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k_Street Consulting, LLC has been serving the Washington area since 2009, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Three Ways MSPs Help SMBs with IT Management

Three Ways MSPs Help SMBs with IT Management

IT is pivotal to the success of any business. Still, for small and medium-sized businesses, there might be limitations placed on the organization's potential resources to cover its needs. Outsourcing IT responsibilities to a managed service provider is a viable option for improving the odds of finding success with technology management for SMBs. Here’s what your business can stand to gain from working with an MSP.

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Combat Complacency with These Three Tips

Combat Complacency with These Three Tips

When it comes to your business, you want to achieve at least some level of satisfaction. Still, you should always strive to improve certain parts of your operations, like customer service or the services you provide in general. That said, let’s consider when you might think, “Enough is enough,” and when complacency might turn sour.

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Up Against a Deadline? Technology Can Help

Up Against a Deadline? Technology Can Help

Business can often be stressful with all the things that need to be considered. One of the most stressful situations workers face is when they face timelines. Projects need to meet the needs of customers, payroll has to be done, in fact there are very few situations a business faces where they don’t face some type of deadline or timeline. In this blog, we describe how technology can help businesses address timeline challenges:

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Consider Your Technology When Expanding

Consider Your Technology When Expanding

Opening a new location is an exciting event for any business, but it's not without a litany of difficult decisions to make. One thing is certain, challenges always emerge. One thing you can do is plan your technology needs strategically to avoid headaches in that arena. Today, we take a look at how to best get your new location outfitted with the technology it needs to succeed.

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The Right MSP Can Change Your Business for the Better

The Right MSP Can Change Your Business for the Better

Businesses that struggle with managing technology have a lot to gain by working with a managed service provider, or MSP. These providers are able to help businesses just like yours maintain and improve operations through the use of technology management tools and services. Here are three of the greatest benefits that working with an MSP can provide for businesses just like yours.

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Planning Technology Isn’t Always Easy

Planning Technology Isn’t Always Easy

Planning anything is always a grind, and trying to plan the best strategy when you have only a partial understanding of the subject can lead to a lot of waste. Business technology is one of those subjects. Not only do you need to identify what tech will be cost-effective, you need to get a pretty rapid return on the investment you plan to make. That’s why getting a professional perspective is so important in cases like this. 

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Not All Technology is Right for Your Business

Not All Technology is Right for Your Business

Technology is undeniably important for the future success of your business, but one thing that is continuously overlooked is if the technology that you bring is actually right for your business. Today, we will look at some of the technology that businesses use that can actually have a negative effect on your business’ effectiveness. 

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How to Waste Less Money on Printing

How to Waste Less Money on Printing

It’s very easy for printing to become a massive resource sink for your business, contributing to a considerable amount of waste. Businesses often take measures to lessen the amount of paper consumption in the workplace to help offset the cost of printing. Let’s look at some ways you can prevent printing from eating away at your profits.

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Experts Predict that the Hybrid Office Isn’t Going Anywhere

Experts Predict that the Hybrid Office Isn’t Going Anywhere

For reasons that we’re all too familiar with, the workplace changed drastically a few years ago when office workers everywhere suddenly found themselves thrust into remote work. As it turns out, a lot of them have liked being able to work remotely. That makes the efforts of a few outspoken companies to roll back remote work somewhat worrisome… but experts aren’t convinced these outliers represent the reality of the situation.

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How Even Small Issues Can Quickly Escalate Into Large Problems

How Even Small Issues Can Quickly Escalate Into Large Problems

Business continuity is a tricky beast, and one that is best fought with proactive and preventative measures. The reason for this is simple: any situation where your business’ data is put at risk could mean the end, and we are not catastrophizing when we say that. Let’s look at two issues that are only small problems at the surface level, but could snowball into serious problems.

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Video Games Could Hold Some Value to Certain Businesses

Video Games Could Hold Some Value to Certain Businesses

Video gaming holds a special place in society, with its staggering annual revenue of over $260 billion making it a global entertainment powerhouse. Despite this, many consider it the ultimate time sink. Consequently, few regard video games and interactive media as having any practical application in the business world. Today, we aim to challenge this belief by outlining how video games can actually benefit your business.

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Keeping Out In Front of Your Technology Can Make a Big Difference

Keeping Out In Front of Your Technology Can Make a Big Difference

Technology is not only essential to the well being of your business, it is also an element of your business that you have complete control over. This is rare. To get the most out of your business’ technology, you will want to adhere to a proactive management strategy. In this blog, we will talk about why staying proactive on your technology management can save your business substantial money. 

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Technology Can Save Your Business Considerable Capital Through Efficient Procedures

Technology Can Save Your Business Considerable Capital Through Efficient Procedures

The biggest problems that a business faces are the ones that drain your coffers and cost your business capital. Here are some technology solutions your company can implement to keep inefficiencies from costing your organization needlessly.

