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Tolar Systems has been serving the Abilene area since 2000, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

3 Reasons Cybersecurity Risk Threatens Small Businesses

We’ve all read the statistics that say about half of all small businesses will fail within the first five years. Some failures happen because of a poor business model. Others may fail if market for the business’s products or services is smaller than anticipated.

But even if your product and market can support a sustainable business, your company can still fail if you’re not prepared to manage the risks your business faces. One of the biggest challenges your business faces in 2019, is cybersecurity risk.

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Cybersecurity Should be Part of Managed Security Package

IT is the lifeblood of most small businesses today, making cybersecurity an important of your business and IT strategy. That's because if your IT systems are attacked, it can cause serious downtime that costs your business time and profits, not to mention hours of frustration. 

Many IT managed service providers (MSPs) can help your business respond in the event of a cyberattack.  But does your IT service provider go further and provide cybersecurity protection as well? If not, your business could be at huge risk. Cyberattacks are increasingly targeting small businesses because their security protocols tend to be less effective.

Luckily, there are services that can meet both the IT and cybersecurity needs of today's small business. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Confused by IT Service Providers? Choosing Between an MSP or VAR

Business owners today have many choices when it comes to where they get their IT services. This article will discuss two of those options for IT services—managed service providers, also called MSPs, and value-added resellers or VARs.

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Four Tips for Setting Your IT Budget in 2019

If you’re like more than two-thirds of small business owners, setting your 2019 IT budget may be something of a challenge. Here are a few of our tips for setting an IT budget that will position your organization for growth.

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Dynamics of Growth for SMBs Part 3: Overcoming Growth Challenges

Business growth proves the old adage that you can never rest on your laurels. Even if you're experiencing success today, you won’t necessarily succeed tomorrow by doing the same things. In fact, without careful management, growth and success can actually create their own unique set of problems. 

When growth goes wrong, you may find your business facing some serious challenges. Learn how to evolve and overcome them from Tolar Systems.

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Dynamics of Growth for SMBs part 2: Creating a Growth Culture

If you've successfully started your business down the path of growth that we discussed in "The Dynamics of Growth, part 1: Setting Your Business Up for Success," your small business or medium-sized business (SMB) has honed in on what you do best and hopefully the business is beginning to flourish. How do you keep that going while making sure that your employees and clients also succeed?

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Dynamics of Growth For SMBs, part 1: Setting Your Business Up for Success

Let's face it: growing your small or medium-sized business (SMB) is challenging. It takes time, diligence, savvy and no small amount of hard work. That's why on today's blog, we're kicking off a series of three articles where we'll identify how to set your business up for success, from identifying business goals, to creating a growth culture, and understanding the dynamics of growth.

In this first article in the series, we'll focus on goals, purpose and assessing your business' growth capabilities.

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Employee Spotlight on Suzanne Ramos

If you’ve ever called in to Tolar Systems to inquire about an invoice, you might have had the opportunity to speak with Suzanne Ramos, our Accounting Assistant and the subject of this month’s Employee Spotlight.

Suzanne’s role at Tolar Systems involves managing our Invoicing, Collections, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, and Purchasing/Returns processes. We interviewed Suzanne to learn more about how she sees her role and what’s important in her life. Learn more in this month’s Employee Spotlight on the Tolar Systems blog.

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Four Challenges with IT Outsourcing and How to Solve Them

When a business is considering outsourcing its IT management to a managed service provider, there are often questions about whether they’ll receive a comparable – or better – level of service and support to in-house IT management. In this post we’ll talk about some of the challenges companies sometimes experience with outsourcing IT, and how Tolar Systems solves them.

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Tolar Systems Thanks Our Clients and Community For a Great 2018!

As we look forward to 2019, we thought we’d pause to say thank you to our clients and community for a year of success and accomplishments in 2018. Here are a few of the moments that made 2018 a year of growth for us.

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Employees On the Move: Phillip Poarch Promoted to Vice President

Tolar Systems, an IT managed services company based in Abilene, Texas, is pleased to announce that it has promoted Phillip Poarch from Director of Operations to company Vice President and Partner. The promotion went into effect in May of 2018.

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IT Trends Coming to Abilene Business in 2019

2018 is nearly gone, and it is time to start thinking ahead to what 2019 will bring. Tolar Systems always provides predictions of what the big IT trends are for each year, and 2019 is no different. Keep reading for what we think will be important in the coming year:

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Invest in Your Business in 2019 With a Managed Service Provider

As 2018 draws to a close, many small and medium size business owners are looking for ways to optimize their technology budgets in 2019. It is increasingly critical in today's technology environment to maintain high system availability and top notch cybersecurity to protect your users and IT infrastructure, while also leveraging IT to make your business more profitable. But is it possible to meet all three of these goals at once? 

At Tolar Systems, we believe the answer is a clear yes. Managed service providers (MSPs) provide a variety of ways to help SMBs improve data security and leverage IT for growth while reducing your IT budget. Learn more on today's blog.

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How IT Strategy Enhances Your Business

Business technology is increasingly important for small and medium-sized businesses as they prepare for 2019. Where enterprise-level companies have long been using technology to bring people together and drive overall productivity, many SMBs are somewhat newer to these opportunities. The availability of cloud resources, coupled with shifts in security, mobility, and other core technologies, makes it important for every organization, no matter what size, to have a comprehensive technology strategy.

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Top Two Business Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Like all businesses, we've learned our share of lessons. We were recently asked what some of our toughest lessons in business have been. We are always learning, but here are two decisions that we think have made the biggest difference in our growth and ability to serve our customers.

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IoT in the Real World - How the Internet of Things is Connected to Texas Business

The IoT (internet of things) isn't just for faraway places like Silicon Valley or big cities like Dallas. Internet connected devices are making a big impact on businesses and individuals right here in Abilene.

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Why Cyber Security is the Key to the Internet of Things (IoT)

If the IoT is something you see as a future rather than present concern, consider this: the IoT could have $4 trillion to $11 trillion a year in economic impact by 2025.

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Tolar Systems Launches Complete Security, Managed Cybersecurity Services for Small and Midsize Businesses

Managed Security-as-a-Service Offering Protects Small and Mid-size Businesses from Cybersecurity Threats
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Be Scared, or Be Prepared: When it Comes to Cybersecurity, the Choice Is Yours With Complete Security

As a business owner, what keeps you awake at night? Is it monsters under the bed? Things that go bump in the night? Here at Tolar Systems, we think there's something even more frightening putting your business at risk: Cybercrime. And what better time than Halloween to launch a new cybersecurity solution that protects your business from it?

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Tolar Systems Unveils New 24/7 Live Call Support Center

Tolar Systems announced today that it has unveiled a new live call support center that will deliver 24/7/365 live call answering for customers who require critical support before the next business day. 

The new call support center supplements Tolar's online portal, email and agent-based support systems, allowing Tolar Systems' customers to speak to a live representative during higher call volume times. It also allows Tolar to deliver live phone response outside of our regular business hours of 8am to 5pm Central time, Monday through Friday.

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