Insider Advice About the Computer Systems Your Business Relies Upon

Simple Solutions to Productivity Blockers

Posted by Bob Martin on Thu, Aug, 02, 2018 @ 09:08 AM

Technology makes our lives easier... most of the time.  But sometimes, getting that technology to work the way it should when it should takes more work than we'd like it to. How often have you been held up because your office printer is giving you error messages or failing to sync with your laptop? Ever lose data in a system crash? These hurdles can put a major dent in your productivity. Here are a few smart solutions to those productivity blockers. Make your technology work for you, not the other way around. 

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Tags: Managed Print Service, IT Support, Cloud Computing, Managed IT Services, Managed Services, IT Managed Services, IT outsourcing

Legal Industry Late to the Cloud, But They're Coming.

Posted by Bob Martin on Wed, Aug, 01, 2018 @ 10:08 AM

In the early years, cloud computing was taken on by the innovators and early stage adopters. Then, as with any new tech, it spread to the mainstream. But, there are always the old guard. The ones distrustful of change. Those with the most to lose if adoption fails somehow. The legal, medical, and financial sectors are the last to the game. The fall out of a data loss or breach for each of them could be catastrophic. But, the technology continues to prove the business case. The cloud helps people work better, smarter. Here we outline the benefits many law offices are now enjoying by switching to the cloud. 

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Tags: Cloud Computing, Network Security

Guest Wi-Fi - A Necessary Evil

Posted by Bob Martin on Tue, May, 29, 2018 @ 13:05 PM

The more windows and doors you put into a house, the more points of access a would-be intruder has. Your internet connection, your servers, your employees smartphones and laptops, and your Wi-Fi controlled thermostat are all windows into your data infrastructure. You do your best to control who can access these and inform them of the proper use of each. But then comes guest Wi-Fi, which can feel a lot like handing a stranger your spare key and hoping for the best. 

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

Proactive vs. Reactive IT Management

Posted by Bob Martin on Tue, May, 22, 2018 @ 13:05 PM

In the SMB space, we see plenty of reactive IT management. There are obvious cost concerns in the smaller business so they wait until a problem arises before putting resources toward solving it. However, savvy business owners can see the forest for the trees and recognize that a proactive approach to IT maintenance can lead to greater benefits over time, and in more ways than just the direct financials. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are brought in to continuously monitor the IT infrastructure in search of potential pitfalls - and then mitigates those issues before they come to fruition.

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Tags: IT Support, Managed IT Services, Managed Services, IT Managed Services, IT outsourcing

5 Ways Managed Print Benefits Your Business

Posted by Bob Martin on Tue, May, 15, 2018 @ 13:05 PM

When you have existing printers you’ve already bought and paid for, it’s tempting to think that maintaining your existing fleet will cost less than purchasing new printers or signing up with a managed print services (MPS) provider. Why replace them if it’s not absolutely necessary?

The costs of an aging fleet stack up, and in the long term, managed print services are able to save you more than just money. Here are five benefits MPS could bring to your business. Read More

Tags: Managed Print Service, Managed Services, Printer Maintenance, Printer Repair

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


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