COVID-19 has every business on edge and looking for ways to cut some costs without directly affecting their ability to put out the product or service that their customers expect. When you begin to look at your IT, and try to establish what your IT support costs are, you may find that you are paying a lot more than you might like to keep your business’ IT running right. This is where managed IT services come in.
Bad things happen. If your business fails to plan for the worst, when something terrible does happen, you could be looking at disaster. If you have a comprehensive continuity plan in place, however, you have a fighting chance. Let’s discuss some of the elements you absolutely need to address when making your business’ continuity plan.
Small business owners are always on the lookout for that “special something” that will bring added value to their offering. In 2020, with COVID-19 sticking around, it has been difficult for businesses to commit to any new investments. To keep revenue coming in, a lot of businesses have been forced into allowing their staff to work remotely. To make this work, many have rolled out VPN for their business, but seemingly like everything else, there are very serious risks about leaning too heavily on your VPN. Let’s take a look at some of these risks.
We’ve all been affected one way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses have been some of the hardest hit, as many were not deemed to be essential and were forced to close. Some were able to work from home. Regardless of what your pandemic strategy was, businesses are opening for business, and we thought it would be a great opportunity to discuss what to expect from your staff during this confusing time.
Think of how easy it is to trick a human. Entire industries are centered around it. Just think about the flashy magazines at the checkout counter promising us perfect summer bodies if we just follow Channing Tatum’s simple 30-step breakfast routine. These magazines sell. They wouldn’t exist if they didn’t work. Phishing works for hackers, and it works extremely well, and they are constantly making it harder to not get tricked.
If you were to mention the term “smartphone addiction” to an incoming college freshmen (if you could get their attention), it would either illicit laughter or they would scoff at the notion that it is possible. We live in mobile times, and as a result, most of us actively use a smartphone. That’s not to say that most people are addicted to their device. This month, we wanted to look at the phenomenon that is smartphone addiction and take a look at its effects.
With half of 2020 behind us, I think it is fair to say that 2020 has turned out to be a pretty sucky year for everyone. Business owners are now concerned about how they are spending, and different means to avoid procedural interruptions. One issue that all businesses should be aware of—and act to mitigate—is the loss of data that can cause these interruptions.
If there is one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is that a person’s environment may not have as big of an effect on productivity as we once thought. That said, many businesses that were forced to disperse their workforces as stay-at-home orders were put in place, have seen their overall productivity drop by about one percent (depending on who you ask), which considering all the variables is a win for any business that needed to go that route. In fact, some employees are so much more productive than they are at the office that now that many businesses can reopen, there is a decision to be made. This month we thought we’d talk about how crucial your productivity figures are to your business and how it may have an effect on your management style moving forward.
With a few notable exceptions, businesses today are largely in a holding pattern, waiting for the time to come when their operations can resume in full force. When the time comes to do so, however, there are likely to be some growing pains as everyone settles back into their old processes and operations. To help minimize these impacts, we recommend spending this time to improve your business communications.
Over the past couple of months millions of people have been working from home. Those who have, may or may not have had a dedicated space to work from in their residences. If you haven’t gotten around to creating a home office space for yourself and still work from the kitchen table, you’re in luck. Today, we take a look at what makes a modern office built for productivity.
Despite stay-at-home orders and general social distancing policies currently making the workday that we are used to impossible to sustain, many businesses have found that cloud services have helped them to adjust. Let’s review what cloud services are available right now, and how exactly they can help many businesses operate.
With more people working from home recently because of the COVID-19 outbreak, remote communication options are being leveraged to keep people on the same page and businesses running effectively. One of those options is video conferencing, and it is helping many people get a semblance of normalcy in a time when things couldn’t be less normal.
When looking at phone systems for your business, you will immediately notice that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is more affordable. Gaining extra capital is always nice, but if the VoIP system doesn’t provide the necessary features, what’s the point in switching, right? Lets take a look at some of the benefits VoIP can bring your company.
The COVID-19 outbreak has put a lot of pressure on small businesses. In fact, many have been forced to close down operations until the situation ends. For those that are able to keep operations up and running there are likely to be some difficult decisions that will have to be made. We’re here to help by offering comprehensive IT support and services that will help keep your business up and running efficiently and securely at a time when many of your competitors might be closing their doors.
Protecting your online accounts, your data, and your customers’ information is now more important than ever. Industry and state-mandated compliances are now forcing businesses to tighten their cybersecurity, and it’s critical that every human being on the Internet take their own personal security seriously. This guide is designed to provide the best practices for strong passwords.
Businesses are looking to technology more than ever in a constant attempt to improve productivity and efficiency. One problem that some businesses face is that their staff isn’t exactly technologically savvy, making them difficult to communicate with about technical concepts. This month, we aim to help you do a better job of communicating with those workers who don’t know much about technology.
The establishment of Wi-Fi as a tool has been revolutionary for society. With mobile carriers instituting data caps, and more people using mobile devices to access the ever-increasing ecosystem of content, Wi-Fi hotspots have become more than just useful tools, they have become a staple for businesses and individuals from all over the world.
Productivity improves as time management improves. It seems like a simple notion, but if you aren’t deliberate about managing your time, there isn’t much positive movement that is going to be had in the productivity meter. This month, we thought we would help you by giving you a few strategies that will work to improve your employees’ productivity.
With technology becoming more and more important to the success of your business, it becomes crucial that your staff gets reliable technology that will effectively run the programs they need, while giving them the level of mobility their position demands. This month we thought we’d take a look at the myriad of computing options that the modern business has when it’s looking to buy computers for its staff.