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Compliance with the FTC Safeguards Rule is Vital to Businesses

Compliance with the FTC Safeguards Rule is Vital to Businesses

In today’s interconnected world, an organization dedicated to fraud protection like the United States Federal Trade Commission is vital, especially when you consider how advanced digital technology has become and continues to grow. The FTC works to ensure consumer data stays protected by the businesses to which they entrust it. Let’s look at the Safeguards Rule and what your business should know about it.

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Next OS on the Chopping Block: Windows 10

Next OS on the Chopping Block: Windows 10

Windows 10 has been an integral part of many users' digital lives for several years. Microsoft has recently announced the end of support for Windows 10, however, which has raised concerns and questions among its many users. This week, we will delve into the details of Windows 10's end of support, its implications, and what steps you can take to ensure a smooth transition.

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4 Common Collaboration Security Mistakes (and How to Address Them)

4 Common Collaboration Security Mistakes (and How to Address Them)

The right collaboration tools can be game-changing for business, but only if they are appropriately configured and integrated with intention into your infrastructure. Today, we are bringing you four common mistakes that businesses make with their collaboration tool security that could hold you back from getting the most from our solutions.

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Five Common Employee Complaints

Five Common Employee Complaints

There are challenges that go with running any business. Some of the most common come from unhappy employees. If you understand some of the most common complaints that today’s worker may make, you can proactively ward against them and create a happier and more productive workplace. Let’s take a look at five of the most common employee complaints in today’s workplace and what you can do about them.

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Are Your Actions Contradicting Your Best Interests?

Are Your Actions Contradicting Your Best Interests?

It isn’t uncommon for businesses to engage in actions that seem to directly contradict their own best interests. This is called self-sabotage, and it can be a costly and extremely debilitating phenomenon for a business. Let’s go through some of the actions that may be holding your business back, even if you don’t realize it. 

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3 of the Biggest Challenges SMBs Face with Their Technology

3 of the Biggest Challenges SMBs Face with Their Technology

Your business might depend on technology, but if it’s not managed properly, this dependence can become a detriment. Small businesses in particular must be aware of several challenges specific to their technology infrastructures. Let’s examine three of the most common culprits for your company’s technological troubles and what you can do about them.

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Managed Services Mean More Savings for Your Business

Managed Services Mean More Savings for Your Business

Businesses that don’t leverage managed services for their technology infrastructure are leaving a lot of money on the table, but it’s not always easy to see until you break down what the solutions really do for you. In isolation, they might not seem valuable, but when combined, they save your business significant amounts of capital.

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Use the Eisenhower Matrix to Prioritize Tasks

Use the Eisenhower Matrix to Prioritize Tasks

If you have a to-do list a mile long, then you’ll need to develop a system to place priority on what truly matters and what could be put off until a bit later. Thankfully, you don’t have to develop a system from scratch, as one of the more interesting methods for tackling your to-do list has already been developed and inspired by a 1950s speech: the Eisenhower Matrix.

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Inject Some Flexible Bureaucracy to Help Your Struggling Processes

Inject Some Flexible Bureaucracy to Help Your Struggling Processes

If you want your business to grow, then you’re going to have to get used to dealing with complex problems that require complex solutions. You can implement technology to make solving these challenges easier, but at the same time, you want to be careful that the solutions you implement are not going to get in the way of productivity. Today, we want to discuss good old-fashioned bureaucracy, and how while you might not want to build it into your strategy, it will probably happen anyway.

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Imagine Never Having to Sit on Hold with a Technology Vendor Again

Imagine Never Having to Sit on Hold with a Technology Vendor Again

If your business works with many different vendors, then you know that your vendor management strategy can very much take on a life of its own and spiral out of control. The more time you spend working with vendors, the more time you’re not spending on the actual tasks associated with your job responsibilities. This means that you’re leaving a lot of wasted productivity and time on the table. We’re here to help you get the most out of managing your vendor relationships, as well as one secret that can help you get the most out of them.

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Hybrid Work is Working for a Lot of Businesses

Hybrid Work is Working for a Lot of Businesses

The challenges that remote work has presented employers for the past few years are being remedied, not by a full-scale return to the office, but with hybrid work strategies. These strategies promote both the return to the office and the retention of schedule flexibility for remote-capable workers. It is a compromise that is having eye-opening results. 

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Are Smartphones Productivity Tools or Distraction Disasters?

Are Smartphones Productivity Tools or Distraction Disasters?

We’ve all felt the momentary panic when we reach for our pocket to pull out our smartphone, only to realize that it’s not there. This panic is indicative of a deeper issue with how our society has become reliant on technology, so much so that we have miniature computers in our pockets at all times. Are you using your smartphone as a distraction tool or as a productivity tool? That’s what we’re trying to answer with today’s blog.

