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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.

Technology Investments Are Like People - Treat Them That Way

At Tolar Systems, we often talk to our clients about how organizations need to view their technology investments like an asset just as important as an employee. Just like an employee, technology investments require a certain amount of planning and upkeep to work properly. We’ve discussed this idea before in our post on “Care and Feeding of Your IT Systems.”

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SaaS Applications: Business Challenges of Software as a Service

Companies considering a move to SaaS applications - also known as cloud-based or Software-as-a-Service applications -  hear a lot about the benefits. They may not always hear as much about the challenges that are inherent to the SaaS application model.

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5 Business Benefits of Software as a Service Applications

As the tech industry moves towards the Software as a Service (SaaS) or cloud model of computing, software vendors promise many benefits. These include never having to worry about whether your software applications are up to date. They also claim better ability to scale and more predictable monthly expenses.

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Your Eyes at Work: How to Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome

In the digital age, we spend more and more of our time each day working on a computer, whether it’s sending emails, working on documents, or even just networking on LinkedIn or Facebook. But unfortunately, while this means we can get a lot done, it also means spending a lot of time at our desks looking at screens, which our bodies were not designed to do. So it’s no wonder that some people are experiencing negative effects on their overall health.

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Five Ways Skype for Business Can Improve your Business Communication

Since being acquired by Microsoft and rolled into the Office365 productivity suite, Skype for Business has transformed. An application once known for free, Internet-based calling and messaging, is now an important collaboration and communications tool. Is it the the tool you need to support your business?

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Microsoft Hits the Bullseye With New Surface Pro Models

Microsoft recently released the Surface Pro 4, building on its successful Surface Pro 3 edition. The Surface Pro 3, marketed as the tablet that could replace your laptop, was already a great product. It had the brain of a PC processor in the body of a mobile tablet.

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Best Collaboration Tools For Small Law Firms

Collaboration Tools For Small Law Firm

Collaboration with case experts, opposing counsel, court officials, and colleagues in the legal profession can be a hassle. Until recently, it entailed numerous face to face meetings, mailing documents back and forth for review, and endless phone calls.

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Top 5 Data Security Tips for Attorneys

Data Security for Lawyers

Data security is a hot-button issue in the legal profession. A recent data breach at the Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca recently gave rise to the widely publicized “Panama Papers.”  

Sensitive client data was divulged in the breach, leading the prime minister of Iceland to step down from his post. The breach also impacted many other high-ranking officials around the world.

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Infographic: Forrester Report on Benefits of Office 365 to Small Business

Tolar Systems has been a Microsoft partner since 2012.  We recommend Microsoft products, particularly Office 365, for many of our customers.

These products deliver benefits including collaboration, sharing and efficiency. However, it can be difficult for many small businesses to measure the results they are getting. That's why Microsoft recently commissioned Forrester Research to do exactly that.

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IT Support Options: Comparing Managed Services to In House IT Staff

Welcome back to our series on IT support options. Last week we compared managed services against the break/fix model of IT consulting services. This time, we’ll compare managed services to hiring your own in-house IT staff.

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IT Support Options: Comparing Break Fix to Managed Services

Welcome to the first installment in our blog series about IT support options for small to medium businesses.

When most business owners think about IT support, they think about calling for help when something breaks. After all, when you’re having problems, you just want to get things working again. You might not be thinking any further ahead than: “I just need my email to work! I have customers waiting!”

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How to Select a Value Added Reseller or VAR to Assist With IT Purchasing

In last week’s blog, we discussed how a good Value Added Reseller or VAR can add value to your business. A VAR can provide services that make the products they resell to you work better. They might also offer technical support, integration of your applications with other solutions and products so that all your technology works together more efficiently. VARS can even simplify the acquisition and billing process around your technology investment.

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Five Advantages of Working with a Value Added Reseller to Purchase Your IT

Welcome to the first installment of our series on Value Added Resellers. You may have heard the term Value Added Reseller, or VAR, used when talking about making a technology purchase. Perhaps you've wondered what the term means. In this blog, we’re going to talk about what a VAR is and how a VAR can help you get more value out of your technology investments.

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Revolutionize Your Inbox with Inbox Zero

For many people, the email inbox sometimes seems to rule our lives both at home and at work. With Inbox Zero, you can end the tyranny of the inbox.

What is Inbox Zero? Inbox Zero is an approach created by productivity writer and “lifehacker” Merlin Mann that aims to keep the inbox empty at all times, or at least as close to empty as possible. This approach has been widely adopted by tech industry insiders and productivity experts like Tim Ferriss.

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Announcing Our Abilene Business Expo Contest Winner!

Last week, Tolar Systems recently exhibited at the Abilene Chamber of CommerceBusiness Expo, the biggest business-to-business networking event in our hometown of Abilene, Texas. Visitors were very excited to participate in our giveaway contest of the most popular new smartwatch currently on the market.

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Five Ways Office 365 Can Improve Any Organization’s Productivity

From law firms and doctor’s offices to school districts and city governments, every organization shares the need to work more efficiently, to increase productivity, and to have the best resources for their employees. If your business is seeking to maximize performance, Office 365 provides the tools to help you do it.

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Do More on the Go: Outlook App for Mobile Devices

Are you an iPhone, iPad or Android user, looking for a way to access your email, calendar, contacts and files without having to toggle between different apps? If you’re in search of an app that gives you the same functionality you have with your desktop Outlook application, then the Outlook app from Microsoft is the app you need.

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How to Solve Scheduling Issues With Automated Tools

Wasting time? Scheduling conflicts? Try automated scheduling tools.

As a technology consulting firm that talks to a lot of small business owners and executives, one common complaint we hear frequently is that meeting scheduling is, quite frankly, a pain. Trying to set meetings and arrange schedules with other people is one of the biggest time wasters in any business. In fact, like most of our readers, we’ve experienced this ourselves.

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When should I upgrade to Windows 10?

We recently blogged about holding off on upgrading to Windows 10, based on the fact that users have up to a year to take advantage of Microsoft’s free upgrade offer and a few other minor concerns that have been identified with the software.

But eventually, you’ll probably want to go forward with that upgrade. How can you know when it’s time to go ahead and upgrade?

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The Threat in Your Pocket: Mobile Security and Encryption

One of the biggest security threats that people may not be aware of is found right in your pocket. You carry it around with you every day. Wondering what it is?

It’s your cell phone.

Mobile devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous for most people in their business and personal lives. In fact, leaving your cell phone behind can cause many people to feel positively untethered, yet cell phones and mobile devices can also create a big security risk for your business if you’re not aware of how to maintain their security.

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