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How to Add a Second Monitor to Your PC

Posted by Bob Martin on Tue, Mar, 06, 2018 @ 09:03 AM

We are a world of multi-taskers. At any given time, you might have more than 10 windows open on a single screen. Maybe it's time to give your eyes a little breathing room. 

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Tags: cabling, office IT relocation

3 Reasons SMBs Need Managed Service Providers

Posted by Bob Martin on Thu, Mar, 01, 2018 @ 09:03 AM

Managed Service Providers are often brought in to handle specific IT tasks that small-and-medium-sized businesses no longer want their IT guy doing in-house, because they aren't the best use of a salaried employees time. Projects like repetitive monitoring and maintenance tasks that can be automated are easy to hand off. But, MSPs can completely manage, maintain, and secure your entire IT infrastructure. Here are three advantages to partnering with a MSP:

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

Beware the Costs of "Free" POS Systems

Posted by Bob Martin on Thu, Jan, 18, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

Everyone loves to get a deal, especially when you're a business owner. Money you're not spending is money that goes back into your business. However, some deals are too good to be true. Always be wary of "free" as it's rarely true. For example, the true cost of "free wifi". Free POS systems come at a price too. Here are four ways that "free" isn't actually the case. 

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Tags: POS Repair & Maintenance, POS System

Valuable, and True, Lessons Learned During an Office Relocation

Posted by Bob Martin on Tue, Jan, 16, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

office relocationMoving offices can be a daunting, but energizing, undertaking. Planning is an integral part of success, as is hiring vendors that you trust to be there for you before, during, and after the move. During the transition, there are plenty of "wish we had done X earlier" moments that are realized too late. I recently came upon an article from a realty office in Colorado that outlined their own lessons learned. I wanted to share their lessons in the hopes of helping my clients who are considering relocation.

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Tags: Office Moves, office IT relocation

Ready for a New Location? Set These Goals for a Successful Move.

Posted by Bob Martin on Tue, Jan, 09, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

Is 2017 the year you admitted you may need a bigger office? It's easy to ignore how tight or ill-fitting your current space is when faced with the daunting task of office relocation. Moving can be full of unseen expenses and headaches. But, it can also be vital to the health of your profit to recognize your environment is limiting your potential. Once you've decided it's finally time to take the plunge, keep these goals in mind and work to achieve them. 

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Tags: Office Moves, office IT relocation

Managed IT Service Trends We Expect in 2018

Posted by Bob Martin on Tue, Jan, 02, 2018 @ 14:01 PM

While there is no crystal ball we can find that can accurately predict the future, we've learned enough in 2017 to know what we can expect in 2018. Here we review some trends and issues we expect to arise for businesses and their Managed IT Service Providers.

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

Is BYOD a Threat to Your I.T. Security?

Posted by Guest Post on Thu, Dec, 21, 2017 @ 09:12 AM

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is jokingly referred to in some IT circles as “Bring Your Own Disaster”.  While it offers a great opportunity to reduce costs and make employees happy, it’s still crucial to protect your organization’s data.

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

How to Get Back to the Core Strength of Your Business in 2018

Posted by Bob Martin on Wed, Dec, 20, 2017 @ 08:12 AM

You got into business to do a specific thing, but there are so many other tasks that go along with operations, it's easy to get dragged off course - IT management is a big one. Answer these questions about the last year:

  • Did you experience downtime or data loss?
  • Did you spend time tinkering with hardware trying to resolve issues?
  • Did you miss goals because you ran out of time in the shuffle of managing all of your business functions?
  • Were you concerned you may not have the best protection when you read headlines about cyberattacks?

If you answered yes to any of these, it may be time to consider outsourcing your IT management. 

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Tags: Managed Print Service, Managed IT Services, Managed Services, IT Managed Services, IT outsourcing

What to Look for in an IT Outsourcing Provider

Posted by Bob Martin on Thu, Dec, 14, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

Like so many small to medium sized businesses, you have certainly considered IT outsourcing from time to time. Gaining access to enterprise level IT support at SMB prices makes a lot of business sense. But, as with any vendor, you need to find the right Managed Services Provider for your particular needs. Here are some criteria to consider when reviewing potential MSPs. 

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Tags: Managed Print Service, IT Support, Managed IT Services, Managed Services, IT Managed Services, IT outsourcing, IT Solutions

Holiday Travel Tip for Workers on the Go: Protect Your Data

Posted by Bob Martin on Tue, Dec, 12, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, it's likely you're logging in for work while on the move. Whether it's on your smartphone or laptop, you need to be extra cautious with your internet access during the holidays. Hackers know there are terminals full to the brim with potential targets. Don't be one of them by following these tips.

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Tags: IT security, Data Backup, Data Protection, Data Recovery, Data Security, Network Security, Cyber Security

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