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Business Technology Challenges You’ve Got to Think About

Business Technology Challenges You’ve Got to Think About

Business technology is far from the easiest thing to manage, and it’s mostly because managing technology is not the sole focus of companies (unless you’re us, of course). If you can’t overcome your IT challenges, your business could be held back needlessly. Let’s go over some of the common issues your organization might face with regards to technology management and maintenance. 

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Keeping Ahead of IT Problems Can Be a Complete Game Changer

Keeping Ahead of IT Problems Can Be a Complete Game Changer

You can prevent most problems with your technology infrastructure just by administering basic maintenance to it from time to time. Some companies, however, don’t have in-house IT departments to work toward this goal, and we understand this. That’s why managed services exist, though!

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4 Actions You Can Take to Secure Your Wireless Network

4 Actions You Can Take to Secure Your Wireless Network

Businesses today need to have a robust and secure wireless network, but building one isn’t always that easy. Since there are a lot of machines that use your business’ Wi-Fi—from core machines that are essential to your business’ productivity, to IoT devices that your employees or customers bring onto the network—it is important to understand how best to structure your wireless networks to meet the demands that are put on them. 

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Are You Planning on Increasing Your IT Spending?

Are You Planning on Increasing Your IT Spending?

As we enter the third quarter of the year, now is as good a time as ever to reevaluate how you are spending your IT budget. According to Gartner, your IT spending might actually be increasing, assuming it’s in line with what your organization wants and needs. Are you being intentional with your IT spending? Where are you investing it? Are you spending it on avenues for continued growth? Gartner’s study might yield some interesting ideas which you can call upon to inform your own spending practices.

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What You Need to Know About Point of Sale Systems

What You Need to Know About Point of Sale Systems

More small businesses than ever before are selling products, goods, and services to their loyal customers, which means they need ways to process these transactions. Enter the point of sale system, a business’ preferred tool to process transactions in a retail environment. What goes into a successful point of sale system, and how can you use one for your business?

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The Server Room is The Brains of Your Business

The Server Room is The Brains of Your Business

Your business runs on its data, and without an infrastructure to support your operations, your productivity will be dead in the water. Most businesses choose to host their data on servers, and if you know anything about these complex pieces of machinery, you know that managing and maintaining them can be an involved process. Let’s go over some best practices to ensure you manage your server infrastructure appropriately.

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Automation is Key to Operational Freedom

Automation is Key to Operational Freedom

If we asked you what the difference is between productivity and innovation, would you be able to give us a clear answer? The answer is that one facilitates the other, aided by technology to improve operations and free up employees to focus on other, more lucrative tasks. Let’s take a look at how improving productivity can improve innovation, thereby increasing your organization’s ability to do great things.

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VoIP is a Lot Like Traditional Phone Services… Just Much, Much Better

VoIP is a Lot Like Traditional Phone Services… Just Much, Much Better

It doesn’t matter what kind of business you are; you probably use the telephone to a certain degree. Whether you are still relying on landlines or have graduated to more advanced solutions, your organization will always need a solid phone system to back up its communications with clients, customers, and staff. A VoIP system can be an incredibly valuable asset when implemented properly.

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The Latest Global Data Protection Index Might Reinforce Your Current Business Frustrations

The Latest Global Data Protection Index Might Reinforce Your Current Business Frustrations

What are some of the modern challenges that your business struggles with? Maybe it’s technology management or maybe it’s network security. According to the GDPI 2021 survey issued by Dell, certain trends are overwhelmingly dangerous for countless businesses out there. Let’s take a look at the results of the 2021 survey and what they might mean for your business.

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Let’s Take a Look Behind the Curtain of a Remote Business

Let’s Take a Look Behind the Curtain of a Remote Business

With today’s ever-expanding remote workforce, there is all the more reason to implement technology solutions that empower your organization to increase its range of options for working outside of the office. We’ve put together three of the key technology solutions we think your organization could benefit from to improve its remote capabilities and take business on the road.

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3 Ways You Can Take Advantage of the Internet of Things

3 Ways You Can Take Advantage of the Internet of Things

With the Internet of Things growing at a rapid pace, there are many opportunities for your business to reap considerable rewards from its proper utilization. It can automate certain processes, save you capital, and mitigate human error. Let’s examine how your business can use the Internet of Things to its benefit without breaking the bank.

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Tip of the Week: Keeping a Clean Computer

Tip of the Week: Keeping a Clean Computer

Computers are machines, and machines function best when they are kept clean and tidy. Therefore, to get the most return on your investment for your computer and other computing hardware, you’ll have to keep things relatively clean. Today’s blog is all about how to make sure this happens!

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Are Ethical Hackers the New Defense Against Cybercrime for Small Businesses?

Are Ethical Hackers the New Defense Against Cybercrime for Small Businesses?

While considering cybercrime, it’s very easy to slip into a dichotomy: hackers are bad, while not-hackers are good. Like most things in life, however, the truth is that there is a spectrum to cybercrime. Let’s take a few moments to consider a few different types of hackers, and the hats that their roles determine they wear.

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Fake Ransomware Attacks Work Because People are Scared

Fake Ransomware Attacks Work Because People are Scared

Ransomware is one of the worst threats you can encounter, and the first half of 2021 saw more large-scale ransomware attacks against both individuals and businesses than ever before. A new threat, however, promises to disrupt this trend, and it’s one that you might not have considered: fake ransomware attacks.

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Sometimes Open-Source Software Causes Problems

Sometimes Open-Source Software Causes Problems

Some businesses struggle to obtain the appropriate software solutions, especially if they are on a budget. Some even choose to take advantage of free, open-source software simply because it helps their bottom line. There are some benefits to using open-source software, but there are also dangers involved.

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Is Now the Right Time to Upgrade Your Business’ Technology?

Is Now the Right Time to Upgrade Your Business’ Technology?

Technology changes so rapidly that it can be difficult to gauge whether or not you should be upgrading right away or examining other options for the same purposes. How can you avoid investing in the wrong solution as a result of the excitement that a new idea or concept can bring? It all starts with knowing what within your organization needs to change.

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Managing Your Remote Staff Correctly Has Major Benefits

Managing Your Remote Staff Correctly Has Major Benefits

With remote work standing front and center for the past couple of years, it’s no wonder that a conversation has begun about the benefits and shortcomings of it. It is now clear that remote work is something that is not going away anytime soon. Let’s take a look at how businesses might retain remote operations without making too many sacrifices in the process.

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Strong Cybersecurity Training Can Pay Major Dividends

Strong Cybersecurity Training Can Pay Major Dividends

At the heart of it, cybersecurity preparedness is a team effort, not necessarily a singular one. Everyone must be aware of and engaged in cybersecurity best practices. As such, training is a necessity. To help you ensure that your cybersecurity training is as effective as possible, we’ve put together a couple of curriculum design tips and tricks to keep in mind.

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7 Important Hardware Terminologies to Know Regarding Computing Technology

7 Important Hardware Terminologies to Know Regarding Computing Technology

As a business owner in a sector that is not necessarily dedicated to technology, chances are that you do not need to know everything there is to know about computer hardware. That being said, it helps to have a passable knowledge of the various hardware terms you might use on a daily basis. This will especially make it easier for you to talk to your technician or your service provider—whoever handles your technology.

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3 Easy Steps to a Digital Transformation

3 Easy Steps to a Digital Transformation

Technology has enabled some of the greatest changes in the business world, so it makes sense that your company should try to implement it as needed. Unfortunately, it can be a bit confusing, especially if you have not thought about it in recent years. Thankfully, there are three pillars that can hold up a digital transformation strategy and enable change for your business. 

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