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IT Untangled: Does the Cloud Lower IT Support Costs?

Everyone hates the “B” word – budget.  And while everyone budgets at some point in their life, an IT budget is a beast all its own.  

In any business, there is pressure to keep costs down in EVERY department, but because IT isn’t always tangible, there usually seems to be extra pressure on that budget. When posed with the question of conserving cost, does the Cloud actually lower IT costs? Is it really the money-saver it’s portrayed as?  

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IT Untangled: IT and Manufacturing -- The Big Picture

Every industry has specialized information technology (IT) needs. And while some needs spill over into multiple industries, the relationship between manufacturing and IT is a special one.

The IT umbrella probably encompasses more than you realize. From accounting software to the assembly lines you use daily – IT is your biggest fan. And as technology and automation become a bigger part of the manufacturing process, the IT department becomes even more critical to keeping it all running.

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IT Untangled: How to Onboard New Hires with Technology - Free Checklist

The interview process is finally over! And while you know you’ve picked the best candidate for your business, now comes some work.

Onboarding a new person takes more than just HR paperwork. You want to welcome this new person in on the right foot to create a successful new employee dynamic. With 30 years of creating jobs in Southern California, we at Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. have outlined a checklist of IT needs to help you set up a successful new employee.

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IT Untangled: Why Is My Internet So Slow? How to Fix Internet Issues

A common, but historically troublesome problem, in the world of small to mid-size business is internet speed.  Network performance can be a pain because it usually has more than one point of failure, and isolating the issue(s) can take some time.

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IT Untangled: Anti-Virus vs. Anti-Malware - What’s the Difference?

Bad stuff floating around the Internet has hit infamous levels. We at Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. are getting more and more questions about virus protections from business executives, with good reason.

Cyber security has become the million-dollar question. With cyber hacking success stories like WannaCry, which locked thousands of computers in more than 150 countries, becoming much more common, no wonder security is hot on everyone’s minds.  

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IT Untangled: 3 Most Common IT Support Needs for Financial Companies

Technology has changed the way many industries run. The financial services industry is no exception.

With automation sweeping the industry, it’s no wonder that financial services companies are relying more on their IT systems than ever before.

They are technology-driven and highly-regulated, so they have specific needs when it comes to IT support services. While they have some of the same IT needs as other industries –  like fast help desk support, technology guidance, and proactive network maintenance – their added needs around security changes how they run.

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IT Untangled: Can I Use Dropbox as my Business Backup?


Toy Story 2 was a major hit for Pixar Animation Studios. Woody and the gang were back in the mix solving life’s little adventures, but it was almost lost forever.

Pixar Studios suffered a now infamous data loss, the biggest data loss in the company’s history and it included a significant portion of Toy Story 2. How could this happen you ask? Because their out-of-date backup method failed them.

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IT Untangled: The Best Options for Small Business Email Services

As Cloud-based business email services gain traction, what does your small business need?

According to a Gartner report, among public companies using cloud-based email, Microsoft is most popular. But does that mean it’s the best business email service?

With so many free and per-user subscription options floating around, it’s hard to tell what you really need. Is there a standard? What is the difference between free and paid versions?

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IT Untangled: What Do Hackers Want With My Business Data?

In the days of the “Wild Wild West,” stealing was as simple as who had the most guts and the biggest gun. Cue a western bank robbery scene with tumbleweed included.

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IT Untangled: What Does HVAC Have to Do With IT?

There have been some historically great duos. Try peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. And who could forget IT and HVAC?

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