Making the Switch to BYOD? Pros, Cons and Security Implications to Consider First

June 26th, 2018 by admin

Making the switch to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) business environment extends well beyond the decision to let employees choose their devices. Your business should look at the pros and cons of the concept before deciding how to approach it and to what extent your company will embrace it. Your business...
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Giving a Presentation: A Technology Preparedness Checklist

March 19th, 2018 by admin

Giving a presentation can be stressful, so dealing with technology issues at the last minute is the last thing you want when attempting a professional delivery. The following technology preparedness checklist can help you make a good impression rather than forcing the audience to sit through on-the-fly...
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Managing Messaging Tools in Your Office

March 5th, 2018 by admin

When used well, instant messaging tools can increase productivity while offering secure information exchange in your office. Messaging works in business environments because it's less involved than email, easy to queue and fast to respond. Several free and premium messaging systems that vary in both...
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Putting Unused Computers Back to Work

December 28th, 2017 by admin

There are many ways to reuse an old computer. Replacing an old computer that still works is a good feeling.   The device survived the replacement cycle. However, some desktops and laptops have the potential to lead second lives in the workplace. Re-assigning old devices to different jobs is a great way...
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Latest Popular Smartphones Significantly Dip in Drop Test Performance

November 22nd, 2017 by admin

After years of improving smartphone glass durability, a shift design is bringing back the perils of dropping the device only to discover the glass has cracked on impact. The newly released iPhone 8 and iPhone X aren’t doing well in drop tests, with screens breaking relatively easily. A “drop test” measures...
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Don't Neglect Surge Protectors in Your Workplace

November 16th, 2017 by admin

Businesses use surge protectors every day without thinking about them; however, they are an incredibly important piece of technology that can make the difference between a $20.00 and a $2,000.00 equipment replacement. While uncommon, a power surge can wreak havoc on computers, monitors, TV screens, smartphones,...
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Problems with Power Loss: Tips for Workplace Computer Battery Backups

November 8th, 2017 by admin

It's inevitable: employees working hard on a time-consuming project and then out of nowhere, the lights start to flicker and the power goes out. Suddenly, those workers express their frustration by pulling out their hair because they've just lost hours' worth of work. In addition to being portable, laptop...
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Wireless Charging in the Workplace: iPhone Joins Android

October 10th, 2017 by admin

Wireless charging in the workplace has the potential to make it easier for your employees keep their arsenal of devices running throughout the day with fewer of those pesky low battery warnings. Until recently, wireless charging hasn't been as good at increasing productivity as it could be because one...
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Flash Drives: A Productivity and Security Guide

September 26th, 2017 by admin

With proper planning, your business can take advantage of USB flash drive technology to increase productivity, while eliminating most of the medium's inherent risk. The USB flash drives likely lying around your business offer excellent opportunities to increase productivity and make workflow easier,...
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Screen Mirroring Mini-Guide

September 19th, 2017 by admin

Setting up your conference room for wireless screen mirroring is the answer to employees sharing in a collective groan when it's time to connect a computer or mobile device to show a presentation. While setting up the conference room television or projector doesn't have the same level of disdain as the...
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The System Is Down: How To Stay Online When Your Service Provider Is Offline

September 12th, 2017 by admin

It's easy to take a functional Internet connection for granted until it's no longer working. When that Internet connection inevitably goes down, your business could be left scrambling to figure out how to keep working until service is restored. The best solution your business can utilize is to develop...
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When Windows 10 Support Stops

August 22nd, 2017 by admin

In July of 2017, some Windows 10 users received an error message when trying to install the Creators Update, stating, "Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC." This first-of-its-kind problem stems from an incompatibility with a handful of Intel's Clover Trail CPUs found in some of the earliest...
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Avoiding Hardware Overkill: IT Consulting to the Rescue

July 18th, 2017 by admin

Spending far too much money on excessively overpowered computer hardware can quickly deplete your company's IT budget, taking funding away from other important expenses. Two exciting products released in June 2017, Apple's new iMac Pro ($4,999) and Intel's Core i9 CPU family (starting at $999), are poised...
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Amazon Alexa in the Workplace: What Could You Do With a Virtual Assistant?

June 20th, 2017 by admin

Amazon Alexa, the voice-based intelligent personal assistant you may have seen an early adopter friend use at home, has surprising business use potential to increase productivity in the workplace. Like Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft's Cortana, Alexa is able to perform tasks for the user...
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Intranets and Small-To-Medium Business Productivity

June 13th, 2017 by admin

Many small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) have taken to hosting their own intranet to increase productivity in the workplace. For those unfamiliar with the term, "intranet" is not a typo, but rather an internal network that behaves like a private Internet. At their core, intranets help businesses improve...
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The Cost of Memory: Trends to Impact Your Upgrade Cycle

June 6th, 2017 by admin

Computer memory market trends could play a role in your business’s decision on when to upgrade or replace employee computers. According to PC World, the technology research experts at Gartner predict that prices for both RAM and Solid State Drives (SSDs) will start to decline in 2018—and then crash...
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Android and IOS: Is the Device Just Old, or Is It Obsolete?

