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Onward Technologies has been serving the Chicago area since 1985, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Intel Gen6-SkyLake vs Gen7-Kaby Lake Processors

Most of Onward’s clients use their workstation fleet’s life-cycle and/or lease schedules as the determining factor in deciding when to move to the next Windows version.  In addition, the maturity of the latest Windows release and 3rd party support for that release come into play.  While we partner with our clients to develop their deployment strategies they frequently have questions regarding the most recent CPU on the market.  In many of these discussions, Intel’s rollout of their 7th-generation Kaby Lake CPU still causes confusion as our clients develop their application upgrade strategies and project plan timelines in support of moving to a Windows 10 environment.  This may seem a bit strange that many companies are still in the planning stages of their workstations upgrades, knowing that the Kaby Lake processor was released in August 2016. 

As we work with our clients to develop workstation upgrade strategies, their questions regarding CPU support are usually related to two specific topics:

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On-Premise Exchange vs. Hosted Exchange (A Feature Comparison)

I am frequently asked to engage in strategic discussions with client senior management regarding the advantages / disadvantages of On-Premise Exchange vs. Hosted Exchange.  Often, there are a common set of questions which drive these discussions.  These questions are usually asked as part of a due diligence effort regarding the selection of a hosting platform for a company’s next Exchange environment.  The questions can range from “How do we best minimize infrastructure spend?” to “How can we leverage the business continuity advantages inherent to a cloud based SaaS infrastructure?”

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What Your Software Has in Common With the Food in Your Fridge? An (EOL) End of Life Date

What Your Software Has in Common With the Food in Your Fridge? An (EOL) End of Life Date

It’s a well-known fact that nothing in this world lasts forever (other than Twinkies), and this pertains to your technology more than perhaps anything else. The same solutions that you’ve been working with for years will also need regular updates and improvements in order to stay relevant to your organization.

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These Innovative Technologies are Helping eBay Move Beyond Passwords

These Innovative Technologies are Helping eBay Move Beyond Passwords

Technology continues to grow more advanced, and with it comes major pain points that need to be resolved. Today’s modern businesses will need to adapt by implementing new solutions for both themselves and their customers or clients. In this fashion, eBay has begun to implement an assortment of new features to assist with the customer experience.

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Hollywood is Captivated By Fictional Hackers, But Real Hackers aren’t Entertaining

Hollywood is Captivated By Fictional Hackers, But Real Hackers aren’t Entertaining

It’s not an understatement to suggest that hackers are a hindrance to business. They take what doesn’t belong to them, and worse than that, they use that stolen information to make off with money, misrepresent individual actions, and ultimately, just cause a degree of added entropy that any business simply doesn’t need. Recently, with the hacker group Anonymous consistently in the news and dozens of corporate hacks resulting in millions of people’s personal information being compromised, hackers have been an increased part of the public consciousness.

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