Ottawa IT Articles & Technology Tips

Thinking about adding remote workers to your team?

Thinking about adding remote workers to your team?

4 Problems with Remote Working and 4 Ways to Overcome Them I love the idea of working remotely. It’s a convenient solution for a variety of personal issues, ranging from lack of transportation to reduced physical mobility. And hiring remote workers is good for business.  Studies show that remote workers are more productive, and it […]


The Canadian Government Says High-Speed Internet is Essential. 

The Canadian Government Says High-Speed Internet is Essential. 

As a business owner in Canada, the Internet is crucial to our operations, productivity and success.  How important is the Internet to you? Would you go as far to say that it’s essential for a decent quality of life? Thankfully, the lawmakers in Canada believe it is. Food, shelter, clothes, and a high-speed broadband Internet […]


Write “Killer Content” for Your Website—7 Tips

Write “Killer Content” for Your Website—7 Tips

“Content is king.” This is an old expression dating back to 1996 (ancient history where the Internet is concerned).  This point was repeated in an article by Bill Gates. Gates tells us where he believes the Internet is heading, and stressed the importance of using quality content in posts. He predicted that content creation would […]


Run Better Email Campaigns With Microsoft Connections

Run Better Email Campaigns With Microsoft Connections

Not happy with your online marketing results? Maybe Microsoft Connections can put your small business on the fast track to online marketing success. I am sure you have heard it said before, but you may have doubted the truth behind the statement. So let me tell you one more time, and this time you better […]


Outlook Gets a Redesign on iOS and Android

Outlook Gets a Redesign on iOS and Android

Outlook has been redesigned to take advantage of the capabilities of mobile platforms, with new features introduced for iOS and Android smartphones and devices.   Depending on audience and demographic, 20% to 75% of emails will be opened by mobile users. It’s understandable that Microsoft is now focusing on iOS and Android platforms for Outlook upgrades […]


Transform Your Business With The Right Technologies

Transform Your Business With The Right Technologies

There are three types of technologies that every business needs if they want to transform, grow, and achieve new levels of success.   Technology has been at the forefront of business development for decades. However, as technology has begun to advance more rapidly, so too has the need for nearly instantaneous business transformations. Across the […]


5 Ways Technology is Changing Business

5 Ways Technology is Changing Business

Technology is changing the way businesses operate and connect with prospects; how will innovation change your business?   The self-driving, ride-sharing car, robots that replace humans when it comes to not only manual labor but the inputting and processing of data and even the ability to build an entire home in 24 hours or less using 3D printing. These […]


How Harley Davidson Used Predictive Analytics to Boost Sales in New York

How Harley Davidson Used Predictive Analytics to Boost Sales in New York

Harley-Davidson managed to turn their fortunes around by making use of predictive analytics. Here is a detailed analysis of how they made it work.   Asaf Jacobi was selling one or two Harley-Davidson motorcycles a week at his New York dealership. One day during winter, he decided to take a walk in Riverside Park and […]


What to Do If Your Company is Being Held Hostage by Ransomware

What to Do If Your Company is Being Held Hostage by Ransomware

Ransomware is a crippling, vicious attack with devastating consequences for corporations and small business owners alike. What steps should you take if your company is being held hostage by ransomware? Ransomware has become a global threat, attacking some of the world’s largest companies, including Merck, Federal Express and much more. Companies of all sizes are at […]


Canadian Government Looks for Balance Between Marketers and Individual Privacy

Canadian Government Looks for Balance Between Marketers and Individual Privacy

Non-compliance with Canada’s anti-spam legislation could cost businesses $10 million. Now legislators are seeking a balance between communication and spam. Canada is known by marketers to have some of the most comprehensive anti-spam laws in the world, making it challenging to safely navigate communication that is sent in connection with “commercial activity”. However, those regulations […]


Banks and FinTech: Complicated Relationship or Dream Partnership?  

Banks and FinTech: Complicated Relationship or Dream Partnership?  

