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Jerod Powell is a result-driven and highly accomplished senior executive and IT leader with 19 years of experience in building and managing technology-based firms focused on cloud computing, hosting, managed services and product development. A true IT innovator and an accomplished businessman, Jerod is expert in all aspects of IT, strategic planning, project management, M&A, process optimization, compliance and organizational development. He has a long track record of inventing, crafting and delivering cutting-edge solutions designed to support organizations through rapid growth and expansion. 

A dynamic leader with strong strategic vision and a potent skillset, Jerod is supremely positioned to drive revenue growth, market shares and international market expansion. Jerod’s career is dotted with impressive highlights including numerous publications, rare recognitions in the IT industry, numerous innovations and an all-round amazing performance. Apart from being an IT thought leader, Jerod is also a trusted advisor, an accomplished coach and a mentor to other IT specialists. His core strengths include identifying and capitalizing on market trends, conceptualizing and flawlessly executing innovative ideas, enterprise architecture and design, product development and market delivery, staff development, budgeting, and the possession of the X factor, the proven ability to faultlessly put customers, partners and businesses in the right place at the right time in the right field of technology.

Cyber-threats in 2016: Evolution, Potential & Overcoming Them pt 3

previewThe Dummy Malware Prevention Strategy for Everyone: Stay Awake! Cybercrimes breed when business environments are not prepared for illicit intrusions. Vintage anti-virus versions, unstructured BYOD culture, confusing cyber-security policies, multiple unauthorized users and lack of security training add up to losing critical enterprise data. Latency in preparing for emerging malware threats means a slow response, leveraging malware with more time to make inroads into your data silos. We recommend being proactive: Immediately report any irregularity in your data access paths or sharing platforms. Report any unwarranted network activity like new browsers, new toolbars, or search engines leading to suspicious webpages. Any...
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Cyber-threats in 2016: Evolution, Potential & Overcoming Them pt 2

previewThe First Step to Cybercrime Diagnosis: Accept your Infection!   This might sound like a healthcare discussion but the comparison actually makes sense. For a moment, relook at cyber threats—they are like a chronic disease, invasive and capable of rendering long-term damages. Ghostware or Blastware, you are looking at an IT infection that is carcinogenic, highly toxic and self-sustaining. Diagnosing it is not easy. By the time you realize that critical data has been leaked, hacked or accessed illegally, the damage has been done and little can be done to redeem the lost data or its integrity. A malware infection can...
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Cyber-threats in 2016: Evolution, Potential & Overcoming Them pt 1

previewThe contemporary business environment is essentially a small subsystem in the larger cyber world. Every enterprise, no matter how technically progressive or apprehensive about technology, is connected to and handles different streams of data. The current IT landscape is highly disruptive but it does promise better business outcomes for those who are IoT ready and ready to embrace Big Data. However, there are some apprehensions about this more connected, omnipresent and easily accessible data— it opens many doors to hackers, creating room for Cyberthreats to seep in. PWC’s Global State of Information Security Survey: 2015 underlined the seriousness of this pattern—...
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MSP's Adapt or Die

  Guilty to an Advantage: Cloud is Blurring the Line Separating IT Infrastructure & Business Operations From healthcare carriers to public sector entities, the last decade witnessed businesses investing heavily in enterprise applications to ease workflows and increase productivity and efficiency. Oracle acquiring PeopleSoft is a common example of this. The major problem with this strategy was the speed at which these strategic acquisitions quickly lost their relevance, sometimes never getting off the ground at all. The reason lies in the costs to support, maintain, and integrate these type of applications. Customers quickly found it was increasingly difficult to customize...
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Rapid Cloud Growth and the Industry Impact

Public IT cloud services spending will reach $56.6 billion in 2014 and grow to more than $127 billion in 2018, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). This represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.8%, which is about six times the rate of growth for the overall IT market. In 2018, public IT cloud services will account for more than half of worldwide software, server, and storage spending growth.  The above will cause an explosion of software development firms and according to the IDC, 10 times the number of products, services and offerings. What...
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