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b2ap3_thumbnail_outsourced_it_services_400.jpgThe latest technology solutions can provide incredible assets to your company, but they can be difficult to leverage properly if you’re not a professional technician. As the owner of a small or medium-sized business, you have an important decision to make: outsource your IT to talented professionals, or hire in-house IT technicians. More often than not, it’s more budget-friendly to outsource your IT.

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What You Should Consider Before Going Wireless

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b2ap3_thumbnail_wireless_strategy_400.jpgToday’s business owners are more mobile than ever before. The modern worker is no longer tethered to their desk at the office, and instead, can work in ways which allow them to get the most out of their workday. Wireless technology is great, but how does it affect your network? Should you stick with a wired network connection, or should you try to make that wireless, too?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_whos_profile_are_you_using_400.jpgToday’s online business world prioritizes security more than anything else. While some businesses go above and beyond to keep compliant with their industry’s security best practices, others have trouble keeping up, and their network security suffers. Thus, monitoring account security on shared networks is of critical importance for any organization hoping to stay safe.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_solid_state_drive400.jpgCan you tell the difference between a hard disk drive (HDD) and a solid-state drive (SSD)? The average consumer probably wouldn’t be able to understand the intricacies of either, but the fact remains that the two different types of drives have various advantages and disadvantages over the other. Understanding them is an important part of being a technology owner, and you should know what to expect from both hard disk drives and solid state drives.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_data_backup_procedure_400.jpgYour business’s data backup solution is an absolutely integral part of your day-to-day operations, and as such, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you’re regularly taking backups of your data. By far, the most efficient way of doing so is through the utilization of image-based backup. Image-based backup works like how we use cameras and smartphones to capture moments in time, effectively making a record of your data at any given moment.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_outsourced_it_400.jpgTechnology management is a major pain point for small and medium-sized businesses. Some organizations might have an in-house team dedicated to handling all of the technology maintenance and management while others will choose to outsource this responsibility to a managed IT service provider. While going with an MSP for your business’s IT needs has its advantages, it also presents a unique set of challenges that must be overcome.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_your_network_switches_400.jpgYou know the old adage, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” This means that a chain can be as powerful as it wants, but if too much stress is placed on a weak point, it will snap and become useless. The same goes for your network switches. Businesses are growing more reliant on wireless technology, and as such, you’re going to want to upgrade your network switches, or risk your “chain breaking,” so to speak.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_agile_long_short_term_400.jpgFor your organization’s technology infrastructure, you often have to make choices that are difficult. How do you resolve immediate problems, and how will your choice affect your IT down the line? Choosing between short-term IT (like break fix repairs) and long-term IT (like managed IT) isn’t a new one, but the differences between the two can often be lost to each other. In fact, we might argue that the two are meant for entirely different things!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_networking_best_practices_400.jpgTechnology is always shifting to meet the demands and needs of its consumers, and as such, this often leads business owners to reconsider their solutions after setting up what appears to be the perfect network infrastructure. When new technology is introduced, it can dramatically affect your current solutions, so it’s a best practice to closely analyze new trends that appear with the latest technology.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_cio_services_400.jpgManaging your vendors can be big trouble for a small business. While your organization’s productivity depends on their products and services, dealing with vendors is often an exhausting task that eats up a significant amount of time. By outsourcing this responsibility to a vendor management service, you can handle vendors much more efficiently.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_user_error_400.jpgA business generally focuses on protecting their network infrastructure from external threats that are found in the online environment. However, it’s important to ensure that your organization's network is protected from not just external threats, but any insider threats that could more easily compromise the security of your data.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid with Your IT Budget

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b2ap3_thumbnail_tossing_out_money_400.jpgPutting together an IT budget that’s a recipe for success is much more difficult than it sounds. Every year you run the risk of encountering crippling technology issues if you don’t take the proper precautions. If your budget isn’t prepared for problems with your IT infrastructure, it could have disastrous results. Here are five ways you can avoid skipping a beat when planning for your business’s IT budget.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_software_for_your_business_400.jpgEveryone in your organization has a specific set of mission-critical software titles that they need to fulfill their day-to-day responsibilities, and the business owner is no exception. As an end-user yourself, how often do you worry about your software’s licenses? You wouldn’t believe how many organizations lose time and money due to expired licenses, or fall victim to hackers selling compromised copies of software to unsuspecting folks. What are the consequences of either of these circumstances?

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3 Mobile Trends Your Business Could Benefit From

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b2ap3_thumbnail_do_you_have_a_mobile_strategy_400.jpgIf your organization hasn’t already realized that mobile devices have changed the landscape of the business environment, take a look at each and every one of your workers. How many of them utilize a smartphone or mobile device for work purposes? How do businesses handle an influx of network activity from mobile devices? How do these devices access this information? These are all questions you should be prepared to ask when considering mobile devices in the workplace.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_tabe_backup_is_not_a_real_solution_400.jpgWhen was the last time you put some serious thought into your data backup and disaster recovery strategy? Can your business handle a sudden loss of data, and if so, how long would it take your organization to recover and get back in the swing of things? While there are several ways you can approach the concept of data backup, only one of them will be the best choice for your business. So, how do you go about making such an important decision?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_do_not_get_hacked_400.jpgBehind the safety of a firewall and antivirus solution, it’s easy to forget that the Internet, and the online community in general, can be a dangerous place. It’s not until you fall prey to a hacking attack, virus infection, or similar threat that you become aware of the dangers that lie in the virtual darkness. However, these threats are only part of a more dangerous problem; social engineering hacks.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_broken_hard_drive_400.jpgIt’s nerve-racking when your hard drive begins to sputter and make unpleasant noises. Computing is a stressful endeavor when it feels like a crash is imminent and you’ll unexpectedly lose all of your precious data. Thankfully, a devastating crash like this rarely happens out of the blue. Instead, a troubled hard drive will first give you warning signs that something is wrong.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_and_collocation.jpgMost small and medium-sized businesses understand the concept of IT. The past 15 years have brought about technology innovations that could only have been dreamed of in the past, and large businesses now rely on complex systems in order to ensure their business operations continue without a hitch.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_checklists_for_employee_turnover_400.jpgDo you know what would happen if your business were to lose a key member of its operational personnel? In some cases, it can be heartbreaking to see a good worker leave, but sometimes the one leaving doesn’t depart under the greatest circumstances. Are you confident that any angry employees leaving your organization won’t be able to access your infrastructure?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_server_virtualization_400.jpgIs your server room cluttered and full of machines that you lost count of ages ago? Have you considered that these machines might be holding your business back from reaching its maximum bottom line? Take a good, hard look at what servers are being used the most, and if any of them aren’t being utilized to the best of their abilities. By eliminating underutilized servers, you can decrease your operational and energy costs significantly.

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