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Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Is Huge for SMBs

Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Is Huge for SMBs

In today’s digital workplace, data backup and disaster recovery are critical components that demand strategic attention. We specialize in providing these services to SMBs, and we recognize the unique challenges that surface on a day-to-day level. Today, we’d like to go into the financial significance of investing in data backup and disaster recovery, with a particular focus on how our services can contribute to your company’s fiscal resilience.

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Tip of the Week: Editing PDFs with Your Cloud Productivity Suites

Tip of the Week: Editing PDFs with Your Cloud Productivity Suites

PDFs, or Portable Document Format files, are something many people come across in the course of doing business. Not everyone knows all the cool stuff you can do with them, like changing things in them. This week, we'll talk about some simple ways to make and edit a PDF file.

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The Dos and Don’ts to Successful Video Conferencing

The Dos and Don’ts to Successful Video Conferencing

Today’s business world is full of technology, one of which is commonplace now thanks partly to the pandemic: video conferencing. While the trend was on the rise before COVID, it’s seen as a necessity, particularly for businesses with remote teams. It’s important to ensure that you practice good video conferencing etiquette; otherwise, you could suffer from poor—or worse, boring—meetings.

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Powerful Technology Can Help Build Dynamic Business

Powerful Technology Can Help Build Dynamic Business

Technology can bring many dynamic benefits to an organization, but it can also derail its successful trajectory. One of the significant considerations that must be made is whether the technology your organization is implementing fits your business needs. Today, we will describe how having a knowledgeable perspective can help you avoid making investments that may not produce the rapid returns that most small businesses require. 

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Making Good Technology Decisions Can Bring a Lot of Value

Making Good Technology Decisions Can Bring a Lot of Value

When a business goes into action to improve itself, it typically goes into the process thinking that whatever changes it makes can significantly affect how it functions. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Today, we’ll discuss how professional consultants provide a perspective that can revolutionize how your business operates.

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You Don’t Need Always Need to Be Looking to the Future

You Don’t Need Always Need to Be Looking to the Future

Some people say it’s never okay to be satisfied with your business. You should always search for improvement to make your business more valuable to your customers and society. But when is enough, enough? When can you settle in and grind it out without a constant eye toward the future? Today, we thought we’d talk about the fear of complacency and how it can both help and hinder your intentions. 

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The Promises of Blockchain Extend Beyond Cryptocurrency

The Promises of Blockchain Extend Beyond Cryptocurrency

As the popularity of blockchain technology continues to rise, it's essential to explore its functionality and understand why it deserves attention. While commonly portrayed as a dubious tool associated with cryptocurrencies and scams, the fundamental nature of blockchain is far from nefarious. In reality, its decentralized and transparent attributes make it well-suited for various tasks, and we'll describe how it can be used for more than cryptocurrency below.

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Two Technologies that Can Help Your Business Evolve

Two Technologies that Can Help Your Business Evolve

Evolving considerations are definitely a major part of doing business. A decision made a year or even a quarter in the past might not be right for your business today. When trying to establish a technology profile that is right for your business, it can be difficult to nail down exactly what solutions allow you to improve overall efficiency while supporting organizational productivity. In today’s blog, we try to give a couple of tips for when to establish when it is time to shift gears and consider new tech.

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Meta Shifts Gears and Opens Threads, a Direct Challenge to X

Meta Shifts Gears and Opens Threads, a Direct Challenge to X

Over the last half-year, Meta, the renowned social media conglomerate (formerly known as Facebook), has been strategically capitalizing on all the drama within Twitter (referred to as X) by introducing Threads, a microblogging community akin to its X counterpart. Today, we will look at Threads by drawing comparisons with Twitter and taking a look at Meta's motivations in enticing users away from the established microblogging giant.

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Four Ways You Can Use Technology to Connect Better

Four Ways You Can Use Technology to Connect Better

These days, it feels like things change quickly and without warning, but there are certainly still some parts of the holiday season that retain some of the good, old-fashioned traditions of yesteryear. While the holiday season is more commercialized than ever, technology has made it more viable to spend these times of laughter, leisure, and cheer with loved ones, even if you’re far apart physically.