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Productivity Optimization Part Two - How It Can Be Measured

Productivity Optimization Part Two - How It Can Be Measured

Last week, we aimed our laser focus on productivity and how it can be defined for your organization. Now, we would like to examine how you can measure productivity for your business. Let’s discuss how you can track your productivity.

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Managing Your Staff Is Not as Easy as It Used to Be

Managing Your Staff Is Not as Easy as It Used to Be

With margins getting thinner for everyone, a lot of businesses have begun to outsource their human resources initiatives or cut them entirely. Unfortunately, for the business that has to slash their HR budget, situations can arise where issues turn into problems and if there is no one actively doing the HR job.

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Productivity Optimization Part One - Getting Started

Productivity Optimization Part One - Getting Started

Productivity will always be the primary goal for businesses, right alongside profits, although one thing does in fact lead to another in this case. To ensure your company runs efficiently, you need to understand just how productivity works and its relationship with what you put into your business. We’ll be using the next couple of weeks to take a closer look at the relationship between your business and its productivity.

First, let’s look at what productivity is, in its simplest and purest form.

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Your New Hires Need to Understand Their Role in Maintaining an Efficient and Secure Workplace

Your New Hires Need to Understand Their Role in Maintaining an Efficient and Secure Workplace

Every organization that uses technology has policies and procedures that dictate the way that the people that work there have to deal with the technology that they give them. When you hire new employees, you need to be able to get them to understand that they have a significant role to play in the way that the business operates. Let’s go through some of the considerations you need to explain to your new employees so they can better understand how to interact with business technology. 

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What You Need to Understand About Compliance

What You Need to Understand About Compliance

To meet compliance requirements for technology an organization will need to understand the regulations they operate under. New entrepreneurs may find it startling when they realize that they have a lot more people/organizations to answer to than they thought. This week, we aren’t going to go through individual regulations, but how IT generally fits into compliance and how not staying up to date can cost your business dearly.

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With Printer Companies Shutting Out 3rd Party Ink, You Need the Means to Acquire What You Need

With Printer Companies Shutting Out 3rd Party Ink, You Need the Means to Acquire What You Need

HP has been taking steps to disable any ink cartridges that they didn’t produce from working in their printers, much to the disapproval of users everywhere. Let’s go over what this means, both in terms of the backlash as well as what it means for your business.

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Shifting Your Company’s Spending Can Make a Big Difference

Shifting Your Company’s Spending Can Make a Big Difference

Managing money is important in every aspect of life. For the small business, it is typically a matter of maneuvering available cash around to make it work best for the organization’s needs. Today, there are plenty of options a business can choose from that can transfer resources that traditionally were typically acquired through major capital expenses and make them operational expenses, allowing your business to do more. 

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How to Use Technology to Bring In (and Retain) Talented Employees

How to Use Technology to Bring In (and Retain) Talented Employees

As helpful as technology is to optimizing what your business can accomplish, this kind of optimization relies equally on the people you have working there as well. This starts with hiring the right people, which means you first have to attract the right people. Let’s talk about how your business’ IT can help to make your business more appealing to talented potential applicants.

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You May Want to Reconsider Eliminating Remote Work

You May Want to Reconsider Eliminating Remote Work

Remote and hybrid work arrangements may have been greeted years ago with some amount of hesitancy, but it’s here to stay—at least in some capacity. Let’s go over what you need to know in order to take full advantage of the benefits brought about by remote and hybrid workplace flexibility.

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Properly Conducted Managed IT Services Bring Immense Value

Properly Conducted Managed IT Services Bring Immense Value

Even the most technology-literate of your average employees is not going to have the knowledge needed to manage and maintain your entire business infrastructure, and you shouldn’t expect them to, either. It takes a special kind of attention and training to manage complicated enterprise-level technology, but how can you make sure your business has access to these important resources?

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How to Adjust Your Budget in Response to Hard Times

How to Adjust Your Budget in Response to Hard Times

It’s never a good time to deal with budget cuts, and unfortunately, due to its large costs and investments, technology management, maintenance, and infrastructure are often a victim of them. Let’s go over how you can lessen or mitigate the hit you take when dealing with an IT budget cut.

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Are You Fruitlessly Throwing Money at Your IT?

Are You Fruitlessly Throwing Money at Your IT?

Technology is not cheap, especially not business technology that has features that the average user might not find much value in. To help you keep your business from investing in the wrong solutions or spending unnecessary capital on solutions you won’t find useful, we’ve put together some of the common places where businesses like yours might accidentally waste hard-earned funds.

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There’s No Reason Not to Switch to VoIP

There’s No Reason Not to Switch to VoIP

The telephone cemented itself as a valuable tool of business long ago, but the ways that businesses use these devices have changed over the years. Thanks to advancements in technology, telephones can still be used by businesses even today, albeit with some modern adjustments to stay competitive and useful. One of these telephony solutions is Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP for short.

