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3 Questions to Ask Your IT Consultant about Data Backup

The world of business data backup is changing fast. Just a few years ago, the standard backup procedure involved regularly storing backup data on tapes. Leading firms sent those tapes to an off-site location so data could be retrieved even if the office building itself was destroyed. My, what a difference the cloud makes. Nowadays, …

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Hire an Overqualified Technical Person or an IT Consulting Firm?

As the economy picks up speed, business owners face a dilemma: Hire new workers, or outsource required work? This is one of those problems business owners and managers want to have. After all, it’s far preferable to be in need of a few good workers than to be struggling just to cover costs. Still, as …

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SMB IT Question of the Month: When Do We Transition from SOHO to Business or Enterprise-Level Technology?

In today’s complex technological environment, it can be difficult to distinguish between technology made for home, home office and business office use. Hoping to reach larger audiences, technology marketing specialists have purposefully blurred the lines between home and business as well as enterprise. Indeed, you may need to arrange for professional technology consulting to draw …

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How to Identify Risks and Inefficiencies in Your IT Systems

Considering the ubiquitous presence of technology in modern society, it’s no surprise that 98 percent of organizations see IT as strategically important to business success. Clearly, businesses require robust IT systems to compete in today’s markets. Although no CEO would dream of asking an office employee to work without a computer, consulting services find that …

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What Change Management Is and Why You Need It

Change happens. Sometimes it’s necessary and desirable for business growth. Sometimes it’s unexpected and unwanted. Regardless, a successful small business is one that is flexible enough to roll with the punches yet organized enough to thoroughly examine and monitor each major change for unintended consequences – in other words, one with a change management system …

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21 Questions You Should Ask Your Computer Consultant Before Hiring Them to Support Your Network

Customer Service Q1: Do they answer their phones live or do you always have to leave a voice mail and wait for someone to call you back?Our Answer: We answer our phones live from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and give all clients an emergency after-hours number they may call if a problem arises, including on …

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Technology Choices Revisited

Technology – it’s all about choices It was close to nine years ago that I wrote about the fact that there is always a choice to make when it comes to Information Technology. What was true then is still true today and while the choices might not always be to our liking or centered upon …

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Renting space for your employees or just the server ?

In these times that we find ourselves, as business owners, realizing there’s a lot of change and pivoting quickly. We’re realizing that things we’ve thought about doing with our businesses, we’ve been forced to accept. One of the largest of which is working remotely, having our staff not be physically in our office spaces. They’re …

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Managing change isn’t free but it can save you

Putting a freeze on spending makes saving on expenses a sure thing, right? Don’t bet on it. When it comes to technology, doing nothing can get pricey. Unless you are managing for change—anticipating the future and planning for new and updated software, systems and hardware—you’re on a tear toward a budget-blowing crash.

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