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The ACCENT Learning Hub

The most educational business technology blog for Southern California executives, featuring insider tips, articles, and videos on how to get the best IT results.

Courtney Casey

In an industry dominated by men, Courtney Casey, Director of Marketing for Accent Computer Solutions, Inc., is making her mark on the world of information technology. Courtney has been immersed in the IT field most of her life and has been molded into the tech savvy expert she is today. She began working for Accent while earning her Bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach. Known in the Inland Empire as the "Tech Girl," Courtney is a regular columnist for the region's newspaper of record, The Press-Enterprise. Her columns address topical news trends, new technology products, and offer advice on how to embrace technology or avoid common IT pitfalls.

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Business Planning | Tech Girl

What to Do When Your IT Manager Retires

By: Courtney Casey
November 27th, 2017

You’ve had an IT manager for the last 15 years, and he’s (or she's) just told you that he’s retiring. He knows your business and your systems intimately – he might have even built them! So, how will you fill his shoes? How will you get what you need once when he’s gone?

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Note-Taking Apps: Comparing Evernote, OneNote, and Apple Notes

By: Courtney Casey
October 30th, 2017

Collaboration and connectivity are increasingly important in today’s world. It seems like every day there is a new tool or system for taking, sharing, and collaborating on notes. Each of these promises to make everything we have documented accessible any time, anywhere – and for the most part, that’s possible.

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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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What’s a Technology Roadmap or Strategic Technology Plan?

By: Courtney Casey
October 3rd, 2017

Information technology (IT) exists to help us be more productive and to make life easier. Software tools are critical for businesses to stay ahead – or at least on pace – with their competition. The challenge is that many still see IT as an obstacle; a necessary evil that all-too-often finds itself in the wrong column of the company balance sheet.

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Getting Better IT Results

How to Transform the IT Department from Stalled to Smooth Sailing

By: Courtney Casey
September 8th, 2017

“I just don’t feel like we’re moving forward,” is a phrase I hear from business executives a lot. When they’re talking about their company’s information technology (IT), that’s a bad sign. They know that it’s important to their future success, but they feel stuck – like there isn’t a lot of progress happening. Management of your IT department might be unintentionally holding your company back. Here’s why.

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Executive Insights | Getting Better IT Results | Leadership

Behind the Scenes: Creating Jobs in Today’s Economy

By: Courtney Casey
August 17th, 2017

Our country may be going through some interesting times, but the economy is doing well. And when the economy is strong, businesses seem to be more open to hiring. That can put a company like ours in an interesting position. You see, Accent Computer Solutions is a provider of outsourced IT services. If a strong economy means companies are hiring again, you’d think that outsourcers would be in trouble. Luckily, that’s not the case. Not only are we seeing job growth in our business, our clients are expanding as well.

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Reducing IT Costs | Tech Girl

Can IT Support Contract Costs Be Reduced?

By: Courtney Casey
August 1st, 2017

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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Getting Better IT Results | Improving Productivity

How to Keep Amazon Prime Day From Slowing Down Your Business

By: Courtney Casey
July 7th, 2017

It’s that time of year again – Amazon Prime Day. A one-day event filled with amazing deals for Amazon Prime members! You have to hand it to Amazon, they know how to make their members excited. And they know how to keep their attention. On this day, new deals will be arriving throughout the day, so members are encouraged to set up alerts on their web browser and on their phone to take advantage these amazing deals.  Sounds awesome, right? For Prime members, yeah! For business owners, not so much.

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Tightening IT Security | Tech Girl

Should Business Owners Phish Their Employees?

By: Courtney Casey
July 6th, 2017

We’re living in a time where cybercrime and ransomware attacks are announced like the next big box office hit. They’re making an impact worldwide, and it’s causing many businesses to suffer downtime, loss of business, and increased costs to recover from attacks. One of the most common types of scams affecting businesses is referred to as phishing. Phishing attacks are generally emails that entice users to perform an action, like clicking a link to an infected webpage, opening a malicious attachment, or even wiring money.

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How to Defend Against the Next WannaCry Ransomware Attack

By: Courtney Casey
June 7th, 2017

By now you’ve likely heard about the massive ransomware attack that plagued companies worldwide in May, called WannaCry (a.k.a. WannaCrypt, Wanna Decryptor or WCry). WannaCry is a type of virus known as ransomware. WannaCry targeted Windows computers that were missing certain patches, or security updates. This virus got to those vulnerable computers through the Internet, or by users interacting with malicious emails. If successful, the malware encrypted files and asked for a ransom in cyber currency, Bitcoin, for the decryption key. It would also install a back door that must be removed after encryption.

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Strategic Technology Planning | Improving Productivity | Tech Girl

How Technology Improvements Can Fuel Sales Growth

By: Courtney Casey
May 9th, 2017

In today’s fiercely competitive, technology-fueled world, there is one thing that businesses must provide their customers to survive: a great customer experience. This cyclical process begins with the sales cycle, follows through post-sale support, and then repeats itself when the customer is ready to buy again. It involves selling more, fulfilling orders faster, and offering the best customer service.

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