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The Right Remote Back-Up Option For You

9/20/2012
We’ve discussed the importance of backing up your business data, as well as 10 things to look for in a remote back-up provider, but now its time to discuss the best back-up approach for your organization. First, and most important, you can start to develop a back-up strategy to meet your company’s needs by asking the following important questions:   Are you backing up your entire operating system or just “mission critical” items? Some examples of these “mission critical” items include employee records, financial records, confidential documents, and databases. This answer determines how much data you need to back-up and...Read more...

Outsourced IT Partners Offer More Than Just Hardware

8/13/2012
Are you a growing small business?   There are lots of things to think about as your company grows. You’ll need to bring in more employees to handle the workload. You’ll need to start thinking about investing in growth areas of the business and that means thinking about computer hardware.   Outsourced IT partners can help with your computer needs. It’s not always easy to know what to purchase for employees so having help can make a difference. Having someone that is familiar with what businesses need for computer hardware can save you money in the long run while also...Read more...

The Best Type of IT Support is Proactive

8/7/2012
Most business owners want nothing to do with IT.   When computers have issues we want to get things solved as soon as possible. The longer computers are down the longer you and those in your business have to go without operating. It cuts into production and efficiency and can lead to lost money.   The best IT partner takes a proactive approach. When you look for an IT partner to help with your business make sure they have a proactive plan in place to make sure your business is protected because issues will occur with computers, software and the...Read more...

The Cost of Data Loss

8/3/2012
Yesterday we discussed the cost of computer downtime.   This relates mostly to the people working in your business. When computers are down there is a loss of productivity and potentially more far reaching issues depending on what those employees do in your company.   Today we’re taking the discussion to the next level and discussing the cost of data loss.   We’ve discussed data and backup before:   Your Company Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan The Importance of Backing Up Your Business Data How to Bulletproof Your Data Disaster Recovery   Today we’re adjusting the focus to money. We’re...Read more...

The Cost of Computer Downtime

8/2/2012
As a business owner it’s important to understand the cost of just about everything.   When a computer in your office is down there is a cost. You know this and you’ve probably wondered just how much that downtime costs you and your business.   In a world where profit matters most there are a few keys to understanding what the cost of computer downtime is and how you can avoid it. When things are up and running everything is great, but when things go wrong it really brings the business down.   The Cost of Downtime   While costs...Read more...

How to Automate Backups for Every Business Device

7/19/2012
The cloud has been the topic of many recent posts:   How Secure is Data in the Cloud? How to Secure File Sharing in the Cloud How to Avoid Issues with Cloud Outages Addressing the Amazon Cloud Outage Issue How to Move Your Small Business to the Cloud   Today we’re going into more detail about the cloud with emphasis on backing up.   Now, there is probably a backup solution already in place at your company. You probably even have a backup plan for your personal computer. It’s important to backup all the files, photos, and contacts for each...Read more...

The Most Overlooked Item in Disaster Recovery

7/10/2012
Prevention?   No. That’s not what we’re going to cover here. We don’t want to give you the same old lecture about being prepared for disaster recovery. If you care about your business it’s important to prepare, but as your business grows and goes about its day to date operations things get left on the sideline.   If something hasn’t happened there is really no need to worry. Even if you’ve seen your fellow business folks suffer with disasters in the past there is really nothing you can do to fully prepare for a disaster. Once your data is gone...Read more...

How to Educate Employees About IT Security Issues

6/29/2012
IT security training can be tricky.   You’ve probably seen the lame security slideshows and videos used at companies aimed to educate employees on the potential security threats of passwords, downloads, etc. These overviews can get boring and most employees might just go through the motions instead of considering the consequences of security issues.   Employees are children. You know this. It’s all right to treat employees like they are smart and educated people when presenting IT security issues.   Here is a way to educate your employees regarding IT security issues.   Speak to Small Groups or Individuals –...Read more...

What to do When IT Disaster Strikes

6/22/2012
You know the feeling.   The folder you were just working in no longer appears. You take a breath and hold it for what feels like an hour. Your mind races in a million different directions contemplating the worst possible scenarios.   If you have worked with computers for even a few years you have probably gone through an IT disaster. Files get lost or deleted. They could have been hacked. They could have been accidentally erased from existence. There is quite a bit that can go wrong in the computer and IT world.   For businesses this is scary....Read more...

The Issue of Software Support for Small Businesses

6/7/2012
Does your business struggle with IT issues like failing computers, lack of server capacity and other computer and software related issues?   You’re not alone.   Thousands of small businesses are in a continuous battle to handle the IT situations that arise throughout the regular workweek. One day it could be the Internet connection. The next day it could be a loss of all data and saved information.   There is always the threat of something going wrong in the IT world. The dangers of not being prepared with the right kind of support include loss of production and loss...Read more...

