is a difficult concept to understand, but it’s important if you want to evolve with the future. The core technologies – or what we refer to as “traditional” offerings – include the servers, switches and routers, phones and connectivity. Our success over the past 25+ years is based on our deep understanding of how they all come together to make up the core infrastructure.

So how does this help our customers adapt in the future?

Connectivity and core infrastructure isn’t going away any time soon – this technology backbone is what makes all the “new” technology possible. From social media to tablets and smart phones to the Cloud – they all rely on the “traditional” core infrastructure at some level. We’re building on this proven track record of “traditional” offerings with experience in more forward-facing technologies:

  • Mobile Device Management and advisement.  We’re the only local reseller and provider of MaaS360, the leading solution to help manage and secure mobile devices and tablets.
  • We’re the only Certified Apple Consultants in the region.
  • We’ve developed mobile applications for Android and iOS.
  • We‘ve developed feature-rich and robust solutions based on Google Apps.
  • We’ve designed and deployed hybrid solutions that leverage our customers’ local software, remote locations and Cloud based storage and computing.

“Computers are useless.  They can only give you answers.” – Pablo Picasso

Twenty years ago this was what most people thought.  But doesn’t it still hold true?  Computers and technology and all the “traditional” pieces mentioned earlier are just the means to an end. Without the intelligence that Albert Einstein talks about, the core technology itself isn’t very useful. You need smart people who understand business, understand challenges and can apply the technology appropriately to make your business better.

This is what Network Center, Inc. does. We have passionate, intelligent people who listen to your concerns and partner with you on solutions. From the core infrastructure and “traditional” technology to all of the new challenges technology brings. We can help you adapt to the changing landscape and take advantage of opportunities the future holds. 

Contact us to talk about your business –we’d love the opportunity to share our knowledge with you and help map out your future! 

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Topics: Technology Solutions, Mobile App Development, Mobile Device Management, Cloud computing, Apple Certified Network Consultants, Managed Services

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