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Work from Home Office

An Emergency Work-at-Home Toolkit for Business

Twitter just told all of its employees to work at home 100% of the time because of the coronavirus and you may be next when it comes knocking on your office door.  It is a scenario all companies should be thinking about at this time and get ready for. Fortunately, off-the-shelf solutions that enable quick, secure and effective implementation of collaboration, communication and business continuity are readily available.  Here’s an annotated checklist of key tools to look for that you can quickly roll out to your workforce and help your business come through this period unscathed.

Unified Communications & Collaboration

Security & Continuity

While communication and collaboration are essential for remote workplace, so is security and business continuity. It is critical to have the right technology in place that supports the remote staff’s productivity and connectedness, while keeping the company secure. The last thing you need is to adopt a patchwork of complicated applications and systems that tax your IT department and create new risks.  Look for solutions that include these elements:

Upwork’s “Future Workforce Report” predicts that 73% of all teams will have remote workers by 2028.  Working remotely is slowly becoming “the new normal” and all companies should get ready for the work-from-home scenario.

If you need a hand, contact us or call: 855-924-1393 to see how we can help.

Here are some additional resources you can use:  

Home Office Solutions

Infographic: Tips on Deploying a Remote Workforce

White Paper: The New Workplace Reality

About the Author

Lucie Hys is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at TPx. She is currently leading the marketing efforts for the company’s MSx suite of managed services. She has been working in marketing for more than 9 years, with the last four focusing on the cybersecurity industry. Lucie graduated with an MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University. In her spare time, she is an avid fitness enthusiast and a passionate traveler. 

Exchange 2010 end of support

If you are still using an on-premises Microsoft Exchange Server deployment, you are not alone.  According to a 2018 study, 61% of Exchange mailboxes deployed worldwide are still on-premises while 39% are Cloud Exchange mailboxes.  The growth of Cloud Exchange mailboxes is exploding, so it’s a good time for any organization to evaluate how a cloud email deployment can help – regardless of what version of Exchange you are currently using on premises.

What is happening?

If you are one of the thousands of organizations still running Exchange Server 2010, this is even more important.  Why?  Because on January 14, 2020, Exchange Server 2010 will reach end of support.  Exchange Server 2010, like most Microsoft products, had a defined lifecycle of 10 years. During that time, Microsoft maintained the product by making bug fixes, patches, and security updates.  Applying these fixes on a regular and consistent basis kept your Exchange Server 2010 environment healthy, performing optimally, and, most importantly, secure.

Why is it important to my organization?

When these fixes are no longer available after January 14, 2020, your Exchange Server 2010 deployment will become vulnerable to any new exploit created by hackers. While a vulnerability like this is not unique to Microsoft or to Exchange Server 2010 (remember the 2016 exploit of Apple’s QuickTime for Windows?), it is an especially critical threat because email remains one of the most vulnerable parts of any IT infrastructure. In fact, 92% of all malware is introduced into organizations through email1.

What should I do about it?

Now is the time to act.  Organizations need to start planning to migrate from Exchange Server 2010 to a current version of Exchange. For most organizations, this means a migration to Exchange Online – Microsoft’s hosted email for businesses (which is also included in most Microsoft Office 365 plans).  According to a 2018 Bitglass study, over 56% of organizations have deployed Office 365 already.

Here are some of the reasons to consider Exchange Online:

There are many other great features and benefits of Exchange Online and Office 365, too many to describe here in this short post.  If you have not done so already, make sure your management and IT team are evaluating these great solutions.

What if I need help?

We get it, you have been running the same version of Microsoft Exchange Server for many years.  Your team’s expertise is not planning for and executing email migrations, and you really only get one chance to do it right.  IT can be pretty scary.   That’s where you can leverage the expertise of an experienced Managed Service Provider (MSP) like TPx.  Leveraging the know-how of a Microsoft-certified organization that has done hundreds of migrations can help ensure that it happens cost-efficiently and effectively with minimal disruption to your business.  In addition, an experienced Managed Service Provider can professionally manage technical support, system administration, and platform configuration management, freeing up your internal IT team to address other important tasks. (By the way, Exchange Online is part of all the Office 365 versions TPx sells. You can also get it as a standalone product, in case you don’t have a need for the rest of Office 365.)

In summary

Burying your head in the sand is not the right approach.  Not properly planning for your migration from Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 could have serious implications to your organization. Security breaches cost small businesses billions of dollars each year; even worse, they often result in companies closing their doors for good. Reach out to a trusted advisor like TPx to help you navigate through the process and keep your Exchange environment secure.

 

About the Author

Joe Royer is the Product Manager for IT/Cloud services at TPx. He has 25 years of industry experience in sales, consulting, and product management for several leading MSPs.

 

  1. Source: 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report