Pop Up Happy Hours

Bellwether is partnering with the Greater New Orleans Foundation (again!) for the 2017 Pop Up Happy Hour series this month.

Come to these free, one-hour events, and meet leaders of the New Orleans nonprofit community while enjoying complimentary cocktails.

Bellwether Sponsors GiveNOLA Day!

Bellwether is a proud sponsor of GiveNOLA Day, this Tuesday, May 2!

GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to inspire people to give generously to nonprofits, making our region stronger and creating a thriving community for all.

Online Meetings: They’re more useful than you may realize.

By Steven Ellis
Published in Biz New Orleans in April 2017

Online meeting solutions like Webex and GoToMeeting have been around for nearly 20 years, and not a whole lot has changed over that time. Today, as before, they allow people to collaborate in real time over the internet via audio or video conferencing and screen or document sharing.


By Steven Ellis

Like much of IT, cybersecurity is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. The comprehensive approach that large enterprises should employ to identify and address risks and detect and respond to attacks is often out of reach for small businesses.

The New Role of IT

Demands have changed in this cloud-based world.
By Steven Ellis
Published in Biz New Orleans in September 2016


As the cloud and other developments continue to change the ways small businesses deploy and use technology, IT departments must adapt.

Disaster Recovery:

Now’s the time to review your plan.
By Steven Ellis

Much has changed with disaster recovery in the 10-plus years since we got a firsthand lesson from Hurricane Katrina. Server virtualization now makes recovery of many systems much easier and faster than it was, and the rise of the cloud puts more options at our disposal than we could have previously imagined.

The Mobile Risk

What’s your business’ policy for dealing with mobile access to company data?
By Steven Ellis

The immense popularity of mobile devices is inescapable, yet most small businesses have given little real thought to how best to manage them. Until recently, I shared the opinion that there often isn’t much to worry about.

The Internet of Things

A look at a few bright spots on the road to a truly smart world.
By Steven Ellis


Few things are trendier in tech than the Internet of Things (IoT). In my own words, the IoT is the idea of bringing the Internet to typically disconnected “dumb” objects to control them or to get more information from them, thereby making them “smart” objects.

Think Before You Click

Cyber security awareness is key for business.
By Steven Ellis
Published in Biz New Orleans in January 2016

From a cyber security standpoint, the one behavior that leads to more headaches than any other for small or midsize businesses is people clicking (or otherwise acting) on things in emails that they shouldn’t.

The IT team can help: Certainly scanning email for malware or signs of phishing is a must.