About Walter Silin

As an entrepreneur and technologist, I am always looking for ways to apply technology to common business problems. I actively seek out solutions that result in increased efficiency or real monetary savings.

Build vs Buy: The When and The Why to building your own software

2020-03-29T14:27:51-06:00 By |

The cloud is an amazing place.  The amount of software options that are available to businesses are somewhat overwhelming and everything is as-a-Service today.  In this environment with so many options to choose from, why on earth would you ever build when you can so easily buy? Think of the processes that run your business.  You have to pay people, so that’s a must.  You’ve got to be able to perform general accounting tasks.  You really have little or no flexibility to do these processes “your way”.  There is no special sauce in your payroll process.  It’s a highly [...]

5 Practical Technology Projects Your Business Can Actually Do In 2020

2020-03-07T21:35:11-06:00 By |

I’ve read a lot of the tech trend articles in the last month attempting to predict the next big thing in 2020. I couldn't help but laugh at all the writers throwing out AI, deep learning, and automation, along with many other buzzwords. Unless your name is Musk or Bezos you probably are not building sentient robots this year. So for the rest of us, what practical technology project should we really be focusing in the next 12 months? I was struck by the number of articles that talked about 5G wireless technology. While there is a hot race [...]

Technology 101 for Small Business from an IT Professional

2020-09-02T06:14:50-06:00 By |

This blog was written by Walter Silin, CEO of The Bauen Group, addressing questions frequently asked as an IT professional. Let us dive in. As a technology professional, I have been asked many times by friends, colleagues, and customers for software recommendations. Recently, I encountered a prospective client who, among other things, wanted to prepare his company’s technology for expansion to branch offices. The goal was to find software that would allow the company to open new offices quickly and easily. This challenge prompted me to think about what exactly I would do if I were opening an office [...]

How to Map a SharePoint Online Library Like a Network Drive – 2020 Guide

2020-07-19T15:28:59-06:00 By |

The easiest way to work with SharePoint files is through your OneDrive for Business app. It allows you to sync your folders and use them even when you are not connected to the internet. But there are many situations where this does not work, such as space limitations on your laptop or tablet, or when the library exceeds the OneDrive sync limitations. In these cases, you can map your SharePoint library just like any other shared folder on a network. There are four steps necessary to map the folder and then set the credentials so that you do not [...]