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Ever asked yourself this question: “What are people doing on my Wifi?” I think about this at home with my kids all the time, but have you asked it about your business environment? Do you have a good idea of what's going on with your network, including wireless activities? I imagine you’re like me and Pinocchio – We all dream of being free of the things that bind us, and this definitely includes the wires keeping us at our desks.
If you read the title of this article and thought, “wait – aren’t those all the same thing,” you’re not alone. Confusing as it is, Microsoft has created 4 different product lines with extremely similar names. Each software is good for its own scenarios, but figuring out which is best for your business can be a challenge. And to cloud the situation even further, each product also has different bundles, features, and services. Let’s take a closer look at how each option compares to the other.
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Remote employees are only growing in popularity in the business world. Working from home gives companies the opportunity to hire people outside of their immediate area. It’s really a win-win for business and employees alike. Having greater access to talent means better business overall. And working from home is a SUPER perk for employees. Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. is no stranger to remote employees. Most of our employees are Southern California locals, but several are completely remote, spread as far as Louisiana. While others are what we call “flex-remote.” They split their time between working from home and coming into the office. For some, that means being in the office a few times a week; for others, it means coming in weekly or monthly.
Water districts play a huge role in everyone’s life. Thanks to them, we have clean water in our homes, offices, and schools. But when you think “water districts,” you don’t think of information technology (IT). Like any other office building or company, they still need phone systems, workstations, and Internet service. Plus, don’t forget security is a must no matter what industry you are in.
You have probably heard the phrase “the network” a lot of times. And the phrase that usually follows it is “network support.” But what is the network, and why does it need support? It can be super overwhelming because there are so many kinds of support – software support, server support, hardware support – and they all sound the same. We get it.
We’ve all been there! You’ve tried every username and password combination you can think of and yet you still can’t reset your Office 365 account. It’s beyond frustrating, and of course there’s that slight feeling of foolishness -- Did I really forget this, REALLY?!?! But have no fear, our help desk engineers, here at Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. happily tackle problems like this daily. And together with them, we've created this step-by-step guide to help you regain access to your account.
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.”
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.
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?
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.