Entries by Allen Falcon

SaaSOps: Adapting the enterprise model for small and midsize businesses

The term “SaaSOps” was first coined by David Politis, founder of BetterCloud. SaaSOps, short for Software-as-a-Service Operations, is the suite of processes, skills, and responsibilities for managing the lifecycle of software delivered as a cloud service. Most small and midsize businesses use multiple SaaS applications. By effectively and efficiently managing these applications, we reduce operating […]

Security Best Practices to Protect Your Admin Accounts

In any client environment, it is critical for you to protect your admin account with current security best practices. Most cloud services have multiple levels of admin accounts, including a super admin with the ability to access, manage, and change every configuration and security settings.  In many cloud services, “super admin” accounts also have blanket […]

The High Cost of Low Adoption

Roughly 53% of the more than 33 million small and midsize businesses in the US rely on cloud services.  The vast majority use Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace for basic productivity tools: email, calendars, contacts, and files. The popularity is due, in part, to the ease of deployment.  You can quickly deploy either of the […]

The State and Future of Remote Work

As noted in a recent article published by American City Business Journals, the state and future of remote work are still up for debate.  Remote work and hybrid work arrangements continue to face resistance. Our reduced need for office space still impacts city centers and commercial real estate markets.  And yet, employees still want remote […]

Effective Cloud Strategies for Small Businesses

As small and midsize businesses (SMBs), most of us have cloud strategies centered around productivity suites for email, calendars, chat, and file services. Beyond Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace, we need cloud strategies for small businesses that differ from those used by larger organizations.  Although our goals and objectives may be similar, we differ in the […]

Cloud Computing Trends, Challenges & Provider Insights in 2023

Cloud Computing Trends Earlier this month, CRN published a story covering Flexera’s 2023 State of the Cloud Report.  Flexera provides software and systems to manage enterprise private and public clouds.  The report on cloud computing trends originates with an annual survey of 750 technology leaders across sectors, geographies, and size of the business.  While the […]

A Notable Shift in Cyber Attacks

As we proceed into 2023, we begin receiving reports and analysis of 2022, the year that was.  Now is a time when we gather data and perspectives on the past year. This new information helps guide us to better decisions in the year ahead. With respect to Cyber Attacks, the information is definitely both positive […]

The Cloud, Shared Responsibility, and You

The vast majority of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) understand — or have learned the hard way — that the ability to recover lost or damaged data is critical to your IT services and business resiliency.  You need to be able to recover and restore files, databases, servers, and workstations from loss due to disasters, […]

Understanding a Third Party Data Breach & How to Prevent One

What is a Third Party Data Breach? A third party data breach occurs when an individual’s login identity and/or personally identifiable information (PII) has been disclosed by a third party system or service. A third party system or service is one that is unrelated to your business. Third party data breaches are a security risk […]

Cumulus Global Recognized on the 2022 CRN® MSP 500 List

Company Celebrates 5th Consecutive Year of Recognition as an Industry Leader For the fifth consecutive year, Cumulus Global proudly shares that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company®, has named Cumulus Global to its Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category for 2022. CRN’s annual MSP 500 list identifies leading North […]