How Do You Decide What Goes in Your IT Budget?

During the budgeting process, it’s not enough to focus solely on workstations, servers, infrastructure, or bandwidth. While these are important pieces of the overall puzzle, there are also other items to consider when creating your IT budget. VoIP phone systems, application delivery models such as CRMs and PSAs, and disaster recovery planning are also significant considerations.

What Do These Business Phone System Acronyms Mean?

The best phone system is the one that suits your needs and doesn’t make you pay for things you don’t need. Instead of learning definitions and technologies, identify the needs you have for your phone network and let your salesperson do the hard part.

Datto Alto: Business Continuity for Small Business

As a small business owner, it’s likely you are using some type of data protection strategy to guard against data loss. However, data protection is only half the story. The other half is minimizing downtime. No matter how well you’ve protected your business’ data, that protection can be useless if you are unable to access it. Every minute, every hour, every day that you are unable to retrieve your protected and stored data affects your bottom line.

How Your Data Backup Solution Can Improve Business Continuity

Your business continuity plan should include a data backup solution that allows you to mitigate the effects of data loss and time to recovery. Surprisingly, many businesses use a data backup solution that is inefficient and incomplete.
A full business continuity solution not only addresses the preservation of business data, it also provides a means for fast, full restoration in the event of a data disaster.

Improve Your Cyber Security With Microsoft’s Office 365 Secure Score

The suite of apps and cloud services available through an Office 365 subscription has been a game changer for many businesses. Because Microsoft pushes updates to the software behind the scenes, users always have access to the latest version. Following the debut of Secure Score, The Hartford Financial Services Group announced plans to use the score reported by the tool to help determine premiums for their cyberinsurance products. It is only a matter of time before other insurers follow this path. Microsoft’s Secure Score tool gives businesses and insurers alike a quantifiable measure of security within Office 365.

Do I Need a Managed Service Provider if I Use SaaS?

Oftentimes, SaaS and Managed Services are presented as an either/or scenario. I can understand that kind of thinking since SaaS is an outsourced solution for software deployment and maintenance. To many business owners, this outsourced software doesn’t need any additional management. But businesses typically use a mix of proprietary software and SaaS, often with custom and legacy systems thrown in for good measure.

How Managed Services Can Help Your Budget

Managed Services Help Stabilize Your IT Budget Let me ask you a question. How much have you spent on IT in the past 12 months? If your total IT spending over the past year makes you a little uneasy, it might be because of unexpected IT expenses. Maybe your oldest computer finally gave up the ghost and you had to invest in

Managed Services – Remote Monitoring & Management

If your business uses a Managed Services Provider (MSP), the day-to-day security and functionality of your business systems can be less of a concern through their use of Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM). Put simply, RMM allows for 24/7 monitoring of your business systems, with an eye toward preventing issues and quick repair following events that threaten to disable your business.

How Managed Services Benefit Small Business

Before the advent of managed services, businesses without a dedicated IT staff often only addressed IT issues whenever something was broken and needed to be fixed. But as the technological landscape has evolved and issues such as data security and disaster recovery have become more and more important, businesses are recognizing that there is more to IT than just handling issues as they arise.

It’s Coming: SQL Server 2005 End of Life

If your business is using SQL Server 2005 to manage your business data, there is an event on the horizon that could leave your data vulnerable. On April 12, 2016, Microsoft will cease support for SQL Server 2005; as of today, you have roughly 60 days to migrate to a new Microsoft product before your business data becomes vulnerable. What is SQL

Cyber Security Best Practices

Most of us are content to view the nightly news as something that happens to “other people,” but the recent WannaCry ransomware attack proves that none of us is safe from cybercrime. Nowadays, it’s not the “big” attacks on large companies like Target or Anthem or Sony Pictures that are the biggest threats. Sure, these things may affect important personal information, but

Establishing a Hosted Environment for Multiple Locations

As a supplier of industrial bearings, chains, gaskets, and gears, Tri-State Bearing serves a wide range of businesses in eight locations. In order to better serve their customer base, Tri-State Bearing sought to improve connectivity between their eight locations and provide improved business continuity and disaster recovery by moving their technology into the cloud. Instead of upgrading hardware and infrastructure at each