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  1. Windows 7 is End-of-Life. What Does That Mean?

    It’s been all over the news this week that Windows 7 officially reached “end-of-life” on Tuesday.  Of course, that doesn’t mean your computer isn’t going to turn on today if you’re running Windows 7.  It also doesn’t mean that Microsoft stopped selling Windows 7 this week. They stopped selling retail copies of Windows 7 way…

  2. Our Most Popular Blog Articles of 2019

    It’s a good time to review the most popular blogs over the last year now that 2019 is coming to a close.  While this blog has provided perspective on technology challenges, WingSwept has spent much of 2019 focused on big-picture business topics.  The most popular topics were split down the middle, with two focused on…

  3. Three Tips for a No Drama 2020

    Type the word “drama” into Google, and it will tell you that the definition is “an exciting, emotional or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances.” Most business owners don’t like drama.  Businesses thrive because owners anticipate opportunities and prepare to take advantage of them.  Businesses survive because owners anticipate challenges and prepare for…

  4. Should I Use Consumer Class Computers for My Business?

    Disposable Technology Is Expensive It seems like nothing is built to last anymore.  Incandescent bulbs, if you can get them, last around 1,500 hours.  But an incandescent light bulb built in the late 1890’s has been turned on for nearly every minute of the last 119 years, and it’s still going strong.  The same goes…

  5. Who Provides IT Help to Businesses?

    If you have more than a handful of employees, the odds are good that you will have to turn to specialists to address your technology needs at some point.  Depending on how extensive your technology needs are, you’ll likely solve this problem using at least one of three providers: fee-for-service, internal support, or managed IT…

  6. Three Signs an Employee Isn’t Contributing To Their Full Potential

    Successful businesses set goals.  Most employees know whether they are meeting company expectations based on important metrics.  They can take the form of sales goals, billable hours, customer problems resolved, deliveries made, or something else entirely.  These metrics help businesses ensure that employees are contributing to the company, but they don’t necessarily ensure the employee…

  7. Managed IT Services Contracts and Crooked Mattress Stores

    Mattress stores are finally getting their due punishment.  Ten years ago, you could barely find a mattress online.  Today 12% of all mattresses are sold online by direct-to-consumer companies like Casper, Purple, Helix and many others. Maybe mattress stores will disappear. Certainly, nobody will miss the mattress store sales model.  They intentionally change names of…

  8. A Quick Word About Your General Liability / E&O Insurance

    Every business needs general liability insurance.  It’s affordable, and it protects you from losing your life’s work due to a single rare event.  Professional services companies also need professional liability (E&O) insurance for the same reasons. Neither of these insurance policies, however, typically covers cybersecurity threats.  Strong network security can reduce the threat of cyberfraud,…

  9. In the Business of Losing Money?

    It hasn’t been a good year for large companies going public.  When Lyft went public in March at $72, it’s price immediately fell through the floor, and it’s currently sitting at $40.  Uber went public in May at $45, and it’s currently sitting at $31.  Peloton dropped 11% on its first day.  WeWork announced an…

  10. Antique Passwords Are Very Expensive

    Password policies can be frustrating for you and your employees, and many companies do a poor job explaining why they should be in place.  Here’s how they help your business stay safe from security threats. The One Key to Rule Them All Sometimes people need to provide a spare house key to someone so that…