May 23rd, 2017 by admin

When trying to determine if a piece of technology is simply old or completely obsolete, keep in mind that there are different criteria for Android and iOS devices than for desktop and laptop computers. An employee stuck using an obsolete device is likely, after all, to argue that replacing it would...
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7 Ways VoIP Increases SMB Productivity

May 16th, 2017 by admin

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions can help small and medium businesses  increase productivity by enhancing your communication potential. VoIP isn't just a simple digital upgrade over your existing office analog phone service: It opens the doors for new ways to look at customer management...
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Scheduling Security: Take Control of Your OS Updates

May 10th, 2017 by admin

It happens to everyone: You turn your computer back on after you intended to leave the office, or come in early to get a head start on a new project, only to be greeted by a 20-minute operating system (OS) update session. This common workplace frustration turns what should have been a four-minute job...
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The Dock Returns: Anticipating Trends for Productivity Potential

April 19th, 2017 by admin

Samsung's March 2017 announcement that its flagship smartphone would support first-party peripheral that makes the device work like a desktop computer could mean big changes for how people look at their productivity devices. While this is not the first attempt to treat a smartphone as a computer substitute,...
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Avoiding Disaster: Overheating Computers

April 5th, 2017 by admin

If one of your office computers always seems to shut down or slow to a crawl at the busiest of times, you may have a case of overheating on your hands—especially if IT can't find anything wrong on the software level. Performance hiccups might seem like a mere nuisance, but overheating shortens the lifespan...
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Mesh Networking for SMB Offices

March 28th, 2017 by admin

If the sounds of disgruntled employees complaining about poor Wi-Fi connectivity are all too familiar in your SMB, it's time to consider switching to a mesh network. Unlike traditional Wi-Fi networks that use a single point of origin and optional extender networks, mesh networks utilize a series...
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The Benefits of Laptop Docks and At-Desk Peripherals

March 21st, 2017 by admin

With a little bit of effort, your staff can reap all the benefits of a laptop, and many of the perks of a desktop, with a little bit of planning and some additional hardware. It's a common perception that laptops lead in portability, while desktops specialize in expandability. But improvements in peripheral...
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Network-Attached Storage: Data Backup and Transfer Options for Small Businesses

March 9th, 2017 by admin

Network-Attached Storage (NAS) servers are a great asset for small businesses managing data. For the uninitiated, NAS is essentially a streamlined server designed specifically for sharing files between devices. Because of their simplified nature, NAS devices are typically easier to use and...
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Getting a Clean Start: Managing Windows Startup Programs

February 23rd, 2017 by admin

It's quite common that, over time, Windows systems accumulate a laundry list of programs that load when a user signs in. While generally benign, most of these "startup" programs are unlikely to actually benefit the user—so the computer ends up doing a whole lot of work for no reason. Fortunately,...
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Digital Sticky Notes: A Time-Saver for Your Entire Team

February 15th, 2017 by admin

It's a familiar sighting in the workplace: the employee with half a dozen sticky notes attached to their computer monitor. While not the most confidential or elegant solution, these employees are on to something. Fortunately, technology has stepped in to embrace this practice and increase productivity...
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Breathing New Life into Middle-Aged Computers

February 8th, 2017 by admin

Your employees' computers may not be up to speed anymore after two or three years of use, but in many cases your staff can upgrade or tune up these devices to keep pace with work demands. Upgrades can often be purchased and installed for under $100 a system, offering an inexpensive way to extend the...
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Using Snap and Split-Screen Modes for Increased Productivity

February 1st, 2017 by admin

Multi-tasking wizards have a secret: Modern operating systems offer a handy technique for managing multiple windows while maximizing available screen space, significantly increasing productivity. Depending on the OS, this feature may be referred to as "snapping" or "split-screen mode." The concept,...
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Virtual Reality: What does It Mean for Your Business?