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Automation Makes for Easier Work

Automation Makes for Easier Work

Everyone’s job has some degree of minutiae involved. Not everything can be exciting: I mean even a stuntman sits around for most of the day before his or her death-defying scene happens. This week, we thought we’d go through the importance of these seemingly rote tasks and how instituting technology that allows you to automate more of them can actually help a business accomplish a lot. 

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How Can You Make Hot Desking Work for Your Business?

How Can You Make Hot Desking Work for Your Business?

The idea of hot desking, or foregoing the traditional assigned workstation office organization method, is increasing in popularity, and for good reason. There might be several pros and cons to it, but people are generally finding that the benefits outweigh the costs. Let’s go over how you can implement hot desking to save money and improve operations.

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Hybrid Work Has Led to a Decrease in Necessary Office Space

Hybrid Work Has Led to a Decrease in Necessary Office Space

With the COVID pandemic still affecting businesses all over the world, many are still considering remote and hybrid work operations. In fact, there are many employees who have yet to step back into the workplace in any capacity, meaning that workspaces previously well-populated are being underutilized.

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You Need to Address Risks Head On

You Need to Address Risks Head On

Nowadays, there seems to be risks at every turn that can negatively impact your business. Obviously, some are more concerning than others, but ultimately you need to find solutions to every problem you have to ensure that it can run routinely, let alone efficiently. Let’s take a look at some of the risks the average small business faces and what technology can do to help you circumvent these particular issues. 

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IT Consulting Brings Loads of Benefits to Your Business

IT Consulting Brings Loads of Benefits to Your Business

IT consulting is one of the most valuable skills you can bring into the fold for your business. Yet, many business owners are not privy to the details of how it works and why. Simply the act of talking to a professional about something can save you countless headaches along the way. Let’s discuss some of the ways your business benefits from a consultant.

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Let’s Take a Look at 2023’s Business Trends

Let’s Take a Look at 2023’s Business Trends

With 2023 sneaking up on us, you’ll need to consider the many challenges that businesses will face as we move into the new year. Many of these challenges can be remedied simply by implementing the right technology solutions, too!

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Our Experience Means Substantial Benefits for You and Your Business

Our Experience Means Substantial Benefits for You and Your Business

Let me ask you a question: if you had a toilet that needed repairing, would you rather trust a plumber with a few decades of experience or a toddler that had just (mostly) learned how to use the toilet?

That’s what we thought… but when it comes to your business’ technology, finding someone with experience can be a bit more challenging. Let’s discuss the way that the right IT management produces improved business outcomes.

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Hybrid Work Practices Can Stifle Inclusivity, If You Aren’t Careful

Hybrid Work Practices Can Stifle Inclusivity, If You Aren’t Careful

With plenty of benefits to be had from both in-house and remote operations, many companies have been working to take advantage of a hybrid approach to business. While this approach has proven greatly beneficial to businesses in assorted ways, there are a few drawbacks that need to be addressed. One major one: a lack of inclusivity.

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Boost Your Business’ Confidence with Iron-Clad IT

Boost Your Business’ Confidence with Iron-Clad IT

Businesses have a lot of troubles to manage, one of which is their technology breaking down and interrupting their operations. You have options to ensure these circumstances do not influence your operations to the degree they once may have. Let’s discuss some of the ways you can address malfunctioning IT before it impacts your productivity.

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How You Can Help Keep Your Employees Healthy in the Workplace?

How You Can Help Keep Your Employees Healthy in the Workplace?

Looking back at the past few years, it’s little wonder that many people have become more concerned about their health—particularly when it comes to the workplace and spending extended amounts of time in the vicinity of other people. This makes it important that you do everything you can to make your workplace a healthier and safer-feeling place to work… but how?

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How a Small Business Can Benefit from a Customer Relationship Management Platform

How a Small Business Can Benefit from a Customer Relationship Management Platform

While it can be too easy to assume that specialized software, like customer relationship management (CRM) software is reserved exclusively for massive companies, there are a lot of benefits that small businesses can see from using it. Let’s take a look at some of these benefits now.

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Taking Advantage of Prime Day? What To Do With Your Old Technology

Taking Advantage of Prime Day? What To Do With Your Old Technology

In the post Prime Day space, you might realize that you have purchased quite a few consumer electronics from the web retailer, and if you did, we hope you found some great deals that you can write home about. But before you throw out your old devices in favor of the new, we urge you to think about the approach you are going to take, as improper recycling and disposal of devices could have negative effects on both the environment and your personal data.

