FITECH Consultants http://www.fitechllc.com Real Estate Technology Experts Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:44:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 The Love Scam – CBS NY http://www.fitechllc.com/fitech-in-the-news/the-love-scam-cbs-ny/ Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:44:42 +0000 http://www.fitechllc.com/?p=775 Ian Marlow of FITECH speaks on CBS NY about the Love Scam. A new scam that tries to blackmail people who have cheated in their relationships. Original air date 4/5/18.

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Ian Marlow of FITECH speaks on CBS NY about the Love Scam. A new scam that tries to blackmail people who have cheated in their relationships. Original air date 4/5/18.

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Department Store Data Breaches – CBS NY http://www.fitechllc.com/fitech-in-the-news/department-store-data-breaches-cbs-ny/ Fri, 06 Apr 2018 18:51:26 +0000 http://www.fitechllc.com/?p=772 Noah Birnbaum of FITECH appears on CBS NY to talk about the recent data breach suffered by local department stores. Original air date 4/2/18.

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Noah Birnbaum of FITECH appears on CBS NY to talk about the recent data breach suffered by local department stores. Original air date 4/2/18.

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Facebook Rocked by Data Mining Scandal – PIX 11 http://www.fitechllc.com/fitech-in-the-news/facebook-rocked-by-data-mining-scandal-pix-11/ Wed, 04 Apr 2018 19:29:53 +0000 http://www.fitechllc.com/?p=770 Ian Marlow of FITECH speaks on PIX 11 News about the recent data mining scandal involving Facebook. Original air date 3/25/18.

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Ian Marlow of FITECH speaks on PIX 11 News about the recent data mining scandal involving Facebook. Original air date 3/25/18.

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Digital Media Manipulation – CBS NY http://www.fitechllc.com/fitech-in-the-news/digital-media-manipulation-cbs-ny/ Wed, 04 Apr 2018 19:12:11 +0000 http://www.fitechllc.com/?p=767 Duarte Pereira of FITECH speaks on CBS NY about the recent string of digital media being manipulated online. Original air date 3/5/18.

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Duarte Pereira of FITECH speaks on CBS NY about the recent string of digital media being manipulated online. Original air date 3/5/18.

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Ian Marlow on WCBS Dishin’ Digital with Paul Murnane http://www.fitechllc.com/fitech-in-the-news/ian-marlow-on-wcbs-dishin-digital-with-paul-murnane/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 17:52:11 +0000 http://www.fitechllc.com/?p=759 Ian Marlow speaks on WCBS Dishin’ Digital with Paul Murnane about how Facebook is rolling out new and simpler ways to protect your privacy. Original air date 4/2/18.

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Ian Marlow speaks on WCBS Dishin’ Digital with Paul Murnane about how Facebook is rolling out new and simpler ways to protect your privacy. Original air date 4/2/18.

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Do You Need a Technology Consultant? http://www.fitechllc.com/blog/need-technology-consultant/ Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.fitechllc.com/?p=754 Are questioning if you need to hire a technology consultant at your business? Having an outside opinion or consultant can completely change the way you do business by utilizing the right systems for your company that will work at their peak and keep your brokers and processes streamlined and at the highest productivity levels. Here [...]

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Are questioning if you need to hire a technology consultant at your business? Having an outside opinion or consultant can completely change the way you do business by utilizing the right systems for your company that will work at their peak and keep your brokers and processes streamlined and at the highest productivity levels. Here are a few reasons hiring a technology consultant can improve your business.

Reduces Downtime

When technology fails, it can mean a lot of downtime and costly hours spent trying to solve the issue. Even just a few moments can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Technology consultants can ensure that downtime is at the absolute minimum, saving you time and money.

Gain a Competitive Edge

A technology consultant can give your brokerage a competitive edge in the marketplace because they will offer you the latest technology and provide ongoing training and real world experience to educate you on what is worth investing in and what isn’t.

Keeps Employees Satisfied

Hiring a technology consultant can help improve company morale and can reduce the stress employees can feel by having to manage their technology on their own. When employees have to face long periods of downtime because of ineffective technology, this can cause a back up in the workflow and can increase the stress in the office.

You Will Have a Strategic Partner

A technology consultant will team with industry-leading providers and create customized solutions for your commercial real estate brokerage, multifamily property or management firm. By partnering with a technology consultant, you will have access to the best applications available within the market.

Integration

A technology consultant will ensure that all of your current products connect and integrate seamlessly with your new system by building the Application Program Interface that allows your date to flow easily between applications.

