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Get Started with Microsoft Copilot

Microsoft has launched a family of new products that carry the name Copilot. Copilot is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that’s built into the Microsoft environment, and it’s poised to change the way people work. Whether or not you’ve already been working with AI tools, Copilot deserves exploration because of its integration with your data in SharePoint and OneDrive, and with applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Copilot is built on a type of AI called Large Language Model (LLM), a category of generative AI. LLM’s are a type of technology that utilizes a vast amount of text to understand […]

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Single Sign-On: The Short Cut for Streamlined Account Access 

Single Sign-On: The Short Cut for Streamlined Account Access

Do you ever find yourself wasting precious time trying to log into different company systems? Imagine it’s a typical Monday morning, and you’re faced with the all-too-familiar “Incorrect Password” error. Minutes tick by as you struggle to access critical information for an important meeting, leading to a call for IT support and adding to a growing queue of similar requests. This scenario is a daily reality in many offices, transforming what should be simple logins into time-consuming productivity killers. Fortunately, there’s a solution: Single Sign-On (SSO). With SSO, the days of recalling numerous passwords, dealing with account lockouts, and contacting […]

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Leveraging Microsoft’s Azure Cloud: 5 Essential Benefits for Businesses 

When you’re faced with the decision to replace your onsite servers or go to Microsoft’s Azure cloud, you will no doubt want to compare each option dollars to dollars. However, moving your servers from your physical space to Azure isn’t just a matter of relocating your data and programs to a different place. You actually gain a lot of benefits because of what you can do when your resources are in the cloud and that’s value that you can’t measure apples to apples. What’s the Azure cloud? Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. In addition to offering secure and reliable […]

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Lock Up Access to Corporate Accounts with a Password Keeper 

Lock Up Access to Corporate Accounts with a Password Keeper

How do you remember every password you have for all your personal and professional online accounts? Do you use easy to remember information like birthdays or names of family members and pets? Do you have passwords written down on paper? Do you let your web browser store them? Do you a single password that you use for every account you have? If you use any of these password storage tactics, you should change right now because these are all insecure methods of retaining passwords. There’s a better way to store and utilize your passwords and that’s with a password keeper. […]

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Leadership Transition Announced at Bellwether Technology Corporation

Poco Sloss, Steven Ellis, Merrick Sloss

(New Orleans, LA – November 30, 2023) Bellwether Technology Corporation has announced changes in its leadership team. While this transition comes with new titles for these three individuals, it reflects a natural progression in roles and responsibilities that have been evolving for some time. Bellwether’s co-founder, Poco Sloss, has transitioned from CEO to Chairman of the Board. In this capacity, Poco continues to provide guidance for the company’s overall goals, long-term vision, and major decisions. Steven Ellis, formerly the company’s President, is now CEO. In this role Steven continues to lead and manage Bellwether’s executive team, as well as drive […]

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The Power of Shared Knowledge – Spotlight on Gary

According to Gary, Bellwether Technology’s superpower is the way that everyone in the organization shares information. Whether the communication takes the form of client meetings, one-to-one discussions with colleagues, or creating documentation, the outcome is that people gain understanding. Understanding is essential for making connections and facilitating forward movement. Gary is a Project Resource at Bellwether and in his 28 years with the company he’s facilitated a lot of forward movement for clients, colleagues, and his own professional career. He’s seen a lot of changes during the four decades that have passed since he started working in IT in the […]

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Microsoft 365 Business Premium’s Security Advantage 

If you’ve ever been confused by Microsoft 365 licensing, you’re not alone. Microsoft offers their applications in many different bundles that are designed to address various business needs from the basic to enterprise level. While it can be difficult to decipher exactly what is included in every subscription, the good news is that there’s most likely one that’s just right for you. You just have to figure out which one. Subscriptions versus Licenses Gone are the days when Microsoft delivered your version of office apps via a box with a CD. Everything is now offered on a monthly or annual […]

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Take Communication and Collaboration to the Next Level with Microsoft Teams Phones 

Microsoft Teams has become the favorite collaboration platform for organizations who appreciate having the apps they use every day all in one workspace. Did you know that it’s now possible to pull all your phone communications into Teams too? Moving to Teams Phones can solve many problems that you’re having with your phone system right now. It’s time for an upgrade if you have poor call quality and dropped calls; high maintenance costs and concerns about security; or the system is just too inflexible and takes too much time to manage. Razorline, a local business communications provider, installs Teams Phones […]

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The Clock is Ticking for Server 2012 End-of-Support

The clock is ticking for Server 2012 End-of-support

The Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 operating systems are going out of support on October 10, 2023, and cyber-criminals are rubbing their hands in anticipation. Why? Because they know there will be a lot of networks that will continue to run the unsupported software and that will make them easy targets to exploit as new security vulnerabilities are discovered. Running unsupported software is a big risk because the developer no longer creates security patches to mitigate new vulnerabilities as they’re discovered. Cyber-criminals will continue to discover new holes where they can sneak into a computer via unpatched software. Once […]

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The Value of Cybersecurity Awareness Training

What's the value of cybersecurity awareness training?

Cybersecurity awareness training is included with the security services that we provide to our clients here at Bellwether. We do this because we understand that cybersecurity isn’t just about technology. It’s about behavior and training people in best practices so they don’t inadvertently let a cyber intruder onto their device and into their employer’s network. July has become known as Ransomware Month to remind people of the threat that this kind of malicious software poses to companies everywhere. Ransomware is just one kind of malware that pervades the internet. Why focus on this one kind and not the others? Ransomware […]

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