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Year-End Information Technology Cost Savings Opportunities for Small Businesses

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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The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing IT Services

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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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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Guide To Backups: Image-Based Backups, Archive Backups, and Cloud Backups

In today’s fast-paced, data-driven world, backups are mission critical to your company’s survival and success.

Yet your data may be just one damaged drive, lost laptop, natural disaster, accidental deletion, malware attack, equipment failure, power spike or petty theft away from a profit-sucking, heartbreaking disaster.

So what measures must you take to keep your data safe, secure and where you need it, when you need it?

While there’s no one-size-fits-all-guns silver bullet, there are some general principles to be aware of.

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4 Ways To Reduce IT Costs Right Now

Operating a business is expensive. Between payroll, materials, taxes, equipment, legal services, etc., it’s no surprise that every business owner would like to lower their costs to improve their margins. It seems like almost every day, a business executive tells me that they want lower IT costs without sacrificing service.

There are four key areas I tell business leaders to check first to ensure they are maximizing the results from their IT investment.

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Last Chance To Save Up To $25,000 In Taxes On IT Software, Equipment And Services

While many tax incentives for small business have been shot down in recent years, Section 179 of the IRS tax code remains one legal “loophole” worth looking into.

This year (unless Congress changes it at the last minute, which they have done in the past several years) Section 179 allows you to purchase up to $200,000 of qualified equipment and software. With that purchase, you can write off up to $25,000 as a Section 179 deduction.

That’s less than in previous years, but the good news is, you can still triple your savings. Here’s how:

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TECH GIRL: Reducing data costs and risks

Every week, I have conversations with business executives who want help reducing their costs and risks related to IT. Some of the main concerns they bring up are around their data – reducing their off-site storage costs, organizing their files, and making sure the right people have access to the right data.

Since most companies’ operations rely heavily on technology, these are huge concerns for business leaders.

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