Banks and smaller financial technology firms have a slightly adversarial relationship, but are there ways that they can work together to form a dream team? Financial institutions have a long history of moving slowly when it comes to change, which may be why they are uncomfortable in the face of FinTech firms. The always-on, constant […]


BREAKING NEWS – New Worldwide Ransomware Outbreak Reported

BREAKING NEWS – New Worldwide Ransomware Outbreak Reported

Reports have begun to pour in regarding a new ransomware infection currently wreaking havoc in Russia, Ukraine, France, Spain, and several other countries. This highly sophisticated Russian strain is known as Petya or Petrwrap, and it has been advancing on a scale comparable to the recent WannaCry ransomware infection. However, unlike WannaCry, this strain lacks […]


Everything You Should Know about Microsoft Surface

Everything You Should Know about Microsoft Surface

The Surface Laptop is the latest gadget from Microsoft. It ls already making waves in the market. Here are a few details about it.   In recent years, getting a slick laptop that was both compact and capable means you have to get an Apple product. However, you may now have an alternative thanks to […]


The Top 10 Advantages to Working with an External IT Service Company

The Top 10 Advantages to Working with an External IT Service Company

An external IT services company may be exactly what small and growing businesses need: Here’s why. Partnering with an external IT services companies brings plenty of benefits, especially for small and mid-sized companies that are grappling with the data challenges of an evolving world: The problem is that many businesses don’t realize that. They are […]


Google’s Chrome Set to Introduce Ad Blocker in 2018

Google’s Chrome Set to Introduce Ad Blocker in 2018

In an effort to reduce the intrusive and annoying nature of such ads, Google has announced that their new browser version will feature an automatic ad blocker. Consider the vast amounts of information, communication, and entertainment, which is funneled through the Internet daily. How often are you part of this stream and how often is […]


Don’t Be A Victim Of Fake Malware Protection Apps On The Google Play Store

Don’t Be A Victim Of Fake Malware Protection Apps On The Google Play Store

Don’t be fooled by the fake apps popping up on the Google Play store that falsely claim to protect you from ransomware. Recently, many Android device users were confronted with a barrage of fake apps in the Google Play store that claimed to protect against the WannaCry ransomware that has affected tens of thousands of […]


The Queen’s Two Birthdays, British Weather, and Why This Actually Matters to When Updating Data Security

The Queen’s Two Birthdays, British Weather, and Why This Actually Matters to When Updating Data Security

Here’s why you should never wait for security updates – oh and a bit about the Queen’s birthday! As followers of British royalty doubtless already know, Queen Elizabeth II recently celebrated her 91st birthday – sort of. You see, because of the way these celebrations work, the “birthday” that the Queen has celebrated for so […]


Happy World Environment Day Everyone

Happy World Environment Day Everyone

Undeniable Link Between Strategic Tech Implementation and Sustainable Business Practices Now more than ever, business professionals in every industry are looking for the most sustainable and cost-efficient ways to reduce their environmental impact and drive sustainability. In an increasingly fast-paced and digital-based business environment, technology is playing a larger role in the effort to develop […]


The Worst IT Mistakes Businesses Make When They Forget About Security

The Worst IT Mistakes Businesses Make When They Forget About Security

IT without security is a mess waiting to happen: Don’t make these mistakes! No business should make an IT decision without considering data security. When the two get separated, IT decisions start to develop serious problems. Too many companies have focused on adopting a particular solution without exploring how safe it is…which leads to problems […]


The Best Windows Apps for Your Business (That Can Also Save Space)  

The Best Windows Apps for Your Business (That Can Also Save Space)  

Want more productivity on Windows? Check out these highly integrated apps. Windows 10 works best when you have the right apps that take advantage of its integration with Microsoft services as well as other software. This is particularly the case of apps that take critical business services that you depend on and replace them with […]


WannaCry Ransomware: How it Started and Where it Stands Now

WannaCry Ransomware: How it Started and Where it Stands Now

WannaCry may be beaten, but here’s why the ransomware can still be dangerous. WannaCry is an infamous example of how dangerous ransomware can be in the modern world. Almost overnight, this cyber attack hit computers around the world and managed to infect 300,000 computers in more than 150 countries before going back to the benches […]


9 Tips To Stop Wanna Cry Ransomware

9 Tips To Stop Wanna Cry Ransomware

What to do when you WannaCry – 9 Steps to Fight Ransomware Now The WannaCry ransomware has swept the globe – affecting more than 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries. Nothing is certain, but it looks like it is the work of a rogue state trying to cause global instability and gather cash to […]


Ransomware Takes Down Hospitals in the UK. – Are your systems safe?

Ransomware Takes Down Hospitals in the UK. – Are your systems safe?

