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Remote Policies That Do (and Don’t) Transition Well to In-House Operations

Remote Policies That Do (and Don’t) Transition Well to In-House Operations

The COVID-19 pandemic is still in full swing, and while many companies buckled under the pressure put on them to maintain operations, others have managed to adapt through the use of remote technology solutions. Businesses have put into place policies surrounding this remote technology, many of which are both helpful and harmful.

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Is the Cloud Over Complicating Your Business?

Is the Cloud Over Complicating Your Business?

Most everyone uses the cloud in some capacity, even if it’s not a professional one. Simply put, the value it provides even on a consumer level is astounding, and this is even more so with business applications. The cloud makes it much easier for organizations to manage their resources compared to hosting them in-house, but a problem has surfaced with some companies suffering due to what’s called “cloud sprawl.”

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Understanding the Costs Outlined in Your Technology Budget

Understanding the Costs Outlined in Your Technology Budget

When it comes to procuring technology and working on technology projects, budgeting is a key issue that must be ironed out long before project implementation begins. This process can be troublesome and fraught with all sorts of challenges, but you don’t have to do it alone! We’ve got your back. Here’s a crash course on how you can manage your IT budget for maximum value.

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Is Your Business Optimized for a Cashless World?

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If you’re like most businesses, you have seen a dramatic increase in online activity over the past two years. This shift has been reflected in an increase in online purchases. If your business hasn’t developed a plan to not only accept credit card payments but protect them as well, your business may be the target of a cyberattack and an investigation by the state.

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The Network Bottleneck Can Sap Productivity

The Network Bottleneck Can Sap Productivity

Sometimes you might encounter situations where your network is limited in the amount of data it can process at any given time. The unfortunate truth is that it can be difficult to identify exactly what the problem is that is causing the slowdown, but one of the most common issues—the network bottleneck—is a pretty safe bet. But what exactly is a bottleneck, and what can be done to solve it?

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Microsoft is Sending Mixed Signals About Remote Work

Microsoft is Sending Mixed Signals About Remote Work

Have your opinions of remote work changed at all over the past year and a half, or do you still want your employees to return to the office in full force? Many major companies, despite initially advocating for remote work, are sending mixed signals on the topic, including Microsoft. What can we learn from the experiences of these companies?

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Small Businesses are Finding Places to Fit In Automation

Small Businesses are Finding Places to Fit In Automation

If you ask a person that has been using the same technology for years what they would like to see in new technology, you’ll often get the answer, “for it to do the work for me.” This is a popular response that is almost always delivered as a joke. With technology going the way it is, it’s not as funny as it once was. Today, automated tools are being developed that work to actually do a lot of that work for you. This can be both a detriment and a benefit for your staff. Today, we’ll take a look at both.

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You Can’t Afford to Ignore Your Data Backup

You Can’t Afford to Ignore Your Data Backup

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that a lot can go wrong with business just about every day. If something were to go horribly wrong and you lost access to your data infrastructure, what would you do? Let’s take a look at some of these disaster scenarios and how much data backup and disaster recovery can make a difference for your organization.

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The Secret to Saving Time and Money

The Secret to Saving Time and Money

If you visit a McDonalds while traveling, generally the burger is exactly the same as your local McDonalds. It uses the same ingredients, and it is prepared the same way. The entire process is locked down to the most minute detail. This means that, with ideally little-to-no exception, every customer’s McDonalds experience is the same no matter what. Say what you will about fast food, this is a model that works. We do something very similar, and we’ve been helping our clients adopt it too.

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Experts Can Make or Break a Technology Implementation

Experts Can Make or Break a Technology Implementation

When it comes to implementing new technology solutions for your business, there is always a desire to solve some sort of problem. Maybe you are not as productive as you would like to be, or perhaps there is an operational inefficiency that you hope to address or streamline through the use of the technology. Either way, the end result is the same; you are trying to make progress and move forward, not over-complicate your infrastructure.

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What Can Massachusetts Businesses Do to Prepare for a Resurgence of COVID?

