LEVEL UP: NEWS & VIEWS FROM RED LEVEL

Meet The Team – James Graff Edition

Meet the people who make it happen at Red Level for our clients every day. James Graff is one of our Senior Account Executives. He has been at our headquarters for over 3 years. We asked James a few questions for you to get to know him a little better! What's your favorite restaurant?  "I don't have one specific favorite restaurant, but I do enjoy' a great filet. Cameron's, Grey Ghost and Fleming's are just a few of my favorites." What's your favorite pastime? "I enjoy both golf and hunting." Why did you choose to work in IT?    "I'm not sure! I went to school for Sales and Business Marketing, and I somehow ended up in IT."  Favorite sport? [...]

Red Level received the 2018 Michigan Works! Impact Award!

NOVI, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 21, 2018—Red Level has been chosen to receive the 2018 Michigan Works! Impact Award. The company was nominated for the honor by the Oakland County Michigan Works! Chapter in recognition of its success in forming strategic partnerships to upskill and expand the local workforce to meet industry needs better. Michigan Works! is a 30-year-old organization dedicated to providing services and support to Michigan’s workforce development system, the first united organization of its kind in the United States. The annual Impact Awards are bestowed upon companies who have demonstrated a commitment to create jobs and develop talent within their communities. This year’s Impact Awards presented at a ceremony at the Anderson House office building in Lansing on [...]

Scams Target Travelers and Hotels

Every summer it seems that their is another scam targeting travelers. Check out this blog from one of our partners, KnowBe4, on the latest fake hotel website scam. "Cybercriminals will take advantage of any situation that separates people from their money. And what better way than to purport to be a reputable hotel and take reservations? The recent example in Turkey covered below demonstrates how far cybercriminals are willing to go to setup their scam. In this newest scam, fake hotel websites are setup (in some cases even copying a hotels entire website!) using as many as 50 domain names similar to the hotel’s brand name. These scammers are so good at what they do, in many cases, their fake websites ranked [...]

What’s The “Power” in Microsoft’s Power BI (Business Intelligence)?

There's been tons of buzz the last few years' about big data and cloud collaboration.  How can you, as a business owner, analyst or data interpreter, determine what data is good or bad for effective analytics and reporting?  Let's take it a step further, how can you make usable, actionable data available throughout an organization, enable opportunities for new services, and gain vital insights from fragmented and under-analyzed data? This is the 'Power' in Microsoft's Power BI!  Before we dig deeper, what is Microsoft's Power BI? Microsoft Power BI, or “business intelligence,” is an impactful cloud-based tool that transforms a company’s data into rich visuals for its employees to collect and organize so they can focus on what matters to them: getting [...]

Red Letter IT Newsletter – June 2018

There's nothing like jumping right into a summer heat wave!  With sunblock, beaches, parks, and vacations, let's take a look at these 5 quick but important IT stories you should know about: MICROSOFT 365 BUSINESS - BETTER WORKFLOWS & PROCESSES: Detroit Wallpaper Engaged with Red Level to Implement Powerful Tools to Consolidate and Simplify Everything from Finanical Data to Sales Presentations "I would say that we have probably reclaimed at least 10–15 percent of our budget by preventing waste through timely collaboration." (Andi Kubacki, Co-Founder, Detroit Wallpaper) TECH NEWS: Save Money & Time in Your Journey to The Cloud Learn how reserve instances, automation, auto shut down features, and more can give you smart strategies for better security, performance, and cost savings. [...]

Red Level Expands Grand Rapids Datacenter Presence

Sometimes, important changes happen without anyone noticing. That was the case recently as Red Level greatly expanded our West Michigan datacenter footprint. We’ve been watching closely as the Grand Rapids-area market has grown and changed in recent years. Grand Rapids has been emerging as a powerful new hub for information technology-focused companies, both in the form of innovative start-ups and as a destination of choice for established companies looking to expand into a new market or relocate their operations. At the same time, a lot of the area’s established businesses have been embracing cloud-based solutions as a means of building their capabilities and modernizing their IT operations. Naturally, as the markets we serve and our clients’ needs grow, we need [...]

Red Letter IT Newsletter – April 2018

Are we skipping spring and going right into a summer heat wave?  With the constant weather changes in Michigan, let's take a look at these 5 quick IT stories you should know about: BUSINESS GOES ON WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OFF!: A powerful Disaster Recovery plan from Red Level, Bower Management is building a stronger, more resilient business Can your company weather any storm? TECH NEWS: By the end of 2018, spending on IT-as-a-Service will be $547 Billion! Cloud platforms and Cloud services adoption are increasing in the mid-tier and small & medium businesses (SMB), leading researchers including Forrester to adjust their forecasts upward. BLOG: MiCloud - Enterprise-Grade Cloud Services for SMBs MiCloud offers significant advantages - Scalability, control, and personalization TECH SPRING [...]

Email Phishing Becomes A Bigger & Bigger Threat

Phishing threat is no joke, despite the widows and princes. The phishermen are out there – just make sure you don’t get caught. Imagine: You come into work one morning and open a typical, innocuous-looking email. Unknown to you, that sets in motion a chain of events: Malicious code within the virus embeds itself within your laptop, forcing it to perform a series of hidden procedures that open gateways to your data, send spam emails to your contacts, and reproduce copies of the code. By lunchtime, several of your colleagues’ machines are doing the same thing. Twenty hours later, your entire network is infected, and all 70 employees are idled for two days! Can it happen? It happened recently to [...]

April Showers Brings May Security By Avoiding Attacks!

With the growing cyber-threat landscape, most companies’ solutions are not solving these attacks. Attackers are spending more than 200 days on average in companies they breach – and the amount of damage done in that time is astonishing. Three-quarters of those breaches are directly linked to the mismanagement or theft of user credentials.  What’s most alarming is companies’ solutions aren’t able to solve the problem. Instead of struggling to protect your business only from outside threats, expect breaches to happen.  So what can you do?  Rely on detection and containment to best secure your environment. What if your employees need to access information from outside the office, and often from their own devices?  More importantly, how do you make sure that your [...]