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Category Archives: Managed Services

  1. 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…

  2. What Is the Goal of Your Business?

    Some business owners start out with lofty aspirations.  For many, however, the goal of starting a business instead of working at someone else’s isn’t a world-changing one.  Some owners don’t enjoy working for someone else and want to try working for themselves.  Some have worked at a “successful” business and felt that they could do…

  3. Three Things to be Cautious of in an IT Services Provider

    Warren Buffet famously said that it takes 20 years to build a reputation, and five minutes to ruin it.  If that’s still true, most businesses don’t hang around long enough to earn a reputation. It doesn’t take quite 20 years anymore – tools such as online reviews have sped up that timeframe considerably. Unfortunately, they’ve…

  4. Projecting What Your Business Looks Like in 2025

    One of the most common aphorisms in investment is that the markets hate uncertainty.  Businesses hate it, too, and for good reason.   Businesses make money by investing in the ability to deliver their goods and services more efficiently, and make their money back through increased profit margins on each future sale.  But if they plan…

  5. Two Signs You’ve Outgrown Your One-Person Technology Team

    Most companies start out with zero IT support staff, if you exclude the person who has to stop what they’re doing and figure out what’s going on when technology stops working.  As the company grows, that person might track down a freelancer they can pay to come help with the network when they get in…

  6. Every Risk Doesn’t Lead to a Cataclysm

    Risk has always been a potent marketing tool.  First, an advertiser finds some latent fear – a health crisis, a major vehicle repair, a tax audit – and then they blow the issue up, to get your heart beating faster.  Now that they have your attention, they tell you that for a price, they can…

  7. Does Your Office Have an Evil Genius?

    If you watched more than a handful of cartoons as a kid, you remember all of the evil geniuses.  Their names were different in each show, but they were always trying to rule the world, and the heroes always stopped them.  Did you ever wonder if the heroes could make the world a better place…

  8. Ready, Fire, Aim! Four IT Changes that Require Advanced Planning

    Sometimes you must make decisions quickly in the business world.  Some opportunities are short-lived, and some problems need to be addressed quickly.  Other problems just aren’t worth the extra time you’d put into solving them perfectly. Of course, there are also times where quick decisions can lead to big problems.  Unfortunately, these problems don’t always…

  9. Your Prospects Probably Don’t Have a Clear Buying Process

    There are very few things that all businesses have to do in order to be successful.  One of those is to sell products or services.  No matter how good you or your product is, if you can’t convince the customer to buy it, your business won’t last long. There are plenty of reasons why selling…

  10. Managing Your Business Through a Natural Disaster

    With hurricane Florence en route to North Carolina, people are getting nervous and planning ahead to take care of themselves and their family.  For company executives, however, there’s an additional layer of stress.  How a company performs during the worst of times determines how well equipped it will be to succeed during the best of…