January 18th, 2017 by admin

Depending on your industry, modern virtual reality (VR) devices could offer impressive options to improve productivity. The video game industry, for one, has been a major player in pushing VR technology. Despite a handful of flops like Nintendo’s 1995 release “Virtual Boy,” products like the “Oculus...
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Boost Productivity and Security with Google's Cloud Applications

January 11th, 2017 by admin

For anyone unfamiliar with the Google Applications platform, Google Docs et al. are a Cloud-based spin on mainstay office suite programs that can help your staff work better together. With a zero-dollar price tag (compared with Microsoft Office's hefty annual subscription fees) and the potential...
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Looking Forward: Cloud Services Costs and Opportunities

January 5th, 2017 by admin

If your small-to-medium business (SMB) isn't looking at ways to increase productivity through Cloud services, you could be missing out on exciting opportunities. But while the Cloud offers countless opportunities for business expansion, it can also taking up an ever-increasing share of your company's...
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Low Battery Life: Bringing Productivity to a Halt

October 26th, 2016 by admin

Work-disrupting messages like “please connect charger” and “plug in or find another power source” can be a huge source of frustration—not to mention a major productivity killer—for employees on the go. Nobody wants to see their phone battery go belly-up on their commute to the office, or while waiting...
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IoT Devices to Make Your Office More Efficient

September 21st, 2016 by admin

IoT devices have incredible potential to make your office more efficient. Previously we’ve discussed the caveats IoT devices bring to the workplace a few times, but today we’re going to focus on how these devices can increase productivity. It’s easy to fall back on the old mentality “If it ain’t...
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Water-Resistant Smartphones Are Here: What You Need to Know

September 13th, 2016 by admin

Water-resistance probably isn’t on the feature checklist for your employee smartphones—but judging by how many of these devices meet an untimely end via liquid damage, it should be. It probably doesn't come as a surprise that dropping the device is the number one cause of smartphone damage at...
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Are Chromebooks Right for YOUR Business?

September 7th, 2016 by admin

Google’s Chromebook platform has the potential to replace traditional laptops and increase productivity for businesses, much like it has in the consumer market at large. For the uninitiated, Chromebooks are Cloud-oriented laptops that run most operations through the Google Chrome web browser instead...
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Are Comatose Servers Draining Your Wallet and Leaving You Vulnerable?

August 30th, 2016 by admin

Those old servers your business no longer uses—and keeps running anyway—are more than just a security risk: They’re hurting your firm’s bottom line. The term comatose server describes a functional server, connected to a network, that sits idle virtually all of the time. If your business is running...
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How To Select a Second Monitor

August 24th, 2016 by admin

Secondary monitors have incredible potential to increase productivity in the workplace. It might not seem like much, but minimizing, maximizing, and arranging application windows on a single computer monitor can take up a significant amount of time. Adding a secondary monitor increases the screen...
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Is Your Broadband Fast Enough? Here’s How to Check

July 19th, 2016 by admin

How fast is your company's broadband Internet speed compared to ten years ago? Chances are that while your online connection at work back then was faster than your first home Internet service (think of that annoying dial-up modem noise), if you tried using that "primitive" DSL at work today the relatively...
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How To Choose a Desktop Monitor

May 17th, 2016 by admin

Let’s talk about desktop monitors. In many companies, large or small, an onboarding employee gets whatever display hardware might already reside in their assigned cube—no matter how old it is. But like most computer products, the technology is always improving, while costs for newer models are dropping....
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Upgrading to Windows 10: Why You Should (Still) Wait

February 11th, 2016 by admin

We were as optimistic as anyone about Microsoft's long-awaited release of the Windows 10 operating system. As we discussed last May, we looked forward to real improvements—chiefly a better desktop interface—over its widely unloved predecessor, Windows 8.1. At the same time, we hoped Microsoft had learned...
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Transitioning to the Cloud? “Know Before You Go”

January 26th, 2016 by admin

The Cloud is here to stay—and growing before our eyes. Even the customer segment that the marketing world terms late adopters—the last people to "get on the boat" of tech trends—are finally taking a hard look at migrating at least some of their IT to Cloud-based apps. One big reason is that their...
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Standing Desks: Could They Improve Your Workplace?

January 12th, 2016 by admin

It's been talked about everywhere from the New York Times to Men's Health and Women's Health: Sitting at a desk all day may be dangerously unhealthy. Medical studies conducted around the world support the same conclusion: When a human body remains seated and inactive, it quickly enters its...
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Macs Are Here to Stay. How Well Are You Managing Them?

December 16th, 2015 by admin

Before you take your teenage kids to see the new Steve Jobs biopic, ask them what Jobs' first successful product was. Don't be surprised if they answer "the iPod"! For most of their generation, the original Macintosh is ancient history. Today's Mac computers don't command prime Apple Store floor space...
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Blurring the Lines: Hybrid Devices in the Workplace

December 10th, 2015 by admin

Apple announced the iPad Pro in September of 2015. Microsoft announced the Surface Book just a month later. Both devices are blurring the lines between tablets and laptops, offering interesting new opportunities for technology use in the workplace and resolving many of the issues present in the current...
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Busting Dust: The Overlooked Cause of Crashes

December 2nd, 2015 by admin

Your business can take a productivity hit and incur unnecessary expenses because of a very common, often overlooked problem: dust buildup in computers. Dust inside computers can decrease their efficiency and even their operational lifespans. These microscopic particles are everywhere—and unless...
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The Cloud: An Eco-Friendly Alternative?

