“Mr. Coppedge goes to Washington”

(with apologies to Jimmy Stewart)

Next month (February) I’ll be joining forces with fellow IT colleagues to advocates in Washington, D.C., on February 9-10, to speak with Members of Congress about issues that are critical to the future of my business and the overall tech industry.

Book Review: "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind"

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind By Yuval Noah Harari

Recently I’ve been interested (not consciously) with sociology…actually developing a greater respect for the science (I was going to put quotes around science, but nope!).  It’s actually an interesting journey.

Implementing Project Online

So you’ve decided to do something about all the projects you’ve got going on. You don’t know who’s doing what or if it’s costing you more than expected. You want to add another project to list, but don’t know if your team has the time to handle another one, and you wish there was one place you could go to get all this information.

SQL 2005 End of Life is April 12, 2016 – Are you ready??

You don’t still wear parachute pants or watch Lost, so why are you still using SQL 2005? This was the year Carrie Underwood won American Idol and a love stricken Tom Cruise jumped up and down on Oprah’s couch declaring his love for Katie Holmes. Doesn’t that seem like EONS ago? Chances are you’ve had a few new cell phones, laptops, and cars since then, so why are your trusting your corporate data to this antiquated and soon to be obsolete technology? The data in your SQL Database is driving your business applications, and in turn, your business.

320,000 Customer Passwords Stolen From Time Warner Cable

b2ap3_thumbnail_data_breach_400.jpgYou’ve heard about a ton of high-profile hacks over the past few years, and it’s important to note that these numbers will only continue to climb. A recent incident involving Time Warner Cable, a large ISP in the United States, shows the world that even huge companies that specialize in providing Internet for users can suffer the embarrassment of a data breach.

Why BYOD is an Important Industry-Changing Trend

b2ap3_thumbnail_bring_your_own_device_mdm_400.jpgMobile devices are challenging the traditional perception of the office environment. When employees bring their own devices to work, this is called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and it’s an increasingly popular trend. Initially thought of as a threat, BYOD is proving to be a valuable option for businesses wanting to increase productivity, so long as it’s regulated properly.

DC Awaits me…

Notes for February 2016 It’s January 31st. It’s in the mid-50’s temperature. Just a week earlier? Snowstorms closing most cities on the eastern parts of the country (I was in Nashville, which was pretty much shut down). I’m sure there’s a joke involving Donald Trump in there somewhere.

Are Vigilante Hackers a Threat?

b2ap3_thumbnail_do_vigilante_hackers_present_problems_400.jpg2015 was a brutal year for major corporations, as one by one they fell victim to hacking attacks. Major organizations like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem, and even the United States Office of Personnel became victims of major hacking campaigns. A fact that’s often lost amongst these details is that not all hackers use their skill for evil actions, even if they are still illegal.

Simplex-IT Announces 3 Part Series on Office 365!

We’ve seen such a demand for Office 365, we put together a 3-part series to familiarize you with the product offerings and talk about how exactly to get started with it. This is exciting!

The first part will be a webinar on March 3rd titled “What is Office 365.” In this webinar we will provide an overview of what exactly Office 365 is (and what it’s not) and answer some common questions around the product itself.