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Cost-Effective IT Staffing Options Support Digital Transformation

By |2021-01-12T15:03:08+00:00January 12th, 2021|IT Management, IT Outsourcing, Managed Services|

The COVID-19 pandemic is amplifying the global IT skills shortage. As companies accelerate digital transformation initiatives in order to support massive numbers of remote workers, they are finding it increasingly difficult to hire and retain employees with the skills to implement new technologies. More than two-thirds of companies say they have been impacted by the [...]

5 Reasons Why Co-Managed IT Is a Great Option for Firms with IT Staff

By |2020-12-10T23:57:51+00:00December 7th, 2020|IT Management, Managed Services|

For most small organizations, the decision to outsource IT functions to a managed services provider (MSP) is typically easy. It doesn’t make economic sense to hire an IT professional to manage and maintain the organization’s systems and network. Outsourcing provides access to IT expertise and responsive support, ensuring that staff stay productive and focused on [...]

How to Approach Your Network Refresh to Minimize Risk, Part 1

By |2020-03-24T16:46:57+00:00March 23rd, 2020|IT budgeting and planning, IT Management, Network Infrastructure|

Imagine ordering a $100 dinner from a five-star restaurant and waiting two hours for the dish to be prepared while you’re forced to listen to the world’s worst jazz band. When the server finally brings out your dinner, it’s not what you ordered. After another hour, you receive the right dish, but it tastes awful. [...]

Replace Outdated Apps to Minimize Risk and Relieve Technical Debt

By |2020-01-16T03:18:03+00:00January 7th, 2020|IT budgeting and planning, IT Management|

A 2018 tax-day computer glitch at the Internal Revenue Service prevented millions of Americans from filing their tax returns and forced the agency to extend its filing deadline. It was later determined that the problem stemmed from a legacy software system that dates to the Kennedy administration. The IRS crash illustrates the risks involved with [...]

The Pros and Cons of Managed Services – and How to Avoid the Cons

By |2019-09-17T20:46:17+00:00September 17th, 2019|IT Management, Managed Services|

Technology is woven into virtually every business process. If IT systems go down or fail to work properly, certain business functions might come to a halt. At the very least, they could be disrupted. Productivity suffers, the customer experience suffers, and sales could be lost. However, most small to midsize businesses (SMBs) don’t have the [...]

Baby Boomer Retirements Can Create an IT ‘Brain Drain’

By |2019-08-29T18:20:35+00:00August 27th, 2019|Digital Transformation, IT Management|

During the so-called “baby boom” between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s, nearly 80 million babies were born in the U.S. Representing close to a quarter of the nation’s entire population, boomers have had a massive economic, social and cultural impact for the better part of seven decades. However, boomers are now [...]

How to Get Executive Support Behind Cybersecurity

By |2019-06-12T03:25:34+00:00June 12th, 2019|Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT budgeting and planning, IT Management, IT Security, Security|

In a recent study conducted by MSI-ACI Europe, 61 percent of IT professionals said senior executives expect more lenient security policies for themselves than everyone else. For 65 percent of study participants, that leniency resulted in more data breaches. The obvious question is, shouldn’t it be the other way around? Given the increasingly perilous threat [...]

Fewer Vendors, Fewer Headaches: The Value of IT Vendor Consolidation

By |2019-05-30T12:20:04+00:00May 30th, 2019|IT budgeting and planning, IT Management|

In a previous post, we discussed how IT standardization simplifies your IT environment, making it easier to manage, secure and monitor. Less variety also means less risk of performance issues and more predictable budgeting. IT standardization is often needed after years of one-off configurations and adding new tools, applications and services. Similarly, trying to keep up [...]

Why Standardization Is Critical to Effective IT Operations and Security

By |2019-05-14T20:40:20+00:00May 14th, 2019|Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT budgeting and planning, IT Management, IT Security, IT Services, Security|

When you’re constantly scrambling to keep the lights on and serve customers, it can seem expedient to make a user happy by changing a configuration, installing a new application, or adding a new device or service that the user requested. This may put out the fire of the moment, but it can also make your [...]

A Lack of Available PCs Could Slow the Process of Upgrading to Windows 10

By |2019-03-19T17:34:33+00:00March 19th, 2019|IT budgeting and planning, IT Management, IT Security, Security, SMB Strategies|

As we discussed in a previous post, the clock is ticking on Windows 7. The old reliable operating system that provided relief during the Windows 8 debacle will be unsupported after January 14, 2020. You can accept the risk, pay through the nose for Extended Security Updates, or migrate to a new operating system. Migrating [...]