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Why a Creative IT Team is an Asset to Seek Out

Why a Creative IT Team is an Asset to Seek Out

If you work with technology, then you are likely to have a good idea of what innovation is and isn’t. Innovation is born from creativity, and while it’s not often associated with business IT, there is something to be said for how technology professionals solve problems in a creative fashion, solving problems with solutions available either in-house or on the market. Today, we are focusing on how this creativity can be an asset and how you can foster creative thought in your office.

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Are Tensions High at Your Business? How to Get Relief

Are Tensions High at Your Business? How to Get Relief

There are countless stressors that must be taken into consideration for your business, but there are two that stand out as chiefly important during the workday: digital/workplace friction and interpersonal friction. What can you do to help make them less of a problem for your employees?

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Know How Much is Needed to Ensure Your Business’ IT

Know How Much is Needed to Ensure Your Business’ IT

It’s fair to say that, across the board, times have been particularly tough as of late for businesses. On top of businesses having to fight through the socioeconomic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the supply chain issues, they also have to juggle more data than ever.

In short, businesses need reliable and cost-effective ways to manage their critical technologies.

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Is Innovation Slowing to a Point of Concern?

Is Innovation Slowing to a Point of Concern?

Innovation is a driving force behind business, and it has been for essentially the entirety of human existence. The pandemic has brought about an era where businesses are producing solutions that have many new features, but these features don’t necessarily enhance or add anything to the customer experience. Let’s examine how this desire to stay profitable flies in the face of true innovation and doesn’t provide useful or practical products to consumers.

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The Right Backup Practices Could Be What Saves Your Business

The Right Backup Practices Could Be What Saves Your Business

How seriously does your business take data backup and disaster recovery? You might not be able to predict the future or what might occur, but you can at least prepare for it to mitigate the damage it could potentially bring about. Today, we want to share some of the best practices you can implement to combat even the worst disaster scenarios your organization might encounter.

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4 Steps to Improve Your IT Decisions

4 Steps to Improve Your IT Decisions

Businesses are rarely successful without the ones steering the ship having the ability to make great decisions. Whether it’s managing your workforce, supporting your customers, or procuring the right equipment to best facilitate productivity, good decision making will be at the heart of any organization’s success. Let’s examine how you can make better decisions as they pertain to your technology solutions.

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Have You Planned Your Business’ Technology Refresh Schedule?

Have You Planned Your Business’ Technology Refresh Schedule?

Businesses that utilize technology often try to make it last as long as possible to avoid the costs of overhauling their entire infrastructure. This can cause a lot of damage in the long term, though, especially if this practice leads to keeping technology longer than necessary. Let’s examine some of the variables that go into technology refreshes and how you can know when it’s time to do so.

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Doing These Three Things Can Help You Control Your Printing Costs

Doing These Three Things Can Help You Control Your Printing Costs

If your business is trying to limit costs, then printing should be one of the first things you look at. Paper documents have historically been important for businesses, but they take up a ton of space in the office and are incredibly difficult to regulate effectively. Let’s go over how you can decrease the resources you spend on printing and maximize efficiency elsewhere in your paper practices.

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Technology for the Modern Law Practice

Technology for the Modern Law Practice

It’s important that attorneys have access to the important information and tools needed to enable them to do their jobs. When they can do so easily, they are able to bring in more revenue, take on more clients, and provide better services to their clientele. What kinds of technology do lawyers need to improve their practices?

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The Keys to Remote Worker Productivity

The Keys to Remote Worker Productivity

Remote work has only grown more popular with time, to the point where it is now common for employers to offer it in some capacity. While the pandemic may have expedited this shift, it is clear that remote work has become a new normal in some industries. Today, we thought we would address one of the hot-button issues about remote work: keeping your staff engaged and productive.

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Businesses are Feeling the Impact of Supply Chain Issues

Businesses are Feeling the Impact of Supply Chain Issues

The pandemic forced businesses to reexamine the way that they operate, but even though the pandemic is, unfortunately, still ongoing, many have returned to conducting business as usual like they did before it began. One part of business that will not return to normal anytime soon is the supply chain, as these issues will likely persist into the future.

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Remote Collaboration is More than a 9-to-5 Gig

Remote Collaboration is More than a 9-to-5 Gig

Businesses are different than ever before and that means that their employees have to do things differently. What do we mean by this? Well, as companies have been toying with the notion of removing the restraints of traditional work and allowing a larger percentage of their staff to work remotely, it changes the strategies somewhat. Today, we’ll identify a couple of ways remote teams need to lean on their technology and two steps you can take to get significant contributions from collaborative platforms. 

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How to Prepare to Outlast a Data Disaster

How to Prepare to Outlast a Data Disaster

When your business experiences a significant disruption, a disaster recovery plan is critical to getting back to normal. Some disasters are the result of external threats, while others come about from internal problems with your company’s operations. Here are some things you should consider when looking into potential disaster recovery solutions to help you get through a data disaster.