They Offer Customization

Technology consultants with FITECH apply their in-depth knowledge and expertise in real estate to every single aspect of the Company’s technology needs. This spans from customizing off-the-shelf applications to work in a specific way for your particular internal processes to designing network for corporate use and/or properties, low voltage construction design and installation to providing the back office accounting needs for all your properties and projects.

FITECH Consultants are the pre-eminent expert in all facets of real estate technology solutions, offering a full range of consulting services and technology services. In fact, our consultants come from the real estate industry and have firsthand experience and knowledge of what it takes to maintain a successful real estate enterprise. Contact FITECH Consultants today to find out how we can save you time and money.

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Keeping Safe with Click-bait on Social Media – CBS NY http://www.fitechllc.com/fitech-in-the-news/keeping-safe-click-bait-social-media-cbs-ny/ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:23:09 +0000 http://www.fitechllc.com/?p=749 Noah Birnbaum of FITECH speaks on CBS NY about protecting yourself on social media when it comes to click-bait and quizzes. Original air date 2/15/18.

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Noah Birnbaum of FITECH speaks on CBS NY about protecting yourself on social media when it comes to click-bait and quizzes. Original air date 2/15/18.

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Understanding Public, Hybrid and Private Cloud Services http://www.fitechllc.com/blog/understanding-public-hybrid-private-cloud-services/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:00:44 +0000 http://www.fitechllc.com/?p=745 Cloud computing comes in three main forms: private clouds, public clouds and hybrid clouds. The best option for your company will all depend on the kind of data you are working with, as each different type of cloud storage offers different level of security and management that is required. Here is an in-depth look at [...]

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Cloud computing comes in three main forms: private clouds, public clouds and hybrid clouds. The best option for your company will all depend on the kind of data you are working with, as each different type of cloud storage offers different level of security and management that is required. Here is an in-depth look at the three forms of cloud storage so that you can gain a better understanding of public, hybrid and private cloud services.

Public Clouds

A public cloud is one where the infrastructure and services are provided off-site over the Internet. This cloud service offers the greatest level of efficiency in shared resources, but offer less security. You should consider hosting your data on a public cloud if:

  • You want to test and develop application code
  • You have Software as a Service apps from a vendor with a solid security strategy
  • You need to add computer capacity for peak times
  • You are collaborating on projects
  • You are working on an ad-hoc software development project using a Platform as a Service offering cloud
  • Your standardized workload for apps is being used by a team, such as e-mail

Warning: IT departments often show concern for using public clouds because the security and reliability are not as dependable as private or hybrid clouds. Sensitive data should be carefully monitored if hosted on a public cloud.

Private Cloud

Private cloud services host the infrastructure and services on a private, dedicated, encrypted network. This type of cloud service offers the greatest flexibility, reliability, security and control while allowing clients to run an unlimited number of dedicated special applications.  A private cloud may be the ideal option for you if:

  • You value flexibility in your network
  • Your business has strict security and data privacy concerns
  • You have a number of custom built or self hosted applications

Hybrid Cloud

As the name entails, Hybrid cloud services connects cloud services that integrate particular public cloud services (such as email or ERP systems,) with private cloud to provide file and application hosting in one seamless setup.  This allows businesses to keep each aspect of their work running on the most applicable platform for each business application it uses. A hybrid cloud option may work best if:

  • Your business offers services that are unique to different vertical markets. You can utilize the public cloud for certain application needs and private cloud for others while integrating the two.
  • You are concerned about security of one segment of data and less concerned about security on front facing applications.  

FITECH Consultants IT systems have helped manage 150,000 residential units and 100 million square feet of commercial real estate…and that is all within the last 12 months. Contact us today to get started.

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6 New Technologies Unveiled at CES 2018 http://www.fitechllc.com/blog/6-new-technologies-unveiled-ces-2018/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:00:10 +0000 http://www.fitechllc.com/?p=740 Every January, technology companies from around the globe travel to Las Vegas to showcase the latest and greatest tech gadgets that they have created at CES. Some of the biggest trends for new technology this year included improving communication between smart home technologies, making a car feel more personalized and putting screens on just about [...]

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Every January, technology companies from around the globe travel to Las Vegas to showcase the latest and greatest tech gadgets that they have created at CES. Some of the biggest trends for new technology this year included improving communication between smart home technologies, making a car feel more personalized and putting screens on just about anything possible. Here are 6 new technologies that were unveiled at CES 2018.

