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5 Checkpoints that Any Managed IT Services Partner Should Clear

Before proceeding with a Managed IT partner, it's important to set up checkpoints that ultimately secure your return on technology investment.

In the process of securing a competitive business advantage, organizations are moving fast toward the growing trend of outsourcing.

It stands to reason. Finding a trusted team in any particular business function – be it finance, technology or other – gives companies the opportunity to reduce costs, focus more on core business goals and planning, and also benefit from the specific expertise of these professional service organizations.

Topics: Information Technology Managed Network Services Network Management

Managed Network Services: You Are Now Free to Move About Your Business

Managed Network Services (MNS), more than anything else, offers freedom. Freedom to focus on your business. Freedom to become strategic and forward thinking about technology – how it can actually become performance enhancing.

Small to medium-sized businesses, in rising numbers, have heeded the call to make cybersecurity a top priority for their organization.

After years of preaching/pleading from Managed Service Providers, coupled with thousands (millions?) of blog posts devoted to the topic, most SMBs today recognize that when it comes to data breaches, “it can happen to me.”

Topics: Information Technology Managed Network Services Network Management Microsoft Gold Partner Cybersecurity

SMB Competitive Advantages that Reach the Cloud

The cloud has become an increasingly familiar and very practical tool for businesses of all sizes to embrace, whether that’s for backup storage, endpoint security or any number of cloud-based software solutions. 

When it comes to cloud technology and the future, the possibilities are as wide open as the sky above us.

Topics: Information Technology Network Management Cloud IT Consulting

Release Your IT Beast of Burden with Managed Network Services

A Managed Network Services program fine tunes and establishes control over all the moving components of your network. 

Your business's network steadily hums along, serving its intended purpose with what seems like relative ease. That is, until an unexpected breakdown occurs and you begin to feel the weight of every IT issue bearing down on your office's productivity.

What seems effortless can quickly become overwhelming. What traditionally seemed like a routine method for handling IT could today be more a beast of burden for your business.

Topics: Information Technology Managed Network Services Security Network Management Network Security

Dozens of Business Productivity Tips – Our 11 Best and Most Popular Blogs of 2017

You have a lot of options on the market when you make a technology purchase. The best solution for your business isn't determined solely by the price, the feature set, or how fast the vendor gets it to your doorstep.

Every year, I learn more about copiers, document management, workflow, and, increasingly, managed IT topics.

I do my best to pass on what I learn to you.

Here are the 11 most popular posts in 2017. They cover a range of topics:

Read on for insights into those topics – and more – to get yourself ready for 2018! 

Topics: Scanning Information Technology Technology Multifunction Copier Did you know? Managed Network Services Security Digital Copiers Digital Security Productivity Tips and Tools Healthcare Solutions Office Equipment Legal Solutions Network Management Document Workflow Document Security IT Consulting Business Continuity Disaster Recovery

The 6 Things You Should Never Do When It Comes to Cybersecurity

Security isn’t always top of mind, especially when it comes to your employees. Make sure you and your employees aren’t doing any of these six things.

We’ve all had that “kick yourself” moment after something you had a second thought about tragically comes to fruition. We know it could have been prevented, and it was just plain stupid to not have taken the simple steps needed to prevent the mistake.

We take a lot for granted as humans, especially when it comes to securing our data. In fact, did you know that in your office right now it’s likely that 40% of your employees have their passwords stored on their devices in a Word document? Almost half! Not so secure right? 

Despite all the cyber security threats you hear about in the news, the simple fact is that the people within your business are far more of a threat than any software application that you are using. If you’ve ever had second thoughts about your company’s cybersecurity, take a few minutes to check yourself and make sure that you are NOT doing any of the following:

Topics: Information Technology Did you know? Managed Network Services Digital Security Healthcare Solutions Legal Solutions Network Management IT Consulting Technology Pain Microsoft Gold Partner Network Security

7 Things Every SMB Must Know About Cybersecurity

 

Do you think your business' size will protect you from cybercriminals. It won't.

Simple fact: cybercriminals are coming for you.

That's anyone reading this – individuals, 2-person businesses, Fortune 1000, or the mom and pop store on the corner.

All businesses have customer and other data that can be hacked. Criminals want that data.

Most SMBs attempt to secure themselves. However, they don't have the money or access to expertise that larger companies do. Their defenses aren't as strong as larger companies.

It's a lot easier to pick the lock on a doorknob (just to be 100% clear, this is you SMBs) than on a maximum security safe. Who do you think cybercriminals are going to target? 

Here are seven things every SMB must know about cybersecurity.

Topics: Information Technology Managed Network Services Security Digital Security Network Management Cybersecurity

Your IT Provider Should Be Fixing Your Problems, Not Causing Them

If your IT partner isn't doing these four things well, it might be time to look for another partner.

How is your IT service provider doing these days? Are you happy with the job they are doing?

In a perfect world, your network is running smoothly, resting safe and sound from malware attacks, and emails and communications are pinging back and forth like a well-orchestrated symphony.

We all have certain expectations when we sign on for a service, and there is nothing worse than the anxiety you feel when they don’t meet the mark — especially when it comes to IT.

Topics: Information Technology Business Problems Managed Network Services Digital Security Network Management Technology Support IT Consulting Technology Pain

Ransomware Attacks Target SMBs – A Data Backup Strategy Minimizes Any Damage

Every company is vulnerable to cybercriminals – especially SMBs because their infrastructure is usually less secure. Use data backup as part of your security strategy against ransomware.

Cybercriminals want to hold your information for ransom. And they are coming after your small to medium sized business because your networks are usually less secure than larger businesses.

Don't just take my word for it.

The FBI estimates that the “ransomware industry” was worth $1 billion in 2016. That number is expected to grow in 2017. 

Topics: Information Technology Managed Network Services Security Digital Security Network Management Cloud IT Consulting Business Continuity Disaster Recovery

Fire Yourself – Managed Network Services Is Your Key To IT Success

When it comes to your various information technology, document output, and internal network needs; are you still trying to do it yourself? Is your IT deck wobbling?

You’re fired!

And thank goodness for it! Network services management is way more challenging than anyone thinks it really is, but you already know that, don’t you?

One truism that I find in life is that no matter how easy something looks on the surface; it’s almost always at least twice as difficult to actually do (and twice as difficult is just for starters). This is especially true when it comes to things we actually can do.

Take cooking. Many of you reading this most likely regularly cook meals for your family; and probably do it quite well. I caught an episode of MasterChef the other night (the show that takes home cooks then we all watch as they cook – or disastrously don’t cook – amazing food creations). I know I’ve been to restaurants, looked at my plate, and thought, “I could do this.”

Topics: Information Technology Managed Network Services Network Management