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3 Strategies to Help Stretch Your Technology Budget

3 Strategies to Help Stretch Your Technology Budget

When you run a business you have so many variables to balance and so little time to do so that technology inevitably becomes an essential cog in your ability to manage everything. Unfortunately, technology isn’t cheap and the technology that you think you need may not be a viable purchase this year. Today, we thought it would be good to identify three strategies that can help you save money, while also getting the benefits that technology brings. 

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What Could a More Remote Future Potentially Look Like?

What Could a More Remote Future Potentially Look Like?

Widespread remote work is a relatively new method of operations for most businesses, but even with the limited amount of time it has been in play, the benefits it contributes have been made abundantly clear. Working on the assumption that remote work won’t be abandoned as quickly as it was adopted and instead may see some growth, let’s hypothesize what impacts it could bring to society as a whole.

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Hardware Shortages are Having a Major Effect on Future IT Plans

Hardware Shortages are Having a Major Effect on Future IT Plans

If you have tried to replace any hardware over the past couple years, chances are you were either met with significant disappointment or a hefty price tag. There is currently a hardware shortage—particularly for business electronics—and the entire business technology industry is reeling from it. If your organization depends on technology, as many do, you need to understand how this shortage could impact your day-to-day operations.

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Planning for the Worst is Key to Achieving the Best Outcome

Planning for the Worst is Key to Achieving the Best Outcome

Look, nobody likes picturing the worst-case scenario that could befall their business—even doing so might feel a bit like memorizing a divorce attorney's number as you write your wedding vows. However, failing to have some strategy in place could very well lead to your business’ downfall. What does it take to properly plan and prepare for the possibility of a disaster, and the associated recovery you’ll have to undergo?

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Here are Some of the Most Popular Technology Resolutions for 2022

Here are Some of the Most Popular Technology Resolutions for 2022

With every new year comes new resolutions designed to help you defeat bad habits and bring better ones into your organization. Here are a couple of resolutions you can adopt for your business, particularly in terms of technology management and IT.

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Knowledge Workers and How they Fit Into the Remote Workplace

Knowledge Workers and How they Fit Into the Remote Workplace

You might think that remote work for specific positions is taking off, and while this is true for some, it’s not necessarily the case for all. Knowledge workers, for example, are seeing fewer and fewer new job postings, as evidenced by a report from Braintrust. This report analyzed 150,000 new job postings and had some surprising results on the remote work front.

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Checking In on Windows 11 Adoption

Checking In on Windows 11 Adoption

Has your business implemented the next iteration of the Windows operating system yet, Windows 11? If not, you’re not alone; adoption has been progressing at a snail’s pace, and according to industry professionals, it’s not going to ramp up for quite some time. Still, recent surveys and polls indicate that Windows 11 adoption is far lower than expected, and there is even some discrepancy between reports.

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Businesses Need to Focus on Security with Remote Workers

Businesses Need to Focus on Security with Remote Workers

There are plenty of companies that have implemented remote work policies to combat the isolation forced upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some businesses even had to resort to downsizing or shutting their doors completely because they could not adapt to these circumstances. Today, as we enter 2022, we thought we would take a look at the role security plays in an effective remote work policy.

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Procuring the Right Hardware Can Be a Difficult Process

Procuring the Right Hardware Can Be a Difficult Process

A time may come when your business needs new hardware, so you will have to make the best and most educated decisions when it’s time to do so. This process can be difficult without the help of your resident tech professional, though. Maybe we can give you a hand!

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Avoiding Network Bottlenecks Can Help Your Business Be More Productive

Avoiding Network Bottlenecks Can Help Your Business Be More Productive

As time passes and your business accomplishes great things, you might find yourself in positions where your network cannot handle its normal everyday workload. When there is so much network traffic and data transference, it can be difficult to identify where and why this slowdown occurs. What is a network bottleneck, and how can you resolve this issue?

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What are the Pros and Cons of a “Workation?”

What are the Pros and Cons of a “Workation?”

Remote work has become more legitimate than ever before to the point that people can now work effectively anywhere and not just their homes. This brings up an interesting question, however, as this trend means that one could effectively work while they’re on a vacation. 

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You Shouldn’t Let Opportunity Cost Dictate Your Path Forward

You Shouldn’t Let Opportunity Cost Dictate Your Path Forward

Have you ever felt the anxiety of missing out on something for no real logical reason? This fear, also known as the “fear of missing out,” (or FOMO) is applicable not just in social situations, but in the business and professional world as well. The concept might seem rather juvenile in nature, but it is a very real thing that can influence your actions… and not always in a positive way.

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Employers and Employees are Split on Returning to the Office

Employers and Employees are Split on Returning to the Office

Let me ask you a question: if you haven’t already gone back to the office full-time, are you looking forward to the opportunity? Research has shown that your answer probably depends quite strongly on whether you are the boss or the employee. Let’s explore this phenomenon.

