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Cloud Computing | Technology Planning

10 Precautions Your Business Should Take When Transitioning to the Cloud

By: Courtney Casey
June 1st, 2020

More and more businesses are moving parts or all of their IT operations to the cloud. According to one estimate, in 2019 about 60% of business workloads were being hosted in the cloud. And that figure can only be expected to increase. For many businesses, the advantages the cloud offers, such as reduced costs, increased flexibility, higher scalability, and easier disaster recovery, are too compelling to forego.

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Technology Planning | Business Planning | Remote Work

Will People Come Back to the Office? Plan Now to Get the Most out of Your Business

By: Marty Kaufman
May 29th, 2020

The Memorial Day holiday is behind us, signaling the start of summer. I hope you were able to enjoy some family time along with your favorite foods over the three-day weekend. I am so thankful to everyone in all branches of the United States Armed Forces who currently protect our freedoms as Americans. I pay homage to those who have given their lives for us. As we move into June, I wonder how you spent the month of May. For me, this past month was used to get the planning and financial juices flowing. Here at Accent, we spend quite a bit of time with business planning and this includes thinking about the business of business, and the role that Information Technology plays in shaping the workplace.

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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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Technology Planning | Executive Insights | Cyber Security

Where We Go From Here: Building Resilience in Remote Work and Security

By: Marty Kaufman
April 29th, 2020

The month of April has been filled with web meetings and uncertainty.  While we've been advancing our video skills more than we ever thought possible, we’ve also been figuring out how to maneuver through our new circumstances. Like many of you, I have been working hard on getting paperwork together and submitting applications for the Payroll Protection Program. 

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Technology Planning | Executive Insights | Cyber Security

Remote Workers and Security: Staying Safe in Changing Times

By: Marty Kaufman
March 31st, 2020

I don’t even know where to start. If you’d have told me two months ago that we’d be debating over which businesses are “essential” and that millions of Americans would be sent home to work overnight, I would’ve told you you’re crazy. But here we are.

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IT Cost Management | Technology Planning | Business Planning | Better IT Results

4 Ways To Reduce IT Costs Right Now

By: Courtney Casey
March 31st, 2020

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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Technology Planning

How Technology and Automation Can Help Your Business Survive the Next Recession

By: Courtney Casey
February 24th, 2020

More than a decade ago, the U.S. economy was hit by the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression.  In the early months of the recession, American businesses lost an average 800,000 jobs per month as the economic growth declined at more than 8% during the 4th quarter of 2009 and the 1st quarter of 2009.

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IT Support FAQs | Technology Planning | Better IT Results | Tech Girl

Types of Outsourced IT Support Services: Which Model is Best for Your Business?

By: Courtney Casey
November 18th, 2019

Whether your company has 15 employees or 50,000, it is imperative that your technology consistently works how it’s supposed to. You need a clear vision of where technology is going in your business, and you need to get rid of roadblocks that are holding the company back from achieving its goals.

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Technology Planning | Better IT Results

How IT Strategy Impacts Company Success and Growth

By: Courtney Casey
September 23rd, 2019

Many business executives see IT as a necessary evil. You definitely need it to get your job done – emailing, processing orders, billing, etc. – but it’s just something that keeps the business humming along. These executives are missing out because the most successful companies today are the ones that see a clear relationship between a well-executed IT strategy and its power to help move the business forward. What if there was a way to go from “humming along” to using technology as a competitive advantage – an advantage that could move the needle toward growth, increased profitability and improved customer satisfaction?

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Technology Planning

Data Management: It's Not About the Software

By: Courtney Casey
August 7th, 2019

When you think about getting a better handle on data management for your manufacturing, distribution or logistics company, your train of thought might take you immediately to getting new software. While this is a step in the process, putting it at the front-end is the wrong place because data management isn’t about the software. It’s about changing the way that your employees and your business operates on a day to day basis.

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Technology Planning

The Two Biggest Mistakes You Can Make with Your Windows 10 Upgrade

By: Courtney Casey
June 10th, 2019

As we move closer to the end-of-life date for Windows 7, Microsoft support for this popular operating system will be going… going… gone before we know it. January 14, 2020 might seem like it’s a long way off, but hopefully you’re already convinced that you need to upgrade. Here at Accent, we’re feeling a sense of urgency to get the word out that the transition process to Windows 10 needs to begin ASAP, and here are the two biggest mistakes that we don’t want you to make.

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