It’s called the Wanna Decryptor, and it’s one of the most feared ransomware strains today. Why? Because once your systems are infected with this ransomware variant, there is nothing that can be done for you. There is no known software that can decrypt a computer or network once it has been infected and encrypted by […]


Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks

Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based work hub destined to change the way you communicate with team members. Follow these tips and tricks to make the most of your Office 365 experience. The goal of Office 365 developers is not only to make better productivity applications, but they also want to allow for a more collaborative […]


You Need To Know About This Great Application

You Need To Know About This Great Application

Microsoft Teams is the chat tool your business needs. Microsoft “Teams” is one of the many ways that Microsoft is improving the Office 365 experience with. This communication tool could revolutionize the ways that your employees talk with each other – but we understand that adopting yet another tool may not sound especially attractive in […]


Top 10 Tips for Improving Office Communication Skills

Top 10 Tips for Improving Office Communication Skills

Becoming a master communicator in the workplace will improve overall performance and efficiency of your team members. Excellent communication skills take time to develop but can be a learned skill. Workplace communication skills are highly valued but are often found to be lacking. According to a 2016 survey from the IT firm Comparably, 52 percent […]


From Telegraphs to USENET and How to Protect Yourself from Spam

From Telegraphs to USENET and How to Protect Yourself from Spam

When someone thinks of spam they typically think of unsolicited bulk commercial email they receive in their inbox. However, the concept of spam started a little earlier than you might think. How far back? How does 1864 sound? Spam in 1864 you say? Yes, in the form of a telegraph, advertising a local dentistry actually. […]


Wisdom Wednesday: Taking and Printing Screenshots on Windows 10

Wisdom Wednesday: Taking and Printing Screenshots on Windows 10

Need a fast Windows screenshot? We’ll show you how to do it! Do you need to take a quick Windows screenshot for work or fun, but can’t figure out how to do it? Don’t worry: Our guide will show you just how it’s done. Copy the Screen for Posts Traditionally, the “Print Screen” option is […]


The Real Benefit of Cryptocurrencies: Revolutionizing How Financial Transactions Can Work

The Real Benefit of Cryptocurrencies: Revolutionizing How Financial Transactions Can Work

Cryptocurrencies and blockchains are changing the way we protect our data. Here’s why that’s exciting! If you’ve read about Bitcoin or other digital currencies out there, then you know what a cryptocurrency is. Cryptocurrencies only work because the details of the currency are heavily protected – and that’s great news for the rest of use […]


The 7 Metrics Your Marketing Team Needs to Measure for Success

The 7 Metrics Your Marketing Team Needs to Measure for Success

Is your marketing team measuring these important metrics? Here’s why this data is so valuable. Marketing departments, take note! Your business needs to look at these key data metrics when making marketing content decisions: Here’s why they’re so important – and why they may not be what you think. 1. Conversion Rates (Particularly for Online […]


6 Ways Technology Can Improve Productivity in the Workplace

6 Ways Technology Can Improve Productivity in the Workplace

Companies of all sizes are able to benefit from technology as a data-driven prescription for improvement in productivity. If you talk to many business professionals, there is a consensus that advancing technology is the future for successful firms and industries alike. Productivity and employee engagement are paramount to a company’s success, and emerging technologies are […]


I Want Highly Informative Excel Spreadsheets

I Want Highly Informative Excel Spreadsheets

If you are giving a presentation and part of it involves a shared display or handouts of a spreadsheet what can you do to keep the group awake? Let’s face it, Microsoft Excel is an excellent tool for organizing and manipulating statistical data, but when sharing your spreadsheet with others, your spreadsheet has to be […]


Zero-Day Cyber Attack Could Have Catastrophic Impacts for Microsoft Word Users

Zero-Day Cyber Attack Could Have Catastrophic Impacts for Microsoft Word Users

Malware attack seeks to disable user systems by targeting Microsoft Office vulnerability Microsoft Office users are on edge after being made aware of a new threat that has been targeting fully-patched systems using a zero-day attack. This cyber attack installs malware through an Office vulnerability and can leave user systems damaged or completely disabled. Until […]


Wisdom Wednesday: Master Snapchat In Your Business

Wisdom Wednesday: Master Snapchat In Your Business

When it comes to social media marketing, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are no longer enough. Get an edge over your competition by mastering Snapchat now! Since all but taking over online communication, social media has become a viable business tool as well. Social media is easy and affordable to use, and it allows access to […]


Does Your Information Technology Investments Help Your Marketing Departments?

Does Your Information Technology Investments Help Your Marketing Departments?

By choosing the right analytics, conversion optimization, and search engine marketing technologies, marketing departments can more effectively reach new customers. Every marketing department strives to achieve three primary goals. Engage with existing customers. Improve brand awareness, while simultaneously increasing conversion rates on campaigns. Reach new customers. Fortunately for marketing departments everywhere, certain technologies can help […]


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