Samara Lynn

Samara Lynn

  • Business Tech Journalist

Samara Lynn has nearly twenty years’ experience in Information Technology and was IT director at a major New York City healthcare facility. She has several technology certifications, a Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and was a technology editor for the prestigious CRN Test Center as well as the former lead networking and business analyst for PCMag.

With an extensive, hands-on background in deploying and managing IT infrastructures and networking, she tests, reviews, analyzes, and offers commentary on technology including consumer and business wireless routers, Network Attached Storage devices, servers, and myriad software and hardware for the small-to-mid-sized business market. She is the author of “Windows Server 2012: Up and Running” published by O’Reilly.

Lynn has appeared on the Nightly Business Report (NBR) broadcast show, Reuters TV, as well as Fox Business News as a technology pundit. She was included in Black Enterprise’s, ”20 Black Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter,” and was a judge for the tech industry’s Best in Small Biz Awards 2012, 2013, and 2014. She was awarded Small Business Influencer Top 100 Champions (Journalists Category) in 2013 by Small Business Influencer.

Read some of Samara's latest articles below:

November 03, 2015

Cisco Spark: Editor’s Review

The Good Free app for business IM and videoconferencing that works across mobile, web and desktop.   The Bad Not as full-featured as Cisco’s WebEx for videoconferencing. Requires premium WebEx account for full WebEx/Spark integration.   The Bottom Line What differentiates Spark from WebEx is its Instant Messaging with unlimited participants and the ability to create...
October 12, 2015

The Perfect Project Management Solution for Developers

After researching project management software, we’ve found the best fit for most teams of developers is JIRA Agile, a solution by Atlassian. JIRA not only fulfills the criteria many development teams look for in a project management solution, but is relatively affordable and can scale up to support thousands of users. What is Project Management Software? Project management software seems a...
September 24, 2015

My Experience with Cortana (on Android)

I am a longtime Xbox Halo gamer and fan girl. So, of course, I geeked out when news started bubbling that Microsoft was actually going to bring into the real-life world Master Chief’s smooth-talking assistant, Cortana. Cortana is an artificial intelligence personal assistant Microsoft introduced in Windows Phone 8.1. This software is based on the Cortana AI character in the Xbox Halo game...
September 21, 2015

How to Set Up a VLAN in a Router for VoIP

VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks) allow you to segment out a physical network into virtual networks with different subnets. Segmenting out a network usually requires adding additional hardware into your network (which generally means adding more physical switches). However, the great thing about VLANs is that you don’t have to buy additional equipment as long as your existing switches, access ...
September 14, 2015

7 Sizzling Careers in Unified Communications

Unified Communications is a hot industry. The ways in which we communicate— be it voice, video, instant messaging, fax, email, data files, etc., continues to converge into single, centrally-managed platforms. That means convenience for us as end-users in leveraging these platforms in our day-to-day personal and business communications. But this convergence also adds complexity to building,...
September 10, 2015

Expert Advice on Moving to Skype for Business

A variety of Unified Communications industry leaders offered up sage advice to businesses of all sizes and types on making the move to Microsoft’s Skype for Business at Enterprise Connect’s Lync/Skype for Business tour in New York on Thursday. Business leaders from companies including Polycom, Connect Solutions, Sonus, AT&T and more, led panels discussing the pitfalls and benefits of...
September 04, 2015

5 Ways to Kill Productivity in a Productivity App

Everyone can relate to guilty feelings about not being productive enough, be it in one’s personal or business life. Which is why productivity apps are big business. Productivity apps range from business software that lets us produce data such as spreadsheets, word documents, images and so on, to apps that have become increasingly consumerized. You can find no shortage of productivity apps...
September 04, 2015

Skype Gets Redesign in New 6.0 Version

Microsoft released the latest Skype version 6.0 for iPad, iPhone and Android. In a show of re-invigorated interest in its acquired VoIP property, Redmond has added several new features to boost the Skype experience. The new features were added with the goal of making Skype more natural and intuitive for mobile users, and, as per the Skype blog, “even more delightful to use.” For Android ...
September 03, 2015

The 10 Best CRM Apps for Small Businesses

A business’ most valuable asset is its customers. This holds true for the largest enterprises to the smallest home offices operated by a sole proprietor. CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is software specifically for managing customer activity. As a business grows, maintaining contact information in a spreadsheet can become inefficient. That’s where CRM comes in handy as a platform for...
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