July 2019 – Summertime Sync-Up

Summer may have a reputation as a "kick back and relax" season, but it's been anything but that here at Castema. I thought I'd do a rundown of some of the more interesting technology news and projects we're digging into these past few months. If you'd like me to explore any of these in more detail in a future post, please let me know.

Cloud File Sharing Made Easy

We are often asked by clients what cloud app or service we recommend for sharing files, and for most of the companies we work with, the answer is easy: the ones you already have as part of your Office 365 subscription, namely OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.

Multi-Factor Authentication Part II: No Passwords?

Last time in this space, I discussed why businesses should be looking at Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to protect themselves, and why MFA is a far better protector of your online identity than just a password. I also promised to report on a new type of "password-less" MFA that Microsoft is now rolling out to its business Office 365 customers.

Happy Holidays from Castema (plus a few thoughts on Digital Assistants)

As I write this, we are approaching Christmas and nearing the end of Hanukkah. For our friends celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights, we hope you had a Happy Hanukkah. And may it be a joyous Christmas for all those celebrating Jesus's birth. For everyone reading, we wish all of you much happiness and success in the coming new year!
Is Alexa under the tree?
As this is a technology-focused blog, I thought I'd touch on a piece of technology that is destined to be given as a gift many times over this season, if current sales numbers are any indication.

Are You Paying Enough for IT Support?

By: Dan Bremner

Several years back, I was referred to a prospective customer, a successful business with about 25 employees in the Chicago suburbs. In my meeting with the owner and the office manager I learned that they were paying their existing IT provider a flat monthly fee to manage their network and computer systems.