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IT Security Essentials

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on September 28, 2016

Most in church and ministry leadership aren't familiar with IT security risks and solutions. Here are some that are important, easy to fix, and affordable.

Tags: Business Continuity, Church Administration, Cloud / Internet / Email, Data Strategies, Disaster Recovery, Finance, IT Infrastructure / Networks, IT Security, Managing IT, Mobile Devices

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Nick’s Hardware Picks

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on August 22, 2016

There are two issues we always consider: 1) hardware that improves system reliability vs that which hurts it, and 2) budget sensitivity. In this article I'll share with you the hardware we currently spec for our clients-- specs that affordably help ministries build the Kingdom.

Tags: Church Administration, Hardware, IT Infrastructure / Networks, IT Security, Managing IT

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Nick’s Software Picks

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on July 22, 2016

We've found that some software works better in church and ministry offices than others.

Tags: Church Administration, Cloud / Internet / Email, CMS / ChMS, Disaster Recovery, IT Infrastructure / Networks, IT Security, Mac, MS Office, Software, Virtualization, Windows

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Showing The Love in IT Support

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on June 21, 2016

I made an appointment to see an Apple Genius so they could resolve a battery issue in my wife's iPhone. I was also going to have them replace my phone's screen because of a scratch it picked up when about two weeks old. What happened is an example of how badly support can go wrong, and serves as a good reminder for all of us who interface with our customers.

Tags: Managing IT

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Confessions of an Arrogant Man

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on May 04, 2016

When your life is rocked by circumstances beyond your control, your focus is on survival. While in survival mode we often cry out to God. And sometimes we get the sense that he is responding to us in the midst of our survival mode. That happened to me recently while battling a severe form of pneumonia and coming close to the end of life's journey.

Tags: Something Personal

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Microsoft O365 – What You Need to Know

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on January 18, 2016

Last year I reported a charity license issue breakthrough that now has many considering migrating to Microsoft Office 365 (O365). There are some limitations you need to know about, and there are ways to save considerable dollars. Here's what you need to know.

Tags: Church Administration, Cloud / Internet / Email, Mac, Managing IT, Mobile Devices, MS Office, Software

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Microsoft Resolves O365 Charity Licensing Issue for Churches!

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on October 12, 2015

Many Christian churches and ministries have been uncomfortable with the Microsoft charity licensing section requiring them to certify they don't discriminate in their employment practices regarding LGBT issues. On 10/8/2015 Microsoft resolved this and posted the changes to their website! That is great news for many! Here are the details.

Tags: Church Administration, Cloud / Internet / Email, Data Strategies, IT Infrastructure / Networks, Managing IT, MS Office, Software

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Geek Speak!

Written by Nick B. Nicholaou on September 01, 2015

Non-IT people are at the mercy of IT people who support them. Generally, folks don't like to admit they don't know what something means. But as IT people, we are over the top in our use of techno-terms and acronyms! And they can keep us from serving well!

Tags: Managing IT

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