10 Virtual Desktop Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

5/30/2012
We’ve previously discussed desktop virtualization and some of the myths surrounding it, but something that is not a myth is that more and more companies and switching to it. Whether they choose a VDI, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or IDV, Intelligent Desktop Virtualization; environment, the benefits of efficiency, cost savings, and productivity are leading them into this new world. If you are in the process of adding desktop virtualization to your cloud computing strategy, it is important that you take a look at the following top virtual desktop mistakes so you can avoid them at all cost. 10 Virtual Desktop Mistakes...Read more...

The Importance of Backing up Your Business Data

5/16/2012
Your business’s data is one of the most important assets you have and should be treated as such.   According to a 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey by Symantec, most companies, while at risk for losing that valuable data via disaster or other, are not backing up their data consistently! Only half of those companies surveyed back-up at least 60 percent of their data, and less than half back-up their data weekly or more frequently. Only 23 percent back-up their data daily, and key data isn’t always backed up! That is absolutely shocking to me. Also, of those businesses surveyed,...Read more...

Dealing with an IT Disaster

5/10/2012
Disasters don’t discriminate.   They can happen to anyone and an IT disaster just happened to you and your business. Are you prepared for the recovery? Almost 90 percent of small and mid-sized businesses have inadequate or outdated data disaster recovery plans! Are you one of them? According to Wikipedia, disaster recovery is defined as the process, policies and procedures related to preparing for recovery or continuation of technology infrastructure critical to an organization after a natural or human-induceddisaster. Disaster recovery is a subset of business continuity. While business continuity involves planning for keeping all aspects of a business functioning...Read more...

Smartphones: Keeping Your Information Safe

5/7/2012
Often when we talk about IT security, we automatically assume computers, Internet, firewalls … but, at what point do we look at smartphones?   49 percent of small business owners are using smartphones, and that number is increasing rapidly. Smartphones are being used to access company email, Intranets, websites, and more. They make it easy to work on-the-go thus increasing productivity and efficiency. The benefits are endless, but so are the risks. What happens when one employee buys a new smart phone and connects it to his or her work email?   Symantec did a study, more like a social...Read more...

Your Company Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan

4/24/2012
What would your company do if you lost all of your data?   How could you survive?   Even though data is one of your most important assets, almost 90 percent of small and mid-sized businesses have inadequate or outdated data disaster recovery plans! How can that be?   According to a 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey by Symantec, most companies, while at risk, are still not making disaster preparedness a priority until they experience a data loss or a disaster. And those disasters have an enormous financial impact — often to the tune of $12,500 per day — in...Read more...

4 Things to Consider Before Choosing a Virtual IT Department

4/18/2012
Technology plays a vital role in today’s businesses with computers usually being the backbone of your business to make it run smoothly.   If you have a computer issue, sometimes you can be down for days, which can completely ruin a business’s credibility or at least lose a lot of money for them. It could be that you have so many different software components to juggle that you simply can’t keep up. It has become too complex and that is pretty standard for most businesses these days. An article by ComputerWeekly.com, pointed out that complexity alone is costing businesses 10...Read more...

10 Things to Look For In a Remote Backup Provider

3/20/2012
Disaster lurks around every corner and threatens the security of your businesses’ data.   Internal and external, natural and man-made, whatever the disaster you face, it could put the life of your business at risk. More than 50 percent of businesses have experienced non-recoverable data loss at one time. Small businesses need their data to keep running so a loss of any data could be catastrophic.   So, how do businesses protect themselves? Backup, backup, backup. While backing up is law, there are options to your data storage.   Remote backup providers store your files in a separate location from...Read more...

4 Tips for Successful Business Continuity

3/19/2012
A business continuity plan (BCP) is essential for any company to continue normal business activities in the midst of an adverse situation. This crisis management planning begins with identifying potential threats —both internal and exteral — to provide prevention and recovery scenarios.   However, according to Info-Tech Research Group, almost 60 percent of businesses (in North America) don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place to resume IT services in the event of an emergency or crisis. This can result in the demise of a company rather quickly. Faulkner Information Services found that 50 percent of companies that lose their...Read more...

How to Bulletproof Your Data Disaster Recovery

3/15/2012
Your company’s data is one of its most important assets.   However, most companies only view data loss as a worst-case scenario. Nearly 90 percent of small and mid-sized businesses have inadequate or outdated data disaster recovery plans. According to a 2011 SMB Disaster Prepardness Survey by Symantec, most companies, while at risk, are still not making disaster preparedness a priority until they experience a data loss or a disaster. And those disasters have an enormous financial impact — often to the tune of $12,500 per day — in downtime and recovery.   The survey also revealed that many SMBs...Read more...


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