Lenovo Smart Display

The Smart Display is a voice-activated computer with a screen that displays supplementary information. If you ask for gym recommendations, the Smart Display will pull up information on close by workout facilities. Smart Display can also play YouTube videos, has a large screen and has a more polished and refined design that will easily blend into any home.

My Special Aflac Duck

This interactive plush toy was created to provide comfort to children diagnosed with cancer. Children can mirror their care routines on the duck and can express emotion through the toy by holding a circular token to its chest that triggers it to assume the corresponding feeling. This allows a sense of companionship to children while they are experiencing treatment or therapy.

Byton Concept Car

Byton is aiming to make your car feel more like your living room than just a way to get to and from destinations. The gigantic screen stretches across the entire dashboard and will include facial recognition so that it can identify the driver and load his or hers personal settings as the driver enters the vehicle.

Philips SmartSleep

This headband is not designed for you to get more sleep, but to sleep better. The headband emits a tone that is said to improve slow wave sleep, or the stage of the sleep cycle in which brain waves and slow breathing are at the lowest levels. This type of sleep can help increase alertness and the ability to keep focus. The two sensors on the headband detect when you are asleep and can identify when you enter a deep sleep. The algorithm then customizes the volume and level of tone given off that will boost slow wave activity within the brain.

“The Wall” TV by Samsung

Samsung’s new 146-inch TV is called “The Wall” and the company is positioning the product as the first “modular TV.” Users will be able to change the size and shape of The Wall in order to make it function as a multipurpose display. The TV uses MicroLED technology to produce even deeper black tones and greater contrast.

Movi Phone

Smartscreens have become a go-to for entertainment, but sometimes you may want to watch a TV show or movie on a larger screen even when a TV is not nearby…the Movi Smartphone is the perfect solution for this as it comes with an integrated projector that can project 720p videos.

FITECH Consultants IT systems have helped manage 150,000 residential units and 100 million square feet of commercial real estate…and that is all within the last 12 months. Contact us today to get started.

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4 Technology Audit Steps You Should Take for a Successful 2018 http://www.fitechllc.com/blog/4-technology-audit-steps-take-successful-2018/ Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:11:15 +0000 http://www.fitechllc.com/?p=735 Is your technology equipped to handle the new year? The first thing you should do to ensure that you will have a successful 2018 is to audit your technology to make sure that all of your data is safe and that your IT infrastructure is performing optimally and efficiently. Let’s take a look at four [...]

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Is your technology equipped to handle the new year? The first thing you should do to ensure that you will have a successful 2018 is to audit your technology to make sure that all of your data is safe and that your IT infrastructure is performing optimally and efficiently. Let’s take a look at four technology audit steps you should take for a successful 2018.

Step 1: Conduct a Security Sweep

First thing’s first – check for Malware and bots. You should also confirm that security software is functioning properly. Evaluate your firewall system and check the physical security to make sure that your system can’t be breached or compromised from an outsider and that your servers are properly mounted, cooled and powered.

Step 2: Audit the Software

The next step is to audit the software – every single piece of software. Compare purchase receipts, licensing agreements and the versions in use versus the current version of the software to ensure everything is up to date. Remove all software that is not in use or is outdated. You should also survey for additional software that may be needed.

Step 3: Audit the Hardware

Make sure that each piece of technology is being used to its fullest extent and is being used properly. You should especially check to make sure that your computers are standardized on non-proprietary platforms in order to minimize costs. Log every piece of equipment and its location, serial number, model number, person responsible for the hardware and the purchase date and a copy of the receipt. This can help reduce theft and can help replace older models of hardware with new models.

Step 4: Audit Backup Systems

One of the biggest tragedies a company can face is a major loss of data, which is why it is so crucial to have a properly functioning backup system. Backups should be stored in a remote location or in the cloud in case of a fire, tornado, etc. Your backup should also provide automatic verification of the backup when it is performed and the retrieval and restore operations should be easy to accomplish. If your backup system does not do this – you need to consider a raid or external storage system or the cloud.

You Need a Strategic Technology Plan

The cost of both hardware and software is integral to your company’s bottom line and your company’s success and therefore should be responsibly handled. You should create a five or ten-year strategic plan that outlines exactly how and when you are going to audit your company’s technology. The good news? FiTech can help.

From assessment to configuration to customization to long-term management of your computing infrastructure, our expert consultants and engineers will create the efficiencies, integrations and insights so critical for success in today’s competitive business world. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help keep your IT infrastructure healthy and up-to-date to help your business continue to be successful.

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