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Why You Need a Well-Defined Strategy for Moving to the Cloud

By |2020-08-06T18:08:34+00:00August 6th, 2020|Cloud computing, SMB Strategies|

There’s no question that organizations are migrating more workloads to the cloud in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reasons vary, however. A global LogicMonitor study of 500 IT decision-makers conducted in May and June 2020 found that organizations are moving to the cloud to enable remote operations and gain access to IT services that [...]

Strategic IT Investments Will Drive Success in Post-Pandemic World

By |2020-05-21T18:26:27+00:00May 20th, 2020|Cloud computing, Collaboration, Managed Services, SMB Strategies|

Like the dot-com crash of 2001 and the global recession of 2007, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic falls into the category of Black Swan incidents — extremely rare and unpredictable events that cause catastrophic economic damage. Although businesses must scramble to remain operational during a Black Swan event, their long-term survival often depends on what they [...]

Coronavirus Illustrates the Need for Pandemic Planning

By |2020-02-25T04:51:09+00:00February 25th, 2020|Business Continuity, SMB Strategies|

Healthcare organizations around the globe are closely monitoring the continued spread of a deadly respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. While officials generally express optimism that the virus will be controlled, they also acknowledge the need to prepare for the worst-case scenario of a global pandemic. Businesses and employers should also [...]

5 Tasks Small Businesses Should Consider Automating

By |2020-01-15T01:02:18+00:00January 14th, 2020|SMB Strategies|

If time is money, then automation is a high-yield investment account. Businesses that automate even just a few tasks that otherwise require manual processes can save hours of work, making them more efficient and productive while also reducing costs and minimizing errors. Time is an especially precious commodity for small businesses operating with limited resources [...]

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 [...]

Why Nonprofits Are Targets for Hackers and What You Should Do About It

By |2019-01-22T21:28:48+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Cyber Security, Internet Security, IT Security, Security, SMB Strategies|

Wired magazine recently reported on the months-long struggles of a large East Coast animal shelter that had its Facebook page hacked. Using social engineering and phishing links, the hacker repeatedly accessed the account of the organization’s director, wreaking havoc on the organization. Despite exhaustive efforts to control access by implementing two-factor authentication, new antivirus software, [...]

Why Business Acumen Is as Important as IT Skills

By |2018-06-04T20:26:08+00:00June 4th, 2018|IT budgeting and planning, IT Management, SMB Strategies|

Information technology has historically played a supporting role in most organizations. IT systems and applications help to automate and streamline workflows and provide employees with the information they need to make decisions and serve customers. In this traditional model, technology is vital to operations but not necessarily core to business strategy. That’s changing rapidly. Smart [...]

Employee Onboarding Can Set the Stage for Success

By |2018-05-11T15:11:30+00:00May 10th, 2018|Collaboration, SMB Strategies|

Psychologists claim that first impressions are formed within the first 30 seconds of a meeting, and that brief encounter will set the tone for how the relationship will ultimately develop. Surveys about employee onboarding processes seem to indicate that organizations aren’t putting their best foot forward. One recent study claims that onboarding is a critical [...]

Staying Healthy and Productive During Flu Season

By |2018-01-31T21:11:11+00:00January 31st, 2018|Collaboration, SMB Strategies|

The 2017-2018 flu season is shaping up as one the worst in recent memory. Widespread outbreaks have been reported in every state except Hawaii, although some regions have been hit harder than others. Some states report that flu cases have tripled or more since last year. Alabama has declared a state of emergency. While the [...]

Does It Make Sense to Migrate Your Applications to the Cloud?

By |2018-01-25T03:45:41+00:00January 25th, 2018|Cloud computing, SMB Strategies|

Our last post focused on this year’s SMB and Midmarket Top 10 IT Priorities, IT Challenges and Business Issues report from market research firm Techaisle. Cloud computing ranked as the top IT priority for small to midsize businesses (SMBs) in 2018, thanks to the cloud’s ability to address some of the key business issues these organizations [...]