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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 [...]

Cloud Plays Big Role in SMB Priorities for 2018

By |2018-01-22T18:36:46+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Cloud computing, SMB Strategies|

With limited budgets and scarce resources, most small businesses understand the need to stretch a dollar. This fact is underscored by a new study that finds budget and spending issues at the top of the list of concerns for small to midsize businesses (SMBs) in 2018. The research also shows that these concerns are likely [...]

7 Benefits of Professional Help Desk Support

By |2018-01-09T03:29:35+00:00January 8th, 2018|SMB Strategies|

In our last post, we discussed how structured employee training can help boost productivity, enhance customer service and maximize the return on investment in new technologies. Training also has a number of ancillary benefits, including improved morale, greater employee retention and reduced risk that critical knowledge will be lost when a key employee leaves the [...]

Why Employee Training Should Be an Organizational Priority

By |2018-01-04T20:07:22+00:00January 4th, 2018|SMB Strategies|

Organizations are under constant pressure to improve productivity, operational efficiency and customer service. Many are modifying their business processes and adopting technology tools to advance these business objectives. Employees are expected take advantage of these tools to boost the bottom line and deliver the best possible customer experience. In many cases, however, organizations aren’t providing [...]

6 Ways Small Businesses Can Enhance the Customer Experience

By |2017-12-14T06:47:51+00:00December 14th, 2017|SMB Strategies, Unified Communications|

In the previous post, we defined the customer experience and explained why businesses that are launching new products and marketing strategies should make the customer experience a top priority. We discussed the various types of interactions and contacts that occur during the customer journey and offered recommendations for developing and managing a customer experience strategy. [...]