4 Approaches to Better Meetings

Without a doubt, meetings remain an essential part  of running your business. They ensure your teams stay on the same page with the information they need to get things done; they connect you with your customers; they help build stronger relationships. Unfortunately, meetings can also waste time and resources—ultimately costing your business. Here are 4 ways […]

Modern Workplace: Benefits and Challenges

The modern workplace brings together teams, information, and processes to empower our teams and enable our businesses. Powered by cloud, getting the most out of our systems requires more than simply moving from one system to another. Managing adoption, ensuring users understand how to use tools effectively, increases individual and team productivity and efficiency. 5 […]

The Business Case for Teamwork Solutions

How our teams work, and our businesses run, continues to evolve. Teamwork — communication and collaboration — brings people together to share information, work together, and accomplish common goals and objectives. When you have a place to create and make decisions, you empower your team to achieve. Market Dynamics Finding secure, easy ways to connect […]

Exchange Server Zero-Day Threat

On March 3, 2021, Microsoft issued an emergency Microsoft Exchange Server patch alert for multiple zero-day vulnerabilities that are being exploited by a nation-state affiliated group. The order impacts on-premise Exchange Servers 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2019. Older editions are past end of life and do not receive security updates. Microsoft highly recommends that you take […]

Cumulus Global Recognized as a Pioneer on CRN’s 2021 MSP 500 List

CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has again named Cumulus Global to its 2021 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. The annual list recognizes leading North American solution providers that demonstrate innovative and forward-thinking approaches to managed services. These services help businesses and their teams improve operational efficiencies and […]

4 Pillars for Integrated Security

All of us have data and services in the cloud and on-site. Whether we have local servers or just our laptops, securing your business means an integrated security strategy. These 4 pillars for integrated security create a foundation that can be applied and adapted for your business. 4 Pillars for Integrated Security Identity and Access […]

Chrome and Google EDU Related Services

We understand that a sustainable Chrome device program requires planning and execution. Our Chrome related services and Google EDU Partner services help lift the burden. From concept and acquisition, through life cycle management and disposition, we can save you time and lower your total cost of ownership. ChromeCycle Services Looking to buy? Our purchase pre-registration […]

Chromebook Market Update

With the onset of COVID-19, schools and districts scrambled to move to remote and hybrid learning models. Demand for Chromebooks, netbooks, cameras, and other accessories skyrocketed. At the same time, the pandemic severely disrupted the supply chains. Manufactures struggled to get components from suppliers, to staff and run their assembly lines, and to ship product […]

Chrome Education Upgrade – Price Increase

On March 9, 2021, the list price for Chrome Education Upgrade (aka Chrome Management License/Service) will increase from $30 per device to $38 per device. As key component of your Google for Education services, this price increase may significantly impact your budget. If you are planning on purchasing Chrome devices this spring, or for the […]

Cyber Protection Solutions for SMBs

As our businesses become even more reliant on technology and cloud services, the frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks continue to accelerate. Your Cyber Protection  Cyber Protection Needs We need our businesses — and our people — to be aware, protected, and able to recover. At Cumulus Global, our CPR model maps the necessary components of cyber […]

4 More Protections for Your Business

In our last blog post, we identified 3 must-have protections for any business using Google Workspace or Microsoft 365. Backup/Recovery Advanced Threat Protection Multi-Factor Authentication In combination, these protections help prevent successful attacks and give you the ability to recover should an attack be successful. Here are 4 more protections for your business Putting these […]

3 Must-Have Protections for Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace

Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace protect your data using a shared responsibility model.  They provide redundancy and backup to ensure your service is performing, available, reliable, and secure.  You are responsible for controlling access, managing permission, and protecting your data from loss. Here  are 3 Must-Have Protections for your Microsoft or Google Cloud Services   […]

Using MS Office 2010 or 2013 Puts You at Risk

On October 13, 2020, Office 2010 reached “end of support” (EOS) and Office 2013 lost its connection to the cloud. You may be one of the many small businesses using one of these versions. It is not uncommon for SMBs to avoid upgrading software. The cause is often a perceived “lack of need” for new […]

Evaulating SaaS Backup Solutions

You have many choices when choosing your SaaS backup solution for Google Workspace (G Suite), Microsoft 365, Salesforce.com, and other cloud services. When picking your solution, look for the data protection capabilities you need. At a minimum, a SaaS backup solution should offer the following. Comprehensive Protection Some SaaS backup solutions only protect email, files, […]

3 Reasons for SaaS Data Protection

SaaS data is not immune to permanent data loss. Microsoft and Google make no guarantees when it comes to restoring deleted data, whether from human error or a malicious act. While Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) may make collaboration more efficient, data protection and management is a shared responsibility. Both Google and Microsoft […]

Service Update: Datto SaaS Protection

Service Update: Datto SaaS Protection. The latest Datto SaaS Protection platform is now available to all of our costumers. For more recent customers, you are already on the newest platform.  For our longer term SaaS Protection (aka Backupify) customers, the transition process will begin as early as February 1, 2021. The process will complete before […]

Google Vault – What, How, and Why

Google Vault is a compliant archive and e-discovery service.  Historically, Vault is an add-on for G Suite Basic and is included with G Suite Business and Enterprise. As Google transitions to the new Google Workspace, Google includes Vault in Google all Workspace Enterprise subscriptions and Google Workspace Business Plus.  Vault is not available as an […]

SaaS Backup – 4 Dangerous Misconceptions

SaaS Backup is just as important, and necessary, as backups for data hosted on in-house servers and systems. With more remote work, our reliance on SaaS applications and services such as Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace has become more critical to our success. Easy access to files and folders from anywhere and the integrated collaboration […]

Passwords – 3 Fails and 3 Wins

Bad passwords are the cause for over 80% of cyber security incidents. Bad passwords are bad for business.  ID Agent, a leading provider of Dark Web ID monitoring and protection services, recently surveyed over 2 billion passwords to find the worst problems and mistakes. The research boiled down the least secure passwords into three groups. […]

Google Workspace: Key Transition Dates

With the restructuring of G Suite into Google Workspace, Google is providing more service tiers and subscription options and you will need to decide which subscription best meets your needs and budget.

Here are some key dates to keep in mind as you plan your transition.