Change costs money. I was at a client meeting recently, and it was discussed that most capital expenses are brought upon by changes to the environment, whether they be environmental, geographic, operational, or workflow related. However, with the IT-as-a-Service trend, the CapEx hit doesn't have to be dramatic.
This month, we discuss IT-as-a-Service and the move from CapEx to OpEx. In addition, we discuss the importance of password policies, our upcoming holiday schedule, and we meet our "Blue Team" Service Lead, Josh Churchill. Enjoy!
Dave DelVecchio, President
Over the last seven years, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has moved from being leveraged solely by early-adopters to widespread, mainstream usage across many vertical industries. As a result, businesses have experienced the benefits of moving traditional, lump-sum capital expenses for software licensing to recurring operating expenses, often on a monthly recurring basis. This move from "CapEx to OpEx" allows traditional expenses that would often require depreciation schedules over their life expectancy to be 100% tax deductible in the year the expenses were incurred, allowing for tax savings.
As a result, more and more IT expenses that were traditionally offered solely as capital purchases are now being made available as monthly recurring expenses. For example, Innovative has over 100 Backup and Recovery Solution (BRS) appliances in use across our install base, a solution which combines all hardware, software, and services necessary for a managed backup infrastructure, including daily management, as well as monthly and quarterly testing of data integrity. In addition, other services are being offered as-a-service, including servers, network switches, firewalls, wifi, security solutions, and regulatory compliance training and management.
Talk to your accounting professional about the benefits of moving toward IT-as-a-Service, and talk to us at Innovative about how we can deliver the right mix of as-a-service offerings for your organization.
Why are password policies important?
We have all been prompted to setup a password that required the use of a mix of uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers, and non-alphanumeric characters with forced changes every 45 days, a minimum number of characters, and without the ability to reuse prior passwords. Why is all the cloak and dagger necessary? Are complex passwords really that important?
Absolutely! At a recent industry event help in Newport, RI, Kelly O'Bray, Channel Manger of IT security company LogicNow/Solarwinds shared that 63% of data breaches used legitimate user credentials. In fact, according to IT security company TeamsID, 10,000 of the most common passwords (such as 12345, qwerty, password, or baseball) account for 98% of all accounts online!
Don't make the hacker's job any easier than necessary. Don't make a password too personal, don't use single words found in the dictionary, leverage complex passwords as described above, and change your password regularly.
Innovative Holiday Schedule
Please note: Innovative follows Massachusetts guidelines for the observance of major holidays. Therefore, with both Christmas and New Year's Day falling on Sundays this year, please note that we will be closed
in observance of these holidays on Monday, December 26th
and Monday, January 2nd
, respectively. Happy Holidays!
Meet Josh Churchill
With Innovative since 2008, Josh
brought to Innovative over three years' experience as a computer support specialist at a 250-user regional hospital where he managed Windows servers and workstations and all associated hardware, and provided desktop support to hospital staff. Josh currently serves as our Blue team support lead, heading many project implementations and providing escalation support for our Blue team clients. Josh has held or holds many industry certifications from CompTIA, Cisco, Citrix, Fortinet, HP, Meru, and Symantec, and is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).
Outside of work, Josh spends much of his time corralling his two daughters, ages 6 and 8, and playing drums whenever he can find the time!