Blog: All Things Nortec

Defending Your Business’ Galaxy

The Rise of Azure Security, Defending Your Business’ Galaxy

At the beginning of a teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker you hear “we’ve passed on all we know.” We could pass on all our theories and ideas about Star Wars but should probably stick to what we know best: ways you can defend and grow your business using Microsoft Azure services. There[…]

Why a Security Industry Leader Chose Nortec as Their IT Provider

Background  The Security Industry Association (SIA) is a global trade association with more than 1,000 corporate members including manufacturers, integrators and distributors of converged IT/physical security solutions used throughout commercial, residential and government markets.  SIA’s mission is to help its member companies grow through the association’s strategic networking, research, standards, advocacy and learning and development[…]

Audience in conference room

3 Things We Learned at Microsoft Inspire You Need to Know

We recently attended Microsoft Inspire. The conference is like an IT barometer for businesses, telling stakeholders where Microsoft will be investing money and what technological changes to look out for. These are the 3 key takeaways your business needs to know about. 1. New Microsoft Licensing Options Could Save You Money For years, if businesses[…]

How Nortec Modernized IT for United Way of Southwestern PA

Background  United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania improves the lives of people in local communities through support services and advocacy. It is a branch of the national nonprofit; however, it manages its own operations. Business for United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania is cyclical, and it staffs up or down throughout the year. There are 150 full-time[…]

Microsoft Offers New Flexible Licensing Options

Microsoft Offers New Flexible Licensing Options for Companies

Through its Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) program, Microsoft has introduced an enhanced pay-as-you-go licensing structure that gives businesses even more flexibility in paying only for the software and licenses needed at any given time. While the specifics are nuanced, the shift makes licensing more cost-effective for many organizations. The traditional method of licensing, Enterprtise Agreement[…]

Business collaboration bake-off Microsoft Teams or Slack.

Business Collaboration Tool Bake-off: Microsoft Teams vs. Slack

In a traditional bake-off, judges decide which version of a sweet treat is the best. Since no one brought a box of D.C. Doughnuts and another from Federal Doughnuts for us to compare, we’ll stick with a business collaboration tool bake-off and look at Microsoft Teams vs. Slack. At first glance, the unified communications platforms[…]

Nortec scores 8 Microsoft Gold competencies

How an IT Provider with Microsoft Gold Competencies Benefits Your Business

At the start of the Olympics, athletes in every sport are unified by one goal: going for the gold. The medal (along with silver and bronze) designates those athletes as the best in the world at what they do. Microsoft has a similar system designed to highlight superior partners: Competencies. It requires fewer sessions in[…]

Man using Microsoft Teams as a business communication and collaboration tool.

Anything Your Phone Can Do Microsoft Teams Can Do Better

Before mobile devices allowed us to answer calls anywhere, we relied on home phones and answering machines. The flexibility and quality offered by cell phones led many people to ditch traditional home phone systems, but office phones remained largely unaffected. Phone services through Microsoft Teams could change that. The calling feature in Microsoft Teams turns[…]

Microsoft Teams for collaboration

Microsoft Teams Guide: Leverage the Latest Collaboration Tool

When you contemplated future technologies as a kid it probably included flying cars, hoverboards and teleportation. This Jetsons-esque life isn’t available (yet) but products that change how we work are. One notable recent release is Microsoft Teams, a platform that provides a new landscape of collaboration and productivity. Teams won’t help you zoom past a[…]

How to Make Migrating to Windows 10 Easy

Cookie cutters are simple and produce uniform shapes with little effort. They’re great for baking but terrible for your IT strategy. Even for something that seems as simple as Microsoft Windows 7 and Server 2008 End of Support (EOS) planning. Right now, we’re in the sunsetting period for Windows 7 and Server 2008. Proactive small[…]

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