Insider Advice About the Computer Systems Your Business Relies Upon

5 Keys for DIY SMB Server Room Setup Success

Posted by Bob Martin on Thu, Feb, 23, 2017 @ 10:02 AM

With all the network security threats and potential government monitoring discussed in the news today, some business owners may prefer to take on their own computing management. Whether you have a small in-house IT staff or you alone represent the entirety of your IT team, setting up a server room is no easy task. Here are six tips to take into account as you consider installing your own server room. 

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Tags: Managed Services, Server Maintenance, cabling

Don't Just Pitch Your Old Computer, Protect Your Data Security

Posted by Bob Martin on Fri, Feb, 17, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

There is a never ending, revolving door of new technology these days. In with the new and out with the old happens a lot quicker than it used to when it comes to IT hardware. When you get a new PC, do you just throw the old one in the trash? Absolutely not. It's bad for the environment and it's bad for your data security. Here is a quick list of what you should do when upgrading your computer equipment. 

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Tags: Data Security, Computer Repair

How Do You Know if the Cloud is Right for You?

Posted by Bob Martin on Thu, Feb, 16, 2017 @ 17:02 PM

Let's begin with this false statement, "Moving your IT functions to the cloud may not be right for you." I say it's false because moving to the cloud is inevitable. But, by adding one little word, we can make this statement true. "Moving your IT functions to the cloud may not be right for you, yet." Fail to plan for it and you'll get left in the dust. I don't just mean some applications either, as many early adopters are applying. According to Gartner, "by 2019, more than 30 percent of the 100 largest vendors' new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only." But, how do you know when the time is right? 

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Tags: Cloud Computing

4 Reasons You Need Managed IT Services in 2017

Posted by Bob Martin on Tue, Feb, 07, 2017 @ 15:02 PM

Maybe you've overlooked managed services in the past because you weren't ready... ready to pay someone to do what you felt you could... ready to outsource control of critical business functions... ready to trust anyone other than yourself to protect your business. But, now that you're running full-steam ahead with your 2017 plans, you realize something's gotta give. Here are four ways that outsourcing your IT services can help relieve your burden and free you up to focus on growth.

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Tags: Managed IT Services, Managed Services, IT Managed Services

Make the Most of Your Shadow... Shadow IT That Is

Posted by Bob Martin on Thu, Feb, 02, 2017 @ 14:02 PM

Today, shadows are very front of mind. Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil saw his, meaning six more weeks of winter. But there's another shadow that we'll be seeing a lot more of in 2017... Shadow IT. Shadow IT refers to IT systems and solutions that are managed outside of the IT department in an enterprise, and often without their knowledge. It includes file sharing apps (like Dropbox), social media, collaboration tools (like Skype), and Software-as-a-Service (like Office 365). These apps can make employees more productive and enhance collaboration, and companies that recognize this will find ways to leverage these advantages. But, they must also take responsibility for ensuring compliance and security now, more than ever before.

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Tags: Cloud Computing, Cyber Security

Is Your Data Security Budget a Waste of Money?

Posted by Bob Martin on Wed, Feb, 01, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

When you look at your total IT budget, how much is dedicated to data security? Have you increased that budget in the last couple of years? Most companies have in response to the growing number of cybersecurity threats that have cropped up in the last few years. More threats should be fought - and won - with a bigger budget, right? Not really.

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Tags: IT security, Data Security, Network Security, Cyber Security, cybersecurity

Data Security Tip: January 28th is National Data Privacy Day

Posted by Bob Martin on Thu, Jan, 26, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

In a very interconnected world, it's imperative that we remember to safeguard our data security. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the organization that heads Cyber Security Awareness month each October, has been leading an effort to raise awareness to this issue since 2011, but the history of it goes back to 1981.

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Tags: Data Security, cybersecurity

5 Reasons You Need Contract Maintenance for Your Hardware

Posted by Bob Martin on Tue, Jan, 24, 2017 @ 13:01 PM

When we buy new electronics, we're faced with the decision: Do I buy the extended warranty or insurance plan? Plenty of people immediately think, "This is where they're trying to trick me." I get it. That extra expense wasn't what you intended to pay out of the gate. And it's possible you'll never need it, and then it feels like you've wasted money. No one likes wasting money. You may have similar feelings towards a maintenance contract for your business hardware. But a contract maintenance agreement with a trusted provider is not like insurance.

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Tags: Managed Services, Maintenance Contracts

Tips on Telling Your Clients You're Moving Your Office

Posted by Bob Martin on Fri, Jan, 20, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

Making the decision to move your company is the first step in a very long and complicated process. It takes careful planning and organization to eliminate downtime and minimize impact on your business operations. Any time you are closed, you are losing money, and no one wants to do that! One of the crucial tasks involved with moving is being sure you make it as simple as possible for your current and potential clients to find you. Here are some tips to help you alert your customers to the office move.

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Tags: Office Moves

Ransomware: To Pay or Not To Pay?

Posted by Bob Martin on Thu, Jan, 19, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

We've talked a lot about ransomware in the last year. Frankly, the whole world has been talking about it as it becomes one of the leading global cybersecurity threats. The biggest problem with this type of malware is the urgency it creates. Because of an impending threat of data loss and being locked out of your own machine, you feel the need to act immediately. So the question becomes should you pay the ransom? The answer is tricky. 

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Tags: Malware, ransomware, Cyber Security, cybersecurity

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