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Strategic Fail: Why SMBs Fail to Plan for Technology & How to Fix It

Randy May 1, 2018 1:41:38 PM
Strategic Fail: Why SMBs Fail to Plan for Technology & How to Fix It

Similar to larger organizations, small businesses perform business-related functions such as sales, operations, accounting, and finance. They must compete with the bigger companies around them, providing the same (if not better) level of customer service and support to keep their customers happy and returning. The difference is that they do it with a much smaller pool of money, time and talent. 

Guide to Building a 2018 BYOD Policy

Randy Apr 3, 2018 5:03:03 PM
Guide to Building a 2018 BYOD Policy

 

A Set of Recommendations for Establishing a Secure Policy Around BYOD

As a provider of IT and security solutions, we are always surprised when an older topic like BYOD receives new attention. As of late, we have had several questions about whether to allow personal laptops and devices access to the network. We firmly believe businesses have a choice in whether or not these devices be given access to the network. But, unlike most articles around BYOD, we are taking the approach that not all devices are the same. We suggest you categorize laptops and personal devices such as smartphones and tablets into two separate categories. In this blog, we hope to leave you with a guide that provides practical and relevant advice on how you can implement a BYOD policy that addresses both categories, and aligns with the way your team accesses the network.

Blazing a Path All the Way to 2020

Randy Jan 4, 2018 2:08:34 PM
Blazing a Path All the Way to 2020

I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t wait around until the New Year to start pursuing your goals. I learned early on that it’s essential to have a concrete idea of where I want to be in life and to make consistent efforts to get there. That being said, I know that many New Year’s resolutions actually succeed, despite the odds. New Year’s resolutions provide a crash course in goal setting, and they’re an ideal starting point to make a change.

Don't shoot the Messenger

Randy Sep 26, 2017 8:42:45 AM
Don't shoot the Messenger

When we’re working with prospective clients, it often falls to us to be the bearer of bad news. If a company’s equipment is woefully outdated, their network is obstructed, or we see a potential security risk within their systems, it’s our responsibility as professionals to let business owners know. But we don’t take this responsibility lightly. We would never encourage any client to make an upgrade or tweak a process without being certain it was necessary.

When You Should Be Considering an IT Service Provider

Randy May 24, 2017 8:36:07 AM
When You Should Be Considering an IT Service Provider

IT service providers can offer many useful solutions to your business needs. Regardless of the size and developmental state of your company there comes a time when considerations must be made to either handle all IT operations using valuable company resources, or to utilize the specialties of an IT service provider.  To make this consideration from an analytical standpoint it is important to understand the reasons and benefits behind making the decision to outsource your IT operations to a service provider.

Why Business Class PCs are the Right Choice for your Company

Randy May 2, 2017 9:55:33 AM
Why Business Class PCs are the Right Choice for your Company

Not all technology is created equally. A consideration for many businesses is whether to purchase consumer class or business class computers for work purposes. While consumer computers offer ease of access at a fraction of the cost of business computers, are they really worth the cost savings?  Here are just a few of the reasons your business should buy business class over consumer class.

Image Based Vs. File Based Backups

Randy Apr 12, 2017 9:15:55 AM
Image Based Vs. File Based Backups

What’s the difference?  Let’s take a look.  A file based backup will back up the file, for example, the Word or Excel file.  So, when it is time to restore you can restore that file.  An image based backup, backs up the entire hard drive underneath the file level at which point have two options.  First, you can access the image and still restore a single Word or Excel file.  Second, you can restore the entire computer in the exact state it was in at the time of the backup.  Let’s expand on this a bit.