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From Steel City to Smart City
August 2, 2018

From Steel City to Smart City

The city of Pittsburgh has undergone many transformations throughout its history. From being a steel industry titan to becoming a cultural center for food and the arts, Pittsburgh has always managed to successfully reinvent itself by remaining relevant in modern culture. Now, it seems another transformation has already begun. Over the last few years, Pittsburgh […]

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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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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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6 Creative VoIP Uses, That You’ll Actually Use
October 18, 2016

6 Creative VoIP Uses, That You’ll Actually Use

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is changing the way businesses handle communication everywhere. Along with saving tons on your phone bill, VoIP gives you access to features unheard of with traditional phone lines. Businesses already using VoIP for communications are probably well-aware of the numerous practical benefits, but what about some of the more creative […]

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Maintenance Window Basics
October 4, 2016

Maintenance Window Basics

In information technology, everything revolves around uptime. Uptime is the percentage of time that systems run without interruption. High availability (HA, meaning all services are available), is essential for the majority of businesses’ core functions. This study by Emerson Network Power and Ponemon Institute suggests that the average cost of a single minute of data […]

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The Dwindling Windows GUI
September 20, 2016

The Dwindling Windows GUI

For those systems administrators who love the familiarity of the Windows Graphical User Interface (GUI), we’re sorry. Folks have been predicting the end of the Windows GUI since 2011, but now it seems that Microsoft has taken the steps to make it happen, slowly. The Windows GUI has been around since 1985, which was at […]

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Patch Automation
September 7, 2016

Patch Automation

It’s incredible to imagine how many security exploits are avoidable just by patching systems. According to Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, 85% of successful exploits stem from the top 10 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE’s) only. Those are known vulnerabilities with a patch readily available. Patch management is extremely important to avoid security breaches, […]

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Keep Calm and Maintenance On
October 16, 2015

Keep Calm and Maintenance On

Chances are your work environment will have scheduled maintenance done within. No need to panic, you can easily be prepared and keep your businesses valuable data safe and save yourself a lot of headaches. It is key to not only let everyone in the office know of the scheduled down time, but also you’re MSP […]

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3 Questions to Ask About Your Business Website
October 9, 2015

3 Questions to Ask About Your Business Website

In today’s technology driven world, every successful business has a website, but is their website successful? When it comes to a website there are three questions to ask yourself: Is my website appealing to my customers? Is my website’s data safe and secure? Is my website device agnostic? You can’t just slap your logo into […]

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Email Marketing: What and Why?
September 18, 2014

Email Marketing: What and Why?

Email marketing is sending an email to a group of potential or current customers that advertises service offerings, requests business, solicits sales or donations, or just offers a news update. Sending email campaigns can help to build loyalty, trust, and brand awareness. Some of the benefits of email marketing are: 1. It’s marketing with a […]

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Three Key Benefits of Remote IT Support
September 15, 2014

Three Key Benefits of Remote IT Support

Remote IT support allows a technician to diagnose a problem, troubleshoot possible solutions, and verify an implemented solution has resolved the issue, all via the internet through desktop sharing. Below we’ve outlined the three key benefits that having a remote IT support team will provide for your business. Three key benefits of remote IT support […]

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Security Update for Windows 8.1 & RT 8.1
April 28, 2014

Security Update for Windows 8.1 & RT 8.1

Since Microsoft wants to ensure that customers benefit from the best support and servicing experience and to coordinate and simplify servicing across both Windows Server 2012 wholesale mlb jerseys R2, Windows 8.1 RT and Windows 8.1, cheap nfl jerseys this cheap nba jerseys update will be considered a cheap nba jerseys new servicing/support baseline. What […]

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