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What is the Cloud?

What is the Cloud?

New advancements in technology are always popping up. These may seem intimidating at first, but learning more about them can put your worries to rest. Maybe you’re hearing about “the cloud” more and more. That’s because it has become a fast-growing asset for companies.

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What You Need to Know About PCI Compliance

What You Need to Know About PCI Compliance

Technology is always advancing and so are the requirements your business must follow. One area in which you need to comply is with credit or debit cards transactions. Even through the pandemic, compliance is something that needs to be maintained so businesses don’t get shut down.

The regulation pertaining to credit and debit card transactions is called the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, or PCI DSS. Being in good standing with the regulatory guidelines is referred to as PCI compliance. PCI DSS establishes security standards for organizations that accept credit and debit cards or have access to cardholder information.

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New Microsoft Teams Features Help Students Go Remote

New Microsoft Teams Features Help Students Go Remote

With the 2020/2021 school year approaching, there are still many questions associated with how to run classrooms remotely. Some teachers might just upload pre-recorded lectures while others will just post PowerPoint slides for their students. Perhaps the most popular way has become hosting a live video conference call through either Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Teachers and students are still trying to learn the ropes and figure out what works best. Microsoft is making things a bit easier for everyone, with updates and improvements made to virtual meetings. These include improvements for participant capacity in meetings as well as how users are shown on screen. 

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What Does Your MSP Do to Keep You Compliant?

What Does Your MSP Do to Keep You Compliant?

Like taxes, regulation is a necessary evil. Rules exist in order to protect people. For that reason, they are critical to enforce. When people’s money, privacy, and even their lives are on the line, there’s no room to mess around. All this doesn’t mean that compliance isn’t a giant headache, though.

Here a handful of regulations your organizations might have to comply with:

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Our Top 7 List of IT Myths and Wild Conspiracies

Our Top 7 List of IT Myths and Wild Conspiracies

Being in IT, we’ve seen and heard it all. Between the campfire horror stories of technicians to the outlandish IT conspiracies and ‘home remedies’ that get passed around, we’ve decided to compile a list of some of our favorite IT and technology myths.

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4 Decisions You’ll Make About Your IT

4 Decisions You’ll Make About Your IT

Scrutinize Your Security

Before you implement a new solution, be sure to consider your organization’s cybersecurity needs. Ask yourself if it’s something that you can implement without compromising your organization’s security. Cyberattacks can create a considerable financial burden for your business. After all, a business is still a business, no matter what kind of data it stores or how large its workforce or client base is. It might lessen the damage done, but it’s certainly not any consolation for still exposing data to threats--especially because the data stored by businesses tends to be sensitive in nature. You need to do everything you can to make sure that any solution you implement can be done so without your data being placed at risk.

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Taking a Look at a Manufacturer’s IT

Taking a Look at a Manufacturer’s IT

Manufacturing products is still a major part of the western economies; and, like other businesses, manufacturers are using information technology to fuel and manage their supply chains and business processes. We’ll take a short look at what IT manufacturers use, and how it helps them forge their business ahead.

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Conferencing Solutions for the Modern Business

Conferencing Solutions for the Modern Business

Modern businesses have a lot more room for flexibility than in the past, particularly in regard to meetings. With the inception of conferencing solutions, organizations have access to more dynamic tools to make the most of their meetings. We’ll help you determine which options are the best for your organization.

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3 Transportation Technology Innovations that Will Affect Business

3 Transportation Technology Innovations that Will Affect Business

If your business is one that depends on transportation, you know that coordination is extremely important. With consumers’ reliance on a company’s distribution arm, today’s companies are turning old practices on their heads and utilizing a more technology-driven approach to effectively manage their company’s transportation initiatives. This technology is innovating quickly and could mean a major transformation for businesses before too long. Today, we’ll go through three innovations that are working to change how transportation-dependent companies do things.