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Mobile Device Management is an Effective and Powerful Solution for SMBs

Mobile Device Management is an Effective and Powerful Solution for SMBs

Mobility takes center stage for many businesses that want to improve productivity. This necessitates a Mobile Device Management (MDM) tool that can help organizations keep tabs on devices within their networks. Let’s discuss some of the biggest selling points of today’s Mobile Device Management tools.

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AI is One Technology You Need to Get Behind

AI is One Technology You Need to Get Behind

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere it seems. At this juncture, AI proves invaluable in optimizing business operations and processes, but the applications of the technology are far more advanced than just building added efficiency. Let's briefly go into five ways AI can enhance business efficiency and foster optimal performance.

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Some Developing Technologies Have Caused Significant Discourse

Some Developing Technologies Have Caused Significant Discourse

Technology is constantly evolving and shaping the way we do business. From artificial intelligence to virtual reality, these advancements have the potential to revolutionize industries and drive success. However, not all technologies are met with open arms. In fact, some technologies are met with controversy and skepticism. In this article, we will explore some of the most controversial business technologies and the impact they have on the market.

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How the Future of Data Backup Looks for Business

How the Future of Data Backup Looks for Business

Technological innovation can be exciting, but one topic that is decidedly unsexy with technology is data backup—at least, from an excitement point of view. More businesses are demanding greater data security and redundancy, which is in turn forcing developers to innovate and create better products that can give consumers and enterprises what they need. Let’s look at three of the more interesting features of these up-and-coming data backup solutions.

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Choosing the Right Technology Leads to Increased Business Success

Choosing the Right Technology Leads to Increased Business Success

“If a craftsman wants to do good work, he must first sharpen his tools.” Like so many of the other quotes attributed to Confucious, this phrase is no less true today, even in the realm of business technology. It should come as no surprise that implementing the right technology for your particular business needs will produce greater results.

The real question is how to identify the technology that will contribute to the overall success of your organization.

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Back to Basics with Managed Services: The Value Proposition

Back to Basics with Managed Services: The Value Proposition

How much technology does your business use day in and day out? More likely than not, it’s a lot, and we’d bet good money on the fact that you could be doing more to manage it. That said, it’s not always clear how to go about doing it, especially if you don’t have any in-house IT talent to handle this considerable responsibility. With managed services, you can overcome this challenge. Let’s go over what these are and how they work.

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The Right Hardware Can Make All the Difference

The Right Hardware Can Make All the Difference

Choosing what type of hardware is right for your business and when it is time to upgrade away from the hardware you use are two considerations every single business has to make. These days there are a lot of options available to decision makers that weren’t available in the past. This both makes these hardware decisions easier and more time consuming because there are more variables that people have to weigh. Let’s go through some of them today. 

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Video Games Can Actually Be Useful for Your Business

Video Games Can Actually Be Useful for Your Business

People love video games; it is an over $260 billion a year industry and is thought by many to be the number one time waster in the world. For this reason, not many people consider video games or any visual interactive media to have any practical applications for a business. Today, we will try to disprove this theory by outlining some ways in which video games can help your business.

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Should I Consider Getting a Mobile App?

Should I Consider Getting a Mobile App?

Seemingly everyone has a smartphone nowadays, and with the smartphone comes apps. Mobile apps fuel the largest computing ecosystems in the world and, as a result, the question may have to be asked, “Does my business need a mobile app?” Whether it's a good idea depends on your specific business goals, target audience, and resources. In this article, we will take a look at the pros and cons of developing a mobile app for your business.

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New Technology Can Streamline Processes

New Technology Can Streamline Processes

How can you distinguish your presence in your industry when your customers anticipate a top-notch experience at every juncture? Businesses can gain a substantial advantage over competitors by harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology solutions, such as online ordering, mobile applications, and e-commerce platforms, which streamline access to services and products. Let's discuss how the latest technological advancements can be used to improve your business.

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