Laurie Head is co-owner of AIS Network, leading all facets of corporate communications, content and culture and occasionally guiding clients who need award-winning application development. After careers in broadcast journalism and public affairs, Laurie went out on a limb in 1998 to direct communications for an investment bank’s technology practice. At the time, there were few women working in IT, and she got a buzz out of breaking new ground. Since then, Laurie has never looked back, embracing her various roles in the industry and inspiring and mentoring young colleagues along the way. She’s one part entrepreneur, one part communications executive, one part wordsmith, one part geek, one part volunteer and two parts mom. When she’s not playing any of those parts or blogging, she’s walking the dog.

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Upgrade to SharePoint 2016

Upgrade to SharePoint 2016 So, why upgrade to SharePoint 2016? SharePoint 2016 (SharePoint 2016 download guide) achieves general availability on May 4, so it’s time to decide about upgrading. What’s the benefit?  Well, to begin with, if you have a SharePoint farm that’s a few generations behind — say, SharePoint 2007 or SharePoint 2010 — you’re…

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When Hackers Strike

When Hackers Strike “The battle against terrorism is not only a military battle, but primarily a battle of information” -Ahmed Chalabi   In today’s globalized and cyber-connected world, hackers are a real and present danger. The threat of “bad guys” extends to the Internet and the security of your life and personal information. Throughout history,…

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March Is Governmental Purchasing Month in VA

March is Governmental Purchasing Month in Virginia! Just last week, Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued a proclamation to recognize March as Governmental Purchasing Month in Virginia — in conjunction with National Purchasing Month as proclaimed by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and other public purchasing and contracting organizations across the country that recognize…

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Happy Birthday SharePoint, Fifteen Years!

Happy Birthday SharePoint!  Fifteen years!  Wow! Get ready for March 2016! It’s Happy 15th Birthday SharePoint! If our good wishes are several weeks early, it’s because we’re excited for Microsoft — and for us. Microsoft SharePoint is in good company. 2001 marked the year in which Wikipedia launched. It’s also the year in which Microsoft launched Windows XP,…

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SharePoint 2016 New Features

We’ve been hosting and developing around SharePoint since SharePoint Team Services 1.0.  That’s a loooong time!  That’s why we are excited about the SharePoint 2016 new features. If you didn’t already know, SharePoint 2016 is scheduled to hit the market later this spring. This new version should compensate for some of the missing features that…

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Creating a Compliance Culture

Wondering how to create a positive compliance culture within your company?  We’re here to help companies make managing compliance, well, manageable. We’ve defined the role and responsibilities of the Chief Compliance Officer. We’ve helped delineate what a Compliance Management System (CMS) is all about. We are now here to share the next best kept industry…

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Security Awareness Training

Security awareness training for employees is a critical component of compliance and security in your organization. The risk of an employee not understanding the potential security threats facing them as a frontline target could be just the opening that an attacker needs to create a security breach. You are only as strong as your weakest…

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Hurricane Preparedness: Protect Your Data

Hurricane preparedness should always be top of mind at this time of the year. While those of us living in the Commonwealth of Virginia narrowly missed getting walloped by Hurricane Joaquin this month, folks in the Carolinas were not so fortunate. They were inundated with rain, resulting in damaging floods.  Businesses and governments were forced…