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How to Prioritize Your Upcoming Technology Implementations

How to Prioritize Your Upcoming Technology Implementations

When an organization invests in new technology, it can be a great refresher for your processes and your business. Unfortunately, no technology lasts forever. You may have noticed that some of your systems are less effective than they once were, and that your competition seems to be playing with a different set of rules. Sounds like it’s time for an upgrade.

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How to Adjust Your Business for Collaboration

How to Adjust Your Business for Collaboration

Collaborative work is pushing organizations forward faster today than ever before. With the use of more dynamic and option-rich technology, your organization can benefit from the improved productivity that comes from enhancing your collaborative strategies. Today, we look at some of the technologies used by organizations that prioritize collaborative work.

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Using Technology to Build Your Customer Relationships

Using Technology to Build Your Customer Relationships

Your relationships with your customers and clients depend on one thing above any other: communication. In order to optimize this communication, many businesses are leveraging technology solutions, and are enjoying a variety of operational benefits as a result. Is your business one of them?

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Innovations in Your Office’s Technology Can Bring Big Benefits

Innovations in Your Office’s Technology Can Bring Big Benefits

Technology innovation in the workplace is something that is constantly shifting and changing, depending on various industry demands. We’ll walk you through some of our favorites to improve data accessibility and workplace productivity as a whole.

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3 Reasons You Want Experts Handling Your IT

3 Reasons You Want Experts Handling Your IT

Stop and consider something: Who do you turn to when your business’ toilets suddenly stop working? Who do you call for when the lights stop working? Most likely, an expert… so if you turn to the pros for these needs, why would you do anything different for your IT?

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Retaining Workers with Technology

Retaining Workers with Technology

The right technology can be a catalyst for change. While the right kind of change can be enough to drive innovation and push the limits of your business, the wrong kind of change--namely, employee turnover--can put a halt to productivity and force you to trace your steps back down the old, familiar path of onboarding and training. How can you use technology to retain top talent and reinforce the right message amongst your employees?

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Tip of the Week: How to Calculate the ROI of Anything

Tip of the Week: How to Calculate the ROI of Anything

All businesses are part of their respective markets, and depending on that market, the business will implement technology solutions designed to help them best cater to their business. However, you should only implement technology that can yield a satisfactory return on investment, or ROI. We’re here to help you get the most return on your investment as possible.

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How IT Benefits a Small Business’ Growth Potential

How IT Benefits a Small Business’ Growth Potential

When we discuss our service offerings, we understand that it can all seem like a little much, especially to the small business that - up to this point - has never needed all these fancy solutions to operate effectively. However, there are a few considerations that the business this scenario applies to needs to account for. For instance, is it certain that these solutions are unnecessary?

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Why You Shouldn't Say “Humbug” to Your Security

Why You Shouldn't Say “Humbug” to Your Security

The IT guy, Jacob left last month: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. He left without an exit interview, and he didn’t seem very pleased with the way the situation played out. You could never tell if Scrooge cared or not. His demands have never wavered. He expected perfection and when mistakes were made, they were approached as catastrophic affronts to the sustainability of the business, even if that wasn’t the reality.

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What You Need to Know About Technology Upgrades

What You Need to Know About Technology Upgrades

Even if we’d like it to last forever, business technology can’t possibly do so for a number of reasons. Due to the fact that businesses and their technology are constantly upgrading and changing, it’s almost a certainty that you’ll have to upgrade your technology at some point, whether it reaches its end-of-life event or just simply becomes obsolete for your organization. In fact, failing to update your infrastructure from time to time can have serious negative side-effects for your business.

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Windows 10 Itself Helps Keep You Secure

Windows 10 Itself Helps Keep You Secure

Windows 10 is the most utilized operating system on PCs today. As a result, Microsoft has made it a priority to take on some of today’s most prevalent threats. We’ll go through these security features based on the state of the computer’s usage to get a better idea of how much is done to improve your security.

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