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

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Office 365 Hosted Exchange vs On-Premise Exchange: Best Business Email

By: Corey Kaufman
April 12th, 2018

  Email is quite possibly the most crucial aspect of your business. What would we do without email? Think about how you communicate with clients, advertise, or even communicate internally.

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Top 3 IT Budgeting Mistakes Made By Small Businesses

By: Derek Woolf
April 10th, 2018

  Let's face it; most executives don't consider reviewing or creating budgets a favorite pastime. In fact, unless a budget comes by way of regulation, many businesses will tackle expenditures and investments reactively. We see this same pattern A LOT, but more so when it comes to Technology.

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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 Untangled

Social Networking Safety Tips - The IT Help Desk

By: Ryan Ziska
April 4th, 2018

  An article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2010 estimated the average teenager consumed nearly 11 hours of media per-day, with one and a half hours spent on social media.  A follow-up article by online marketing firm Mediakix showed social media usage had jumped in 2016 to 1 hour and 56 minutes after studying statistics gathered from YouTube, Facebook and industry analyst. 

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Data Backup and Data Storage Options for Small Businesses - IT Untangled

By: Brian Modrak
April 2nd, 2018

    True story: My friend came to me a while back, and she was somewhere between horribly sad and somewhat terrified. She looked like she was absolutely broken. It turned out that her laptop hard drive had died, and all of her first child's pictures were gone along with it.  She had downloaded the pictures from her camera to her laptop, and then erased the memory card on her camera… to make room for more photos of course. She never expected for the hard drive to fail. But really, most of us aren't planning these types of events. And, of course, they always seem to happen at the worst time. 

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A Month of Security and Compliance Inquiries

By: Marty Kaufman
March 30th, 2018

March has been all about IT security and compliance inquiries – and it’s a good thing. This month alone, there’s been over 2 million documented cases of data breaches and cyber attacks – and that’s just the ones that have been reported! It seems that cyber criminals have shifted their focus to ransomware and data breaches. Why? Well, the financial opportunity for hackers is enormous. There’s a general lack of security precautions being implemented and enforced throughout companies, leaving a ton of personal information and corporate data vulnerable to attacks.

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How Do I Secure My Network for Remote Users? - Ask an IT Guy

By: Ammon Becar
March 29th, 2018

  In early 2017, big players like Amazon and Apple both announced they would be adding remote roles to their work force. Billionaire Richard Branson noted, “flexible work is not just for low-level employees but should also be offered for positions higher up in the pipeline so that rising stars have flexible jobs to progress to" (cnbc.com).  The truth is, some form of remote work already exists in most industries. Think about techs in the field or on-call dispatch efforts. Anyone who works outside of your office could fall under the "remote" umbrella. 

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The Cloud | Business Planning

3 Commonly Overlooked Realities of Moving to the Cloud

By: Peter O'Campo
March 27th, 2018

  A lot of small to mid-sized businesses have already made the plunge into Cloud Computing, or some form of Cloud services. For those of you currently thinking about it or planning for it, we'd like to give you a realistic view of what moving your business environment to the Cloud could mean. Unfortunately, it's not the most natural thing for your current business environment to transition to the Cloud. You'll need qualified support to get the process underway. Let’s look at some of the commonly overlooked factors of moving to the Cloud – specifically, how it will impact your employees.

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Training

Free and Low Cost Microsoft Office Training Options

By: Courtney Casey
March 26th, 2018

  Employees have a wide range of skill sets, and the ability to use technology effectively isn’t always one of them. Business owners and managers frequently ask about the best ways to train employees on technology. Most of the time, they’re asking for basic Microsoft Office training. The good news is, there are a ton of free and low-cost training resources available.

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When Should I Upgrade Old or Aging Hardware? - Ask an IT Guy

By: Ammon Becar
March 21st, 2018

  Upgrading aging hardware is a KEY function in keeping your IT infrastructure running as smoothly as possible. Aging hardware can be a daunting task to replace, especially when you're trying to find out exactly when it's time to do so.

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Why Is My Network So Slow? Network Visibility Might Be the Answer

By: Corey Kaufman
March 19th, 2018

  Jumping right in, today we're going to chat about Network Visibility and some tools for your company to track down any culprits using up your resources. As an IT Guy, one of my least favorite things to hear is, "My network is slow." It seems like there is slowness abound these days. Everything we own connects to WiFi, and there never seems to be enough juice.  

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