Whether a company is improving its efficiency or struggling to maintain profitability, one line item in the budget that often finds itself on the chopping block is the allocation for managed IT services. Ironically, the attributes that make an IT services company exceptional are often why executives don’t think they’re getting their money’s worth. This is because an exceptional IT company ensures that your systems work consistently, smoothly, and uneventfully, while a mediocre IT company is constantly responding to calamities, failures, and interruptions. So what’s an awesome IT company doing behind the scenes that justifies your continued relationship?
Your Social Security Number (SSN) enables government agencies to identify individuals in their records and businesses to track each individual's financial information. It was originally created to track the earnings histories of U.S. workers for use in determining Social Security benefit entitlement and calculating benefit levels. Nowadays, however, it is commonly used by both government and private entities to identify an individual and report all sorts of information, including financial data and credit history.
It used to be that businesses controlled how their staff used and accessed data in the workforce by simple physical proximity: users came to work and accessed networks on company devices, and that was that. In today's more diverse workforce, people want to be able to work remotely and access their resources at any time without coming into the office.
Many companies allow or encourage workers to use their own devices, which makes it even tougher to regulate access and ensure consistent security for company data and networks. Microsoft’s new Azure cloud computing tools provide solutions to many of these modern issues.
If you’re a business owner, I encourage you to ask yourself the same question about your own line of services.Why would any business hire your company to do something they could possibly figure out on their own? How hard can it be? Whether you're a plumber, roofer, lawyer, or hairstylist, there’s probably a YouTube channel that could help people figure out most of the same things, right?
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The Blue Screen of Death.
The Spinning Wheel of Death.
At some point, every computer user experiences a crash: when your computer freezes, hangs, or shuts itself down. If your computer crashes, it could be a sign that there’s something seriously wrong with your operating system or hard drive. And if your hard drive crashes, it can take all of your data with it—sometimes irretrievably. Knowing the facts about hard drive crashes can help you safeguard your data and prevent loss.
Are you thinking about moving your business IT, network, data, and/or telecommunications services to the cloud? This is becoming more and more commonplace in the business world, so it’s a good time to discuss “cloud” versus “local” services. How do you decide which is correct for your business?
IT is a high pressure industry, and the people that work in it must calm people when they’re most frustrated. Let’s have some fun with IT and lighten things up a little.
If you’re sold on the benefits of having a managed IT services plan, you may be stumped as to “what’s next.” (If you haven’t reached that point, read our blog on why your business needs managed IT services.) How do you know which features and services you need in a plan? A great IT services provider will work with you to create a plan that prioritizes what’s important to your business without charging you for services you won’t use—at a price point that’s perfect for you.
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Whether you’re a business or residential consumer, ransomware is a very real and very serious problem. If you fall victim to ransomware, it’s bad—and in some cases, just plain ugly.
Businesses of all sizes are increasingly turning to managed IT service providers (MSPs) to operate and maintain their entire enterprise of computer and network systems. By outsourcing to an MSP, businesses gain access to IT skills that they otherwise may not have in-house — and it frees up your own IT resources to concentrate on adding strategic value to your organization, rather than spending the majority of their time on maintenance and repair. Managed service providers can improve cost management, reduce business risk, and add business value.