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The SDI Team covers a broad range technology systems and infrastructure to deliver intelligent technology to our clients. This blog covers everything from emerging technologies to trends in security and more. Find expert insights and best practices from embedded SDI technicians, field teams and other SDI leaders.
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E-commerce is booming, people have more access to the internet than ever these days and retailers have realized that traditional brick and mortar stores now come second to online storefronts in most people’s mind. Therefore, a high percentage of the… Read More
Critical infrastructure operators, like airports, are attractive targets due to the many people, devices, and technology systems present. In the past decade, airports have exponentially increased their dependence on technology to manage processes, operations, and improve the passenger experience. The… Read More
In the first of a three-part series, SDI’s aviation Subject Matter Expert Erin Manning, PMP, CISM, examines the state of cybersecurity in US airports, and steps to strengthen airports’ cyber posture.
Transportation safety and security programs have traditionally been focused on… Read More
In this time of instant information, where everyone and everything is connected to the internet, there are amazing opportunities to improve speed and efficiency. The real estate industry is no exception, embracing technology that improves efficiencies in building management and… Read More
The responsibilities of a commercial real estate property manager are many and varied, ranging from managing occupancy, tenant relationships, safety concerns and building financials. One common – but often overlooked – source of data used across all these functions is… Read More
Last April, SDI attended Dell Technologies World 2019 in Las Vegas, NV, drawing about 15,000 industry thought-leaders and executives ready to take their IT infrastructure and platforms through a major digital transformation. The SDI Team shares these insights picked up… Read More
SDI’s Larry Tan Service Desk Manager reports in from ServiceNow’s annual conference:
Knowledge 2019 did not disappoint. This year’s conference broke a record attendance of 20K customers and partners. If you are familiar with the ServiceNow product then you’ve most… Read More
Cybersecurity exercises for critical infrastructure are essential to protect our nation and our communities. Hackers and terrorists want to exploit vulnerabilities at the core of our day-to-day lives. Utilities need to be able to quickly safeguard their operating technology (OT)… Read More
SDI’s Real Estate Managed Services Team has performed field-verified square footage accounting services for over 50 properties using BOMA 2017, the latest update to the office standard published in late 2017. After applying the standard to office buildings in the… Read More
What do you get when you add 68 college teams and the month of March together? That’s right, it all equals one thing in the world of sports around this time of year = March Madness.
The popularity of March Madness… Read More
Phishing email is one of the biggest forms of cyber-attack to trick recipients into providing sensitive information with devastating results. Because phishing is designed to appear as if they are coming from a legitimate entity, the following infographic highlights practical… Read More
According to IBM’s X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2018, inadvertent insiders (employees who are unknowingly the root cause of a security incident through their unaware or negligent actions) were responsible for more than two-thirds of total records compromised in 2017 – with security incidents on… Read More
The SDI Team attended the Cyber Security Chicago conference at McCormick Place last month. The SDI Team – comprised of network engineers and security specialists – shares the following conference insights to assist you with the constantly-evolving task of strengthening… Read More
In the last decade, there has been an increasing movement for the involvement of women in the STEM field. Women, especially women of color, tend to be the smallest demographic within technology. However, many people want to change that. Programs,… Read More
This April, the SDI Team attended RSA 2018 in San Francisco. The gold standard of IT security conferences since 1991 when it started as a small cryptography meeting, RSA draws over 50,000 attendees and addresses today’s most pressing threats in… Read More
Hi! My name is Marc Ridgell. You may or may not remember me from last year. Last summer, I interned at SDI Presence as part of the Chicago Summer Business Institute (CSBI), a summer program dedicated to providing 6-week long,… Read More
CompTIA’s 4th Annual Trends in Managed Services for the U.S. IT industry found a majority of firms thought their managed IT services could be better. Gartner has identified negotiating support and maintenance contracts as a key challenge for IT teams.… Read More
You have received your Cybersecurity Audit final report. Vulnerabilities are identified, gaps in processes are revealed, organizational misalignment is exposed. What to do next?
