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The most educational business technology blog for Southern California executives, featuring insider tips, articles, and videos on how to get the best IT results.

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Tech Trends: Google Pixel Buds, A Cost-Effective Translator for Small Businesses?

By: Mireya Fernandez
October 24th, 2017

Companies have been announcing new products like their hosting an award show for a while now. Usually they’re announcing slight upgrades or changes to their products that we yawn through, knowing that it’s not that big of a deal. But this time around, Google introduced something that could change the world as we know it. Pixel Buds. With the introduction of the Pixel Buds, what can small businesses gain? Let’s explore what Pixel Buds are, and how a real-time voice translator could be BIG news.

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Tech Trends: Does My Small Business Need Artificial Intelligence?

By: Mireya Fernandez
September 1st, 2017

Most of us thought we’d be buzzing round like the Jetsons in the early 2000's. Life, as we know it today, isn’t flying cars and robot maids, or at least yet. But we have made huge jumps into the realm of artificial intelligence (AI). The question begs an answer, what does this mean for small business?  I know AI seems intimidating and complicated, but unknowingly, you're probably already using it. Let's examine how you likely use AI, and how your small business might use it in the future.

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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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Tech Trends: New Intel Processors Only Support Microsoft’s Windows 10

By: Mireya Fernandez
August 2nd, 2017

The world runs on Intel, or so the slogan says – but soon your business might not run well (or at all) if you’re relying on older operating systems. With the announcement of Intel’s 7th generation Core processor, the Kaby Lake series, comes lot of excitement and a lot of questions.

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Tech Trends: Google Drive Can Backup Your Whole Computer - Should You?

By: Mireya Fernandez
July 5th, 2017

Google is always on the verge of something. When you think about it, they changed how we absorb information now that they’ve made “googling” a noun. The same goes for their hand in technology. From their Chromebook to the many phones that run on the Android platform, Google is a force. In true Google fashion, they are revving up their already raved about Cloud-based file storage and sharing solution. Google Drive is launching a new Backup and Sync feature. Its goal is to not only backup files or pictures one at a time, but your entire computer seamlessly.

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Tightening IT Security | Tech Trends

Tech Trends: How to Avoid the Growing Number of Email Scams

By: Mireya Fernandez
June 9th, 2017

One thing is for sure in IT security: hackers aren’t reinventing the wheel, but they’re definitely giving it a new spin. Post WatchGuard Partner Summit, our team came back with some staggering stats. Did you know email scams make up around 60% of the phishing, ransomware, and malware infecting businesses today? Hackers have become so good that they can trick even the most tech savvy computer user. There is little standing between your business’ system and a massive attack, so what can you do?

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The Cloud | Business Planning | Tech Trends

Tech Trends: Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS)

By: Mireya Fernandez
May 12th, 2017

Watch out one-time software purchases, you’re old news. While the now less-mysterious Cloud gains popularity in the business world, so does the booming “as-a-service” model.  Honestly, the IT world is full of acronyms. People are talking XaaS this or that, and many of us are left scratching our heads, X-what? This particular acronym is the name of the now famous Internet-delivered service. This model is strictly internet based, opposed to local or on-site services.

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Tech Trends: Popular Collaboration Tools for Small Business

By: Mireya Fernandez
April 14th, 2017

Teamwork is the principal idea behind how small businesses run.  Small businesses rely on productivity to drive their profits. With fewer resources than their big business counterparts, it's important to reach max productivity.

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Tech Trends: The Cloud – The New Norm For Businesses?

By: Mireya Fernandez
March 17th, 2017

The Cloud is a huge part of business today. You’d be hard pressed to find a company, big or small, that doesn’t use some form of cloud computing. In layman’s terms, “the Cloud” means that you’re accessing information by Internet connection. This usually means that your IT equipment or applications live in a data center instead of your office. The equipment is generally managed and maintained by a third-party. What’s cool for businesses is the Cloud easily grows with your company. It can be a great choice for a lot of things. Here are the trends we’re seeing.

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The Cloud | Executive Insights | Tech Trends

I.T Services Grow During Hard Times

By: Marty Kaufman
April 13th, 2011

RANCHO CUCAMONGA - As businesses began to cut back on new computer equipment and information technology staff during the recent recession, demand for I.T. services grew. I.T. specialist Marty Kaufman was well positioned to help Inland Empire businesses looking to cut costs. His firm, Accent Computer Solutions, has seen business grow as more businesses grappled with aging computer systems and began outsourcing their I.T. help services. Kaufman is no stranger to major industry changes like the Great Recession. He started as the I.T. department manager for defense industry contractor General Dynamics Corp. When the aerospace industry began leaving Southern California, Kaufman opted out of following the company to Arizona. He instead started Accent Computer Solutions in 1987, and it has grown to 30 employees. Kaufman spoke on how the Great Recession changed the needs of businesses for I.T. services and the biggest mistake small business owners make in approaching their I.T. systems...

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