What You Should Know About The Hybrid Cloud

What You Should Know About The Hybrid Cloud

Looking for ways to improve the way you operate your data? Chances are you’ve come across the term “hybrid cloud”.

The hybrid cloud is the combination of a public cloud provider such as Google Cloud, teamed with a private cloud platform that is designed specifically for a single organization. The public and private cloud infrastructures operate independently of each other and communicate over an encrypted connection.

While many reports might have you believing that the hybrid cloud is a relatively new phenomenon, in reality, it’s one of the oldest processes we currently use for controlling our business data in the online world. The moment you start paying for a public cloud service, no matter how small the service may be, you are in a hybrid cloud model. “Hybrid cloud” simply means you’re delivering IT services using more than one hosting model.

What matters most in a hybrid world is the security of your data. In some cases, combining services can add to the safety of your internal data. And in some cases, you can leave yourself wide open for anyone to break into. What determines your success is how you adopt these services and create rules and processes to ensure its success.

The Hybrid Cloud Means Many Providers
In the past, it was easy to try and keep all the control in-house, purchasing software and controlling it on internal databases. With a hybrid cloud, it moves past the all-eggs-in-one-basket approach and moves to finding the right solutions to give your business practices the best advantage. In most cases, that means multiple vendors to gain access to the tools and technology that will benefit you most. Then working with an IT specialist who can help you securely bring them all together for a dynamic approach to controlling all aspects of your business data.

Creating A Single Identity Is Essential
As you set up a hybrid system, multiple vendors are a given. It’s easy to get lost in core benefits of each system as a whole without discovering how they all integrate together to ensure you have a single identity from one system to another. In all cases, a businesses priority is about creating the best user experience possible. That means they seamlessly transition from one platform to another without realizing it in the process. Before you get caught up in the individual details of each platform, ensure they will have seamless transition as you design and develop your overall flow.

Hybrid Always Means Evolving
Businesses never operate in a stagnant environment. Every system they use morphs and changes all the time. The larger your organization, the more difficult that process can be. But the speed of innovation dictates transition plans and quickly identifies weaknesses and areas in need of improvement. It’s not necessary to move everything you use all at once. Instead, it’s important to identify the tipping points of each system and process in your business environment and when it makes sense to move to a new and improved model. Over time, as you discover things that are holding you back, you can find providers that provide the applications that will improve what you do. Incorporate them over time to ensure smooth transition without handing over safety in the process.

How secure is the hybrid cloud system you’re creating for your business?

One Simple Rule To Keep Your Data Safe

One Simple Rule To Keep Your Data Safe

Have you ever received emails from acquaintances that don’t quite make sense? You open them up to find a sentence or two followed by a link that says “click here.” You haven’t spoken with the person in months or even years. You’re not expecting anything from them. Still, you know them.

Do you trust it?

Of course not. By now we all know not to click. And if you ever have, you know what a horrible experience it can be. It can cripple your world very easily, shutting down access to many of the systems you use every day.

  • Your operations are interrupted.
  • Your data gets lost.
  • You suddenly need to upgrade programs and hardware.

And depending on the information exposed, you could face lawsuits, scrutiny from the FTC, and even the shutdown of your business operations.

Being hacked isn’t a fun experience. And most of us say we would do anything to avoid it.

Yet in reality, our actions often fall short of our words. We need to do more. Much more. And it’s really not that difficult.

A report from non-profit Online Trust Alliance found that 91 percent of all data breaches that occurred during the period looked at could have been prevented in easy manners. Things like patching a server, encrypting data, or training employees to act in safer manners overwhelmingly could have stopped most hacks.

A survey of top CIOs from around the world revealed that most company executives blame failed technology initiatives, including data breaches and security problems, on a lack of employee buy-in. That means employees, in general, are slow adapting to new technology, and are equally as slow at using technology in a safe and secure way.

So what does this mean for business owners? It means operating with eyes wide open.  It means spending a little money to ensure the best prevention tools are in place.

It means spending money on patches and upgrades promptly. Upgrades are created to protect you against known threats. The sooner they are implemented, the more protected you will be.

It means having an effective backup plan. It means working with your IT team to ensure all of your data is as safe as it possibly can be.

And it means creating the right insurance policy within your employee base. That means training them over and over again. Your data is only as safe as your staff allows it to be. If they access data incorrectly, or leave you at risk with weak passwords or leaving company hardware in open places, you’ll ultimately pay the price.

Why Your EHR May Have Been Doomed From The Beginning

Why Your EHR May Have Been Doomed From The Beginning

How does your current process work?

Health organizations often start implementing an EHR (electronic health record) system with the best intentions. But somewhere along the way things go awry. And in some cases, it was doomed from the beginning.

EHR systems are intricate, detailed, complex projects that change all the time. No matter when you started implementing, the results have to change to meet your ever-changing needs. And just when you think you have it all figured out, the rules begin to change again.

Start With A Map

From the smallest offices to the largest care centers, the only way to ensure a solid system is to map it out from the beginning. The level of detail your mapping reaches depends on your business requirements and your workflow processes. Where do your employee contacts exist? Where do your client contacts occur? If you don’t proactively account for every component, it can hinder the optimal solution once implementation has begun.

