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Top Strategies Of The Week For IT Business Leaders

The modern IT leader understands that strengthening the mind is as important as strengthening any other muscle in the body. Here are some thought-provoking messages from the previous week.

Weekly Summary

IT Business Leadership, Strategy & Innovation

Offense & Defense Innovation

1.    If you don’t get SSL security right, you will fail– James Crifasi, COO/CTO at RedZone Technologies explains why traditional antivirus and antispam protection are becoming obsolete and why it’s imperative to update your enterprise’s defenses.

2.    Are you choosing to participate in today’s economy or create your own? Bill Murphy explains how with all the information available today, you should think of your time as a resource.

3.    Favorite 5 cybersecurity bloggers, volume 3– Bill Murphy gives a rundown of 5 of his favorite cybersecurity bloggers.

4.    High performance leaders ask, “WHO?” not “HOW?”- Bill Murphy explains how high-performance leaders understand the value of collaboration.

5.    Nothing can be, or ever was created with reasonable expectations. Be extraordinary. Be unreasonable.– Bill Murphy details the importance of setting lofty goals for yourself.

RedZone Technologies specializes in:

•      RedZone MSP and MSSP: ‘On-Demand’ security and trusted advisor programs

•      Co-MITS – Co-Managed IT Security (‘Hands-on’ Managed Services)

•      Cloud Security and Secure IT Infrastructure Support

•      Virtual Information Security Operations Programs (IT SecOps and VISO)

Contact us at 410-897-9494 or myteam@redzonetech.net with any questions.

ARcopyPaste App Recently Launched!

The future of augmented reality is very bright.

Already we are seeing mobile applications, such as the ARcopyPaste app, take advantage of the power of your smartphone to transform the way you interact with the world around you.

In my opinion, augmented reality innovations that take everyday processes, like copy and paste, and revolutionize them will become more mainstream.

I can see AR being used on a wider scale to improve task efficiency or the quality of the output of an experience for the user. Excited to see where this tech goes next.

Whiteboards Led Teams to Perfection… Until They Couldn’t

In every room in the RedZone Technologies office there are whiteboards. We find them to be an invaluable tool for collaboration and project management. But what happens when in-person group work no longer exists and employees are working remote?

In her piece for CIO Dive: Information and Enterprise Technology News, Naomi Eide examines how leaders of remote workforces are trying to retain the benefits of collaboration when simply saying “let’s take it to the board” is no longer an option.

Here are 2 things leaders can do instead to keep the group productivity and brain-storming going while remote:

🖊️ Try and create an environment that encourages virtual collaboration and people to communicate with one another just as if they were still in the office.

🖊️ For teams that relied upon whiteboards as a central location to plan and brainstorm, software exists to help. Tools such as Miro, MURAL, Bluescape, and Microsoft Whiteboard are all very popular.

“I Think It Starts With Fundamentally Leading Inquiry.”

To what lengths are you willing to go as a leader. This is the internal debate inside the minds of those in charge. How much effort are you willing to put in to get the most out of your employees.

In my conversation with Sarah Angel-Johnson, CIO at Year Up, she says having a genuine interest in helping better understand your employees is what separates good from great leaders.

Trying to bring together groups of employees to rally behind the cause is difficult. However, by leading with inquiry and finding out what motivates each individual, you can bring them along the journey with you.

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Top Key Points From The Economist Innovation Summit

Everything surrounding tech is moving at the speed of light right now. We need to make a concerted effort as IT Leaders to know the status of these tech innovations so we can use them to our advantage.

Vanessa Bates Ramirez writing for Singularity Hub breaks down the expert’s take on tech and the trends shaping the future.

Here is where some of the new technology stands:

⛓️ Blockchain- While still in its infancy, blockchain has seen use in sectors such as supply chain, identity, and the financial sector. Wal-Mart mandated that all suppliers in its leafy greens segment be on a blockchain.

💻 Quantum Computing- This holds great promise. Experts think this technology will pick up steam in the next 3-7 years and will require great collaboration between business/academia/governments to succeed.

🤖 Artificial Intelligence- While AI and automation are changing the work landscape, if built right, these tools will bring more good than harm, and more productivity than obsolescence.

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