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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.

Assessing IT Staff: How Big Should Your Team Be?

For any business, having the right team makes all the difference—in your company’s success and margins. But how do you know if your staff is the right size, particularly when it comes to IT? 

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Technology Strategy: Planning for Small Business Success

Any successful small business involves planning—a business plan, a financial plan, a growth strategy. In our increasingly tech-dependent world, a technology strategy should also be part of that line up.

Many small businesses treat technology as an afterthought. Yet, small businesses depend more on technology and spend a higher percent of their annual revenue on IT than medium or large businesses. This means it’s imperative that every dollar is spent strategically—with thoughtfulness and long-term planning in mind.

Learn more about developing a technology strategy for a small to midsize business from Tolar Systems.

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Decisions, Decisions: Managed Service Provider or Cloud Computing Solutions?

When it comes to accessing the cloud, businesses have two choices: either a managed service provider or a cloud computing service provider. Which one is right for your organization? Read on to find out more about these two options.

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Ten Reasons We’re Glad Microsoft Teams is Replacing Skype for Business

Here at Tolar Systems, we think Microsoft's recent announcement that they’re integrating Microsoft Teams - the company's chat-based workspace application - with Skype for Business and phasing out Skype for Business by the end of this year is a good change. Why are we excited about Teams? Read on.

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Six Best Cloud Applications for Small Businesses

Every small business has a few baseline applications that are used to get the work done day in and day out. It used to be that these applications were accessed by downloading onto a desktop, or loading from a disc onto a local server.

No more. Today, for a reasonable fee, you can access your business’s data and applications on the cloud. Cloud based applications deliver anytime, anywhere acces from a desktop or your mobile device. They are a cost effective way for small businesses to access technologies that were previously out of their reach, so they can better compete, both with other small business and larger ones.

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Why a Managed IT Services Firm is the Most Cost-Effective Option for IT Support

Oh no! Your network is down…again. This is the second time this week, and it’s really slowing down your ability to get things done.

This is a common scenario in many small businesses, especially those without an IT team to help maintain and monitor their networks and infrastructure. If this situation sounds familiar, the answer is simple: it’s time to think about managed IT services for your IT support. But what’s the most cost-effective way to find the help you need?

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Enterprise Mobility Solutions Offer Flexibility & Security

In today’s highly mobile world, enterprise mobility solutions are a key success factor for your business. Why? Because of the need to balance security against the ever-higher levels of responsiveness and access to mobile data that you, your customers and your employees demand.

Making mobility work for your business is not simply a matter of picking up the latest mobile device or installing a few apps on your phone. Mobile devices provide the freedom to operate from anywhere, but those devices need to be secured and managed effectively to make sure they don’t accidentally open the door for a security breach of your business network and the data it contains.

That’s what enterprise mobility solutions are all about. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Office 365 or Google G Suite? We Compare Options

If you are like many small business owners, you have questions when it comes to choosing a productivity suite.  There are a handful of productivity suite options available, each with its own idiosyncrasies, features, merits and flaws. 

Microsoft Office 365 and Google's G Suite are two of the top options. In this post, we’ll compare and contrast them to help you pick a winner for your business.

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Abilene MSP Tolar Systems Accepted into Intuit Authorized Reseller Program

Company recognized as a leading provider of small business IT expertise

Abilene, Texas: Tolar Systems, a leading IT managed service provider (MSP) to legal and accounting firms in Central Texas, today announced that it has been accepted as an Intuit Authorized Reseller.

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What is the Cost of IT Support for Small Business?

What does it cost for a small business to support their IT equipment and the needs of their users? Which approach is the most cost-effective way to support your business and its IT needs? Should you hire an in-house IT support technician? Should you use a break/fix approach, and only pay for support when your equipment breaks? Or should you hire a firm that supports your IT, lengthens its lifecycle and enhances your productivity – reducing your overall cost?

Here’s what to expect when considering the cost of IT support for a small business.

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What is Remote Monitoring and Management?

Tolar Systems uses Remote Monitoring and Management tools to manage our clients’ devices and networks, but often clients and people we meet don’t understand what these tools are or why we use them. We thought it would be helpful to give a brief explanation along with some of the benefits of remote monitoring and management tools.

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Blockchain – It’s About Business, Not Just Bitcoin

Blockchain technology is all over the news lately, but unless you’re an avid techie, you may not know what it is or why you should care. Maybe you associate it with a high-risk investment strategy favored by iPhone wielding Millennials. If you’re like most business owners, you probably don’t think of it as something with the power to affect – or even transform – your business.

But if you think blockchain is only about Bitcoin and other digital currency you’re only seeing part of the picture. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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How Can Managed Service Providers Deliver Cost-Effective Storage?

Many small and medium sized businesses have asked how managed service providers can provide cost-effective storage for the data their businesses generate. Whether that data comes in the form of files, documents, folders, customer and employee information, billing and financial information, or other types of data relevant to your business, one thing is clear: small and medium sized businesses are being inundated with data.

Managed IT service providers like Tolar Systems can help your organization manage your most important business data, by delivering access and infrastructure to cost-effective data storage. Here’s how.

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Is Public Wifi Safe? 5 Wifi Facts You Should Know

One of the questions we are frequently asked by the mobile device users we manage is whether public wifi is safe, and how to use it securely. In fact, one of the biggest challenges facing IT organizations and managed service providers like Tolar is protecting mobile devices that have access to company data. Unfortunately, one common practice that can make this more difficult is when mobile users connect to public wifi without knowing whether their data is secure.

Want to know if the wi-fi networks you're using are secure? Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Tolar Systems Partners with Intuit as an Authorized Intuit Reseller

Tolar Systems is pleased to announce that we’ve recently partnered with Intuit as an Authorized Intuit Reseller. Joining this program allows us to expand our services to including purchasing and support for the world’s leading accounting applications for small business.

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Managed IT Services Trends to Watch for 2018

What managed IT services industry trends are we watching for 2018? Read more to find out the top five trends we expect to affect our business and the business of our clients in 2018.

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How to Select New Accounting Software for a Small Business in 6 Steps

The decision to select new accounting software for a small business is one of the most important technology choices a small business needs to make. Learn more about how to make this important decision from Tolar Systems.

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The Future is Now for Attorneys with Virtual Law Offices

Traditional professions like the legal industry aren’t immune to the transformative power of technology, which is why virtual law offices are a hot trend for solo lawyers and small firms that want to compete against their larger rivals. In fact, virtual law offices have been identified as one of the top trends reshaping the legal industry.

But exactly what is a virtual law office and how does it work? Learn more about it from Tolar Systems on today's blog.

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Tips to Ensure a Smoother Acquisition or Merger

The old saying goes that two heads are better than one, and when it comes to company growth, sometimes combining two companies is also better than going it alone. Mergers and acquisitions (or M&A, as these deals are known in the finance and legal worlds) are big business these days, with $4.73 billion in global M&A deals having been recorded between 2011 and 2016. Learn more about mergers and acquisitions and how they impact your company, its culture and your technology on today's Tolar Systems blog.

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Why Tolar Systems Buys Professional-Grade Equipment.

If you’re in need of a new desktop computer or other technology solution for your business, such as a printer or mobile device, it might be tempting to run down to your nearest consumer electronics store to get the item you need. You might even be thinking about buying from an online store. On today's blog, Tolar Systems shares five reasons why it's a mistake to buy anything other than professional-grade equipment for your business.

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