Tech

  • 2017 Budgeting – Are you Thinking about IT Yet?

    Whether you like it or not, technology can quickly make or break your business. As you start working on your 2017 business goals consider how a technology issue could affect those goals. The 3 top technology topics that forward thinking businesses address are their servers, email and backup. A server is the backbone of a […]

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  • Cool Tech-Savvy Gift Ideas

    It’s December again and time to be thinking about buying gifts for those “tech-savvy” people in your life.

    Cool tech ideas for the fashion-minded, the traveler, the dog, and the kids.

    Don’t forget tat 3-D experience glasses are coming of age with new apps being developed for gaming, movie watching and other virtual experiences.

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  • Are You and IT on the Same Page?

    The first step in making sure you and IT are on the same page is to thoroughly discuss what you want to accomplish. If you tell someone that you’d like a new server and they don’t ask why before giving you a quote you should be skeptical of their motives and their knowledge. A seasoned […]

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  • BYOD – Is it Worth the Risk?

    In a nutshell, a Bring Your Own Device environment is as simple as it sounds—it allows employees to work using their own devices. Generally the device of choice is a smart phone, but in some environments this may include tablets or laptops. In a BYOD environment, an employee’s personal devices are allowed to interact with […]

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  • Outsourcing Your IT is Just the First Step

    As outsourcing IT has become more the norm you must remain vigilant that your IT service provider understands your needs, goals, and is actually performing the services they sold you. It is not uncommon for us to pick up a new client after a previous vendor did not live up to expectations. Unfortunately, it’s usually […]

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  • Writing a Helpful On-Line Review

    In July, I posed the question whether or not it’s a good idea as a business owner to respond to online reviews. The article offered tips on handling feedback in order to turn around the potential damage of negative input.

    However, the writers can take some steps to ensure that their comments are read and taken seriously. A well-written review about an experience will benefit both the business owner and potential customers. Here are some tips on how to present your concerns in a helpful manner.

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  • 2FA: Are Passwords Enough?

    Almost daily in the news we hear about major data breeches. Sure a data breech at your small business is not going to make the news, but what will it do to your local reputation and your client’s confidence in you? Passwords are only as strong as they are created. How many times have you […]

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  • Open Your Doors to Pokémon Go

    Have you noticed an invasion of people wandering through your business staring into their smart phones with this glazed look in their eyes? It could be you are a Pokéstop or a Pokémon gym.

    Does being a Pokéstop or a Pokémon gym help or hurt your business? And if it helps, can you become one? Find out more about this new technology, and its impact on your business.

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  • Did You Forget to Spring Clean your Technology?

    If you are anything like me,  Spring 2016 went by in a flash. With a busy travel schedule I never did get to my closets but the thought of business people without a dedicated IT resource got me thinking…… what are they doing to make sure their equipment is running up to par? Regardless of […]

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  • To Respond or Not Respond

    In today’s world of social media, reviews and comments can make or break a business. The internet savvy consumer knows where to go to find an evaluation of a restaurant, retail store and even a professional such as doctors and specialists. “Know before you go” has never been more applicable than it is in this connected world.

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  • Don’t Leave Home without These Apps

    Summer is getting close and it may be time to get on the road or catch a flight to start your vacation. There are some excellent smart phone apps “not to leave home without”. From airfare and lodging, to weather and emergencies..there’s an app for that.

    Here are a few, but there are many more to choose from.

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  • Think Twice Before You Hit Reply

    Last week the CEO of one of our client companies sent an email to the CFO simply asking if the CFO was in the office and if so to please respond that they were. The problem was that the CEO never wrote the email. There was nothing “wrong” with the email except that it sounded […]

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  • Can You Recognize these “Online” Selling Red Flags?

    Most know what to watch out for when buying products online including the money exchange, quality and delivery of the product. But can you spot red flags when selling? Let’s say you post an item using your favorite phone app and receive a message from someone very interested in purchasing your item. The first red flag appears when they ask you to email them directly because they are using a “friends” account.

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  • What’s Your Backup Plan?

    You’ve made sure your car, house and business is protected with appropriate insurance but what have you done to protect the data on your computer? These days, replacing a computer is quick and relatively low cost but what would you do without the information stored on it? Ask anyone that has had a data loss […]

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  • What’s Your Next Step with Email?

    Are you outgrowing your free email account or is it time to stop pouring money into an old Exchange server? As I’m sure you will guess, yes we recommend that you choose to use a hosted Exchange provider but there’s a lot more to discuss once that decision is made. You first need to figure out what your needs are and then you’ll need to research which company is right for you.

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  • How Reliable is Your Backup?

    If you are still reading this after reading my title, thank you — though I am sure you’re thinking why is there another article on backup, right? Though this topic has already been covered we are still finding companies not protected. In the last 3 months we have had 2 new customers come to us […]

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  • Security – A Few Simple Changes Make a Huge Difference

    When you think of network security you most likely think of a firewall or top-of-the-line virus detection and defender software — and they are vital for data protection. But the battle for network security can be won or lost with a few basic steps. After all, the most sophisticated alarm system in the world won’t […]

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  • Is Software Patching that Big of a Deal?

    A software patch is quite literally a patch to fix a hole in software applications. Most people understand the necessity of patching their anti-virus software but patching your other application software is just as important.  While many patches are performance related they often contain fixes for security and stability issues that have been discovered. When […]

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  • 2016 Budgeting – Are You Thinking About IT Yet?

    As the end of 2015 is coming into focus, many businesses are putting plans together for their 2016 budget and hopefully IT expenditures are a large part of the conversation.   For years IT has been regarded as a cost center, often swallowing up a large chunk of your budget with the capital expenditures (CAPEX) […]

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  • Today’s PBX: Buy a Box or Go with a Hosted Solution?

    Deciding whether or not to put your telephone system in the cloud may be one of the biggest, yet easiest, technology decisions you make. Now that the feature sets of hosted PBX solutions are exceeding on-premises PBX solutions, it comes down to weighing out the pros/cons and answering some key questions. Purchasing an on-premises PBX […]

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  • What Are You Looking At?

    As the saying goes, two heads are better than one. The same goes with computer monitors. It’s surprising how often we walk into an office space and only see single monitors at people’s desks. Dual monitors are the most inexpensive way you can immediately increase you and your employees’ productivity. Tech savvy people have been […]

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