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Executive Exchange

Executive Exchange Insights: Mindset Matters in 2017

In my line of work, it’s expected to receive frantic calls from business owners and executive teams this time of year. Although, I was quite surprised at the volume of calls through November and December from a diverse group of leadership professionals. In this time of reflection we see entrepreneurs, big business and small companies begin their heavy focus on year end and January strategic plans. Although their inquiries were different, it all meant the same thing to me, and the common denominator was people. Our conversations started much the same way: “Joan, I want to get your professional opinion on ______ to achieve this business result with my people.”


Dedication to the Local Buffalo Niagara Workforce

What if you were to ask an employer and a local family what are a couple of issues that face our surrounding communities, families, and businesses?  To be sure some would say finding economic stability through good employment and finding qualified candidates.  Seneca Resorts & Casinos recognizes those needs and looks for ways to relieve some of that burden not only on local families but on the corporation as well.


The Rebirth of Manufacturing

Years ago, Buffalo was represented by some of the biggest manufacturing organizations in the world.  As the economy and technology shifted, we saw that industry become depressed and almost non-existent.  It certainly changed the dynamic, the culture and the region of Buffalo, New York.

Cyber Security

Cybersecurity: 8 Tips to Get You Started

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership hosted a Cybersecurity Seminar on Friday, September 30.  Seventy local companies attended this event to get informed regarding how to protect their company’s data, reputation and business. One hears about Cybersecurity attacks every day, and they are on the rise with no end in sight.  This can seem like scary stuff, but don’t let this news paralyze you.  The first step is getting informed, the next step is getting started.  Here are some tips from the event on what to do next.


Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and the Hidden Business Use Case

As technology evolves, many organizations are seeking to transition from an internal IT infrastructure to a virtual desktop infrastructure, also known as VDI. Ultimately, while this may seem moderately easy for an organization to achieve, there are a myriad of things to consider. The rationale on implementing a VDI can vary and for some, a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure can be deployed without disrupting or displacing an existing environment. Provisioning, installing and testing can be achieved in a parallel setting while never impacting day-to-day operations.

Cyber Security

Hospitals Back on the Ransomware Radar

It seems once again that Locky ransomware is appearing in email boxes at hospitals in the US and Japan just waiting on the unsuspecting user to open it.  If you don’t know where the email came from or if you do and it still looks suspicious – don’t touch it.  If the email is not known to you, delete it immediately or if it is from someone you do know and it looks suspicious then call the sender and ask if they sent it.  You always want to be sure you are opening a legit email and one extra phone call or email to the sender is worth the time and energy required to fix a ransomware hit.