Your Map Helps Select The System

It’s easy to get excited about the “bells and whistles” of a system as you go through a demo. But what seems like a good idea in a demonstration often has little bearing on how it works in the real world. Do the “bells and whistles” even matter to your office? Are they something you’ll ever use? With a fully outlined map in hand, you can evaluate the system for how well it matches your distinct needs.

Design Team

In many busy offices, specific divisions or key players handle the entire process. They plan, they evaluate, they select, they implement, and only then do they discover gaping holes exist in the process. How thorough your map was created depends on who designed the map. How many people were involved? Did you have representation from every aspect? If IT will support it, were they involved in the process? How about office staff? How about clients? While all of this may sound expensive and overwhelming, just think about how much effort it costs to replace a system that never worked correctly from the moment it was installed.

Success with an EHR or another type of enterprise project isn’t by chance. Failure always stems from not planning thoroughly for the entire process. In the vast majority of the time, failure stems from management making decisions in a closed environment, not taking everything into account. The more questions you ask from the beginning, the better your outcome will perform.

Best Tech Gifts To Give And Receive

Best Tech Gifts To Give And Receive

Not sure what gifts to give this year? You can never go wrong when you wrap up technology. We have a few ideas for every member of your family.

Google Home

The stylish Google Home smart speaker is the hot new rival to compete with Amazon’s Echo. It features the AI-powered Google Assistant, which responds to voice commands by tapping into an ultra-advanced neural network. It can play music, answer questions, set timers, and control all of your connected applinces, among other things. Ok Google.


Who says AI technology is just for adults? Cozmo is a real-life robot that has a one-of-a kind personailty that evolves the more you play with him. Powered by a sophisticated artificial intelligence, Cozmo is self-aware and is capable of recognizing its owner and expressing feelings. If you like to dig further into robotics, you can utilize a developer platform to add even more features to Cozmo. This is one gift you may buy for your kids, and find you can’t live without one too.

Roku Express

The ultra-compact Roku Express is the perfect gift for those family members who still haven’t experienced the joy of having smart TV at their fingertips. This gadget will support all major streaming services, as well a multitude of content channels.

Google Wi-Fi

Tired of dealing with spotty Internet connection? Google Wi-Fi makes connectivity easy. Network Assist is intelligent software that is built into Google Wi-Fi to provide you with the fastest possible speed. And because it adds intelligence to the process, it consistently looks for ways to optimize performance.

360 Fly Action Camera

When you can’t get enough of the action, the 360 Fly Action Camera is the perfect addition to help you capture crisp 360 degree footage with a resolution of 2,880 by 2,880 pixels. This little gadget comes with 64 GB of built-in memory, as well as a built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, smartphone app controls, and a GPS antenna, all tucked into a water-resistant shockproof body. You can connect both with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Nomad Key

The Nomad Key is the ultimate minimalist and portable charging cable. This compact, yet fully capable Lightning or Micro cable makes it easy for charging your devices on the go from any USB port.

Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb

This Wi-Fi enabled LED bulb by TP-Link doesn’t require a connectivity hub, so it’s incredibly easy to use. It’s compatible with Amazon Alexa devices, and provides smartphone controls using real-time tracking.

BioLite SolarPanel 5+

The SolarPanel 5+ allows you to capture sunlight and store it as power for later use in its 2200mAh onboard battery. You can power phones, tablets and ore with this ultraslim 5 watt panel. The size and the price make it a perfect addition to every backpack in your family.


Use Google? What’s Your Security Plan?

Use Google? What’s Your Security Plan?

Google. We simply can’t live without it.

It may have started with a search engine, but it’s quickly become so much more.

Gmail – a fast, searchable email program
Drive – a place to keep and share all of your files
Docs – create and edit documents
Sheets – create and edit spreadsheets
Slides – create and edit presentations
Drawings – create diagrams and flow charts

That’s just a few of the many things it has to offer.

But what about the data? Is it safe when you use a Google app, especially when you are at work?

In many cases, it’s safer than your current system.

Google doesn’t own your data. Google admits on their site that it will never belong to them. The data you trust to a Google App is yours, and they believe it should stay that way. That means they take great strides to ensure your data is kept where it belongs. They will never share your data with others. They keep your data as long as you desire. They allow you to use your data how you please, whether it’s using it with external services or stop using Google Apps altogether.

Google keeps your data safe. Your data is stored in Google’s complex network of data centers, which are designed for resiliency and redundancy in mind. This eliminates the risk of a single point of failure, and minimizes the impact of common risks, such as equipment failure or environmental risks. Access to these data centers is limited to only select personnel.

Google keeps data safe from others on the server. If you’ve ever had a site sitting on a shared server, you understand the risks. Google understands that too, which is why it protects all data as if it were on its own server. Unauthorized parties cannot access your data. All accounts are protected to ensure no one can see another user’s data except those authorized for viewing.

Google security is safe enough to meet HIPPA compliance. Under HIPPA, a person’s health information must be protected and classified as Protected Health Information (PHI). Google App customers who are subject to HIPPA and wish to use PHI must sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) with Google.

Think Google may be the perfect way to keep your data organized, secure, and operating freely throughout your organization? We think so too. And we’d be happy to show you just how functional it can make your office.