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IT Costs | Tech Girl

Can IT Support Contract Costs Be Reduced?

By: Courtney Casey
December 4th, 2019

Every business wants to reduce its costs. Over the years, I’ve talked to hundreds of Southern California business executives and many of them are concerned about what they’re paying for IT Support Agreements. The conversation goes in one of two directions: either their provider is doing a good job, so they feel like it must be easy, or they aren’t doing a good job and the executive feels like they’re paying a lot for little gain. If you’re happy with your current IT services vendor but it seems like your costs are going up, it’s natural to evaluate where your money is going, and to look for ways to bring expenses down. Is there a way to reduce IT support contract, or IT services agreement, costs? Here are a few things to dig into to answer that question.

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IT Support FAQs | Business Planning | Better IT Results | IT Untangled

IT Untangled: A Small Business's Guide to Outsourced IT Support

By: Courtney Casey
December 2nd, 2019

You’ve probably heard the term “managed services.” You might have wondered what it meant and if it had anything to do with your small business. You’ve also probably heard the term outsourcing. Those words are often used interchangeably. In a nutshell, outsourcing or managed services, means that a third-party acts as your IT department. Or in some cases, supplements your current in-house IT department. Do you have an IT department? Is your in-house IT team limited on time, resources, or ability?  It might be time to check out what outsourcing can do for you.

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Do IT Right: It's Not About The Computers

Optimize your business's IT function, understand proper - and cost effective - IT staffing, and learn from the mistakes others have made.

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IT Support FAQs | Business Planning | Better IT Results

How to Switch IT Support Companies As Smoothly As Possible

By: Courtney Casey
November 25th, 2019

Let’s just be honest, switching vendors for almost any reason can be a distraction and a time snatcher. But sometimes it’s the right move for your company long term. Changing IT vendors doesn’t have to be that hard if it’s planned out in advance. Perhaps your contract is up, or you’re not getting what you need from your current arrangement. Either way, moving to a new IT provider should be about adding value to your company. But value can be lost in transition if your processes, needs, and expectations are not planned and communicated beforehand. The transition might be the hardest part of your new IT services contract, but it doesn’t have to be.

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IT Support FAQs

Benefits and Advantages of IT Outsourcing: Why Would A Business Outsource Their IT Support?

By: Courtney Casey
November 20th, 2019

When someone starts exploring the idea of IT department outsourcing, they generally want to figure out why they would outsource your IT support, what IT services can be outsourced, and the advantages of outsourcing IT technical support.

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IT Support FAQs | Technology Planning | Better IT Results | Tech Girl

Types of Outsourced IT Support Services: Which Model is Best for Your Business?

By: Courtney Casey
November 18th, 2019

Whether your company has 15 employees or 50,000, it is imperative that your technology consistently works how it’s supposed to. You need a clear vision of where technology is going in your business, and you need to get rid of roadblocks that are holding the company back from achieving its goals.

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Company News | Team Member Spotlight

Bridging Technology and Business  – A Spotlight on Ammon Becar

By: Courtney Casey
November 13th, 2019

Anyone who has ever bought a new computer or upgraded to the latest smartphone knows that technology is changing and evolving at a breakneck pace. It can make your head spin just trying to catch up. That’s why Ammon Becar strives to offer Accent’s clients more than just a plan to solve their tech problems. He uses personalized communication to turn every interaction into a relationship-building experience.

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5 Common Reasons Why IT Projects Fail

By: Courtney Casey
November 11th, 2019

With the pace that technology changes these days, IT projects are inevitable — hardware will need to be replaced, applications will need to be upgraded, etc. When that time comes, business owners and managers want to invest their money in solutions that will increase their efficiency so they can serve their customers better. But many times, IT projects fall short of expectations. Why is that?

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IT Support FAQs | Better IT Results

What Does the IT Department Do? 7 Metrics Executives Should Watch

By: Courtney Casey
November 6th, 2019

In today’s world, there are almost no companies that can function without Information Technology (IT). From sole proprietorships to Fortune 500s, EVERY successful business requires the right IT system implementation and management to truly thrive. 

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Cyber Security | The IT Help Desk | Tech Tips & Trends

5 Password Policy Guidelines for Small to Mid-Size Businesses

By: Courtney Casey
November 4th, 2019

Microsoft research shows that 90% of all compromised passwords come from a data breach. You read that right - 90%! Criminals use tools that can guess thousands of passwords a minute. Their goal is to wreak havoc on your network and steal your trade secrets. But, not all these criminals are hacking masterminds. These attacks can also be a result of a coworker or family member snooping around.

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Executive Insights | Better IT Results

Meeting Business Goals Heads Down and Close Together

By: Marty Kaufman
October 29th, 2019

Have you ever wondered why cyclists ride close together in what appears to be packs? You see it all the time on your local streets and in bicycle races all over the world. Riders with their heads down and wheels really close together are “drafting”. Most of us have made assumptions about why they do this but have never taken the next step to find out just what the benefits of drafting are.

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