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Strategic Technology Planning | Tech Girl

The End is Near for Windows 7: Start Planning For Windows 10 Now

By: Courtney Casey
July 2nd, 2018

January 14, 2020 marks the end of support for one of the most popular operating systems for businesses – Windows 7. It was released in 2009 and has served us well, but the end is near and it’s time to start planning your transition.

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Executive Insights

Protect Your Investment & Stay Productive With Proactive Network Management

By: Marty Kaufman
June 28th, 2018

I bet most of you don’t wake up in the middle of the night sweating about Internet Bandwidth – my team and I do. Over the course of the last few years, the Internet and connectivity have become one of the most important topics of business conversations. Why, you ask? Today, almost every organization uses the Internet and its associated bandwidth for mission-critical applications. Companies are using cloud based-applications ranging environmental control systems (thermostats) and billing software, to ERPs and Shop Floor Control systems. Software manufacturers and the users of these systems (you and your employees) have become completely dependent on Internet availability. We expect it from jacks on the wall and from Wi-Fi systems, and we’re lost without it. Even a little blip in business Internet performance today interrupts voice calls, manufacturing production, billing, warehouse management, distribution systems, medical office patient processing, etc.

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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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Tightening IT Security

Email Safety Best Practices: How to Stay Safe From Email Scams

By: Jessica Duncan
June 26th, 2018

    We all know that email scams are going around like crazy these days. Our goal is to keep you and your company safe. There are a few simple techniques that will help with our security efforts. In this article, we’ll cover: Creating a Secure Password How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams And Steps to Prevent Fraudulent Payments So, let's dive in.

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Executive Insights | Tightening IT Security

IT Security and GDPR: What to Do Next

By: Marty Kaufman
May 31st, 2018

This month has been a security and compliance whirlwind! The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018. I’m sure you’ve received a LOT of emails from companies notifying you that they’ve updated their privacy policies. This is just one step companies are taking to become GDPR compliant. We’ve been getting a lot of questions about GDPR and compliance, so here’s a brief overview about what’s going on, and what you may need to do.

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The IT Help Desk

How Small Businesses Can Protect Against the Growing Ransomware Threats

By: Ryan Ziska
May 30th, 2018

    Since 2009, there has been a significant rise in ransomware attacks, and it shows no signs of slowing down. BUT WHY?!?!? To put it simply: because it works. Ransomware is a form of malware designed to take over your computer, files, folders, and networks. And according to Norton Antivirus, it isn’t always just one cybercriminal -- it could be cyber-gangs working together to make money off unsuspecting users. It’s time for all companies, especially small businesses, to be on high alert and have the proper protection against ransomware.

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Tightening IT Security | Tech Girl

Your IT Support Provider's Role in Regulatory Compliance

By: Courtney Casey
May 29th, 2018

With the recent enforcement of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25, 2018, there’s been a lot of talk regarding regulatory compliance; specifically, who is responsible for what.

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3 Ways to Ensure a Smooth Office 365 Email Migration

By: Corey Kaufman
May 24th, 2018

  The success rate of any project is due in large part to setting all the right steps in motion. Migrating your email to Office 365 is no different. There are a lot of options for migrating to Office 365 these days. You’ve likely seen companies and tools that advertise free Office 365 migrations. You’ve also probably seen quotes for a few thousand dollars. Figuring out the differences between them can be confusing.

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Tech Trends

Multi-Factor Authentication: What Is It & Can Small Businesses Use It?

By: Kenny Riedell
May 16th, 2018

  Everyone should worry about online safety. This is especially true when it comes to business and personal information, like banking records, payroll, or trade secrets.  And while passwords can go a long way, unfortunately, they are getting easier to crack. So, what can you do? How do you protect your business from hackers and cybercriminals running amuck on the internet?

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Business Planning | Getting Better IT Results | Improving Productivity

3 Ways Managed IT Services Providers Help IT Departments Be More Effective

By: Peter O'Campo
May 10th, 2018

  IT departments really are some of the hardest working, unsung heroes in your company. You probably couldn’t even fathom all the things they’re doing behind the scenes to “make it work” on a day-to-day basis. For most organizations, it's not feasible to hire enough experts in EVERYTHING you need from an IT support perspective to work in a productive, profitable manner. Adding a managed IT service provider (MSP) to your already stellar IT department, could remedy any gaps in your department’s expertise, and give you the reliable stability you need to thrive.  Sounds like a win-win, right? Unfortunately, we still run into many IT departments of small to mid-sized businesses that feel like having an outsourced IT provider involved is competition --that somehow the IT staff is seen as less competent if they need “outside” help. But hear me out, because I'm going to make a case for the exact opposite.

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Business Technology News | Strategic Technology Planning | Business Planning

What Is Business Intelligence (BI) for Small Business?

By: Peter O'Campo
May 4th, 2018

    Keeping up with technology these days feels impossible, or is it just me? It seems like every day there is a new acronym, or a term that has taken over a new identity, like the Cloud. With advancements happening so rapidly, it can be overwhelming, leaving your business hanging in flux. Trying to define what actually gives your small business a competitive edge and what's fluff is a full time job.

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