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Dell EMC Data Protection with AWS

Posted by Katie McDonald on Aug 8, 2017 10:44:57 AM

On August 30th, Dell EMC is kicking off the first of several webinars regarding Dell EMC Data Protection solutions for Public Cloud. This webinar is specifically focused on AWS and “ IN CLOUD” data protection. Speakers include; Isaiah Weiner, Sr. Manager, Solutions Architecture at AWS who will cover the value Dell EMC has created with our built for cloud scale architecture and Pat O’Brien, Offering Manager from DXC Technologies, who will talk about how they use our solution for their customers and why they see real value in what Dell EMC has created.  

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Topics: Insider

The Growth of Our Team Continues

Posted by Katie McDonald on Jul 27, 2017 8:15:51 AM
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Twin Cities, MN – Cyber Advisors, Inc. is proud to announce and welcome Ryan Vinje as VP of Managed Services. Ryan will oversee the managed services engineers and service desk while building upon Cyber Advisors’ strong reputation through identifying new offerings and services. In addition, he will focus on further developing the skill sets of an accomplished team of engineers and technicians.

Prior to joining Cyber Advisors, Ryan was the Chief Information Officer of a Twin Cities based commodities trading and risk management firm which generated just shy of one billion per year in revenue. His role there revolved around high availability systems architecture, budget management, project management, and team development.

“We are delighted to have Ryan join the leadership team at Cyber Advisors. We are focused on giving both our customers and employees the attention they need to grow.  Ryan brings the right mix of technical expertise and overall passion for excellence.” – Shane Vinup, CEO.

Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time in BWCA and backcountry camping, anything sports related, playing video games, and is interested in all things tech.

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Topics: Off Topic/Fun

Joe's Breakfast Links pt. 22

Posted by Katie McDonald on Jul 14, 2017 8:13:34 AM

Anyone who knows me or has read this blog knows how much I love sports.  I’ve written in previous blogs about the benefits of playing team sports, but what about following teams and being a FAN? Some people think, “what’s the point?” Beyond what I believe to be the best entertainment and drama, I also love that sports can be simple in terms of the black and white nature of having winners and losers and beginnings and ends to games and seasons. In sports, you know where you stand and if you need to change.

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Star Tribune names Cyber Advisors a 2017 Top Workplace

Posted by Katie McDonald on Jun 22, 2017 8:23:13 AM

Twin Cities, MN — Cyber Advisors has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. A complete list of those selected is available at http://topworkplaces.com/frontend.php/regional-list/list/startribune and will also be published in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section on Sunday, June 25.

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Topics: Off Topic/Fun

The Cyborgs Have Arrived...

Posted by Katie McDonald on May 24, 2017 12:15:00 PM
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Joe's Breakfast Links Pt. 14

Posted by Katie McDonald on May 5, 2017 1:29:06 PM

I made a bit of parenting blunder last night and it carried over to this morning. Last night the kids were begging for a snack, but we returned home from a late baseball practice so I negotiated that if they were fast and behaved through the bedtime routine we would grab donuts on the way to school on Friday.  Friday morning came and I thought I was off the hook.  They wanted breakfast and so I gave them a typical breakfast, but then almost as if the food was fueling their memory they remembered that dad promised donuts today. 

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Topics: Off Topic/Fun

Our Team is Growing! Welcome to the Team Keith!

Posted by Katie McDonald on Apr 14, 2017 10:51:38 AM

Twin Cities, MN – Cyber Advisors is proud to announce and welcome Keith Jesser as Solutions Architect.

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Topics: Insider

Joe's Breakfast Links pt. 9

Posted by Katie McDonald on Mar 24, 2017 9:22:10 AM
  • Are you more likely to have left home without your phone or wallet/purse?  Seeing as we are much more
     connected to our phones than anything else, I think I know the answer. Apparently, so does Wells Fargo, who announced that they are upgrading all of their ATMs next week to allow customers the ability to withdraw money using their phones and the Wells Fargo application.   Once my kids hear about this I will never be able to use the excuse I left my wallet at home when they want me to buy something.  Read more here
  • In rather large technology and privacy news the senate voted to eliminate broadband privacy rules which make our ISP providers at least ask our permission to sell our web browsing history and other private information.  I am far from a policy or privacy wonk, but I would like to ask them if they are able to sell my browsing history for a profit, is there any way that can help lower my bill?  Article here.
  • It’s spring break season and my family is not going anywhere, but we did take a trip a month ago, and made our first leap into the magical world of Disney on a cruise.  I had a lot of tips and recommendations from people prior to our trip and now I see why they felt as positively as they did.  Even though I left work behind I kept thinking about just how impressive it is that they have such a large work force that is so strongly committed to taking care of their customers and making it an unbelievable experience.  Business leaders will be studying the Disney model for decades to come.  Here is an interesting article featuring Lee Cockerell, a former executive leader at Disney.  My favorite quote from the Fast Company article is “When you think about it, the customer doesn’t come first–great leaders come first. You can’t have a great company without great leadership. They create the right environment and the kind of culture where people are able to do more than they think they can.”
  • Star Tribune had fun with it being March Madness and created the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket: Ale-ite Eight.  Take a look and cast your vote here.   But first make a trip to the store and be sure to sample each one so your vote is a well-educated one.
  • Who doesn’t love a good buzzer beater? This one is one of the best and it helped Champlin Park win in the state quarterfinals.  The Rebels won last night as well and will play for the state championship Saturday.  Check out here how they got to the semifinals
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Joe's Breakfast Links pt. 6

Posted by Katie McDonald on Mar 3, 2017 9:10:00 AM
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  • The IPO of Snap Inc, or more commonly known as Snapchat, yesterday made a lot of early investors millions of dollars along with a few other business news stories I read this week, made me think just how crazy and ever changing the business landscape is today.  A company that started because people didn’t want a history of their texts and photos between friends last infinitely is now one of the biggest financial stories of 2017 thus far.  SnapChat’s success is also a reflection of how other businesses are trying to adapt and attract this new consumer, that let’s face it, might be hard to please.

So for this week’s breakfast links I wanted to share stories of companies trying to figure out this new       consumer landscape that wants things that are fast, easy, cheap, good for the environment, trendy, but not too trendy.  Then, be prepared because every consumer has a camera, video camera, multiple social media accounts and is prepared to put your product or service on blast if they aren’t satisfied. And because I am hungry this morning, I decided to focus on food companies. 

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Topics: Managed Services

We Made CRN's 2017 Managed Services Provider 500 List...Again!

Posted by Katie McDonald on Feb 20, 2017 10:31:00 AM

For the second year in a row, Cyber Advisors has placed on the CRN’s 2017 Managed Services Provider (MSP500) List! 

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Topics: Managed Services