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How to Get the Most Out of Your Computers: Extending the Life of Your Business Laptops & Workstations

By: Anthony Salinas
March 27th, 2019

A common frustration among business executives is that they’re spending all this money on computers for their employees and they keep having to replace them sooner than expected. Sometimes it’s because the computer’s performance has slowed down to a crawl and is hindering productivity; other times, the computer breaks due to rough treatment. Regardless of the reason, you want to get the most out of your investment and extend the life as long as possible. After all, computers aren’t cheap and replacing them is no fun. We get it.

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Take Down Technology Roadblocks With Managed IT Services

By: Courtney Casey
March 25th, 2019

What is a roadblock but something that stops you from going forward. You might be able to see your destination, or at least the next leg of your journey from this stopping place, but there is no way forward. You’re stuck. This is what happens in some businesses when they strive to meet their goals. The destination is envisioned, the course determined, but progress is never made. When it comes to business success, roadblocks can actually be technology roadblocks, and fortunately, managed IT services can take these roadblocks down.

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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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The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing IT Services

By: Courtney Casey
March 8th, 2019

In today’s digital business world, it’s rare to find tasks that don’t require the use of a computer, tablet, or smartphone. This means that delighting your clients and keeping your employees productive depends heavily on the efficiency and competency of your company’s Information Technology department processes, whether it’s internally staffed or outsourced to a third party.

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The Difference Between Managed IT Services and Unmanaged IT

By: Courtney Casey
February 18th, 2019

Many executives don’t think they have unmanaged IT but they do. For whatever reason – to save money, for self-reliance, or lack of knowledge -- they decided that it would be better to cobble together their own mix of technology services and tools, rather than contract with a managed IT service provider to meet their IT needs. Chances are good that the outcome of their custom mix has not met expectations, and IT has become an increasingly frustrating obstacle that the whole business has to bump into every day.

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Looking For a Managed IT Services Price List?

By: Accent Computer Solutions
October 9th, 2018

If you are looking for a managed IT services price list, we might assume that you either know that you need to make a change in how you’re resourcing IT support or you’re wondering if you should be making a change. Either way, frustrations with IT are probably the catalyst for your research. If you’re like a lot of business owners and executives, you’ve lived with your IT problems for longer than you need to because you aren’t sure if there is anything better out there.

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2018 Southern California Managed IT Services Cost & Pricing Guide: How Much Does Managed IT Services Cost?

By: Accent Computer Solutions
January 22nd, 2018

Note: The costs below are typical prices you can expect to pay for managed IT services in the Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire areas.

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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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How to Estimate IT Maintenance Costs

By: Accent Computer Solutions
July 24th, 2017

The discussion of IT maintenance cost is a big one in the IT world. Marty Kaufman, President and owner of Accent Computer Solutions, Inc., travels all over Southern California consulting with executives about IT and IT Department performance.    Marty is very familiar with the frustrations of investing large sums of money into IT, and the woes of not getting the kinds of results that were expected. To combat this feeling of loss, Marty helps CFOs understand the different types of IT costs. He categorizes the costs accordingly and helps them figure out what their IT maintenance costs should be.

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5 Common Businesses Mistakes That Increase IT Costs

By: Courtney Casey
March 14th, 2017

Information technology (IT) is the foundation of operations for many companies. It can propel the organization to a new level when utilized effectively. On the other hand, if IT isn’t managed properly, it can quickly become an expensive anchor to growth.

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Year-End Information Technology Cost Savings Opportunities for Small Businesses

By: Courtney Casey
December 27th, 2016

The end of the year seems to be a time of spending, but in case you haven’t heard, there are multiple money-saving opportunities for businesses this holiday season too.

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