Bagels & Bytes Meeting Notes – October 2015

Bagels & Bytes attendees sitting around a long conference table, discussing technologyFor October, we were pleased to hold our meetup at ACHIEVA on the South Side.  Thank you to Steve, Nicole and Dave for hosting us!  Our next meeting will be held at the same location on November 4.  In the meantime, we hope to see everyone at the TechNow Conference on Oct. 29!

Here are the notes and resources from the meeting:

Upgrading Windows software

  • 2003 server upgrades possible (general consensus was “yes”)
  • Windows 10 upgrades not very easy (some 3rd party software not doing well on it)

Device management

  • For adding phones in Google Apps, there’s an app (Google Device Policy) that you can add to devices that connects with your Google admin page – providing a way to control device connection to services
  • BYOD policy? Some have, some don’t – varies on the level of access given

Password management system

Office 2016 (and other productivity software)

  • Outlook is less “white” and more “gray”
  • MS is moving this package to just being called “Office” with no version number in the title
  • Pushing Office 365 + Sharepoint server right now
  • A preview video is available
  • Other (free) alternatives include:
  • People tend to resist change and to resort to software with which they are already familiar, so it may take some work to get your org to move away from Office to one of the free equivalents

Risk management

  • Largest risk to data is still employees – accidental or purposeful
  • Frequently the ball is dropped between HR and IT, in the sense that IT isn’t notified immediately if someone leaves the organization

Advice for new “accidental” techies

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