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Managed IT Makes Technology Maintenance a Priority

Managed IT Makes Technology Maintenance a Priority

You should never settle for less than the best, especially with your business’ technology solutions. Unfortunately, this part of any company’s operations can be so stressful to manage that people often push IT maintenance to the wayside. So, if your company is not performing maintenance on its technology, how can it remain functional? It’s all about finding someone with the right skill set to manage your technology, something that is easier said than done.

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How a Virtual CIO Can Change Your Business for the Better

How a Virtual CIO Can Change Your Business for the Better

We often talk about how some businesses do not have the budget to hire technicians to perform regular maintenance on their IT infrastructures, but what about the one behind the scenes calling all the shots? If companies cannot hire technicians, then it stands to reason that they also cannot afford someone at the executive level who manages their workload. The concept of the virtual chief information officer, or virtual CIO, challenges this notion by providing access to technology leadership for small businesses.

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Read This to Learn How Technology Can Help You Build a Better Business

Read This to Learn How Technology Can Help You Build a Better Business

With so much competition in business today, it’s no surprise that companies are always looking for the next big thing to get ahead. One way these companies can improve operations and kick their businesses up a notch is through the use of the right technology. With the right IT on your side, you can make a significant difference between yourself and others in your chosen industry.

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3 Ways to Keep Your Business Secure When Employees Leave

3 Ways to Keep Your Business Secure When Employees Leave

Turnover happens in the business world. It’s just a matter of when and how often it happens, as well as how your organization responds to it. If your company fails to address certain parts of the turnover process, it could have negative consequences that must be addressed. We’ve put together three ways that you can be sure former employees do not cause you trouble when they leave, particularly in regards to staffing and cybersecurity.

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A Simple 3-Step Process for Implementing New Business Technology

A Simple 3-Step Process for Implementing New Business Technology

Technology has always been ingrained in the operations of businesses to an extent, but it was only recently (in the grand scheme of things) that standard business technology such as desktops, server units, and other computing hardware really started to take off. That said, it’s now a staple, so your organization should be making informed decisions regarding any new hardware that you implement.

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4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Point of Sale System

4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Point of Sale System

For many small businesses, the Point of Sale (POS) system is the main workstation. As a result, many of your business’ core processes run through it. If you aren’t taking advantage of some of the built-in features that most POS systems can provide, you may be leaving dollars on the table. 

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4 IT Errors Every Small Business Needs to Avoid

4 IT Errors Every Small Business Needs to Avoid

Technology is often a source of struggle for small businesses, usually for one of two reasons. Either the strong IT leadership needed isn’t there, or there aren’t enough resources to support the level of IT management and maintenance that businesses need. Of course, there are other mistakes that can easily be made when it comes to a business’ technology management.

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Shocking Study on the Work Week Suggests Shorter is Better

Shocking Study on the Work Week Suggests Shorter is Better

Many critics of a shorter work week believe that cutting the number of hours worked throughout the workday or work week could potentially lead to a decrease in productivity, but a new study from Iceland suggests that this simply is not reality. This study suggests that productivity should no longer be a cause for concern when it comes to a shorter work week, as its astounding results show what really happens when you reduce the number of hours worked without reducing pay.

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A Knowledge Base System Is a Great Tool to Streamline Operations

A Knowledge Base System Is a Great Tool to Streamline Operations

If your business wants to improve operations, one way it can do so is with an in-depth knowledge base that encompasses its policies and procedures for anyone who might work for you or take advantage of your services. Businesses that are well-documented have a much easier time when it comes to onboarding new talent, and with a thorough enough knowledge base, customers and vendors will have an easier time working with you, too. Today we are discussing the different types of knowledge base systems and why they might be a good fit for your business model.

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How Can a Business Be Impacted by Unpatched Software?

How Can a Business Be Impacted by Unpatched Software?

It’s no secret that software often does not work as intended. Developers frequently discover bugs and patch them out. The same can be said for security vulnerabilities. Despite the importance of these updates, small businesses often fail to implement these patches and updates in a timely manner, a practice which can lead to more problems down the road.

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Building a Solid Continuity Strategy Pays Dividends

Building a Solid Continuity Strategy Pays Dividends

Business continuity is difficult to talk about for some business owners, specifically because no one likes to talk about the worst case scenario. What would you do if your business were to suddenly go through a disaster? Do you have a plan in place? If not, let’s talk about that. Here are some aspects of business continuity that you must consider. Remember; your company’s future depends on it!

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Why Consistency is Critical to Your Position as Business Leader

Why Consistency is Critical to Your Position as Business Leader

From an employee’s perspective, one of the most frustrating issues that could be present in the workplace is leadership that proves to be inconsistent. This lack of managerial consistency can wind up causing some serious problems and is often demonstrated through a variety of repeated behaviors.