June 11th, 2015 by admin

April 22 marked the annual worldwide observance of Earth Day. This made us think about the role small businesses play in the "Go Green" movement. Many companies have a genuine concern for preserving our planet's natural resources—even if many hotels use going green as a convenient excuse not to provide...
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Apple TV for Presentations in the Workplace

May 1st, 2015 by admin

Apple TV, typically used as a video content streaming device for Netflix, YouTube, and iTunes, is fairly common in homes across the U.S. However, this crafty little device that can fit in your palm also has some impressive applications in an office setting through its AirPlay screen mirroring features....
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Surprising New Study: Email an Essential Cross-Generational Business Asset

February 12th, 2015 by admin

What was cutting-edge in the 1990s is still relevant today — at least, when it comes to Email technology. According to a new PewResearch report, 61 percent of office workers say Email is “very important” to their work productivity. That same study placed the Internet and landline phones at 54 and 35...
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Disaster Recovery: Smart Ways to Work Around a Broken System

February 4th, 2015 by admin

Computers have a knack for breaking at the most inconvenient time. Murphy’s Law is alive and well. But you don’t need to wait for IT repairs in order to get an employee back to work: smart techniques and planning can minimize your downtime so you can maintain productivity and take back otherwise lost...
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Stay Productive with IT Managed Services

January 14th, 2015 by admin

It doesn’t take a psychic to know that one of your business goals is improving efficiency and productivity. You can do both with an IT managed service provider. MSPs specialize in finding technical solutions to streamline your work environment and preemptively stop work interruptions. The end goal of...
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Increase Productivity with Cloud Systems

December 23rd, 2014 by admin

Cloud-based applications have the potential to increase productivity for your business. By de-localizing your computing resources, your employees can benefit from ease of access, broader device compatibility, and reliance on local hardware. IT Managed Service Providers are available today to help you...
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Stay Productive with IT Managed Services

December 12th, 2014 by admin

It doesn’t take a psychic to know that one of your business goals is improving efficiency and productivity. You can do both with an IT managed service provider. MSPs specialize in finding technical solutions to streamline your work environment and preemptively stop work interruptions. The end goal of...
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Close Enough to Know You, Small Enough to Serve You

November 13th, 2014 by admin

If you've been reading our blog for a while, you know why we believe managed IT services are the smart choice over "going it alone" — particularly for a small business. Over the past few years alone, we've seen several major tech companies — some of the really big names — branch out into the outsourced...
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Disaster Recovery: Is Your Data Protected From the Next Catastrophe?

November 6th, 2014 by admin

Last month, the Bay Area commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. Those of us who lived through that experience remember the sudden, unexpected jolt — and how the event disrupted our lives for several weeks afterward. Of course, we were a lot less reliant on technology back...
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Use IT to Increase Workplace Productivity - Get the Whitepaper!

April 21st, 2014 by admin

It is vital that Information Technology enhance workplace productivity, rather than hinder it. With proper IT systems and management in place, it is possible to accomplish your work faster and with far less risk of downtime and technology inefficiencies. A productive IT environment also helps increase...
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To Cloud or Not to Cloud: a Heated IT Debate

March 18th, 2014 by admin

With all the hype surrounding cloud computing, it may seem like any business that is NOT in the cloud is woefully behind the times. As an IT Managed Services Provider, we hear the following questions from clients and prospective clients all the time: "Should we move to the cloud?" "The cloud is faster...
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Use IT Standardization to Enhance Workplace Productivity and Limit Downtime

February 22nd, 2014 by admin

What is IT Standardization? Standardization refers to the general uniformity of desktops and laptops across an entire business. Ideally, all workstations and laptops should be identical (or as identical as possible), including uniform software versions and configurations. This process of standardization...
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The Remarkable Truth about Information Technology and your ROI

January 24th, 2014 by admin

If we asked you a very simple question — what is Information Technology? —  how would you respond?  What would come to mind? We're guessing you would focus on computers, flashing lights, monitor screens, and server rooms, right?  Perhaps even throw in printers, phone systems, and mobile devices...
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The Real Cost of IT Downtime

August 18th, 2013 by admin

Downtime - it isn't always what you think! When you think downtime, I'm sure you're picturing the results of a total IT disaster - perhaps a flood destroying the server room or a malicious virus that hacks the network, forcing everyone to close up shop. This is the kind of downtime that may take...
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