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Sierra’s Techie Christmas Wishlist
December 7, 2018

Sierra’s Techie Christmas Wishlist

Here at Sierra Experts, we’re constantly surrounded by and involved in all things tech. It’s what we’re built on! So, with that in mind, we decided to ask our team: If you could have any tech gift this Christmas, what would it be? And here’s what they said…   Trent DevOps Lead Logitech K800 Illuminated […]

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Friday the 13th Flashback: Jerusalem
July 13, 2018

Friday the 13th Flashback: Jerusalem

It’s Friday the 13th and most people think of today as a day full of silly superstitions, but for computer users in the 1980’s and 90’s, Friday the 13th was a day to truly be afraid. The Beast Itself In 1987, a virus called “Friday the 13th” (aka Jerusalem) was created to activate and reactivate […]

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Incident Management: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?
May 23, 2018

Incident Management: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?

Incident Management is the process of thoroughly recording an event to quicken the problem-solving time in future instances of that event, ensure customer satisfaction, and to overall increase productivity. In most cases, such as ours, Incident Management is used in Information Technology environment to get, and keep, a handle on IT service management problems. However, […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to the WordPress Dashboard
April 30, 2018

A Beginner’s Guide to the WordPress Dashboard

Our design and development team here at Sierra are developing more and more WordPress websites for our clients. WordPress websites account for more than a quarter of all sites today. This CMS is free to install, deploy, and upgrade and has tons of flexibility for customization. However, quite possibly one of WordPress’ most popular features […]

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Benefits of Virtualization for Your Business
April 10, 2018

Benefits of Virtualization for Your Business

In our last blog, we talked about “the cloud” and jobs you can get with its growing popularity, but now we’re focusing on “virtualization.” Okay, so what’s the difference? Many people confuse virtualization with cloud computing. Although these technologies overlap and have some similar benefits, the main difference is that virtualization is software that manipulates […]

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5 Jobs You Can Get “In The Cloud”
March 9, 2018

5 Jobs You Can Get “In The Cloud”

Forbes posted an article detailing that cloud computing is projected to increase from $67B in 2015 to $162B in 2020. With an increase in sales and revenue comes an increasing need for qualified professionals to take on the task of designing, managing, developing, testing, and selling these new virtualization platforms. Below are 5 examples of […]

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6 Steps to Successful Disaster Recovery
February 19, 2018

6 Steps to Successful Disaster Recovery

When it comes to data backup and disaster recovery (BDR), being prepared for potential disasters is key to keeping your business running. It’s not only important to have a disaster recovery solution you trust, but to make sure you test it beforehand to stay one step ahead.   Prior to the disaster occurring (and unfortunately, […]

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New Year, New IT
January 2, 2018

New Year, New IT

You’ve heard the cliché New Year’s resolutions: hit the gym, cut out sugar, stop smoking, save money, and so on. They’re all great resolutions – if you can stick to them. In 2018, you may want to consider straying from the resolution norm and instead vowing to focus more on your personal and business technology. […]

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Sierra Experts Hosts the Pittsburgh Office 365 User Group
December 15, 2017

Sierra Experts Hosts the Pittsburgh Office 365 User Group

As defined by WhatIs.com, “In personal or business computing, a user group is a set of people who have similar interests, goals, or concerns. The members have regular meetings where they can share their ideas.” Most user groups are based around discussing certain technologies such as a specific software, application, or corporation. Typically, these user groups […]

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November Employee Spotlight: Stephen Kaechele
November 8, 2017

November Employee Spotlight: Stephen Kaechele

Server infrastructure, virtualization, and colocation can all seem like pretty intimidating words if you’ve never heard them before. These are just a few types of IT services that we offer here at Sierra. We provide various managed services across the board, and we hire people like Stephen Kaechele to ensure that all our customer’s needs […]

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Don’t Become A Victim Of A KRACK Attack
October 17, 2017

Don’t Become A Victim Of A KRACK Attack

Recently, a researcher at the University of Leuven, Mathy Vanhoef, discovered vulnerabilities with WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 – the most widely used Wi-Fi protocol). These vulnerabilities, according to Vanhoef, give attackers access to sensitive information (passwords, messages, photos, etc.), as well as the capability to inject malicious data into your devices. These attackers start […]

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What is VAM Software and Do I Need it?
October 12, 2017

What is VAM Software and Do I Need it?

In a world where media can be seen on every street corner, in every city, worldwide, it poses the question: Am I utilizing the best option to store and manage my video assets? Whether you manage video content for a large array of security cameras or your law firm is acquiring large amounts of evidential […]

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August Employee Spotlight: David Thiry
August 7, 2017

August Employee Spotlight: David Thiry

Sierra Experts is proud of our software development team. We hire talented and driven developers, like this month’s featured employee, David Thiry.  David is one of our best software developers, and has been with the team at Sierra for more than three years. Before David joined the Sierra team, he attended Pittsburgh Technical College (formerly […]

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AI Shut Down for Creating Its Own Non-Human Language
July 31, 2017

AI Shut Down for Creating Its Own Non-Human Language

In a recent case, Facebook researchers had to shut down an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system as the AI “agents” began speaking another language that they created. To humans, this language could be interpreted as gibberish, but to the agents it’s a more efficient mode of communication. The AI agents, that have limitless cognitive abilities, created […]

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