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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 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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Tips for Setting up a Virtual Office for Accountants

The virtual office is catching on in many industries, as technology makes it truly possible for busy professionals like CPAs, accountants, bookkeepers and others to work from anywhere. But, to be truly effective, virtual accounting offices must meet a few requirements. Learn more about them on today's blog.

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Voice Over IP or Landline – What’s Best for Your Business?

Thanks to advances in technology, choosing a phone system for your business is more complicated than it used to be.

Today, businesses need to consider multiple alternatives when deciding what sort of system they want to use: VOIP, “virtual phones,” PBX / landline, or software applications such as Skype or Skype for Business. How can you choose between VoIP or Landline? Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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How to Select the Right Core Software for Your Business

Whether it’s called digital transformation or software implementation, selecting the right core software for your business is an essential task for businesses that want to grow, compete and become more profitable. But how do you know when your business needs to select new software, and what should you look for? Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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The Benefits of SaaS - Advantages of Software as a Service

Many clients ask us, “what are the Benefits of SaaS (Software as a Service) applications?” It is a question being asked of many managed service providers as SaaS applications like Microsoft Office 365, Sharepoint and Skype are adopted by more small businesses.

One IT industry estimate says that by the end of 2017, 94% of small businesses will have launched at least one SaaS application.Yet, in spite of the fact that the vast majority of businesses are using them, SaaS applications are not well understood outside the tech industry.

Perhaps that is because Software as a Service goes by so many other names: SaaS, cloud software, internet-based applications, just to name a few.

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What to Look for in a Technology Partner – The Value of Long Term Relationships

Looking for a technology partner isn’t like finding other partners for your business. We establish long-term relationships with our clients, becoming an essential part of your business that ensures your technology works where, when and how you need it to work. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Need IT Services for Small Businesses? Why Managed Services is The Right Choice

If you’re looking for IT services for small businesses, it’s important to know your options. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for small businesses to be competitive in any industry without the tools and technology to support their business requirements – and the expectations of their clients. Managed service providers are the smart choice for businesses that need reliable, affordable IT support.

Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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What to Look For in a Managed Services Partner – Onboarding

When you’re trying to determine if choosing a managed services partner for your business, the onboarding process the partner uses should a key consideration. Why? Because the onboarding process sets the tone for the entire engagement. Learn more about why the onboarding process should be an important consideration when selecting a managed service provider on today’s blog.

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What to Look For in a Managed Service Provider – Ongoing Services

There’s a lot to consider when you’re choosing a managed service provider (MSP). What services and capabilities should you look for in an MSP to ensure that the ongoing services you will receive are a good fit for your business needs? Here are a few of the things you should be looking for, if you want your business relationship with your MSP to be a positive one over the long term. Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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Eight Signs Break/Fix IT is Right For Your Business

Could break/fix IT be right for your business? At Tolar Systems, we pride ourselves on providing professional, standards-based IT services to clients across Texas. We prevent problems with our clients’ IT, support their business growth and productivity and provide predictable, professional results at an affordable price. But, even though we think our service model is the best for most businesses, we know that managed services probably isn’t for everyone. For some, break/fix, hourly IT services may be a better fit.

How do you know if break/fix, hourly IT services is right for you? Learn more from Tolar Systems.

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