Technology Articles from MPA Networks

How Moving to a Private Data Center Cloud Solution Benefits Your Business

January 20th, 2021 by admin

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Many businesses have found themselves making the switch to the cloud, and when you look at everything it offers it's not hard to see why. They give a wealth of benefits that most would be hard-pressed to ignore, such as improved security...

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Helping Businesses Deduct Up to 1 Million Dollars on Qualifying Equipment Expenses

November 16th, 2020 by admin

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SAN MATEO, CA - MPA Networks, Inc., a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), announced today that it is helping customers take advantage of a substantial tax deduction, outlined by guidance issued from the IRS, also known as Section 179....

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Reinventing Traditional Business with Workplace-as-a-Service and BYOD

July 10th, 2019 by admin

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Many businesses have changed the traditional business model to adapt to the way people now choose to work. With Workplace-as-a-service, small to midsized businesses can be fully functional and successfully, without being in a physical workspace environment....

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How Rapid Growth Can Negatively Impact Business.

June 25th, 2019 by admin

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During the beginning stages of operations, demand can be slow at first and then gradually start picking up, but what happens when small demand increases to significant demand in a short period? When a company is experiencing expansion, it is usually...

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MPA Networks, Inc. Offers SD-WAN-as-a-Service to SMBs

May 8th, 2019 by admin

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SAN MATEO, CA – MPA Networks, Inc. a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), announced today that the company now offers SD-WAN-as-a-Service to their small to mid-sized business (SMB) customers. SD-WAN is a leading technology and according...

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Putting Unused Computers Back to Work

December 28th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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Don't Neglect Surge Protectors in Your Workplace

November 16th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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Posted in: Hardware and Software

Problems with Power Loss: Tips for Workplace Computer Battery Backups

November 8th, 2017 by admin

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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'...

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Wireless Charging in the Workplace: iPhone Joins Android

October 10th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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Flash Drives: A Productivity and Security Guide

September 26th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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The System Is Down: How To Stay Online When Your Service Provider Is Offline

September 12th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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Avoiding Hardware Overkill: IT Consulting to the Rescue

July 18th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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Spare Computer Parts: Which Ones To Keep For Disaster Recovery

July 5th, 2017 by admin

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It happens in every office eventually: an employee is going about their workday and suddenly their computer or monitor won't turn on. Fortunately, there's gold in those unused desktops and laptops stuck in the storage closet. Aside from the computers...

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Amazon Alexa in the Workplace: What Could You Do With a Virtual Assistant?

June 20th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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Intranets and Small-To-Medium Business Productivity

June 13th, 2017 by admin

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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....

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The Cost of Memory: Trends to Impact Your Upgrade Cycle

June 6th, 2017 by admin

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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)...

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7 Ways VoIP Increases SMB Productivity

May 16th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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Mesh Networking for SMB Offices

March 28th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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Network-Attached Storage: Data Backup and Transfer Options for Small Businesses

March 9th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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Breathing New Life into Middle-Aged Computers

February 8th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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Virtual Reality: What does It Mean for Your Business?

January 18th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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Boost Productivity and Security with Google's Cloud Applications

January 11th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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Looking Forward: Cloud Services Costs and Opportunities

January 5th, 2017 by admin

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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...

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IoT Devices to Make Your Office More Efficient

September 21st, 2016 by admin

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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...

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Are Comatose Servers Draining Your Wallet and Leaving You Vulnerable?

August 30th, 2016 by admin

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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...

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How To Select a Second Monitor

August 24th, 2016 by admin

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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....

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Looking at Data Storage Longevity

August 2nd, 2016 by admin

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Not all storage devices were built to stand the test of time, so it’s important for every business to ensure its data is backed up on a reliable platform. If you’ve ever needed to reference financial records or court cases from a decade ago, you’ll...

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Is Your Broadband Fast Enough? Here’s How to Check

July 19th, 2016 by admin

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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...

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Is It Time to Switch to Flash Storage?

June 21st, 2016 by admin

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More and more businesses are switching their storage solutions from hard disk drives (HDDs) to solid state drives (SSDs) for one simple reason: the appeal of faster loading times and increased productivity. However, HDDs can still be the better choice...

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How To Choose a Desktop Monitor

May 17th, 2016 by admin

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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...

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The Death (and Second Life) of a Replaced Business Smartphone

March 2nd, 2016 by admin

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When it’s time to upgrade employee smartphones, your business needs to worry about backing up data, clearing the memory, and figuring out the best way to get rid of the old devices. According to Business Insider, the average smartphone upgrade cycle...

