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Choosing a PROACTIVE IT Support Partner

If you are a small to medium size business, you probably have a small to smaller IT support budget.   Building an IT infrastructure can be daunting so a lot of businesses choose to work with a Managed IT Services (MSP) partner. Lot’s of MSP’s say they do the same thing – IT support - but how do you choose the best partner?
Here are 3 things that a proactive IT support partner will provide:

INFORMATION

A good IT support partner will always provide benchmark standards.

Make Your Business Agile Part 3: Managing Uncertainty

Managing Uncertainty is the third of a 10 part series reviewing the Top 10 IT concerns in 2018. In the last article we addressed the 9thth largest IT issue and the challenges. We continue to look for ways to make your business agile.
#8 Business Issue: Managing Uncertainty
Abrupt shifts in politics, consumer behavior, regulatory changes, technology advances all conspire to upset even the most carefully planned business strategies.

Make Your Business Agile Part 2 : Managing Inventory

Managing Inventory is the second of a 10 part series reviewing the Top 10 IT concerns in 2018. In the last article we addressed the 10th largest IT issue and the challenges. We continue to look for ways to make your business agile.
#9 Business Issue: Managing Inventory Effectively
First of all, a well-functioning inventory management system, is crucial for successful business.

Is your Business “Agile”? Part One

To help make your business agile, over the next few weeks, we are going to look at the top 10 challenges for small to medium size businesses (SMB’s) around IT priorities and challenges. This is the first in the series on making your business agile.

Starting at #10:
#10 Business Issue: Creating Innovative Products
First, the key to any successful business is the ability to come up with new ideas.

GMAIL Scam!

This week’s attack is a Gmail scam.
The victim receives a text asking whether they’ve requested a password reset for their Gmail account. And, if not, to reply with the word ‘STOP’.
It is easy to see how employees could respond without thinking.

Tech Addiction—The Truth About Tech

The topic of tech addiction is gaining momentum. In February, a gathering of Silicon Valley alumni, whistleblowers and Washington lobbyists in the US capital, heard warnings of potential links between tech addiction and sleep disruption, poor academic performance, anxiety, depression, obesity, social isolation and suicide.

March Madness Hacker Scam

The latest hacker scam is March Madness!  It seems that hackers like to capitalize on current popular events. Recently, it was the Winter Olympics, Valentine’s Day – well, now it’s March Madness!
So, hackers are now spoofing popular March Madness websites, and that includes bracket sites and live game streaming.

Firewall: Don’t Leave the Windows Open

A computer without a firewall is like leaving the doors open, the windows down and the keys in the ignition of your car. You might as well leave a sign that says “steal me!”
Protecting your computer systems from malicious users intent on disrupting your operations or -- even worse -- stealing your private data or intellectual property must be an IT priority.

**IT happens when your office moves!

When an office moves, especially when IT moves, it may actually be more stressful than moving your home and family. One thing is for sure -- the IT and telephone systems are the lifeblood of any company. If these systems aren’t working and the phones aren’t ringing then you can’t run your business.

Private Cloud Vs. Public Cloud Computing

Everyone agrees that there are many benefits to cloud computing, but whether to manage resources in a private or public cloud solution is the question.
Public Cloud Computing
Public clouds such as Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure have a number of benefits:

Utility Model –                                                                                                     With a Public Cloud, users pay by the hour for computer resources.