Welcome WPA3 – WiFi Gets an Upgrade

It’s been nearly 14 years since WiFi (or WPA2) as we know it got a security upgrade.  But now the WiFi Alliance, a standards organization that includes Broadcom, Intel, Microsoft and others, is recommending a badly-needed make-over that will be dubbed WPA3, according to reports.  The new upgrades to WiFi were announced at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) the week of January 7, 2018.

Tehachapi Police Department Installs New Call Center and Enters a New Phase of Technology

When Chief of Police, Kent Kroeger, first came on the job in 2014 at the Tehachapi Police Department, he was determined to make immediate changes and upgrades to station’s IT infrastructure.  At the time, Chief Kroeger said the Tehachapi Police Department or TPD, located in California, was operating without the modern conveniences that other law enforcement agencies were using such as a modern call center or outfitting police vehicles with the latest mobile computers.  In addition, the TPD was outsourcing its dispatch center to another nearby police department – a cost that was becoming prohibitive.

Developing an IT Infrastructure to Fit Your Business Needs  in 2017:  A Discussion with Matt Mayo, CEO, DiamondIT

Today there are many slick commercials and advertisements with smart-looking individuals holding tablets and working away using the newest technology to grow their businesses.  There are slogans suggesting that organizations who procure the latest applications and hardware are the ones that become more productive…more successful.  While these technical ads may be true to a point, there are many organizations in the real world that still struggle to determine the most practical, budget-friendly yet effective IT infrastructure.   Everyone wants to work smarter.  Everyone wants to have a safe and secure network.  But not everyone knows how.

We sat down with Matt Mayo, CEO of DiamondIT, and asked him how businesses and organizations can get the most out of their IT in 2017.  matt-mayo

As a solution provider with offices in Bakersfield and Los Angeles, California, DiamondIT works with a number of businesses and organizations in a multitude of industries from healthcare to education and has great insight into the needs of the business end-user.

Below is part one of Matt’s interview discussing the latest trends in IT for 2017.

The Most Popular Apps Being Downloaded by Professionals: IT Pros Need to Communicate to Ensure Safety and Productivity of Apps

There was a time when employees were told which software and applications to use (and not use) in the office – and regardless of the efficacy of the products, employees worked on software that may not have been updated in years.  Today, there is a growing trend of professionals in multiple industries who wish to download the applications of their choice onto their mobile devices.  Many of these applications can be for traveling, expense reporting, and other duties.

Experts in technology attribute this change in worker’s attitudes to the iPad which made its debut 7 years ago. The iPad “consumerized” technology and gave people a sense of IT-freedom.  HR executives, according to Forbes, say that letting employees have more control over their work tools can be a powerful motivation to work smarter.

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That said, while workers want to choose their apps, many organizations are asking their employees to partner with their IT departments to ensure that the company network and data remain secure.  This is especially important if employees download applications directly onto work-related smartphones, tablets, and laptops.  Companies need to manage their mobile devices and make sure their IT infrastructure can support the application.

The SMB Technology Revolution: Remote Monitoring Helps SMBs to Have the Right IT Support

The SMB technology revolution is in full swing.  Today, more than ever, small to midsized business (SMBs) are finding that technologies once reserved for the deeper pockets of the enterprise, are now accessible and affordable.

For many businesses, the ability to have a cloud-based or on premise infrastructure with all the trimmings — from ample storage and security to applications that can help with the day to day operations — is now a reality. According to ZDNet: “(SMBs) have a seemingly …limitless set of digital options now available …to reach important goals: raise productivity, increase quality, and deliver on customer satisfaction, while also creating a highly competitive and rewarding workplace for our workforce.”