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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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7 Information Technology (IT) Buzzwords Decoded

By: Mireya Fernandez
September 5th, 2017

It's pretty easy to fall behind in tech lingo. It's moving at the speed of light, or is it sound? Either way, to catch you up, we’ve created a cheat sheet. Next time you overhear your kids, or even the IT department at work, speaking in tech, feel free to jump in! Chances are you already know what these things are, just not their proper name. And even if you didn’t know, you will now, and your secret is safe with me. Let’s jump in. Here are 7 information technology buzzwords decoded.

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Tech Alert

Tech Alert: 3 Outsourced IT Services Your Company Needs Today!

By: Mireya Fernandez
September 4th, 2017

The "Tech Age," has been upon us for quite some time. Most of us feel pretty comfortable with the everyday task of operating our smartphones and tablets, but business technology is a whole other obstacle.

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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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Tech Trends

Tech Trends: Does My Small Business Need Artificial Intelligence?

By: Mireya Fernandez
September 1st, 2017

Most of us thought we’d be buzzing round like the Jetsons in the early 2000's. Life, as we know it today, isn’t flying cars and robot maids, or at least yet. But we have made huge jumps into the realm of artificial intelligence (AI). The question begs an answer, what does this mean for small business?  I know AI seems intimidating and complicated, but unknowingly, you're probably already using it. Let's examine how you likely use AI, and how your small business might use it in the future.

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IT Untangled

IT Untangled: What Do IT Managers Do?

By: Mireya Fernandez
August 31st, 2017

We all know what doctors do, right? If you don’t feel well, you make an appointment, and they help you figure out what’s wrong. What an IT Manager does seems vague to business owners for two reasons. One, it’s a lot of behind the scenes work. And two, they don’t know how to measure performance, so the IT Manager keeps “doing what he does.”

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Executive Insights

Is IT Support Supposed to Be Frustrating?

By: Marty Kaufman
August 30th, 2017

Over the past four weeks, I've met with lots of business executives -- spending hours discussing things from information technology (IT) to taxes, and everything in between. Turns out, business people are just about as frustrated with IT support as they are with taxes!

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Tech Tips | Business Planning | Improving Productivity

Business Email: Microsoft’s Office 365 vs Google’s G Suite

By: Mireya Fernandez
August 29th, 2017

Brand loyalty plays a huge part in how we spend our money. And while there are a lot of top software brands, Microsoft and Google tend to be top of mind. This is expressly accurate when considering business email options. But how do you pick one when they both offer such similar functionality? Especially now that they both have such strong Cloud presence.

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Tech Alert

Tech Alert: Is Public WiFi Safe for Work Computers?

By: Mireya Fernandez
August 28th, 2017

We are always on the go, and to support our need for speed habit, coffee shops, hotels, and even gas stations now have WiFi. Unfortunately, that airport WiFi isn't nearly as secure as you'd like to think it is. I know what you're thinking. But I use passwords. And passwords, while a great first step, don't change the fact that you are sharing a network with A LOT of people.

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Tech Tips | Business Planning | Ask An IT Guy

Ask an IT Guy: How Can I Easily Change My Business Domain Name?

By: Mireya Fernandez
August 25th, 2017

Considering changing your company's domain name?  Unfortunately, this process is more involved than simply buying a new domain name from GoDaddy or Register.com. After building your brand, plus all the little things that point to your company, like your email domain, changing it up can be a bit scary. If you've reached a point where changing your domain name is the best option, don't worry; we've got it handled. At Accent Computer Solutions, Inc., we’ve led several companies through domain changes. It's not easy, but if it’s done the right way, it can be worth the name change.

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Tech Tips | Business Planning | Getting Better IT Results

Top 10 Tips to Select the Best IT Support Company

By: Mireya Fernandez
August 24th, 2017

You’re gearing up to pick the best outsourced IT company for your business, excited about the potential benefits!  But you aren’t 100% sure how to pick the best managed IT services provider. Or maybe you’ve narrowed it down, but now you’re stuck in a dead tie. Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. has been helping companies develop their best IT strategy for over 30 years. A topic that frequently comes up is, “How can I compare IT support companies? What criteria should I evaluate?”   Since we talk about it often, we’ve compiled a list to help narrow down your search for the right IT support!

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The Cloud | Business Planning | Getting Better IT Results | IT Untangled

IT Untangled: What Is Hybrid IT?

By: Mireya Fernandez
August 23rd, 2017

To Cloud or not to Cloud, that is the question… Or it WAS the question. Hybrid IT is challenging this idea and it’s changing the conversation entirely. Business executives come to us at Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. to help them figure out the best path for their IT environment. Deciding where your equipment should be and which services you should use are big decisions. There’s a delicate balance between needs and budget. The infrastructure also needs to be adaptable to the ever-changing needs of the marketplace. That’s where hybrid IT comes in handy for some businesses. Let’s explore what hybrid IT is and how it’s working for some  businesses.

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