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Is Your Strategy Insane?

"Insanity: Doing the same thing over again and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

If I have to put a label on this summer, it would be “Insanity”. 

Over the course of the last few months, my days have been spent meeting and chatting with business executives about achieving higher results from the technology investment they are making.

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Shadow IT: Ignore At Your Own Risk

It’s one of those little secrets that nobody wants to talk about…

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Topics: I.T. Security

Social Engineering & IT Security: What Businesses Need To Know

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Every day we’re presented with news of the “next big thing.” Disruptive technology developed by some of the most resourceful minds of our time has created tremendous value for companies. These revolutionary tools, which have completely changed the ways we work and play, are simply powerful.

The problem is that power isn’t always a good thing. In 1771, British-Irish statesman Edmund Burke said, “The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.” While his subject at the time had more to do with politics than technology, the statement holds the same truth today as it did then.

There are few places where power is abused more dangerously than in the cybercrime industry. According to “Net Losses: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime,” a report published by McAfee, the cost to the global economy could be as high as $575 billion a year.

How should your business enlist in the global fight against cybercrime? As always, it is important to ensure you’re using the right combination of hardware and software to keep illicit software (malware) from being transmitted to your company’s network – but there is a new threat, and that threat is you.

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Topics: I.T. Security

Keys to "Moving the Needle" and Hitting Company Goals

Have you heard the term “Moving the Needle” as it relates to business performance? I hear it frequently and, depending on who you talk to, the context can vary significantly.

Frequently business executives are dead-set on moving the needle, but really don’t know how or where to start. In many cases, the CEO or Leadership Team will create a list of big company tasks or goals, hand them out to the various affected departments, and check up on them once or twice per year. Most of the time, the Leadership Team is disappointed in the results. Why does this happen so often?

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Southern California Business Technology News - Week of June 6, 2016

This Week's News Recap:

Who are the top accounting firms, banks, software providers, and professional services firms? Readers of CFO voted on those 4 major categories and the winners have been chosen - the results may surprise you. Joe Biden believes that Big Data could be a key factor in combatting cancer. Google cofounder investing in flying cars. Millions of Twitter passwords have been compromised, so some accounts have been locked.

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Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. Ranked Top Managed IT Services Company in Inland Empire

Local IT Firm Ranked Top 5 Total Service Provider in California

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA (June 8, 2016) — Accent Computer Solutions, Inc., a leading information technology (IT) and cloud computing firm in Southern California, has been ranked top managed IT service provider (MSP) in the Inland Empire by Penton Technology’s global MSPmentor 501 list for the fourth year in a row.

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Southern California Business Technology News - Week of May 30, 2016

This Week's News Recap:

Some online service businesses may need to start paying state sales tax. Microsoft is beefing up security features for Office 365. Coding is not required for many positions today, but having that additional skill can give candidates a leg up on the competition. Due to its ease to create, ransomware is gaining in popularity and continues to hold many businesses' data hostage. 

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Calculating the True Cost of Your Information Technology

For those who may not know, I travel all over Southern California, and a good part of the United States, consulting with executives regarding IT Department performance.

At some point during these executive discussions, the subject of cost comes to the forefront of the conversation. I really enjoy discussing the cost of the IT Department because it is usually a highly sensitive area and tends to be lumped into one number.

The CFO of a distribution company in Los Angeles recently engaged me to help him with an IT department cost comparison.

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10 Things You Must Do Now To Prevent A Costly Data Disaster

In less than 60 seconds, you are about to learn 10 things that could save you days – or even weeks – of downtime, not to mention the undue stress on your company, and potentially thousands of dollars lost, due to a data disaster…

Use this article as your checklist in a conversation with your IT company to assure that your business has the right plan in place to get back up and running quickly if and when disaster strikes.

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Southern California Business Technology News - Week of May 23, 2016

This Week's News Recap:

Cybersecurity is hot on the minds of business leaders as hackers promise to attack. CEOs are increasingly seeing IT leaders as key partners to their business. Employee engagement is declining and there are several factors that contribute to it's state. Brands are testing bots to help with e-commerce, but it may not be the right option just yet.

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