The IT Support Education Center
The most educational business technology blog for Southern California executives, featuring insider tips, articles, and videos on how to get the best IT results.
For Amber Mena, the challenge to better herself and learn new things has been a driving force throughout her life. After stalling in a job that didn’t lead anywhere, she found her way to Accent Computer Solutions where she found the perfect environment to ask questions, learn from others’ experiences, and grow in a way that inspires her curiosity – while also being part of a team that trusts her to get the job done. “I love growing, learning, and doing new things,” Amber said. “When I arrived at Accent, I was bombarded with knowledge all around me, and it was everything I had hoped for.”
Do you know if you and your IT support provider share the same goals? Here’s the test. If they make more money when your technology DOESN’T work, then you don’t share the same goals. If you want technology to work for your business, then predictable technology should be at the top of the list of your shared goals . Predictable technology means you can count on IT to work. It’s foundational to a proactive approach to IT because if your technology isn’t predictable, you can’t use IT to improve your business and meet other goals -- like improving customer service, decreasing costs, and increasing revenue.
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WatchGuard XTM firewalls are being phased out and if you have one, you’re going to have to replace yours soon. Evaluating your options can be overwhelming with the number of manufacturers and models of firewalls that are available. How do you know which one will best fit your needs?
Technology is a vital aspect of society and involved in nearly every type of industry and business today. It's hard for most people to go for an hour, let alone a day, without looking at their cellphones. Although the digital explosion has been great for connecting anytime, anywhere, there are inherent security risks involved with technology.
If you have any of the XTM series of firewalls manufactured by WatchGuard, plan to replace them as all XTM models are in the process of being phased out. End of life for this hardware means that soon there won’t be any support or replacement parts from the manufacturer, and software updates will stop. Using old technology isn’t a great idea for many reasons. When equipment goes out of support, the manufacturer won’t be able to help or provide spare parts if something breaks.
Melinda Pagani lists two things as the favorite parts of her job. One is when she can solve a problem for a client, and the other is when she can relay appreciation back to her team. In her role as Client Success Manager at Accent, Melinda is the person who has the most contact with clients, so when she hears good news about how the team performed, she’s not going to keep it to herself.
When you sent your employees home to work because of COVID-19, you probably found out just how flexible or inflexible your phone system could be. The experience either helped you to keep communications going or caused frustration for employees and customers alike. Having a reliable, stable phone system can provide a competitive advantage and can be critical to your business’ operations. Because modern phone systems can be integrated into so many other technology tools that your people are using, phones aren’t just what you use to talk to somebody. If fact, they can actually enable the kind of communications that help people work together.
Toshiba phone systems are on an end-of-life path that ends on October 31st, 2021 when support comes to a complete halt. You may be thinking, "2021 is still a ways off - nothing to worry about yet." But there's another deadline looming in 2020 that will impact how you’ll be able to use your phone system during that last year of support, and this involves licensing.
Business owners know how important it is to portray a consistent and professional image. Part of that image includes your email signature. Email signatures are a great opportunity to brand every message you send when communicating with clients, prospects, and vendors. A cohesive email signature leaves an impression and helps develop brand recognition and trust in the long run.
Video conferencing and virtual collaboration are a major part of the business world today. Many companies are asking some (if not all) of their employees to work from home, causing the demand for teleconferencing to skyrocket. With so many video conferencing tools to choose from -- how do you know which one is right for your business? In this article, we'll compare the three most popular business video conferencing platforms (Zoom, Teams, and GoToMeeting) in four key areas -- functionality, integration, cost, and security. This will help give you a clear picture of which video conferencing option is best for your specific needs.