Wired vs. Wireless Local Area Networks in the Office

October 17th, 2015

Wireless and cordless is everybody’s darling these days. We even wrote an article last year on current Wi-Fi speeds in Dallas. Who doesn’t love the freedom it brings? But there are a few more things to consider when weighing wired versus wireless for your local area office network (LAN). Wired LANs Back in the day, […]

Police Your Company’s Software to Avoid Licensing Disasters

September 27th, 2015

All too often, software license management is an area where many companies procrastinate. In theory, it’s important. But deadlines, anxious clients and bids for new jobs seem so much more pressing. The squeaky wheel gets the grease while the unlicensed software sits mild-mannered and quietly unnoticed, until an auditor pays a visit. Not only do federal […]

Wall Street is Investing in Cyber Security, Are You?

September 3rd, 2015

  The Only Good News in the Cyber Security Industry Six months in and 2015 has already brought headline after headline of security scandals, breaches, hacks and more bad news in the world of cyber security. While 2014 was dubbed the ‘year of the hack’, 2015 unfortunately appears to be a continuation. Motif Investing, an […]

Should You Outsource Your IT Help Desk?

August 27th, 2015

Employees at companies of all sizes dream of hassle-free interactions with technology. But unfortunately, the computer that always starts like a charm, the wireless printer that never jams and the projector that’s devoted to perfect PowerPoints are stuff of fantasy. Everybody needs IT help sooner or later. And usually sooner. Mid-sized and larger companies have […]

How to Do a Cyber Security Audit

August 14th, 2015

The 2015 Global Audit Committee Survey determined that cybersecurity was the fourth biggest concern for a business, after economic and political uncertainty and volatility, regulation and the impact of public policy initiatives and operational risk. Everybody — from CEOs to ordinary consumers — knows about cyber-attacks on major companies like Target and Home Depot. But despite […]

Tips for Forming a Team with IT Contractors

August 14th, 2015

Old-school team building involved pizza lunches, Christmas parties and maybe even the cliché trust game of falling backwards into a coworker’s arms. Nowadays, key team members might be in a different time zone or even another country. Shared pizza isn’t happening, and if your independent IT contractor falls backwards, he or she knows nobody is […]

Staff Augmentation vs. Managed Services

July 29th, 2015

We’ve previously discussed how the definition of managed services has expanded and even causes confusion in the marketplace. Another confusing aspect is the team structure of a managed services firm and how it compares and differs from an IT staff augmentation environment. Difference in Firm Focus Managed Service Providers and Staff Augmentation firms are different […]

Confusion Still Remains Over Managed IT Services

July 22nd, 2015

Like many technology definitions, what becomes a standard understanding of a term, radically shifts and expands as the technology grows. The end result is confusion in the marketplace and for “Managed IT Services”, it’s no different. A recent study by Comptia found adoption of managed IT services is growing, yet confusion over the definition remains […]

How Managed Services Evolved to the Cloud

May 21st, 2015

Your IT infrastructure, services and needs are complicated (nothing new to you, we know, but hear us out). Organizations today have come to expect – even require – services personalized to their exact needs; speed not only in accessing data, but in the ramp up of new services; flexibility in the usage of services as […]

NCC Data Ranked in MSP Mentor

March 28th, 2015

NCC Data, an independent IT consulting company based in Addison, TX has been ranked in the MSPmentor 501, a global ranking of the world’s top 501 managed services providers. NCC Data placed 362 out of 501 Global Managed Service Providers, many with significantly more employees. The MSPmentor 501 ranking and survey, is the premiere list […]