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Working from Home is a Mixed Bag for Parents

Working from Home is a Mixed Bag for Parents

For all its benefits, remote work can introduce plenty of complications. These complications can easily make employees question a lot of things about their careers, including whether or not they should continue working for the same company they have been. This has been particularly the case amongst workers with children also in the home.

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Five Solutions to Simplify Remote Work Strategies

Five Solutions to Simplify Remote Work Strategies

Working from home adds quite a few additional wrinkles into the workday, including a few that pertain to your team’s communicative capabilities. With many different people operating at their best through different forms of communication, establishing which of these forms best suits your needs is crucial. Let us consider some of the options you have, whether you’re fully investing in a future of remote operations, or simply planning a more hybrid approach as time passes.

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The SMB’s Checklist for Necessary IT Services

The SMB’s Checklist for Necessary IT Services

Managed IT services have grown from a niche offering to a well-known concept in recent years, with many businesses already relying on outsourced IT services to some degree. In many ways, this only makes sense, as it allows businesses to enjoy access to services that would otherwise cost too much for them to independently adopt and support.

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Going Over the Basics of Collaboration Solutions

Going Over the Basics of Collaboration Solutions

With businesses depending on technology more now than ever, it stands to reason that the collaboration solutions that are available would improve as demand increases. Today’s business needs a collaboration solution that allows them to communicate, manage tasks, and be a reliable solution for teams separated by more than just a wall. Let’s take a look at the modern collaboration tool and how they provide powerful benefits for the modern business.

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Look How Much the Internet has Changed

Look How Much the Internet has Changed

When the Internet was established, it was a marvel. Now people could move information across the world in a matter of seconds. This is why the term “world wide web” was coined. Nowadays, there are literally billions of users on the Internet and the rules have had to be changed. This has some online services in conflict with government regulations and has an impact on how users are able to use the Internet. Let’s look at a couple of examples. 

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Artificial Intelligence and the Tools Designed to Improve Business

Artificial Intelligence and the Tools Designed to Improve Business

AI has been one of the leading innovative topics to hit the technology world over the past couple of years. At first, people thought that AI was only the process of creating machines that will inevitably destroy the human race, and didn’t understand that algorithmic machine learning could have stark benefits for business and society. Today, AI can be found in all types of different pieces of software. Let’s take a look at a couple of ways AI is currently being used in business.

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2021 is Poised to Hold Some Big IT Challenges to Overcome

2021 is Poised to Hold Some Big IT Challenges to Overcome

Considering that 2020 was… less than great for many businesses, it should come as no surprise that there will likely be difficulties that carry on for some time into 2021. Naturally, these difficulties will require some new ideas and fresh thinking to properly resolve, as well as an openness to adopting innovative technologies. Let’s look ahead to some of the IT challenges we anticipate that 2021 will hold for businesses.

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Lessons to Learn From Lego’s IT Development

Lessons to Learn From Lego’s IT Development

Businesses of all sizes have been able to successfully overcome operational challenges by rethinking and adapting the technology they utilize. Let’s consider a huge example and look at what The Lego Group (as in the building blocks) has done to address some of their technological challenges with improved solutions—as well as how your business can do the same.

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Is 2021 the Year Your Business Embraces VoIP? (It Should Be)

Is 2021 the Year Your Business Embraces VoIP? (It Should Be)

Since its widespread adoption, the telephone has proved to be a hugely beneficial tool for businesses of all kinds… despite the considerable costs that it can incur. Fortunately for your business’ budget, however, there is a far more cost-effective means for you to enjoy the benefits of telephony: VoIP, short for Voice over Internet Protocol. Let’s go over some of the reasons why VoIP is just a better option for any business.

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Where MSP Services Come From

Where MSP Services Come From

For most people, the term tech support is pretty self-explanatory. The terms managed services and MSP… not so much. Let’s go over what makes managed services and what we do as a managed service provider so different from the IT support you may be used to. To start, we’ll review where the idea of an MSP came from, and end with what one like us can do for you.

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How Managed Services Developed into What They Are

How Managed Services Developed into What They Are

When you see that we offer tech support, you almost certainly have an idea of what that means. However, upon hearing about our typical service delivery for the first time, many people are really surprised by how different our services—as a managed service provider—are. These differences are not an accident. Let’s go back in time a little while to explore how managed services came about, and what difference they could make for you.

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Improving Your Backup Strategy Doesn’t Have to Hurt the Bottom Line

Improving Your Backup Strategy Doesn’t Have to Hurt the Bottom Line

If you are a regular visitor to our blog, you know just how important we think data backup is for any business that relies on data. If your business stores and creates data, you need to have a backup strategy in place. It’s that simple. Today, we want to discuss how to improve your data backup strategies with a BDR.

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