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Inbox Zero: Real or False Progress?

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There are two types of people in the world: those who have 5,000 emails in their inbox and those who don't. Which camp are you in? And what drives people to be one way or the other? Is clearing out your inbox real or feigned progress? It feels productive to many, but it could just be distracting you from the actual productive thing you were doing b...
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3 Ways We Will Help You Innovate This Year: Part Three

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Focus on Iteration Innovation, as you well know, doesn't happen overnight. And at times, it may even need to be put on pause while working through an iteration stage. Before your company can say, "We've completely changed the way we do _________," you may need to say, "We are working on completely changing the way we do __________." There are a lot...
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3 Ways We Will Help You Innovate This Year: Part Two

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Communication Across Enterprises No one can innovate in a bubble. It helps to have a grasp on what's going on in the world around you. New business models, technology trends, and actions of like-minded companies can inspire leagues of new ideas within your own enterprise. Most of our clients are happy to realize we're steadily building a database o...
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3 Ways We Will Help You Innovate This Year: Part One

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Front-End Idea Generation No two clients have the exact same goals. Our first step with any client is to understand their unique vision. We'll sit down with you to learn where your company has been and where it's headed. We want to know about your short-term objectives and long-term goals. This "first date" kind of process isn't just so we feel mor...
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Apps We Love

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  Spark Workplace Productivity With Effective Apps Two of our favorite apps for enterprises are Slack and Do. Clean and intuitive design makes these two products ideal for efficient workplace communication. Apps like these are innovative ways to work faster and smarter. They connect people to a shared digital venue for archived messages, files...
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Cloud Hosting Announcement: Upgraded Security

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You already know there is a world of hosting options. Most hosting services do nothing more than provide your website with space on a server. You have to navigate the complicated terrain of domain names and site management yourself. Like big name cloud hosting providers, we host websites and emails for businesses. The difference is that we actively...
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How to Thrive in the Face of Change

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The technological changes a company must adapt to seem to be growing in scope each year. Digitization—the trend of technology becoming more important in business—continues to change the way enterprises function. Mobile, cloud services, fiber, and virtualization are just a few stops along the tech-trend railway, and it isn't stopping anytime soon. T...
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It’s the Most Wonderful Tech of the Year!

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Whether you're interested in making someone on your list very happy this Christmas, or in what new devices will be making their way into the office at the onset of 2016, here are the predicted top-selling tech gadgets of the holiday season. In the spirit of BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device), and well, Christmas, here are the top 10 bestsellers compiled ...
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The Best Place for Redundancy is IT

How do you eradicate the phrase "network downtime?" Redundancy. Now more than ever, business is a round-the-clock operation. To keep things up and running 24/7, redundancy in IT is a must. A network should be like a well-organized public transportation system. Buses and trains run consistently unless they are stopped for scheduled or unforeseen mai...
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Is BYOD Right For You?

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What's the Goal of Mobile? We've talked about mobile before . (Who isn't talking about mobile these days?) But we want to emphasize that the goal of a good mobile program isn't being able to work from anywhere. The goal of a good mobile program is to be able to work seamlessly from anywhere. It's not about employees checking in on company email on ...
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A Holistic Approach to Security and Usability

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  Unsettled Scales: Security vs. Usability Just because balancing effective security with ease-of-use seems like an endless pursuit doesn't mean it's an unnecessary one. Both usability and security are important factors in a healthy workplace; finding a proper balance (that also takes cost into account) is a unique challenge of 21 st century m...
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Being a Tech Savvy Leader Could Save Your Company

Nicole Haggerty; On Becoming an IT Savvy CEO; Ivey Business Journal As a leader in your company, you don't necessarily need to know how to store things in the cloud, but you should probably know why it's useful. You don't need to be able to perform the IT tasks critical for your company's survival, but you should be tech savvy enough to know what p...
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The 3 C’s For a Longer Life

We're going to take it back to the basics today. In our work, we're fairly consistently replacing end of life hardware. It's never very fun to have to replace something that's worked well for most of its life. Technology equipment is expensive, and we want yours to last as long as possible. So let's talk about three simple ways to add years to your...
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Become a Password Pro

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In one of our latest blog posts , we talked briefly about business apps that will keep you moving forward in today's mobile environment. One of our very favorites (although not necessarily mobile) is LastPass, a brilliant modern solution to a problem that has been around since the dawn of the digital age: remembering all your passwords. Personal te...
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Self-Sufficiency in IT or How to Run a Marathon

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Why instant gratification isn't always the answer There's a lot of desire out there for quick results, and a lot of pressure as a service company to offer instant satisfaction. Current problems are real and important, but something is lost when all the focus of a transaction is on the here and now. IT companies that focus too much on instant implem...
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Adapting to a Mobile World

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As a business of any size, there's a constant necessity to adapt. And in today's world, adaptation doesn't happen without implementation of mobile solutions. #3 on SMB Group's list of Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015 focuses on how SMBs are recalibrating strategy and spending for a mobile world. The amount of mobile business apps used regularly in...
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Getting the Most Out of Your Technology

In a short TED talk that shares 10 timesaving technology tips, David Pogue hints at two basic points: 1) people want their technology to be intuitive and 2) people don't want to spend time reading manuals. Pogue is the personal technology columnist for the New York Times and a tech correspondent for CBS news. He wants to help others free up sacred ...
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How to Survive a Microsoft Audit

Recently, we held a budget consultation meeting with a good client of ours. During the meeting, we spent some time discussing the pros and cons of User CALs vs. Device CALs. Afterward, we realized many companies likely have the same questions that led to that fruitful discussion. Today, we want to share some insight to demystify CALs and help your ...
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How Hybrid Clouds are Helping SMBs Store Data Effectively

You are a medium sized business owner. You need peace of mind that your company's data is securely backed up. You own servers that you know work, but you need more storage space. You know having some data stored in a cloud would be a cost-effective solution, but are worried about security. You're also nervous about the lack of control you'd have in...
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Why We Made Our Websites More Secure

As a small tech company that doesn't use login credentials or credit card info on our site, we took a step outside the expectations box. Most websites that aren't in the eCommerce biz aren't required to have an SSL, but we know how important a secure web connection is to our customers. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It's the standard technolo...
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