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Benefits of Microsoft Teams: A Communication and Collaboration Hub

Teams is Microsoft’s premiere communication and collaboration tool. It has now replaced Skype, which was strictly a chat and calling platform; however, Teams’ capabilities are far greater than its predecessor. It is a four-in-one shared workplace that streamlines messaging and chat, meetings and file sharing, calling, and app integration.

Businesses often utilize Teams to increase productivity, improve collaboration and enable innovation across their entire organization.

Thrive Named to ChannelE2E Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs: 2019 Edition

Fourth-Annual List Reveals Leading MSPs In Healthcare, Government, Financial Services, Manufacturing & More

Foxborough, MA, April 29, 2019 — Thrive, a premier provider of Next Generation Managed Services has been named to After Nines Inc.’s ChannelE2E Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs list and research for 2019. The annual list and research identify and honor the top 100 managed services providers (MSPs) in healthcare, government, financial services, manufacturing, legal, not-for-profit and additional vertical markets.

Thrive Named One of 2019 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®

Tech Elite 250 List Recognizes Highest Achieving IT Solution Providers in Vendor Certifications

Thrive proudly announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Thrive to its 2019 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors a select group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology suppliers, scaled to their company size. These companies have distinguished themselves with multiple, top-level IT certifications, specializations, and partner program designations from the industry’s most prestigious technology providers.

Personal Cybersecurity – How Secure Are You?

Normally I talk about how to setup your work network to be more secure. Today, I want to talk about your personal security. Not physical security, but virtual security. Most people do not want to tinker with their home network. I don’t blame you, neither do I. I just want my home network to work… mostly because if it breaks, then all the kids will come running wondering why the sky is falling.

But for personal technology, there are some practical steps that will help make you more secure.

Thrive Named to the Elite 150 of CRN’s MSP 500 List

Thrive is proud to announce that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named us to its 2019 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Elite 150 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with innovative approaches to managed services. These services help customers improve operational efficiencies, maximize return on IT investments, and continuously help them navigate the complexities of IT solutions.

Erik Young Recognized to CRN’s 2019 Channel Chiefs List

This morning, CRN published their 2019 Channel Chiefs list of the 50 most influential executives that drive the channel agenda and evangelize the importance of channel partnerships. We are pleased to announce that Thrive’s very own, Erik Young, VP, Channel Sales, was recognized with this esteemed award.

Read his bio and interview below.

What Can We Learn from the Super Bowl?

While I’m sure we can learn something, I think we can all agree defense is boring. The same is true for security. Your defensive security, that blocked someone from potentially getting into your network, is a lot less impressive than saying you hacked NASA.

But to win the Super Bowl the Patriots defense needed to be one step ahead. Yes, Tom Brady is who everyone talks about, but if the defense hadn’t done their job, they would not have won the game.

So, I’m going to spend the rest of this time talking defense. The unsung heroes.

IT Buzzword: Cloud Integration

cloudIn today’s fast paced world, it’s social media, viral videos, celebrity news and the latest trends. Generally, these boil down to a single word or two which in and of itself, becomes Pop Culture. In the business of information technology, it’s all the acronyms and buzzwords. Some of these buzzwords end up sticking around and become much more than we could have imagined just a few years ago. One of them that’s stood the test of time is, “Cloud Integration.”

It’s become very clear in the past few years that the ever present, and often talked about, “Cloud”, is here to stay. Many people still don’t grasp how important the cloud has become, in both your business and your personal life. It’s more important than ever for businesses of all sizes to take a step back and assess the state of their Cloud Integration…it’s more than a trendy new buzzword now.

Check Your Cloud Permissions!

As we are seeing by the recent breaches of well-known brands the public clouds are becoming the source from which the data is being obtained.  The easy way to describe what has been happening is a cloud version of a file server has been populated with sensitive files and then permissions were set to allow a very large number of people access to those files.  These recent breaches are not the direct fault of the cloud vendor but rather humans or processes created by humans not knowing how to configure proper security within the clouds.