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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.

What You Need to Know About Managed Services

As a Managed Services Provider or MSP, we are frequently asked a lot of questions about managed services. Some of the questions we are most frequently asked include, “what are managed services,” “how does managed services work,” and “what are the benefits of managed services to my business?”

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IT Services for Small Businesses: What you Need to Know

IT Services for Small Businesses

When it comes to IT services for small businesses, if you’re a small business owner, you already know that dealing with your IT can be a headache. Most small businesses rely heavily on their technology to do business, yet they do not know how to get the most out of the investments they’ve made.

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What is the Cloud? No, Really.

At Tolar Systems, we love answering our clients' questions about technology.  One of the questions we're asked most frequently is, “what is the Cloud?” So we thought we’d take some time to discuss the cloud in layman’s terms, and break it down in terms of what the Cloud means for your business.

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What is the Internet of Things (IOT) and why should you care?

At Tolar Systems, we are frequently asked about technology; one of the questions on many people's minds is, what is the Internet of Things (IOT), and why should you care?

In this post, we set out to answer these questions.

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Predictable Growth Series: Outsourcing Firms to Jumpstart Growth

Looking for ways to jumpstart your growth and delegate some of those pesky tasks you don't have time for? Consider outsourcing firms.

There comes a point in the growth of many businesses when you may need to consider solutions to enable faster growth. This is because most small businesses share a similar growth pattern: when you first start your business, one person does it all. As you become more successful, you hire a few more people to help.

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Managing Multisite Organizations, Part 3: Practice and Process

In the last two installments of this series on managing multisite organizations (click here for Part 1 and Part 2), we talked about challenges businesses face when operating in multiple locations, and some tools and systems that can help. In this installment we’re discussing the third part of the equation – the practices and processes that can help to make multisite organizations run more smoothly, whether you’re opening your first branch office, or your 101st.

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Managing Multi-site Businesses, Part 2 – Systems and Tools

In the previous installment of this series, we discussed some of the challenges multi-site businesses experience when trying to manage people across the miles. Those problems tend to center around issues of culture, communication and collaboration.

In this segment, we’ll talk about the systems and processes that can help to alleviate some of those challenges.

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Managing Multi-site Businesses, Part 1: Managing People Problems

Managing multi-site organizations is a real challenge for the owner of a growing business. As you expand, determining when, whether and how to add new sites or people to your organization are some of the most important questions you'll face.  Get these answers right and your business will thrive. Get them wrong and you'll have an administrative and technical headache on your hands.

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What is Virtualization and Why Does it Matter to My Business?

You’ve heard of the cloud, but have you heard about virtualization? Virtualization has been around for decades and is actually the technology that makes the cloud possible. It can also allow business owners to get high quality technology at a much lower cost than you may expect, and drive more value from technology you may already own.

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Cybercrime Trends and Security Update 2017

As we enter 2017, we at Tolar Systems feel it’s important to inform our readers about some of the latest cybercrime trends, and what you can do about them.

Sometimes, it may seem that cybercrime – whether it’s spoofing, malware, hacking or other types of malicious activity on the web – is a problem for people that live in big cities, or own big businesses.

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Best Secure File Sharing Tools for Your Business

Secure file sharing is becoming a real productivity challenge for many business owners, as more and more employees work remotely or from distant field offices. The bigger the file size, the bigger an issue this is – a 100Kb Word file is easy to email, but a 5G Powerpoint presentation presents real problems. Your attachment might be rejected by the recipient’s server if it exceeds the allowable file size, and it can take a long time to upload and download the files. During that time, you won’t be able to do much other than wait for the file to load.

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Taking Risks, Moving Forward: Apple Eliminates iPhone 7 Headphone Jack

Technology is constantly evolving. Whenever new technology or devices come along, the first to market with new products takes a risk on whether consumers will like, use and want to adopt this new technology.

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3 Ways to Improve Productivity With Technology and Tools      

Did you know that in a recent survey, more than 89% of American workers admitted that they waste time at work? Of those people, 31% said that they wasted an hour of time each day. A further 26% said they wasted two hours or more.

That’s a lot of time wasted, but it’s not all spent on Facebook or googling cat memes. Sometimes, the time we waste is spent responding to requests that might be better answered by someone else. Sometimes it’s trying to manage all of our tasks and being unsure where to start. Sometimes it’s setting up meetings or chasing down that one person whose input you need to do your job.

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Four Time and Attendance Challenges in Public Sector

Like all organizations, public sector organizations face significant challenges when it comes to tracking time and attendance. In public sector, these challenges are made even more pressing than in private organizations due to additional regulation and oversight, the need to operate transparently, outdated time and attendance tracking systems, and other issues that are unique to public sector.

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What Every Technology Consultant Should Know

In our last post on finding a great technical consultant, we talked about the four factors that combine to make a good technology consultant, great. Those four factors include:

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What Makes a Great Technical Consultant?

What makes a great technical consultant? When you’re looking to hire a company or an individual to help with your business’ technical need, it’s important to hire the right kind of person or team to get the job done.

So how do you identify what makes technical consultant great, just okay, or terrible?

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Four MORE Last Minute Tech Gifts

Last week we featured five of the best tech gifts for the 2016 holiday season. This week we’ve got five more last minute tech gifts for that special someone – or maybe even for yourself.

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Tolar’s Top Five Technology Gifts of 2016

It’s that time of year! Time to think about what to get your favorite gadget-lover – or yourself – for Christmas and the holidays. We’re sharing some of our favorite ideas for technology gifts – and there’s something here for everyone, no matter your budget.

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Top 5 Signs Your Business Needs Better Collaboration Tools

Collaboration tools have come a long way in the last few years. They’re streamlining many of the communication and organizational tasks that used to take up a significant chunk of the work day. Yet, many managers and workers in small businesses don’t use them.

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Five signs it’s time to hire an I.T. consultant

Research indicates that today’s small business spends an average of 6.9% of its revenue on I.T. This ca. equate to thousands of dollars spent per employee for hardware, software, infrastructure and repair. Yet, all too often, what may be missing are the kinds of strategic investments that really foster growth. That’s the strategic approach to technology that an I.T. consultant can provide.

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