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disaster recovery and business continuity

The difference between disaster recovery and business continuity

Disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) are often confused by businesses as being the same. However, it's important companies understand the difference between disaster recovery and business continuity to ensure they are well prepared if a disaster occurs. Essentially, both preventive strategies cover how employees will communicate, where they will work, and how they will continue working in the event of an emergency. According to the U.S. Small Business…
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Hunger Busters

Aldridge helps feed Dallas youth at Hunger Busters event

Aldridge President, Bryan Gregory, participated in a Hunger Busters event hosted by Entrepreneurs for North Texas (EFNT), a program that helps its member companies to engage in philanthropy activities to serve both their business and the Dallas/North Texas community. The event was held on Wednesday, June 23, 2016 at the Hunger Busters center in Dallas. Participants helped prepare over 800 sack lunches for marginalized youth in Dallas Independent School District.…
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Book Review for “Who: The A Method for Hiring”

Geoff Smart and Randy Street are the authors of “Who: The A Method for Hiring,” a book that has paved the way for businesses to develop thorough and effective processes around recruiting and hiring. For Aldridge, the book has been a cornerstone in establishing the company’s foundation for hiring employees as it outlines how businesses can avoid common process pitfalls, identify “A” players in the industry, and ensure such candidates…
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HIPAA violation

Non-profit business associate faces penalties for HIPAA violation

  A recent report of a data breach incident has left a bitter taste in the mouths of HIPAA bound business associates (defined below) across the nation. Such organizations were already rattled by the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) plan to hold a series of random audits throughout 2016, but the OCR's decision to find blame and assess a fine against the business associate directly has elicited additional concern. On…
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Aldridge CEO to explain how to make money in the cloud at the 2016 Cloud Services Community Roadshow

Aldridge CEO, Patrick Wiley, will be a panelist for the Cloud Services Community Roadshow at the Dallas Tower Club on Thursday, June 23. The panel, “Where is the profit?” will include two other cloud business owners and will feature a discussion of how these entrepreneurs make money in the cloud. The Cloud Services Community was started in September 2012 by Baptie and Co. The community grew out of a need…
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acquire LinkedIn

Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn and bolster social media presence

On Monday, June 14, 2016, Microsoft announced its plans to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in cash. The deal is scheduled to close by the end of this calendar year and both companies expect the merger to enhance their growth and competitive position within the business sphere. LinkedIn’s CEO, Jeff Weiner, will retain his role, and report to Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella. Microsoft says LinkedIn’s unique brand and culture will…
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wearable technology

Wearable technology and business: How wearables will change the way we work

Smart phones and tablets have nearly all of the capabilities of the wearable device, causing wearable technology to encounter some resistance from mass-market consumers. However, wearable devices have proven to be especially helpful for enterprise use. Wearables can be devices or equipment one wears on a lanyard, attached to one's belt, as a wristband, as glasses, and so on. Wearables can do everything from measuring heart rate, to displaying a…
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wearable technology

Wears the risk: The future of wearable technology and data security

  Wearable technology trends are spreading rapidly as the devices have begun to serve functions that extend beyond basic fitness and sleep monitoring. Consumers spent more than $2 billion dollars on wearable technology in 2015, and this number is only expected to rise in the coming years. According to eMarketer, 81.7% of U.S. adults will be using wearable devices by 2018. It’s predicted this technology will make its way into…
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ransomware

Running from ransomware: What it is and how to avoid it

Anyone who’s used a computer within the last decade has likely heard of ransomware. However, not everyone knows what it is and how deadly it can be to the security and well-being of a business. In April 2016, CNN Money reported ransomware was soon to be a $1 billion business as its costs have reached an all-time high. From January to March 2016 alone, cybercriminals used ransomware to extort $209…
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IT hardware

IT hardware: Why is it important to my IT outsourcing provider?

Many businesses perceive hardware as a burden. The cost, management, and repairs necessary to maintain the technology can be frustrating, which is why so many organizations rely upon a managed service provider (MSP) to handle this aspect of their IT environments. If your business outsources its hardware needs to a managed IT services provider, you’ve probably wondered why there’s such an emphasis on the type of hardware you use.
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