Reasons to be Grateful this season – By Bob Milliken

Bob Milliken
Bob Milliken

We are at the end of another year and you can’t help but feel grateful for today’s modern gadgets. Think about how much they contribute to your daily life. For some, they help them do their jobs every day. For others, they are used solely as a form of entertainment, and others they are the beat to keep them motivated during their run or gym workout. Feel even more gratefulness for the modern techno-gadgets that keep people alive, like pacemakers.

For business, they are the machines that keep our businesses running. Without them most of us would have a difficult time being in business.  Our gratitude extends to the people and tools that keep them running.

Cyber Thieves Keep A-Knockin’ But They Can’t Come In. A recent showed that small-business networks are attacked every 39 seconds by some type of hacker or malicious software. We are grateful for having the proper firewall and office network security tools to prevent even the most determined cyber hacker from getting their hands on your network.

Downtime Should Be A Thing Of The Past. Thanks to cloud-based monitoring and maintenance tools that are openly available, we are grateful that any reputable computer company can now actually notice when things go awry and prevent our computers from having issues. Hot fixes, patches and security updates are generally items that, when maintained on a regular basis, keep a network healthy and up and running.  And cloud-based remote access tools allow any IT professional to quickly resolve problems from anywhere.

If Disaster Strikes, You Can Be Back Up & Running In Minutes Instead Of Days. In addition to lost data, many businesses’ operations would be completely down for days or weeks if a major disaster like fire, flood or theft ever occurred. Here’s where Backup & Disaster Recovery solutions (BDR) make us very grateful indeed. Most of today’s BDR solutions include a “virtualization” component, which means an exact “picture” of your server and computers is taken throughout the day and stored elsewhere. If you ever need to get back up and running, your IT company simply restores that image…and you’re back in business.

Mobile Computing has helped us become more productive. We are grateful that we no longer need to be chained to our desks to do our jobs. The newest convertible laptops and mobile devices can give you the functionality of a desktop PC AND the portability of a tablet. We are also very grateful that mobile device management software can keep our mobile devices encrypted and trackable, so no need to lose any sleep over a lost device.

Cloud Computing has transferred the business risk.  With cloud computing, we are grateful that the cost and risk of the acquisition, maintenance and use of technology, and its obsolescence, is now someone else’s problem.

Bob Milliken is the president of Cascadia Systems Group. Connect with Bob at, or give us a call – 604.270.1730. Your comments are appreciated – Best wishes for 2016.