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Is March Madness Slowing Your Business Down?

It’s that time of year again – the annual NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship known as March Madness began March 14, 2017. College basketball fans will be filling out their brackets, watching games online, researching their teams, tracking game updates, and much more.

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Slow Internet Causing Problems For Your Business?

Slow internet can be a big problem for many businesses, especially in those where operations are dependent on cloud technologies or hosted applications. Not only is it frustrating when things don’t run quickly, but it’s also a drain on employee productivity.

Your IT provider and internet service provider surely did their due diligence before recommending the amount of bandwidth that you’d need to run smoothly. They likely evaluated the number of regular users, how many devices that would be connecting, what kinds of applications your business uses, and many more items to determine the right amount of bandwidth for your operations. So why does it still run slowly?

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Is Your IT Department Destined For Failure?

Executives and Information Technology personnel historically have a difficult time seeing eye to eye. Many executives see the IT department as a necessary evil – you need it to keep the business running, but it’s just expensive and doesn’t add value to the organization.

IT professionals frequently get a bad rap, which is unfair because in many cases they are destined for failure.

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A Small Investment to Keep Your Employees Productive

Bill is working on a critical customer proposal when his computer screen flashes to the "Blue Screen of Death." He frantically calls the IT Help Desk for troubleshooting and they discover the problem is a hardware issue. His computer will be out of commission until replacement parts are ordered, shipped, and installed.

How is he going to get this proposal  (and all of the other tasks he needs to do) done if he doesn't have a working computer anymore?! Read on...

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Relying On A Good Luck Charm?

Carrying a four-leaf clover might work for leprechauns. But when it comes to Internet abuse by employees, you’re gonna need more than sheer luck…

Did you know that…

  • 70% of all web traffic to Internet pornography sites occurs during the work hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Non-work-related Internet surfing results in up to a 40% loss in productivity each year at American businesses.
  • According to a survey by International Data Corp (IDC), 30% to 40% of Internet access is spent on non-work-related browsing, and a staggering 60% of all online purchases are made during working hours.
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Upgrading To Windows 10? Avoid Headaches, Downtime, And Frustrations By Following This Advice

For the past few months, we’ve been swamped with questions about Windows 10.

If you’re wondering whether now is the best time to upgrade your system, here’s what you need to know:

First and foremost, if your organization relies on your computers in any way to make money or save lives, consider the risks carefully.

As with any software upgrade – but especially your computer’s operating system – you’ve got to weigh the advantages of upgrading now against potential downtime if there are problems with the new code.

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Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. Named a 2015 Top Workplace

Local IT Firm Earns Inland Empire Top Workplaces Award

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA (December 17, 2015) — Accent Computer Solutions, Inc., a leading information technology (IT) firm in Southern California, is honored to be named a 2015 Top Workplace by The Press-Enterprise.

The Press-Enterprise’s second annual Top Workplace award is based solely on the results of an anonymous employee survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC. They assessed businesses of all sizes and measured several aspects of workplace culture, including: compensation, job satisfaction, benefits, and alignment.

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Top 4 Email and Online Scams To Avoid This Holiday Season

Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. While you are shopping for gifts, attending parties, and drinking hot cider, the scammers are going to work. 

Here are four scams to avoid this holiday season:

Be on the lookout for fake emails from shipping providers like UPS and FedEx.

With friends and family mailing gifts to one another, it’s likely that you and your employees will receive notifications from carriers, such as UPS or FedEx, notifying you that a package has been delivered.

Whether you were expecting something or not, the intrigue will cause most people to read the message and try to find out what it might be.

Is it the gift I ordered for my wife? Or maybe it’s the gifts Grandma sent?

Scammers capitalize on this intrigue by asking you to give them information that may be used to steal your identity, or by deploying viruses onto your network when you click links or attachments.

Be extra careful when clicking on links or attachments in emails this season, and think twice before you provide information to anyone on the Internet.

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Cloud Computing And Your Company: What You Need To Know

Like it or not, cloud computing is coming to your industry. The question is, will you happily be an early adopter of this technology or be frozen by indecision?

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Getting Better Results From IT

When I talk to business owners and executives, they usually have concerns about the results they’re getting from their IT operations.

In some cases, they have experienced major downtime due to poor backup or security procedures. For others, the business is growing and the current arrangement for technology planning and support just can’t keep up. Most commonly, they’re tired of having things break and their current provider taking too long to respond — if they get hold of that person at all!

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