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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.

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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Employee Spotlight on Farrah Meadows, Tolar Systems' Service Manager

At Tolar Systems, we know that our clients don't just choose us for the quality of solutions and technology that we provide. They also choose us for the customer experience.

That's why we're excited to welcome Farrah Meadows to our team as our new Help Desk / Service Manager.

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Ransomware - How to Protect Your Business (Part 3 of 3)

Ransomware risks are growing and more businesses are vulnerable to these increasingly costly attacks. So how can your business protect itself? By following best practices at the network and user level. Learn more about the four ways users can help to reduce ransomware risk. Third in a series.

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Ransomware Risk - How to Protect Your Business from a Growing Threat (part 2 of 3)

Ransomware attacks are a growing threat facing businesses of all sizes and in every industry. These attacks aren’t just happening more often; they're becoming more expensive. Learn more about the high cost of ransomware attacks and what your business needs to do to be protected from Tolar Systems.

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Investigating the Value of Managed IT Services

Managed IT services can present a lot of benefits for small businesses. Small businesses often can't afford to hire in-house IT technicians, making managed IT services an attractive alternative for IT support and management to keep their business running efficiently. In this post, we'll cover the benefits a managed service provider can present a small business, and how an MSP delivers significant returns on your IT support investments.

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Ransomware Risk is Exploding– How to Protect Your Business (pt 1 of 3)

Ransomware. It's one of the fastest growing threats to your business, whether yours is a large organization or a small firm. Here at Tolar Systems we’ve recently seen an increase in the frequency and severity of these kinds of attacks. We’re working hard to help reduce our clients’ vulnerability, but we can’t do it alone. That is why we want to share information about ransomware risk and how to protect your business from this ever-growing threat.

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MSP 501 Newcomer Award Winner Tolar Systems Talks About Transformation

Tolar Systems' Vice President Phillip Poarch was recently interviewed by IT managed service industry publication, Channel Partners, about our recent selection as the MSP 501 Newcomer Award winner. The focus of the conversation was business transformation. Phillip's advice applies not only to other organizations in the IT industry, but really to any organization, large or small, that wants to grow and transform its business.

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Coopetition: What Is It? How Can It Help Your Business Grow?

Tolar Systems' Vice President Phillip Poarch was recently published in Channel Futures talking about coopetition, an often overlooked growth strategy. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Channel Futures Names Tolar Systems as a 2018 MSP 501 Special Award Winner

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(Abilene, Texas) Tolar Systems of Abilene, Texas was announced as one of several 2018 MSP 501 Special Award winners by Channel Futures on Wednesday. The awards are part of the media outlet’s annual MSP 501 ranking list and survey and were announced on the Channel Futures website and in the fall print edition of Channel Partners Online, its sister site.

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VoIP: Save Money, Work Anywhere

As a business owner, you are always looking at finding ways to manage your bottom line. The greater your profit, the faster your business can grow. One simple, yet cost effective budget item you should consider to enhance that profit is using a managed voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) system instead of a regular phone system.

VoIP leverages your Internet connection to provide phone service, and offers many other advantages. It also is a cost effective option that offers your business added flexibility and mobility. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Cost Effectiveness of Hiring an MSP vs. an IT Employee

As your business grows, your IT needs inevitably increase along with your business. So what do you do? There are two viable choices companies in this situation may consider: hire an IT employee to help, or engage a managed service provider (MSP). Of course, both choices require extra budget. So how do you determine which one is most cost effective for your business?

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IT Budgeting Guide and Best Practices

Technology is transforming how companies large and small do business. Technology directly impacts business success, making IT budgeting an important part of your business planning.

Unfortunately, for most business owners and executives who don’t specialize in IT, understanding how to create an effective IT budget is a bit of a challenge. Learn best practices and tools you can use to create an IT budget that will help your business thrive from Tolar Systems.

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Spotlight on Values – What the Golden Rule Means to Tolar Systems’ Clients

At Tolar Systems, our core values are the guiding principles that determine how we do business. More importantly, they guide our relationships with our customers, community, employees and partners. But what do those values really mean to customers? What can you expect when working with Tolar Systems?

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IT Strategy Consulting Helps Your Business Map Out the Future

Owners and executives of small and medium size businesses want their business to grow and flourish.  In today's business environment, that means leveraging technology to improve productivity—and encourage growth. However, it's not enough to load a few of the latest apps on your employees' devices. To get the most from your technology investments, businesses of all sizes must create and utilize a thoughtful IT strategy.

Learn more about IT strategy consulting from Tolar Systems.

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Chat-Based Support Streamlines Help Desk Support

There’s a “new kid on the block” when it comes to how organizations like Tolar Systems approach help desk support. It's called “chat-based support,” and it’s a ticketing option we expect to make available to all of our Complete Care managed service customers in the very near future.

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