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Upgrading to Windows 10: Why You Should (Still) Wait

February 11th, 2016 by admin

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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...

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Transitioning to the Cloud? “Know Before You Go”

January 26th, 2016 by admin

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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...

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Standing Desks: Could They Improve Your Workplace?

January 12th, 2016 by admin

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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...

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Blurring the Lines: Hybrid Devices in the Workplace

December 10th, 2015 by admin

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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...

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Busting Dust: The Overlooked Cause of Crashes

December 2nd, 2015 by admin

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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...

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Hidden Costs of DaaS Service? Know What to Look For

August 19th, 2015 by admin

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Back in July, we talked about the emergence of Cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). From overall cost to scalability, mobility, and security, more IT decision-makers are recognizing DaaS as simply a better alternative to traditional networks...

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The Importance of Being Proactive: Why You Need A Breach Response Plan

August 6th, 2015 by admin

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Each month, Microsoft releases a new security bulletin. In May of 2015, forty-six vulnerabilities had been identified and fixed, spanning products such as Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office. In June, it was even more. While some of these vulnerabilities...

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DaaS and the Virtual Workspace: The Next Big Thing?

July 30th, 2015 by admin

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We've recently received quite a few questions regarding "virtual workspaces." Particularly in light of the imminent release of the next version of Windows (which, as we've discussed, won't come cheaply for enterprise users), will virtual workspaces...

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Time To Think About Your Company's Next Tech Refresh?

June 24th, 2015 by admin

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As the Bay Area moves into the warmest months of the year, you can enjoy the summer knowing your annual home spring cleaning is behind you—when you tackled all those chores in (literally) one clean sweep over a weekend. With that taken care of, now’s...

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The Cloud: An Eco-Friendly Alternative?

June 11th, 2015 by admin

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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...

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The $100,000 Phone Bill: Is Your Office VoIP Phone System the Next Target?

March 20th, 2015 by admin

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How would you react if your company's next phone bill revealed a major cost spike—to the tune of over $100,000? It's actually happening now to small businesses across the U.S., thanks to international VoIP toll fraud—perhaps the fastest growing cyber-threat...

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Disaster Recovery: Smart Ways to Work Around a Broken System

February 4th, 2015 by admin

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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...

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The Cloud: A Better IT Choice for Law Firms… or Not?

January 21st, 2015 by admin

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Several years since you probably first heard about it, "the Cloud" remains among the trendiest buzzwords in the tech world—particularly here around Silicon Valley. Several of our Bay Area law firm clients have approached us asking if migrating their...

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Stay Productive with IT Managed Services

January 14th, 2015 by admin

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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...

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Stay Productive with IT Managed Services

December 12th, 2014 by admin

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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...

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Close Enough to Know You, Small Enough to Serve You

November 13th, 2014 by admin

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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...

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Disaster Recovery: Is Your Data Protected From the Next Catastrophe?

November 6th, 2014 by admin

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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,...

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Use IT to Increase Workplace Productivity - Get the Whitepaper!

April 21st, 2014 by admin

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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....

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Three Misconceptions about Cloud Computing Every SMB Owner Should Know

March 27th, 2014 by admin

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By this point, nearly every small and medium sized business owner has heard of the cloud and has a basic understanding of cloud computing. A majority of them have probably even considered moving their data and applications to the cloud, not wishing to...

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To Cloud or Not to Cloud: a Heated IT Debate

March 18th, 2014 by admin

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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:...

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Use IT Standardization to Enhance Workplace Productivity and Limit Downtime

February 22nd, 2014 by admin

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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...

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Want Information Technology with Strong ROI? Take this Critical First Step.

January 30th, 2014 by admin

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Escape the Dreaded 'IT Money Pit' Information Technology is the backbone of modern business - it is the infrastructure on which businesses run and employees work. It is the wheel that keeps everything rolling smoothly. As such, it makes perfect sense...

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The Remarkable Truth about Information Technology and your ROI

January 24th, 2014 by admin

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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...

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How a Managed Service Provider Can Increase ROI and Influence Long-Term Business Success

September 30th, 2013 by admin

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Partnering with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure the longevity and productivity of your SMB. Why? An experienced MSP is a true business partner, reduces and streamlines IT costs, and takes...

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4 Crucial Benefits of a Managed Service Provider

August 27th, 2013 by admin

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Managed Service Providers - or MSPs - are tasked with the critically important job of managing IT to help businesses run smoothly. Information Technology is the foundation upon which businesses operate, communicate, and grow, and must therefore...

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The Real Cost of IT Downtime

August 18th, 2013 by admin

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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...

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