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With COVID cases back on the upswing here in Massachusetts, it may not be a bad idea to revisit and reevaluate how prepared your business is to manage operations as the state closes back up. Whether you had certain practices in place last time or not, you don’t want a lack of preparation and due diligence to be the reason your business fails now. 

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How Technology Helps You Build a Better Business

How Technology Helps You Build a Better Business

In today’s competitive business environment, you need every edge you can get to one-up your competition and make waves in your chosen industry. One of the best ways you can do so is by strategically implementing technology solutions that can enhance or transform the way your business operates both internally and externally.

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Four IT Mistakes that Your Small Business Can’t Afford to Make

Four IT Mistakes that Your Small Business Can’t Afford to Make

Small businesses often struggle with technology, primarily because they either lack strong IT leadership or they lack the resources to ensure IT maintenance and management happens without a hitch. There are several mistakes that a small business can make when it comes to technology management. Here are four of the biggest and most common that you absolutely cannot afford to make.

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What Are You Going to Do When Disaster Strikes?

What Are You Going to Do When Disaster Strikes?

When we are talking about the continuity of your business, we typically use the colloquialism “disaster” for just about anything that could put the brakes on your business’ ability to do business. But what happens when that “disaster” is an actual disaster and threatens to derail your business completely? Today, we take a look at some disaster preparedness tips that can quite literally save your business from ruin. 

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No Matter Your Needs, Managed IT Can Be Beneficial for Your Business

No Matter Your Needs, Managed IT Can Be Beneficial for Your Business

All businesses have different goals when it comes to developing their IT infrastructure. While some might struggle just making ends meet with important maintenance, others might decide that it’s time to branch out and try innovative new solutions to take their infrastructures to the next level. We want to make one thing clear; both situations are perfectly fine, so long as you are willing to accept that you could always be doing things better, and today is the perfect time to take the next steps.

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Proactive Remote Maintenance is the Key to Success Long-Term

Proactive Remote Maintenance is the Key to Success Long-Term

Many businesses struggle with IT maintenance and management. Maybe they don’t have the resources to perform in-house maintenance due to a lack of funding and, consequently, the inability to hire full-time technicians. Maybe they believe that their technology is perfectly fine as is and doesn’t require regular maintenance. We’re here to burst that bubble; you should always have maintenance at the top of mind, and in today’s business environment, there is no excuse not to.

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There’s No Objecting to the Benefits Managed IT Services Can Provide to Lawyers

There’s No Objecting to the Benefits Managed IT Services Can Provide to Lawyers

When an industry is as steeped in tradition as that of legal services, it can be challenging to associate it with the kind of modern IT that many other industries famously rely on. However, this impression is a vastly mistaken one. In fact, members of the legal industry can benefit greatly from a relationship with a managed service provider. Let’s go into how the services provided by an MSP can assist a legal firm with its mission.

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A Solid Mobile Device Strategy Needs These 3 Components

A Solid Mobile Device Strategy Needs These 3 Components

It’s no surprise that mobile technology has infiltrated the workplace in more ways than one. Many businesses issue company-owned devices to their employees to get work done while out of the office, while others allow employees to bring their own devices, or use their own laptops and smartphones for fulfilling their day-to-day duties. That being said, it’s important to remember that mobile devices need to be managed in a very specific way to maintain security.

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Is It Time To Downsize Your Office?

Is It Time To Downsize Your Office?

The pandemic has brought about far-reaching changes to the business environment, especially when it comes to the number of people working in an office. If you’ve found you are no longer using all of your office space, it may be a good time to consider relocating to a more efficient facility. Let’s talk about what it takes to reduce your office footprint.

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The Components of a Successful Business Continuity Strategy

The Components of a Successful Business Continuity Strategy

With the future so uncertain, it’s no surprise that many organizations are turning their focus toward business continuity. There are a lot of components that go into making a successful continuity plan, and if you want to optimize your chances of survival in the face of a disaster, you need to ensure that all your bases are covered.

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