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Jonathan Barger

Jonathan is a virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO) for Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. He helps clients plan their technology so their business goals become a reality. He guides technology strategy and vision as a trusted technical advisor to his clients.

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Technology Planning

Windows Server 2012 End-of-Life: What’s Happening, Why it’s Important, and What to Do Next

By: Jonathan Barger
June 14th, 2022

After a decade of service, Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 operating system is reaching its end-of-life on October 10, 2023. This means that if any of your business systems run on Windows Server 2012, you have a decision to make soon. It may seem too early to start planning for its replacement, but with hardware shortages, price volatility, and increasing lead times, now’s the time to start planning, budgeting, and figuring out what to do next.

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Backup & Disaster Recovery

Data Backup and Storage Options for Small Businesses

By: Jonathan Barger
February 15th, 2022

In business, information is everything. Serving your customers would be close to impossible without your client database, financial records, documents, emails, or any of the other data that you use daily. Nearly all businesses need continuous access to that data to keep their doors open and their operations running smoothly. 

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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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Technology Planning | Business Planning

Top 9 Things to Include in Your 2022 Business Technology Plan

By: Jonathan Barger
January 5th, 2022

2021 brought some form of normalcy back to the Southern California business climate and, if you’re like many business leaders, you’re happy to turn the calendar to 2022 with the hope that forward progress continues. Whatever your business goals look like for the new year, they’ll need to be supported by a solid business technology plan.

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Cyber Security | CMMC Compliance

3 Most Common Advanced Technologies Businesses Need For Their CMMC Remediation Plan

By: Jonathan Barger
May 3rd, 2021

The word “Maturity” is part of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification for a reason. Essentially, the Department of Defense wants their chain of suppliers to “grow up” in their security. When companies act like “grown-ups” in the way that they manage cyber risk, they’re a lot more serious about their responsibilities and they’re accountable for the outcome.

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Backup & Disaster Recovery | Remote Work | Data Security

Data Integrity and Your Remote Workforce: Did You Adjust Your Business Data Backup Strategy When Employees Went Home?

By: Jonathan Barger
June 26th, 2020

You may not always think of it this way, but your business information is a valuable asset. Without your data, business operations would come to a screeching halt or at least a slow crawl. Like any other asset, your business data needs to be protected. Unfortunately, many companies unknowingly compromised the integrity of their data when they sent people home to work. What’s more, they don’t realize how spreading out their people to their individual remote locations may have affected their data backup strategy.

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Remote Work | Data Security

Do You Know Where Your Data Is? Out-of-Sight Data and Your Remote Workforce

By: Jonathan Barger
June 11th, 2020

Do you have employees working from home? Congratulations! You’re now a multi-location business! As a multi-location business, your IT network is a lot more complex than it used to be when everyone was working under the same roof. You have more to think about in terms of security and productivity, which includes making sure that your data is 100% visible to IT. If your data isn’t visible, what is it? Invisible? Let’s call it out-of-sight. Before we talk about how this happens, let’s explore why you should be concerned about out-of-sight data.

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Ask An IT Guy

Recovery Time Objective (RTO) & Recovery Point Objective (RPO): 2 Most Critical Parts of Your Disaster Recovery Plan

By: Jonathan Barger
April 17th, 2018

Whether by accident or pre-planning, you know that backups are necessary. If you don't have a backup, stop right now and read about data backup and storage options for businesses - but make sure you come back and read this once you are done. Today, we're going to talk about disaster recovery. It’s vital to understand that backups and disaster recovery are not the same.

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