Year-End Checks

AJ Piscitelli, PMPProject Manager | ERP Solutions Provider | Cloud Architect As we enter December, most of us are adapting to scaled-down gatherings and mostly online gift shopping. It’s also a good time to go over things to make sure you’re all set for the holidays and be ready to go for the new year. These are a few of the checks that I do around this time, which may …

Leer más

A Phishing Story – Part 2

AJ Piscitelli, PMPProject Manager | ERP Solutions Provider | Cloud Architect This is the second part of a true story from an IT Vendor dealing with a phishing attack at a small contracting firm, “ABC Contracting”. If you have not read the first part, you can find it here: Phishing Story Part 1. As with part one, the names and identities of people and companies in this story have been changed …

Leer más

A Phishing Story—Part I

AJ Piscitelli, PMP

Project Manager | ERP Solutions Provider | Cloud Architect

As we head towards the end of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, I thought I’d discuss what I consider one of the most dangerous cyber threats today: Phishing. Phishing is when attackers try to steal personal information from you by pretending to be someone else, fake surveys, or other forms of social engineering. It is the most successful strategy that attackers use to gain access to your network. Attackers are getting more and more sneaky and creating more ingenious traps to capture your credentials and personal information.

Leer más

Tipping Point

«Before COVID-19, the issue was people couldn’t hire,» Batcha says. «Now, some people still have the issue of not being able to hire or get people back to work but it’s also partly about keeping people spread out, because you want to limit the number in a facility. The questions for manufacturing have become how to distance and how to minimize contact.»

What are VLANs and Why Should I Use Them?

AJ Piscitelli, PMP
Project Manager | ERP Solutions Provider | Cloud Architect

With so many active threats today, it is important today to protect your most important resources. By segregating your network, you can lower the attack surface area of your equipment. We discussed this a bit in my last blog entry about separating your Wi-Fi networks. But do you segregate your network while still allowing some traffic?

Leer más

Securing Your Wi-Fi

AJ Piscitelli, PMP
Project Manager | ERP Solutions Provider | Cloud Architect

A recent poll that I gave as part of a presentation few weeks ago showed that nearly all fabricators in our industry are using Wi-Fi at their facility. I can’t remember the last time I visited a facility that didn’t have Wi-Fi available. But are you exposing yourself to attacks by using Wi-Fi at your facility?

Leer más

Reduce Capital Spend by Using the Cloud

AJ Piscitelli, PMP
Project Manager | ERP Solutions Provider | Cloud Architect

As we start to get used to the new normal of operating under a global pandemic, a lot of you may be looking at those long-term improvement projects, wondering how to get started. The costs associated with this health crisis keep coming and may have drained your available capital to improve your infrastructure. Even those of you who have been operating during the downturn may be concerned about spending your cash reserves on updated equipment. So, does this mean you should put off upgrading?

No, of course not.

Leer más

Back it up!

AJ Piscitelli, PMP
Project Manager | ERP Solutions Provider | Cloud Architect

Yep, we’re talking about backups. Though you should back up a bit. We’re supposed to be practicing social distancing!

In case you weren’t aware, today is World Backup Day. This day serves a good reminder to check up on our backup strategy. Also, due to the social distancing requirements to slow down the spread of COVID-19, a lot of businesses are currently closed. You may be working from home, managing your IT infrastructure remotely. Now that the load on your internal network is lower and you aren’t dealing with as many day-to-day issues from your users, it’s a perfect time to regroup on your backup strategy. Below are five questions you should ask yourself to get started.

Leer más

Continuing Your Education

AJ Piscitelli, PMP
Project Manager | ERP Solutions Provider | Cloud Architect

I love learning new things. I admit, I’ll sit down at night and binge watch YouTube and Netflix documentaries instead of a prime-time TV show. While these videos can be entertaining and educational, as well as provide interesting talking points at the coffee maker at work, they don’t necessarily increase my skill set. Fortunately, I also enjoy watching online educational courses on various topics applicable to my profession and hobbies. Video seems to be the best fit for me, as I can watch a couple class videos while eating a meal, or while traveling.

Leer más

Today, January 28, is Data Privacy Day

AJ Piscitelli, PMP
Project Manager | ERP Solutions Provider | Cloud Architect

What does that mean to you?

In today’s age, breaking into someone’s infrastructure comes with low risk and high reward. Whether it’s from foreign, government sponsored actors, or from someone who just wanted a challenge, our networks are constantly under attack. I manage several publicly facing servers, and I can see the constant bombardment of people from all over the world trying to break into the networks that I manage.

Leer más

In 2020, what value will you add?

AJ Piscitelli, PMP
Project Manager | ERP Solutions Provider | Cloud Architect

As we start 2020, most people have started their New Year’s resolutions. Some may have already broken them (you know who you are). At lot of these resolutions revolve around change. Whether it’s changing your diet, or changing habits, these resolutions mainly focus on changing something.

Leer más

The Digital Advantage: How to effectively use the data you’re collecting

«Our vision is to eliminate islands of information by creating a common, open communication standard that all machinery and software providers utilize to share data.» ERP systems provide direct digital communication, passing work instructions to machinery and providing the ability to go paperless on the shop floor.  To this end, companies rush to collect massive amounts of data and place it in the cloud with the mindset of, “once we …

Leer más

Labor and Automation

FeneTech’s Matt Batcha recently contributed to an article by Bethany Stough from Window & Door Magazine. In it, he provided his perspective on today’s workforce vis-à-vis the challenges of finding skilled labor and implementing new software solutions. Stough’s articles can be found at «Labor and Automation: How automation and technology make people less necessary, more important.»

Workforce Development: Labor And Automation

Bethany Stough taps FeneTech’s Matt Batcha on the changing fenestration industry

workforce

The fenestration industry is waking up to technology advancements and automation. While some companies have invested in more automated factories for years, industry suppliers and economic forecasters have seen a shift in the past two to three years where this type of investment is growing into a mainstream industry trend. The robots and automated machinery widely on display and sold at industry trade shows is one indication of this growing trend.

Leer más

Ron Crowl Addresses the Role of IoT in the Modern Factory

FeneTech president and CEO Ron Crowl writes about the role of IoT in the modern, automated factory in the June / July issue of Window & Door Magazine. In his article «The Digital Factory», Crowl describes that by taking the concepts of automation, integration, IoT, and Industry 4.0, more data can be captured, analyzed, and presented in a usable manner that allows users to make proactive business decisions. Read his …

Leer más