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8 Questions to Ask When Developing a Cloud Strategy

In just a few years, we have seen acceptance of public cloud shift fairly dramatically from concern and skepticism to eagerly embracing the opportunities afforded. Five years ago, many of our hosted clients wanted to know that Unicon (and indirectly, they) had physical control of the data, servers, and other infrastructure. Today, confidence in cloud providers to deliver the highest levels of security and reliability led us to migrate all of our remaining colo (colocation) customers into Amazon Web Services (AWS). In most cases, those conversations were generally an enthusiastic “It’s a no-brainer, let’s go!”

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Trello: The Visual Project Management Application

Trello stands out within the project management application space with its visual approach, making projects and the individual tasks that make them up easy to understand at a glance. Like many of its competition, Trello is free to use with two additional tiers of paid service, making it flexible for whatever your team needs. If you’re looking for a clean and simple approach to project management, you’ll feel right at home using Trello’s boards…Continue Reading

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Libre Office: An Open-Source Office Suite

Although it may not be preferable for large-scale implementations at sizable universities, Libre Office is one of the best open-source office suites available. Libre Office runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and offers everything you would expect out of an office suit (a word processor, spreadsheets, slideshows, etc) for free. If your university also uses Microsoft Office, you’re in luck! Libre Office is able to open and save Microsoft Office files.Continue Reading

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CloudStrategy

8 Questions to Ask When Developing a Cloud Strategy

In just a few years, we have seen acceptance of public cloud shift fairly dramatically from concern and skepticism to eagerly embracing the opportunities afforded. Five years ago, many of our hosted clients wanted to know that Unicon (and indirectly, they) had physical control of the data, servers, and other infrastructure. Today, confidence in cloud providers to deliver the highest levels of security and reliability led us to migrate all of our remaining colo (colocation) customers into Amazon Web Services (AWS). In most cases, those conversations were generally an enthusiastic “It’s a no-brainer, let’s go!”Continue Reading

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6 Obvious But Overlooked Ways to Increase Your Chances of Project Success

The success of an IT project in Higher Ed relies heavily on the strength and organization of the team responsible for its completion. That being said, building a dream team of department employees and contractors will not necessarily guarantee that your project runs smoothly. In fact, there are more subtle, and often overlooked, ways to improve the chances that your project meets its deadline, stays on budget, and exceeds stakeholder expectations. Here are a few of the best tips to keep in mind during your next Higher Ed technology project.Continue Reading