Entries by Jolene Rankin

Microsoft Intelligent Cloud Architect Boot Camp

Author: Chris Nicholas I got in! I’m ready to evolve my game and after successfully applying for admission to this fantastic event I couldn’t be more excited. The boot camp is being held at Microsoft HQ – the Mothership, in Bellevue, Washington. Attendees get to spend a week there learning from the best, refining knowledge […]

How Much Time Are You Wasting in Meetings?

Author: Jaime Garispe We have probably all had days where meetings overtake our schedule for the day, which means that we end up taking our work home with us and needing to put in extra time to get our actual work done. Of course, communication is important but an excess of ineffective meetings can squander […]

Outlook is Grim for Halloween 2017!

Author: Chris Nicholas Attention anyone using Outlook 2007 or 2010!!! On Oct 31, 2017, RPC over HTTP will be deprecated in Exchange Online in favor of MAPI over HTTP, a modern protocol that was launched in May 2014.  This change affects you if you are running Outlook 2007 because it won’t work with MAPI over […]

You Can’t Choose Your Family but You Can Choose Your Customers

Choosing your customers sounds backwards since isn’t it the customer that chooses you?  I believe this is a two way street.  To truly provide excellent customer service, the company providing the service needs to be a good match for the customer.  When this is accomplished, it is a true win-win. The 80/20 Rule For most […]

The Real Deal with Open Office Floor Plans

 Author: Jaime Garispe As most of you know, we recently moved to a new office! And don’t worry, we brought the bar, pool table, and foosball table with us. The new office is completely open- no assigned desks, just shared workspaces. We did this to decrease clutter in the office and to promote communication between […]

Who is Your Company’s Riskiest User?

Author: Chris Nicholas Wouldn’t it be great if we could detect when our user accounts were being used in places it would have been impossible for us to travel to? How protected would you feel if you knew users exhibiting risky, anomalous behavior were automatically challenged for a second layer of authentication? Maybe we should […]

Is Your Team Like Rocks in a Tumbler?

Author: Jaime Garispe I am part of a fantastic key executive Vistage group who brings in speakers from all over the world to promote professional growth and our speaker yesterday (Dave Nelsen) presented on the lost interview from Steve Jobs. All Akins employees are encouraged to engage in continuing education and learning and one of […]