Establish executive sponsorship
The first and most important step is to establish active executive sponsorship and assign overall… Read More
Test for ERP Success: The Value of Testing/QA in ERP Implementations
Organizations invest heavily in ERP systems to achieve enterprise cost reductions and productivity enhancements. Before realizing their intended results, these projects are famously fraught with frequent cost overruns and time… Read More
Cyber Monday is expected to be the most lucrative online shopping day of the year according to usatoday.com. With millions of employees expected to take advantage of Cyber Monday deals during office hours while using company equipment, now is the… Read More
Last week, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International released its new office measurement standard: BOMA 2017 For Office Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1-2017). Last updated in in 2010, this BOMA methodology is considered the indisputable standard… Read More
SDI’s infrastructure team shares the benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure, with SDI’s Tim Portokalis providing the following analysis:
Converged infrastructure integrates computers, network and local storage for easier administration and economies of scale – but still leaves the complexity of managing virtualization, storage… Read More
Workforce Management Systems Can Save Real Money
The SDI team shares the financial benefits of a workforce management system, with SDI’s Jonathan Gair providing the following lessons learned:
The implementation of a Workforce Management system (WFM) can provide measurable efficiencies, error-prevention, and… Read More
Migrating E-mail to Exchange Online: Challenging but Worth the Effort
SDI’s infrastructure team shares their insights gained over this year’s cloud migration engagements, with SDI’s Tim Portokalis providing the following lessons learned:
Maintaining a Microsoft Exchange email environment is often a struggle… Read More
Today’s transportation systems are on the verge of a significant transformation. But consumer confidence in connected vehicles and next generation roadways will be a non-starter if network infrastructure can’t meet performance expectations.
SDI’s ITS team examines the past, present and future… Read More
SDI is proud to participate in the Chicago Summer Business Institute’s internship program!
The Chicago Summer Business Institute, formerly the Chicago Summer Finance Institute, was founded in 1991 to provide paid summer internships for Chicago high school students and to introduce… Read More
Next Generation 911 is a reality – is your organization ready? SDI’s Yilmaz Halac reflects on the path to NG911 and the journey ahead:
Today, over 240 million calls are made to 911 in the U.S. each year. (A major city,… Read More
After presenting several sessions at ISCWest 2016, the SDI Team hit the exhibit show floor with a systems integrator perspective to identify meaningful trends and value-add products and tools for our clients and projects. Whether you were in attendance at… Read More
As businesses and government agencies look to capitalize on a more technologically-savvy and mobile workforce, they are leveraging scheduling and time and attendance applications to monitor and manage their employees. When looking for a partner to assist with your organization’s workforce… Read More
SDI’s Yilmaz Halac’s observations on the impact of command center lighting design on productivity and operator performance, as featured in APEX Experience 6.1 January/February 2016; page 27.
As we kick-off 2016, the SDI Team collects its thoughts on how technology is shaping up in the new year. SDI’s IT team is tracking areas of both new and evolving technologies that will have an impact on our client organizations.… Read More
SDI believes in actively supporting our community to better shape its future.
For nearly a decade, SDI has partnered with Mercy Home for Boys & Girls to develop our student technology internship programs. SDI’s internships provide student mentoring, technology skill development and corporate/client workplace… Read More
The ever-growing population of video cameras and their on-going operation often presents challenges and unintended consequences which must be addressed by owners of complex enterprise video systems. From policy concerns to the growing market of technology products, the need to manage… Read More
Access control and video security are by no means new concepts—there are a fair amount of us who encounter and use these systems each and every day. Access Control Systems (ACS) are a critical function, primary layer of physical safety… Read More
A common pitfall in technology projects is the failure to consider the total cost of ownership. In many instances, organizations have available budget up front for project procurement and installation, but neither plan nor budget for the desired system’s complete lifespan.… Read More
Certainly there is a good deal of buzz about big data in the physical security industry. Larger enterprises are spending significant time and money on big data initiatives to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data. But… Read More
I am excited to introduce you to SDI’s new blog and website!
At SDI, we excel in the converged IT and physical security space within mission-critical environments – large, complex, data-dense integrated systems that cannot fail. Our new website reflects this positioning,… Read More