Your business is ready to upgrade the phone system. You need something that is easy to use that won’t break your budget. What other features and functionality should you consider when shopping for a new phone system? We have compiled a list of eight things you should look for.
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One of the basics of running a successful business is to make and stick to a budget. We all know that is much easier said than done, but this vital tool can allow you to see the complete picture of what your small business is spending on IT services. Analyzing spending, profits, and cash flow enables you to anticipate future ways to spend your money—because, as you know, technology always needs updates and more or better software and hardware, all of which cost money.
Here are 9 tips for developing an IT budget for your small business.
HIPAA was designed to protect electronic health information, so making sure that your healthcare business technology meets HIPAA compliance is of utmost importance. Healthcare providers that are transparent with their HIPAA compliance instill more confidence in their patients, since they can rest assured that their information is private and secure.
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Working with a managed IT service provider (MSP) is very different from having IT personnel on staff. They may not be in the office, but the MSP is very knowledgeable and can offer support 24 hours a day—not just from 9 to 5. Sometimes, you may feel like you are speaking a different language. We have broken down the top 10 terms you should be comfortable with to help make communication with your MSP a little easier:
Most small business owners think they have their digital security under control because they have a firewall or because they use a spam filter on their email. But the reality is, you’re more likely than not nowhere close to covering everything. In fact, 58 percent of malware attack victims are small businesses. Full protection is layered and multifaceted, requiring that your small business is covered by at least six basic security items.
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We all risk accidentally downloading dangerous malware while browsing the internet. Malicious software can slow our computers, leak sensitive information, and even lead to heavy financial losses. While a few simple techniques can remove many viruses, malicious software is growing more sophisticated, and consulting trained professionals is the most effective way to keep your computer and your data safe.
Small businesses today need the flexibility to adapt to fast-paced marketplaces and changing client needs. As a result, businesses are seeking phone systems that do more than simply make and receive calls. Small businesses need communications systems that accommodate video calls, webinars, instant messaging, and even send emails and faxes when necessary. The following sections describe what small businesses should look for in a new phone system.
To remain competitive, small businesses today need to combine efficient communication with flexibility. Instead of hosting expensive and labor-intensive phone servers, small businesses are increasingly opting to use cloud-based phone systems. Hosting phone services through an internet connection, these cloud-based phone systems are providing cheaper, more flexible communications options, increasing business efficiency and minimizing costs.
Cloud storage can refer to both large public cloud storage options run by companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, as well as smaller private clouds run by individual businesses. Large public clouds like those run by Google have been popular because of their convenience and almost ubiquitous presence. However, IDC’s 2018 Cloud and AI Adoption Survey found that 80 percent of respondents reported that their businesses were moving data onto a private cloud or even ceased using cloud storage altogether. The primary reason for the migration, according to the study, is that many businesses no longer believe the large public clouds to be as secure as they need. This article explains the best practices to keep business data secure over the cloud.
A malfunctioning or virus-ridden computer is a nightmare for any student who's trying to research online or save their work after spending hours writing a paper. Before you fall victim to a computer that is lacking in security, use these tips to protect your device and your data.
Topics: computer security