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Understanding Managed Services Makes the Benefits Clear

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Businesses today understand that competition is fierce, and in order to avoid being the little fish in their respective pond, they need to be capable of more than ever before. Fortunately, there’s the “as-a-Service” model that enables a small business to leverage services that they simply couldn’t have afforded previously. These services, referred to as “managed services”, can provide a business like yours no small amount of value.

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Business Email User Tips

Business Email User Tips

Email is one of modern society’s best ways of staying in contact on both a business and personal level, but only if you’re effectively utilizing it. We’ll help you implement best practices and other methods to get the maximum benefit of your chosen email solution.

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How to Secure Data Using Passwords

How to Secure Data Using Passwords

All that stands between hackers and your accounts’ data, be it personal information or sensitive business info, is a measly string of characters that may (or may not) be complex enough to thwart their attacks. We’re talking about your passwords, and for many businesses, they are the only thing protecting important data. We’ll walk you through how to make sure your passwords are as complex as possible, as well as instruct you on how to implement additional security features to keep your data locked down.

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How Helpful Help Desks Can Be

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If you want your business to succeed, you need the technology that supports it to be functional. Makes sense, but what happens if your technology isn’t functional? Many organizations have found themselves in many tough spots, simply because their employees had no access to a technology help desk in their hour of need.

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Around the Clock Support Keeps You In the Game

Around the Clock Support Keeps You In the Game

All businesses need help with their technology, whether they realize it or not. The question is how they receive that support. Some organizations have access to an in-house IT department that can act as an IT resource to on-premise employees, but others might not have employees dedicated to this role.

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Inefficiency is a Business Killer

Inefficiency is a Business Killer

Inefficiency is not something that you plan for. It just happens. It happens when processes get too big, have too many moving parts, or are bogged down by excessive oversight. It happens when purposes for certain tasks change or are abandoned altogether. Other times efficiency has a different look to it and makes your optimistic projections look foolish. Whatever the reason, inefficiency is more the rule than the exception, and it’s costing your business plenty. This month, we take a look at what efficiency actually looks like and how to do your best to achieve it.

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Why Cloud Computing Suits a Business’ Needs

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The cloud has had a major impact on how organizations of all sizes operate from day to day. This is largely because there are so many ways to utilize cloud computing. If you haven’t adopted cloud solutions in some way at this point, it is swiftly becoming less of a recommendation and more of a requirement, considering the benefits it can offer your company and its operations.

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Are Consumers Really Going to Benefit from 5G in 2019?

Are Consumers Really Going to Benefit from 5G in 2019?

The fourth generation of wireless technology has lingered for a long time, but with the advent of fifth generation wireless technology, it’s becoming apparent that it will be the next big thing. The issue with this idea, however, is that most device manufacturers are using the term as a marketing ploy--one that’s blown out of context to boot.

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Better Understanding What Managed Services Are

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Managed IT services have risen in popularity, largely based on the merit that they can bring to a business. However, those new to the concept may have a tough time grasping how it works and how that adds to its benefits. Today, we’ll try to resolve that.

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Backup and Disaster Recovery are Essential for Your Business

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Businesses need data in order to exist. That’s just the way things work. This reliance on data, however, then makes it a strong requirement to protect it from mishaps. You’d protect your finances, after all, and your intellectual property… why not protect the resource that leads to these things from all of the many circumstances that could put them at risk?

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Remote Maintenance Can Severely Reduce Downtime

Remote Maintenance Can Severely Reduce Downtime

Every time something goes terribly wrong, and you are left assessing the damage of some seemingly unfortunate situation, you typically find that by taking a bit of time preparing for the worst would have kept you from the disaster you are just now dealing with. Those small acts are what we want to talk a little bit about today, because they can save your business.

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Do You Have the Right Impression of Hackers?

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There tends to be a few very specific ideas of what a hacker looks like, primarily thanks to popular culture. Whether one pictures a hooded figure furiously typing in a darkened technology haven, or a social outcast that has made camp in his parents’ basement, there is a predisposition (almost a prejudice) that warps our perspective of cyberattacks and those who carry them out. This is perhaps what makes them so dangerous to businesses.

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What is Managed by a Managed Service Provider

What is Managed by a Managed Service Provider

Businesses have a lot of technology to manage. While some organizations have an in-house IT department to manage it, many small businesses are limited due to location factors, budget concerns, and countless other variables. In the past, organizations would turn to break-fix IT management for all of their technology issues, but trends in IT maintenance have given rise to a more popular and more sustainable way for small businesses to get the technology maintenance and management they need.

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This is What Happens When Your Office 365 Subscription Lapses

This is What Happens When Your Office 365 Subscription Lapses

Subscription-based solutions are quite popular these days, and Microsoft Office 365 is perhaps one of the most important ones on the market. However, the services provided by Office 365 are contingent upon successfully renewing the subscription, making it critical that the user understands how this process works. Any user that fails to renew the subscription loses access to it, so we want to make sure you understand what happens when your subscription expires so as to avoid software access issues.

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Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Waite

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After graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management, Jennifer began her career as Marketing Coordinator and IT Coordinator for a predominant commercial real estate company.

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Tip of the Week: Where to Find Your Android Downloads

Tip of the Week: Where to Find Your Android Downloads

Our smartphones have become an indispensable part of our personal and professional lives. As such, we often download various media to them that we want to find again later… unfortunately, this isn’t always so easy. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over where to find those files that you have downloaded.

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4 Decisions You’ll Make About Your IT

4 Decisions You’ll Make About Your IT

Business is never quite as simple as it’s made out to be, and nowhere is this more true than with your organization’s IT. Today we will be covering some of the most important parts of your IT’s decision making that will need to be addressed, questions and concerns included, especially in regard to business-critical functions.

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What Could Replace the Keyboard and Mouse?

What Could Replace the Keyboard and Mouse?

We hope we aren’t dating ourselves too much by mentioning computer punch cards, but they were once the means of inputting data into a computing device… at least, until the now-ubiquitous mouse and keyboard came into the scene. This variety of interfacing with our devices now seems to be one of the few ways to practically use them. However, other interfaces have emerged - do any of them stand a chance of unseating the keyboard and mouse?

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How to Plan Your Data Storage Needs

How to Plan Your Data Storage Needs

If your business is looking to use technology beneficially, the ability to store data is going to be a major consideration you are going to have to confront. After all, not having enough storage space, or having too much, can be major problems for most businesses. Today, we’ll ask some of the most pressing questions you’ll need to answer to get the right (and the right amount of) storage space for your needs.

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Ransomware Shuts Down Doctors’ Office - Is Your Business Protected?

Ransomware Shuts Down Doctors’ Office - Is Your Business Protected?

Let me ask you a question… let’s say that you’re about one year from your projected retirement, when a ransomware attack encrypts all of your files. What do you do? Pack it in and retire early? This is precisely the situation that the practitioners of Brookside ENT & Hearing Services of Battle Creek, Michigan, have found themselves in - and it may not be over yet.

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