Insider Advice About the Computer Systems Your Business Relies Upon

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

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


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